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“Excellent Choice !” 4 of 5 stars
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Blue Sea Beach Hotel
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   707 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 (Formerly Best Western Blue Sea Lodge) (Mission Beach)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 269 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Farmington, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Choice !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We just spent 5 nights in this wonderful hotel. It has been updated and is right on Pacific Beach. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony each night and watching all the activities that occurred on the boardwalk! The Staff was extremely helpful and courteous! We even had a Keurig Coffee Maker in our room! Lots wonderful restaurants down the boardwalk.... my favorite was Jordan 23!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
So happy to hear that you found our staff very helpful and courteous! We greatly appreciate your 5 night stay with us and that you found the Blue Sea Beach Hotel to be an “excellent choice” for your hotel accommodations.
Sincerely,
Ruben Garza
General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Oak Lawn, Illinois
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Not having a room in the San Diego area, my wife and I happened upon the Blue Sea website. Unfortunately, since it was short notice, the standard room we wanted was only available for one of the two nights. Luckily, I called, and in order to accommodate us, we were upgraded to a two-room suite at no extra charge. A double balcony looking out at the ocean! We loved it so much we inquired about a third night and they gave us the same rate. Super friendly staff! The hotel is older but the rooms have been renovated and are very nice. The location is excellent. You literally walk out and onto the beach and it is within walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops, and the boardwalk. You can get a more elegant hotel but you'll pay a lot more, and here everyone is down to earth.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Donald,
I am very happy to hear that you and your wife had a great stay with us! Thank you so much for those wonderful comments regarding our “super” friendly staff! They take great pride in providing superior service to our guests! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Regards,
Ruben Garza
General Manager
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Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Blue Sea Beach Hotel was a great place to stay. The price was by far the best price I could find on any hotel in San Diego and this hotel was located on the beach. The Rooms are a great size and are immaculately clean, had comfortable beds, nice colors and a great view of the ocean, overall just plain beautiful. The service from the staff was great. The pool area was well maintained and had a open view of the ocean. We parked our car and never used it the entire stay because there was so much to do within walking distance of the hotel. It was a great vacation and I have already booked my next stay there. It's a great feeling to wake up in the morning and look out your window and see the ocean and be able to walk out to it.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Thank you so much for your comments, Vincent! I am very pleased that our staff and the services we provided you and your family made for a great vacation. Our team looks forward to your stay next summer!
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Ruben Garza
General Manager
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Peoria, Arizona
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We booked a king, partial view room. It was a modern, clean, and spatious room. The bed was the best...soooo comfortable. Everywhere we went in the hotel, from the parking garage, to the pool, to the lobby was very clean. Very impressive.
Had trouble getting maid service for two of our three night stay. We were disappointed getting back to our unmade room after being at the beach all day. Once we contacted the front desk...the room was promptly addressed. Upon our checkout, we were compensated one day of parking for the inconvenience of dealing with housekeeping. Speaking of parking...it is pricey. Eighteen dollars per day seemed a bit much...but still worth the stay.
We plan to book again next summer.

Room Tip: Partial view is very nice! Booking early can save several bucks!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
So happy to hear that you found our beds to be so comfortable! Thank you for those wonderful comments about how clean you found our facility. Our team takes great pride in maintaining the overall cleanliness of our oceanfront facility. We look forward as you “plan to book again” at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel. Thank you for staying and enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Ruben Garza
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

The hotel was very clean. The staff is very nice and more than willing to help with anything! The location is unbeatable. The GM is very hands on and made sure our trip was everything we expected! I will stay here again and again!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Karen, we can’t wait to have you back! It was my pleasure along with the rest of my team to make your trip everything you expected. We look forward to having you stay again, again and again! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Best Regards,
Ruben Garza
General Manager
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Peoria, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stayed here for 6 nights last week and enjoyed just about every minute of it! Most of the evenings we were in a 2 Queen partial view (one night we were in a King suite with ocean view), and I would highly recommend staying in the partial view rooms...they are a great size with an incredible view! We were able to fit our entire family of 6 in this room, with a roll away, which fit nicely between the two beds, so it really didn't take up any additional space! The 2 Queens also have a tub and shower, whereas the King suite only has a small shower.

The maid service leaves a bit to be desired, though. They don't change the linens unless you specifically ask them (which was okay with us because that's a great way to conserve water and such). However, after the first night we would find our linens throughout the room. One night a bedspread was on the floor, another there were two pillow cases on the chair, so we weren't sure if we were sleeping on fresh ones or not. Little things like that. Also, it was hit or miss as to how many towels we would have after they came through. The first night we had 3 of everything and zero pool towels. I asked for more shower towels and they quickly sent more up. The other nights varied between 2 and 4 sets of shower towels and between 1 and 4 pool towels. The one time we asked for extra pool towels they said they would send someone within 15 minutes. An hour later they still hadn't arrived. Since we had heard that you aren't supposed to take the hotel towels to the beach we brought extras anyway and just used those for the pool and beach. We still hadn't received any extra towels by the time we checked out.

