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Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Ranked #22 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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West Sussex
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97 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Position”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

I stayed at the hotel for two nights and think it is situated in an ideal position overlooking the harbour and marina (depending on which side of the building your room is placed). The front desk staff could not be more helpful and the same has to be said for the restaurant. The food is really good, although can be a little spicey and hot, depending on what you order. The rooms are perfectly adequate with plenty of space and kept immaculate. It seems to me that Best Western have got it just about right and I will certainly be staying with this chain of hotels again. Thank you all for making my stay such a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Really friendly staff, great location, large comfortable rooms, and a very pleasant restaurant. This hotel is only a few minutes from the airport, but you would not know it once you arrive. There are great views whichever side you are on. The only small irritant was the constant noise coming from the bathroom. It was not loud, but it was annoying. There was no fan on, it was the general airflow, so it could not be turned off. The free airport shuttle does not start until 7 a.m.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Niagara On The Lake
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Great location. Convenient to take bus into San Diego. Large rooms with kitchenette, microwave, refrigerator, dishes and cutlery for making own breakfast and snacks and a balcony with view of San Diego Bay. Excellent value and would definitely stay here again.

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Portland, Oregon
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235 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is truly a great little Best Western. I was pleasantly surprised by this property. It is very clean, super quiet at night, and it even has room service! I think the management and staff are doing a wonderful job here at keeping the place running smoothly and making sure their guests are taken care of. This property sits right next to the marina, so you get nice views of the boats and the nice grounds. There is a walking path behind the hotel, so you can take a nice morning run or walk and just enjoy the area. There are several restaurants nearby and it is close to the airport. The front desk staff is super helpful and very friendly. The ONLY thing that I would fix about this property is the A/C units in their rooms. I wanted to just have the fan running and I couldn't figure a way to do that as it is tied into their thermostat on the wall somehow with some crazy gizmo. Hard to explain, but I had never seen it done this way before in all my travels, just something that I would fix as I'm sure others would like to have the fan going at night as well. Also, as you are driving, the hotel has a smaller sign at about eye level as you are driving. I was actually looking for the large blue BW sign and almost drove right by it. Other than that, this place is awesome for being a smaller hotel and is conveniently located. Oh, and the room service food was actually quite good, another plus! Call the hotel for the best rates, they will take care of you.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Steinbach, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is one great best western. The location is great on shelter island. The hotel is kept in great shape. Very nice pools and hot tubs with proper jets not bubbles. The room was nice and big, very clean , nice big balcony, very comfortable, firm but soft, king bed, nice flat screen tv, mic and fridge which is a must to keep things cool. The shower had good pressure and height.
And location! What can i say. If one likes walking, there are many walk paths, if one likes fishing, there is a pier right out front. If one likes watching boats, sail boats and military ships, they are there too. One is right in the city but not as one is on an island, so it feels like one is not in the city. Many great restaurants close by and within 5 miles driving. We will gladly go back here any time.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sahkopee MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for our anniversary and Kyle said we deserved an upgrade and gave us the Jr. Suite overlooking the bay and city skyline. And he also let us check in early at noon because we came in earlier than expected. We stayed in the newer building on the second floor and it was priceless views :-)! We have found the only hotel that we will ever think about going to whenever we come here which is usually yearly. Thanks for a great stay!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kailua, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Wonderful property, a true respite. I have traveled many times to San Diego; wish I found this property earlier. Great location, property, rooms and staff. Although older property, it has been well maintained with significant renovations. My only concerns in posting a review is that I have concerns others will find this gem, always want to stay there, and it will be more difficult to get a reservation. :)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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