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Ocean Beach Hotel in San Diego, CA

Ocean Beach Hotel in San Diego, CA

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Rating: 3.43

Address: 5080 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA, 92107

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    1. Terri G.
    First off, you need to understand where you're booking to love this place....three story hotel, open air courtyard, across the street from the beach, the ocean, the Ocean Beach pier...beautiful. But...this is Ocean Beach, the hotel is located on Newport Avenue, which is the "Main Street of Ocean Beach". Newport Ave is mostly bars, restaurants, antiques and shopping. Bonus if you are there on a Wednesday night for Farmers Market!!! Parking is included, and we found the front office staff to not only be super-friendly, but accommodating and a great resource. This is absolutely the place to go for a laid-back stay (pets welcome!) with gorgeous sunsets, beach access, incredible bars and restaurants within walking distance, and if you like to people watch--this is the place to do it!! I always felt safe here, the beds could have been more comfortable, but overall, I would definitely go back, and would absolutely recommend this hotel. You will not enjoy yourself if you're expecting a luxurious suite where you will be waited on hand and foot.

    09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. kevin s.
    This is one of the worst hotels I have ever been to.  The staff is rude and disrespectful.   The contracts are ridiculous and the night manager (currently with braces) is abrasive and a complete ass.  Great location- overpriced. Find another place to stay in Ocean beach-  I wouldnt wish this place or it's staff upon any of my enemies.

    08/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    3. JENNIFER L.
    I was impressed with this hotel, i will definetly be returning to stay here again. after reading the reviews i was questionable about staying here. But like with everything else in life, you need to try it for yourself, because not everyone likes or dislikes the same as you. It is perfectly located for nightlife, beachlife, and interesting locals. Great coffee hut across the street. Though as many have said, the area is like a venice beach/height ashbury type of area, and they werent kidding. But, if your familiar with that scene then you are familiar with, your not bothered or disrespected unless you are the one to disrespect someones home. The hotel and rooms were impressive, it was live a diamond in ruff, and the court-yard was so cute.  if your looking for the quieter rooms i would suggest 213-220, or 313-320, those dont have balconies or face the nightlife street, and you can here the ocean or the pretty fountain in courtyard at night. the price is amazingly priced considering you can put your wetsuit on, walk and grab a cup of coffee, go back to your room grab your board and walk across the street and enjoy a great morning.

    04/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Amanda H.
    Stayed here for a night while on vacation. Overall, it's an ok hotel for younger people to crash at. But if you're looking for a swanky ocean view suite, you'll be very disappointed! The good things about this hotel: it's literally like 100 feet from the beach and the courtyard is very nice. You can even sit in the courtyard and look out on the ocean if you want, there's plenty of little tables and benches to sit at. Lots of the rooms seem to have great oceans views. Also on the plus side, they do allow dogs with no extra fees or deposits, you just have to stay in certain designated rooms. They were painting while were were there, so at least they're making an effort to keep things nice looking. The staff was friendly and quick. Not so good things: The room itself was very small and was not worth the $200+ that they charge. (We got a discounted rate using Orbitz that totalled around $130 for a courtyard room, we had to stay in that room b/c of our dog, i think the ocean view rooms on Orbitz were a bit more $) Our electric kept going out, i suspect the air conditioners kept tripping the box? They use the movable ones that don't go in the window, i imagine they draw a lot of power and the hotel looked like it could be updated...

    20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Layne D.
    Nothing to recommend it. The hotel is antiquated, the rooms are dark and SO small, the neighborhood feels unsafe, the person at registration was utterly rude. The surroundings were so bad...I couldn't wait to get out of there.

    04/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    6. Ed R.
    -1 star for a toilet that was wobbling around on its base, -1 for hitting my knees on the sink which is almost over the toilet, -1 for dirty and shonky looking grout on the edge of the shower, -1 for the weird looking stain on the carpet in the doorway, and -1 for the room stinking. The windows face the centre, and open to the main walkway, so you can't open them unless you want to shake hands with passers by, from the comfort of your bed (you could actually do that). As a result they're never opened, and the room stinks.

    +1 for the great location, and the views of the beach up the end of the place. It's ok if you don't mind leaving the front door open.

    This place is next to the Ace Tattoo parlour, and an array of bars where everyone looks like they're from either Metallica or Guns & Roses. There's also Apogee Body Piercing and Spanky's Pawn Shop.

    04/12/06 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    7. Ali F.
    I highly recommend this hotel -- if you like disgusting, dirty rooms with the tiniest bathrooms on earth. Oh, and don't forget about the toilets that overflow. I was so skeeved out in this place I couldn't even sleep. Notice how their website only shows pix of the ocean -- NOT their rooms? There's a reason for that!!  On top of all that, it was way too expensive for how nasty it was. Thank God we only had to stay there one night.

    12/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Roxanne T.
    This is a very nice place to stay by the ocean. It's an older hotel but it is very clean and fresh. We stayed on the second floor with an ocean view and really enjoyed sitting on the balcony and people watching. We could walk to anything we needed. The rooms a little small but big enough to have a queen bed and table and chairs. We also had a refrigerator and a microwave so we could eat in the room if we wanted to. The bathroom was also small but newly tiled and the fixtures, sink, and toilet were very new. The courtyard in the middle of the property is lovely and a great place to relax with a cup of coffee in the morning. The furniture was old but the bed was very comfortable and the linens were clean and crisp.

    Overall we love this place and would come back here if we're ever in the area again.

    07/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Amanda H.
    We stayed here in mid-July  2009 for two nights. We got a partial Ocean View room upstairs, top floor (there are no elevators and the view definitely was partial.) But you could still see a bit of the beach from the window and could hear the waves at night (over cars, people, and music, but it was a very nice atmosphere). The room had a fridge and microwave which I was thrilled about! It seems those are slowly disappearing from hotel rooms. The bathroom was tiny! Not good for the claustrophobic so make it fast! The carpet seemed like it had gotten damp, probably from people leaving the windows open at night and the nightly beach fog creeping in. Just don't go barefoot. The mattress felt a little misshapen, but we didn't want to spend the majority of our time sleeping! There's so much to explore, the beach, the restaurants, the antique stores and boutiques. The sunset from the cliffs was incredible! Parking is free, but the lot is small, if you have a large vehicle be sure to you know how to maneuver it! They have pet friendly rooms on the ground floor. The courtyard is absolutely beautiful, it feels like being in the Mediterranean. It's right across from the beach, but there's no buildings on the other side! You literally walk across the street and you're in the sand with a short walk to the pier and some of the best machaca I've ever had! (at OB Pier Cafe) It's also just a short drive from the San Diego Zoo and the dog beach is very inviting. The staff was very friendly and sincere. The beach isn't much for surfing unless you're a beginner. The streets have a lot of pedestrian traffic but we didn't meet a single unfriendly face. The rates are a little high for the room size, but the surroundings make up for it in my opinion. If you're looking for elegance, this isn't the place for you. But if you want to really feel like you're a part of the area, this is perfect. There is a good amount of air traffic overhead, but take a look at a map and you'll understand the proximity to San Diego's airport. I happen to love planes so this was just a bonus for me. I absolutely can't wait to go back!

    06/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Lisa B.
    I really wish I would have Yelped this place prior to making the reservation through Expedia (my company has an Expedia Corporate Travel account). Normally I stay near my company's office in the 'burbs, but I decided this time to stay somewhere else. Yeah, I knew that Ocean Beach was not the shiniest, cleanest place, but I didn't realize just how bad it is. I just thought if I'm paying $120 a night, it's got to be a decent hotel - I am naive, I guess.

    The room was a joke - tiny, smelly, no internal lock on the door and a hold in the wall (I could see outside) where the portable AC unit's exhaust pipe went out. Because of this I could smell the bonfires on the beach, which was not really a nice smell to fill the room with. The bathroom was very small and dingy as well.

    It was nice to walk on the fishing pier (although also smelly and dingy) in the morning and there's no denying that the view out to the ocean was beautiful. However, there's no reason in the world to stay here unless you're desperate.

    11/09/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. M R.
    Despite the unidentifiable stains on the walls, the view from our room was amazing. The bed was comfy but I had a hard time getting into that shower - instead of re-doing the tile it was just painted over. The towels were rough but there was plenty of them. And there was many many pillows. Can't beat the location - not to mention its the only hotel in OB.

    13/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. April F.
    Walked in the the OB hotel last night and got a room. The lady at the desk told us there would be no late checkouts because the hotel was going under construction the next day but 11 the regular check out time was ok. We got to the room and the air conditioner had leaked and made a huge puddle under our bed which wasn't even the bad part of my experience there. The next morning when I got up A lady busts into my room while I was undressed and when the dog barked at her she yells "you need to be out!" and leaves the door open  while I'm naked! It was 10 o'clock I still had an hour. I felt very violated and confused and when I went to the front desk instead of offering an apology or something she just said according to the computer no one was supposed to be in that room. I felt like they made me be out to be some kind of criminal. I was a paying customer. I wish I could give this place 0 stars for their terrible service

    14/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. John D.
    Great, great place. I'm giving 5 stars because the hotel is great and also, 5 stars to offset the complaining, whining reviews. If you're really that out of control about your room, change it! And moreso, why are you in your room so much when visiting San Diego?

    In any case, the rooms are fine. The location is what you're paying for, as the hotel is ON the beach. Not near it, but on it. The rooms are more than suitable as a place to crash, but if you are determined to spend your entire vacation in your hotel room, maybe the Days Inn in La Mesa is a better bet.

    The point is, if you're on vacation in San Diego, odds are, you may want to eat out a bit and go to the beach. Well, this place, like I said is on the beach and near tons of places to rent wet suits, surfboards and boogie boards. It is also near a lot of good restaurants of many different kinds - Hodad's for burgers, a really good pizza joint and a good mexican place as well.

    Sure, it's a bit pricey, but for the location, you can't possibly go wrong.

    08/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Janice M.
    First off, understand that his hotel is in a flight path for the airport.  But that is the least of my complaints.  I barely slept a wink last night with all the noise-doors slamming, drunk guests attempting to make it up the stairs, and drunk/sober guests laughing it up in the courtyard (which is right outside every room) at all hours.  The blinds in my room did little to reduce the light from the courtyard, and the one, single outlet in the very small bathroom didn't work.    Upside?  The beach is within steps of this hotel, and the desk clerk was very pleasant, but these aren't enough to bring me back.

    03/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. H. S.
    This place is disgusting. Enough said. The carpets were sticky, the room was the size of my office at work. The shower gel gave me a rash. The sheets had stains on them. The bathroom smelt like mold and i could see the sky through the vent. I was woken up at 2:00am every night by either our neighbors (the walls must be incredibly thin because i heard EVERYTHING) or by drunk kids coming home and hanging in the courtyard. We paid over $100 a night for this POS. For drunk kids who want to party on OB this place might be ok but you would have to be trashed to think this place was classy in any way. And for the price, i'd have much rather stayed at a Motel 6.

    27/10/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. Rose W.
    I will say that the owner refunded my bucks in a personal letter and apologized.  They also sent a very nice card.  I do appreciate the personal touch of the apology.

    10/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    17. S S.
    It's exactly what I expected. It's all about the location. It was an old outdated room with cracks in the wall, it has thin walls and smells a bit funny. However the room was clean and across the street from the beach, the courtyard is nice. Parking & wifi is free. You aren't going to find anything nicer on the beach within this price range.

