Our family of four stayed in an ocean front jr. suite for 3 nights. Our room 217 was on the 2nd floor with a great view over the pool towards the ocean. One thing I wasn't really aware of until we were in our room is that the balconies vary depending upon the room. Our room had a very enclosed balcony with a flat railing that created more of a room feel. Other balconies stuck out further from the room and had rounded more open balconies. My husband says he liked our balcony best because of the privacy. However, there were some end unit balconies that gave much more sweeping views and because of the shape of the building are much closer to the ocean. I don't know for sure which room type gets which balcony so I can't say how to choose a room based on this except for talking to someone at the hotel.
Our room was incredibly spacious. It had a nice kitchenette with dishes, refrigerator and microwave. The bathroom area was separated from the room and had a nice area for storing our luggage, counter space for all our toiletries and the shower/toilet were away from the sink. I loved that there was plenty of sitting space - a table with 4 chairs in the kitchenette area, a small table with 2 chairs near the balcony and 4 chairs with a small table on the balcony.
We enjoyed the buffet breakfast each morning which was 50% off for us. A good deal we thought. We enjoyed the happy hour at 4pm - free cookies and 1/2 price drinks from the tiny "bar" but they are served nicely pool side by friendly staff.
Some reviews were not sure about the boardwalk running literally on the other side of the glass wall by the pool, but we didn't mind it and enjoyed the people watching. However, we couldn't convince ourselves that a 1st floor room on the poolside was attractive. You either have to keep your windows covered all the time or be ok with people literally a few feet from your patio (and some of them were awfully close to the public boardwalk albeit behind the glass wall).
The area is interesting. We drove in around 4pm on a Sunday and were surprised to see the 20-something crowd literally spilling out of bars up and down Mission Blvd. We ate out that night and had to dodge around this bar crowd on the way to the restaurant a few blocks away. I felt it rivaled New Orleans except there is a wider age range in NO. Overall, we didn't try to go out after dark with the kids after the first night. There are a number of homeless people and many young people up and down the boardwalk after dark. One guy on his skateboard must have jumped the wall at the hotel while my husband and I were in the spa around 9pm. He skated by us, thumped the gate and then was gone. I'm pretty sure he jumped the wall on the other side. Given that, the hotel doors are unlocked until 11pm on the poolside. You do need a key to get in and out of the fenced in area separating the hotel property from the boardwalk, but this is not a perfect system as the skateboarder demonstrated.
The ocean front location is wonderful. We couldn't get enough of the crashing waves and the surfers. We saw some dolphins and enjoyed walking out on the nearby pier. The closeness to La Jolla was also nice for us. We explored there and Torrey Pines state park.
Parking was expensive but we didn't want to fuss with trying to find street parking.
The place overall is in great condition. Each morning I saw a crew out checking the pool, cleaning the glass wall, etc... One thing, though, that we didn't care for was that the climate control is motion activated. If you leave, the AC will turn off after a while for example. However, we ran the fan and had a specific temp set for at night. Each night my husband would have to get up to "activate" it again after it would shut off. The "quietness" of it shutting off would wake us every time. That was the worse of it, though.
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