They didn't lie. This is as close to the beach as you can get in Pacific Beach! My room (#12) was billed as a "partial ocean view" ... I knew better from past experience than to believe that the view would be worth a darn. I have had "full ocean view" rooms from which you could barely catch a glimpse of blue in the distance.
However, this view far surpassed being "partial" ... I could clearly see the beach, and the pier, from my room. Out on the balcony, it was even better. A two-second walk downstairs and across the boardwalk and there were benches to sit at and look down on the scene. Another two-minute walk down some steps and you are on the beach itself.
The room itself was adorable, super clean and brightly furnished. A small fridge and microwave came in handy.
I had forgotten the "party town" atmosphere of PB as well as the huge amount of kelp and seaweed on this particular beach. But obviously not the fault of the hotel! I still was able to enjoy my stay, especially when I woke at 5 AM and watched the sunrise in peace and solitude.
The only cons, in my opinion were the lack of A/C (not so bad in May, but I can imagine the summer months get pretty uncomfortable) and no towel rack in the bathroom. Minor issues, to be sure!
Parking is indeed a huge issue, as PB gets packed quickly. I reserved one of their 7 spots (with 23 rooms ... yikes!) for $20 and was glad that I did!
The staff are amazing - friendly and charming, without being overbearing. Overall, I was very happy with this hotel!
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