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Rating: 3.62

Address: 610 Emerald St, San Diego, CA, 92109
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Comments (39):

1. Staci P.
We had heard that this place was getting a face lift, so we decided to check it out for a little "staycation".  When we arrived to check in, Mitch, the GM greeted us with a beer!  Wow, talk about being in PB!  We got up to our room and were really surprised by how cute it was!  We had 2 corner rooms on the 2nd floor both of which had windows on 2 sides so we totally got to enjoy the gorgeous view on the beach.  Even better, the windows opened!  I must admit, I slept with the windows open so it was a little chilly when I woke up but I REFUSED to close them because I enjoyed listening to the sounds of the waves!  There was a small fridge and a microwave in the room too, which kinda made us feel like we had a little suite!  We had a little communal patio that we spent hours on, just relaxing, having some beers and listening to music.  The location is great because it's super close to everything, but the street itself is quiet so you aren't bothered with people yelling and screaming as they leave the bars.  We also had a chance to interact with Oliver who, alongside Mitch, basically run the place, and Diane(or Diana.. I'm so bad with names!)  Who was the room attendant.  Everyone was very nice!  We are really looking forward to coming back here again soon!

10/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Dr K.
rude staff. dirty rooms. don't come here.

10/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Todd H.
For an older small motel on the beach, I was surprised by the condition of the rooms.  The office just completed a face lift, and looking great.  Our room was clean and was perfect for us!
I was able to check in early, and Oliver was really cool & helpful for local suggestions.  We will definitely stay here again!!

20/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Haitham S.
awesome place to stay, particularly for younger people. its right on the beach, walking distance to the main area restaurants and bars, and affordable.

Easy going staff willing to help with recommendations as far as places to eat and hang out at.

16/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Katrina C.
I checked in here when I couldn't handle it at the hostel I was at. The woman at the front desk, Diana, was very friendly and helpful.  The location of this place is great! Right on the beach, lots of restaurants and bars near by, but it's also just a little less "frat-y" than a few blocks south. The rooms are fine, nothing fancy... They could use a paint job and a new mattress, but then they probably wouldn't be $99!

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Amy K.
After reading the amazing reviews, we were so excited to find this affordable beachfront motel...

Our experience was much different than what I read from other guests. We checked in and the Diane was very nice and welcoming. I can't say enough great things about the staff. Our daughter got sick with high fever and we had to check out early and they refunded our money, no questions asked.

Now, the rooms and location is great for college kids, but not so great for families or married couples. The furniture was stained, the carpet was sketchy and my daughter couldn't walk bare foot as the tacks were coming up out of the carpet. My advice, spend $20 or so more down the street. In this case, you get what you pay for. The only saving grace is the staff.

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
7. Jessica H.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon recently and we absolutely enjoyed our stay at the Pacific View Inn! It is an older Hotel and I would recommend brining a fan, which we did, because there is no AC, but other then that we have no complaints at all. The view when you step outside is amazing and it was way less money to stay here compared to the places around it. The staff was very nice and helpful and even upgraded us before we even got there! We will definitely be staying there again.

18/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Mike S.
Location is everything and in this case location is the only thing we enjoyed about staying at the pacific view inn. The rooms were run down, musty & hot due to no AC, sand all over room including comforter & sheets. Bathroom was comparable to an airplane bathroom with a shower added to it. My girlfriend is 5'7" and her head was nearly touching shower ceiling. Was impossible for anyone low or high maintenance to get ready in the bathroom  due to lack of counter space, no accessible outlets, and only one small mirror for entire room. I would recommend that you spend the extra 20 dollars a night else where.

19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
9. Anthony M.
Mitch is the man!  He always hooks it up with a great deal for the best spot in PB to stay when you're visiting. I have always stayed here before I moved to San Diego and was visiting, now I refer every friend and family to this place. Awesome staff and an overall great value.  Super clean and right on the beach!

25/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Angie M.
I'm giving this place 4 stars only because the water took long to get hot other than that it was exactly what my friends and I were looking for which was a cheap comfortable place near the bars and beach. That's what we got here. It is just steps away from the beach and bars everywhere. The front desk guy was really nice. The view from balcony was amazing.  I took beautiful sunset pictures and you can walk right to the front and see the ocean. Location was perfect. One bad thing PARKING was not available thankfully I got Lucky and found a spot right away.

