We’re locals just trying to get away for the weekend, so although this area is very familiar to us, the hotel was not. For the most part, we were pleasantly surprised. It clearly has been remodeled from an older and lesser property, which is exposed in the weirdly narrow steps and slightly uneven halls. Some of the rooms are tiny. We were first taken to 314, which is a cute little King room on the road side. It was just too small for us, and the window was directly in front of the bed so that passers-by could peer in easily. Since I don’t like having curtains drawn all the time, we asked to be moved. Marissa and Richard at the front desk were very nice about this. We moved to room 205, which is a few doors down from the fire pit area. It was less charming but much larger, and though the window offered a view of the garages next door, there was much more privacy. The beds are surprisingly comfortable. The freezer in the mini refrigerator had defrosted, I guess, and my husband had to mop up water after he dared to open it. We used it for the abundant leftovers after having a late dinner at the restaurant. Apparently they were trying out a new bar and food menu, and this might have caused delays in the kitchen. Also, while it was empty when we arrived at the hotel, just before we came in for dinner, they got slammed and our drinks and food took forever. The bartender/waiter could not have been more apologetic. When the food and drinks did arrive, they were well worth the wait—the best calamari I’ve ever had in the tacos—light and tender. The sweet potato fries were perfectly hot and crisp, and the burger was huge. We had received a complimentary hummus appetizer and a chocolate mousse dessert for our troubles as well. I would highly recommend the restaurant—they are working hard to provide unique and delicious dishes, and the portions were huge. I would return to the hotel to watch the sunset at the fire pit.
It’s really not far at all to the beach if you go directly down the driveway to the train tracks. It can take a little agility to scale the cliff, or you can run along the train tracks like the locals do. A short drive to 15th street or Torry Pines will bring you to a beach with parking.
I loved the Aveda shampoo and conditioner. (That’s one of the little treats that makes this more of a boutique hotel.) I agree that the décor isn’t the most chic, but they tried to make this less motel-like.
Rooms vary a LOT. If you can get a good deal on one of the suites with a view, you’ll love the hotel. Those rooms were too pricey the weekend that we were there. Don’t expect perfection here, and you’ll probably enjoy your stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Stratford Inn Of Del Mar Hotel Del Mar
- Best Western Stratford Hotel
- Best Western Del Mar
- Del Mar Best Western