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Rating: 4.18

Address: 4500 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92109

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    Comments (49):

    1. Pat T.
    This is a cool hotel, more of an old-time motel really, as you drive up to your cabin. The cabins are on a pier in a touristy but not over-the-top area of San Diego. The cabin I stayed in had a bedroom, full living room, kitchen, modern fixtures, and a small deck that looked out over the water. I fell asleep to the sound of water lapping against the pier.

    Recommended if you like funky motels or other unusual non-Marriott places.

    05/03/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Brian R.
    So they have  two night min, which kinda sucks considering it's like 200$ a night in December...However, I didn't pay for it and just got to be a guest which made this place awesome indeed. How often does one get the joy of falling asleep over the ocean. The rooms are small but really nice. Not in that 5 star nice way but just nice. In the summer you could chill on the little porch and shout at people. I've never done that but I bet it's fun

    19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Karen C.
    Okay...once we made it through the reservation process...the stay was wonderful!  We enjoyed it tremendously.  The stove in our cottage needed replacing but we didn't cook on it anyway.  This place is really expensive but we found an excellent coupon...and was it ever worth it!  Highly recommended for relaxation, a bit of solitude, and romance.  Only gave 4 stars because of the challenging telephone reservation experience.

    17/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Handyman Rich E.
    Her Majesty & I stayed here on one of our first vacations many years ago, & it's near the top of our list of places to get back to (2000 miles away doesn't help). The cottage was not glitzy, granite, or luxurious, but they were nice, clean & comfortable. Falling asleep over the ocean w/ the sound of surf was wonderful. We strolled down to the end of the pier to watch the dolphins & the sunset, & went back to the room to enjoy coverage of our Chicago neighbors getting blizzarded under. The rates would be steep if the cottages were anywhere near the great prarie, but on short notice if they are not full, they will offer a discount.

    23/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Christine C.
    It is like staying in the lap of luxury (although the price might not suggest it) but spending the night in the Crystal Pier Hotel is an experience all unto itself.

    The Hotel is made up of a series small quaint cottages that are on the Crystal Pier. That's right, the facilities are directly above the ocean and when a big wave hits the Pier, you can feel it, but there is nothing like sleeping over the ocean.

    It's not Four Seasons, but the interior of the cottages is pretty cute. The rooms have a maritime theme and they are equipped with a living room and kitchenette But staying at the hotel costs well over a hundred dollars no matter what time of year it is. Then again, having the opportunity to sleep over the crashing waves is well worth it.

    13/11/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Dee D.
    ON 5/8/11  (Mother's Day) THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND UNIT NOT READY UNTIL 2 HRS AFTER CHECK-IN: I was given a mom's day gift for 1 night & booked myself for a 2nd night. Was told I could check in 2 hrs early, arrived 1hr early & was told room was not ready & to come back at the normal 2pm check in. Came back at 2pm - was treated like I was inconveniencing them & room was still not ready. There were about 5 janitors trying to clean the room, an older womn (owner?) and her grandkids.  This fiasco lasted for 2 hrs. Finally got to check in at 4pm (mind you I had a full kitchin in the room ready to stock - so my refrigerated items were left to spoil in my car for 3 hrs. I night was paid as my "GIFT" & charged to the "gift-givers" credit card (which they were aware of upon reserving & paying). I called the office after 1 night & asked what they were going to do for my inconvenience. Was told by Randy I could stay in the room until 4pm. About 1pm I get a call from a "HEATHER" - who was rude, talking to me as if she were my mother scolding me, yelling, that I needed to get out the room. I explained the Randy said 4pm & asked to speak to him. Apparently he was hiding. I proceded to get my stuff out the room. HEATHER comes to the door, yelling again, telling me Im taking too long. Needless to say I was livid.  THEN, the icing on the cake was that HEATHER attempted to run the credit card of the gift-giver after they were fully aware that I was going to use my own credit card on exit.  Bottomline - NICE ROOMS - BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE - THEY DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TAKING MY MONEY ANY MORE