24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. John W.
Had a chick visiting me from out of town so decided to get a motel room down by the beach. Stopped by a few of the beach front hotels and they wanted upwards of a $300 bux a night, so when I check out the Pacific View Inn I couldn't believe how affordable the rate was.

The room was very nice inside, it was clean and cozy. And you cant beat it your BEACHFRONT at an affordable rate.

We stayed down there for two nights. They are doing some remodeling and I like what I see the facelift looks good. Oliver and the other front desk manager were very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely stay here again.

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Dee L.
The good reviews are clearly written by the management's friends. See reviews for the "closed" Pacific View Motel - may be different owner/management but it is exactly the same. Awesome location but that is the ONLY redeeming quality. There are literally crackheads living on the 1st floor. Gross.

20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
13. Stephanie B.
Great place to say in PB. Justin at the front desk is the most awesome dude in CA. I'll visit again!

27/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Jason C.
I'm pretty impressed by this place. We are right on the boardwalk and the view is incredible. The two staff members Neal and Justin have been super cool with everything. My wife and I were looking for a relaxing chill weekend for an affordable rate. This place hits the spot. The room is nicer than I expected. Everything is remodeled. I recommend room 10.

16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Craig S.
The Area:  There are a great many bars and eating establishments within easy walking distance.  This is a typical southern California beach community in that it's crowded with hoards of college age kids who often get drunk and rowdy.  The community is unmanicured, disheveled and absolutely filthy in places.  There are a substantial number of homeless people meandering about the streets, often panhandling for money and at times being somewhat belligerent.  The Inn: (Exterior) The Inn itself is an old, wood framed structure consisting of some 26 rooms.  There are a couple of rooms which overlook the ocean, but that is the exception rather than the rule.  While the establishment does provide off street parking they have only a few spaces and most visitors are forced to park on the street.  Emerald Street, on which the hotel is located, has regulated parking consisting of both 2 hour spaces and 24 hour spaces.  The City does street sweeping on Wednesday and Thursday nights limiting the parking to one side of street or the other.  On those occasions finding a parking space near the hotel is more a matter of luck and timing as opposed to anything else.  During my stay, I had to park 4 blocks away on one of my two nights. The exterior of the hotel itself appears to have been recently painted.  The grounds (if you can call them that) are separated from the street by a short wooden fence.  The area outside the fence is filthy and over grown with weeds.  There are copious amounts of discarded trash (paper cups, papers and fast food wrappers along with cigarette butts everywhere.  While the street is the responsibility of the City, you would think that the establishment would make an effort to police the area around their building (especially the front) so as to make it look more inviting.  This obviously not something they care about and should have been a clue about what to expect. The Inn: (Interior) The Inn's office operates between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM.  There is no onsite security or anyone responsible for the site available during that period. Late check-in (after 9:00 PM) is handled by leaving your room key in a realtor's lock box hanging on the front door.  They use the last four numbers of your cell number as the access code. I arrived at around 10:30 PM and after recovering my key from the lock box I began searching for my room.  There are no hotel diagrams showing you where your room is located so finding the room can be a challenge.  In my search, I discovered a second floor access door near the rear of the building.  Upon entering the stairwell, I was immediately surprised by the poor condition of the indoor outdoor carpeting.  Although a dark color (I think) it was filthy and badly stained. Ascending the stairs and reaching the landing I discovered more of the same only on a larger scale.  The landing serviced five or six rooms and was illuminated by two ceiling mounted low wattage light bulbs covered by oversized wicker shades that resembled baskets.  Only one of the two fixtures worked. The weather in San Diego had been hot with unusually high levels of humidity for several days.  The outside temperature was probably around 75 degrees at the time of my arrival.  The temperature in the hallway outside the rooms had to be well over 90 degrees and was very humid. Looking for relief from the heat, I opened my door and entered an over like space with stifling heat.  Without exaggerating, the room must have been around 100 degrees.  The air was stuffy and stagnant. The one window had been left open, but given the room's location and configuration there was absolutely no ventilation or air flow.  This room (#23) was situated on the north side of the building facing a neighboring building.  The space between the two structures was about 25-30 feet.  The room carpeting consisted of a similar indoor outdoor carpeting and while stained, was seeming vacuumed and clean.
Within the room were two bedside low voltage neon lamp fixtures, a low voltage floor lamp, a wall mounted globe style lamp, a small refrigerator, a microwave and coffee maker.  In the closet I found an inexpensive standing 3 speed floor fan.  Although a nice gesture, given the configuration of the room, the fan was pretty much useless.  As you may have guessed, there is NO AIRCONDITIONING!
Electrical outlets were sparse and inconvenient, there was no telephone or alarm clock.  There was, however, a low end 20 something inch TV set and a small two seat table. The bathroom was both unusual and amusing.  The sink was mounted atop a tiny cabinet and was kind if square in shape.  There was no counter or other shelving on which to place one's toiletries,  *Part 1*

