When looking at hotels in San Diego I searched extensively trying to find something that would offer my vision of vacation at the ocean. You know when you envision vacationing in Hawaii thoughts are of a beachfront villa with a lanai opening right on to a private beach. The vision doesn't usually involve a standard little boxy hotel room with, possibly, a view of some water out a window that doesn't open.
Dockside Yacht Lodging offers the ability to vacation in a way you might have only dreamed of. It's really such a unique experience, but also includes a peaceful, private and comfortable stay, great amenities, convenient location, and unbeatable views.
I have to say there are a few things I did not consider before booking our stay. The main thing I did not consider until after we arrived was the potential for noise. I've never "lived" on a boat before. Does sound travel across the water from all the surrounding boats, the hotels, the homes? Will it end up feeling, and sounding, like I'm staying at a truck-stop (yacht-stop)? Thankfully this was a concern I never had to regret not thinking of in advance. It was unbelievable how quiet and clam everything was then entire week we were there (including a holiday weekend).
The marina is private, so you receive a passkey when you arrive. We left the door and windows open round the clock and never felt the least bit of unease with regard to privacy or safety. The beds are very comfortable, toilets are easy to use (not involving manually pumping water into the bowl like some older boats), the kitchen is very handy and well equipped, and there is plenty of space to relax inside and outside while on the boat.
As other reviewers have mentioned, Chaluim was always available and more than helpful. He has wisely worked with nearby businesses like the Best Western and Sail San Diego in order to make sure guests have more amenities as well as ensuring other locals can benefit from increased tourism. I know we took advantage of a sunset sail and we also had breakfast and several lunches at the Best Western during our stay (I don't think it's possible to find better french fries and the staff was always extremely friendly and helpful).
Keep in mind it is a boat. You don't have walk-in closets or roomy showers with high water pressure. But if you're open to a unique vacation this is experience would be tough to beat. We will definitely be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dockside Yacht Lodging is a unique alternative to hotel accommodations in San Diego, CA. We provide a range of luxurious, yet affordable yachts that are equipped with all the amenities one would find in a hotel. Located on, our yachts are just five minutes from the airport and conveniently located near many acclaimed downtown restaurants and shopping centers. ... more less