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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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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Below Average”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Solana Beach a quaint, fun little beach town. There aren't many places to stay there and this is probably the best choice of what's offered. I'm used to staying in Marriotts all over the US, including Courtyards. In my opinion, this one is below average for the ones I've stayed at. They are under renovation, so hopefully it improves. The lobby is updated and nice, the room was clean but older style and had very thin walls. We heard all the neighbors, TV, talking, music. The Courtyard photos showed easy beach access, but this is totally misleading, there was not easy access, the stairs in the photo leading to the beach were not present. We ended up moving a few miles down the road to the Del Mar Marriott, a much better choice and not too far from the things we wanted to do in the area.

Room Tip: ask to stay away from the areas they are renovating
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fullerton, California
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here to go to the Belly Up Tavern (10-15 min walk).

The GOOD:
1. Free wifi
2. Good location
3. Good customer service
4. Nicely decorated property
5. Clean, well-appointed rooms with extras like coffee pot, fridge, and microwave.

The BAD:
1. No movie rentals.
2. $12 parking charge (I HATE it when hotels charge for parking, esp. when virtually everyone staying at a hotel like this would be driving).
3. Hard, uncomfortable beds.
4. 12 noon check-out (this was a pleasant surprise since the last Marriott we stayed at had a terrible 10 am check-out).

Overall, this is a good hotel in a great little town that has few options. However, with the 12 parking fee in addition to a higher rate, we'll be trying the Holiday Inn Express next door the next time we're in Solana Beach.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Tempe, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

This Marriott Hotel far exceeded my expectations. The rooms are BIG, nice, comforatble, and clean. There was alot of noise from surrounding guests, however it was Valentine's Day, so what are you going to do...

There was a slight issue with billing, however the GM took care of it RIGHT AWAY and comped my parking as a way to apologize.

Impecable customer service!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Plano, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014

great location, but under renovation as of 2/5/2014. They tried hard (upgraded us to a suite), but still felt like a construction zone.
PS: Do NOT reserve under Expedia or any other 3rd party site - make sure you talk to the property directly. I had nothing but problems trying to change my reservation.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

The hotel is located on Coast Highway a short distance from Del Mar and the Del Mar Racetrack/Fairgrounds. Friendly staff and nicely remodeled lobby. Some of the guest rooms are still being remodeled which made it a little noisy during the day due to construction. Our suite was clean and comfortable. The Bistro served breakfast in the morning and was open in the evening for drinks and food offerings.Underground parking is available.for a charge.

Room Tip: Corner suites are roomy and have a Jacuzzi tub. Rooms toward the back of the property away from Coas...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Don H
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socialmediacoord, General Manager at Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Solana Beach. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with our remodeled lobby, central location and friendly staff. I am sorry for the noise you experienced during the day from our room refresh project. We look forward to welcoming you back to our outstanding updated rooms during your next trip to Solana Beach! If I may ever assist with future reservations please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel (858-792-8200).

Mat Spivey, General Manager
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venice, ca
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

"I've experienced better" I am saying that for a Courtyard Marriott. For this property the rooms are really tired and old.

The property though is in a great location, lobby and the grounds are good and the staff is great just need to get those rooms remodeled and it is 5 start Courtyard property.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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socialmediacoord, General Manager at Courtyard San Diego Del Mar/Solana Beach, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and for staying with us. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the location, grounds and staff. We are happy to take this opportunity to let you know we are currently in the process of a room refresh project and look forward to it completion in March 2014. We look forward to welcoming you back with remodeled rooms and providing you with a 5 star stay! If I may ever assist with future reservations please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel (858-792-8200).

Mat Spivey, General Manager
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

This was a business trip, the conference was held at the hotel so many of us decided to book our rooms there too. The staff are friendly and helpful, they gave us many tip on where to eat, and other activities nearby. The conference facilities were good, however since we were there for a week, some variety in snacks for morning and afternoon breaks would have been great. The rooms are large and comfortable, housekeeping was timely and done well, coffee provided in the rooms was of good quality, I would have preferred to have real milk, as I have a huge dislike of powdered creamers, but all was well as rooms have fridges so I got my own milk.

Room Tip: Bring your own milk if you don't like using powdered creamers
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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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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