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Ocean Park Inn
Ranked #30 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 21, 2014

I'll admit up front that my opinion of Ocean Park Inn changed over the course of our three day stay. First, check-in didn't go smoothly. We drove there and parking is rather challenging in the area so we pulled into the hotel's driveway leading to the parking garage. I ran inside to check in and although I was quickly checked in and back in the car, the woman checking me in didn't mention how to get in the garage. You need to swipe your room key to activate the garage door, although it's hard to tell that by looking at the device and when there are cars waiting behind you. Second, the on-site breakfast wasn't mentioned so I'm not sure if that was for certain guests only or everyone.
We had a double queen room ocean-side on the ground floor. At first, I was disappointed with the view because the hotel sits lower than the boardwalk so you have a somewhat obstructed view of the ocean. Later in our stay I came to appreciate it more because we were adjacent to the pool and could go out our patio door and into the pool area quite easily. However, if I stayed again, I'd request an ocean view room on a higher floor. All ocean front rooms have a couple comfy chairs to sit on outside the sliding glass door so you can enjoy the view. The sunsets are absolutely stunning and can be enjoyed sitting right outside your room.

The rooms were clean but I found the hallways a little dark and dated. The bathrooms are very small by today's standards with no storage area for make up or hair products, etc. Not good if you have a bunch of girls sharing the bathroom. The other negatives where the noise from within the hotel itself. Water gushing, doors slamming, footsteps on the floor above, old air conditioners that switch on and off during the night, and very slow or interrupted internet service in the rooms.

My overall rating of a 4 is based solely on the location (a three or 3.5 is probably more accurate). The hotel is right along the board walk which runs along the beach. Great for running in the morning before it gets crowded. Good people watching in the evening at sunset. The beach is really nice and flat, debris free sand good for playing Frisbee or catch, and great for walking. We also enjoyed walking to restaurants in the area. There is a grocery store conveniently located about a block away. I'd stay again but if I'm paying for an ocean front view, I want to be able to see it without straining my neck to see over the board walk.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with some feedback. I do apologize for the lack of communication resulting in a difficult check in and a confusing morning. It is the job of guest service staff to explain parking and breakfast, so rest assured we will take proper steps to ensure this is not a problem in the future.

The Two Queen Ocean Front room you booked is available on all three floors, and you’re absolutely correct in alluding to the pros and cons that exist for each level. Upstairs you have a better view of the ocean but a smaller balcony, and downstairs you have a large patio space and quick access to the beach and pool, but less of an ocean view. For your next stay with us, feel free to put a request in for an upper floor room - we will do our best to accommodate this request.

You’ll be happy to know we will also soon be addressing many of the issues you mentioned. There are plans in the works to repaint and decorate our hallways, as well as plans to add storage space to the particular room you stayed in. Also, we will soon be doing a significant upgrade to our WiFi network to ensure every room on the property has excellent signal strength.

Thanks again for providing us with some great feedback. We greatly appreciate it and we hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

I visited San Diego last weekend with my girlfriend and we had a memorable experience. In fact, we didn't want to leave. The hotel staff is very accommodating. Can't beat having a free breakfast and the ocean view was breath taking...you're literally right by the beach! There are plenty of spots around the area that is in walking distance as well. We will come back to this place in the near future!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Thank you for the review! We are thrilled to hear that you and your girlfriend enjoyed your time with us in Pacific Beach and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stayed there end of June 2014, and were very happy with our choice. The staff was very friendly, the rooms were clean, and the location was very good. We enjoyed their continental breakfast every morning, which helped save $ on our trip! We had a second floor room with a king sized bed and a twin pullout bed which stored in an oversize chair, perfect for our 11 year old. The bathrooms were recently renovated, with tiled walk in shower. The hotel was walking distance from many restaurants, shops, etc. We rented bikes nearby and rode through the Ocean Beach boardwalk. Very few negatives, but the "Firehouse" bar/restaurant next door got a little loud on the weekend. We didn't notice it in the room. We saw a fair amount of homeless in the area, but they didn't bother us and I think this is a broader California problem. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Excellent review Deborah! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to mention some of the many amenities the OPI has to offer such as the complimentary continental breakfast, newly remodeled bathrooms and of course our biggest attraction: our location! As for the Firehouse, we have a very good relationship with our neighbors and we work hard to make sure that the noise does not become an issue for our guests. Thank you again for the feedback and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was our first time staying at the Ocean Park Inn. The location can not be beat!! Our room had a "partial" view ....I was a little worried what we would be able to see, but we had a gorgeous view of the ocean! The service and the room was amazing! Our kids loved the hot tub and the breakfasts:) We never got in our car..rode our bikes everywhere. We will definitely come back next year!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Lolli, thank you for taking the time to provide us with some great feedback, we really appreciate it! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and more importantly that you enjoyed the view from your room. We are also glad to hear that you and your family took advantage of our central location and were able to ride your bikes everywhere instead of having to drive. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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Reviewed July 11, 2014

The location is the best, right on the beach by the pier. Perfect for both singles and families. Close to everything. The room also had a kitchen that was useable. The personal was helpful and nice. Good breakfast. We will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Thank you for providing us with some great feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

My first time visiting San Diego and we stayed at the ideal place due to it's location and great service. The only bummer is that the dang Pacific Ocean has a surf temperature of around 60 degrees and I'm from Texas, so it was just too darn cold! The Ocean Park's pool and hot tub more than made up for it though. The nights were awesome, bring a sweater if you're from southern parts because it was pretty cool at night, yes even in the summer, nice change of pace for a few days stay. Price was fair, parking was great, and the boardwalk and all that came with was fun! I will certainly stay at the Ocean Park Inn again when we head back to San Diego and LegoLand! If you can, go to a Padres game, Petco Park is nice! Enjoy!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Patrick, thank you for the awesome review! We are pleased to hear that your first visit to San Diego was a success. You’re correct the boardwalk has lots to do, from restaurants and bars to arcade games and a roller coaster - there is fun for all ages. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about our special promotions. Thank you again for the review and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed June 29, 2014

We LOVE staying at the OP Inn each time we go to P.B. Its in an excellent location, the rooms are nice, gorgeous view and excellent customer service. Its the only place we'll stay at ever!!! Go there!

Room Tip: Ask for ocean front room, totally worth the extra $$
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mat R, Front Office Manager at Ocean Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Thank you for the great review! We are honored to be your hotel of choice when visiting Pacific Beach. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Additional Information about Ocean Park Inn

Address: 710 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3904
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#17 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#32 Business Hotel in San Diego
#46 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $145 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Park Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at the Ocean Park Inn and see for yourself why San Diego is known as America's Finest City. Superior location, year-round sunshine, underground gated parking, incredible ocean views and an abundance of activities are only a few things this contemporary, boutique San Diego Inn has to offer! Start your day out with our delicious complimentary breakfast. Then spend the day deciding which of the 95 walkable restaurants you would like to visit or just order some food to be delivered by one of our partner restaurants while lounging by our ocean view pool! Whether for work or pleasure the Ocean Park Inn will provide the productive or relaxing stay that you are in search of! ... more   less 
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Park Inn Ocean
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