Clarion Del Mar Inn
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TravelPod Member ReviewsClarion Del Mar Inn
Nice Sea-view (sleeping with the sound of crashing waves), about 7min walk to the beach.
Great service staff and quaint cottage-like deco of rooms with mini kitchenettes.
Rooms and toilet are clean and spacious.
No in-house restaurant though, but a short walk to quite a few nearby.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Del Mar Inn
Disappointed at Del Mar Inn
Disappointed in this hotel, but have stayed in worse. We were to have a 3rd floor remodeled room but were given a 2nd floor room with very old decor. The bathroom desperately needs updated. The outside and grounds were very nice. The hotel is only a block or so from the beach but ACCESS to the beach is 6 blocks which took us about 15 minutes to walk. We had an ocean view room which is decent but you have to look over several buildings and a parking lot. The breakfast is pastries brought to your room and it was pretty good. The beach here is very nice but the shopping and dining is quite expensive. Parking is very limited so you have to walk everywhere.
Great Stay for the races
A breath of fresh air from Palm Springs. Very nice staff, ask for peggy or tim, they will take great care of you. Compared to other hotels in town, this was the best. Nice little inn, can walk or drive to most anything in area. Had a great time at the races. Will stay there again & again. Ed
Bad stay at Del Mar Beach
The rooms smelled of rotten tennis shoes
Could not see ocean from any room
and the rooms need to be re-modeled
Or at least tear down this hotel and re-build
Very over priced
Stay was good
Had visiting Family members from San Francisco, they said they loved the place. They have two boys, 11 and 13, who played in the pool most of the day or went to the beach. Was concerned about the rate being so low due to remodeling, $99.00. But, felt it was worth every penny. Have read some of the other comments, doesn't seem like we're talking about the same place? Little noise now and then, but other than the workers around the place, everything seemed fine. Del Mar is a great little village to visit, but seems to be more for adults.
We stayed at this wonderful, cozy hotel to celebrate my 40th wedding anniversary and had the best service and an awesome stay. We were on the third floor, our room was large and spacious, the bed was comfortable, beautiful european decor and the view was incredible. This hotel is just adorable and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We were able to walk to enjoy the sights and sounds of Del Mar. I must say that I was extremely pleased with my entire stay and my husband and I are planning to return to this lovely "jewel" of a hotel whenever we visit San Diego. We have told everyone of our friends about this delightful inn at the beach!!
Not worth the cash
After reading the reviews, I was pretty hesitant to try this hotel, but I was visiting friends, and I needed a place to stay. Del Mar Inn was the least expensive option I could find on short notice, but the rate with taxes was still $150/night.
I checked in at night, so I didn't get a great look around. The check in folks were nice enough, but I was definitely unimpressed with my room. I paid extra for the "newly renovated, ocean view room." As mentioned in other posts, the ocean view is of a parking lot below, and the balcony is big enough for a single chair.
If this room was renovated, I'd hate to see the old rooms. I pulled back the curtains, and half of the "window" area behind the curtain was a brick wall.
Thankfully, a space opened up at my friend's house, and I didn't even have to stay the night. Therefore, I never walked around the grounds.
To sum this place up: it's definitely not newly renovated, it's clean enough, but the rooms are drab and musty, and there's no view of which to speak. unfortunately, i don't know anything else in the neighborhood to recommend.
Remodeled rooms were very nice
We stayed one night, February 17, 2004, and thought the room was very nice. We had a third floor ocean view room, and everything was new in the room. (I'm not sure what the other reviewers were talking about!) The bed was new and firm, the bathroom was clean with all new fixtures, and the furnishings were very nice. There was a separate sink and dressing area in one corner of the room, and a small refrigerator. The heat worked well. We had no trouble with the staff or the breakfast.
They bring a cart of pastries to your door in the morning, and you select what you want. They were good bakery pasteries - not the Costco type. You could see the ocean in the distance, and while it certainly wasn't a beach-y feel, I thought it was fine because the room was quiet and the area was clean. The "garden view" rooms faced a busy road, but were not as close to the road as other Del Mar motels. I would recommend a lower floor on the garden side to avoid traffic noise.
There was a library with afternoon tea that we didn't get to see. The hot tub and pool looked nice, but we didn't get to use it. The building was a European style that was pretty cheesy, but the whole town seemed to be themed that way.
Horrible and service unproffesional
The beds were nasty and horrible you kind of fell into the middle. It needs to be remodled or torn down I would hope to be rebuilt its ugly.
The rooms smell the garden view is a view of some ugly trees and the busy street and the view for the ocean is over a garage and a bounch of other hotels. The people are very rude and unproffesional.
I wish you could rate it in the negatives
I put my parents in this hotel because I live in the area and it looked pretty from the outside. The "ocean view" turned out to be mainly a view of the parking lot and a glimpse of the ocean between lots of trees and buildings in between. There are two beaches near the hotel but they are not close enough to walk to, esp. for older guests. Also, the location of the hotel is on a cliff so you'll have to hike a long trail on a cliff to get to the ocean. There are no sidewalks on the busy highway street that leads to this trail making it more difficult to walk. The service is very poor. They advertise a continental breakfast delivered to your door but you have to ask (beg) for it the night before, and this does not guarantee that you will even get it. My parents did not, even after they called twice! I had to call the front desk and complain that they were not getting their breakfast. When they finally did, it was just a croissant, coffee and some juice.
Furthermore, the customer service is poor. The people are not even friendly and the building, facilities are worn. My parents " ocean view balcony" was a tiny metal structure directly above the parking lot. The only "old world" appeal is the lobby which has been renovated and the greenery on the outside makes the place look nice.Save your money, and stay at the Doubletree, Marriot, or Hampton Inn. They are two miles from the beach but you will get better service, a nicer room, and for a lot less. Don't embarrass yourself in front of your relatives like I did!
Nice location but...
This is a very nice location and our room had a view of the ocean which is about a block down the street. We did encounter some minor problems with the room, which they said was one of their renovated rooms....hmmmm.... The toilet wouldn't flush but maintenance took care of it immediately. Then I used my blow dryer and my husband used the little blow dryer provided in the bathroom....and we blew a fuse! So, from then on it was one blow dryer at a time. Maintenance again was on the job immediately to fix the fuse situation. We couldn't use the security lock on our door because it appeared someone had at one time kicked the door in and the molding was broken and the lock was gone.
Just a little freaky! When I was told that this was a renovated room, I had to laugh. The only renovated thing may have been the countertop in the bathroom.
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