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“Great Stay!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Ranked #20 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
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Tempe, Arizona
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Stay!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We have always stayed on Pacific/Mission Beach in the past so staying on Shelter Island was a gamble...that paid off. The area was centrally located, a short drive to Old Town, Balboa Park and Point Loma. The room was large with a balcony on the second floor overlooking the fishing pier, park and harbor. We spent 3 nights and enjoyed watching the fishing boats, naval destroyers, container ships and sailboats come and go. It was very relaxing and very laid back compared to the beaches. We were able to walk to restaurants and the marina. We sat outside overlooking the marina and had 2 good breakfats at the hotel's restaurant. The staff at the hotel and restaurant were very informative and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be going back.

Room Tip: We had a room on the second floor with a balcony. Don't think the view on the bottom floor would...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Barendrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very spacious rooms with a garden with seating. View of the marina from the garden. The hotel has two swimmingpools. The city and the airport are nearby. Hotel is suitable for longer stays. Free bikes are available for guests.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stayed on the harbor side of this hotel, which was nice to be able to watch all of the activity on the bay while sitting on the balcony. The marina side is also lovely, which is where the pools are located. The room was clean and comfortable. I ate a lunch and dinner at the hotel during my week stay and both were good meals at reasonable prices
I found the location of this hotel very convenient to the major attractions in San Diego. The hotel staff, especially Dan, were helpful in suggesting restaurants, obtaining a taxi and just general questions.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited San Diego for 4 days mid August to celebrate my birthday and enjoy some family time. The room was clean and beds were comfortable, the kitchenette was handy and there was lots of room for my family of 4. The staff was attentive and polite. The view of the marina was lovely and the hotel was situated in a central area of Shelter Island. My kids enjoyed the bikes available for use by the hotel and we all enjoyed going for walks along the pier. We rented a car and the parking was handy. The pools were a little small, but clean we enjoyed the bar and restaurant almost daily, the happy hour menu was great!

Room Tip: Marina view is great!
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Durham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Stayed at hotel in June. It is located on Shelter Island, close enough to all attractions and yet far enough away for a peaceful stay. The bayside room view is superb as you sit on the balcony with a cold beer watching the pelicans, the lights of downtown San Diego, boats sailing by and yes the American airforce planes flying out during the evening! The staff were very friendly and attentive. The restaurant and bar are good, if a little small, but it was lovely to sit by the pool having breakfast whilst looking out over the Marina. Special mention to Jessica Perrham who sorted out our booking superbly and provided us with a room and stay that made our visit unforgettable. Can't understand previous reviewer having to pay parking as we were given a parking voucher, perhaps this has changed since we visited. If you want a good value for money, very attractive, clean and tidy hotel in a fabulous location then we thoroughly recommend staying here....we would certainly return!

Room Tip: Choose a Bayside room with a balcony on second floor
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Santa Fe, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The location of this property is great! Great seafood dining nearby, relaxing atmosphere, views of the bay are spectacular, and views of the marina are interesting. Watched sailboats, container ships, as well as military ships pass through from the balcony. The room could use a good handyman - the adjustable pressure mattress did not work on one side of the bed, and the shower handle to turn on/off and adjust temperature was extremely difficult to adjust. But, the hotel staff was very professional, attentive and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Blackwood, New Jersey, United States
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63 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Awesome location and beautiful hotel that was close to all San Diego attractions. Bayside room was wonderful.
Air conditioner could use some fine tuning as it was loud but otherwise excellent room with an amazing view .

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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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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