    11/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Lisa K.
    Such a special, unique place to stay in San Diego!  We stayed on Crystal Pier in one of the letter cottages last weekend for just one night and that place blew me away: first of all, watching my family members and friends surf and boogie board while I was up top with friends on our private balcony was awesome.  There could be no better vantage point.  I literally had tears in my eyes over what an amazing experience that was.  Second, the accomodations were adorable: the rooms are cute, clean, uncluttered and surprisingly well maintained (particularly considering they are out on a pier) and seriously roomy.  I guess I thought it would be small since we were out on a pier but that is not the case, the private balcony was much larger than it appeared from the pics.  Third, the place is so peaceful: the staff totally helps when you need them but leaves you alone otherwise, we never heard a peep from our cottage neighbors, and we felt so safe at night knowing the pier is locked starting at 8 p.m.  Oh - and it comes with a parking space - on the pier!  You can't ask for anything more - this place blew me away.  I can only hope to return one day soon!!!

    16/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Roselle E.
    Thank you Crystal Pier Hotel and Cottages for that mental massage.  Just got back from an off-season stay-cation in cottage 2 and it was by far more relaxing and restful than a stay at five star hotel.  As locals, we've passed by a million times but were deterred by the local PB drunk flavor.  As stay-cationers, we felt like our cottage was in Cape Cod or some Scandinavian island for a few days.  Cottage 2 was right over the wave break so we were rocked to sleep every night by the sound of the waves.  It was hard to wake up from our slumber.  We had our own parking place (very useful with the horrendous parking in PB) and a large deck.  Walkable to beach, Ralphs, local restaurants, Urban Outfitters.  Kitchenette had full size fridge, oven/stove, sink, microwave.  Cable TV.  Fishing from your own private deck.  We spotted a whale breaching off the pier.  It was very hard to leave and get back to reality.  Cottages look like they underwent a facelift so the interior was very clean and IKEA/Scandinavian white.  Wifi was spotty but we did not care; more time away from the busy-ness of life.  Highly recommended.

    01/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Sammi Q.
    We stayed in #14, closest to the boardwalk.  We didn't hear anything other than the waves.  The cottage is perfectly appointed for what this is - a cottage on the pier.  We enjoyed the location, and appreciate the kitchenette - so much more fun than standing in line for every meal at a restaurant.  One night during our stay we had 10 friends over for drinks and BBQ.  With the deck, outdoor seating and living room, there was plenty of space for a fun get together.

    21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. nicole u.
    staying here is one of the best decisions i've made.

    i lived in san diego for a time and still have family that resides in the area. every time i visit i go on and on about how someday i would stay here. i finally decided, why not? so, after spending time with my family and nearly a week at a conference (sorry manchester hyatt, you've got nothing on the crystal pier) i decided to spend two nights at the pier--solo (i made the reservation nearly six months in advance).

    what a great experience. the cottages were nicer than i expected. some of the fixtures are on the older side, but everything is in working order and super clean! they provide dishes and cooking utensils, plenty of extra linen and the furniture was all very comfortable. i was even surprised to find a television with a dvd player  and cable (there went my two days of soul searching while staring at the ocean...).

    i really enjoyed falling asleep and waking to the sound of the sea. i don't think that i've had two better nights of sleep in my life. and the whole cottage gently sways when a big wave hits--not enough to induce sea-sickness, but enough to remind you how incredible the ocean is.

    the staff is really friendly and it's obvious that they love their surroundings. i was a little wary of the foot traffic during the day, but people were really respectful of my space, although i could tell they were curious about the interior. probably my favorite part of the experience was being able to pick up breakfast and coffee at kono's and bring it back to eat on my patio while watching the early morning surfers.

    i would glady trade square footage to live here year round.

    22/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Jason M.
    Stayed here one night and it was really nice.  Rooms were clean, sunset was beautiful and service was friendly.

    21/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Kinga H.
    If staying in Pacific Beach then staying at this hotel is a must. Not only is it located in the heart of everything but there is nothing quite like the airy sea breeze and sounds of the waves crashing as you sleep in one of the clean, homey cottages. The pier itself is an great historic icon in San Diego, so even if you don't stay at the hotel then take a stroll to the end of the pier.

    12/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Kenneth Z.
    This place is amazing.  The views will blow your mind, the weather is always perfect, and the waves will rock you to sleep like a baby at night.  Love it and highly recommend if you can afford it.  I'm not sure there is anything else like it.

    30/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. K I.
    My hubby and I stayed here for a "stay-cation" a couple years ago (before we knew what that term meant), and it was fantastic.

