My husband and I stayed 3 nights at the Pacific Terrace Hotel from October 28th to the 31st. This was our first trip to San Diego and when I researched hotels, the Pacific Terrace had very good reviews so we decided to book here. About a week before our trip I checked back on Trip Advisor for any updates on the hotel and saw a recent one posted that only gave one star and his review said the hotel was noisy and he didn't enjoy his stay. I was worried then that I might have made a bad choice but it was too late to change anything. We took a taxi from the airport and I was surprised to see that the hotel was right in the middle of a neighborhood of private homes -- some not too nice, but when we entered the hotel we were pleasantly surprised that it was very nicely decorated, clean, and the staff so very nice.
We arrived early and requested a 3rd floor room, which you never know if you will be able to get until the day of check-in. Kyla, in guest services, was able to find us a 3rd floor room which would be ready in a couple hours. She stored our luggage and this gave us a chance to walk up and down the boardwalk and on Mission Boulevard to get acquainted with the area. She called our cell when the room was ready. We had room 309 which turned out to be very nice. It is directly above the pool which closes at 10 each night and it was very quiet all night long.
We found a grocery store, Ralph's, which is a 10 minute walk south on Mission Boulevard. We bought some things for breakfast, lunches and snacks. The room has a microwave, refrigerator, toaster, dishes, small bowls, glasses, and silverware. We don't eat a lot for breakfast so I was happy to be able to buy a bagel to toast. There is a coffee maker in the room but they also have coffee made in the lobby if you would rather do that. There is a buffet breakfast served each day for $14 which includes eggs, bacon, burritos, rice, & fruit, cereal, waffles, etc. We ate there once and everything was pretty good. Unfortunately, this small restaurant area is not open for lunch or dinner -- maybe because there are so many places to eat in the area, it wouldn't pay for them to serve other meals.
The room has a nice patio overlooking the ocean which is very relaxing. The bed was very comfortable and the TV had a nice large screen. I don't have one complaint about the Pacific Terrace Hotel. The location is great - right on the ocean, although I believe in the summer months there would be a lot of activity on the boardwalk - mostly geared toward young people. I don't think I would go in the summer - we're not that young! It would be nice if there were less transients hanging around the boardwalk but that's no fault of the hotel's. It's like that up and down Ocean Beach and Mission Beach boardwalks.
The bathroom in this room has a separate area for tub with overhead shower and glass doors on tub and the toilet is in that same area with a door separating this area from the sink w/mirror area. Everything is very clean.
Regarding the parking, we rented a car on our last day there because we were driving on to Vegas, but we did not have to pay the $22 parking fee at the hotel. There is overnight parking on the streets to each side of the hotel and we had no trouble finding a spot, so all worked out fine.
We would definitely go here again but only in the fall or late winter to avoid the crowds.
I would always request a room on the 3rd floor with a good view of ocean.
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