First, the location is phenomenal, right near everything, including the airport and car rental services, but on a dead end street at the end of a spit so the traffic is minimal. The hotel setting is wonderful, with fantastic views of the bay on one side, the marina on the other. There is a nice bay front park and walkway across from the hotel for picnics and viewing the San Diego skyline. Quiet at night (except the occasional military air craft-it is San Diego after all), and not too busy during the day.
The hotel itself is kept immaculately clean, as are the rooms, and has a lot of charm. The only hotel on Shelter Island to offer free parking. The pool and hot tub were clean, fun, and easily accessible from our room via a sidewalk and key entry gate. Our rooms were doubles, which were very tastefully decorated, comfortable beds and pillows, wide screen LCD tv, hidden refrigerator in the dresser, and the nicest bathroom of any place I have ever stayed (the extend-able lighted make up mirror was so useful, I'm looking to buy one for my home bathroom).
The staff are one of the biggest assets of this hotel: Danny a the front desk managed to get us checked in over 4 hours early, and one of the other gentlemen, who's name I have unfortunately forgotten (but its the nice man with the cool British accent), took the time to print out our boarding passes for our flight home at the front desk! Friendly, knowledgeable, courteous professionals at all levels.
If you are going to San Diego for business or pleasure, this is the place to stay. I have no idea why this hotel doesn't have at least a 4 star rating, if not higher, it deserves it!
Oh yes, complimentary cute semi-domesticated ducks will great you in the parking lot upon arrival! Love this hotel, and I wish I were back in sunny San Diego again right now.
- 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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