    We stayed in one of the cottages on the north side of the pier.  It was clean, simple but cute, stocked with basic kitchen supplies, and my favorite part was our private patio directly over the ocean.  (I don't think all patios are as private, so ask if that's important to you)  I really felt like I got a nice break from reality, even though we only lived about 2 miles away.

    Unfortunately they have a 2-night stay minimum, but I learned that if you call a few days in advance and they're not booked you can negotiate to just book one night.

    19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Julie C.
    DISGUSTING, DUMPY RUNDOWN PLACE!!! RAT IN ROOM!!!!! COMPLETE RIP OFF!!!  I only have one thing positive to say about this place, and that's the view.  Everything about the hotel was NASTY!!!  We stayed in ghetto cottage #18 and everything about it was run down and grose!!  The furniture was old and not taken care of.  Chipped paint, dirty from people obviously using it and touching it.  Very pourly maintained!!!  The outside has not been maintained, chipping paint everywhere.  You can barely make out the #18 on the outside because most of the paint is missing!  The toilet door was beyond disgusting!!!  Around the door handle area, it's completely dirty from people grabbing it and looks like it hasn't been wiped down and cleaned in 10 years.  The flooring is old and needs to be replaced because it's not only disgusting, but warping.  ALL OF THE WALLS need to be painted and cleaned.  There is just dirty stuff all over them.  Shower didn't work right, and the toilet flusing was obnoxiously loud.  Guess I should feel lucky that it actually flushed!!  I was afraid to touch anything!  The "air conditioning" unit above our door was only a fan.  There's no a/c.  It was totally rusted out and looked like it could fall from the building at any given moment, especially when it turned on and shook the whole freakin place!  Needed to be replaced about 20 years ago!!  The door handle to the sliding screen door was also disgusting.  Didn't want to touch that either.  And to top off my "delightful stay", THERE WAS A RAT IN OUR ROOM THE FIRST NIGHT!!!!!!  My husband took me there for my birthday, and I had no idea where we were going.  When we drove up, I was already disgusted & disappointed because the place in general looked like a complete DUMP!!!  The bed was a double and was absolutely pathetic!!  Uncomfortable as can be, and the "linens" were extremely old and needed to be updated.  Everything about this place was horrible.  I would never in my wildest dreams recommend this place to anyone.  This place was beyond a rip off.  If they took a little time to modernize and actually keep the place up, it would be a brilliant concept.  But it's so disgusting that it ruins the whole idea of it.  I can't believe I'm about the only person writing a bad review.  I've stayed in motel 6's etc. before, and those blow this place out of the water.  Absolutely awful and I would never stay here again!!!  My poor husband unfortunately failed miserably on this birthday trip!

    19/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. Fran G.
    I can hardly believe more than two weeks have passed since we stayed at this most wonderful place!   The cottages themselves are well appointed and exceptionally clean and really quite lovely but of course the main draw here is actually staying on a pier.  What fun!!!  It's an experience I'll never forget and want very much to do again.  

    They open the pier to the public at 8 a.m. and close it at dusk so during the daytime you've got the fun of the crowds walking by outside your door with all the people watching that one can handle and the off-hours it's just you, other hotel guests and employees on the pier.  We ventured out to the end of the pier quite late in the evening and it was fabulous to have the whole end of the pier to ourselves, enjoying the ocean breezes and views.

    We were in cottage 4 and our patio view looked north.  You can easily make your own breakfast from your kitchen or just go to the end of the pier and get Kono's (plan on splitting it -- HUGE!!!) and eating in the beautiful morning air looking out at the early risers and surfers on the beach.

    I can't say enough good stuff about this place.  It's not for everybody but if you want spas, tennis courts and lounging poolside, you're not looking at this place anyway.  For those of us who enjoy being a part of the beach scene, it's perfect.  We'll be back!

    11/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. James J.
    I loved it! It was all I hoped it to be. I'll admit that some of the furniture wasn't the most comfortable, but I didn't care... I was out on the patio looking at the ocean or cruising around Pacific Beach (PB) most of the time! The staff was friendly and the sound of the ocean under the room was priceless! A must try!

