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Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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“Loved our stay with one exception....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

This is our second time at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Solano Beach Del Mar. We loved it the first time and loved it this time except for one item. First, the positives we love. It does have a very friendly staff and feel to the hotel. It's not an impersonal place; the spa is fun at night and the pool area has lounging area with outdoor fireplace and a bistro to enjoy a drink or snack. It's close to the race track, the beach and lovely restaurants and park. Walk a couple blocks to Fletcher's Cove and spend the day or an evening walking in the water along the cliffs or swimming. Travel a little, you can go to Del Mar beach which is beautiful with rolling hills of grass where you can sit and watch the waves. The rooms at this Courtyard are huge, the A/C good if you have it on the right temp, but it is just a bit noisy. This doesn't bother us and we just turned on the fan switch at night which is quiet and opened the sliding door for fresh air. There is a nice balcony overlooking the pool with two chairs. The only disappointment is the soft pillows! Basically, the bed is soft too; we let the hotel know when we were there; they were apologetic and sweet about it to give us more pillows, but they were soft too. All in all, though, we would stay again when we come for the summer, and because we are close, we drive there so bringing our own pillows isn't a problem. Love the quaint town of Del Mar, the American Cafe, the Strafford Court Cafe, Jakes and the Poseidon. Randy, Andy, Twiala,and others on the staff were very sweet and helpful.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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socialmediacoord, Guest Relations Manager at Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, responded to this review, 12 September 2013
We were delighted to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to our hotel and thank you for your five-star review! Our location in beautiful Solana Beach is great for enjoying that beach town feel with great San Diego weather. Our staff is constantly working to provide the best to our guests, and we are happy to hear we met your expectations on your second visit. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. If I may ever assist with future reservations please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel (858-792-8200).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

Still a very nice place to stay but there have been some changes since I stayed here in February and March 2013. Not major but enough to make me look at other places. First is the parking fee. $12.00 a night. Used to be free for guest. Don't see why seeing that parking is on there own property under the hotel. I can understand during the summer but i was told that it was permanent. Second is the lobby coffee. Used to be free. I wake up early when I travel and having coffee in the lobby at 4:00 am was a treat. Now it's $1.50 a cup. Even the cheapest hotel I've stayed at has free lobby coffee. Coffee in the room is still free. Nothing else has changed from my first report. Still clean, comfortable, and the staff I'd great.

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socialmediacoord, Guest Relations Manager at Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, responded to this review, 12 September 2013
Thank you for your feedback and your second review of your experience at the Courtyard by Marriott Solana Beach. We understand you have many options when traveling and appreciate your business in choosing us for your Solana Beach travel needs. We have noted your concerns with the changes and hope our clean, comfortable rooms and friendly staff continues to earn your loyalty as we update our property to ensure a great experience for our guests. If I may ever assist with future reservations please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel (858-792-8200).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

The hotel is older but decent enough for a great stay. Pool facility and reasonably priced bistro make staying in fun. Walking distance beach and great restaurant. Close to highway and only 20-30 min drive to both legoland up north or la jolla beach down south.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Woodbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Only negatives...there was a charge for parking( &12.00/nite) ...and we felt breakfast should have been included at no charge. On check in we were given one a one day free breakfast..the staff were very accommodating...we would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Letchworth Garden City, U.K.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Have just stayed here for a brief weekend, escaping the heat of the desert. The area is beautiful and the beaches huge. Personally I do not care for dogs and disliked the nearest beach which is devoted to dogs, but otherwise the area is really interesting and varied. We tried the local restaurant, which was excellent, and drove to Carlsbad which is really quirky. The Courtyard Hotel is clean with large rooms and a pleasant, but small, pool. The only criticism I have is that the Bistro is only open in the morning and evening and has an incredibly small menu. We liked the quietness of the area. The staff are really nice.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Phila, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

Solana Beach is a great surfing town with unique shops and good restaurants. The Courtyard was almost as nice as all courtyards except you could tell it was not always a courtyard. Although it ibviousky has been updated it still had a bit of an older feel. The courtyard and pool were nice and my room was very large but the airconditioning unit didn't seem to cool it to the temperature I like. (which is more on the cold side)

  • Stayed July 2013
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Josh L, General Manager at Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, responded to this review, 29 July 2013
Thank you for choosing the Courtyard by Marriott Solana Beach and for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience! It is our goal to exceed our guest’s expectations, and your feedback helps us work to achieve that goal. We hope to welcome you back during your next visit to our great surfing town and hope to provide you with outstanding service. If I may ever assist with future reservations please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel (858-792-8200).

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Long Beach, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

My husband, as well as several of his family members, reserve rooms every 4th of July at this location, and we have always been very pleased. The location is within
walking distance to the beach and fairgrounds, and there are several very nice restaurants within a few short miles. We reserved our room over a month prior to our visit, and requested a specific room. When we checked in, we were told it was not available, as they do not hold rooms for anyone. They were very cordial about the problem, and offered to comp our parking fees. We didn't know what to say as we have never been charged parking until this year. It is $12.00 per day, which we found highly overpriced for the hotel. That is more like downtown San Diego hotel pricing. The room was comfortable, but was dated. Nothing has changed in ten years, although they did update the lobby, and now charge for coffee in the morning. We had a junior suite, which includes a whirlpool tub and a slightly larger sized room. It also has a small bar and refrigerator. The walls are paper thin, and since they put us by the ice machine, we heard noise late at night, and early in the morning. The pool is average, and the jacuzzi wasn't functioning on the day of the 4th. We had to pay 230.00 per night, but don't forget to add the parking fee to your room rate! We are considering another place for next year, for that price. Overall, it is comfortable and clean.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Josh L, General Manager at Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, responded to this review, 29 July 2013
Thank you for your continued patronage of the Courtyard by Marriott Solana Beach! We understand you have many options when traveling and appreciate your business in choosing us for your yearly 4th of July stay. We are currently working toward a room refresh at the end of the year and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back with quality service and updated rooms. If I may ever assist with future reservations please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel (858-792-8200).

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Property: Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach
Address: 717 S Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2606
Region: United States > California > Solana Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Solana Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Courtyard by Marriott offers FREE Wi-Fi access, garage level parking at a nominal fee, and we PROUDLY brew Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks in our freshly renovated Bistro! Courtyard by Marriott surrounds travelers with the conveniences that make both business and pleasure travel easy. Relax and get ready for the day ahead in one of our guest rooms, featuring a comfortable and well-lit work desk with ergonomic chair, two phones, complimentary weekday newspaper, and in-room coffee. Start your morning with a breakfast item from our diverse Bistro menu and a specialty Starbucks drink made to your exact liking! When you are ready to unwind at the end of the day, indulge in our new outdoor experience which includes a swimming pool, whirlpool, and fireplace. Come and experience the new Courtyard Solana Beach. It's a new stay! ... more   less 
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Courtyard By Marriott San Diego Solana Beach/Del Mar Hotel Solana Beach
Courtyard Solana Beach
Solana Beach Courtyard
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Courtyard Del Mar

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