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“Great location good service nice room” 4 of 5 stars
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Pacific Shores Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4802 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)   |  
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Ranked #172 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Peoria, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great location good service nice room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had a nice room with a partial view of the ocean. A patio set to sit at in front of the room was nice so we could listen to the waves in the morning and before bed each night. Coffee was available for free all day in the office. The staff was friendly and attentive. The room was clean as well as the rest of the property. There is a outdoor shower next to the pool area to wash the sand off after visiting the beach. You are close to bars and restaurants. Would stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, September 21, 2014
Perfect! It sounds like you were able to take full advantage of our location and what we have to offer. I really hope we will see you again soon!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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PSL, FL
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Let's take an excellent location with a newly renovated room a few hundred yards from the Pacific and make it average. Here's how: do not replace the old A/C unit which is not just a noise-maker but a wall shaker! Then add a host of loud, perhaps intoxicated, patrons and a mgt. staff that cares little about noise. Finally, mix in more gnats than you might find in a fruit processing factory. We trapped (drowned) 23 of them the first night and 12 the second with an apple cider vinegar and dish soap mix.
Overall,it was OK, but we'll stay elsewhere next time we're in PB.

Room Tip: Get one close to the pool.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, August 31, 2014
Well, we replace so many a/c units every year, of course. And, have someone there every night to try to control the noise of the loud people coming back from their fun time out in PB. Unfortunately, there are times when the noise is a problem, and so we do what we have to do to take care of it. As for the rooms, we are in the process of making every room very nice, and thinking about a different a/c system altogether. The salt air takes its toll on the compressors very fast, and is perhaps our greatest issue. I do hope you will try us again!
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Sun City, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I just got back from my stay there. The room was clean and roomy. It's a two minute walk to the beach and close to lots of restaurants that are within walking distance. The pool is well maintained and crystal clear. I will definitely go back. This motel was recommended by a coworker and I would recommend it. Hopefully this won't drive up the price. Lol. I would have given it 5 stars but they had a coffee maker and no coffee.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
The property has been around since 1947, and there are still guests that come back from the beginning, or their relatives who have continued their tradition! I originally placed coffee makers in the rooms to accommodate those guests as they kept requesting coffee makers for the coffee they would bring with them. I think I will improve this aspect of the guest experience soon based on the changing needs of my guests! Thank you very much for your review, and for staying with us!
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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

ROOM: My family and I stayed here in late september 2014 and we were fortunate enough to get one of the newly renovated rooms on the 2nd floor with the white plantation shutters and the wood/ laminate flooring at the entryway. The decor was beachy and light, very welcoming and spacious for our family. We arrived in the evening but I was delighted to wake up the next morning and open the shutters to find a partial view of the ocean from our room. For the great rate we were paying, this was totally unexpected. We also loved having a table and chairs outside our room on the upper deck, which also allowed us a partial view of the water and the feel of those ocean breezes we 'zonies' appreciate so much. The mini kitchenette with a microwave and small refrigerator was great. It was a dedicated area, not crammed into the bathroom area of the room like some hotels do. Lots of cabinet space for groceries.

LOCATION: While the hotel is not on the beach it really is just a short block away and on the quieter end of PB so a great spot for families. If you are familiar with the Pacific Beach area, you know the beach is down from the cliffs a bit but the walkway closest to this hotel is the slopped one not the wooden steps so it is much easier to get down to the beach with all your gear.

POOL: The pool is small but nice and we also made use of the grill. My only wish is that there was a jacuzzi tub. We love relaxing in one at night and it feels like there is space to add one.

MISC: Keeping up with clean towels seems to be a challenge as other reviews have indicated, but this was a minor issue for us. We brought our own beach towels and while our towels were not always fully replenished, we were always able to track someone down to get us the missing towels. Breakfast offerings are minimal but Konos is a short walk away, and worth every penny! They do charge for internet but I appreciate they do not tack on parking fees which has become the norm everywhere.

The management is also very helpful. I was able to make requests before we arrived which I knew were not guaranteed but I was happy they did their best to accommodate us. Considering a quick trip this month and this place will be one of the first places we check!

