Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

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1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA
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Located on the shores of San Diego's Mission Bay, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina is a quarter-mile from SeaWorld and Mission Beach, and 3 miles from Old Town San Diego. read more
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Paradise Point Resort & Spa

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1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
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A luxurious 44-acre island resort offering comfortable beach bungalow-style rooms amidst sandy beaches, lush, tropical gardens and lagoons. Next door to SeaWorld and just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego. read more
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I very much enjoyed my recent stay at Paradise Point, where my brother got married. The location is beautiful, and although it was rarely necessary to leave the resort, it was close (morning run distance) to Mission Bay Park and Mission Beach and a short drive from downtown. The bungalow rooms with beach views are definitely the way to go, and the suites (where my parents stayed) are much more comfortably set up than the 2-queen style, which was awkward. All the rooms were clean, if not terribly spacious. For a "resort," I found it rather overpriced without being terribly modern - the spa prices were higher than Miami or New York, and bike rentals at $10 an hour were far too high. Also, the resort loses a couple of points on style for the drab color of the buildings and odd decor in the lobby (I am not sure what carousel horses and colored glass globes have to do with a beach resort; they seem better suited to a circus theme). It is a shame there were no larger suites - I would have sprung for a 2-bedroom style with a real living room rather than a pull-out couch, as we often had large gatherings in one of the smaller suites. However, the fire pits on the beach are great, and the golf cart service was nice, even if it was not always available, as we covered several miles a day just wandering around the resort. I personally prefer to have one large pool with a bar rather than several small ones, but for a not-too-fancy place that seems more oriented toward families, it was quite nice. However, I understand that this is one of the nicest places in San Diego, and they certainly excelled at friendliness and food. The on-site restaurant was pricey but quite good; the "barefoot bar and grill" had delicious, uncomplicated eats and drinks at fair prices; and the food they prepared for the cocktail reception and wedding dinner were delicious. I am not sure I would stay here again if I were coming on my own, but the resort was a beautiful choice for a wedding. It gets an extra point for having free parking for each room. Comfortable rather than luxurious, I found the rates a bit high, but nonetheless it was a delightful place to stay.
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Mar 8th, 2007
Best Western Plus Blue Sea Lodge

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707 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA
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This oceanfront Best Western is set in Pacific Beach, 7 miles from downtown San Diego, and Balboa Park. Belmont Park is within 1.4 miles, and SeaWorld is 2.5 miles away. read more
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The hotel was very conveniently located right on the beach and directly on the "boardwalk". Our room looked over a parking lot and then to the ocean so not the greatest view but was advertised as a partial view, so acceptable to us. Very lively, and local beach experience. Lots of people watching! Many restaraunts within walking distance. Bus stop right next to hotel to take you easily to Old Town train station where you can easily take a trolley into San Diego. The drive into downtown was very easy as well with easy access to I-5. For a 2.5 star hotel, easily worth the value. If you are looking for something more resort style, you would be disappointed. But who stays at their hotel in San Diego! Parking spaces are very small. No safes in room was disapponting as well. Note about San Diego beach areas: They talk about "gray May" and "june gloom" for a reason. Temps were colder than we expected, mid 60's when we went on June 26 and it is cloudy on the beach most of the time. It's amazing that if you go about 6 blocks inland, the sun is out and very pleasant. They say this "marine cloud layer" moves out as you get into July. And downtown San Diego was beautiful all the time! But my wife and I were beach people and we only got one sunny day at the beach so beware if you are looking to lay on the beach in the sun and you go in June. I would definitely look up this place again if we returned to San Diego. The people are friendly and uniquely interesting!
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Jul 15th, 2006
Catamaran Resort and Spa

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3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA
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This 14-acre, San Diego resort is on Mission Bay's sandy beach, across the street from the Pacific Ocean, and within 3 miles of SeaWorld and La Jolla. read more
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The service and staff were excellent from checkin to checkout. I was greeted immediately and customer service at every location on the resort was impeccable. There seemed to always be some staff member in sight at every location; yet that was not uncomfortable at all. Everyone was constantly available for any question or concern. I was asked at least 4 times at different locations, if I needed help with anything. About the only negative thing I can say is that the bathroom shower water temperature was very inconsistent. Even with the water turned all the way to cold, the temperature would go up and down. My 15-year old actually cried at one point from getting burned. I yelped a few times myself. We were in room 311. I think the tower is probably newer. Other then that, the Catamaran Resort is relaxing, peaceful, lush with jungle trees and other growth, full of winding trails that add to the ambience. It is just what you imagine of a resort. The spa and gym had all the equipment I needed. Also the outdoor sports area including all kinds of watercraft was very fun with plenty to do. The Mission Bay area which is where the resort is located has an excellent bike riding path that seems to go on for miles. You really don't have to leave the resort for anything.
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Aug 11th, 2007
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

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1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA
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Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa is set among tropical gardens and close to sandy beaches on the shores of Mission Bay. This 18-acre resort is just 2 mi (3 km) from Sea World San Diego, with easy I-5 access. read more
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We thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and it's ammenities. The rooms were comfortable and clean and the shower pressure really great! We got a ground floor room which had a patio with easy access to the beach. Nice! Several of these ground floor units had fire pits...COOL! We were able to watch the Sea World fireworks from our patio each night and that was a plus for the kids. The beach is really on an inlet, so don't expect waves, but was great for the little ones. The sand is fine and it is not rocky. Shell shards only-not great shell hunting. There were bonfires on the beach at night and the pool was lovely. People commented that the food was expensive, but we thought the food was resort priced. Not cheap, but could be worse! The chicken quesadillas were awesome as well as the potstickers. The kid ammenities and beach rentals like bikes closed after labor day. We stayed at this hotel as a family with small kids and really enjoyed it. We did have a rental car, and did take day trips, but easily could have stayed at the resort. We were there over labor day weekend and a few days past. It was reasonably quiet, but could see it being very busy during the summer. Feed the ducks on the beach in the morning!
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Sep 7th, 2007
Tower23 Hotel

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723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA
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This three-story hotel is 2 miles from Belmont Park, 4 miles from SeaWorld and the Mission Bay Aquatic Park, and 11 miles from downtown San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. read more
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