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Ocean Beach Hotel 2.0

San Diego, California, United States

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Pros

  • Prime location across the street from the beach 
  • On busy Newport Avenue, lined with plenty of dining and shopping
  • Homey rooms have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
  • Many rooms have furnished balconies or patios, some have ocean views
  • Pleasant central courtyard with chairs and tables
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities and vending machines
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-site parking
  • Dog-friendly rooms available (with no extra fees)

Cons

  • No pool, breakfast, restaurant, or bar
  • Bathrooms are tiny and in need of refurbishment
  • Noise issues possible due to thin walls

Bottom Line

The main highlight that draws guests to the two-pearl Ocean Beach Hotel is its convenient location across the street from the beach and on restaurant- and shop-lined Newport Avenue. It's a modest budget property that doesn't offer much in terms of features, but guest rooms are clean and homey, and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi, plus most have furnished balconies/patios and some have ocean views. Tiny bathrooms are due for an update. There are laundry facilities, as well as free parking, while a pet-friendly policy allows dogs in ground-floor rooms. For something with more features, check out the mid-range Inn at Sunset Cliffs, which has an outdoor pool, massages, and yoga classes -- but it's not as close to the beach.

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Scene

Casual budget property by the beach

This relaxed beachside property offers a budget option in a prime setting across the street from the beach. Tall palm trees flank the three-story white building, which features exterior hallways that wrap around an inner courtyard. Pink geraniums sprouting from planters that adorn the wooden railings are a sweet touch, as are potted plants dotting the courtyard and a fountain babbling at its center. Interiors are unassuming, yet clean and pleasant -- though there's not much in terms of common space beyond a small, functional lobby. Tourists traveling on a budget make up most of the clientele here, and include both couples and families -- plus guests traveling with their furry friends are drawn by the hotel's pet-friendly policy.

Location

Convenient beachside location close to plenty of shopping and dining options

The hotel is situated right across the street from the beach in San Diego's Ocean Beach neighborhood. It's located on Newport Avenue, a busy street that's lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes, so there are plenty of dining options nearby. The half-mile long Ocean Beach Pier, home to a cafe and a good fishing spot, is a two-minute walk away. Dog Beach, where pets can roam off leash, is a 12-minute walk from the hotel. Downtown San Diego is about a 20-minute drive from here, or 45 minutes via bus that stops two blocks away from the hotel. The historic Gaslamp Quarter takes about the same time to reach, while other popular attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo are a 12- and 20-minute drive, respectively. San Diego International Airport is a 15- to 20-minute drive, or around 40 minutes by bus. The Mexican border is about a half-hour drive.

Rooms

Homey rooms have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, plus most have balconies

Rooms are fairly spacious and homey, with pleasant decor that includes laminate wood floors (ground floor dog-friendly rooms have tile floors) and wooden furnishings such as dressers and nightstands. The spaces show some wear, but they're clean. Charcoal-hued bed runners top white sheets adorned with silhouettes of branches, while framed seascape photos decorate off-white walls. All rooms have tables and chairs, plus some add couches. Most rooms have balconies (or patios in ground floor rooms) with tables and chairs, and some offer ocean views. Bathrooms are tiny and due for an update, with visible wear and tear and old fixtures. They're equipped with showers, plus toiletries and hairdryers are provided. Other standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, irons/ironing boards, and free Wi-Fi, but the rooms lack safes and tea/coffee-making facilities. Note that noise issues due to thin walls can be a problem here.

Features

Sparse features limited to free parking and Wi-Fi, plus coin-operated laundry facilities

Features are scarce in this modest property, but a handful of extras are a convenience, including vending machines with drinks and snacks, coin-operated laundry facilities, and freebies like Wi-Fi and on-site parking. The central courtyard is the only gathering space here and it offers several alfresco tables and chairs. Postcards, magnets, keychains, and other souvenirs are available for sale in the lobby. Furry friends are allowed in this pet-friendly hotel with no extra fees. 

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Address

5080 Newport Ave, San Diego 92107-3091, United States

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