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“Great property IF you get the right room!” 4 of 5 stars
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Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109 (Mission Bay Park)   |  
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“Great property IF you get the right room!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Overall we had a wonderful stay at this property but it was largely in part to the bungalow we had. Initially, we booked a garden bungalow because space was very important to us since we had our two young children but when we arrived I immediately asked if they had something on the water. We ended up going with their premium Lanai bayside suite. This was a smaller room but I have to say, this is what made the trip for us. Our room sat right on the water and we woke up to a beautiful view every morning. Our kids could easily step outside and play in the sand or in the water while we sat comfortably and watched. We paddle boarded right outside of our room, took daily walks on the beach, and enjoyed s'mores with our personal fire pit we had (again- right outside of our room) My 6 year old joked that we had our very own private beach! I don't think our stay would have been the same if we ended up in one of their other rooms. The property is extremely kid friendly, the restaurants overlook the water, and there's plenty of really fun activities to do. The pool is just ok. I would definitely return IF we had one of their waterfront rooms.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I booked this hotel not knowing much about it other than the massive amount of reviews written for it.

The price was an issue at first, but I went the weekend after Comic Con and my choices in San Diego hotels were minimal.

The hotel sits on what seems to be a man made island. The grounds are beautiful with plenty of Palm trees, flowering trees and plenty of ponds throughout. The rooms from the outside are nothing fancy but the architecture is appropriate for the landscape. The inside has modern furniture and an extremely large bathroom. I found the place a bit dirty, but I'm a clean freak so not many hotels meet my expectations. So if you think the room is going to be immaculate. It won't. Our cleaning lady was nineteen years old. Imagine? I think for the prices more experienced help might make a difference. With that said, the place is beautiful to walk around and enjoy the famous san diego sunsets and the sea world fireworks. The fire pits along the bay are first come, first serve. They are usually reserved by the rooms if front of them. The guests put their personal items on them so it's difficult to get a fire pit if your room is not near the beach areas. Ours was 20 feet away and we still could not get one on any of the three nights. On the other hand you have plenty of heated pools and jacuzzis to enjoy. Last, the staff is very nice and professional and very helpful. Liked that. Oh and the food is absolutely wonderful. Some stuff is very pricey like the alcohol so be careful.

A bit pricey, the dirty rooms, and the lack of fire pits did not effect in any way the amount of fun we had on the grounds, the pools and the beach and restaurants. We'll be back next summer.

Stayed August 2014
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ParadisePointGM, General Manager at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Rosa, thank you for the review on TripAdvisor. We’re delighted to hear the details of your recent visit and that you’re already planning to join us again next summer! Your kind comments regarding Paradise Point’s tropical grounds, friendly staff, pools and restaurants are greatly appreciated, as is your feedback on housekeeping, where we will look to improve. We regret hearing that you were unable to enjoy a night next to one of the fire pits that surround the island, and hope you utilize them on your next visit. While they are first come, first served, we encourage guests to share and socialize. We look forward to having you as our guest again in 2015.

David Hall
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We recently stayed with my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. I had booked the bayside bungalow and a lanai garden room nine months prior to our visit. The day of check in, the bungalow was ready, but not the garden room. After multiple calls to the front desk, we were given what was supposed to be a comparable room. It was small, with a queen bed, and two tiny windows. We had to get to the management level before it was resolved. I received multiple calls the next day asking if I was satisfied with the new room. We found the staff reactive rather than proactive in solving issues. Employees did not seem that excited about their work and it came across in their tone when answering questions and giving information. Paradise Point charges as a 4 star resort, but the customer service and amenities were more of a 3 star hotel. There was only one restaurant where we could feed the little ones (which was reasonable), but we did have to visit stores off property.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My wife, toddler and I spent the Canadian long weekend at Paradise Point. It was an excellent getaway, and an ideal place to go with a family - especially with younger kids. The grounds and beach are beautifully maintained. The room was nice; the bathroom was a little bit in need of a renovation, but I understand they do this on a rotating basis, and that more recently renovated rooms are available.

-5 pools. One is adult only, and another has a "cantina". Good thing, too...staying hydrated is important!
-Location - easy access to and from the airport, Old Town and Sea World, and to the highways that will take you anywhere else in the city (we did have a rental car).
-Drive up bungalow - such a plus with the number of items you find yourself carrying when travelling as a family. Having to run out to the car for something is more of a chore when it involves an elevator.
-Amenities - to put it simply, if you didn't want to leave the property for a weekend, or a few days, you wouldn't need to. Everything is there.

