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The Pearl Hotel in San Diego, CA


The Pearl Hotel is where savvy travelers stay for quality, value and "hospitality as warm as the sun." We are an intimate and stylish boutique hotel close to the San Diego Airport, near the downtown Gaslamp Quarter and local tourist attractions. Life is good here, because the livin' is easy. Our 23 feature-rich lodging accommodations and acclaimed social scene offer plenty of things to do and attract an energetic, adult clientele. Prepare for San Diego style and comfort-focused amenities that urge you to rest and relax in Southern California. Meanwhile, for great cuisine and nightlife, we offer a captivatingly cool restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, and vibrant poolside environs including Dive-In Movies. Amidst vintage-modern ambiance, buzzworthy events and fine boutique accommodations, it just feels "right" to be at The Pearl Hotel, San Diego. We invite you to reserve online today! The Pearl shines brightest when you're here.


Established in 2007.

Formerly the Sportman's Lodge, the property re-opened as The Pearl Hotel in August 2007, sporting 23 designer rooms of comfort and distinction. It quickly earned Orchid Award-winning acclaim for its interior design and architecture, which features audacious dashes of vintage-modern flair. The Pearl evokes the mid-century aesthetic of '60s Palms Springs, when the Rat Pack's glamour thrived; '70s Los Angeles, when progressive design set new standards; and certainly, it reflects the quiet cool of historic Point Loma and the hip, urban pulse of the nearby downtown scene.

Amidst its makeover, The Pearl maintained the original building's motel frame from 1961, offering a timeless contrast of Point Loma then and now. Upon entry, guests are transported into a realm of casual cool through clean colors (blues, greens, and greys), gentle hues, rich wood accents, textured stone wall formations, mind-century furnishings and soft shag carpeting that communicate bayside elegance both innate and new.


Company Info:

Rating: 3.96

Address: 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA, 92106
  • Mon: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Sat: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Sun: Closed

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Comments (442):

1. D G.
Our stay was great. It's a new hotel so all the furnishings are brand new and smells great. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are pretty much a nicer and better version of a typical motel, with a friendlier atmosphere. Rates are reasonable considering they're in the better side of San Diego, IMO. We stayed for 4 days and loved it. Happy to stay there again in the future.

22/09/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. phoebe r.
i love the decor, the music, the dirty martini's,the movies,the service, the seating on floor, the whole atmosphere. such a nice place to lounge at and get as comfortable as you want. from the moment we walked in the hostess was very sweet and personable, not fake like most. the server took a while to get to our table, they had a group of 35 ahead of us, so its understandable. i was starving and the martini's were not filling me up so we got a few appetizers, and for my ravenous appetite they were less then fulfilling. tiny. it was like a teaser. when the food finally came i was excited, we got the burger which was awesome and made up for the app's, made just the right way and the pomme frits were yum yum. this would be an awesome place for a date night! quite pricey though, that's all.

22/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. tony j.
...really loved the spot and the rooms were clean and very modern.  the atmosphere was inviting and trendy and the restaurant's food (at least what i ate) was mouth watering!  i was only there for one night but really enjoyed.  fyi - your greeted inside your room with your own lil fishy in a bowl (hey ginger in rm 19)

14/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Janell M.
What a gem! You step off of noisy Rosencrans inside a bamboo fortress of rest and relaxation.  What a throwback! I think I was mesmerized the whole time I was there---looking at all the details: from the sign near the pool "booze & swimming don't mix, prevent accidents QUIT swimming" to the fish with their name plaques, to the small room with the shag carpet and the chess boards and the good 'zine selection, to the outside pebble patio with a fountain.  The people were so accomodating--every single person working said hi, they let us see a room, sit up on the balcony to watch Sabrina, look at the the menus and traipse around the hotel looking at everything.  Last night was just a first taste, my friend and I wanted to see what the place had to offer.  The ambiance created by the pool  . . .with Sabrina playing (one of the best classic Audrey Hepburn films ever!) projected on the big screen . . . .plus all the clever details scattered about left me so excited for this place and my hopeful moments to come at The Pearl.  A slice of heaven might have manifest itself on Earth and on Rosencrans of all places!! A 'pearl' in the rough.

15/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Kerry F.
Went here on New Year's Eve and it just plain sucked.  This place is trying to be a South Beach, FL style club but it is failing miserably at bringing the style and class and has only managed to bring the snotty attitude which does not fly in friendly and laid back Point Loma.  I called ahead and the hostess informed us they were having a New Year's "party" and they were serving a pre-fix $75 dinner as well as the lounge bar menu. We get there and come to find out there is actually no separate dining room and lounge, the place is super tiny,  they would not let us sit anywhere except at the 8 chairs at the bar unless we ordered the dinner or bottle service (Vegas style...$300 a bottle). This was ridiculous since at 10:00  pm all the tables by the pool were completely empty so it was very confusing why the four of us were treated like criminals for wanting to sit for drinks and apps.  I felt very sorry for the diners that paid $75 for a dinner only to sit down in a bar type ambiance.  We were frustrated because we were locals trying to give a new place a chance and were treated extremely rudely by the snotty little hostesses (who acted like they were hot but were definitely not) and were served overpriced drinks in plastic glasses.  

This place is a poorly executed fake designer bag.  Wants to be something it is not and just doesn't fit.   You want class, nice ambiance, good drinks and food for your money and friendly service in Point Loma go to Old Venice...because the Pearl and its facade of trying to be Ocean Drive hip are not worth it and I can tell you right now will not be around much longer.

02/01/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
6. Jessica B.
i went for the first time on sunday afternoon just for the hell of it.  me and a friend had some time to kill and i wanted to check it out so we cruised on in.  
initially, i was confused.  its not what i had imagined at all.  it was smaller than i thought but that made it even more interesting.  we sorta stalled at the front door planning our attack when a man in board shorts noticed our lost stares.  
we told him we were newbies and he bought us a couple of mimosas.  nice man, or creepy.  i wasnt sure yet.  but once i talked to him a bit more i realized he was the owner.  awesome guy!  plus rides his bike to work!  even better.
we sat at the bar and had some cocktails and ordered the ceviche.  sooooo good!  the atmosphere is different than anything i have seen around san diego.  i wasn't able to see any of the rooms because they were getting cleaned (good sign) but i did notice that you can rent cabanas for the day to chill by the pool.
basically, it used to be a nasty little joint that then got a face lift.  still a motel vibe but i dont feel like there are hookers doing any...you know what.... in the other room.  
oh! and go on a wednesday night.  free movie at the dive-in!

