Ocean Beach Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOcean Beach Hotel San Diego
Great hotel right by the beach. Very affordable and lots of stuff within walking distance. Parking was included. My only complaint was that it often got noisy at night after the bars closed.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ocean Beach Hotel San Diego
Looking @ others' reviews, I'd say this place is underrated!!
This is an older hotel. But it was clean, the service was fine, and the location is great. However, the location is great only if you have somewhat of a young heart or free spirit. We enjoyed it. We were in town for the Marathon and hanging out with the locals, etc. was a lot of fun. I consider it a better way of seeing a city to stay in a plcae like this than in the Hilton or someplace. I mean, otherwise, how do you tell the difference between St. Paul, St. Louis, Santa Fe, or San Diego? Give me the local flavor. So, if you're expecting plush accomodations and 5-star service, forget it. I think some of the negative reviewers were olverly critical because their expectations were too high. Put this property on a par with a Super 8 quality, with a better location! As for the noise levels. Hey, I've spent over $200/night on rooms with as much noise. Pack earplugs when you travel if that's a problem for you. Fact is, today, it's a handful of the other stupid guests who have no courtesy for others that's problem. Not, the property.
Not the prettiest but its clean
I don't get to the San Diego area enough but, when I go I try and stay in Ocean Beach. the motel is on the beach and is located near the longest pier on the west coast. I spent my honeymoon here in November and it was nice and quiet.
My favorite time to go is the last weekend of June when ocean beach hosts its street fair. I happened on it on a 3 day weekend I was spending at the motel about 15 years ago and have gone 3 times since. If you are into surfing and partying this is the place for you. There are at least 5 bars along voltaire ave. and at least that many eateries and restraunts from greek to mexican.
As you can tell I love the area. It's like a small venice beach. All different kinds of people. So if you want beaches, surfing, food and people watching this is the place for you.
Horrible! <1 star! Noisy! No A/C ! No water pressure !
The walls ARE PAPER THIN as 5/4/04 review says ! We were not able to sleep and moved to another hotel after staff was unwilling to discount or work with us. You can here normal conversations/TV in the next room. Since there is no AC, you have to open the window giving you more noise (talking,traffic,etc.) and smokers blowing smoke into your room. The shower had low pressure with the water going VERY hot to cold and back to warm every minute. Refridgerator was not cold. We even had a cockroach in the bathroom.
The only positive is the beach is 100-200 ft away and the $70 price, but the beach is not nice and if you can't sleep, its not worth the little savings. Don't pay the $150-$200 summer rates!!
The beach had dirty sand and water and 15-20 drunk, homeless people. The area is old and looks run down. This was a MOTEL and looks it even after a coat of paint and some new furnishings.
Definetly a 2 star motel
Just finished a 4 day stay here. Disappointed after reading the reviews. The walls are paper thin in the hotel. We could hear the person in the room next door snoring. Anyone carrying on a conversation down in the courtyard could be heard plainly from our 2nd story room. The location is good but the hotel definetly is small and well-used. Be forewarned that the walls are paper thin and any outside noise can be heard easily.
Location, Location, Location!
Nothing beats sleeping to the sound of the Ocean. The Motel was clean, staff very helpful. The price was right! The town is funky, we had a great time. We definitely recommend the OB Motel.
Never Stayed..Credit Card Charged
I booked a room but due to a family emergency I didnt confirm my reservation, they charged my credit card still. That is outright theft, I have many friends in Ocean beach since I grew up there and I will be bad mouthing this old run down drug motel until I get my money back.
Clean rooms, nice staff
I stayed here in March, 03. The motel is right across the street from the beach and the pier is right there (fun to walk on). The room was small (quite cramped actually) but very clean and in good repair. We had an excellent view of the ocean and we had a "courtyard" room. There is no AC but with the large window it was easily cooled down by opening the window and letting in the ocean breeze. The staff is wonderful!
They are so nice. Parking is very convienent. Within walking distance are many many restaurants and bars. The ONLY complaint I would have is the vagrants that hang around the beach. At any given time we could see 3-10 homeless types drinking on the beach. They were friendly and did not bother us at all (no panhandling or any otherwise offensive behavior) but I did feel uncomfortable sleeping with the window open.
Had it been the heat of summer, it may have been uncomfortable without AC. Nevertheless, we had an excellent stay and I would recommend this hotel for clean simplicity. Nothing fancy here! The water looks kind of brown at this beach. If you want to swim in the ocean, Coronado should not be missed! It's about a 15 min. drive from Ocean Beach.
If you like surfing...
The only reason to stay at this hotel is if you like the beach (near dog beach) and/or surfing. This is an old motel and is a little musty.
Typical for old beach motels. Ocean beach is not a high rent area so don't expect nice restaraunts or fancy stores. Some of the characters that hang around the pier are a little creepy? The motel is decent and the staff is cool, just don't expect the Ritz.
Ocean Beach Motel, my little secret
I feel guilty writing this review because Ocean Beach Motel has always been my little secret. I have been staying here for years, even before the newly renovated rooms. The place has so much character and is within walking distance of all of my favorite places like Hodad's and DreamGirls, not to mention the beach. The staff is super helpful and willing to give you entertainment suggestions and directions to practically anywhere. I promise you will enjoy your stay!
Stay at this motel!!!
We stayed at the OB Motel on 4th of July weekend. We decided to stay there so we would'nt have to drive. It was so convenient. We had read 1 bad review on this motel and were unsure if we should stay. We took our chances and had a blast there. The staff was so friendly even though they were very busy with a full motel. The rooms have been recently renovated and are very comfortable and clean. You are so close to the beach also. As we were leaving we ran into the owner who was just a sweetheart. He asked us how everything was and thanked us. We highly recommend staying here, especially if your goal is sun, beer, and fish tacos!!
TripAdvisor Reviews Ocean Beach Hotel San Diego
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