    10/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Ai M.
    #14 was too close to the shore for me.  At around 4:30 p.m., the gate was closed to automobiles.  I called for a quote last week but was unsure so my boyfriend and I visited the pier this weekend.  I stared at cottage A, deciding that the patio would have an obstructed view of the sunset.  It is also next to the bait shop.  

    I think cottage #8 has one of those dutch doors where the top half can be left open for ventilation.  The first opening in October for a one bedroom cottage on the north side of the pier was $275 on the last weekend.  Except for cottage #22, which has its windows papered up and lacks a patio, they are cute, with nautical themed (except for the Mickey Mouse silhouette on one) blue shutters.  Summer season [June 15-September 30] is probably at least $45 more, depending on the distance from the ocean or size of your cottage.  We ultimately decided that we were beachfront people.

    15/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Sophia G.
    What an awesome location for a hotel!  I love old wooden piers- walking the length and looking down through the cracks to see the waves breaking beneath you.  I never thought that one day I'd be sleeping on one, and the night I spent here was awesome.  While you lie in bed you can feel the pier sway a bit as the waves roll in.  I think they're super pricey, but they're open to what you do there (including your own tiki torches and/or chiminea, as it turns out), and it's nice being able to park a car on the pier without worrying about finding a spot in PB.  Excellent place to watch the sun set and rise- and Garnet runs right into the pier, if you're up for venturing out.

    02/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. William B.
    This a review not of the Crystal Pier Hotel (nor of the bait shop/convenience store on the pier) but of the pier itself.  Even if you aren't staying here, it's open to the public from 8 a.m. until dusk, and you can walk out onto it to see the waves.  Whether you're a tourist or a native, you should do this at least once.  Especially for those who don't surf or otherwise get out into the ocean, it's fantastic to see what the waves and ocean look like from relatively far out.  You can see waves break from behind (and think about what it must feel like to try to catch one), and you see Pacific Beach and Mission Beach sprawling out before you in haphazard, happy color.  Worth a walk.

    27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Glenn G.
    Staying here is cool. Book it 6 months out!!!

    16/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. Josh S.
    I enjoyed the walk down this pier. Yes the boards are not the most even ones in the world, but givin how old this pier is, I don't see that as an issue. I'll be going back to this place a few more times.

    08/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Greg E.
    I haven't stayed at the hotel, but I have walked along this pier to see the nice ocean view and beaches. The pier itself is a wooden pier. There are gaps in between the wood large enough for your belonging to fall through, so be extra careful!

    They have about a dozen or so hotels located on each side of the pier. There is also a small bait and tackle shop where you can rent fishing equipment for a real low price. No fishing license is required. You can fish right along towards the end of the pier.

    Apparantly the hotels are booked as far as six months in advance, so act fast and plan very far ahead if you want a cabin at this exclusive hotel on the pier. I'm not sure if I will ever stay at these hotels, but I will return to fish someday. It's been about eight years since the last time I fished. I hope I still got it!

    10/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Aaron D.
    You have to try it !!!! this is the place WOW nice,

    30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. kate w.
    I really would love to stay here but the customer service is horrible!  I have called on two separate occasions, speaking once to a woman and once to a man, and both times they were extremely curt and outright rude, as if I was inconveniencing them to ask what was available, when, how much, etc.  If they don't like answering these kind of common questions then they should update their website with an online reservation service.  The only point of a company having a call-in reservation system would be to show a little extra customer service in a world gone internet.  But what's the point when that customer service makes you not want to spend your hard earned money there?!  
    I am very hesitant to try again to book a weekend as it is completely unclear when there is an available room and exactly how much it would be.  I really don't want to talk to any of their rude employees (owners?) again.

    01/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    26. Alyssa M.
    This is was an awesome way to experience San Diego!  I highly recommend staying here.  I stayed in cottage number 10 and was at first disappointed to not get a room further out on the pier but in the end realized I lucked out (although every room is great here) because the further up you go it seems like you have less privacy from passerbys who are walking up and down the pier, you also are not right over the water which creeped me out a little and could be disastrous is you dropped something while sunbathing on the porch like, say your phone, because there are some large(one inch) gaps between the wooden slats on the pier.   My cottage had a bedroom and futon so four could fit comfortably, and also a full kitchen which was great for making dinner while watching the sunset.  Wear shoes so you don't get splinters!!!!