    17/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    18. Christine C. M.
    Ok, the room is not *that* bad.  But for $200, I expected more.  
    (For the record, late October is apparently still "peak season" = higher prices.)

    Yes, we had an Ocean View room, but that was a free upgrade (I think our regular room probably had a grand view of the owner's house next door).  The balcony was nice for taking photos before we went out and watching the massive sets roll through and crash on the pier in the morning.  It was a block from our last bar.  Parking was included.  We had a fridge and a microwave, and the place was clean.  I appreciated the new, designer shower curtain.  The front desk girl was nice.  The walls & windows were insulated/sealed well enough that we couldn't hear the street noise or the neighbors.  All good things.

    But the room was tiny.  Tinier than our bedroom.  Tinier than a cheap waikiki hotel.  Maybe 180 square feet.  In fact, everything was tiny: the TV, the bathroom, the wall shelf-curtain rod combo instead of a closet, the full-size bed.  Everything except, inexplicably, the massive dresser missing 3 out of 8 drawer pulls, on which the tiny TV sat.  And of which we only used one drawer.  

    We probably could have stayed somewhere nicer for the same price a little off the beaten path, but that would have defeated the purpose of booking a hotel crawling distance from the bars.  However, specifically because of the size vs. price factor, I don't think we'll stay here again unless we can get the room for half the price.

    28/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Erin H.
    I recently stayed here because of its status as a dog friendly hotel.  That part was great... there is a nice, open-air courtyard in the middle of the hotel with benches and tables to relax and have a drink while the dogs can walk around off-leash and still be safe.  Also, the hotel's location is, without a doubt, incredible.  We had a ground-floor room with its own small patio that faced the pier that was literally directly across the street from the ocean.
    What was not quite as wonderful were the paper-thin walls and tight room quarters.  Be prepared to hear everything at sometimes dizzying decibel levels... from foot traffic to a hearty sampling of drunk hotel patrons.  If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing stay, I'm not sure this would be the hotel for you.  But it definitely is worth considering for its proximity to the beach and some good outdoor dining/drinking establishments.

    11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Shannon D.
    What a cute, little quaint ocean front hotel. Every room had a view once you stepped outside on the balcony. I was upgraded on my wedding night to a fabulous room on the end with french doors that opened up to Abbott street and looked right out to the beach. The bed was huge, cable tv, fridge for the champagne, and plenty of room to store all your stuff. A Saturday night only cost us $165, not too bad. Very nice, chill staff.

    27/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Sonya I.
    I am almost hesitant to give this place a good review, simply because I'd like to feel that this hotel is my secret memory. Stayed here with a group of 10 art students in March, 2006.

    If you think of yourself as free-spirited, or artistic, open, a beach bum, or just plain relaxed, you'll love this place.

    If you think of yourself as clean, modern, up-and-coming, enjoying privacy, girly, or cosmopolitan, you'll abhor this place.

    If you want beaches, bonfires, alternative culture and coffee shops, book a room now. If you love gambling, shopping, clubbing and wine tasting, not-so-much. It's a low-tech getaway from all that's fast-paced and stressful.

    06/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Beth C.
    This place is perfect for young 20-30 somethings wanting to be by the water and party. the rooms are very small but updated and clean. Free parking can't beat that in SD.

    22/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    23. Rachel N.
    Made a reservation through the phone number on their website, got a confirmation #, and no room when I arrived. No alternative accommodations.  Had the chance to see the room. Small, dank, dingy for a lot of $$$. No bueno.

    04/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    24. Julissa R.
    Ok, FIRST of all the ONLY reason people claim to like this hotel is because the place offers 70 dollars off next visit if you "show some love." HOWEVER, I would not return to this hotel even if it was free!!!

    My boyfriend agrees too.The rooms are so ghetto. Most uncomfortable bed in the world. No tub- dirty shower. WORST surrounding neighborhood ever. It was so ghetto we only went outside to get in the car. The people are so ghetto and sketchy around the neighborhood. It is loud all night outside. Compare the outside neighborhood to VENICE BEACH. The most homeless people outside I have ever seen.

    And your arrival at the hotel as disappointing as you set your eyes upon the moldy, tiny hotel. We would have left if they allowed cancelation.The only thing that made this hotel tolerable was that I was with my boyfriend.

    LET'S just say I LITERALLY CRIED upon seeing the inside of our room. If I could I would give this place NO STARS. This place should be called a MOTEL. Let's just say NEVERRRRRR AGAIN will we return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    16/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    25. Justin B.
    lol at them claiming to be a boutique hotel.  This place is ghetto, not to mention extremely over priced.

    29/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    26. Liz T.
    The reason I am giving out my 2 stars is because of the AMAZING location, and it's pet friendly, even though I didn't have my puppies with me. BEWARE of these "GOOD" reviews, the offer you $70 gift cards on your next stay if you leave a good review. My boyfriend and I celebrated are one year down in San Diego. Myself being very picky on I'd rather stay in a hut on the beach then a chain hotel with no view, I found this place online and we booked right away! We checked in, and let me tell you every room is honestly a ocean view the second you open your room door. Such a beautiful surronding! We had an amazing day, but needed our sleep! We are young and don't mind the noise and partying, but by 3 am it was getting quite annoying, but what was more annoying was the person staying about us! WALLS ARE PAPER THIN. I literally have no idea what these people where doing, the kept walking and walking i finally stood on our bed and hit the ceiling with my shoe hoping they would stop! The partying went on outside though, anyone has access to the court yard, guests or not. There where hobos outside our room smoking/ drinking. We where almost laughing thinking how crazy it was that the person working the front desk wasn't doing anything! Then I SWEAR a hobo was trying to break into the vacant room right next to us so we ran to our room phone to call the front desk, our phone didn't work! I googled their number and called them off my phone. They finally went out and I'm pretty sure the hobo party came to an end, I know we are such party poopers. The next day we asked if maybe we could switch rooms, considering it was now Sunday and half the people checked out, they told us well no one is above you tonight your room should be fine. THATS NOT THE POINT, it was so loud outside our room as well! Oh well, nice location though, Wouldn't probualy stay here again, maybe if the prices went down quite a bit. Be careful how hotels protray their hotel online, and even Yelp, they are seriously bribing people for a good review, but I WON'T give in to that.

    16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    27. Brenda T.
    It is a perfect location, right across from the beach, within walking distance to everything.  Loved the courtyard.

    01/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Kristen S.
    This is not a fancy hotel. That being said, this is a quaint, charming place to stay in OB. The courtyard is nice, the rooms are clean, and you CAN NOT beat the location right on the water and by all the action on Newport Ave. I've had lots of friends choose to stay here. I can't wait to go on a stay-cation here!

    05/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Ryan W.
    This is a fun place to stay if you are looking to party.  This is NOT a luxury property.  This is NOT a great place to take your family (in my opinion).  However, for a night of debauchery in OB, this hotel provides a great place to crash...kinda.  The guys in the room above us were operating a slip and slide or something, which made it difficult to get to sleep even at 5am.

    Our room was oceanfront, so we got a fantastic view of the beach and everybody walking by.  With big double doors that open into the room, it was fun to sit and have drinks in the windows.  Many people walking by would say hello, even though we were on the second floor.

    The bed was king-sized, but I swear it was like trying to sleep in a taco.  That mattress must have been 50-years-old.  The service is fine, and they have parking on-site.  I was on a road trip when I stayed here, so it was acceptable accommodations for one night.  I would not try an extended stay here.  South Beach Bar and Grille is just across the street (excellent shrimp and fish tacos).  Everything else is within two blocks.  

    Location, location, location.  A renovation would be appreciated.

    04/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Jen F.
    As many other reviews state, the best thing about this hotel is the location. I wish I would have taken some of the previous reviews here a little more seriously before I made reservations at Ocean Beach Hotel. I stayed in the king/queen condo which was located next to the actual hotel on the bottom floor. It did have a patio attached to it and a gate that you need to make sure is always closed and locked. If you don't, who knows who goes in and out of there. Homeless people congregated on the patio during our stay almost the entire time and one night around 3am some random person came into our room and went to sleep on the couch as if they knew exactly how to get in. I have no idea how they made it past the gate and door but I was appalled that random people tried to sneak their way into our room in the middle of the night and was also incredibly unsafe. It was almost as if it was a regular occurrence having homeless people keep their bags in the front patio of the hotel room and the receptionist never told us or gave us any heads up about it. The rooms were clean but only had a total of three minutes of hot water in the shower and no iPod dock, no mirrors (except a small vanity mirror in the one bathroom) and no clocks. When checking out the last morning, the homeless people left vomit all over the patio. When I let reception know it was there, the response was, "Yes, that happens sometimes with those people."  If you're staying in San Diego, I'd suggest staying somewhere else unless you don't care about any of these items mentioned or luxury. At least make sure you're not staying in the large condo room we had. It felt equivalent to a motel 6. The staff was friendly but I was disappointed with my stay and most certainly was not worth the $600 I spent to stay two nights. The room and experience was worth maybe $50, if that. I will not return.

    19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    31. Nate R.
    Despite the renovated rooms, the street noise is ridiculous. I stayed here once before moving to San Diego, and man was that a mistake. I understand that OB is a quirky beach town, and I love that.

    This MOTEL'S location is horrible for a good night's sleep. On the beach, yes... Other then that, over $220 a night for a shoebox and a sleepless night is NOT worth it. From what I can remember, I heard two local gentlemen getting into a fist fight about broken "pipe", I'm sure it was for tobacco use... 1:00 AM, 2:15 AM the bars on Newport Empty and you can hear EVERYTHING... I mean EVERYTHING... with the doors and windows closed too! If i had them open then I could only imagine... Don't stay here unless you are too wasted to drive home from Caligars or Sunshine down the street.

    07/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    32. Cecilia C.
    If you are looking for a casual & fun beach hotel, this is the spot. First of all, it's OB which is is nothing like the marina or foo foo resorts of San Diego. OB is a much more casual beach hang out. We actually had visited the area and fell in love with the OB Hotel's courtyard. We loved it so much that we booked it for our wedding. Stephen is the Hotel's event manager and was absolutely amazing.

    The staff here is very nice, friendly, and helpful. The Hotel has had some recent renovations and looks gorgeous (will try to post some recent pics of hotel). It is right across the street from the beach, Pier, shops, restaurants & hot spots. Hope you enjoy.

    05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Brad R.
    First up, to clear up any confusion: Ocean Beach is something like the Haight-Ashbury of San Diego. The streets are never free of people, even at 4 in the morning there are still gutter-punks and other sorts of transients on the sidewalks and sitting by the sand. Up the street from the hotel are various headshops, tattoo parlors, and, sigh, vintage clothing stores. While attempts have been made at gentrifying OB over the last few years, it's been pretty heavily resisted and the process is very slow going. In short: this is not a place for kids or a place to go if you heavily value cleanliness. Ocean Beach is a gritty area with some good food, an amazingly large dog beach, and a large dose of fringe culture.

    Before I stayed in the OB Hotel I'd been to OB a couple times. I'd walked the beach while smoking a joint at night, after eating at Hodad's (seriously awesome burgers and shakes), spent a day walking the streets barefoot, just checking things out in the summer. It's a cool area and I like the vibe. It never gets very ugly---there's a definite "community" vibe here, like in other areas of San Diego. The people who live here are proud to live here and feel like they're a part of something.