21/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Jonah N.
Great experience here, clean room, very stylish (I have the same chair in my room, only in white) and I even had a pet fish for a few days.

24/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Shari L.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere. It is in a small remodeled hotel with seating located along the pool. The service is good, the food is good. After my first review there on another web site they sent me a coupon to try them again. I had mentioned that my fish was bland. But I was not unhappy with my food. Since then we have been back a few times and we are happy with our food each time. Maybe slightly pricey but always good. No dessert options. I think they are adding some to the menu. We even tried it for brunch one weekend and everyone was happy with their food. I ate a salmon mix that was very good. I heard the burger was great.

04/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. M A.
I love the Pearl! Its in a random spot in Point Loma but its like a little oasis. Amazing decor, good drinks, and good food. A little pricey to be a regular hang out but worth it for the movie nights or to start a night out :)

29/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Chris W.
Well I was in here last night and when I walked in I did not realize how small the place really is......they did a great job remodeling it for how small and intimate it is.  I was there with two other people and when I looked over and saw the other waiters dropping off food to other tables I knew I was in trouble.  SMALL PORTIONS!!!!!!!!  WOW!!!  I did not order anything at all......but my two other friends did, both ordered an $8 ceasar that was like 8 little leaves on the plate.. Theyn they asked for some bread and the waitress said sure but we charge $5 for it, they said yes.......Finally when the $5 bread came out yes it was a nice toasted french bread but not to my surprise there were only four 2" slices on the plate!  That is $1.25 a bite ARE YOU JOKING!!!??? Now they were not only hungry but pissed off about charging for bread and getting nothing of value!  When the dinners came I must say that the presentations were very nice, one was WILD salmon about 6OZ very small but good, and the other 6OZ of thresher shark that they both said was great!  Then I commented after they were done......WHERE ARE WE ALL GOING TO GO EAT!!!

12/07/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Justina S.
I went for Sunday Brunch. The food was delicious! A very different array of ingredients are used. Bottomless mimosa (Premixed). What I loved most about The Pearl is on the outside it doesn't look like much but when you walk in it feels like you take a step back in time. Brunch is $20 if you want the bottomless mimosas and $10-12 if not. Its not a buffet, you pick an entree, they are very non traditional and the executive chef brings it out to you. 3 of us went and the 3rd dish was incorrect so while we waited for her order the chef brought out a complimentary dish of yogurt with fresh fruit and granola so the 3rd person in our party did not have wait to eat. I thought that was very nice. They also have dine-in movie night where you can watch a movie pool side. It is also a hotel. I have not stayed there yet...They say if you have had to much to drink and the clock strikes 12, if they have rooms open they will let you stay in one for only $79. They also have bike to brunch on certain Sundays if you ride your bike rather then drive brunch is half price.  I recommend this place if you want a great meal with a great atmosphere. I will definitely be going back.

09/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Daniela D.
The pearl is an adorable boutique hotel. I really don't have anything negative to say about it. My boyfriend and I went there for dinner last night and the staff was really friendly and the food was great. The portions are a bit small but I was already warned about this by some of my friends. He ordered a hamburger and I ordered the oven roasted acorn squash, which was incredible. If you decide to go I highly recommend it! Nikki was our sever and she was very friendly ,polite,  and helpful. I asked a million questions because I was really interested about the hotel rates and dive in movie nights they have there and she answered all of my questions. The decor and ambiance was amazing! Im sure ill be back because I didn't get to try any of the cocktails ;) Over all fantastic!

26/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. susan a.
Yummy and great fun.  This is such a wonderful palce to just hang out and have a cocktails...OR enjoy a fantastic meal created by their talented chefs.  Oh, and the throw back to the 60's is also a good time.

07/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Gabrielle O.
Great hotel with a lot of character!  Lovely hotel staff and cool location.   Thank you on behalf of the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary.

13/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. christy b.
Update to my previous post below -

Kimberly, the owner from The Pearl Hotel sent me a prompt email stating that it "was very unfortunate that we had such a bad experience" and offered us three complimentary entrees to come back in for a fresh start. I think it was very nice of her to offer but we still don't have a desire to go back again and try anything else (yes, the tacos & service was that bad). We hate to see any local business fail, so I wish Kimberly the best of luck.

Original Posting:
I just returned from their TacoRita Tuesday night. What a huge disappointment. The place was pretty crowded when we arrived at 6:30 p.m. I invited two friends to meet me here after work based on the promo cards and write-ups I've seen around town. The bartender never once smiled; looked as if she hated her job. The host was a snob and when we asked if we could get a table he seemed annoyed that we asked. We were denied a table but watched 3 empty tables around us with fancy "reserved" signs sit on them until 8:30. I think their reservation system is lame but that didn't bother us. What did bother us is paying $3 for dehydrated tacos. First you have to get these sea shells from your server, then leave your seat and hope nobody takes it and get up and walk over to the taco line and then turn  in the seashells for your actual tacos. Then they hand you some meat in a little tortilla and you have to finish making your own taco (I should have given myself a tip tonight). best part is that there was no salsa, no hot sauce, no pico de gallo, no sour cream or avocados. I had to ask the bartender for some hot sauce & all she had was Tobasco. What a joke. Seriously, we live in San Diego and you are charging $3 for these lame tacos?

Parking sucks, no valet, host was a snob, bartender looked unhappy during happy hour, tacos sucked adn their reservation system sucked.

04/08/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
16. Adam M.
What a fantastic use of a forgotten piece of San Diego architecture. Every time we go back we have great food and a fun time.

11/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. travis c.
the pork belly gave me a boner.

08/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. q a.
The Pearl rocks! I went to a party there last night. A 60''s TV costume party. I had a terrific time. The Pearl is absolutely great. The bar on the pool, the built in speakers for sound and the huge projection TV screen mad the place too much fun. The place is perfect for a hundred people. IF it had been huge then you'd be lost in a giant space. At The Pearl the second floor rooms around the pool enclose the 'party' area andcontain the ambiance. The retro decor is absolutely the best. Add your party and have a great time. We did!  PS: the drinks are strong!!!