    The only problem I had was that the owner was a little snobby, perhaps because I was using a Groupon?  Other than that I would love to come back, it is worth the high price.

    03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Cathleen F.
    Just returned from a birthday party at one of the charming cottages....small and cozy accommodations, but the private patio is where it's at, overlooking (as well as sitting above) the surf.  A bit rustic, but you're at the beach and that's the point. A great place for a little celebration that is private and safe after dusk, as the public must vacate the pier.

    05/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    28. Juje J.
    It's hard not to be BIAS but the north side of the pier is one of my favorite spots to go surfing.

    The pier itself is beautiful...a great way to relax and soak up the view. There's also a couple of shops by the pier (in case you feel the urge to be a tourist and buy something that says 'Pacific Beach') and they also have Kono's.

    In my opinion, this is the nicest looking pier in ALL of San Diego.

    18/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Markus N.
    Please come with me to Crystal Pier.  

    I enjoy the solitary sojourns, to the desert hot springs or far away lands, but this place, this magical romantical fantasy must not be experienced alone.  

    The pier is near Tower 23 (see below), separated from the hundred Kelly Bundys maybe by two triple jumps. I walked the length after breakfast at said establishment wondering about tsunamis and the stoutness of the driven piles.  I thought of the people on the other side of the world.  

    The pier is a classic long ocean fishing pier with people fishing at the end.  Nearer the shore were the cabins of the hotel, perhaps a dozen on either side of a wider part in the boardwalk.  Walking between them feels a little like Cape Cod.  The sign says the pier closes in the early evening, letting the cabin-dwellers have the run of the place, in robes and slippers maybe with a tawny port in one hand and a lover in the other.

    I didn't stay.  Not this time.  I didn't know of it and further was not prepared.  I was alone.  Next time though, this is where we'll go.

    17/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Marc P.
    Very nice cottages, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.   You hear the waves crashing both from your private deck as well as from the interior of the cottage.   The cottage had a wall furnace that quickly heated the place at night, plenty of windows, a private parking space right in front of the cottage. The private deck came with a table with seating for 4, plus 2 chaise lounges (cushions for the outdoor seating are kept inside the cabin in the closet).

    Reserve many months in advance (they book up quickly)

    Each cottage has a single parking space in front of  it (your get a permit for 1 specific vehicle -- you are NOT allowed to change out vehicles there during your stay)

    How to turn a 4star experience into a 5star experience:
    If I had to do it over again, I would reserve a room as far west on the pier as possible (i.e. as far away from the boardwalk as possible).
    We were in room 11, and although we loved the room, it had two downsides with not being very far west:
    a)  late at night we would occasionally hear loud/drunk people walking along the boardwalk; Being further west would have alleviated this problem by not only being further from the occasional loud boardwalk pedestrian, but also the wave crashes would have been louder further east, thus further muffling any non-ocean sounds
    b)  the cottage would shimmy, like a mild earthquake, whenever guests would drive their car past our cottage when driving to/fro their cottages.  Some checked out at 6am, while others drove back from a late night out at 2:30am .... being a light sleeper caused me to wake up several times from the shimmying of the cottage; Had we been in a cabin further west, less cars would have passed by our cottage, and thus we gather we would have experienced less shimmying.

    Their WiFi is spotty and slow at best.   It was so bad that we ended up turning off our WiFi and instead relied on our 4G carrier's connection.

    18/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. N B.
    Pro: Very pretty location. Nice staff. Beautiful views. Great place to get away with a significant other or just to have a quiet weekend.
    Con: Overpriced for what you get. Place needs some updating and could reduce prices by about %15. When booking, don't forget to add another 30 dollars for taxes.

    03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    32. Michelle H.
    I like to take out of town guests here since it's located right in PB, next to restaurants, shopping areas, and along the beach boardwalk.  Not only do you get a great view of the oceanfront, but you can always catch surfers floating in the water.  You can also fish off this pier. If you don't have your own fishing equipment there is a bait shop you can rent everything you need for ~$7/hour.  This pier also has little vacation rental cottages, which is neat for tourists (cuz you hardly see little "homes" on the pier) There are pretty flower-shaped plants/cacti on the outside of these cottages.  Being a midwest girl, I rarely saw plants like that so that part fascinated me.  You know I had to take pictures of that!   Be careful if you're wearing heels while walking on this pier.  There are holes/cracks in the boards!

