Our trip to San Diego was brief, just two days. We booked it sight unseen and at the very last min. (We got the last room) Our objective was to book something cheap and comfortable.
At first glance, the Pearl felt like a forgotten mid-century hotel that had been recently renovated. It struck a perfect balance between maintaining the original charm and injecting just enough modern style. The attention to detail didn't go unnoticed, from the iconic Pearl logo, to the stylized postcards and t-shirts the staff were wearing. A great blend of the old and new.
We stayed in one of the standard rooms for two nights. While the room was on the small side, it was perfectly adequate. It had been mostly updated with new furniture, carpet, and tv. The bathroom renovation seemed to stop at the tub, which was original and run down. It also lacked a full sized mirror and had a loud AC. However, the room was equipped with a fighting fish named Felix!
In the daytime, the Hotel was relatively quiet. It is located on a busy street, but the noise wasn't really a factor. Come evening, it turns into a totally happening bar/ restaurant, which was completely packed. We had a couple of drinks and a dessert, both were excellent. When we went back to our room, the noise went away as soon as we shut the door.
To summarize, we found The Pearl to be ideal for our needs. The awesome Shelter Island location, proximity to the beach/downtown, the cool retro modern style, warm pool, free Wifi and use of bikes made this a memorable stay.