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
16. a s.
Great stay

01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Javier Villasenor A.
Great place to stay right on the beach. The staff is very friendly and go out of their way to help. Prices are very reasonable for the location. Justin in the office is great and local so he can tell you everything about San Diego and places to see and eat.

28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Caris O.
This place is okay. The location, as others have said, is unbeatable. The rooms are fairly standard on the low-end spectrum. But that's why it's so much more affordable than everything around it. The place is noisy on the weekends, even when you're on the "quiet" side of the building.

The parking is a huge problem. There are a limited number of spaces available at $15/day. They were all taken when we got there and we were directed to try our luck with the nearby street parking. We had no luck and had to park nearly a mile away. I was expecting a parking space at the actual hotel.

If you've got kids, this place is problematic. The noise level, as I said, is high and of the drunken frat boy variety. Lots of yelling in the middle of the night. Of course, that's due to the area. But the hotel walls are thin. And there's no AC, so you'll want to have the windows open, which, obviously, makes the noise worse. Also, there's no elevator, so you'll be lugging strollers, carriers, etc. up the stairs.

If you're a younger person interested in the local night life, this would be a great place to stay. For a dude trying to get his kids to sleep, though? Not so much.

15/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Nathan H.
Perfect location for walking to multiple bars and restaurants. Amazing view of the ocean as well as literally being within one minute of walking to the beach. Great coffee two streets down. Incredibly affordable for the location. The waves crashing at night was one of the highlights of the trip. Me and my girlfriend were raving about this place the whole time. Not to mention the great front desk staff. Couldn't find a better place if you're looking for quaint with great location and views.

13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. John T.
Great experience, perfect location. Staff was extremely nice and helpful. We came out to a broken window unfortunately when we were leaving but the front desk person, Justin, came out and helped clean up the car and even researched nearby rental places for us. Overall great experience and would recommend it and stay there again.

14/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Ashley H.
Beautiful location gentlemen in the office is amazing left my iphone charger behind and he mailed it to me, will definitely be returning!

22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Jos P.
Great value!  Right on the beach.  Good location for casual restaurants.  Room was recently renovated, so it felt clean.  Staff was very personable!!
On Saturday night there were a number of guests partying outside the rooms until about 10pm, but we were ok with it.
We would totally stay there again!!!

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Blake H.
Great staff and friendly (Diane). Great location. Not the best accommodation we have ever stayed at but it will do. By the way did I mention the location?

07/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
24. Dario C.
Arrived at 1:30pm on Tuesday and left by 10am Wednesday. I booked through priceline.com : cheaper! Check-in and checkout were quick! The room was clean and decorated all with modern IKEA furnishings. Small space but enough for 1-2 people. The T.V. and the kitchenette were a nice addition. Continental breakfast included coffee, bagels, toast, butter, jelly, cream cheese and apples. Great location, views of the ocean nearby and walking distance to Pacific Beach!

27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Travis N Alana R.
This place is awesome!!

This was the first time we stayed here, and we were not disappointed. The hotel is located right on the water front, and you are within walking distance from all the shops, restaurants, and bars! The view from the front of the hotel is amazing.

We checked in and the clerk (Neil) was very friendly and helpful. The room was small, but very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was average, bagels, fruit, and yogurt, but the price was very reasonable, for two nights we only paid about $300.

I liked that they let us check out late, and Neil even offered to move his car to get us a spot on the street, as they have no hotel parking lot, you can rent a reserved space for $15 a day but they are very limited.