    It's it's not clear already, Ocean Beach itself is the main reason to stay at the Ocean Beach Hotel.

    The hotel itself is nice, however expensive it may be. When my girlfriend and I first started going out I rented one of the ocean view balcony rooms. Just recently we rented one of the non-ocean view single bed rooms. The rooms are small, I guess, even compared to cheap rooms you can get at a Vagabond Inn, but I didn't mind so much. Both rooms had an air conditioner (one of those external units with an exhaust tube going out the wall), microwave, fridge, and television. The bathroom is tiny and yes, for the most part you kind of sit under the sink when you're on the toilet---but you can only complain about that if you're a big fat cow, at which point you should feel sorry for yourself.

    The balcony on the balcony rooms is nice, though it doesn't face the ocean directly, you have a good view of the entire pier and all of Newport Ave, which is OB's "Main Street". You can even watch the surfers. It was fun to sit on the balcony late at night, kind of shrouded in darkness, and watch the activity on the street. I bet it gets pretty crazy on weekends over the summer. Tons of good people watching to be had from one of these balconies if that is your sort of thing.

    The other room we stayed in had a faux-wood floor and apparently it was one of the 'pet friendly' rooms that they rent out w/ an online discount to non-pet people. It was clean and didn't smell at all of animals. The floor was cold, since this was over Christmas, but with the radiator they supplied the room was nice and toasty and we had no problems staying warm. If you went out the door of our room, walked four steps and went out another door, you were basically on the beach. A walk down the beach takes you to a massive dog beach that was a good scenic hike even for non-dog owners like me and my girlfriend.

    To sum it up as simply as possible: this is basically a Vagabond Inn that is directly across the street from a 24-hour surfing beach, and is expensive because of that. If you don't think paying extra to stay on the beach is worth it, then the Ocean Beach Hotel won't impress you. If you want to stay on the beach, then be aware that Ocean Beach is not really a "family friendly" place. This is the kind of hotel you stay at if you want to get screwed up and party, not the kind to stay at if you want an easy-going weekend staring at the waves, being pampered.

    04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Chelsey T.
    My boyfriend and I stayed here at the end of June and we had a fantastic experience.  The staff was lovely, the rooms were clean and the view was amazing! There are fun bars and restaurants surrounding the property, and the beach is literally right across the street. We are DEFINITELY staying here again!!!

    20/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    35. Christine C.
    It's all about location!

    I have stayed here twice.  I used to live in OB and I always wondered who would ever stay there, now I know... I miss OB and that's where I stay when I am in San Diego, knowing it's going to be way overpriced.  

    You are paying for location, and the rooms, well they have what you need.  It works and they were clean.   I love the balconies myself.  If you stay here have your balcony over look the street.  

    They also have INTERNET.

    12/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Desirée P.
    This place is the best.........The owner is amazing and the courtyard in the hotel is beautiful!!!!!!!! Our stay here was 5 stars

    07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Orit H.
    Horribly uncomfortable beds and pillows. Walls are really thin. Could hear the guy next door snoring and could not sleep. They claim that they have "newly renovated rooms" but the furniture looks like it's from
    1973 and the only thing new are the flat screen tv's.  No closets, no counter space in the bathroom. Not worth the money at all. Would not go back!

    10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    38. Natasha P.
    Came in from Las Vegas. Although my review is a little biased as this was where my now husband and I stayed on our engagement night (where it went down at the very end of the OB pier!!!), this place met all expectations for a perfect and memorable weekend. He got a room with a patio that faced Newport Ave & the beach. The hotel was booked on a July weekend, and they still found a way to accomodate by placing us in a "handicap" room, which only meant first floor and a large shower unit - can't complain about that! ;) As rowdy as Newport Ave may be, there were no noise complaints - from the streets or worries playing our own music from our patio. Easy access to stunning views, great food and drinks, and fun people. Plan on returning to OB Hotel for a staycation now that we've moved near by!

    21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Laurie S.
    Very loud at night with a bar and dancing next door and airplanes flying overhead.  Obnoxious drunk guests loiter in the courtyard all night. Stayed there because it was dog friendly but would not stay there again.  The shower flooded the entire bathroom when you showered.  I was wondering why there was such a huge stack of towels in the bathroom.  The place is very old and dirty.  The location is great and maybe with some upgrades it could be a nice place.  Very high priced for what you get!

    18/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    40. Mercy B.
    I used to love this hotel over 20 yrs ago when I first started staying here. Back then it was only $50 a night! And while I know that nothing stays that cheap..their prices have gotten ridiculous for the accomodations they provide. Small, stinky rooms is right. The upgrade didn't impress me either when I stayed a couple of years ago.

    Yes, I know it's almost right on the beach (it's across the street, not ON it) and it's on fun, funky and I love it Newport Ave, but it's also a bummer at night if you want to sleep and peeps are so loud on the Ave.

    When  my friend wanted to come and stay down here last week, we were blown away at  how much they were charging now. $169 during the week, and over $200 on the wknds! Are they kidding??

    You want a cheaper, cleaner place almost on the beach a few blocks away? Go to the Ocean Villa Inn on W. Point Loma right behind Dog Beach. MUCH better rooms, dogs also ok on the bottom floor, and only $99 a night!!

    So what, you can still walk or drive to Newport Ave (about a 30 second drive!) and still be close to all the action. They have a nice continental breakfast too...read my review on here.

    Sorry OB Hotel...I loved you for years, but you are outpriced as far as I'm concerned and am now a fan of the Ocean Villa Inn.

    12/09/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    41. Alicia N.
    Love,Love, Love this place! Staff was great, rooms were clean.  Everything was so cute and quaint!! The courtyard is beautiful, perfect for early morning coffee.  The location was perfect, walking distance to tons of bars, restaurants, shops, and of course the beach is right across the street!!! I would definitely stay here again, scratch that, I  will stay here again!!

    08/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Kellie C.
    We absolutely loved it here. In fact, we extended our stay from one night to three. The memory foam king size bed was so comfortable I could have stayed forever. Nice flat panel tv also. There was no counter in the bathroom, so it was a little difficult to do my hair and makeup. The courtyard was gorgeous, with tables and chairs, and that's where we spent the majority of our time, just soaking up the sun. The hotel is located right across from the beach and just down from a pier. It's also close to many restaurants and bars. The only downside was very loud and annoying children running and stomping around on the stairs outside of our room for hours on end.

    15/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Jill L.
    My husband and I live in San Diego (North County) and we stay at this hotel every time we head down to OB for a weekend get away. The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean and the price is reasonable. It's nice to be right on the beach and nearby restaurants, etc. I don't think the bed sizes are correct - we have stayed in rooms that say they are Queen beds, but they are clearly full size. Otherwise, great hotel!

    30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Sonya S.
    I got the room on Priceline, with tax &144.00. The location was great, next door to shops, starbucks and restaurants. The room was a little dark for my taste, but  the bed was clean and soft, free parking, and the view was insane, really really gorgeous! I got an ocean view room.  There was a nice sized fridge and microwave. I read a lot of bad reviews after I already booked the room and I was scared, but it was great.  It was a little loud, but people are just having a good time!  it is steps to the beach, steps to everything!

    27/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Matthew W.
    Location was amazing. The staff was very friendly. The beds were very comfortable. The only problem was the size of the shower but who really cares when you are on the beach. Very good prices. With the stores and restaurants right there you don't have to drive at all. I will definitely be going back.

    30/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. james w.
    clean, super small, expensive, cool courtyard but couldn't be located in a better location

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    47. Karlo F.
    My boyfriend and I were in San Diego for a wedding at the end of February 2013.  We don't come to San Diego often but after spending a day in the neighborhood we decided to switch from our hotel in North Park to Ocean Beach.  

    The hotel is right on the water in the heart of the neighborhood, close to the pier, restaurants, and bars.  The neighborhood has a funky beach-town vibe and is full of activities within walking distance.  Parking is available on-site next to the hotel.  

    We got a newly renovated room with a Queen-bed facing the courtyard on the third floor.  Some might consider the rooms small, but it was plenty of space for the two of us on a short weekend trip.  Enjoyed the comfortable mattress combined with the sound of crashing waves.  The room had the essential appointments which suit us as we generally drop our stuff in the room and immediately go out to explore.  

    We will definitely consider the Ocean Beach Hotel on our next romp in San Diego.

    25/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Julia T.
    I love, love, love this place!

    I went here with 2 friends on a weekend girls trip & it was the perfect place to stay.

    We got there straight off the plane & slightly drunk, but too early to check in. They let us store our bags & upgraded us from the 1 to the 2 bedroom condo since it was available for the same price.

    The hotel is walking distance to the multiple bars & restaurants on Newport street. That s huge if you want to enjoy boozing by the beach & not have to drive,

    Our room/condo was the size of a 2 bedroom apt. & had a patio that was directly across from the beach.

    On one wet & rainy day we still enjoyed the beach from our enclosed patio, which also had excellent people watching.

    The staff was super nice & the room was big, beautiful, & clean. Well, it was clean before we got there.

    We could walk anywhere we wanted to from this hotel & most of the time we did, which was good because I am pretty sure my BAC did not dip below .10 the entire weekend. ;)

    They also stored our stuff for us on Sunday after we checked out because we had an evening flight. We delightfully spent our day at the beach & the bar & didn't have to deal with all of our luggage.

    So if you want to go to a nice, reasonable, small hotel by the beach this is it. It is not fancy, but it is awesome, & I had one of the funnest weekends of my life here.

    Thanks Ocean Beach Hotel. :)

    29/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Chad S.
    We stayed there on a Wednesday & Thursday night. Had a room with an ocean view near the beach. Great room for people watching (3rd floor). The balcony was nice to relax on. Many places surround the hotel for shopping and places to eat. I would stay there again but maybe not on the weekend, cant afford it...

    06/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Hector T.
    Raaaaaaaaaaaaad, Best ceach community in Socal, besides encinitas. Been used as a motel since the 1880's it's the hostel with the most character and best "vibes" in SD. Biggest and free'est breakfast of any hostel I've ever been every day. Very clean bathrooms for being a beach hostel. The girl at the front desk even spotted me when my credit card got blocked! only thing is watch out for the giant midnight watch creature who lives up stairs, dont try to breach the little kitchen fence afterhours or else expect your dignity to be violated by a giant burrito. Please get that guy outta there

    10/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. Tim A.
    The main attraction here is the location.  you walk right out onto the beach.  room is good sized and clean.  It is expensive, but I felt worth it. Dog friendly, but the pretty courtyard smelled like urine.  Lots of great shops and food nearby. Most of the staff was nice.

    02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Laura M.
    During one of our recent San Diego "staycations," The Boy and I found ourselves wandering around Ocean Beach. We popped into the OB Hotel just to toy with the idea of not going back to our apartment for the evening. The thought of watching the sun set over the pier and then enjoying a bottle of wine and some oysters seemed just too good to pass up.

    The woman who greeted us was sweet and polite, and let us check out two different rooms before committing to anything. Because it was a Monday following Thanksgiving weekend, we were able to haggle a bit, and got her to agree to knock off a portion of the room rate, in addition to my AAA discount. Our room was on the second floor, immediately overlooking the boardwalk. The hotel is built in a sort of U-shape, with a large courtyard and fountain on the bottom floor windowed in by large Plexiglass to keep non-guests out but still allow for ocean viewing.

