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Historical Traveler Reviews Bay Club Hotel & Marina San Diego
Loved it! Would recommend!
My wife, kids and I recently stayed at the Bay Club Hotel & Marina while visiting San Diego and I was very pleased. Our room was clean and spacious and we had a wonderful view of the marina. This hotel has a special deal called the "Whale of a Deal" and it provides room accommodations, free breakfast, and 2 adult tickets to either the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park or SeaWorld for each night's stay. Great place to stay!
Our usual hotel was booked for the day so we went looking through TripAdvisor reviews for an alternate location. I called to obtain some preliminary info and learned the last renovation was in 2000, this concerned me but the comments here indicated it was still excellent so I made a reservation.
The room we reserved was a first floor marina view. The room seemed clean though some stains could be seen in the carpet. The paint and wallpaper were in good shape as was the condition of the furniture. No obvious odors though it did seem a bit musty likely due to the location. It didn't seem too bad for a 4 year old room initially.
The sink area provides ample counter space for laying out ones bathroom articles. There are two mirrors and lighting is adequate. The tiles in the sink area showed some stains and cracks in the grout. Not terribly bad but could be updated. One nice touch is that the sink is separate from the shower and toilet area.
In the shower and toilet room, it showed obvious signs of use. The floor tiles were stained and the grout discolored. This transferred over to the shower wall tiles and grout, they have seen better days for sure. Looks like bleach has changed the beige grout to white so this color discrepancy doesn't help in the presentation of the room. To their credit, I didn't see any mold but between the discoloration, this was difficult to tell. I wasn't about to try and scrape any off to find out. The toilet flushes with a vengeance so close the lid or you may get splattered.
Speaking of the toilet, the shower room and sink area is void of real towel racks. The fresh towels are folded into holders. The other bath towels were draped over the toilet disabled persons handrails. These are low and right next to the toilet bowl. (Aim well and close the lid otherwise those towels may be absorbing something else.) After using, there is no real place to hang them so you toss them on the floor or make a space for them elsewhere. Poor thought here.
We also could hear the guests in the room next to us. It wasn't obnoxious yet you could hear the faint mumbling of a discussion and the TV. The A/C unit is yet another adding to unwanted sounds. When it starts up, it begins with a low sharp humm then you hear the fans go on. After being startled awake more than enough times, we opted to shut it off.
Another noise concern was the planes and helicopters from the Coronado air base. I was told they didn't fly over frequently so it wouldn't be a bother. At 5:30 AM we awoke to the guests in the room above us as their walking caused the floor to creak and groan. About an hour later the sound of jet engines from the S.D. airport added to this. We resorted to some 30db ear plugs which she was able to sleep fine with. I wasn't so lucky as I heard the planes faintly then on.
After enduring this, we were looking forward to the made to order egg and pancake breakfast which we had been told is offered. When we came to the restaurant: bread/muffin tray, instant cereals, scrambled eggs, Denver type omelet, bacon, sausage, potatoes, some sort of breakfast burrito and a fruit tray with fruits not near ripe. The overall quality was not what it should be. When asked about this, we learned they changed the day before. The person taking my reservation knew what date we were arriving and this felt like a bait & switch. We were told that this will be the breakfast format from now on.
The final nail was the $5 charge for parking. So adding up all the things we didn't get, the value dropped significantly. The area is nice but even the marina view can't make up for the creaky floors, jet engines, stained shower room and change of breakfast.
Clean, Comfortable and a Good Value
Just returned from a September 2004 weekend at the Bay Club with my wife and infant daughter. The hotel is on the peninsula known as "Shelter Island." Our room was on the second floor overlooking the Marina ($139 a night plus room tax). The second floor features private balconies and includes a refrigerator, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, cable T.V., and clock radio. Rooms at the front of the hotel look out onto the street and the water beyond. The hotel is immaculately clean and comfortable, but a little dated. The furnishings are rattan with a palm tree decor. Complimentary breakfast is included with the price of your room and includes an omelet station, coffee, juices, toast, bagels, bacon or sausage, french toast or pancakes, breakfast potatos, and cereals. Parking is $5 per day. The parking lot is subterranean with elevators going to the room levels. There is a bar and restaurant on the premises as well as a pool. The staff is friendly and unlike some luxury high rise hotels, you can actually open the windows here and enjoy the views and the weather.