29/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. odette i.
We stayed here for four nights in october.  I was really excited to find this hotel by googeling retro hotels in san diego.  After checking out their web site we were really excited.  We signed up for the jewl essentials package which includes two drinks and appetizer per day.  The first day we checked in the bar and restaurant service was really great, especially for a busy saturday night.  Their mac and cheese is to die for!  Soo scrumptious!  Unfortunately after the first night their service deteriorated.  The bar and restaurant was slow, and so was the service.  At times i felt down right ignored.  
The room was cute, but I really expected more from the pictures and other reviews- not to mention the price.  I suppose i had more of a retro-botique hotel in mind.  The walls in our room and bathroom were dirty.  That's just nasty.  Not to mention the bathroom floor tile is in some serious need of cleaning.  The location is okay, it's kind of near the highway and some restaurants.  It's really unfortunate, but we will not be staying here again.  Next time I'll do more homework and stay downtown.

15/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
20. Steph F.
i do dig the swag of the pearl hotel.

the architecture, music, vibe, rooms, bar & pool area (spectacular sights), folks, eats, & drinks all blend together for a chill atmosphere.  we had a sampling of the appetizers and all were quite tasty.  bebidas fuertes.  their margaritas (hand-shaken) have a tart, lime taste.

met the owners and they were cool, just like the hotel.

planning on hitting this up for dinner soon. and FYI - if you're a tad tipsy, after midnight, you can crash in a boutiquey room (with the infamous pet fish) for $79.

07/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Christopher A.
Such a great Hotel. The entire staff is super friendly and goes out of their way to make your stay great, including emailing you before arriving to see if they can help you with anything. Checking in and out is a breeze. The rooms are super comfortable and the whole atmosphere with the pool is great. We went on Mad Men night and it was a blast. Overall enjoyed our stay and will stay here again on my next trip to san diego.

13/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. jon w.
verrrrrrry very nice.

was down in san diego last weekend for my cousins wedding and stayed at the pearl. even though they just recently opened the experience was spot on. i've found my new favorite hotel in sd!

23 room boutique hotel ... retro-modern design ... comfortable beds ... great bar (restaurant opening soon) ... super friendly staff (thanks aaron and the rest of the crew) ... saltwater pool ... 'pet' fish in every room ... nice downtempo tunes piped throughout the lobby and pool area ... fresh furnishings (kartell, modernica, etc.).

me likes ... a lot.

15/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. D D.
I like that Point Loma now has a cool place to have apps and drinks.  This is a very small hotel that was converted to something a little cooler.  I would find it hard to get sleep if one were to stay here, but it is a great place for cocktails.

01/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. joe d.
I live spitting distance from here and I am stoked about it.  I went there last night and this place is really RADD.  With the exception of plastic martini glasses everything is cool. ( They told us they were  plastic so we could take them by the pool. the only reason not 4 stars). Excusable I guess.  I like the private table in the back and the chess tables in the lounge.  I cant wait for Wednesdays so I can watch a movie in the pool and get wasted.  Nothing more cool in P.L.  Maybe not even downtown!!!

23/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Tracy W.
If you are interested in a very lively and VERY NOISY hotel, this is the place for you. The bar and restaurant are good but every room is super noisy and if you want to sleep, stay somewhere else. The staff was nice, the bar staff okay but not very attentive and they don't really know how to pour drinks....vodka tonic was flat and weak and the "irish coffee" was a cup of coffee in a coffee cup with whiskey poured in -yech! The street noise is very loud, the housekeeping staff was loud - talking and laughing outside our door early in the morning.  Rooms are cute and funky - we feel sorry for the fish - but the room smells like urine and the carpets are really dirty. Enjoy the bar/pool scene but stay somewhere else!!!

10/04/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
26. Steve A.
So good!  A nice balance of mid-century and contemporary modern interior design that matches the clean 60's architecture of the building.  A great place to stay or just to hang out. The bar/restaurant opens out onto the pool which has a large screen mounted over it where movies are shown. Make sure to check out the fountain by local sculptor Matt Devine.

23/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Sherry B.
50's modified to modern take. I like the atmosphere alot. I've been here a total of 5-6 times. Although the food wasn't filling enough and not much of a variety on the menu. The ambience is better in my opinion. Would go back to have drinks and "tapas" style food. Point loma is coming around. Seems like this would have been planted in downtown somehwere.

23/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Lovella K.
Went here on a Thursday night with my boss, loved it so much, canceled my reservation at Blanca and came back the next day with my husband. My husband is a picky guy. He doesn't like to eat out because he says I usually cook better than any restaurant he's been to, but he loved this place. The chic, yet fun and comfortable atmosphere, the well-executed dishes (yum...crispy duck), the accommodating and attentive restaurant manager, the cool, unpretentious vibe... so worth the trip from north county. I can imagine it would be a lovely staycation hotel and definitely a place to have a hipper-than-hip birthday party.

04/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. S Y.
Owner messaged me apologizing for the mix up so I've upped a star. Shit happens right? We'll be back, for a drink and a piss :)

05/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Callie K.
The Pearl is everything we thought the Jupiter in Portland would be but wasn't. Which meant it pretty much ruled. Same concept, these guys took a divey run of the mill cheap motel and revamped the heck out of it making it hip, swank, cool and inviting.

Details, details, details. These guys did not miss a beat when adding personal touches here and there. A retro feel with mod twists, we stayed in the smallest room (lovingly called "the gem") which included a super 60's touch lamp (turns on by just touching the base), sea shell decor, fancy wall mounted plasma tv, and a super friendly ninja fighting fish named Ginger. Yes, an actual live fish hangs out in each room in a lighted mounted bowl with name plaque so you know who you're sharing your room with. The room was fairly small but cozy and they made sure to make the most of the available space.

BONUS: They provide a lovely sampling of complimentary H20 amenities in every room! The sea salt body wash is especially heavenly!

