We stayed at Marina Shores in connection with a recent visit by my sister-in-law. The hotel is long and narrow, which produces some odd inconveniences, not to mention parking difficulties. For example, the entrance is at the western end of the building, necessitating a long walk with luggage (they provide carts) if your room is at the other end. After you're in the room, however, you can park near the entrance at the eastern end and reduce the length of the walk. That is, if you can find a parking space on that side. If you can't, then you must negotiate a hairpin turn and proceed up the side nearest the Pacific Coast Highway, where there are usually parking spaces. Then, you must either retrace your steps to the eastern entrance or walk westerly and go through the lobby, again resulting in a looooong walk to your room. Oh, did I mention that you pay for the parking? As a 42-year resident of California, I am used to paying exorbitant rates for parking at public venues, but at a hotel (really a motel)? That's over-reaching in my book, even at $10 a day. The breakfast room is so small you have to go outside to change your mind. Better dine early. Typical motel food for a "free" breakfast. Lastly, the rooms have what I think is a heat exchanger, which I never quite learned how to adjust properly due to confusing controls. A disappointing hotel that's able to get away with a lot due to their location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Best Western Plus Marina Shores Hotel - Dana Point Harbor - Doheny State Beach. Conveniently located on Pacific Coast Highway and minutes from Laguna Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Camp Pendleton, the Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, and the Montage Resort and Spa. Our AAA rated hotel features 34 comfortable two-room suites with partial ocean views from their balcony and 8 spacious king suites with whirlpool tubs for two. All rooms (with the exception of ADA Rooms) have jetted tubs with showers. All rooms have two phones with voice mail; one with speaker. We are conveniently located 1 block from Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Our area is known for its fine beaches, recreational activities, specialty shops, restaurants and fine art galleries. Whale watching excursions are offered in Dana Point Harbor during the California Gray Whale migration. The hotel is located just two miles from both San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, four miles from Laguna Beach. Weekly rates available based on a 7 night stay. Contact the hotel directly for details and rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Dana Point Harbor - Doheny Beach Hotel Dana Point
- Holiday Inn Dana Point
- Dana Point Holiday Inn