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Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Ranked #150 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Stayed here partially for a conference and partially for an engagement "honeymoon". This 1962 resort suffered under previous management and the current management is trying to bring it back up to snuff. Stay in the "old" part-south end (See Socal45's review). The rooms are like vaults-never heard a sound from the two rooms on either side. Room decorations confusing-part Victorian, part Polynesian and part African-this obviously needs work or a new decorator. We had several electrical problems, which were fixed within an hour. Tons of pools, including an adults only one and lots of fire pits, both on the property and all around the beaches. Excellent base for exploring San Diego (right next to Sea World) or just "chilling". Friendly for all ages-lots of kids while we were there and it worked out fairly well.Obviously some progress made since brown01's review since the two restaurants we visited at the resort were fairly good. The breakfast restaurant by the marina had a nice, but limited selection (Eggs Benedict to die for), Service was good, but food a bit overpriced. Eat inside, as they play "eclectic" music on the deck and the ever-present pigeons will jump right up on your table to steal your food. The primary dinner restaurant, Baleen, has an incredibly inventive menu, great chef and very good service. Prices are commensurate with medium-to high-level restaurants in the city. To be balanced in this review, I have to report that my fiancee and I both got food poisoning from this restaurant last Friday-had the pork chops and the corn pudding side dish-suspect the corn. Management was horrified and gave us a discount and promised to give us the results of their investigation. Despite that, we still plan to return-again, the current management is in a "rebuild" mode. Staff, without exception, was courteous, helpful and friendly, not in that false, obsequious mode, but truly caring. The "Market", where you buy sundries and tourist stuff, was for once, not a total rip-off, but actually had some reasonable prices. Since this was the first time I had stayed in San Diego in 20 years, I cannot compare this place to any others in the area, but the grounds are gorgeous, the food is (for the most part) delicious and they have full amenities, including a spa and multiple watercraft options. Definitely worth a look, especially "off season.

Room Tip: "Old part"-South end. Built like vaults.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marco M, Manager at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Thank you for choosing our island resort for a mix of business pleasure, and congratulations on your engagement! Since becoming a Destination Hotels & Resorts property two years ago, we have been focused on making significant improvements in the quality of our service, accommodations, and amenities. We are pleased to note that we have made substantial progress and that return guests like yourself have taken notice. However, we are always looking for ways to further improve. Guest feedback, both positive and critical, are a key part of this process, which is why we thank you for taking the time to write this comprehensive review. We hope you will return to Paradise Point again soon to see more of the positive changes we are making.

Marco Menzhausen
Resort Manager

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Like so many others have said, this place is its own little oasis. I felt like we were on a tropical island. All the staff were friendly, restaurant (Barefoot) was really good and reasonably priced. Loved being right on the water, felt so much like "vacation". Easy peasy drive to Sea World the next day. Our room was huge and clean. Obviously remodeled recently. Really liked having an assigned parking spot right outside the room. A surprise hit was the giftshop. We went twice and spent too much money but got some unique items (lambs wool blanket throw with logo, beautiful scarf with lace and gorgeous aluminum yard art - flowers). I would stay again in a heartbeat for a reduced rate. Small complaints would be the loud AC units, hearing your neighbors plumbing and spider webs everywhere. It must be the time of year for spiders. I felt they could have a full time person sweeping them away from all outside and public areas nonstop! Truly a lovely, lovely tropical place to stay.

Room Tip: Ice machines are hard to find. Ask an employee where to find them.
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Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The hotel was very nice and a quiet area. Overall it was a good experience, but you need a car if you stay on the resort because it is difficult to get around the city. The restaurants on the resort were not good, over priced and the service sucks. Once you get off the resort the food is better and cheaper. Stayed 6 days and took a taxi just to get decent food.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Rooms are large with separate toilet/shower and vanity which is nice. Beach rooms are worth the extra $$$. Bring your own pillow though. Rooms also have microwave, mini fridge, sink, and coffee maker so that is super convenient. Great service in bar, restaurant, from hotel staff, etc. Food prices are a bit steep at breakfast but lunch menu is better.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Had to stay here for a conference. Grounds were very pretty. Room seemed to be an attempt an update (new flooring, beds,etc.) Bathroom was very old and rest of room just looked "tired" despite small cosmetic fixes. Real problem was zero soundproofing -could hear everything from other rooms, especially when someone turned on a shower. Smoking is allowed on patios (one story rooms) and the people next to me smoked -it filled up my room. (I am not that sensitive to that but it was two feet from my door and came in the air vents. I called to complain, but they said smoking is allowed on patios. That is NOT a non-smoking experience. If I had been traveling with my small children, I would have immediately changed rooms or hotels. I am a woman traveling alone, and the conference had to have two guards at the entrance - I wondered about that until I walked back to my room and two of the hotel employees cat called to me on the way. Did not feel safe. This is not a place to relax.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Marco M, Manager at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Thank you for your review. We regret to hear that you did not feel secure while on property, as the comfort and well-being of our guests is our priority. Due to the nature of our island layout, the hotel is insulated from the public and surrounding urban areas. In addition to our 24-hour on-site security, several conferences often contract additional security to assist with details and supervising event equipment. We hope you still found your conference to be successful and inspiring, and that you will return for either business or pleasure in the future.

Marco Menzhausen
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Paradise point, a lovely resort for all ages & interests.Everything designed for the Family, couples etc ..designed to give easy access to pools , beach & waterfront.Comfortable accommodation, good inhouse service.The resort is dated and in need of upgrading but we stayed out of season therefore it was quiet & relaxing and all facilities were adequate.We used the resort as a base to visit San Diego, therefore cannot comment on all the facilities in high season.the only downside when we took breakfast in the waterside cafe was the presence of Pigeons, on the tables, eating leftovers, took our breakfast in room susquently.Hopefully improvements will continue for high season travellers next year.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The grounds were great, the location too, but for what they charge, not worth the money. It felt and looked like a 3 star all inclusive in Cuba, and I say Cuba and not Mexico because, if it was in Mexico, it would have been cleaner and more modern. The parking fee was ridiculous and the resort fee was too. The condition of the mini-golf course was horrible, you'd be lucky to get a soccer ball to roll on that grass let alone a golf ball. The food and drinks at the resort were very over priced. The rooms were noisy and the bathrooms had mold in the grout. The walls looked like they hadn't been cleaned or wiped down for months. My son developed a huge rash after swiming in the pool.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Address: 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109-7905
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Mission Bay Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#23 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#33 Green Hotel in San Diego
#42 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#49 Business Hotel in San Diego
#54 Family Hotel in San Diego
#60 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $141 - $431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Paradise Point Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 462
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, this luxurious 44-acre island resort features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and lagoons. Here at this AAA Four-Diamond San Diego hotel, you can explore one mile of beach, five swimming pools, and enjoy various amenities including tennis courts, an 18-hole putting course, beach cruisers, bonfire pits, and a private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, and kayaks. Dine at one of two waterfront venues, then relax and refresh at the plush spa with a treatment from Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, or Bali. Secluded yet centrally located, the hotel is minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Gaslamp District. ... more   less 
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