Other things that make this my new fave hotel in San Diego...
They show outdoor movies. I'm not sure if they're nightly or not (please call to verify) but classic films like the Graduate are screened at dusk on an outdoor screen by the pool where if you're lucky enough (as we were!) you may have a room across from and can just open your blinds and enjoy the show! Otherwise you can always grab an outdoor table at the Pearl's restaurant (currently only serving dinner & drinks but should be serving breakfast and lunch in the near future).
The restaurant was another surprise hit. Serving California cuisine, I enjoyed the chilled asparagus for an appetizer followed by the spinach ravioli in sage butter for my entree- Wow. I also recommend trying out the nightly drink specials. I had the French Martini (Absolut vanilla, pineapple, Charbord, topped with champagne)- Delish! Slightly pricey but we didn't mind, the food and service were superb.
Finally, look out for the strategically placed shiny black & white Schwinn cruisers parked in front- another finishing touch that is a perfect marker for helping you find this true diamond in the rough on Rosecrans St.

25/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Bree D.
i LOVE this hotel. It's boutique-y, mid modern, simple and fresh. There is a fishbowl with a fish in every room (such an important touch!). It's reasonably priced; you're paying for a comfortable stay not a leisurely stay but mostly you're paying for the atmosphere. Which is totally worth it. They staff is really friendly and laid back. It can be a little noisy at night with the windows open and the AC unit gives a loud hum but I sleep better with a humming AC so it worked perfectly for me. It's worth the experience. Definitely a hipster spot; close enough to the gaslamp (a straight shot down harbor pretty much) and the harbor... and it has it's own bar/lounge. The restaurant has amazing food! Our service was slow but were hoping it was an off day. The food is worth it- maybe sit in the lounge area closer to the bar where the server will see you. Sitting poolside can be risky ;) Aside from that little glitch the HOTEL is RAD.

05/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Karla T.
I was just here recently for the second time (first time didn't count because it was for their Wednesday Dive-in and my friends and I sadly had to leave without getting a taste of the food because there was no more seating available).  This time it was much different.  Monday evening and we had the place pretty much to ourselves.  Service was prompt and friendly.  I decided to go with the chef's daily special which happened to be albacore that evening and I hit the jackpot!  It was "finger-licking-good", I literally wanted to lick the plate it was so good.  A bit pricey (compared to other restaurants) but when it comes to value for your money, it is definitely worth it.  My compliments to the chef.

14/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Sufiya K.
I didn't know this place existed until this week and I've already been there twice. The first night, I sat poolside and tried the Ceviche and Shrimp Nachos. Shrimp Nachos are pretty good. The second night, I sat at the bar then went to the little shaggy carpeted area where I played a game of Chess. Overall, like the atmosphere and staff.

06/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Greg A.
Cool place with a great staff. Thursday night Bingo is always fun. Nice folks there without the attitude. One of those places that's hard to find, but leave an impression on you. Parking is tough, so expect some delays if you are driving. Cheers!

12/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. logan e.
Super swanky hotel with hallwayish bar / lounge. If i was to sit and eat then forget the conversation this place is loud. Well i go for the Movies on wednesday. I have seen two and both times were great. The bar is slower than half dead mule and doesn't get the " hey i'm outside watch'n a movie hello, feed me drinks lady! kind of atmosphere it seems to project. The decor is a mix of soft honed limestone with twisted wood deco's. Glass mosaics and a modern desert oasis resort landscaping enrich the experience. The service wants high class but i came for the free movie. Well i can only hope it becomes a jewel in the summer, until then i will be thinking of green polka dot bikini's with drinks pool side.

25/01/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. David T.
Found this great place Friday! Will be back soon! Very cool concept

27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Troy S.
The Pearl Hotel - For Those Who Think Young!

Lots of these reviews seem to be just from people stopping in for a drink at the bar, or dinner and the dive-in movie by the pool. But I actually paid to stay there overnight, and it was great! If you are looking for a sterile and boring corporate chain hotel in the suburbs, stop reading.

This is a 1960's motor inn turned into a sleek boutique hotel, but it's still clearly from the 60's and very beachy and hip. This kind of boutique hotel could only be pulled off like this in Southern California. The rooms were zippy and fun, and the vintage and genuine (I checked) Herman Miller chair was a classy touch. The bed mattress and linens and bath towels were of very high quality and much better than your average chain hotel. The flat screen and free wi-fi were contemporary, yet the room design vibe was still Swingin' 60's. I half expected to see go-go girls dancing the Monkey around the small pool area, transported from a 1966 Elvis movie.

I always travel with ear plugs, so any ambient noise from the bar and pool was not an issue for me. Light sleepers who don't use ear plugs might feel differently at this party pad hotel.  If you are staying here it helps if you are young or can at least think young, as the afternoon/evening vibe here is rather boisterous and festive.

The other great thing was the staff. They were very casual and laid back, yet very profesional and clearly happy to be of service. I've stayed in upscale boutique hotels in Palm Springs, San Fran and Portland and often find employees who are rather snotty, but The Pearl staff was gracious and helpful without an ounce of the hipper-than-thou attitude that you sometimes find at these boutique properties.

Beware there is very limited hotel parking, and it costs extra. The night I was there it was used by a new Ferrari and several BMW convertibles. But this funky Point Loma neighborhood is very safe and sound and I never had a problem in finding a parking spot within a block or two of the hotel.

My stay was only one night, and I am already booking a return visit over Labor Day weekend for a couple of nights. I have a new favorite hotel in San Diego! Sleek, boutique, a go-go; The Pearl!

27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Cathy M.
Awesome, delightfully cool little place.  What a pleasant surprise.  I met a first date here (we met online) and while I'd read plenty of reviews and always meant to get down there, never quite managed to.  This worked out perfectly.  Met there at 7 pm on a Friday, not crowded at all, staff was very pleasant, friendly,  helpful.  We sat at the bar for awhile, drinks were good, menu is fascinating, so many unique things to pick from.  We tried the "Cuban Cigars" - spice-braised pork, black forest ham, swiss cheese - wrapped up in a thin outer pastry-type shell, with mojito mustard (yum) dipping sauce.  Then we had a delightful Caesar salad (and the anchovies, which I normally don't like, weren't the least bit overly salty or fishy tasting), followed by the "Candied Pork Belly" - ginger boy choy and orange zest seasoning.  Both of us only knew Pork Bellies from the 1980's movie with Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd, Trading Places.  Were we surprised to actually taste what we'd previously only thought was a stock market trading commodity.  Deliciously sweet pork with melt-in-your-mouth consistency.  

