At the last minute we got a few days off and decided to head south (we live an hour north of LA). We booked an executive suite and requested third floor north side, which we received. Our room was The St. Lucia suite room 325, and it was approximately 750 sq ft. VERY spacious for our family of four (two teenage boys, mom and dad). Two queens, sleeper sofa, kitchenette with fridge, microwave and Keurig coffee maker, plates, cutlery etc. Had a kitchen table and a massive bathroom with a large jacuzzi tub. GREAT ROOM FOR FAMILIES! Well worth the extra $$$. It was considered a partial ocean view which concerned us at booking, but we were pleasantly surprised to have a truly spectacular ocean view. North side is preferable in my opinion, as the south side overlooks public restrooms and has more traffic. The rooms are very clean. Tommy Bahama decorated and has TB bath products as well, which are nice. Comfy beds. No complaint at all with the room.
Pacific Beach itself is a busy beach town. As we drove in, we felt it was a tad bit sketchier than we expected...it is certainly not as upscale as other beach communities such as Laguna, La Jolla or Coronado Island. However, we wound up feeling safe as we walked about. There is a wonderful walking/biking path that runs along the beach and pretty much ends at the hotel. We'd get up early each morning and hop on the hotel's complimentary beach cruiser bikes. It is maybe three miles or so to the end and it's lots of fun to check out the beach houses and people as well as enjoy the beautiful ocean view. Lots of casual places to eat. We took out Thai food from Thai City one night, which was pretty good. Also ate at Bite of Boston for lobster rolls (small compared to what I've had on Cape Cod). Tower 23 is fine dining on the beach and is a block away. Aside from that, no need to bring anything dressy to wear.
Hotel itself is small, but nice. Not a luxury property....location is what bumps it up to four stars. Staff were kind and accommodating. Included in the mandatory resort fee are bicycles (both adult and small children's), boogie boards, sand toys, beach chairs and umbrellas. They have plenty and don't seem to run out. Hotel sits up on cliff above Pacific Beach. Stair access is easy. There are on duty life guards. Beach was quite crowded as the weather was wonderful during our stay, but still plenty of room for all. Hotel's pool is small but directly overlooks the ocean. Property is not far from Sea world and San Diego Zoo. Approximately 25-30 minutes to Legoland and Animal Safari Park. Hour and a half to Disneyland.
Overall a good experience!
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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Terrace San Diego
- Hotel Pacific Terrace