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Del Mar Motel on the Beach
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
Reviewed 29 March 2013

Plus - employees, outstanding service. Just for this, it gets bumped from 3 to 4.
Plus - clean, spotless, impeccable!
Plus - great location, big rooms, right on the beach, great sunsets & moonsets.
Plus - mini fridge + microwave, lots of electrical plugs
Plus - glass barriers against the wind, this March was very cold.
Plus - on one side, along the outer wall, away from the beach & wind, great spot for tanning between noon & 5pm. Three charcoal BBQ's & sets of tables.
Plus - modern big TV with HDMI.

However, a few minor negatives, to consider versus a vacation rental or hotel further out.

- very little storage space, yet the rooms are big enough to have extra storage space for clothes & such.
- shower only (standard room on the side, 2nd floor) NO BATHTUB, all ceramic.
- very noisy toilet. Close the door for your SO, or if it's yellow, let it mellow
- Showering, watch out. Drastic water pressure changes whenever somewhere else the toilet is flushed (not your unit), you have to dodge to not get burnt.
The shower space is large, so plenty of room to dodge.

If the rooms were better furnished for more storage & the shower installations modernized (plumbing) this place could be a true 5/5.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

You can't get any closer to the beach! You can get fancier that's for sure but this place is clean, simple and right on the beach. I stayed here with friends on a road trip where we had no specific plans but wanted to stay right near the ocean to enjoy it for the limited time we had. The beds aren't as comfy as a fancy hotel but the room is clean and you have plenty of space. The best part is the free parking. Great little spot!

Room Tip: Try to get one on the western end of the inn.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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radelowgittins, General Manager at Del Mar Motel on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am glad that you and your friends enjoyed your stay on the beach. We appreciate the constructive feedback and are constantly upgrading features of the hotel to provide value to our guests.
We hope to be a part of your next road trip.
Sincerely,

Mikki Ellis
General Manager

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Reviewed 7 March 2013

We are staying a few days in Del Mar, this motel was recommend as clean, on the beach, but nothing fancy. All that is correct. The desk staff was great with recommendations for lunch and dinner. We can see the beach from our room and it is only steps away. Beach chairs are on the deck with a glass wall for blocking sand and wind, that is perfect.

W will stay here again, clean and on the beach. Nothing fancy, but has what we need for a good nights rest.

Room Tip: Two restaurants next door we ate at Poseidon last night, it was great..having dinner at Jakes tonigh...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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radelowgittins, General Manager at Del Mar Motel on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are fortunate to be on the beach and are surrounded by great restaurants and shops. We hope that you will return soon to once again enjoy your stay on the beach.
Sincerely,

Mikki Ellis
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Stayed for two weeks and loved every moment. Beautiful beach, everything I needed on the doorstep; bars, restaurants, surfboards to hire... Thanks to all

Would recommend to anyone who prefers 'non-chain' hotel and is not looking for top luxury. Service is fine, staff friendly and helpful

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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radelowgittins, General Manager at Del Mar Motel on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the kind review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and made the best of your work trip. We hope to welcome you back again sometime soon.
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Mikki Ellis
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Yes I like to stay at exceptional 5 star resorts but sometimes you just want a place to rest your head in a super location. This clean, updated motel is right on the sand nestled between 15-45 million dollar homes! the award winning lifeguard station is right next door and there are adirondacks to rest in and grills available for cook out. There are a few premium views in a few of the rooms but allover it is a great place to have a 2 day pitstop seeing Southern Cali.
Fridge and microwave too!

Room Tip: get a room looking at the ocean...there are 2 levels
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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radelowgittins, General Manager at Del Mar Motel on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to accommodate you. I am glad to hear that you found value in our amenities and location. We are the only hotel on the beach of Del Mar.
We look forward to serving you again should you return to the Del Mar area.
Sincerely,

Mikki Ellis
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

George was kind upon arrival, staff was so helpful, best location right on the beach. We watched the sunset each night, stunning us with oranges on beach sand. Dog beach just a walk away, and all the dogs happy and fun. My reunion with my son was a memory I will cherich forever. I took photos that I have framed and tell everyone to stay at Del Mar! My niece is staying there for her spring break because I told her about it!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night in January. The service was helpful, room was clean and fairly modern, without a kitchen, but it had a fridge. Within 2 minutes you're on the beach and in even less you can sit on chairs and watch the beach from the hotel veranda. The price was extremely reasonable. It was one of the nicest days we had. If you want comforts and service I am sure there more expensive hotels to choose from. But if you want clean comfort and the basics this is fabulous place.

Room Tip: It is quieter on the beach side of the hotel, although no rooms face the beach. It is visible from m...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1702 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014-2154
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Region: United States > California > Del Mar
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
Price Range: £116 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Del Mar Motel on the Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the sun and surf is our quaint boutique hotel located on the beautiful beach of Del Mar. With views so spectacular you’ll never want to leave.Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean from one of our 43-newly renovated guestrooms. Relish the breathtaking views from our newly enhanced beachfront sun deck, picnic & barbeque areas, where the rolling waves beckon you to the white sandy beach of Del Mar. Create unforgettable moments with a walk along the beach at sunset or an early morning jog with the waves at your feet.There’s nothing like the sound of the ocean to lull you to sleep, and there’s no better way to escape life’s challenges than a retreat to the Del Mar Motel on the Beach.Our Friendly Staff is Ready to Assist You! ... more   less 
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