If you are visiting San Diego for more than 2 or 3 days this is a great place to stay.
(If only staying for a day or two you may want to stay directly in down town). It is located directly
on the water( marina) on a man made island just across the bay from down town. Its about a 7 minute taxi ride to city center about $20 one way. The hotel offers free bike rentals to explore the area. Shelter Island does not have a lot to do, fishing boats, marinas and a couple restaurants. The Old World Trolley bus has a free pick up service from the hotel that brings you to a stop on the main loop of the trolley. This is great, however, the trolley does not run late, only until about 5 or 6pm depending on the season. So if you want to stay out for dinner, a taxi ride home will be needed. The hotel itself has some parts that are a bit dated and some completely redone.There are two hotels linked together. We stayed in the Island Palms side. Our room was looking directly to the Marina which was very cool. One day and evening it was very foggy. The fog horn tooted every 20 seconds or so for the entire night. (such is life beside a marina!) Our unit was a one bedroom, full kitchen and very large bathroom Great layout for a family. The staff was very helpful. We enjoyed a wonderful meal in the hotel restaurant.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel And Marina
- Best Western San Diego
- San Diego Best Western