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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Ranked #22 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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13 reviews
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“A relaxing end to a hetic roadtrip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights, before heading home. We absolutely loved this hotel! The staff on the front desk are so welcoming when you check in. We had a lovely room, on the third floor, overlooking the San Diego skyline. Yes it does also over look the car park, but the view at dusk is wonderful. We had spent three weeks clocking up about 2000 miles, so we loved the relaxed atmosphere at this hotel. We did eat at the restaurant there and found the food to be quite good, but from other reviews it does seem to be hit or miss with the food. We also ate at the Fiddlers Green, which is a short walk away, and the steak was fantastic. We are already planning our next trip to the States and this hotel is definitely on our list to stay at, but for longer next time around. It's a great base to explore San Diego or to just chill out.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This was perfect place after doing a lot research on this site. We had a free night from Best Western we selected this place. We also were given a Free upgrade with our status being gold member. This worked well for my sister and nephew to visit us daily comfortable. We enjoyed the room service dinner and breakfast. The evening walks along the habor. The place had serenity for me and hubby. We definitely will be back. The staff were so accomading. The place very comfy and clean

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stayed in a suite with kitchen as we were there with my 2 year old daughter and there for nearly 2 weeks and it was perfect. The extra sitting room meant she could sleep while we were in the other room. The kitchen is very well equipped and had everything we needed and a good coffee maker (although the hotel coffee's not great so bought our own!). Perfect location for getting around San Diego and surrounding areas and lovely view of the marina. Things got a little hectic around 4 July which was the day we were travelling back to Scotland and the hotel was nicer before then to be honest. It gets a little too busy for the pool area etc. and special arrangements for going in and out and parking made it all a little strange for our last day and we couldn't get late check out because the hotel was so busy. It was great for the rest of our trip though and all the staff were lovely and great service.

Room Tip: A water view of either the marina or waterfront are equally good but if you're looking at the ba...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Weston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

This sprawling multi-building hotel is located far out toward the end of Shelter Island, across the harbor entrance from the North Island Naval Air Station. Some buildings have elevators, others do not. Most parking spaces are near the buildings, but there is a parking garage at the end of the property. Try to get a room on the marina side, overlooking Point Loma. The views on that side of the hotel are spectacular, whereas the other side is parking lot view. As others have said, the rooms are large for the price, and the beds are comfortable. You can stroll along a well landscaped walkway from your building to the main building with the check-in desk and the restaurant. Some of the food in the restaurant is quite good; you just have to know what to order. The salmon is excellent, as is the quesadilla. The American breakfast is quite reasonably priced for the amount of food served.

This is an excellent hotel, but to say it is close to Pacific Beach is like saying Brooklyn is near the Statue of Liberty.

Room Tip: Marina side is better. Second floor marina side rooms generally have the best views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Granite Bay, CA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

We always stay at the BW Island Palms Hotel when in the San Diego area. After visiting many different areas, we have found that the tranquility and style and location of the BW Island Palms Hotel is the best. It is quiet, picturesque, convenient (just a short drive to downtown, Coronado, ferries, Pacific Beach). You can walk the bay waterfront or along the marina, two pools are available for the family, the staff are the best, this place just has it all!

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Redondo Beach
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great place to stay, extra large rooms in the newer section of the hotel. My boys loved the pool, and the staff at the hotel are friendly. I can't wait to go back again next year, where we can just walk out of out room and see the fireworks.

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Kenmore, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stay in a Marina View room, enjoy a sunset and the early morning calm! Shelter Island is scenic and comfortable. Enjoy fishing acroos the street from the hotel ans concerts down the road when scheduled. Located near three yacht clubs, numerous restaurants, this is a boaters paradise.

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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Address: 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3105
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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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