I wanted to pretend I was in Hawaii for Christmas, so I booked this hotel, but what I got instead was Fantasy Island; all that was missing was Tattoo calling out, "The plane, the plane!"
The resort is nice, but dated. Yes, as others have said, there is a musty smell when you enter your room; I think it comes from the age of the buildings along with the dampness of the showers. Ventilation in the room could have been better. We had the standard king room with a sofa bed, and the room was good sized. Fridge in the room.The sink was separate from the toilet and shower.The enamel in our shower was cracked as was the marble on the coffee table. Paint on the walls by the shower was starting to blister, or already had blistered and then been painted over. Room was clean. Some reviewers have complained about there being no carpet in the rooms, but I thought that was good, because you track sand inside the room, and not having carpet is good for those traveling with dogs, which are allowed.
This resort is good for families, because there is lots to do for kids, and kids can't tell the difference between an old resort and a new resort. The pools are heated; I was told to 82 degrees, though they seemed a bit colder than that. But, the kids still swam in December. There are hot tubs too. The main pool area is the nicest; the other pools are just typical swimming pools, nothing special. There are fire pits at a couple of the pools, which are fun to make smores at after dinner. There are also fire pits along the bay.
Tennis courts were nice. They have ping pong, bocce, and croquet. Fun to walk along the bay and collect shells. For a fee there are bikes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards to rent.
Because it was Christmas Eve they had free cookies and cocoa.
For dinner we ate at Baleen, which was pricey, but tasty. We had salmon and the steak, enjoyed both. Kids' meal of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and broccoli was a good sized portion. Dinner for 1 adult and 4 kids was almost $100.
For breakfast we ate at the Barefoot Bar and Grill; we had chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, 2 kids' smoothies, one juice, and one milk. Cost was $60, which is on the high side, but if you sit outside at least you can enjoy the bay and the boats. There is a salt water lagoon right near the restaurant at the marina with some interesting fish and small sharks.
There is a spa and a fitness center; I did not use those.
Location is close to Sea World; they have a water taxi for a fee to Sea World.
Parking at the resort is $34, which I found to be quite high.
I would recommend this hotel for a one-two night stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Point Hotel San Diego
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