    The room itself wasn't all that big, but it was clean and up-to-date, with a nice, mounted TV, small fridge, pretty tile in the bathroom, leather loveseat, and a reasonably comfortable bed. There was an air conditioning unit as well as a space heater, which we utilized since it was cold (November at the beach). The shower had great water pressure and heated up fast, and the soaps and shampoo provided smelled really good! There was also a hair dryer provided--this is a big plus for me.

    We decided to stay in rather than go out, as our view of the ocean was so beautiful, and we called the front desk to ask about any food delivery services. The woman referred us to an independent man who brought us alcohol and snacks, right to our room--not sure that's legal, but this is OB, and we loved it anyway!

    It's definitely not a 5-star hotel, but the rates are some of the best in town if you want a room right on the beach. We had a really amazing time here, and would definitely recommend it!

    30/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Liliya B.
    So disappointing! At first parking. There are not to many spots, and guests literature have to fight for, and some dumb drivers just double park, we went to office and told them about couple cars that were taking two spots, so they could do something about it... Guess what?! They didn't do anything. Second for that price you can stay at pet friendly Hilton, or Marriott, that will have upscale rooms and service, even if that means you won't see the beach. I choose OB hotel because I wanted my dogs to walk on the beach (which suppose to be dog friendly), but it has restrictions 9am to 6pm no dogs.... Wait what?! Third... Guests, who party all night on a patio, get drunk, or high and start nocking to other doors, even you have a hanger on your door "do not disturb", from another side a bunch of beach bums who have their own party, next to your patio,  smoke weed, play guitar, and trying to brake inn of your territory... My dogs went insane! My birthday nights was ruined, nor I or my husband got any rest.... Definitely do not recommend for family trips!

    20/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    54. Isabel H.
    The only hotel we stay inn, when we head to San Diego, the location is the best. love itt!!!!!!

    17/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Drea A.
    If you expect to sleep, then do not stay at the Ocean Beach Hotel.

    We reserved a two night stay for Dec 28 & 29 @ 139.95/night (partial ocean view). We were given room 310: which is the first room at the top of the stairs = foot traffic extravaganza!

    We chose this hotel because we wanted to be close enough to walk to Hodad's. In the future, we will stay elsewhere and just drive to Ocean Beach for Hodad's. It will be much more cost and sleep effective.

    Yelp does not allow half stars, because I really want to give this place a half star. The following categories and reasons are how I came to my half star rating.

    1/2 star : Amenities
    Mini-fridge, microwave and free wifi are included in the room. However, the toilet paper dissolved as soon as it touched water, the toiletries included the shampoo/conditioner combo bottle (which upsets me because it's such a cheap thing to supply, esp for the price we paid).

    1/2 star: Area/Location
    Access to downtown Ocean Beach is fantastic. You just walk out and there you are: shops and beach. Yet, the noise levels in this area are ridiculous. At night, airplanes seem to pass over every 15 minutes: and these suckers are loud! Tuesday night must have been trash night, because I heard a series of service trucks pass by throughout the night. There is a road between the beach and the hotel, so this adds to the traffic heard throughout the night.

    0 star: Building
    The room we had was smaller than a Motel 6 room: add a full-size bed, a bathroom consisting of a toilet (which was not affixed to the floor, so it moved if you did) and a shower, plus a 20" round table and 2 chairs. The word "cozy" is too big for this room. The mattress on the bed was super old: it was hard and your could feel the springs digging into your back as your slept. The walls were super thin: you could everything, from the people walking up the stairs to the neighbors next door and down the courtyard. The area was not secure at all: people brought their dogs and let them bark all night, and bar hoppers would meander into the courtyard and belligerently yell throughout the night. There was no elevator.

    1/2 star: Staff
    The front desk ladies were very nice. The morning woman was very understanding about us not wanting to stay our second night. However, we didn't stay long enough to get a good feel for the other staff members.

    -1 star: Cost
    We SO did not get what we paid for. It was so bad, that as soon as we woke up (from the worst sleep of my life) we decided that we could not withstand another night in this room. If this hotel had cost $50/night, then I wouldn't have minded the noise and poor quality of the room and amenities. However it didn't, and so I am not that forgiving. I can stay in a hotel, on the Strip, in Las Vegas for the same price and have much better accommodations (plus the silly drunkards).

    29/12/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    56. Richard S.
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    03/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    57. Sukhraj B.
    This was the getaway place for our VDAY in San Diego. The BF decided to surprise me with this one.

    Things got off to a rocky start when they lost our reservation. He didn't have the confirmation so the lady proceeded to talk to him in Spanish while I watched (really need to get some Spanish lessons soon - on the sly). Eventually it all worked out and we ended up with a fabulous room with an amazing view of the beach.

    The rooms leaves much to be desired. It's an old hotel so don't expect anything fancy. We ended up with two beds with crappy mattresses, a small bathroom, and some dusty wooden floors. However, there's a great TV, a decent sized fridge and microwave, and since its so close to the beach you can hear the waves at night and walk on the pier to catch the sunset or sunrise.

    Not to be missed is the quaint courtyard. That was very lovely. I really enjoyed looking out over that but it does get loud. This is a crazy neighborhood but it's within walking distance to a lot of food and shops.

    18/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    58. Yingdan G.
    I was feeling a bit iffy when I booked this hotel, seeing that reviews across various sites were extremely mixed, but the location is just too good to pass up.

    We arrived in the 2nd week of October, not much crowd. Room was small, there was not much room to put any of my toiletries in the bathroom, the AC was a bit loud, and I'm sure the linen wasn't a thousand count Egyptian cotton. But really, am I here to spend all of my waking hours in this room?

    The location is as good as it looks on the map. You look one way, here is the ocean across the street. You look the other way, it's streets full of great restaurants, bars, and shops.  Tons of things to do within walking distance. On Wednesdays, there is a farmers market  a block down, and street food is always best.

    04/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Don A.
    My wife and I just finished an off-season 'staycation' a few miles away at the Ocean Beach Hotel. What fun! Forget dumping your money down the endless dollar hole at Vegas for a 'few days' away. Just get a room at the Ocean Beach Hotel with a view of the water and put your feet up. Fifty feet from the sand and right around the corner from the Newport Ave night life, this is the place to enjoy the funky vibe of Ocean Beach...everything is walking distance.

    13/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Tiffini S.
    This hotel was absolutely beautiful. The staff was extremely nice. The man working at the front desk suggested we get the Condo (if i remember correctly that was the name of the room). We waited at the beach and my daughter played they called me as soon as the room was ready. The room was way above any expectations I had. I was so thankful the men at the front desk recommended this room. It was beautiful, large, clean and had an amazing view. It had a huge deck and you could sit and watch the beach for hours. The hotel is just right across the street from the beach. Right next to wonderful restaurants. The condo had a kitchen with all the plates, pans, silverware and more if you would like to cook yourself. We got this room and the end of our southern California trip and it was the best way to end a wonderful trip!! I plan on going back and visiting and stay in the same place and same room. It was absolutely beautiful and worth every penny!!! The beds were so comfortable with extra pillows, complete beach luxury!!! It had two huge flat screen tv's, 2 comfortable queen beds, a couch, kitchen table and not standard this room had a eye for design and luxury! THE BEST HOTEL WE STAYED AT on our trip!

    02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Kassi E.
    We stayed here for three nights over the weekend and I must say I am DEFINITELY coming back next time we are in town. This place was adorable and SO close to the beach you could hear the waves crash. Staff was super friendly and it had everything we needed within range! Restaurants, bars, shopping, beach all within steps from the hotel and FREE parking to boot! The only reason I didn't give this hotel 5 stars was because our room comforter had a rather funky odor to it and the bed pillows gave me a terrible stiff neck. Good thing I brought an extra pillow! But the bed itself was VERY cozy and our room was small but perfect for what we needed.. Also, the area isn't somewhere I would walk around at night alone. Lots of homeless and druggies lerking around. But that's not the hotels fault.  I definitely recommend staying here, but keep an open mind when it comes to it's tiny flaws. You're right next to the beach...who cares about anything else!

    04/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Melinda T.
    We had a small wedding and put all our guests up here. The two men that work here are great - very knowledgeable and friendly. The two ladies that work the front desk could use some additional training on using the computer and customer service.

    The rooms aren't very spacious but they are clean. The hotel does attract people that like to go out on Newport to party so if you are sensitive to noise you may want to stay elsewhere or bring something to block it out.

    Courtyard is gorgeous and the location is prime. Not a luxury hotel, but convenient and decent.

    11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    63. Bourbon D.
    good on price but not so great room. its located in a great area close to everything.  we got the first floor for our dogs. it was clean but very dated. what made the experience negative was that it was infested with mosquitos inside. at least 13 from the ones i hunted and killed with a wet bathroom towel.  we eventually went to a local cvs and bought a mosquitos clip on repellent to place on the nightstand while we slept just so we wouldnt get bit.  we did not change rooms because they were booked and we avoided room service because we didnt want them to leave the door open and risk more mosquitos from entering.
    the room served its function and has a nice courtyard and free parking for guests. staff was friendly as well. not sure if we would come back.  bring a insect zapper to hang in the room if you stay.

    19/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    64. Nicki H.
    Perfect location, kind and helpful staff, great value. The sound of the airplanes taking off from the airport was shocking the first time, but we adjusted quickly! Walk out on the pier and watch the surfers grab some waves! This town is bohemian, so be sure you understand that you will see ALL types of people and also tons of dogs! But all the people and the dogs are very live-and-let-live. Relax, go with the flow and soak up the culture.

    05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Issac M.
    People who complain about noise are idiots. IT's a beach front hotel.

    Nice, CLEAN room with A/C (if needed). Literally right on the beach. Most rooms have views.
    Yeah there's noise, stairs, and the rooms are small but if you didn't know OB is old and trashy. It's the lowest you'll ever pay for a hotel on the beach in a safe environment with ideal parking.
    If you're a snooty rich person, go blow your money at a 5 star hotel. Your complaints are not wanted in OB.

    31/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Helen D.
    I liked it here. No one bothered us. The custodian ladies were nice, when our keys initially didn't work. They allowed us to check in an hour earlier than the 3pm check in time.

    Be sure they give you a parking pass to hang in your car, apparently they don't want random beachgoers to park in their lot. But the guy at the front desk will probably ask what car you're driving anyway. Remember to mention your Triple AAA for discounts. Or anyone's, really. haha

    We paid $125 for a Friday night, came to $139 with tax. WORTH IT. It's right at the beach, don't even have to worry about driving anywhere. You can drink all night, roam all night... Well, for half the price you can stay some 8, 10 minutes away, driving distance.... but don't be stingy here and ruin the fun.

    07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. Ken W.
    The OBH is pointed at the OB pier, a beautiful left-handed break swarming with surfers year round. A small grass lawn sits between the hotel and the beach, attracting hula hoopers, harikrishnas and hackysackers. You're not only on the beach, you're in the heart of the only bohemian enclave this side of Venice. The neighborhood is crowded year round and chock full of cheap, dark, divey bars.

    The locals regard the Ocean Beach Hotel with caution. And my experience agrees with that. The walls are thin and you can hear most of your neighbors' conversation, something I learned the first night when a prostitute and her john checked into the room next door. I heard things I will never be able to un-hear. If you're planning to spend a lot of time in your room, this is not the place. On the other hand, if all you want is quick access to the ocean, maybe this is your spot.