KID FRIENDLY, EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE FROM THE STAFF
We recenlty took a trip to San Diego and stayed at the Bay Club ands Marina on Shelter Isalnd. We had young ( 5 mos to 4 years) kids going to Lego land..a handful, The breakfast that came with the room was great!... omelettes, pancakes, bacon... ...but the staff throughout from the booking agent to the front desk, maids to waitpersons ( esp the waitperpsons) were really exceptional, they even remember the names of our kids from the previous morning when we returned the next day for another of their great breakfasts. The maids were great in switching towels to pulling back the beds and arranging the stuffed animals cutely on the bed with mints. They really added to the trip through their helpfulness and kindness. Good location and the views of the Marina beautiful.
Very nice hotel
Very nice hotel stayed there two nights when we arrived in san diego and one night before we left. First two nights had a room with two queens, nice size very clean. Front desk personal very helpful and very pleasant. Free breakfast was good they have a lady that makes fresh omelets or eggs to order and sausage,bacon , pancakes french toast, bagels, toast, coffee , and juices are available. Called from san fran three days before arriving back in s.d. and they secured us an even nicer suite room for our last night in s.d. An added bonus was that Humphries hotel is just down the block and from our pool deck we could see and hear the big name bands that were playing there for free, the first two nights we saw Heart, can't ask for much better.
I just got back from a week at the Bay Club and I have no complaints! All the staff, from the front-desk to the restaurant to the bar were magnificent. The room was clean every day; the location was great being next door to a concert venu (heck, we listened to Natalie Merchant, Chris Isaak, and many other concerts from the pool) - all in all a great vacation. Would recommend to anyone...
At $89 a good deal
If you can get a rate of $89/night or less this is a super deal for 2 people. With the cooked-to-order omlet station and other breakfast goodies, this adds up to a bargain. Parking on site is $5/night extra, but this is a pretty safe neighborhood to leave a vehicle on the street. A big plus is the location: close enough to the airport, and yet on a quiet stretch near the water. Great early-morning walk around the "island".
Quiet hotel, outdated, great breakfast, nice views
We stayed at this hotel which is very close to the airport but seems so far away because it is quiet and sits by the marina aka: shleter island. This hotel was nice but needs updating. It was just old that is all you can say--clean though. The breakfast was great-meat and eggs for the Atkins gang and the kids had fruit and toast etc. This was included with the room which helps to start the day. The room was very spacious-we had a suite with our 4 kids was nice. 2 tvs and lots of privacy. I do feel like there were only older people at this hotel-we saw a few people with grandkids-not many families like us but we didn't mind. You are literally right on the marina so the kids liked to see the boats but they would not let you go to the docks to look at them which was a bummer. Parking was super easy and the staff could not have been nicer. Just update a bit and make a few kid friendly changes and it would be great. I got a great rate from a new place i discovered called Sandiegoconcerige. They told me about this shelter island when so many things were booked. Worked out well.
We have stayed at this hotel on more than one occassion with our 6 year old grand daughter. The rooms are clean, near the bay and some have a Marina view.
Centrally located for beach, zoo and Sea World. Covered parking and hot breakfast makes a prime value.
Remember you are not paying $400 per night.
Hated the Bay Club!
The Bay Club Hotel is by far the "Worst" notion of the word "Hospitality" that I have ever experienced. The food/bar servers are indignant, the mgm't. inept and the food is horrific. This place survives solely by it's wonderful location at the San Diego bay.
In my opinion, the Bay Club Hotel is the very "Worst" bet for your vacation dollars.
PS...The room was clean. That's the only good thing that I can say!
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