All in all, it was a very nice stay, I recommend it, and we may be back soon....

31/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Janine K.
This place is a dump.  No a/c but there was a fan we used. Was comfortable all night. But, I will say it is a great location walking distance to many bars and restaurants. Its probably perfect for a surfer who wants to just surf, go to bars nearby and sleep. The bathroom had hair on the floor and on shower wall which makes me question just how well things are cleaned there. If they would spend a little money to make some updates and renovations it could be so much nicer. It reminded me of a college dorm. Tiny room with a bunch of misc crap furniture thrown into it. Extension cords run around.... Hire an electrician to move ur cable lines... Mount TV on wall!

20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
27. Mae N.
The staff here is excellent and accommodating! We were going to arrive after 10 pm and they set up a lock box for us with clear directions to our room. The room itself was small, with a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and flat screen TV. The bathroom was way bigger than expected. 2 people can easily get ready at the same time. It is unreal how close the beach is! You can borrow some things from the office, we borrowed an umbrella and some chairs so we wouldn't have to rent that stuff.

PROS: You're super close to the beach!

Pay for the parking spot fee, we didn't bring a car but overheard others beach goers say that public parking is $5 AN HOUR. Crazy!

Staff will bend over backwards for you, you just need to ask!

Room is clean & functional. Plenty of space to store your stuff.

Is close to a major bus line that can take you to Old Town or La Jolla.

They have a modest breakfast, and filtered water all day! We often stopped in after walking around for hours.

Close to a CVS, cool restaurants & taco shops, shopping, there is a Ralph's nearby so you can buy food to fill up your mini fridge!

CONS: Our room was upstairs squished up against an allyway and even with the window open & the fan on all the time it never cooled down. We didn't care all that much because we only used the room for sleeping & showering, but if the temp had gotten over 75 it could have been unbearable. I would suggest the hotel put window AC units in those back rooms.

(If you are getting an ocean view room or side room that gets the breeze don't even worry, your room will be nice, it was just the location if ours.)

Beds are a tad hard, but they give you lots of extra pillows. So, again not a big deal.

Friday night was a little cray cray and we put up with our hot room rather than go outside. We are not party people and some other guests could have calmed it down or taken it elsewhere.

Overall, lovely stay. Next time we will choose a room facing the breeze! We would highly recommend to others!

(To those complaining about homeless people: you could be a nice person and buy them food. Its the beach, they live there, they are not dangerous, some of them have cool stories. Just relax!

To those complaining about seaweed on the beach: Um, really? ITS THE BEACH.)

20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. j S.
Stayed here again and I REALLY can't thank you Neil enough!!!! He didnt have any spots left so moved his "own" car to accommodate us.  The room  was updated and was just a dream!! THANK YOU NEIL for your service. I felt right at home.

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Frankie S.
TOTAL RIPOFF...! No Air Conditioning in Any of the rooms... Cheap Garbage Matresses... For $50 a night is all it's worth...!

$207.00 and up per night here at this hole in the wall will never be worth it...

DON'T Waste Your Money Here... Pay a little more for a real room if you want to be close to the ocean...

The shower is so tiny like a kitchen cabinet. The beds are used garbage off craigslist... And they squeek and make a lot of noise.

People can see you through the blinds as they walk by your room...

TOTAL JOKE OF A HOTEL...

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. TJ M.
If you're looking for somewhere to bring your Keystone and beer pong table then this is the place for you. You don't have to worry about staining carpets because there is already a collection of former guests spills. Truly the perfect place for any underage individual looking to invite some girls to over intoxicate in an effort to "score". If you have any valuables be sure to bring your own safe to the room as the doors and locks are rudimentary at best. There's technically no parking at this establishment so just hope no parking enforcement officials decide to stroll through. Oh and if you purchase this room thinking it's the place for you and decide it's not, don't expect any help from the staff or management. My advice, purchase an adult room from an adult hotel you've heard of, there's plenty along the boardwalk that reinvest their profits back into the hotel to avoid that vintage rundown look that this establishment has perfected.

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
31. Phil M.
If you want to be close to the ocean and also close to the many restaurants and bars in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, this is the place to be.  Our room was 50 steps away from the walkway by the beach.  We could hear the ocean waves crashing into the shore from our room.