    23/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    68. Adam D.
    While the location is great, there are no electric plugs in the bathroom making shaving a difficult task unless you pack an extension chord. Also, the WiFi does not work in the rooms... it does work if you go outside in the courtyard... although I find this also inconvenient.

    23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    69. Katie B.
    I am not hip to the high school clique mapping of San Diego (you know, cool kids hang out in the middle of the quad, nerds by or in the library, jocks near the gym, stoners on the grassy knoll, etc.), but luckily I was being towed around by the finest San Diegan known to Yelp, Danny W, so I got a dime tour on the local haps.

    I needed a room for one single night and since I was in town on businass, I just needed an easy place to pop my stuff off and convenient enough for Danny to play my chauffeur. Although I think it started off as a joke, Danny suggested the Ocean Beach Hotel because of its proximity to his mansion and because he thought I'd get a kick out of this herb hood. Apparently, Ocean Beach is high school's grassy knoll. The beach, bars and puff puff can be a deadly combination, but they all magically get along in OB. I'm down, man.

    As I was making the reservation, Danny "Guys like America too" W kept hounding me to ask silly questions. I think he thought I would be too embarrassed or chicken to follow through, but homey don't play that. Because OB is so stoneriffic he wanted me to inquire if the hotel was 420 friendly, purely for shits and giggles. Their response: "Well, we're not 420 unfriendly!" Hot damn! We laughed up a serious storm at that one and if I don't get more U than F&C on this review, I am going to be pissed. That's valuable information right there (for some)!

    Oh right, this is a review.  The room leaves something to be desired (like a different room), but it's cheap and right across from the ocean, so there's that. The courtyard is dreamy, so much so that a lad felt compelled to write a love note in rose petals to one lucky lady. See, stoners can be romantic, too!

    If you stay on a Wednesday, you are right in the middle of Farmer's Market mayhem (this is a good thing, as there are street food vendors galore)!

    27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    70. Danielle D.
    We were in need of a room late on a Saturday, after having a little too much fun day drinking in OB. We didn't  think we would be accommodated especially last minute and on Easter weekend but we were. The staff was nice & helpful. We were quickly assisted and in our room within minutes, even as our poor hotel attendant was being heckled by an interesting, belligerent, yet funny comical lady adorning a Captain's hat just passing by harassed her. That's OB for ya. If you aren't okay with a few hippies, homeless transients, surfers & interesting individuals, then run for the hills. No really, its not that bad but if you are uncomfortable with this type of community, this place isn't for you. The locals are there all the time, the moment you step out of the hotel.  

    We had a 3rd story single room with an incredible view of the ocean. The room was small but it worked for a last minute choice and what we needed it for. The walls were thin and since we were right next to the ocean we could here all the patrons passing by in the am but we could also hear the ocean waves breaking, amazing! It would have been nice to take a hot shower in the morning but we could not get hot water and kept trying but nothing.

    The location is prime. Close to restaurants, bars, shops and best of all the ocean. In the morning I was able to get up, hit the closest store for waters, snacks  other necessities and then grab coffees at the little coffee shop. Very convenient. The court of the hotel was beautiful as well day & night. Lots of seating a great view of the ocean & pier. The hotel is dog friendly too I believe.

    I loved it but my boyfriend thought it was a bump. For OB & $100, I think we got what we paid for.

    01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    71. Joni D.
    Booked a room for my husband's birthday.  Staff were friendly and accommodating of all requests, the room was a nice size and had 3 sets of french/patio doors opening to a spectacular view.  The sounds of ocean waves at night -- priceless.  

    I would definitely book again.

    05/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. denise m.
    This hotel was very nice, very clean and the staff were very accomidating. The court yard was quaint, attractive with the cute fountain, and the flower boxes with pink flowers was very nice hanging from the balcony.

    The first night we had neighbors that were very loud, we called down to the office and within 10 minutes they had them quiet down.

    Parking can be a problem so if you are going to eat dinner away from the hotel, you might want to do that early or just eat out walking to one of the places near by. Pizzaport had great pizza and they have there own brewery if you like beer. Very tasty.
    Yes this place was a great place to stay. Oh use your AAA card and if you work in Law enforcment you get a discount as well.

    30/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Lucas N.
    Been staying here since I was 2. OB hotel has really cleaned up and become
    A great place to stay if you want to be across the street from the beach and right next to everything and anything. Being right next to everything does mean loud nights. Be prepared to hear some drunken yells now n' then.  The vibe personally feels young with the record stores, head shops, and hostel. That doesn't mean older folks are not rarely seen, there's lots. Young and old is accepted and invited to join In on the fun.  Great location, good rooms, and great little town.

    07/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Adam S.
    Fantastic location and a nice courtyard. The price was great and the room was pretty nice.

    We stayed on the first floor with our dogs and felt comfortable with them due to the tile floor.

    Only drawback is the fluctuating water temperature in the shower.

    The dehumidifier came in handy this close to the ocean, and easy access to Abbott St. meant we didn't even have to put our shoes on to come back to the hotel and wash our feet off.

    I almost forgot to add that the best hotel wifi I've ever encountered is here.

    15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Kelly W.
    Desk staff was friendly and accommodating. I arrived a little after 1:00 PM and didn't expect a room to be ready - I was just going to leave my bag and walk around for a bit - but the desk clerk voluntarily ran up the stairs and checked the rooms himself to find one that was ready.

    The room was not huge but it was clean, modern, nicely decorated. Perfect for one, sufficient for two. The queen bed was comfortably soft - I did a LOT of walking during my stay and my sore muscles appreciated that. No bedbugs (I always check first thing) and no carpeting, it had a faux wooden floor (any hotel on the beach which caters to pets has no business having carpeted rooms, in my opinion). I would have liked a few more hangers but I could have brought those myself. There was a full-sized iron and ironing board, microwave and clock radio, none of which I used, and a mini fridge that was closer to cool than cold. The flat screen tv was great, better than in comparable hotels. The room was smoke-free (genuinely smoke-free, not poor-attempt-at-covering-it-up-with-air-freshener "smoke free").

    The bathroom was small but the shower was a nice size. There was hot water (you have to turn the faucet handle ALL the way over to the left but it's there) with good water pressure. The shower head was about 7' high. I'm tall and detest low shower heads where I have to do backbends to shampoo my hair so I loved this. The sink was a pedestal with no counter space but there was room for personal items on the shelves next to the towels. The bathroom had plenty of towels (decent ones, not cheapo sandpaper ones) and a blow dryer, plus the usual soap, shampoo, bath gel and hand lotion. It was clean. No grout issues despite the lack of a window.

    The only noise I heard in the room was the air conditioner and I'm loathe to complain about good A/C. Perhaps weeknights in May are relatively quiet in OB but I heard no noise from the street or other guests or pets and slept well.

    You can't beat the location of this hotel. It's across the street from surfing and swimming beaches and the pier, close to the dog beach and the tide pools, and it's right on the main drag of OB. Anyone who complains about the Bohemian atmosphere of OB simply didn't do their research before they traveled. This is not a touristy San Diego resort. It's a little local community tucked away on a sandy beach corner. The main drag is sprinkled with bars, head shops, antique stores, and surf shops. You can buy frozen yogurt and sushi in the same eatery. OB is the place for you if you enjoy striking up conversations with colorful characters and having random things happen like a stranger asking if you'll watch their pet cockatiel for a moment while they purchase healing crystals at the farmer's market. It has a mellow local vibe which is dynamic without being truly seedy (OBers are proud of their community and keep a tight watch on it through a community watch program). If you want a squeaky-clean resort with plastic tourists then OB is not the place for you.  

    Things to know before you go:

    - the windows face the courtyard which stays lit at night. They have blinds but no curtains so the light comes through. If that bothers you, bring a sleep mask and you'll be fine.

    - the shower in the courtyard for washing off sand is FAR superior to the prickly, needly showers on the beach. There's even a second shower head lower to the ground if you just want to rinse your feet.

    - there's no elevator. It's only three stories. You can handle that. (The desk staff will help you with your bags if you can't.)

    - there's a coin op washer and dryer by the front desk. They looked brand new, I think it was $1.50 to wash. I didn't use them but I would have if I had stayed much longer. Laundry detergent is available at the front desk.

    - although this is a dog-friendly hotel they have dog-free rooms. I booked online through the hotel's web site and requested a dog-free room because I'm allergic (not life-threateningly, but I would have been miserable). What I got was definitely dog-free. No odors, zero allergic reaction.

    - wifi isn't super fast but it's free and was good enough to check in online for my flight. If you want faster wifi go down the street to a coffee house called Your Mama's Jugs, by the hostel. It's free for their customers.

    - there's a taxi stand on Newport right across from the lobby. The front desk staff will also call a flat-rate car service for you if you wish. I opted for taxis, it was $20 to the airport.

    - if you're there on a Wednesday check out the farmer's market on Newport from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Live music, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, and vendors selling everything from local artwork to ethnic foods. It's just a few blocks away and not to be missed.

    P.S. Looking through the early hotel reviews: no one ever offered me any kind of incentive to write a review and I would never accept it if they did. I say nothing about Yelping. I am quiet and sneaky.

    16/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Thomas M.
    Pretty nice hotel right on the beach, the selling point is clearly it's location... it's right at the end of Newport Ave. I stayed here and rented a board, the room is a bit small and barely fits a longboard inside, but I got it to work.

    Not really ideal for surfing since you drip and the water pools on the hardwood floors, but thankfully the front desk was nice enough to give me extra towels. When I was here I saw them repainting the stairs so it seems like they try their best to maintain the upkeep on the grounds.

    The room was a good size, checked in at $170 for a Queen bed. I wouldn't mind staying here again but it was a little pricey for what it was.

    28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    77. March B.
    Electricity went out the first night. When I returned exhausted the next day, all my things were thrown around, the door wide opened for all to see and take my things. I was given another room, then returned, then it happened again. The first room on ground floor was gloomy and underwhelming. The newer room on the ground floor was prettier and bigger. But the night noise of drunks and druggies partying prevented sleep. I dragged home exhausted from this non-vacation. But they did refund 1 night. Too pricey for what it is. The folks who worked there were nice, in spite of all.

    21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    78. Kristina M.
    This place is awesome. Right across the street from the beach, with a courtyard to lounge around in and soak up ambiance. Centrally located near shops, bars, and right across the street from one of the best pub/taco bars I've been to. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the room was adequate. I will say this: it is not well-insulated, so you can hear when the neighbor downstairs turns on their bathroom fan, and the rooms looked a bit worn: edging on lamp shades falling off, floor gaps, etc, but it was all kept meticulously clean, and if you're going to be traipsing around in the sand, a lavish room with 800 threadcount sheets is not a good idea. The bed had a five inch thick memory foam topper, and was very comfy. The TV worked and had cable. The hotel also has a coin laundry right downstairs in it. It is a GREAT place to stay if you want to be right on the beach, sleep well, experience the artsy neighborhood. It is also pet friendly and has all sized rooms available.

    Great place I would totally stay at again.

