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Reviewed May 19, 2011

This is a very delayed review as it was 6 months ago this week that we stayed at the Pearl Hotel. I’ve never felt the urge to write a review of a hotel before, but I really wanted to for this hotel as I was so pleased we found this little gem & wanted to share our experience with others thinking of staying here.

7 of us Brits (age ranges between 30 & 62) arrived at the Pearl late on a Sunday night in November 2010 after driving from Las Vegas. The service we received at check in was great, we were advised on where to park our car (if you park on the street round the corner, its free as opposed to paying for parking outside) & were shown to our rooms. It was nearly midnight when we got our luggage out of the car & into our room when we discovered a (very minor) issue with our room. We weren’t going to mention it to reception but thought we would bring it to their attention. Without going into lots of detail (as it would be boring!), we received the best service over our 4 day stay we have ever had on our many trips to the US from this hotel. The reception staff were fantastic in helping to resolve our problem & they went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay at the Pearl.

You can tell this isn’t a chain restaurant & is a family run hotel as the little touches made a big difference to our stay. For example, they leave a note after cleaning your room each day telling you what the next day’s weather will be & the menu for that evening’s dinner at the restaurant. We were very fortunate to be offered a free meal at the hotel, to be totally honest we were hesitant at eating in the restaurant as we like to explore the local area rather than eat at our hotel for dinner. We were very pleasantly pleased at how yummy the food was, both my husband & I had the burger & loved it – they aren’t lying when they claim it to be the best burger in the area! We were only disappointed that we left it till our last night to eat there as we would have had more food there had we ate there earlier. We ate in the outside little garden terrace & although it was a chilly November night, it has several garden heaters that made it a nice cosy area to eat & drink in. Before we headed out for the evenings, we had a few drinks in the bar – the beer drinkers in our party were impressed at the wide array of lagers & ales on offer. I had a lavender cocktail that I remember being very tasty indeed. There is a good seating area around the pool / cinema screen to enjoy drinks from the bar.
With regards to the room, each one has its own fish tank on the wall which is something I’d never seen before in a hotel & I loved this detail. Between us we had 4 rooms so I got to see all rooms & all were of good standard.

The location is pretty good, we drove to SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo & Old Town – none of which took that long to get to. For the evenings that we went out into San Diego, the hotel rang up for a taxi & it didn’t take long to reach our destination.

Overall, I would rate this hotel very highly & if you are thinking about booking this hotel – I recommend that you do as you won’t regret it. 6 months on, all 7 of us who went on the trip adored this hotel & we still talk about our stay there – it was a real highlight of our 2 week stay to Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim & LA. If we ever go back to San Diego, I will make sure we stay at this hotel & if anyone who works at the hotel is reading this – thank you very much for the fabulous service!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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ModernTraveler10, Owner at The Pearl Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2011

Thank you very much for the "detailed" review. Awesome!!!!! The entire staff at the Pearl was honored to have you as our guest. Your kind words are so appreciated. hope you will come stay with us again in the future. Again thank you for choosing the Pearl Hotel.

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Reviewed May 12, 2011

we wanted a quick get-away from LA that was fun, hip and relaxing. We definitely got all that at The Pearl - it's tucked amongst of questionable-looking hotels about 10 minutes from downtown SD, so we were nervous when we first found the location. But as soon as we went inside we were pretty much amazed. The staff didn't feel like "staff" - it felt like they all had a stake in the place and therefore went more above and beyond. My girlfriend's birthday dinner was amazing and they even gave her a free dinner for her bday! The vibe feels like staying a "retro 50's motel" version of a W Hotel. Great value, too.

Room Tip: Booked through the hotel's website
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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ModernTraveler10, Owner at The Pearl Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2011

Glad you enjoyed your So Cal getaway, the Pearl is a great "Staycation" spot. Appreciate you taking time to write a review. Again Happy Birthday to your girlfriend. hope you will come stay with us again in the near future. Much Thanks, the entire Pearl staff.

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Reviewed May 11, 2011

This is a 60's Motel which has been partially upgraded. It is right next to a very busy street. There is a good restaurant which encroahes on the small pool area. That and the bar is the focus of their buisness. You can hear everything in the room, traffic and bar noise. The pictures on the web site are totally deceiving.

Room Tip: Do not accept a room next to the street.
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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ModernTraveler10, Owner at The Pearl Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2011

On behalf of the Pearl staff I would like to apologize for noise challenges during your stay. Our Hotel is a "lively" boutique hotel and restaurant. your comments are well taken and management is exploring ways to reduce noise at certain hours of operations.

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Reviewed May 5, 2011

The Pearl Hotel is a very cute, kitchy hotel. It's close to downtown and shelter island and on a great bus line that provides easy access to the rest of the city. The only thing that would make us reconsider staying here is the noise, its quite loud with the cars traveling by on the street and with the restaurant location in the hotel courtyard. We were in a room that was tucked behind a wall, yet it was very loud. That didn't detract too much from our stay, but should be a consideration for light sleepers.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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ModernTraveler10, Owner at The Pearl Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2011

Thank you for taking time to write a review about the Pearl. your comments are well noted. Hope you will stay with us again in the near future. Our team strives hard to create great guest experience.

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Reviewed April 24, 2011

We arrived at this hotel (recommended as it was by Tripadvisor) very late in the evening after a long drive from Death Valley & the night staff were very helpful & no-fuss.
Room was lovely and totally different to any of the other 7 or 8 places we'd stayed in on our trip to the SW US.
The ambience at the hotel screams chill-out & there's lots of nice touches here & there (we had a goldfish bowl hanging on the wall in our room which housed Stanley the Goldfish-that's a definite first for me!),the LCD TV was great,the bed & bed linen was very nice,lowdown & comfy,the bathroom was nice.The venetian blinds on the windows was a nice touch until morning came & we realised it was well-nigh impossible to get some light into the room without passers-by on the walkway outside being able to peer in.
Other than that,staff were very friendly & parking (despite the fact it looked like it would be impossible to get everybody's car on the lot) was fine.
Lovely part of town too with the harbour just down the road & downtown not far away.
Definitely recommend for something a bit out of the ordinary.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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ModernTraveler10, Owner at The Pearl Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2011

Thanks for the kind review and comments about the Pearl Hotel. We appreciate it greatly. Our team works hard to craft great experiences for our guest. Hope you will come stay with us again in the future.

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