The wines by the glass list is limited and quite electic (we had an African red) but these folks know their stuff - it was a great glass of wine and it was so fun to try something neither of us had ever heard of before.  Oh, and before I forget, check out the sinks in the unisex bathrooms, a very clever slab of what looks like white rock just angled enough for the water to drain properly.  I'm not sure why they have mirrors on the ceiling in there or why the bathrooms are (single occupancy only) rather large for their purposes, but it did make me smile with the possibilities of what might go on in there if one weren't alone behind that locked door ...

We finished off our evening with dessert, which was, oddly enough, donut holes, but paired with a Mayan spiced chocolate dipping sauce that was to die for.  My only wish would be that there was about 20% more of everything we were served.  I wouldn't call the portions too small as we were sharing everything, so it's hard to benchmark what would make a proper serving, but we also only split appetizers and dessert, not dinner.  Nonetheless we were still quite pleased.  My date asked where the restaurant got their seafood from, if it was from the local Point Loma Seafoods, but our server, who was very nice and quite attentive, told us they try import from all over the world and try to specialize in organic farmers and smaller businesses.  Granted, by this point in the evening I was a little more focused on my date to pay full attention to what she was saying, I will admit.  Whatever they're doing, they are doing it right.  

The name "Pearl" is very applicable.  This is a tiny little gem waiting to be discovered.  Don't expect white linens and highbrow service.  Expect to feel as comfortable as you would in your own backyard pool party, with the exception that the food is surprising and spectacular all at once, and you are attentively waited upon and discreetly left alone just when it's appropriate.  I hope to go back for one of the Dive-In movies, preferably on a subsequent date with the wonderful man I just met!

17/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Greg K.
You just have to stand back and appreciate what The Pearl is all about.  Non-chain.  Local folks who are warm and welcoming.  Kept the good stuff of the original building and tricked out the place in the right places for today.  Chic, but real people give it a great vibe.   When you spend money at the Pearl, you are keeping our local people going in these tough times.   I am in the biz and this is one of my top 2 spots to download and relax in a comfy and visually entertaining spot.  See review on Wetstone for my other fav.

13/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Shogo S.
Friendly. Good atmosphere. Stylish but relax. It's not gorgeous and calm, but if you would have a young heart, this place is great. For sure, I love it.

29/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Sunny B.
Awesome place.. EXCEPT the bar didn't open until 5 PM, on a Sunday.  Ummmm WHAT?!?!   We left and went to happy hour at Miguel's but look forward to coming back when the BAR IS OPEN.  This is the kind of place, that in LA, one might describe as a "blow hotel."  Just makes you want to party all night long by the pool!

27/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Leslie V.
I had high hopes for this swanky remake of an old run down hotel! The decor is great...bathrooms are a must-visit, and they have Wednesday movie night out by the lovely pool...sounds GREAT, right?

We went on a Wednesday evening...got there too late and missed the movie, but wanted to have drinks anyway. We ask if we can sit out by the pool at one of their table/cabana thingys...and we were told it was for bottle service only...at the price of $200 or $250 or so...say WHAT?
It's Wednesday and their wasn't anyone else in their except for another couple...
We had 8 people with us that were ready to buy some drinks and at least donate to your payroll for the evening.
I think they must of realized how ridiculous it sounded because they soon let us sit out by the pool in the comfy cabana....
It gets better...
I go to the bar with a friend and want to order a shot...
Me:  Can we have 2 chocolate cake shots, please?
Dumb bartender: I'm sorry, we don't have chocolate liquor or Godiva or anything like that.
Me: There's no chocolate in the shot, sir. I can tell you what it is (did he think I wanted frosting and some icecream to go with it too...really?)

I tell him what's in the shot...he pours ingredients in a shaker and pours enough to make 5 shots, not 2...and pours them into the tiniest little plastic shot glasses I've ever seen. (plastic for pool)
Then says, That will be $16 please.

To sum up...get over yourself Pearl, it's Point Loma on a Wednesday...lighten up.
And have a bartender's guide behind the bar...if I'm supposed to drop this kind of money on a Wednesday (I forgot to mention the $15 martinis we were drinking)...can the bartender at least know how to make them?

01/02/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
43. Rosemary D.
I just got a message from the owner, who understandably wanted some clarification of my review. So, to clarify: I like the concept of this place, the menu just didn't appeal to me and it seemed expensive so I went back to my faithful old standby places that I know and love.

11/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Miles T.
This review is on the lounge. If you're looking for a place to crash in SD then the Pearl would be highly recommended. When it comes to SD boutique hotels the Pearl delivers. It's midcentury charm is matched perfectly with it's off the beaten path location in Point loma. Unfortunately you won't be impressed with the food...The Pearls plastic glassware nauseates me.(I understand with the proximity to the lovely swiming pool.) Don't let that be the reason you pass up on the Pearl. Take it for what it is and pop by the Pearl for a pre or after dinner drink.

05/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Lauren R.
I love the pearl! I was here for a birthday party and it was held in one of the little rooms by the pool. This place is awesome! The mojitos were made right in front of me with fresh crushed mint. I love the decor here as well. It really has an awesome atmosphere. I admire the owners who renovated this place from the 70's. I have also heard they have 1/2 off rooms after midnight..which is awesome too.

09/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Pamela s.
this place is so cute, and we got to see their rooms last night. the smallest one, has mirrors on the ceiling, es nice!!!!! i like their decor and they've got those fighting fish in each room with a name and everything.

came back here last night for their 1 year anniversary and they had synchronized swimmers perform. free wine, champagne, and appetizers all night long. i just had one cup of red wine, which went very well with the food they had. each dish the waitresses were passing out were pretty delish and they had a help yourself table as well.

