Ocean Villa Inn
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... sure… it’s all very Mexican style here, so when we got a gift card for a free appetizer we had our Mexican lunch with tacos, nachos and Paul calamari.
So what is all to discover and explore?
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ship plus there was a little red trolley that can take you all the
way to Tijuana, Mexico.
Other surrounding attractions are the
famous Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the country.
The 1,074 acre park is home to numerous
art galleries, botanical exhibits and fifteen (15) museums including
the world famous, San Diego Zoo with more than 800 species of
... so the girls and I headed on the ride and Rich watched the boys, what an awesome ride!! Did a child swop and then Rich took Roxton on his first proper roller coaster which he said was superb. We then went on the Bayside SkyRide and SeaWorld Skytower which gave pretty good views of the park and surrounding San Diego area. We then went on some more candy hunting before going through the Turtle reef again and then through the Shark encounter. ...
Today the route pulled away from the coast and I just motored for a while. I went through some nice coastal areas like San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ocean Villa Inn San Diego
Stayed at the Ocean Villa Inn recently in October. Couldn't have been much better. Requested a room with a king size bed. Made sure we had A/C (as some rooms do not). Our room was in a building with no view, but no one upstairs or downstairs, either. We were so close to the beach it was unbelievable! Room did have a bad smell, which I believe came from pets, but it was really the worst part of the trip. Room was clean with servicable refrigerator, stove, tv, shower, sofa k-size bed, and plenty of room to store our gear. We weren't looking for beauty, just a relaxing place to spend time with our dogs. Staff were extremely accomodating and friendly. Provided us with plenty of towels and a place to rinse our dogs and us after romping on the beach. Staff even allowed us to leave well-behave dogs in the room by themselves, which is frequently hard to find. We were there on off-season so rates were reasonable. Their web-site allows you to "bid" for a room and possibly get discount off room rate.
The Inn was referred to me by friends who stayed there. Said that it was small but with nice rooms.... hesitated because they are pet owners and the Inn is known for being by a beach which allows dogs to run loose. Were also afraid of dogs running around the property. Well, we were surprised at the spacious rooms and even had a kitchen which they supplied all the goodies to cook and eat with. And the pets that we saw were not only friendly but well behaved... they all looked like they came direct from a dog show.... And "Dog Beach" was a trip..... dogs having a great time chasing eachother and running in and out of the surf.... And no dog fights! Clean beach because all the owners pick up after their dogs with bags that are provided. And the beach for kids and families was great.... just a few minutes walk from Dog Beach was some of the best surf and sunning area we have ever found in San Diego.... and quiet.... Shopping was an adventure with antique stores everywhere and every type of restaurant you could think of.... most owned by locals so the big name restaruants were missing, which was great to sample some real home cooking.... Walking and bike path not 20 feet from the Inn which goes all the way to downtown San Diego or to other beach areas.... Near everywhere being just off the freeway! Best time of the day was watching the fireworks from SeaWorld, right from our own balcony.... Rates are really good during the off season when we were there.... Higher rates in the summer but understand that its on the beach..... Our family would recommend it to everyone whether you have a pet or not!
This little motel is super convenient for us dog lovers (just steps from the beach)who want to take our pooches to the beach. However, the paper thin walls and musky smell (perhaps due to not thorough cleaning between pet residents) tended to leave a weary feeling within me.
We stayed at Ocean Villa Inn recently for two reasons. First, they are pet friendly even for large dogs like our Labrador Retrievers. Second, they are basically located on Dog Beach... they couldn't be any closer. We would wake up, feed the pets and ourselves, get our beach chairs and head out the door and across the sand to the ocean. Our dogs played for hours off-leash until they could barely walk anymore. They love swimming and all the dogs on dog beach were playful and friendly. The hotel is just as it should be for a beach motel that accepts sandy wet dogs. The accomodations were perfect, large rooms, large bathrooms (but small shower). And, the price is right for a location on the beach! Our room had a fenced in grass area outside the sliding glass doors where our pets could do their business under out watchful eyes for cleanup. None of the other pets were noisy! Staff were friendly, welcoming, and attentive. They allowed us to wash our dogs in a service driveway so they were clean before we re-entered the room. I love the place and we plan on returning at least 1-2 times a year.
When I made my reservations, there were only 2 glowing reviews of this place on tripadvisor. After coming home, I find 3 awful reviews. My opinion of this place reflects both of these viewpoints. After driving up to a less than spectacular outside appearance, finding out that our room had no AC, and apologizing profusely to my family for making the reservations, it could only get better. The rooms were fine. Large size with a private dressing room type room near the bathroom. There was no AC, but there was a screen door & ceiling fan that you could use to let in the seabreezes. With temperatures in the 60s at night and after a full day at the beautiful beach, tidal pools, charming downtown area, and long pier, the noise of the airplanes didn't keep us up. Great beach location, we would go back knowing what to expect. Desk staff was friendly and helpful to us.
After a long drive we were very anxious to get to our room by the beach. What a terrible disappointment when we arrived! The outside of the buildings were not attractive at all, the room was a dump - the smell (we had asked for non-smoking and got smoking) was terrible, the chairs were filthy, there was no air conditioning and the slider door opened but the screen door was bolted open so we couldn't close it and a ton of huge flies rushed into the room! The stove was so old and rusty and the built in fridge didn't work so there was a small apt.
We went into the room, it was very hot, we found out there was no AC.
Couldn't Leave Fast Enough
After one night in the Ocean Villa Inn, my family and I could not wait to leave. Heres' why! We arrived late and could not find a parking place anywhere on the premises. Had to park in a no parking zone on the street and pack our things in. Found we had two towels for a family of four with no more available at front desk. Bathroom smelled bad and was not very clean. Paper thin walls broadcast noise from rooms above and next door. Must have been a party going on all night which staff did nothing about. Jet traffic goes directly overhead all night. The nearby beach was dirty with dog dung everywhere (Mission Beach was much, much better). We checked out early to find much better accomodations on the Mission Bay marina for less money.
The best place on the beach
My husband and I and our two "babies" (dogs) visited San Diego for a week. We had a blast!! The dogs ran free on the beach and we just kicked back and relaxed. This hotel is a little jewel on the beach, so quiet, and so friendly, I just had to recomend it. Want to relax and have fun, go there!
Loved the Inn. Large rooms and great views.
Beach was 5 minutes walk with some of the best waves in San Diego. Never been to Ocean Beach but it is like a hideaway. Nothing like the noise and traffic of Mission Beach or Pacific Beach where we stayed before. We were also able to take our dogs and the staff took great care of us. Found out it was next to Dog Beach where our dogs could run without a leash and play in the Ocean. Watched the Sea World fireworks right from our balcony. Had a full kitchen and even though our kids loved the ocean they also had a great time in the hotels pool... we would recommend this place to everyone who wants to enjoy the beach without the crowds....