I'm a previous resident of San Diego that goes back a couple times a year to visit family and friends, so I didn't really do a whole lot of touristy things. I always try to stay at Paradise Point if I can find a good deal. First off, I stayed in a Premium Lanai Garden room, during October and they were running a sale during the non-peak season. I only mention this because I assume that someone staying during the peak season might have a totally different experience (good or bad).
Layout: I would make sure you keep a map of the resort, its easy to get lost. Its well labeled but it can easily get confusng since all the roads wrap around the island.
Staff: Were very nice and helpful, I had a few billing issues when I checked out that they waived for me and reduced the price. Definately a nice plus.
Room: Stayed in the Premium Lanai Garden Room, which was very nice, two queen beds, had a porch in the back with two chairs overlooking a garden/courtyard. In the morning there was a family staying across the way with some kids that were playing. It looked pretty fun. I'm not too picky about accomodations since I'm a camper at heart, so what may bother some may not bother me. Overall, beds were comfortable, bathroom had two sinks with the toilet and bathtub in a serpate room, and then a dressing room on the other side. Internet access was included in the passport to paradise program (more on that later). It was clean, and serviced everyday. Only had two issues (that didn't really bother me) - a ripped curtain that made it difficult to close one of the curtains, and some molding that was falling off, but that was in a small corner of the room. Again, minor issues. I will warn you that having been a resident of SD before in the PB area, since you have a door the outside it is not uncommon for some creatures (ie. bugs) to find their way in, this is a drawback of having a door to the outside vs a conventional hotel. But the hotel warns you about this with some literature on the nightstand.
Pools: There is a main pool, with several smaller pools scatterred around the resort. Now, since I went in October during non-peak season ( a good time to go because its still warm in SoCal from the Santa Anas), there were very few people in the main pool and basically no one in the smaller pools. The main pool was beyong great, it was heated and relaxing. There's a fitness center and a seasonal bar and grill in the pool area (it was closed when I was there). Other guests were friendly and respectful, but again in summer I can see this place getting crowded. Each of the pool sites, has a swimming pool and a hot tub, but the smaller pools are not heated.
Activities: OK, this is prob the most important. This is a great place for families and with stuff to do around the resort. The hotel promotes their "passport to paradise" which is basically a per day resort fee in addition to your room rate which is common among resorts, it includes free landline phone service, internet access, pool excersize, tennis, ping pong rentals and beach games (horseshoes, and other beach game rentals). Bike rentals and marina rentals are extra. There's also a minigolf course around the complex. So I mention this because I feel that most people might not take advantage of all this stuff if they are off-resort seeing the typical sites (Seaworld, La Jolla Shores). I would say that if you plan to just crash at the resort every night while seeing the sights everyday, then this is not the place for you. Your paying a resort fee, so you might take advantage of at least some of the stuff they have to offer. Also, this is a great place for outdoor waterspouts, you can definately lounge around but surrounded by Mission Bay, it really does cater to a water sport and active clientel.
Billing: At the end, you usually find out about all the stuff you are nickeled and dimed. So here is some of the other stuff. Parking is somewhere around $30/night, however I got it reduced for $20/night. There is the resort fee which is about 17-18/night I think. Again, think about all this when you look at your rate.
My takeaway: I highly recommend this place. It seems like a great place for families, couples and friends alike. I would say really not appropriate for business, at least, if you want to get anything productive done! I personally had a great experience, but again I went during a non-peak season and got a killer special too. However don't book if your not going to take advantage of the resort's amenities, like pool, water sports, beach and outdoor activities - book a conventional hotel instead. Like I said, your paying for this stuff anyway, whether you use it or not. Rooms are comfortable, but again your paying for the whole experience not just the room, so its not a Hilton, bear that in mind. ... Just a little advice from a former San Diegian.
- 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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