If you choose this motel, and there are reasons to choose it, then don't expect to spend any time in your room. It is called a "motel" for a reason. The rooms are not glamorous in any way. It is a motel, plain and simple. You'll use your room to shower and sleep and not much else. For those two things, the rooms are adequate, but bring your own pillow! You'll thank me.
I call it a "camping" experience because you need to bring the comforts of home with you. Bring everything you'd want for a day at the beach. If you're not a beach person, there is no reason to stay here.
However, if you ARE a beach person, here's the good part: the motel is literally on the beach in an amazing location. You just walk out your room and you're steps from the ocean. This is particular wonderful if you have children. And the beach is GORGEOUS and the water is warm. I haven't seen water like this in a long time. We spent long days boogieboarding and surfing, then heading to Del Mar Fairgrounds for some horseracing, followed by meals and drinks on the motel's wonderful patio.
The outside, communal areas are clean and very well kept. Amazing views. Walk up the street to get your coffee and bagels, and then walk back to watch the ocean on the deck in the morning. Later you can BBQ on one of their grills or order pizza and eat on the patio.
The staff (from the parking attendant to the checkin desk to the cleaning staff both inside and out) were super friendly. They do their jobs. Since there are no amenities to be had and this IS a motel, they are not there to service you. Just know that going in. You gotta have the right attitude staying here. If you're gonna get upset about the little things, find another place to stay.
We will definitely stay here again because of the location due to its access to the beach and the nearby stores and restaurants on the main drag in Del Mar.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Del Mar Motel On The Beach Hotel Del Mar
- Del Mar San Diego