    01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    79. Meesh D.
    I travel a lot. Did a Google search for a beach front dog friendly area in So. Ca. found Ocean Beach. The Dog Beach lured us & Ocean Beach (OB) Hotel was the clincher. Geared towards dogs was very cool! Booked a modest courtyard room since that is the doggie option and was BEYOND pleasantly surprised. This place is soo adorable and quaint. We checked in later around 9pm & the girl was so accommodating w/ ideas for dinner & detailed instructions on how to get to Dog Beach in the am, (only 6 blocks walking).
    LOCATION: WOW.. right on the beach. The view is insane! Pier, & beautiful beach with a promenade walkway. Dogs not allowed on beach in front of hotel from 9am-4pm, but Dog Beach is beyond AWESOME and dogs allowed always. The pier has cute little cafe which has great casual food & incredible view. Affordable quirky restaurants line Newport which is right on the hotel's corner. Every place we ate was super yummy. We were only staying Sun-Tues & didn't leave until Friday. We kept extending. Never need to use your car. Everything is walking distance and every place in OB is lined with dog bowls filled with water (even random homes have them outside), and hooks for leashes. Restaurants with patios allow dogs & most have doggie menus. A few blocks Voltaire street is a convenient self-serve doggie wash where you can affordably wash your pet after a dirty romp on the beach.
    FEEL: The feel of this town is definitely quirky, beachie, hippie, eclectic. A wide range of people and diversity! You could be standing next to a homeless person or a gazillionaire and might not know it. There are quite a few transients, but oddly we were never approached for pan-handling. Never bothersome. A local explained that they are mostly "travelers". Meaning they have phones and transportation, just no home, and that most are very protective of OB. Every Wednesday is Farmers Market. They close down several blocks on Newport Ave and it is the BEST farmers mkt I have been to. Really cool jewelry & the food is "WOW" . The people in OB are probably the nicest I have come in contact with.
    OB HOTEL: Cute decor & adorable secured/safe courtyard. 2nd day went out with the doggies to the courtyard & encountered what I thought was another guest. We chatted for a while & I was boasting to him how great this place was. He asked me what I liked and didn't. He was so chill & funny. I told him I liked everything except all the sand my doggies produced. He told me that is why THEY installed the doggie shower in the courtyard. Yep, he was the owner. Rich. He was really a great guy. We ended up casually chatting & enjoyed his company for about an hour. This is a family run hotel, with a lot of care & thought. They are in constant renovation he explained as a beachfront hotel needs lots of TLC due to the salt air. They will be redoing bathrooms next. The bathrooms are just fine, but some need more counter space. I think the beds are Tempurpedic too! Very comfy! Rich explained how they took a very run-down hotel years ago & completely gutted it to the amazing gem it now is. His wife has planted the gorgeous flowers in the courtyard and his daughter designed the cool decor. His children run the hotel which they are doing a fabulous job! Luis who has been there 29 years is invaluable & very accommodating. This is NOT a ritzy place, it's a casual, no-frills beach hotel, however the family treats you as if you are important! My boyfriend & I went next door for breakfast & were so surprised when our bill came & they said an anonymous person paid our tab.. (We saw Rich walk in and out quickly). He denied it, but we know it was him. He laughed when we confronted him. After talking to him again, he informed us of the 2 condos the hotel also has that are next door to the hotel. He offered to show us and we immediately fell IN LOVE with them. Downstairs is 2 bedrooms and the decor is slated to be redone shortly. The upstairs 1 bedroom was completed and STUNNING! The decor was just fabulous & the outside deck overlooking the ocean was priceless! Every amenity you expect from a condo. We ended up spending 2 nights extra in the upstairs condo. We did not want to leave. The main hotel's courtyard offers little patio tables w/ dog bowls, a picturesque arched window with teak benches to enjoy the surf & wine.  They are constantly improving on the hotel, & encourage feedback. The owners are the most humble & genuine. Rich told us after check out if we needed to park in the parking lot we could if we wanted to go to dinner/shop in OB before we headed out. I felt like we made a lifetime friend. I asked Rich why the hotel rating system rated his hotel's category as a 2 star and he explained it is due to amenities. Such as elevator, pool, restaurant etc. This is actually a shame as this hotel has the same category as a Motel 6 and it couldn't be further from that category! This will now be a forever destination for us. Might be future home.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    80. Victoria R.
    This was the cutest of beach front hotels. Located right at the end of the block, and immediately across from the beach, this hotel was perfect for a last minute get away. We reserved the corner room which came complete with bathroom, couch, king bed and 3 balconies. The hotel door is an exterior door, with all doors facing the private courtyard. The courtyard has a glass window separating you from the street, so even though you have beach access and a perfect view, you are still in a private serene area. I LOVED walking up and down the street at night, visiting all the little shops, quick access to the pier and being just steps away from the sand. I LOVED even more sitting in chairs with our feet on the baclony ledge watching the ocean from sunset to about 1am. Sleeping in their comfy beds with windows open, letting in that ocean breeze was just perfect. Our room was a little more than we wanted to pay, and it is a basic hotel - but the necessities are there, wifi, cable, a clean, comfy room, and plenty of ocean views.

    18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Ralyn B.
    The hotel is ok...old but updated to be decent. Definitely NOT worth the price. There are other beach cities with hotels in the same price range that are nicer. The hotel is across the street from the beach - has a view of beach but also TONS of people, cars and noise.  
    Walking distance to great restaurants and shops on Newport which will keep you occupied for a day or 2.
    Small bathroom, old shower with peeling paint, old shower head, impossible to keep a decent temperature, pillows are flat, no coffee in the room but the mattress was comfy.

    06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    82. Nancy B.
    We have stayed here before and will be back again. I am on a week vacation for my Birthday and husband surprised me with a 2 night stay. Nice way to start relaxing. Our bed was comfortable, peaceful atmosphere and very nice people.

    12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. E W.
    Price and location is great! Parking isn't the greatest, but once you have a parking spot, Uber or walk to your next destination!

    We brought our 2 dogs with us, so we stayed on the bottom floor. Nothing special to the rooms though and bathroom is tiny. The room was bigger than expected though, and our dogs felt like they were at home.

    I liked the fact that this place didn't charge any pet/clean up fee, and I liked how there was a small private back yard available for any potty emergencies at night. There's also a cute front yard where people can sit & relax. There are tables & chairs - Nice little set up.

    There was also AC in the room which was a huge plus! The only negative for this place is that there were so many mosquitos in the room & they were HUGE!! When we first arrived, we practically spent the first hour killing the mosquitos! We killed about 12, and thought we killed them off, but there would also be 1-2 found sparatically throughout the day (we suspect they were hiding in the curtains).

    We refused any room service because we saw they left the door opened while cleaning the rooms, and didn't want to come back to catching more mosquitos. We killed about 20+ mosquitos for a 2 night stay. I had to go to Rite Aid to buy a mosquito repellent fan (wanted the zapper, but they didn't have it).

    I also forgot to give them my AAA card for the discount, but they were able to credit my account the next day, so service is wonderful! I  don't know if it was just our room that had mosquitos, but if it weren't for them, I'd give this place 5 stars!

    I may come back as it's walking distance from the dog beach and I love the little local shops & restaurants. They also have free Wifi! My first time in SD and it was very relaxing! I'm just bringing a mosquito/fly zapper with me next time -=D

    09/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Corine R.
    I love it. They seriously need to remodel the bathrooms and things like that, but for the location, you can't beat it. Right on the beach, walking distance to several dining places including Newbreak Coffee which is amazing.

    Get a room with a view, it's worth it and you'll forget about their need to remodel.

    PS, if you've never been to OB, I would check it out before you settle on OB Hotel. Some people don't like OB because it is a place for free spirits. That's the reason it's my fave in SD!

    03/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    85. Erica L.
    Considering the prime location, the cost per night of the rooms at OB Hotel is rather affordable.  My boyfriend found this place online, and specifically requested a queen-sized bed due to his height, and absolute disdain for anything smaller.  When reassured by the receptionist that all their beds were queen-sized, he booked two nights.

    Upon our arrival, we both noticed the bed was a full, and not a queen.  But we had appointments to run to and by the time we returned, it was midnight, and the hotel lobby was closed.  So, uncomfortably, we squeezed onto the bed, and slept as best we could (by the way, we both are not over-weight people...can't imagine how one would fit if your waistline is over 33" and you're taller than 6'!).  

    The next morning, he went down to reception and instead of receiving help, the female Hispanic receptionist, Ester, was defensive, retorting with, "Well ALL our beds are queen-sized, and none are full."  To this, my boyfriend replied, "I own a queen-sized bed at home, and the bed in our room is not the same size."  The receptionist rudely replied, "Well then you must have a king-sized bed at home!"  Uh, who the hell do you, Ester, think you are with your assumptions?!?  How dare you give attitude??

    My boyfriend left the office upset, and we made do with one more night at the OB Hotel.  He even went back to speak to a different receptionist, post-dinner, but this fellow wasn't a manager and asked him to come back in the morning.

    So we did, in order to check out the next morning.  The manager, Luis, apologized for his staff's behavior, but didn't make matters any better when he openly admitted to us, "You know, you're not the first person to make that observation about our beds being full-sized, rather than queen."  That, sir, is complete FALSE ADVERTISEMENT and UNLAWFUL.  Be warned OB Hotel, you can and will be sued for such b.s.  If I could zero stars, I would because this place offers ineffectual front lobby staff, and appalling customer service!

    25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    86. Tamara A.
    Eh... I booked this place to be right by the beach and that's what I got. The rooms are clean and updated and include microwave and mini fridge but no coffee machine. I reserved a room with an ocean view with balcony and basically got partial ocean but an excellent view of a line of transients camped right in front. Tried to go out and eat dinner on the balcony there they were, tried to have coffee in the morning and bam there they were again. I don't think it's worth $200 for the room. Sorry won't be back.

    17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    87. Lisa R.
    Great location, but not exactly what we expected for $200 a night. Cute town and right on the beach. We had our dogs with us so we had to stay in a first floor courtyard room. Room was tiny. You had to turn to the side to get around the bed to go to the bathroom. The bathroom had a pedestal sink with no vanity. I had nowhere to put all my toiletries and I have a lot, haha. The toilet was right up against the sink so I had to sit on the side or have my face in the sink.

    Came back to the room the first night to a big flood. The freezer defrosted and leaked water all over. Our room was right next to the door out of the courtyard so there was lots of loud slamming going on till late into the night. No drapes, just blinds which had some broken slats. Likely people could see in at night so it was a bit uncomfortable.

    The courtyard was very nice and it's in walking distance to lots of restaurants and shops. Lots of homeless people all around, but none of them were begging. Very hippie feel to town. The area was not at all as pet friendly as we were led to believe.  I knew they couldn't go on the beach in that area but also between 9-6 they could not be in the walkways, the park or even the parking lot, as all the signs stated. After a 6 hour drive we wanted to go for a long walk and were very disappointed we had to wait a few hours. Did not want to let the dogs go potty in the courtyard, but had no choice. We walked over to the pier later on and a big sign said no dogs anytime. Very limited restaurants were pet friendly.

    18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    88. Stacy C.
    The only reason this hotel got even 1 star was because of free parking, and close proximity to the beach and shops.

    That being said....

    The rooms were tiny, and NOT clean, and the beds sucked. Way too soft, low-quality mattresses. The bathroom was tiny, the shower was just a cubicle, their was paint peeling off the wall in the bathroom, the toilet was stained, and when I pulled the portable cooler next to my bed away from the wall to plug it in, there were mouse droppings behind it.  Oh, and mosquitoes everywhere.  When I turned on my bedside lamp when I first got there, I noticed the lamp shade was askew, so I went to fix it, and it was then I noticed that it was tied on that way with a SHOELACE because it was broken.

