Ocean Park Inn
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... br> We are not only going back to where San Diego started, but also the birthplace of California. Discovered was it by the Spanish and we were up at the Presidio – the first military base built by the Spanish in 1769 – they also built a mission at that time (there were 21 in all in California, but we skipped this one). On the plaza we visited today was the first American flag raised in 1846 by a US lieutenant.
One thing ...
... old buildings.
I noticed the locals were friendlier
and the drivers were not as demonic as their counterparts in nearby
Los Angeles. The place has a certain vibe with the sparkling blue
ocean in the west and boulder -strewn hills in the east. Just
imagine this: vintage tall ships lining up the waterfront; USS
Midway, an aircraft carrier turned museum; a Russian submarine and
the USS Dolphin submarine. All of these ...
... lunch so it kept us going while there. We walked through the Penguin encounter and Turtle reef and went on the Ripride rescue. Rorke was just too short to go on but he was pretty pleased to have to wait on the side, We then headed to Manta. Rich and Courtney joined the queue, we were told it was 40 min so the rest of us headed to watch the Sealion show which was pretty funny. Got some more candy and headed to meet them only to find out it was a 20 ...
I got a good nights sleep last night and woke up refreshed. We took my bike to a local shop for new chain, sprockets, oil change and general checkup this morning. Kevin and I took an excursion through the San Diego Zoo and Balboa park today.
... and would often ride our bikes to the zoo. We rarely spent more than a couple of hours there and always said we would go in and see one exciting or interesting thing and then leave. We told the kids this and they were excited to repeat this plan. We decided to let everyone pick one animal to see and then we would head out. Megan and Clark both picked the big cats; Megan also chose the Polar ...
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This is a great hotel
We loved this hotel. After booking at the Holiday Inn Mission Bay (HUGE MISTAKE) we found this hotel. We chose to spend a little more and got the suite. FANTASTIC. My fourteen month old could run and play there was so much room. The room was extra clean. The hotel staff was fantastic, they went out of their way to help us. Only one example was when we ran out of milk at three in the morning and the front desk manager went and got us some (I can not believe or thank them enough for that type of service) The location was excellent. We can not say enough good things about this hotel. You will not be disappointed with your choice of this hotel.
Comfortable Hotel Overlooking the Beach
Stayed 5 nights arriving Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003. Room overlooked the ocean and was very clean. Had King size bed, sofa, table/desk and chair, t.v. small fridge and microwave. Bathroom was nice with plenty of big white towels. We enjoyed sitting out on the balcony for the wonderful view and sometimes to people watch. Try for a second or third floor room. Hotel would not guarantee but noted our request. Check in time was 2 pm and check out time is 11 am.
Hotel has secure free gated parking in the basement. Hotel provides continental breakfast that includes cereal, bagels, breads, muffins, pastries, milk, juices, coffee and tea.
Free coffee, tea and juice available all day.
Hotel provides towels for pool or beach use.
Grocery store and Starbucks nearby as well as plenty of other shops and eating places.
Reason for checking 4* instead of 5* was that the hotel did not provide cream cheese for the bagels which my husband prefers. However there was plenty of butter pats and jam preserves.
Yes we will return.
Not very clean
Our first impression of the outside was nice...however...the elevator smelled of strong mildew odor. As we continued to the 3rd floor there was a very strong odor throughout the hallways...it smelled like really bad B.O. We had to hold our noses...I smelled it in the curtains. I could not figure out what the heck this was. Our room was very small, tons of ants on my toothbrush in the morning. None of the coke machines on all 3 floors worked, and we were thirsty. We did report these problems to the front desk and they were polite and said they would look into it. But...it all still smelled pretty bad. Not to mention there was some mold on the food at the continental breakfast. We had to check out and find another place. The place was just not very clean in our opinion.
Small rooms and lots of ANTS!!!
After a few days of business in LA...I drove the family down for a weeks stay at the Ocean Park Inn. The location is great (right at the lifegaurd tower @ Pacific Beach). The biggest problems we had were: 1. The room because infested with ants. One of the reasons we chose this hotel is that each room has a microwave & refrigerator. But do not leave any food out or expect plenty of ants! I notfied the front desk, and they sent someone up to spray. No offer for a discount or anything like that...they just blew it off.
