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Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Ranked #22 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Coquitlam, Canada
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30 reviews
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“Great location, awesome views!!!!”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

This was the 2nd hotel that we had booked prior to leaving home. We had booked the first 2 nights at the Best Western Yacht Harbor and then moved to this hotel for the next 3 nights and then we were going to see where we wanted to stay for the last 4 nights. This hotel is in a fabulous location, the greatest view!! Harbor looking to one side and the marina on the other. We have never seen so many boats in one location.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The first room we had in the Casa Loma building had been recently updated and was beautifully decorated. The dining room and lounge at the hotel hadexcellent food. The lounge was a great place to unwind at the end of a long day of being a tourist.
The hotel is situated on Shelter Island, minutes away from good restaurants and most of the tourist attractions. Il Pomodora is highly recommended for Italian and Miquel's Cucina for Mexican.
After taking a drive up to Oceanside via I5 and driving back along the coast, we decided we would finish off our stay at the same hotel. They were able to accommadate us, we stayed in the original room 2 more nights and then spent the last 2 nights facing the marina. It was a little more private and a little bigger and gave us a great via of the marina out our doorstep.
We would definately return to this hotel!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orange County, CA
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Stayed at the Casa del Mar in the queen junior suite section of Island Palms which is the newer section. It was nicely laid out w/ 2 queen beds, 42" TV, desk, 2 lounge chairs and a kitchenette w/ a dining table and 4 chairs, microwave, small fridge and sink. It had plates, eating utensils, glass/cups (no cooking gadgets since it didn't have a stove). The hotel is located just across the bay in the front and the harbor w/ the boats at the back. It is about 12 min drive to downtown San Diego and Gaslamp quarter. It had 2 pools-one in the main bldg and another in Casa del Mar w/ jacuzzis. It had a fitness room w/ 2 treadmills, a bike and Universal gym equipment. It had a restaurant which we did not go to (went to Point Loma seafood instead) but we did use the complimentary bicycles that they had (they had adults, kids- incl 20", 24"- I think they might smaller ones, too, w/ helmets). It was definitely a pleasant stay w/ the nice and helpful staff.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Chemainus, Canada
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

I found staff to be very helpful when we arrived. The site of the hotel is in such a perfect location with a water front right outside the door whether front door or rear. The premises are well kept and they are doing reno's on a regular basis. I would suggest that you pass on the older section of the hotel as the beds are old and uncomfortable. Ask to be in the newer section. This hotel is handy to the airport and lots of other attractions. Pelicans are there on the water front ready to greet you.

Room Tip: Pick an upper room in the new section facing the harbour. Nice view of the city from there.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Red Deer
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We chose this hotel based on our airlines reward program and were very happy. The location is excellent. It is in a quiet area of town yet it is reasonably close to everything if you have a car. The staff was very pleasant, the restaurant was good and the pool area was a big hit. The room was a bit small but really nothing to complain about. The Marina setting was very peaceful. It worked well for my families needs.

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sarnia on canada
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We came here for our honeymoon in Aug. 2011. This hotel is very clean, the staff are so nice. The entire area is so beautiful. The weather was perfect. We rented a car, absolutely the best thing we did. San Diego has so much to offer. We will definitely be back!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Arizona
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

This was a two night stay in a series of four hotels on a week long trip for eight family members. This hotel was booked in a last minute decision due to a change of plans, so little research was done on it. This facility is a series of free standing buildings located in an area that gives the appearance of a tropical island. The first building contained the office and on location restaurant. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout the two days. It appears that they are renovating the buildings one at a time. The one we were assigned to appeared to have already been renovated. It was very clean new looking and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The location is ideal as far as getting to local attractions and only minutes to downtown San Diego. On departure day, had breakfast in their restaurant. It was good, but average. Reasonable pricing. Would without a doubt stay there again. We visit CA. frequently.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

I'm a native of San Diego so I visit a lot. If I'm not staying with friends, I always stay on Shelter Island because I never went there when I lived there and it feels more like a vacation. This was my first time at the Best Western though and I will always book my stay with them when I'm in town.

They had great customer service, they offer free parking, there are two pools, a laundry room and the room was very nice to boot! Our bed was very comfortable, the amenities are great, Shelter Island is a great place to walk. I could go on forever! Definitely consider staying here.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Address: 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3105 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina)
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Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in San Diego
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#39 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 227
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on San Diego's Shelter Island, the Island Palms Hotel and Marina is surrounded by the blue waters of San Diego Bay. Nestled among 6 acres of lush, tropical landscaping, this spectacular setting overlooks our private yacht marina and San Diego's largest yacht basin. Features and amenities include 227 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 heated waterfront pools and spas, waterfront restaurant and bar and over 6,300 square feet of water view meeting space. ... more   less 
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