    07/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Karen B.
    We stayed 3 nights.  Price was approximately $385 per night.  Only Mastercard/Visa.  They do not accept American Express.  For the price, you are basically paying for the view and being over the ocean.  Our cottage (F) was somewhat worn.  The furnishings and appliances needed updating.  Beware, parking is minimal.  Each unit has it's own space but not much space to turn around.  In fact, someone backed into our car while we were there but wasn't even courteous enough to leave a note or knock on our door.  The wi-fi was awful.  It just didn't work.  Enjoyed the beach but Crystal Pier Cottages, not so much.  Next time I head to San Diego I'll take my money and stay in LaJolla.

    05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    34. Linda F.
    Rode our bikes down to Crystal Pier today and visited the Hotel.  There are several cottages to choose from and you can even fish off of the pier.  You can not ride or even carry your bike much less skate board down this pier.  The Studio rooms here A or B is $300.00 per night Sunday-Thursday and $330.00 on the weekends.  I had a great time on the pier today and one day I hope to be able to actually stay here for the weekend!

    24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    35. David L.
    This has to be my favorite pier with Santa Monica maybe a close second. All wood this structure is cool on top walking on old wooden planks or under, walking in the sand and sea.

    Going out to the end of the pier offers a fabulous view of the surf, the surfers, and the the coastline with all of it's beautiful architecture.

    There are wonderful little cottages to rent that are built on top of the pier that look pretty fun to chill in.

    08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Amy S.
    Crystal Pier, you feel like an untimely death waiting to happen.
    Yes, you've been around for ages and the hotel on top of you is a cool feature, but every one of the boards I walked on felt like it was about to give way at absolutely any given second. Cars parking on this thing blows my mind. I tripped and stubbed my toes on nearly every board walking down this thing making it hard to admire the beauty of the Pacific below. Definitely not trying to go on this thing again.

    31/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    37. Esther Y.
    When I first encountered this hotel on the pier, I thought "why would anyone want to live on top of a rickety old wooden pier?!" In fact, there were cracks and one entire section that had fallen through, and you could see the ocean below...

    But then I saw how cute (but not very private :P) the cottages were, and the gorgeous view (sunset anyone?), and thought about the fact that you'd wake up and you're literally surrounded by the beach (not just any beach, but THE party beach in San Diego!) and ocean...what a nice relaxing time that would be!

    I witnessed wedding party photos being taken with classic cars and I just know those photos are going to turn out beautifully. :)

    30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Heather C.
    I was beyond privileged to stay here last month for four days and three nights. This place is a charm in Pacific Beach, San Diego, where you literally sleep on the ocean. The two bedroom, two bathroom cottage that I stayed in was set up to make you feel at home. Everything you could need in a little home is available. The kitchen was fully stocked with all equipment needed to make breakfast, lunch, dinners and cocktails. (Not food but utensils)
    The bedrooms were a good size as well as the bathrooms. But the best of all is the view from your spacious balcony.

    Imagine this, every morning you wake up, make a pot of hot coffee (included in room) and go sit out on your private deck watching the sun rise. This is what I did every morning I was here! Needless to say I was one happy girl.

    The pier is long and at the very end you can see dolphins in the near distance swimming in the ocean. You can also rent a fishing pole for only $7 a hour, which includes your pole, bait and the guy who will give you a few tips about fishing on the pier. The best part is no license required!

    The only downside to this place is on the weekend they open the pier up to the public. It can get really busy and annoying when they are taking up space where you are trying to fish, but this is only a small inconvenience.

    I really can't comment on the price because I was blessed to go with some really sweet and generous people, but I can say that I am planning to come back here in the future due to the amazing, comfy and quaint cottages on the sea that made my stay in San Diego amazing.

    10/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Amber E.
    What a unique "hotel" in a pretty incredible location, sitting atop the PB pier. The sound of the waves, the sight of the surfers and beach goers below, and darling little cottages (some not so little - they have studios, 1-bdrms, and  2 bdrms) perched above. All w/ stunning over-the-ocean/beach views. All have private deck, separate bedroom and kitchenette.

    I've been fortunate to visit several friends who have stayed here, and one of these days, we'll have to stay for more than just the day.