2. Air conditioning unit on balcony leaked horribly. There was a pool of water on our balcony at all times...so we could not enjoy the balcony AT ALL. Again....no discount (or apology) offered.
3. There are a LOAD of bums (homeless) that spend all day loitering out on the lawn between the hotel & the beach. You basically have to wade thru them at times to get to the beach. No fun for my 6 yr old son.
4. The rooms are small (but it's not that big an issue if you plan to spend all day outside anyway). All in all...the location makes it somewhat worth the money, but on a return trip we will opt for renting a cottage.
Loved the Ocean Park Inn
Our family stayed at the Ocean Park Inn the second weekend in October and it was fabulous. Most of the rooms have at least a partial ocean view and you can drift off to sleep listening to the ocean waves. The property is right on the boardwalk which is great if you have little ones since you don't have to cross a street to go to the beach...lots of stuff going on there...our kids didn't even want to leave to go to Sea World. The continental breakfast spread is better than any other I've ever seen!
Ants, ants, ants!
Okay, I understand a few ants here and there at this time of year on the beach - when we first checked into our room, I noticed a few in the bathroom and didn't think it was a big deal. We were celebrating our daugher's 4th b-day and I had a cake ordered at the bakery nearby-picked it up and my daughter and son each had a piece after blowing out candles, etc. We left the cake in the box (we were going to share with some friends the next day). When we returned to our room 2 hours later, I looked at the cake and it was covered with ants! I could not believe my eyes! My husband brought it down to the front desk and left it there. A housekeeping guy came up to our room with a bottle of Windex. Didn't do anything but looked around for where they might be coming in, and said they've never had ant problems in the year he's worked there. I called the Pacific Terrace(a motel nearby where we've stayed before) and they said they were surprised-that you should expect not to have ants in the room. So, I called the manager the next day, who basically said that there's not a motel on the ocean who doesn't have ants(when I told him about Pacific Terrace). When I told him about the cake, and how that should not be expected, he blew me off and said they would send someone to spray the room when we're out of it for 2 hours. No apology, no offer to pay for our wasted cake or anything. Poor service and attitude. We will never stay here again! Good location, but shabby old, ant infested building with rusted out balconies.
Ocean Park Inn staff were very helpful and it was nice to be so near the beach. My only problem was that we asked for a room with oceanview and unfortunately were put on the 1st floor - where when we looked out our sliding door, all we could see was a stone wall with a hedge - no oean view to be had! That was deceiving, especially since we paid oceanview prices! Be sure to ask for 2nd floor and up, if you truly want the view! Otherwise then that, our stay was fine!
We spent the first week of August at the Ocean Park Inn and I was very impressed. The room was very clean and the staff was very accomodating. There was free secured parking under the bldg, newspapers were delivered to the room every morning, and there was a great continental breakfast served every day. The pool area was nice and clean and the hotel supplied towels and lemonade poolside. The hotel is located right on the boardwalk so it is very convenient when you have little ones who keep wanting to make trips from the beach to the room and back to the beach again! I absolutely loved this hotel! My husband, on the other hand, liked the hotel but wasn't crazy about the location. Since it is on the boardwalk it can be a little "busy." Also, it is near the lifeguard base and public bathrooms so there are some homeless people that hang around that part of the boardwalk. If you are looking for something more seckuded then this wouldn't be the place for you. However, if you like being where the action is and want to have stores, restaraunts, and the beach within walking distance then this is the place to stay!
Ocean Park Inn-Marginal at Best
If you're just looking for a clean room in Pacific Beach, the Ocean Park in is fine. But the staff is extremely inflexible and unhelpful.
The picture of the pool on the web site is EXTREMELY misleading. It is TINY and 4 feet deep. The location right on the beach is nice (just try not to get a view of the alley). You can do much better (such as the Best Western). The neighborhood is great and a fun place to visit. You will just want to spend as little time as possible at the hotel if you stay at the OPI.
i loved my stay there i will return most diffently,unlike other 4 star hotels along the beach,they treated me with respect!