17/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Aunny D.
Considering I was technically here on "business", I couldn't help but feel like I was on a mini-vacation of some sort when arriving at the Pearl Hotel. The hotel's amenities combined with the rad staff just have a way of making you feel like you have stepped into a little piece of paradise. The hotel is small, maybe 25 rooms total, has an awesome bar area that opens out into the pool area complete with cabanas and plenty of outdoor seating poolside. There is a large movie screen set atop the balcony where on Wednesday nights they screen movies for their guests and bar patrons. How cool is that? The on-site hotel restaurant is lovely. Thomas, one of the incredible staff members of the Pearl Hotel made sure that we had everything we needed including food although the restaurant wasn't technically open yet. Thanks Thomas! I also have to give Scott who was working the hotel check-in desk upon my arrival and departure - he was awesome! The hotel dcor is a mid-century modern aesthetic throughout, including a very mod looking lobby area complete with shag carpet and big, sexy king sized beds set low to the ground in each room. The unique elements of the hotel just up's the "cool factor" everywhere you turn. Each room has it's own fish bowl with a single fighting fish whose name is displayed on a plaque on the wall with a welcome message to each guest. The artwork in each room is cool aquatic themed pictures painted by children. Complimentary wireless can be found anywhere in the hotel, including poolside, lobby, bar and in the hotel rooms. This is a very reasonably priced hotel if you are looking for a cool boutique hotel to stay in while visiting San Diego - I can't imagine there is a cooler hotel anywhere in the area, and for the money, I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

05/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Rose R.
what a sweet pad! pool + rooms + bar + restaurant + lounge. How much more could you ask for?

I went for a "chef's table" event in the restaurant... a special 3 course dinner. The menu was printed just for us at the event, and it included a special note from the chefs explaining the history of the event as well as the philosophy behind it- an emphasis on the slow food movement that highlighted foods of the fall season. The serving staff was right on, our server was able to recommend pairings and was focused solely on our portion of table.

The menu was a beet and goat cheese salad, which was excellent due to the little bacon bits sprinkled on top, and the peppery goat cheese slice underneath spicy greens and beet slivers.

Entree was an oxtail and though I have no idea what that is unless it is the painfully obvious, it was really good. The chefs came to visit and told us they chose to use that cut because it was just really thick and fatty and juicy. It was all of those and more, served over a bowl of polenta and red sauce. They picked a winning combination.

Dessert was an apple crostini but for some reason they called it a "Julian" apple crostini. I was excited because I thought 1. they got pie in from Julian, yay! or 2. they replicated a Julian pie. Well, it was unremarkable, crust was inconsistent and the apples were hard, sliced into odd shaped. I'm not sure what was going on there.

Excellent wines, great service, and the coolest bathroom sinks ever! What an amazing place!

25/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Jillian S.
I went their the other Wed nite with another couple. We did have a reservation. The drinks and food came out quickly. The waitress was awesome! She was nice, friendly, and prompt. The food was pretty decent. I really think too expensive for the small portions, but I do support its use of local resources. The difference this time is that their was no one here! Maybe four or five other tables had people sitting at them. They were showing Fletch. So I have to think either the movie is not popular or The Pearl is losing its steam...idk. What sells this place is the concept. But since I've been their done that I do not know if I will go again...

05/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
50. scott t.
can anyone tell me where i click to add more than 5 stars to a review?!

this was my second stay here, and i can't believe how out of their way the staff will go to make you comfortable...
just like last time...

rooms, sweet.
bar, awesome.
food, dope.
entertainment, cool.
ambience, top notch.
service, the best.

what have i left out? i'll be back, Pearl.

11/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Melanie T.
My husband and I photographed a wedding here (incidentally, it was Andrew K's, who recently wrote a review) on 8/8/08, and we were so blown away with this place!  The wait staff was friendly and competent, and the food was delicious and creative.  It is a small space, but everything just looks so vintage modern and beautiful-- and of course, there is a gorgeous poolside bar.  It was totally up our alley, and we only wish we lived closer so we could watch movies on Wednesdays.  I highly recommend checking it out!

11/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. lindy s.
Cute place inside.  They always have some kind of event going on - movies, food and drink specials.  Parking can be tough to find

17/11/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
53. Skye R.
I was invited to a Meetup event at the Pearl by Miss Kimberly. It was a business mixer around the pool but the hotel resturaunt was so charming. I loved the shag carpet and floor seating for board games in the entry way. There were lots of little private nooks and although the hotel has an older Palm Springs style the inside is soo charming , modern and clean. I saw the list of events Kimberly has put together for them and it's such a fun spirited place! I'll be back again!

27/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Kerry Lynne M.
This really quaint place is a great spot for a private party or just for grabbing a drink. Everyone I ran into that works there ... bartenders, server, cocktail waitresses; were very kind and friendly. Was there for a b'day party and it was my 1st time. I will def. be returning!

07/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Sarah S.
Had a great time staying at this place.  Room was great, mirrored ceilings were awesome!  Staff super accommodating.  I could have given 5 stars if there was just a little more hot water available for our late morning showers.   Movie night was really fun, would have been much improved by subtitles.  All in all though, a really good time and I'd definitely go back.

21/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Sarah L.
GREAT food....I mean GREAT!  Cool design & layout.  Bathroom to die for.  Yes, this matters.  Sexy rooms....come on!  Mirrors on the ceilings, hello!  The pool is amazing.  I love this place!  This is a great place to sneak away with your sweetie & just feel special.  You should go!

02/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Amanda S.
The Pearl is fabulous. The decor is so detailed...it truly is a unique experience and no expense spared in the way it is decorated. There are awesome and huge beach balls in the saltwater pool which is heated to 82 degrees. I have never gone in but find it very cool that if you patronize the bar  / restaurant...you are welcome in the pool too. The idea of out door movies is extremely fun and the ambiance is second to none. The drinks here are wonderful, although I have to admit I think my wine would have tasted better in a glass versus the plastic they provide due to the pool. The food is absolutely excellent. I had dinner last night with some of the most amazing appetizers, lucious scallop tacos, and mushroom risotto. I am definitely a risotto afficianado...I make it all the time and it is one of my favorite dishes to try at any restaurant. This was by far one of the best I have had. It was richly garlicly, had lucious bits of cheese and herbs.....it was creamy, rich and absolutely delicious. Everyone in my group had food that was equally as good.
The reason I am not giving it 5 stars:
I had brunch here which was also very good but I ordered a smoked salmon hash and I did not see any smoked salmon in it. It was also fairly small.
I have not stayed in the rooms although I took a tour and they seemed awesome. It is very cool that they have goldfish in each room and the decor was very chic. The rooms are small but I believe that they are very reasonable.
If you want to try a different hotel, give it a whirl. They have been open for a while now and I am sure they have smoothed out some of the kinks mentioned in some of the previous reviews.
If you live in town....go to dinner, brunch, or one of their other cool events. Although....I think a drink at the bar would be an event in itself.

