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“Charm overcomes a few weaknesses” 4 of 5 stars
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Bay Club Hotel & Marina
Ranked #50 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Charm overcomes a few weaknesses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It's not much to look at from the outside, though the stunning scenery of San Diego makes up for a lot of architectural shortcomings. As others have noted, this hotel is undergoing renovations, but even once that's done, it will still feel like a mom'n'pop kind of place. While I normally go for the comfort of a giant Hilton box, I found the Bay Club Hotel & Marina oddly charming. Upon arrival, and throughout my stay, not once did I encounter anything that made me think this hotel has been focus grouped. And that is oddly charming.

The front desk was fairly efficient. I had two beers at the bar--well, outside overlooking the pool and marina--and the staff was unfailingly pleasant. I ordered food from the bar to take to the room, and it was cheap and good, with no annoying add-on fees for so doing. The room itself was large, with very high ceilings, despite being on the first floor. It's nothing to write home about, but neither was there anything wrong with it. The a/c wasn't amazing, but it did the trick. There was a large flat-panel tv. The wifi worked fine. The bathroom is spartan, but again, suitable for what one does in the bathroom. I skipped the gym, but it does exist. There's a free, hot breakfast, which I also skipped, but I saw it when getting coffee and it seemed much more extensive than what one finds at a Hampton Inn.

All in all, though I didn't get any HHonors points, I did have a nice stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is our second visit to Bay Club Hotel and we have had Great experiences both times!
This time we had a 1st floor Marina view and enjoyed it immensely! The night view was spectacular with a nice view over the water!

We travel frequently and one of our challenges isusually the bed! We have both slept well the first night. It usually takes a night to get used to the bed!

Breakfast was included and this was a delightful fresh buffet with excellent food and GOOD coffee!

The staff were very kind and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was one of the better hotels I've stayed in for a while. The room was clean, well-maintained, spacious (especially the closet space), with a very nice view of the marina from the patio. The room was a little dated and recent renovations were apparent (there was also construction taking place in the lobby). The only minor issue was the poor ventilation in the bathroom and the room in general. The property itself was very clean and the staff members encountered were all pleasant and cordial. The Internet wasn't working the day of check-out. But a staff member at the desk was kind enough to print our boarding passes from the computer at the desk. Although I didn't check out the pool or weight room, both looked to be quite satisfying for a hotel experience. The breakfast was hot and yummy, with several varied choices daily. Finally, the location was great on Shelter Island. Across the street from the hotel, it was a nice path to walk along San Diego bay--very nice ambience. The only other minor complaint is the fact that the parking charge of $5 daily was not clearly stated on the website when I booked. Nevertheless, I would definitely stay again if I'm ever in the San Diego area.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

It's the best place I've stayed in. Beautiful and elegant. Unfortunately we only stayed for 2 nights but it was a wonderful experience. The rooms are really clean and we'll maintained it's like walking into a new hotel

  • Stayed May 2014
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Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We had originally stayed at the Bay Club many years ago and decided to stay again when we returned to San Diego. This time we found our room in major need of an update but it still was a good size with plenty of closet space. It seems that the hotel is trying to update it's look at least in the lobby area as renovations were taking place near the bar/restaurant area. Hopefully the rooms are next.

Our air conditioning never got the room really cool but was comfortable enough to sleep. Breakfast is part of the package but was better the 2nd day with some better choices (in addition to scrambled eggs they had pancakes and home fries) compared to the day before which was not as good. However, the staff that served breakfast was very friendly and helpful. In fact, all employees at the hotel were anxious to please and helpful.

The location itself is excellent and has a nice view of the marina but we were a little disappointed since years ago we remembered our stay as much better. When we ordered a beer on tap at the bar, it was flat and not very good. Also there was a $5.00 a day parking fee that we did not know about until we checked in. The parking spaces are sized for small compact cars which made it difficult to pull into a space when the front lot and garage were full. If I had the choice, I would give the hotel a rating of "good" but I can't give it a "very good" since rooms really are in need of a facelift and the parking spaces can be tough to maneuver in.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank CO92
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

From the moment we walked in we felt at home. The desk staff went above and beyond to make our stay perfect. The location is great. We loved the views from our room and anywhere else on the property. The free breakfast was hot, delicious and varied daily. The pool area was great. We unfortunately never ate at the restaurant. But was able to enjoy the hot tub and pool! I look forward to my next trip to San Diego and the Bay Club Hotel & Marina!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Basildon, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is situated on a strip of hotels on an 'island' and was a pleasant stay. There is a naval base on the other side of the bay so you can get some aircraft noise from Helicopters and jets taking off/landing but its only occasionally, its not like a busy airport. You also might get to spot some naval ships coming and going or a cruise ship or two (the Disney Wonder docked while we were there). Staff were friendly and a good choice at breakfast (you can actually get a decent cup of tea if you are from the UK)

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bay Club Hotel & Marina
Address: 2131 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-3106
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#23 Family Hotel in San Diego
#65 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Club Hotel & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Greetings from San Diego and beautiful Shelter Island, home of San Diego's best-kept secret, Bay Club Hotel & Marina. Our scenic waterfront location is conveniently close to the airport, the Gaslamp Quarter, Sea World, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, the Convention Center and local beaches. We are honored to have been inducted into TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame, having been awarded their coveted Certificate of Excellence from 2011 through 2015. As our guest, you'll be delighted with our waterfront location, nautical decor, fantastic restaurant and lounge and our friendly and devoted staff. The Bay Club Hotel & Marina is the only hotel on Shelter Island offering a secure underground parking garage with convenient parking for a nominal nightly fee. Also, we do NOT charge resort fees. Each of our 105 guest rooms and suites are non-smoking and offer breathtaking views of San Diego Bay or our private marina and picturesque Point Loma. You'll enjoy our 42-inch plasma HDTV's and free HBO and Disney channels. Our guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, complimentary weekday USA Today newspapers, complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, and airport, Amtrak and cruise ship shuttle for a nominal fee. Be sure to check out our gift shop offering travel necessities, snacks, drinks and a wide range of souvenirs. Take a dip in our heated outdoor pool and hot tub, both with a fantastic marina view. Don't forget to ask about our massage therapy services. Relax and unwind in our newly renovated restaurant, The Quarterdeck, with its fresh modern decor and a unique nautical theme along with great prices! Come join us for breakfast from our brand new menu, a business or casual lunch, Happy Hour Monday through Friday, or a delicious dinner. Enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine from our fantastic selection of craft beers or our delectable wine list. Patio and outside dining are also available with panoramic views of San Diego Bay and the Point Loma hillside. Be sure to ask about our Dinner for 2 package, which includes dinner for 2 in The Quarterdeck restaurant and a bay or marina view room along with complimentary parking. Or, try our Island Escape package and you'll enjoy two welcome drinks and appetizer along with breakfast for two. We look forward to welcoming you! ... more   less 
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