The staff is fantastic.  The Inn has 23 rooms so the Inn team gets to know their customers even if you are only there a couple of days.  They provide breakfast each day from 7 to 10.  It is not fancy but it does the job .... coffee, orange juice, bagels and apples.  

I would recommend reserving a parking spot for $20 bucks a night.  Parking is difficult in the area at all times of the day.  We rented bicycles for $20 a day from the office and rode up and down the shoreline path all day.  

If you are looking to enjoy the ocean and the fantastic weather, this is the place to be.

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Krissy L.
This boutique hotel was really great for the price and we had a killer view of the ocean. The guys at the front office area were super nice and accommodating. The rooms were simple but tasteful and again...for the price and being right on the ocean front with tons of stuff in walking distance, can't beat it.

17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Fan H.
Great location, the beach is right at your door step. The staff is very friendly and informative. The room is cozy and quiet at night during spring break week. All I could hear was the waves of the ocean all night and it made me happy. They also provide bike and surf board rental. 4 stars because my reserved parking space was 3 and it got jacked by someone else when I was out touring. I got a phone call and I was told to park at 1. Space 1 is the worst parking spot because you have to get on the curb to park on it and my car is low to the ground. Boo to the staff for not fighting for my spot. The sink was also plugged in my room upon arrival but the staff was able to fix it quickly. Overall, great place and I would come back for sure.

Pro tip: reserve your parking space at the time of your booking. It costs extra but so worth it.

04/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Alex N.
Wonderful and personable staff and great location for beach access as well as restaurants.

The only downside would be loud neighboring rooms, but you can always turn on a fan (which they provide you with!) or enjoy the drunken comedians next door, as we did.

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Fiona H.
DIRTY !! The grossest hotel I've ever stayed in !!! I'm surprised the place hasn't been condemned !! There's mold in the shower, carpets are disgusting !! Don't waste your hard earned money and waste in this $h/! Hole

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
36. Joe Z.
Great stay so far, beautiful location, great staff, beach is steps from your door. Missing a star due to no a/c, but then again, it is ON the beach! :)

Parking was great, right out front of the business under the lights so you're not worrying about your vehicle.

Walks to restaurants, bars, a liquor store, and lots of local goods stores!

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Jodie C.
First of all, the location is great - you are just steps away from the beach! You are though close to several bars (then again, where in PB AREN'T you close to several bars... :) ), so it can get a bit loud at night. The rooms are good - not huge or anything, but more than reasonable (I was staying alone, so definitely plenty of space for me). There is a very small breakfast offering in the morning; I didn't investigate too carefully, but it looked like mostly toast and coffee and only enough seating for one small group. Perfect excuse to get a tasty breakfast at Kono's!

What I really appreciated was the customer service. They sent me a nice pre-arrival email a week or so before my trip, which included "late check-in" (after 9pm) information. I didn't even realize that would require a different process and knew I'd be getting in late, so I really appreciated the initiative to get me that information ahead of time. They don't staff the desk 24/7, so they arranged for a lock box for me to get my key. They also gave me info about parking, and even though I didn't need it, I again appreciated the customer service.

Overall, I'd definitely stay here again.

21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Lotem B.
Emailed them regarding room prices and have not received a reply.. Which is fine, I didn't mind. Not a big deal..
But don't reply back to me 9 months after with a halfarsed reply, basically directing me to the web site. No sh*t, Sherlock!!
Fail...

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
39. michael s.
This is by NO means your Hilton or Sheraton type hotel.

This is a basic room and board, clean sheets, simple living type of place.  It is awesome.  I get to expense my hotel stays for work and I wanted to be close to the beach.  I was walking by and I decided to give it try.  It's really old school.  They give you and actual key for the room.  It's literally 5 steps away from the beach.  They offer free rentals on foam boards, boogie boards,  lawn chairs.  Bikes cost.  Nonetheless it was a perfect hotel if you want a chill laid back spot.  I have no complaints.  wifi works fine.  I will definitely be back here next time I'm staying in San Diego.m
FYI Both front desk attendants, both guys are awesome as well.  The morning guy gave me his parking spot because they were sold out of spots.  Legendary.

17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0