    Some other friends of mine that were staying in another room lost all of the power to their room one afternoon. They alerted the staff. We had a wedding to go to, so we left, and when we got back, not only had their power not been restored, but the mini-fridge in their room had defrosted, leaving the floor flooded. You'd think they'd have gotten a refund, but the hotel refused. They moved them into another room up another flight of stairs at 1am.  My friend asked the clerk "I'm leaving in the morning anyway, can't you just cut me a deal on the price and not make us pack up in the middle of the night and carry our stuff upstairs?"  But, as I said, the hotel refused.

    One afternoon, we arrived back to our room to find a note from the staff. The courtyard was being used for a wedding, so between the hours of 4pm-7pm, we were asked to either vacate the premises, or stay in our room, since all room doors opened to the courtyard, and coming/going would disrupt the wedding.  

    Seriously????  I have never been to a hotel where I had to deal with any of this stuff.

    The first night I was there, I asked my other friends "Am I just being a princess, or is this place a total dive?"  They said "No, it's a dive."  

    Some other friends and I were chatting on the beach (the close proximity of which is one of this hotels only saving graces) and she needed to find a bathroom. Since we were so close, I just gave her my room key and told her she could use ours, but when she walked in, she said the place looked too dirty so she went and found a public one somewhere.

    21/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    89. Mandy E.
    My boyfriend and I stayed here last night and I have to say I am sorry you we had to leave in the morning!
    The beds are so comfortable!!! It was very clean and the smell of the beach filled the air - in a good way!
    We paid a little extra for an ocean view room and although I would have preferred something that had a front window Oceanview the small deck on the side of the room still gave us a wonderful panoramic.
    It's a tad bit pricey and if you would probably pay the same amount for a sweet somewhere inland but he pay for the location. all of the staff were very friendly and the only problem I had was with the water pressure but we were quickly given a discount on the room and a promise to fix the problem. The front desk person was very helpful when I came my concerns about the water. we will definitely be staying here again not only for the location but for the comfort- even if it is a bit pricey.

    12/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    90. Sara R.
    So as I write this, we are sitting in the dark with no ac, after it has gone off at least 4 times.  The person at the desk argued and told us "fuck you" when we asked for a refund.  Said we could contact a manager in the morning as most of the hotel guests are outside trying to figure out what is going on with the power.  We tried to suck it up. Went inside.  Power worked for a couple minutes, then back off.  Went to the front desk, asked for a refund and she said she would call the police.  I've stayed here before with roaches and accepted it, but no power and telling me f u, not acceptable.  The location and view is great but not sure it's worth it.

    12/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    91. Jeff And Esther L.
    This place is not kid friendly. There aren't bath tubs or elevators. The courtyard is full of loud people drinking which you can hear through the walls. If your in college and don't have small children this is the place for you, otherwise I would stay away.

    18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    92. Michelle P.
    I stayed here 2 nights.  The rooms are quite small, yet clean with new bedding and a wood-type floor.  They have a beautiful courtyard, and is literally across the street from the beach in OB.  Excellent location for having drinks in the neighborhood.  For those looking for a true beach experience, wanting to hang out locally, this is the place!

    ... ladies, shave your legs before you go - the showers are very small and make shaving a unique and creative experience!  LOL

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Elizabeth M.
    Just stayed here again, and had an even better experience than the first time. My room, which was adjacent to the courtyard, was larger and with slightly cuter furnishings. I've now also stayed at the slightly more convenient alternative down the street and can say the OB Hotel is far and away the better experience, even with the short walk to the beach. They don't charge a dog fee. They also have a dog wash. They're much closer to  the shops and restaurants strip. You're parked (for free) right across from the beach.  And the staff approaches customer service with maturity.

    18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    94. Riley J.
    You can say a lot, or a little, about Ocean Beach. The sketchy dark street people, trustafarians, and flat out weirdos wander the streets of this strange little place, but it is great. Chalked full of restaurants, shops, spas, and Sea World it is the perfect place to bring your family or SO.

    My family has been coming to the OB hotel for YEARS basically once a year. It has a beautiful courtyard, cute rooms, and is across the street from the beach and pier. You can sit in the courtyard and enjoy the beautiful view or lay in your room and enjoy the free wifi(although it is a bit slow). The rooms are small, but I enjoy them. This isn't a five star hotel and paying 160 bucks a night for a hotel on the beach is a really damn good deal.

    Upsides:
    1. Across the street from the beach.
    2. Good for children and couples alike.
    3. Buttloads of activities located BLOCKS from your hotel.
    4. Beautiful views!

    Downsides:
    1. Walls are super thin.
    2. Rooms are not huge.
    3. Skeevy people hang out around the area, but they don't bug too much.
    4. Can be loud at night as people surround the bars in the area.
    5. Dog friendly!
    6. Free parking.

    I really enjoy this hotel and will continue to enjoy this small little community for years to come!

    12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. R J.
    We love this hotel!  It is right on Ocean Beach and right where the action is.  Rooms are clean, comfy and cozy.  And the courtyard is really spectacular.  They allow dogs on the bottom floor but we've never been kept awake or heard excessive barking.  We stay here every time we get to San Diego.

    13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Penn S.
    Not much to say about the Ocean Beach Hotel. The room itself was decent, very clean and the bathrooms were small but nicely updated. The staff was great as well, and were very accommodating to an early check in that we requested. Location was great as well, although the view was a bit of a disappointment. Balconies had an angled view of the beach and ocean, but there were large trees blocking the view on the 3rd floor. The courtyard in the center of the hotel was very cute, although the outside areas of the hotel smelled like musk and stale water (I'm guessing outdoor carpeting does that).

    Walls were thin, but the hotel is fairly quiet after 11pm. We were in a room next to people who got up super early, so that was a negative. The beds were average at best, not very comfortable but not the worst we've had. The air conditioner unit is a large stand alone unit that sits next to the 2nd bed - works great but is pretty loud, especially for the one sleeping right next to it.

    Wifi was free, but the signal was pretty week. We had wifi access in half of the room (closest to the courtyard) but lost the signal in the other half. Free parking is a bonus.

    If you're into easy access to the beach, then this is the hotel for you. If you're looking for something fancy, then this hotel (actually Ocean Beach in general) is not the place for you.

    Room & Facility rating: 3 Stars
    Location: 5 Stars

    PS. Definitely make sure you ask for the AAA discount.

    26/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    97. Alexa A.
    Great location. Great prices. When we arrived there, they upgraded us to a balcony room just because there were extra rooms available. The guy at the front desk was very chill and welcoming. There are tons of things to do close to the hotel.

    The only reason this didn't get five stars was because of the shower. At random times it would turn off and then on again in the middle of a shower.

    Other than that, the room was very clean, the bathroom was updated and remodeled, the beds were comfortable, and there was free wi-fi and parking.

    I'll definitely be coming back here the next time I visit Ocean Beach and want to stay the night.

    20/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    98. shelley h.
    Really 2-1/2 stars.
    We love taking our pup to Ocean Beach and usually stay at the Ocean Villa Inn. Decided to upgrade and stay at Ocean Beach Hotel this time. What a mistake. The  hotel itself is cute and located in a great part of OB. We also love the courtyard. The dog friendly rooms are on the ground level and are TINY. Plus, the beds are full sized not queen. We could have excused all of that if not for the noise. We heard every footstep from the 2nd floor corridor AND the people above us sounded like a herd of elephants. Again, we could have excused that had we not been woken not once but twice by these people stomping around at midnight and again at 3:30. It basically ruined our trip. While if might be a good place to stay if you leave your pup at home and ask for a 3rd floor room, it definitely isn't a place to stay if you get a ground floor room.

    02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    99. Marilyn K.
    Just stayed here and had such an enjoyable memorable time. My husband & I needed to unwind a bit from constant work so checked in to hotel and everything is walking distance and awesome. Checked in with our kids and our dogs into a downstairs room cause those are reserved for dogs. Got one with a huge patio. You can hear the waves crashing in so beautifully. We walked to the pub next door at night and kids are allowed until 10 and listened to some live music and had a fun night. Also had breakfast next door with a beach view . Got to shop at the shops on the same block and visit the beach while just quickly walking back to our room to do quick diaper changes and such. So convenient for ppl with dogs and kids. I'd move here permanently. Haha. I'd recommend to anyone. Very nice for u to unwind from life here if your locals or out of towners. The staff were all so friendly and even let me look at rooms and decide which fit us perfectly. I'd recommend this place to everyone!

    25/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    100. M K.
    One of our bucket list items was to take our dog to the ocean to swim before she got too old to enjoy it. After lots of searching for dog friendly hotels in so-cal, we decided to book a room here. We had a wonderful time! The staff was friendly, our room was clean and the ocean was steps away! I honestly couldn't make any recommendations to improve this property. We look forward to many more trips to this hotel.

    25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    101. Eric O.
    I just don't understand the poor reviews for this place. I absolutely loved my stay here!

    I had never been to San Diego, or Ocean Beach, for that matter, but I had friends I met on a Mediterranean cruise in 2012 who were going on a cruise departing from San Diego, so I figured, "why not?" and drove on down. Now one thing is for sure - it is EXPENSIVE to stay in San Diego, especially on the weekends.

    I knew nothing about Ocean Beach, but when I was on a booking website, I noticed this hotel, and the fact it was practically on the beach, and a decent cost. After comparing several hotels, I decided on this one and I am so glad I did.

    The town of Ocean Beach is amazing - everyone is so laid back, and chill, and friendly. Yes, there are vagrants, and yes there are a lot of hippies and "funky" people - but that's beach culture. If you want fancy, go to another town.

    Check in was a breeze and within minutes I was off to my room. Other people have written about the rooms being small. They aren't huge, but they aren't tiny either. Once you've been to Europe and seen what a truly small hotel room is, it tends to alter one's definition of "small". Because I had my dog with me, I had a patio room, which is on the first floor. I was room #102, so the second closest room to the beach. Sweet.

    The room had a small table with two chairs pushed against a door which adjoined with room #101, a large dresser for clothes, a queen size bed (very comfortable), two lamps and night stands, a large TV mounted on the wall (which could move, depending on where you wanted to watch TV - either from bed or the table), and a stand-alone A/C unit, which was surprisingly quiet. The bathroom was small, but it served its purpose.

    The patio was pretty large with a big table and a few chairs and was nice to sit outside at night and listen to the waves crashing against the shore/rocks/pier.

    My only complaint - after I had paid and gotten to my room, I checked in on Yelp (I normally do this to remind myself to write a review later), and noticed they had a $25 off coupon for a night's stay. When I inquired at the front desk, I was told I needed to speak with Ester in the morning and she would adjust my total.

    When I talked with Ester the next morning, she seemed reluctant to take the $25 off, but she finally did. Also, she asked me several times if I was checking out yet (it was 11:25 AM, but the girl who checked me in the night before told me I could stay until 12:00), since check out was at 11:00 am. I told her that I had a late-checkout, and she still asked me again. No big deal, but it did make me feel a bit un-wanted.

