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“First Class Hotel in Pacific Beach with Memorable Boutique-Style” 5 of 5 stars
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Pacific Terrace Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   610 Diamond Street, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)   |  
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Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“First Class Hotel in Pacific Beach with Memorable Boutique-Style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

From the moment you step into Pacific Terrace you feel welcomed.

In our extensive travels, this small hotel stands out for its exemplary and friendly service, attention to detail and outstanding location right on the beach with a view to Crystal Pier. Pacific Beach has not always been a great address in San Diego, but we have no complaints whatsoever about the location of the hotel. The area has improved noticeably over the years and is VERY safe. We have been staying here since around 2007 and the hotel has remained consistent in it's top-notch service and beautiful room decor.

For example, on our last stay, we had requested a room transfer in order to enjoy a full ocean view. The staff was so accommodating and explained exactly how/when the transfer would occur. (They took care of EVERYTHING, down to the items in our refrigerator.) When we arrived in our new room after a day out, we found everything moved and a personal, handwritten note from the staff addressed specifically to us - we felt very special. And that says it all.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This hotel certainly came up to my expectations during my five days. It really was an amazing experience. Rooms, staff and location of the hotel is simply perfect. One willing to attain a top notch view of Blue Pacific Ocean can’t forget the significance of this hotel. Swimming in the hotel pool was certainly a great experience for me and so as watching the sunset view. Oh! I just loved that view. 2nd and the 3rd floor are surely better for the ocean view. So, it’d be better to get a room on these floors, particularly on the 3rd floor. It wasn’t too hard for me to get top quality food as there have been many restaurants near to the hotel. However, a delicious breakfast is provided by the hotel and I really loved the breakfast (Probably I was too hungry). Overall, it was a great experience and it surely is one of the finest hotels in California.

Room Tip: The 3rd floor is probably the best for a better Ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This hotel lived up to it's solid reputation. The staff was very gracious in working to move us to a view room, which was unavailable when we booked. The happy hour sitting poolside and watching the sunset was exactly what you want in a beach front experience.
Two strange things that stood out were the in room bathrobes ( I wish I had bought one) and their lounger towels that fit perfectly over the chaise lounges. But it this attention to detail that makes the place stand out.

Room Tip: We stayed in two different suites, they are very well appointed with killer views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Samntha
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This small hotel was perfect for our family vacation (2 adults and 3 children). I was impressed with the size of the rooms, the great staff, and the location of the hotel! The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable! Nothing is better than swimming in the hotel pool and being able to see the ocean right next to you! Perfect! We were also able to take the kids to the beach below the hotel and this was super accessible from the back entrance of the hotel. We never ate at the hotel but there are so many restaurants located near this hotel it was never hard to find something to eat. Also, there was a CVS down the street where you could buy swim toys and other stuff children need.The staff at this hotel was AMAZING and super helpful! Like others have stated, the only issue we had involved pool towels not being available.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Small hotel in a beautiful location at Pacific Beach. No restaurant but they do a really nice breakfast. Plenty of places along the oceanfront to eat. The staff are just lovely. So helpful from the time you arrive until the time you leave. Loved it and highly recommend!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

My family of four recently stayed at the Pacific terrace Hotel for 4 days over Thanksgiving and we were blown away. Within feet from the beach and the Pacific Ocean this hotel and the view it offered us was out of this world. We travelled from PA for a western vacation through southern California and I can't imagine a better place to stay. The rooms were great and the morning breakfast buffet was one of the best we've ever had.

The only complaint's I would offer up, and they are very minor, is that the pillows were less than dseireable, as they should have matched the value of the hotel. Also, the pool supply of towels was always out of stock. Both of these things is very minro and easily correctable.

Room Tip: Ask for a ocean view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Pacific Terrace. From the front desk always greeting us, to the housekeeping always having a smile. We got to San Diego early and they let us check in, having us look at two suite so we could have the view we wanted. Very helpful with restaurants and things to do. We slept great, no noise at all except the ocean if you had the slider open. The room was clean, they even came back at night to turn down the beds. Thanks Pacific Terrace for a wonderful Thanksgiving stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 610 Diamond Street, San Diego, CA 92109
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#5 Family Hotel in San Diego
#55 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pacific Terrace Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront, 4-diamond hotel between Sea World and La Jolla. ... more   less 
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