It's not much to look at from the outside, though the stunning scenery of San Diego makes up for a lot of architectural shortcomings. As others have noted, this hotel is undergoing renovations, but even once that's done, it will still feel like a mom'n'pop kind of place. While I normally go for the comfort of a giant Hilton box, I found the Bay Club Hotel & Marina oddly charming. Upon arrival, and throughout my stay, not once did I encounter anything that made me think this hotel has been focus grouped. And that is oddly charming.
The front desk was fairly efficient. I had two beers at the bar--well, outside overlooking the pool and marina--and the staff was unfailingly pleasant. I ordered food from the bar to take to the room, and it was cheap and good, with no annoying add-on fees for so doing. The room itself was large, with very high ceilings, despite being on the first floor. It's nothing to write home about, but neither was there anything wrong with it. The a/c wasn't amazing, but it did the trick. There was a large flat-panel tv. The wifi worked fine. The bathroom is spartan, but again, suitable for what one does in the bathroom. I skipped the gym, but it does exist. There's a free, hot breakfast, which I also skipped, but I saw it when getting coffee and it seemed much more extensive than what one finds at a Hampton Inn.
All in all, though I didn't get any HHonors points, I did have a nice stay.