    One thing to note - the walls are thin - I had the heater going (they have a heater fan built into the wall), the A/C going (I like white noise), and I was still woken up at 4:45 AM to the people above me having sex. Oh well. Good for them, I suppose?

    Other than my experience with Ester, the rest of the staff were A-MA-ZING.

    From now on, when I come to Ocean Beach, I'll be staying here. Hands down. Awesome place.

    01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    102. Katie D.
    Love this place! Stayed here in a 2-night 3-day trip. A 2-5 min walk from pizza port, hodadas, and many other restaurants and shops so it was easy to stop back at the room whenever we wanted. The court yard was beautiful! Had plenty of tables and chairs for sitting and relaxing with a beer. It looked over the beach, which again, was a 2 min walk away. The rooms we're nice, a bit smaller than some hotels you are use to, but fit my boyfriend and I comfortably. The beds were comfortable also.  
    People in OB are so friendly. Yes there are some bums, beggers, etc., but that is part of OBs character. It's not the location of the hotel, it's just ocean beach for you. Would stay here again if I ever came to OB again!

    16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    103. Angeline R.
    The one star is for how nice the girl was working the front desk. We checked in and found a filthy mattress not even covered by a sheet, yellow splatters and blood stains. Switched rooms, rust stains on sheets and broken ac in the second room. We immediately checked out.

    06/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    104. Carol W.
    This place is a $200/night dump. Other guests running, yelling, and slamming doors throughout after 11 pm. Smells of moth balls and bleach. Very down at the heels. It does appear to be clean, but not any place we would stay again or recommend.

    11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    105. Logan R.
    Great location, nice view of the pier, free parking. Would stay here again if I was in the area.

    01/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    106. Jonny A.
    Don't bother looking anywhere else -- THIS is where you need to stay when you're coming to Ocean Beach or just San Diego in general, whether you're going with friends or for a romantic getaway (which was my situation).

    Pros:
    The beach is literally across the street
    Partial ocean view is DAMN good -- if you sit up in bed and look out the window you see the ocean
    Open your window to hear the ocean loud and clear
    Even though it's in a part of town with an active late night scene, it was always quiet after hours and in the mornings -- we stayed in early June from Friday - Tuesday -- the only type of "noise" we ever heard were a couple of ladies sitting at the tables in the courtyard one late afternoon/evening, laughing it up and having a good time (didn't bother us one bit) -- once after-hours hit, they left -- RESPECT!
    Free parking in their parking lot -- this gets full quickly but there is a lot of street parking and other lots nearby (some are free) - we parked on the curb one night, right out front of the hotel
    Gorgeous central courtyard with a fountain, plants, strings of light, and tables & chairs
    Different kind of room key system -- rather than swiping ala credit card over and over until it works, just hold your card up against the reader and you're inside
    Extremely comfy bed
    Microwave (we didn't use this)
    Mini refrigerator
    Tall, gorgeous shower (it's not a tub, it's a shower) with a little opening within the wall to put your shampoo/body wash/etc.
    Huge ventilation fan in the ceiling of the bathroom!
    TV is hung on the wall to conserve space
    Front desk folks were extremely kind and helpful -- loved the lady in glasses who worked nights
    Hardwood floors
    All rooms are non-smoking rooms (there are ashtrays outside the rooms, however)
    I'd give their Wi-Fi a solid 8/10 -- used it a lot and quickly learned the sweet spots in the room (like the bed)

    Cons:
    Even though it worked magnificently, our AC was leaking -- we told front desk on our second to last day to send someone when they could but we were out of our room a lot during the days so someone may have attempted to come while we were gone -- wasn't the worst issue, but thought I'd mention it -- Room 316
    Refrigerator was barely cold -- stick any drinks you have in that tiny freezer portion in the top -- maybe it was just our room
    No screens on the windows -- just a personal preference of mine
    They forgot to apply my AAA discount -- but I called them after the trip and it was credited back in 2-3 business days -- when you check-in, show them your AAA card (I did this), and make sure the discount is applied right then so it shows on your receipt they give you (I was too overwhelmed with how gorgeous the hotel looks at night to notice my AAA discount hadn't been applied on my receipt/invoice)

    The hotel room felt more like a room inside of a house -- honestly forgot we were in a hotel rather a nice little resort -- no joke. PLENTY of places nearby to eat at -- I HIGHLY suggest Pizza Port -- one of the best pizzas I've ever had! The location is prime -- EVERYTHING is nearby and on that street (walking distance): banks/ATMs, bars, restaurants, little grocery stores, Starbucks, etc. etc. etc. Leaving was heartbreaking. We will be back, especially since it is quite affordable -- I can't imagine coming back to Ocean Beach and staying anywhere else.

    20/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    107. Yg M.
    Sorry about that...after came back 3 day check from billing statment "Double Charge" on credit card, try to contact they say waiting for manger call back....waiting for 5 days still nobody call back.
      Totally WORST at all, good location but worst management.

    25/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    108. D C.
    Really a minus 1 star. Had a reservation with the reservation number and drove all the way there and they had no record of my reservation.   they offered me a terrible room. Not a happy camper

    15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    109. Carlos O.
    This is a favorite for me and the wife foe our orange county get away spot. We love the environment of the cozy hotel and the location is second to none. A must stay if you are planning to stay the weekend and walk the small main street that ocean beach has to offer.

    13/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    110. Jason C.
    Perfect location. It was a great place to stay. Centrally located in ocean beach and lots of bars and places to grub at. The surrounding was great for people watching. Its a bit noisy here though. You can hear people running around the floor and stairs. People seem to be up all hours of the night.

    08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    111. Eileen L.
    The perfect living arrangement for any San Diego visitors/tourists who aren't willing to leave their pups alone at home overnight.

    Hits:
    * Prime location with a scenic view at a surprisingly affordable price tag ($129.99/weekend night) -- across from Ocean Beach and next to ocean front restaurants and pubs... including Hodad's just around the corner!
    * Dog-friendly at no extra cost -- not sure how this worked, but when I stepped onto the hardwood floors of our ground floor room, I understood why
    * The room is quaint with a beachy feel -- not big, but spacious for the layout, and with all the necessities (fridge and microwave)
    * The hotel itself is gorgeous -- I was fascinated by the changing LEDs behind the hotel name marquee, and the atrium is stunningly Spanish (I think?) :)
    * Service is so laidback, but effective -- very fitting for a beach hotel
    * There is a parking lot in back with plenty of spaces -- this lot that is approximately 25 seconds to the OB is also offered to beach goers for $5
    * 10 minutes walking distance from the OB Dog Beach -- there is also a beautifully manicured lawn across the street if the dogs just need to go out to do their business
    * Take advantage of the $25 off Yelp check-in offer!

    Lessons Learned:
    * Spotty Internet reception in the rooms

    Just wish my sister didn't have to live in San Diego, so I have more opportunities to stay at this hotel. Regardless, I'm sure I'll weasel my way into booking a night or two here in the near future.

    09/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    112. Misty W.
    Had one one the best times ever.

    Beach front (pretty much the only beach front hotel in San Diego), free parking (again, we have had to pay 30 dollars a day in near by hotels in the past), and dog friendly.

    Amazing service, Shallyn went way above and beyond to make our stay perfect.

    It's great to be able to park and walk to great restaurants, lobster tacos on the pier, live music, and cocktails, all for a reasonable price for San Diego.

    My one hesitation about giving this place such a great review...I love it, and don't want it to be too busy for us to get reservations, because we will be back, for sure.

    27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    113. Trent D.
    Can't beat the location and price. Everyone very friendly. Rooms are tired (Eg hot water in the shower was "temperamental") but you overlook that in a place like this. However I had to dock my rating by at least a star because their $25 off yelp offer is a bait and switch. It doesn't say anywhere on the coupon that it has to be applied at check in. I tried to use it at check out but was (politely) turned down. Spoiled an otherwise enjoyable stay.

    12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    114. Toby W.
    I would say this place is on par with other 3 stars hotel, but add one star for the location and another star for being dog friendly and no extra pet fee!  Nice courtyard and bed was very comfortable.

    14/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    115. Brian P.
    Arrived on a Monday and were able to check in at 2:15. The hotel has it's own parking lot that other beach goers cannot use unless they pay $15. I'm sure on busy summer weekends people do park here due to the proximity to the beach but there was ample parking for us. There is a '49 Desoto wagon outside the small front lobby playing music from drive in speakers hanging from the windows. Looks really cool. The girl working the counter was very friendly and check in was a breeze.

    Our room was on the third floor (no elevator) facing south. It had two Queen beds stuffed into a pretty small room. It does have a balcony with a table and three chairs which is a big plus. The problem with the balcony, other than being a little small, is the height of the wood rail is too high and you really can't see out to the beach unless you stand up. So chillin' on the balcony and watching the beach isn't an option if you want to sit. The view was great though.

    There is a small refrigerator and microwave next to the dresser with a hanging 32 inch tv above it. A small table and two chairs are also in the room. Each Queen bed has a small end table with drawers and lamps. No central air conditioning but there was an R2D2 looking mobile air conditioner that worked fine for the small room.

    The room has wood laminate flooring which works out great being by the beach. I couldn't imagine having all the sand from past tenants being stuck in carpet so this is a great feature.

    A problem with the room is that there are not enough places to hang towels or clothes. I mean this is the beach after all. There are no racks, hooks etc to hang anything. There is a small area next to the bathroom almost like a closet to hang jackets, shirts and stuff with some removable hangers like in all hotel rooms.

    The hotel is at the corner of Newport Ave and Abbott St. It sits directly across Abbott St from the beach. All you have to to is go out the doors and cross the street and you are on the beach. Awesome!

    Newport Ave has all the shops and places to eat you could want all within waking distance.

    We will be staying here again. Even with the things I did not like, the cleanliness and proximity to the beach can't be beat.

    15/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    116. Laura R.
    I'm from Tucson Az we checked into this place on Friday and decided to stay another day . We loved this place it's right across from the beach and next to lots of bars and business. This place is perfect clean and cute ! 5 stars by far

    19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    117. A H.
    Stayed here for one night...

    - Fast and easy check-in and out.
    - Free parking. Decent amount of spaces but I would think it could fill up.
    - Free Wifi, worked well for me.
    - Beautiful court yard with tables and seating.
    - I stayed in what looked like a newly renovated room.
    - Beautiful new looking linen, so soft to touch.
    - Fridge and microwave in room.
    - Shower was touchy when it came to adjusting the temperature, no biggy.
    - Across the road from the beach.
    - Close to shops and restaurants.
    - I would watch out for smokers, the AC unit is just a stand up one on the floor with a hole in the wall so I would imagine it would suck smoke in potentially (Didn't happen to me). You just don't want to have to deal with a smoking charge.

    Overall great comfortable stay, I would recommend it.

    21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    118. Bill D.
    Solid, affordable option in OB on the beach.
    Friendly, helpful staff.
    Clean spacious rooms.
    Free parking.
    I'll return...

    02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    119. Bill M.
    We just returned from spending four days here.  The location is very good, right on the beach and in the heart of the Ocean Beach area.  The hotel staff were friendly and the room was clean.   We had a balcony that gave us a pretty good view, though not direct, of the ocean and fishing pier.  I think it is a good value and would stay there again.  

    The cons:  Very small bathroom (although good quality towels), walls were thin; we could hear our neighbors, bed was pretty blown out and they had put a soft pad on top but it was tough on my back.

    17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0