01/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Melissa M.
Way overpriced food. I think they chop up hot dogs and serve them in every dish.

10/07/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
59. Robert H.
The Pearl is a great place to lounge while hanging in San Diego. The amenities are well designed and offers everything you may need to enjoy your stay!

14/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Dana S.
omg-this place rocks.  The posh 70's mod decor and the hotel pool filled with blow up balls as the background gives the restaurant a fantastic vibe.  
Our server was Desirae, and she was absolutely perfect.  She was sweet, attentive, and competent (was juggling several tables)!
We had salmon tartar for the appetizer which was delicious.  Main course was the vegetable risotto, which was one of Chef Trey's specials for the evening, and it was literally one of the top five meals of my life.  Trey delivered the meal to the table himself and not only is he a gifted cook, but he is hot!  Dessert was chocolate caramel bread pudding, and it certainly did not disappoint.  
I will most definitely be returning to the Pearl restaurant, it is one of my new favorites, and I would like to go spend a night at the hotel as a STAYcation!
Oh, and the bathroom rocks, you gotta love a room where you can watch yourself pee.

08/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Daniel N.
stone! be happy! i am

07/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Cory M.
Love the Pearl.  Great happy hour place!

15/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Joe A.
I'd been to their grand opening a year or so back, but tonight was the first time I've had a chance to get back. Long story short, this place is a jewel. Great design/decor, friendly, down-to-earth servers, and rooms that scream "staycation"!

07/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Jesse P.
This review is only for the bar/restaurant pool area, I didn't stay in a room here.

Good: The bar has a nice chic kind of retro but still modern look to it. We came on movie night (Wednesday) and the place was pretty lively. A good mix of people, a little on the hipsterish tip.

Bad:  I was really disappointed in the service. First of all, our party had reserved a cabana for a friends birthday. When we showed up, we were told it was already booked. We eventually got a table that would fit us all. Strike one. Our waitress was nice enough but our food took a really long time to come out, I'd say about 45 minutes from the time of ordering. Strike two. The food was decent but missed on many levels.  The Pomme Frites were mostly soggy. I had the chicken which was good but the accompanying vegetables in the dish were all undercooked. People who had other dishes also complained of this. It was too dark to see if my chicken was undercooked or not but I escaped any illness so I'll assume it was ok. My girlfriend got the Pasta special of the day, it was average at best.  The dessert we had were these donut balls with a chocolate dipping sauce. The sauce tasted like it was burned. Food, strike three.

If we had just been drinking here, the experience would have been better.  I doubt I'll eat here again.  The setting is kind of cool but eventually you realize you're just in an old cheap motel with a chic facade put on it.

11/06/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
65. Rosa D.
if you're looking for peace and tranquility.. this is definitely not your place! if  you're looking for a cool place to stay with an awesome bar to get your drink on and then stumble up to your room.. then yes, this is your spot!

as a decor snob, I would give 5 stars to any place with Eames chairs & platform beds! the decor is fantastic! and after having spent the weekend before in one of those chain hotels with outdated everything(!), the Pearl was a nice change!  and I love the small touches like the pet beta fish in your room!

What else? great customer service! very helpful before and during our stay! free wi-fi, $10 for parking (which is totally reasonable) and we were able to take advantage of their Mon-Fri happy hour! $3 beer/$4 well/$5 wine? yes, yes, yes!

definitely staying here on our next trip!

20/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. J B.
I have been wanting to try this place for a while, I drive by it almost daily and after some convincing from a friend we checked it out tonight.  The place has a swanky vibe and was playing some Steve McQueen moviie poolside. Our food was excellent and the service was even better.  Our server was polite, attentive and knowledgeable and the manager also stopped by a few times and was just as nice.  In a challenging economy like we have now, it is refreshing to have a business that appreciates it's customers.  Kudos to this staff.  Also the place was pretty busy with a nice crowd .  They did let me know they are starting a new sunday brunch, that might be worth checking out.

17/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Jennifer K.
This place might have a good bar/restaurant, at least it seems that way from other reviews. But as a motel it was a horrible experience.

I was excited to stay here because I used to live in Point Loma and was happy to see someone had updated this hotel into what looked like a chic, modern little gem. Unfortunately it did not come close to meeting my expectations.

When we checked in and got to our room - there was basically some sort of plumbing issue that had completely backed up into our sink. Yuk! - we called the front desk and they promptly came to clean it up. But that wasn't the end of it. We were promised by the website a large flat screen TV. - true, but it didn't really work. Each time I turned it on, it would immediately turn back off. I finally figured out that if I turned it on and immediately changed the channel it would stay on. But then when I turned it off, it turned itself back on. Bizarre.

We were also promised wi-fi, which again - DID NOT WORK! Neither did the in-room radio system. sigh. The room was quite small and while they had tried to update the look - the remodel was done on the cheap! The rain style showers drizzled water that was either burning hot or ice cold - and again, hard to turn off and on as the nozzle turned endlessly in either direction.

The room was laid out OK but was very dark and dank. And while the room was supposed to have a king size platform bed - they obviously went cheap and bought some sort of irregular sized mattress for a big discount. The platform itself was king sized, but the mattress ended more than a foot before the end of the platform. Turns out it was only 6 feet long - MUCH shorter than a King and my poor boyfriend spent the night with his feet hanging off the end!

Oh yeah - and to reiterate what others have said - there is basically no parking available.

When we complained, the staff was quite rude and unhelpful to us. The service was definitely amateurish.

We didn't have any food or drinks - so if you are looking for a bar - this might be a good place to go. BUT DO NOT STAY HERE - there are plenty of nice hotels on Shelter Island and Harbor Island, don't waste your money in this dump.

10/02/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
68. Michelle B.
Jennifer Stagner is the greatest at The Pearl Hotel. We took our BNI networking group there. Her service was impeccable. She was patient with our group. We had a great time. I would recommend The Pearl to San Diegans and to out of town visitors! Thank you, Jennifer! We will be back!
Michelle Balke, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Marriage, Family and Child Therapist
Focused Crisis Solutions
CA. License No. 46969
CT. License No. 000285

10/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Priya F.
My boyfriend and I recently stayed here for 3 nights. It's a cool little retro-style hotel. It looks like it used to be a motel and they renovated it. Downstairs has a pretty swanky lounge, bar, and outdoor seating area. We only ate at their restaurant once. I think they were trying to be really classy with the menus and their dishes, but it kinda fell flat. Although the wine we ordered was very nice, the food I ordered was SUPER salty and cooked by someone obviously a little inexperienced in gourmet food.

