If you want to stay in a hotel right on the beach in San Diego, Pacific Beach actually, then the Surfer Beach Hotel is one of those. It has been there a long time and any beach front hotel will weather twice as fast as any inland hotel. Weekday prices before start of high season on June 15 are quite reasonable for a beach front location, around $120-$140 with weekends higher.
Room was clean but older. We upped to a jr. suite, a misnomer tho' as it is just a bigger room with small refrig and microwave ( didn't work tho'). Shower space for one only if your mate is friendl, big new flat screen TV with 28 channels. If you plan to spend day on the beach or at their rather big pool, then in-room amenities are no big deal. Why? Within 5-min walk along the beach are probably 7-8 friendly driinking/eating establishments running from bathing suit beer drinking crowd to cocktails and full menus.
There is the Crystal Pier just up the beach (up being north) built in the 1920's and another 10-15 drinking eating spots within a short block to the beach. Immediately behind the hotel is a Tony Roma's, a nice sit-down restaurant with sports oriented bar-lounge. And there is a good restaurant "World Famous" (the name not the rating) ataxhed to the beach side of the hotel.
Botom line: on-the-beach, reasonable prices for the beach, big pool, lots of drinking and eating within 5-min walk, and the sounds of the mild surf in background. But be flexible. It is an old place, has some upgrading, and a 2-star set of rooms. We parked our car for two days and easily walked everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique hotel in Pacific Beach has stunning views of the pacific ocean and breathtaking sunsets. Rooms offer refrigerators, free Wi-Fi,42 inch plasma televisions, and are located a few shorts steps away from the sand and surf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Surfer Beach San Diego
- Hotel Surfer Beach
- Surfer Hotel