I'd never been to San Diego and really wanted to be where we could see the ocean. Not only was the view breathtaking, but the sound of the crashing surf lulled us to sleep each night. It's hard to imagine a finer location in all of California.
On check-in we were generously upgraded from a partial ocean view to a full ocean view room. (#214, located nearly in the center of the hotel facing the ocean). The room was lavishly decorated and spotlessly clean. Throughout our 4 night stay (Oct 17-20, 2006) the maid service was fantastic and the evening turn-down and chocolates left on the pillows were such a nice touch. The beds were incredibly comfy. The giant flat screen TV had my husband in awe as he watched a baseball game. Now he wants one at home!
The continental breakfast was quite generous and very good: about a dozen dry cereals to choose from, milk, assorted juices, tea and fresh brewed coffee, better-quality pastries, a variety of fresh fruit including cut melons, bagels, muffins, bread, and even peanut butter and cream cheese to use as spreads.
The pool and hot tub were cleaned and serviced every morning and just the right temperature. There were always clean towels, including long lounge chair towels, right beside the pool. It was such fun to sit in the hot tub and watch the skaters on the path and the surfers on the beach. The staff was very attentive about keeping the pool area clean and tidy. During the 4-5pm wine reception you could even take a glass of wine (served in a special plastic glass) with you to the pool or hot tub.
Don't be alarmed by the older apartment complexes sandwiched between the hotel and the main drag of Mission Blvd. They look a little seedy compared to the sparkling Pacific Terrace Hotel, but seem to be inhabited by mostly laid-back surfer types. I thought the Pacific Beach area would be more upscale, but it is a colorful mixture of old and funky with new and trendy.
Our stay at Pacific Terrace was fantastic and I can't wait to return. My only regret is that we had so many plans for our time in San Diego, but the Pacific Terrace was so delightful that we hated to leave and ended up spending hours each day just relaxing by the pool, enjoying the complimentary breakfast and wine, and watching the sunset.
I'd highly recommend this hotel to anyone who appreciates the natural beauty of the ocean, clean rooms, comfortable beds, a good breakfast, and cheerful, professional staff.
Also I have to mention that we ate at Gringo's mexican restaurant 3 out of the 4 nights we were at the Pacific Terrace. It's a short stroll down the path from the hotel, located on the corner of Garnet and Mission Blvd. The food was very fresh and tasty. My daughters loved watching the tortillas being hand made as they have a window between the dining area and the kitchen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on a sandy bluff overlooking the sparkling ocean, the Pacific Terrace Hotel provides Four Diamond, beachfront accommodations in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. Kick off your shoes, settle into your balcony chair, sip a relaxing beverage, and look out over the amazing California coast.Treat yourself to a massage by the pool (charge),a bike ride down the boardwalk, or just get comfortable in our portable beach chairs, and sun umbrellas, out on the warm sand.Beach buckets and shovels, toys, boogie boards, and bikes are on hand and ready to entertain the kids (and grownups)! Located at the far north end of Pacific Beach's oceanfront boardwalk, our central San Diego hotel provides easy access to exceptional surfing, sailing, fishing and cycling. We're also just down the road from the city's world-renown attractions, including SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla, Legoland, Torrey Pines State Beach, and just eight miles north of San Diego's International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Terrace San Diego
- Hotel Pacific Terrace