The Pacific Terrace Hotel is definitely worthy of its high ranking. The hotel staff provided us excellent service beginning with the reservation process and continuing throughout our stay. Danielle was extremely helpful in working with me to get the best possible rate for our partial ocean view room. Cameron (bellman/valet) and Joe (guest services) offered several great suggestions for dinner and made us feel welcome each time we returned to the hotel.
The hotel itself is very attractive, clean, and well located on Pacific Beach. Our room had a balcony with a great view of the ocean and nearby pier. The room was decorated with Tommy Bahama furnishings which were attractive and functional. The beds were very comfortable and the room and bathroom were extremely clean and spacious.
The breakfast buffet was average and our preferred rate enabled us to get it for half price at $5.75 per day, per person.
When staying in the Pacific Beach area, you should realize how congested the area is. We walked down the beach for miles and it is just one building after another. The beach is wide and nice (the water is cold). It's easy to find restaurants, clubs, and shopping within walking distance. Walking is the best way to get around because there is no other place to park your car other than the hotel. It costs $20 per day to park and the parking garage was well lit and convenient - definitely worth it, considering the lack of parking in the area. There were a lot of people partying at clubs/condos/restaurants along the boardwalk; so if that offends you, you might want to pick another beach. We saw plenty of families along the boardwalk too. The Pacific Terrace Hotel is on the north end of the boardwalk, so it doesn't get the same foot traffic and noise as its neighbors to the south.
The hotel loaned us boogie boards, beach chairs, and beach towels at no charge which was a nice benefit.
This location was convenient to our trip to Torrey Pines State Park and La Jolla. Though we didn't go there, Sea World was nearby.
For our week-long trip to San Diego we stayed in three different places - a B&B in Coronado, the Pacific Terrace, and a B&B in Hillcrest. Each place offered different scenery and activities. There's so much to do in San Diego and this was a great way to see more of the city. I would highly recommend the Pacific Terrace.