The other negative experience we had was with the roll away. When we switched rooms we specifically asked that the bed be moved as well. They wanted us to get settled first and said they would send it over no later than 7pm. At 9pm I called the front desk and was told we would have it right away. At 11pm I went down to the front desk to ask where it was and was told they would have to check to see if they had any left! I was furious and trying to figure out where 2 members of my family were going to sleep if they didn't have any left. The security guard was apparently the one in charge of getting these kinds of things and had a hard time finding them (and seemed a little put out that we requested one so late). Fortunately, he eventually found one and even though I asked for at least two pillows he only brought one and seemed like I should be grateful for that much.

They were renovating the entire hotel while we were there and it showed in some places. I really hope they weren't finished with the King Suites because there were quite a few things that needed repaired, especially in the bathroom. The main item being the sprinkler above the toilet. It wasn't completely sealed and when we returned from the beach one day there was a HUGE sewer roach in the shower, we had to assume he fell from the hole over the toilet into the shower (they are VERY close).
Also, the refrigerator in the Queen partial view rooms is much larger than the King Suite. However, the A/C unit is upgraded and much nicer/newer in the King. Finally, the bed in the King is not a King. It is the same size as the 2 Queen and we have a King at home and this bed was definitely smaller.

As for noise level, we didn't hear much of anything. In the East building (where our 2Q was) we only heard the normal bumps and thumps of people coming in and dropping off their stuff above us (I just wish it wasn't at 1am). We couldn't hear anything from our "neighbors" on either side of us, except if we happened to be in the bathroom when they were taking a shower, we could hear the water running. When we were in the ocean-view King, the only time we could hear anything other then bumps, thumps, and water running in the bathroom, were when both our patio door and theirs, were open. Once that patio door is shut you barely hear anything from the outside...which was really great!

Parking is $18/night and the spaces near the office are tight. However, there are larger spaces near the West building. There are a TON of great places to eat nearby, so there really isn't any need to move your car too often when you're there.

Also, they don't offer cookies anymore. They now have (or at least during the duration of our stay) fruit, usually apples, available.

Finally, Cody and America were very helpful and friendly. I had a TON of questions and Cody graciously answered every one of them.

Room Tip: If you stay in the ocean-view room be sure to keep the screen closed at all times. There were a ton...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Very happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent 6 night stay at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel. I am very sorry that you did experience some issues with our maid service. Rest assured those items you mentioned are getting addressed. I am very pleased that you found both Cody and America very helpful and that they were able to answer a lot of your questions. We sincerely appreciate your patronage and look forward to having you stay at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel the next time travel brings you to sunny San Diego!
Sincerely,
Ruben Garza
General Manager
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Glendora, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I booked this hotel because it's beach front and we wanted to go into the ocean in front of our hotel. The lifeguards wouldn't let us go into the water in front of our hotel because surfers had the area flagged off. There was surf instruction right in front of our hotel. This meant we had to go down the beach carrying all of our food, chairs, beach toys, umbrellas, towels and other stuff. What a pain!! If I had known that was going to happen I would have booked the hotel down the way so I could have easy access to my hotel bathroom and amenities. The hotel was clean, staff was friendly, but for the price I want access to the beach in front of MY hotel. Also, they charge an additional $18 per night to park. Don't agree with that. Parking should be included. If you have a big vehicle, be prepared. Stalls are small and area is tight to park.

Room Tip: Don't pay extra for a view room. My room had very little view and not worth extra $$$.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ruben G, General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Kristy, I can sincerely empathize with your frustration of not being able to swim directly in front of our hotel. The life guards, however, do flag off the area for safety reasons. I am very happy to hear that you found our hotel to be very clean and that our staff was friendly. We work very hard to ensure all of our guests feel the same about our hotel and the service we provide. It was a pleasure speaking to you and thank you so much for staying at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel!
Sincerely,
Ruben Garza
General Manager
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Address: 707 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 (Formerly Best Western Blue Sea Lodge)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Beach , Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#28 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#28 Business Hotel in San Diego
#64 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Sea Beach Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pairing a beachfront location with newly renovated deluxe accommodations, the Blue Sea Beach Hotel knows a thing or two about vacationing. Whether you are traveling with family or flying solo, you'll appreciate our easy access to the Strand surfing and sunbathing and an assortment of iconic attractions and activities like the San Diego Zoo and the Gaslamp Quarter. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Blue Sea Hotel San Diego
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