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Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Ranked #19 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We intended to stay for 3 nights in April 2013 as part of a touring holiday, but had such a wonderful experience we changed our plans and stayed for an additional night!

Great location and a good base for seeing the sights of San Diego. Had a very well appointed and quiet room on the third floor (Casa Marina) which has a great balcony view of the Marina and hills in the background (great sunset).

Customer service was excellent throughout (especially Kriss on the Customer Reception).
Would love to have the opportunity to stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We loved this hotel. Had booked it for two nights the week before we went and was over the moon. Fantastic location although not central but great for harbour, beach and prom. We had transport so was OK. The room was pristine. Clean, fresh up to date no faults at all. (why aren't all rooms like this one). The restaurant was great with a good menu great view of all the boats in the marina and the staff were so welcoming, friendly, courteous and charming. Delightful lady on reception, chatty server in the restaurant for dinner and the lady who did breakfast was very entertaining with her tales of the Royal Family and her devotion to them. Would recommend this little gem to everyone. Thank you to all staff for a lovely stay.

Room Tip: Just go for it, you wont be disappointed, if you are your too fussy.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Delightful BW Plus away from city noise and traffic located on peaceful Shelter Island, with views of either the bay or the marina. From booking to departure, our experience at this hotel was stellar. We were able to book a AAA rate that gave us a healthy percentage off a 2 story suite in the newer Casa del Mar building, with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs and a kitchenette, living room, bathroom downstairs, with a patio facing the pool, spa, and marina. (Breakfast can be negotiated when booking but rate will be higher). Excellent location for our visits to Old Town, Balboa Park, Point Loma, and the beach communities. Close to Sea World and the airport, with airport shuttle available every half hour. Only down side is that the beds creaked a bit, but the mattresses were comfortable. We had one dinner at the restaurant and it was decent and reasonable. Definitely look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Suites in the Casa del Mar wing are newer and overlook the pool, sauna, and marina.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great location being close to everything but still not being in high traffic area. We liked our room with two queen beds, kitchen and small living area with a flat screen TV that over looked the boats in the harbor including a small patio, grass and walking path next to the harbor. The staff is very nice, and the bar has specials for Happy Hour such as a great margarita and fish tacos. The bartender was excellent with a friendly personality and reported that they recently have a new chef.

Room Tip: Ask for the Casa Del Mar Building which is a newer building but smaller rooms unless you request a j...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

great hotel in great location. reasonably priced. food at conference was superior. staff was very nice and accomodating.room was spacious. has shuttle to airport and around city.had great view of marina and ocean. very quite and peaceful.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

San Diego Hotels have become very pricey from several years ago when there was no convention center and Gaslamp was not popular.

we like staying on Shelter Island because the marina of boats is so peaceful and close to where we want to be and go.

The Junior suites are the best value for size of room, kitchenette and views. Some remarkable activity right in the Bay with all the Navy action, cruise boats, and recreational boats.

Room Tip: Best rooms face the marina as opposed to the street and Bay.
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

I stayed here with my family and upon arrival we were upgraded to a Junior Suite! This place is in a great location, with very friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are huge and very clean. Beds were very comfortable. I would definately stay here again!

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Additional Information about Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Address: 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3105 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina)
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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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in San Diego
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#39 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $124 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 227
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on San Diego's Shelter Island, the Island Palms Hotel and Marina is surrounded by the blue waters of San Diego Bay. Nestled among 6 acres of lush, tropical landscaping, this spectacular setting overlooks our private yacht marina and San Diego's largest yacht basin. Features and amenities include 227 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 heated waterfront pools and spas, waterfront restaurant and bar and over 6,300 square feet of water view meeting space. ... more   less 
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