Overall a great value for what you get and an amazing location!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
I tried to convince the owners of a Jacuzzi when we redid our pool four years ago. That would have been a nice touch, and maybe something we will do sometime. I just had a meeting with the ownership this past week, and I was informed that we will be renovating the remainder of the rooms this winter. I really like the shutters too, and they seem to give a very nice appearance from inside and outside of the rooms. Thank you for staying with us!!
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Issaquah, Washington
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you're looking for a budget-friendly place just steps from the beach, this place is the way to go. However, it is not the most comfortable room I've ever stayed in. We were there during an unusually hot week in May, so after hoping to chill out for a bit in an air-conditioned room, we were disappointed to find out it was NOT working. It seemed to be blowing stale, warm air. Our bathroom did not have a fan either, so the extra humidity after showering did not help matters.
We arrived before check-in time, so the front desk staff was nice enough to let us store our luggage in the back for a few hours. However, after we were asked if we wanted top or bottom floor, we were still given a bottom floor room even after we asked for top. We were also given a room without a table/chairs on the patio (all the other rooms had them). Very small complaint, but still noticeable.

A big pro of this place is the salted (not chlorined) swimming pool just steps away from our room. The pool area could definitely use a few more lounge chairs, but there were not a lot of people using the pool to warrant a complaint.

A few evenings were a bit noisy outside (we had to leave our windows open to counteract the lack of AC), so be prepared to hear the hustle and bustle of the night crowd/partiers.

Overall, this is a great place to stay on a budget and to be walking distance from all the bars/restaurants... and sandy beach.

Room Tip: Choose to pay more for one of the newly renovated rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
We are definitely sorry about the a/c. It seems that about every month, one goes out. The salt air really affects the lifespan of our compressors. I hope we were able to do something for you to help you want to stay with us again. We just ordered all new tables and chairs for every location at the property, so we should be good in that regard in about two weeks. Again, we are sorry about your a/c. I hope we will see you again soon!
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The hotel is only a short walk to the beach. Free parking in this crowded area is a terrific plus. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Breakfast is meager and they should not charge for wifi. Lots of places to eat nearby.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, June 22, 2014
I completely agree about the charge for WiFi, and that will be going away very soon. Thank you for your review!!!
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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Me and my husband spent there 2 nights. Rooms look old and need renovation, furniture are outdated. Also the liquid they use to clean the room is so smelly. We had to open doors wide for hours to breath. Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of this smell totally. WiFi is not for free ($10 a day). At least parking is free of charge. Location is excellent for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. You can easily go for a long work. Also it is good location to go to La Jolla (by car 5 min.) and walking distance to Garnet Avenue. It is handy to rent a bike which cost $10 for a day (get a coupon from hotel reception) but you need to return the bicycle before close of business the same day which is usually 6pm. I am not recommending this hotel if you are used to good quality hotels. But if you want to survive 1-2 nights that would be good choice. But do not stay there longer than 2 nights.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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jimsilver, General Manager at Pacific Shores Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Sorry you didn't like us. Yes, the location is fantastic! But, the new rooms are just that, very nice, and modern. We are scheduled to renovate some more rooms this winter. This should make all of the rooms new then. I hope you will stay with us again.
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Address: 4802 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #172 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pacific Shores Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pacific Shores Inn is a quaint inn located at the north end of Pacific Beach. Many of the rooms offer some views of the ocean, and restaurants and shops are just a couple of blocks away. The boardwalk is a 2.5 mile stretch that will take you from the north end of Pacific Beach all the way to the south end of Mission Beach. As you stroll down the boardwalk, you will find ocean front shops and restaurants as well as the famous Belmont Park in Mission Beach. Bike, and surfboard rentals are located within two blocks so there is no reason to pack those items when visiting us. And, every room has a microwave oven, refrigerator, and a coffee maker for your convenience. Some rooms also have full kitchens for those who require that. Parking, and a continental breakfast which includes juice, coffee, and danish are always free. ... more   less 
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