    PS - cute little bait and tackle shop on the end of the pier that's been there forever. The kids love to go in and get a piece of candy as a "treat."

    07/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Stevie S.
    For the views alone it should get five stars as it's beautiful and so nice to wake up and basically be on the beach, really is a lovely view.

    We stayed in cottage 16 which is at the start of the pier with a view out onto the ocean as opposed to being on the side which personally i preferred as the view was more open.  We shared a patio with next door but wasn't an issue as it was large enough anyway.

    The cottage itself was spacious and in general well maintained and in keeping with the theme.  The star knocked off was for two reasons really

    1)  If someone has to sleep on the sofa bed in the living room/kitchen area, take ear plugs.  There was a noise which happens about every 10 mins, lasts about 5 seconds but exteremly annoying when your trying to sleep.  Managed to figure out it was coming from the fridge which you can tell is very old.  Told the management about this and the mainteance guy came with who i believe was the manager, and older guy, he basically wrote off what i was saying as a lie and when i offered for him to wait and listen he left the guy there to listen and said 'you'll be waiting all night i imagine'.  To which i answered no you won't as it happens every 10 minutes and sure as shit it did.  The guy blamed the freezer, turned it off and took out the ice but it continued, no-one seemed to care that i hadn't slept the night before and the manager in my opinion didn't seem to care at all about his guests who are paying alot for a place to sleep and was rude!  

    2) The shower was really old and diffcult to turn on and off, i was with my eldery mum and her friend who didn't have the strength to turn it on and off as it takes up alot of effort so that needs sorting

    Like i said for the views alone the place is worth it but for the price you pay it would be good if they could fix the little things

    Oh and the wifi was crap, had to go outside to use it

    30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Kristin B.
    I've lived in San Diego for over 6 years, and some of my earliest San Diego memories include Crystal Pier.  What a great spot--the pier, the sand, the boardwalk, the nearby shops and hotels and restaurants and bars in the Pacific Beach community.

    There's a spot in my heart for each of the San Diego-area piers, but, c'mon, there's no denying the stench of urine on the Ocean Beach pier or the crowdedness of the Oceanside pier.  PB's Crystal Pier is just...pretty great.

    Hands down the best photos taken on my wedding day, in my opinion, were the shots taken on and under Crystal Pier, thus furthering the connection I'll always have with this special little place.

    08MAR2013 UPDATE:  My review is clearly for Crystal Pier, not The Crystal Pier Hotel.  Not sure why Yelp administrators either moved my review or edited the business name, as at the time I wrote my review there were separate review pages for the hotel and the pier.

    29/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Kimberley A.
    I've been coming here for every year since I was 22. My parents give each child a week. As I've grown up I now bring my family. I've stayed in other areas and nothing beats this place. Love it and will continue to come every year.

    20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Claire P.
    No fancy glitz here. Just absolute heaven! This is my happy place. My husband and I stayed here for the first time on our honeymoon a year ago. We've been back 4 times. You just can't beat the feeling of waves crashing under you, watching the most amazing sunsets, having your own private patio on the pier. The cottages are not fancy but they are so comfortable, clean and soooo charming. The staff is great and the pier dog is a sweetie. I would choose this over any big fancy hotel for the same price.

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Richelle L.
    WOW! WOW! WOW!

    I have no idea how we got lucky enough to score a very last minute reservation at this wonderful spot, let alone get cottage B. Super quaint, beachy decor and a view that I never wanted to leave.  I love the beach, and to hear the waves crashing literally below us was amazing!!!!  The staff were all super friendly. Although the nightly rate is a bit high, it was worth every penny. Would I go back?  In a heartbeat!!!!   We checked out of our original hotel because it was a terrible experience, thank you Crystal Pier Hotel fir saving our vacation!!!!!

    05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    45. Myron B.
    We visited Pacific Beach earlier in the year and stayed at the Pacific Terrace. That was a nice place but while we walked down the strand ( ocean promenade) we noticed the Crystal Pier, an historical hotel. We decided to come back and stay. We reserved cottage 20, a new two bedroom unit. It is spacious, with a large deck and wonderful views. It has a big enough kitchen for us to make a great duck and prawn dinner for 8! The unit has basic cooking equipment so we brought some of our own but it was fine for our needs.