-There are a number of food outlets on the property, but only Caveman Pizza takes food orders over the phone. I'm sure they have their reasons for this, but, since it is co-located with the beachfront bar, it seems logical that they could make the takeout menu a little more diverse. This was highlighted for us, as my wife is gluten intolerant. She couldn't eat the pizza, but there were items on the other menus that she could have enjoyed.
-This is a truly family-friendly resort, but the room we had was not laid out with an adventuresome 18 month old in mind. This is probably a comment that the hotel industry in general could benefit from. One minute he was in the fridge (right at his height) the next he was pushing the buttons on the safe, the next, he was in a near collision with the sharp end of the desk, which was right at forehead-height for him. I would happily pay a premium for an environment that had kids in mind, from that perspective, and had put things like the fridge and safe out of reach (IE, we were afraid to use the safe in case he found a way to lock our passports in there!).

If they need an adventuresome toddler to test such an environment, I can make one available.


  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Came in for 4 days during the beginning of August and checking in was a pain. Booked four rooms a whole two months in advance and only two were in their books, eventually with a bit of talking with the manager we did get four rooms. I will say the staff was very professional and polite everywhere we met them and that this place would be great for young families, also the beach front was very nicely maintained. HOWEVER, this hotel is clearly not being maintained very well and needs for someone to come in and do some upkeep. My bathroom was disgusting and starting to look very outdated, I could not get the shower to get hot or even warm at 8am. The room was pretty nice and included a large LCD TV. The internet was lousy and slow, I had to use wireless the whole time because the Ethernet in my room was not connected, there was a cable though so maybe they were just temporarily for my entire stay?

Final gripes, the pool area had a broken latch to the gate going in, one of the restaurants in the resort (I'm looking at you Caveman Pizza) was built as an afterthought and shoved into a dark corner with a very terrible seating area, if you do want the pizza just order it to your room instead. Or better yet just order some regular delivery pizza it will taste better and be cheaper. I've stayed here many times in the past and it's defiantly not as nice as it used to be, I hope the owners address these problems because I really used to enjoy this place.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were very anxious coming here because I saw some of the worst trip advisor reviews ever after we booked.

The room was a really good size and they look nice on the surface. Ours looked like it had been painted recently. It's a little rustic. The beds were big and comfortable. The room we stayed in was a garden room. The bathroom was basic and more like a self catering apartment than what you'd expect in a 4 star. It all looked like it had been cleaned well overall but the cleaner had obviously left some long black hair on the wall and not wiped them off which was a shame because it was one of the first things I noticed. The floor was swept every day but not mopped and our feet got pretty dirty. The fridge was noisy at night And the aircon was too noisy to have on at night but we didn't need it. However overall, with the space, garden, car outside, it was great for what we needed. The kids loved it. I did not see one cobweb, bug or anything else.

People couldn't have been any friendlier, guests and staff alike.

The pools are plenty and one pretty much opposite our room. It never got too crowded and we didn't feel the need to go to the other pools. I don't know why they charge for mini golf, it seems a bit unnecessary.

The gardens are beautiful and reminded me of the Carribean.

Location wise it is pretty good. Old town is about 10 mins I the car, mission beach five mins, sea world across the bridge and you can watch the fireworks from the end of the road. La Jolla about 15 minutes drive. Great for exploring San Diego.

It is not perfect but i don't think it deserves the slating it has got in some reviews. It wouldn't take much for it to be a full 4 star. At the moment it is a really decent three star.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I recently stayed at Paradise Point for 1 day business trip. I truly enjoyed the service, atmosphere, and location of the resort. My colleagues said that it reminded them a lot of being in Hawaii due to the layout and landscaping of the resort. Of course, the ocean features are much different however the overall ambiance and location made it an extremely desirable place for me to return with my family.

I had spent some time at another SD location before arriving to my room late in the evening. When I arrived and drove around the resort and reviewed all of it's amenities I was extremely disappointed that I did not align my appointments and business that day to serve more of my personal needs... which would have been to check in as early as possible and enjoy the resort.

I will definitely return but next time with my wife and 2 children. There is plenty to do here without leaving the island and all of us would have an incredible time.

Room Tip: Pay the extra money to get close to the beach.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Bay Park
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#17 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#35 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#36 Green Hotel in San Diego
#49 Business Hotel in San Diego
#57 Family Hotel in San Diego
#60 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
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Hotel Class:4 star — Paradise Point Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 462
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, this luxurious 44-acre island resort features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and lagoons. Here at this AAA Four-Diamond San Diego hotel, you can explore one mile of beach, five swimming pools, and enjoy various amenities including tennis courts, an 18-hole putting course, beach cruisers, bonfire pits, and a private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, and kayaks. Dine at one of two waterfront venues, then relax and refresh at the plush spa with a treatment from Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, or Bali. Secluded yet centrally located, the hotel is minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Gaslamp District. ... more   less 
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