Since it's at the north end of Pacific beach, this hotel is quieter than most in the area. Wood shutters and wall art featuring palms and flowers give the rooms a serene, tropical feel. Separate vanity sinks outside the bathrooms are a nice touch, as are the Tommy Bahama toiletries and unlimited use of beach towels, umbrellas and toys. Several rooms have kitchenettes and dining areas. You can swim in the ocean right in front of the hotel, walk north and watch surfers tackle the waves at Tourmaline Beach, or simply lounge at the pool terrace beside the boardwalk. The mandatory resort fee ($24) includes two-hour bike rental, free Wi-Fi, and a coupon book good for discounts at nearby hotels and shops. There's no restaurant, but a breakfast buffet (not complimentary) is served each morning, and a few nearby restaurants let you charge your meals to your room. Tip: Book a top story suite with full ocean view from the balcony if you want that ultimate beach getaway experience.
- Frommer's Staff