My husband & I ended up at Paradise Point not because of our of choice...we used a "don't see the hotel name until you pay" site. And for that reason, I cannot complain, but will give my views after staying there. Check in was very nice....attractive lobby and staff very nice and welcoming. We arrived early (11am) and they were able to give us a room. Mind you, this is early November and it was a Sunday morning...not prime tourist season. But I did appreciate being able to drop our bags in our room as we had a full day planned and did not plan on being back to the hotel until later in the evening. And it is a good thing that we did. If we would have waited until it was dark, we may not have found our room. The lay out can be a bit confusing....the roads in the resot are very narrow and buildings are not marked very clearly. Our room happened to be on the "back-side" of a building...that made for confusion on how to get to it.
The room was a "bungalow" type with a nice, small enclosed patio area at the entrance. They have two nice chairs to enjoy the outdoors. Being on the "back-side" of the building was good for this reason as it gave you more privacy from the parking area.
The room, upon entrance, looked inviting...nice color scheme and pleasant layout...but it did have a rather musty smell as some people have stated before. It wasn't horrible enough to warrent changeing rooms....but was a little distracting. (that is the reason for only 3* for cleanliness)
Because we were there during off-season, we did not use the grounds or pool areas. But they appeared to be well kept and attractive. The pool areas looked nice...one had a fire pit area that would be nice to have used if we had been there longer. I also liked the fact that they had an "adults only" pool....but we did not use it for this trip.
Cleanliness (3*) because of slight musty smell)
Location (4*) is really good...across the street from SeaWorld. So if you have children and this is your primary reason to visit San Diego, it is a good choice. It is close to beaches and has good access to freeways if going other places. I think it is very centrally located for a San Diego vacation.
Rooms (3*) because they are nothing to get excited about (imho)....pretty standard room...two queen beds, desk, chair, TV, drawers for clothing, standard bath....tub/toilet separate from vanity, nice large closet. The negatives about the room...NO coffee pot!!! I thought that coffee pots were almost standard in all hotel rooms these days. They did have a "coffee cart" near the lobby that we walked to for coffee in the morning.....muffin and 2 coffee's were $11..The other negative was the fact that there is no "window" to allow fresh air. There is the "old" wall air conditioner/heater/vent units.....very NOISEY!!! The nobs were not on this particular one, so there was no way to adjust the heat level. The only way to allow fresh air was to leave the door open, or have the noisey fan running. The other negative was that there was no way to turn the porch light off. Because of the door/window set-up, this allowed quite a bit of light to shine into the room along the edge of the curtains....enough to be distracting all night. I am sure they have these lights stay on for safety reason, but I like dark room to sleep in.
Service (4*) as the staff that we dealt with was very accommodating and we were able to get into our room early.
Value (3*)....I did not mind the price that I got using the "no name " service...but I HATE being stuck with a $25 parking fee!!!! My biggest pet-peeve for hotels these days...and the thing I complain about all of the time....just charge more for the room, please...this is considered nickle & dimeing me, and having what I consider to be "hidden fees". (OK, so maybe I am old-school...but I still don't like it!!!)
Would I "chose" to stay here? Maybe/ maybe not......but if you want to "pretend" that you are on a tropical island or Hawaii, without the airfare, this might fit the bill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, this luxurious 44-acre island resort features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and lagoons. Here at this AAA Four-Diamond San Diego hotel, you can explore one mile of beach, five swimming pools, and enjoy various amenities including tennis courts, an 18-hole putting course, beach cruisers, bonfire pits, and a private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, and kayaks. Dine at one of two waterfront venues, then relax and refresh at the plush spa with a treatment from Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, or Bali. Secluded yet centrally located, the hotel is minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Gaslamp District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Point Hotel San Diego
- Paradise Point Resort And Spa
- Paradise Point San Diego