The location is fabulous. Right on the boardwalk, overlooking the rolling waves, with the sound of the crashing surf. I live in San Diego, but during a week last summer at Capri by the Sea, I really FELT like I lived in San Diego. We rollerbladed, boogie boarded, had friends over to go to the beach/pool. Even though we worked during the week, we came back at the end of the day, and felt like we were on vacation.
The unit we had on the 1st floor was nicely decorated, very comfortable w/ both a queen bed and bunk bed in the bedroom (very convenient for the kids) and sofa bed in the living room (even closer to the sound of the crashing waves, but not especially comfortable - sofa beds rarely are).
Only real problem with the unit is that (at least if you're there on a timeshare exchange), it's more like renting a condo than a hotel. No daily or even weekly housekeeping service, except a change of towels and linens mid-week. Also, our microwave broke the 2nd day of our stay, and he basically told us it probably wouldn't be fixed until after we left (and it wasn't), so we were without a microwave all week, which was a bit of a pain, especially during hot August weather when we didn't want to have to use the oven. Also, no shampoo or conditioner in the unit; fortunately, I brought those. There are laundry facilities at the end of each floor.
There's a roof-top deck with a killer view in every direction, which has a BBQ grill on it and one simple picnic table and a couple simple loungers, but it looks like they really aren't encouraging people to use it, bcse there are no furnishings, decorations, or anything to make it look comfortable and inviting. And, in the summer, it's super hot w/ the sun reflecting off the roof, and there's not a single umbrella or lick of shade. Very strange. But, still a pretty awesome view.
There's free parking for 1 car, right in front (the best view of the place; strange place for a parking lot), and you can buy a week of parking for a 2nd car in a lot behind the building for $35/week (a bargain for beach parking - we did it). The pool and Jacuzzi aren't located on the beach side, but behind the building as well. It was a simple pool area, but the kids loved it, and we used it every day, especially to warm up after being in the ocean (there were showers to wash off the sand both near the garage and at the pool).
Overall, it was a great stay, loved the location and being so close to the beach, boardwalk and the fun beach nightlife. This is our second time at Capri by the Sea, and I would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Capri By the Sea, an idyllic setting for your next active vacation or quiet retreat. Located just north of the historic Crystal Pier along the famous boardwalk that parallels an endless sunswept beach, guests enjoy carefree seaside living in spacious and modern 1- and 2-bedroom condominium suites. Each condo faces the ocean and offers stunning panoramic views through double-sliding glass doors and from private Juliette balconies. An endless number of dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife opportunities begin right outside your door and await you in nearly every direction. Three miles to the north lie the eclectic neighborhoods of La Jolla and San Diego Underwater Park. Three miles to the south you'll find Mission Bay, home to Mission Bay Park, picturebook marinas, and of course, Sea World. Wake up each morning to the sound of seabirds and gentle waves. Cook breakfast in your fully furnished kitchen, then relax in our private swimming pool or jacuzzi, or step out onto the sandy shoreline for a swim or some beachcombing. Return in the evening to prepare a meal on the outdoor grill or retire to the rooftop terrace to take in an ocean sunset. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capri By The Sea Hotel San Diego