    The bedrooms are decent sized, each having a king size bed and its own bathroom. One has an ocean view room.

    There are two large TVs( ocean view bedroom and living room with that one being smart- netfix etc.). There is a convertible futon in the living room. Windows facing the sand/ocean everywhere but the second bedroom.  There are also two parking spaces.

    There are tables, chairs and lounges on the deck and they will supply a weber upon request.

    The pier is open to the public during the day but private to the guests at night.

    Great location being right in the middle of everything yet quiet at night.

    You can stroll down the strand or bike, skate or run. Lay out on the beach or deck. Lots of restaurants, bars and sports bars.

    A great place to stay!

    18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. Matthew M.
    My family just stayed there for 5 days and we fell in love with it.  We had originally booked 3 nights and added 2 more. We stayed in #20 and it was nicer than we thought it would be.  There is 6 of us and we didn't feel like we were on top of each other.  I would HIGHLY recommend it.  Btw the staff was awesome!

    28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Todd H.
    Staying at (on) the Crystal Pier is not for everyone. In fact anyone who is used to fancy hotel rooms, on-site dining, limo service, doormen, bellhops, concierge, carpeting on the floor and practically everything else you might find at even a mid-range hotel won't find those here. If you come here expecting those things, at least have the courtesy not to write a negative review about how loud the ocean is (it's right UNDER you), or how the seagulls pooped in your drink, or how the pier moves under you or how damp and cold it is, because all that and more is why people DO come here and why people like me love this place (okay, maybe not so much the seagulls pooping in my beer).

    The Crystal Pier Hotel is a one-of-a-kind, unique experience that can't be duplicated anywhere. It is on an old, rough, rugged wooden pier. Yes, right ON the pier. You will have people walking by all day and perhaps glancing in your windows. You will have the salt air in your face 24/7 and the wind mussing up your hairdo. You will share your space with the seagulls. You will have to walk or drive to get a meal or drinks. You will be able to walk to the end of the pier and see some of the most glorious sunsets of your life and after dark (when they lock the gates) you will have the pier all to yourself and a few other lucky guests. If you're lucky you will be there during the winter months, as I was, when the surf is stronger and you will feel like you are right over the ocean itself, because you are. You will watch the surfers from a vantage points right over their heads.

    If you plan to go, knowing all of the above, take a thick black marker and cross out any reviews that complain about, well anything about Crystal Pier. They shouldn't have been here in the first place. This is not a place that can or should be compared to any other place ... and it's not for everyone.

    Thanks to the staff for being friendly, helpful and basically good people. It would be impossible for me to have enjoyed my stay any more than I did.

    22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Love Z.
    I have dreamed of spending the night at this hotel for about 25 years. Imagine my delight when my hubby and kids surprised me with a mother's day weekend stay. Everything was AWESOME!

    We stayed in the #8 (seahorse). It was charming and small and unique. The cabin came with a full kitchen, bedroom, decent bathroom, and living area (including a couch that turns into a full sized bed).  The four of us fit nicely.

    It also had a stunning view of Pacific Beach. Our porch was so cute -- it had a table and chairs, lounge chairs, and a little barbecue.  Next time we come we will definitely be grilling.

    I loved driving up to our parking spot on the dock. I felt like royalty pulling into our coveted spot. I know all the visitors were envious.

    And if it isn't totally obvious, the location can't be beat. You can roll out of bed and slide right into your choice of coffee chops, breakfast spots, bars, and beaches.  I was in heaven.

    Can't wait to come back.

    10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Bryan M.
    My wife & I were looking for somewhere nice to celebrate our 14yr wedding anniversary and were looking for a hotel on the beach and after searching extensively we came across the Crystal Pier Hotel. We walked by it tons of times & viewed it from the beach but never thought it was affordable for our budget BUT after pricing the surrounding hotels & comparing it to Crystal Pier it was a No-Brainer that the EXPERIENCE we would get would FAR SURPASS any hotel in the area & any of our expectations!

    The day came when we finally checked in to our cottage and we were BLOWN AWAY by EVERYTHING! The beautiful decor of blue & white along with the fine details throughout the cottage make this place very quaint & relaxing! I can go on and on and on but this place can't be explained, ONLY experienced! We will DEFINITELY be back!

    - the McCarthy's

    15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0