Very swanky downstairs area.
Nice social scene during the day and especially at night.
Friendly service.
Food was so/so.

No hot tub.
They don't mention that they charge $10 PER DAY for parking.
Downstairs bar closes at midnight.
No counter space in the bathrooms.
No DVD players or fridges in the rooms.

28/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. megan r.
THis place caused me soo much stress and pain..THey advertise that they do weddings, receptions and events. BUt they are soo unorganized and rude and will rip you off like nothing else. They will go back on their word and are seriously overpriced. I had a small reception here and spent soo much money here and was treated like crap the whole time and got completly ripped off. THere is too much to sit here and waste my time typing all the crap they put me and my new husband and my mom through.  I would never recommend anyone to go here for their over priced food and drinks, San Diego has too many places to waste your time and money here...The only good that came out of this day was getting to be with my family and friends and getting to celebrate mine and my husbands new life together.

27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
71. Black D.
Love the decor, the idea of a movie on the giant screen. If you want to see a movie on wed. Make RESERVATIONS. or else you will not get a seat. If you order dinner, be prepared to wait a good 2 hours. That is what took ours. It was frustrating to see others that got there after us get their food. They didn't have an explanation but we did get free dessert............i guess thats cool.

27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
72. Mellow F.
My first time here was for a post get-together for an event i recently dj'ed.  They had a 15-minute video of highlights of the event playing above the pool, opposite side of the bar.  About 4 minutes in, there was shot of me djing that event on stage.  My vain ass was so busy trying to watch myself every time the video would loop, I don't know remember anything about the Pearl Hotel.  I'm so pretty.

16/12/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
73. Kristen G.
vintage, check.  craft cocktails, check.  poolside movies, hammocks, and heaters, check.  

pearl has gotten enough great yelp representation, but i thought i'd comment specifically on the little shag lounge tucked straight away and to the left when you walk in.  it's just cool.  transported into 1960, 61, 62, 63 - pick your year - my imagination ran wild.  very curious what it'd be like to stay the night...pta mom on a tryst, leaving her hoover, and kids, behind for a night at the pearl.   board games and bingo too.  

go for happy hour - that's when drinks and apps are very reasonably priced.  
tuesdays: $15 bistro burger and beer
wednesdays: 8pm movies for free
free entree on your birthday, how nice!

04/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Niza B.
I've been back to the Pearl a few times since I wrote the original review, and I have been loving it! In addition to meeting the owner at a mutual friends wedding I planned a multi-day event with out of town people there and Kimberly and all could not have been more helpful and easy to work with. They bent over backwards to accommodate everyone and even ordered everyones favorite rum for the four days. Everything went off without a single problem and we got lots of compliments for putting on  a lot of fun! :)

20/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Sue M.
I am a repeat patron of this delightful place to stay. It does what it intends to perfectly.  A renovated California style motel, U-shaped with a second story cantilevered walkway around  the pool, it makes the most of small rooms with fresh modern upgrades and styling.  This is more a destination, that just lodging.  The pool area is filled with creative design and comfortable furniture evocative of midcentury design. The staff is very accomodating.  Great bar and great food.  
Potential patron should be aware that it is geared to couples, some of the rooms do not have "lounging space" but the pool and lounge area are available, it has an active crowd on Friday and Saturday nights.

06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Donald O.
This is cute little Hotel... i dont know if i would stay here myself but the it is fun to have a little room around the pool on a summer night when they are showing movies:) also the drinks at bar are very tasty:) i hear the food is good as well. very small intimate place. nice little touch with the gold fish in each room.....i wonder how many gold fish die a year from this motel lol:) good vibe good peeps

30/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Matthew D.
--service reigns over food, every time--

Stayed at the Pearl for three nights and can attest to the wonderful decor.  Everybody's is GAGA for the decor, as am I; it's pretty cool.  However, come to the Pearl Hotel to stay, not to eat or drink.  And I hate to say don't eat here because the chef has marvelous items on the menu.  Simply stated, the "dining room" and bar staff are light years away from being restaurant professionals.  Two words to sum up the customer service experience: awkward, rude.  Bartender working nights rudeness in taking orders is actually offset by how awkward he is.  Why not put somebody in there that politely greets guests, takes a drink order in a timely fashion, and pours tasty beverages??  Interestingly, we went to the bar the day after and received the same service, but this time with friends...  I think we spent a quarter of the time waiting for the bartender to get ice, and another quarter talking about how awkward, rude the bartender is.  Brunch on Sunday was a comedy of errors (except for delicious food--if you must eat here, come for brunch and please try the smoked salmon hash, excellent).  Brunch details not necessary, but simply stated, amateur hour at its best, like chickens with their heads cut off throughout the dining room.
So five stars to Point Loma location (albeit on Rosecrans), hip design, and very comfortable rooms, and great food.  1 star for awkward, rude, and unprofessional service.

16/07/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
78. Jeannine D.
Delicious food, fantastic drinks (I liked the Bees Knees best), wonderful surroundings. Swank!

03/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Kerin S.
So awesome.  I was so stoked to come here for my annivesary on Monday night.  We were seated with Dez (i think.... i had a lot of wine) and she was awesome.  She really did a great job considering how busy she was.  She gave us attention when needed but was not overbearing, it was perfect.  I also really enjoyed my $5 wine- i wish rest would do a sauv blanc as a special, chardonnay is too much for me sometimes...and i really didnt' feel like red, but whatever thats my own issue-  i freaking love those donuts too, i can't get enough.  Also I was super stoked cuase my boyfriend ended up surprising me with a room.  I loved it- it was super retro, but clean and sophisticated.  the pillows were a little too soft, but we slept well......i wish they did bfast in the morning?  Do they- maybe i'm wrong, hahaah-  Anyways- i can't wait to go back and its totally a great place for MNF!!!

21/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Jenny J.
Just returned from a three night stay at the Pearl... a true San Diego gem.  The staff was incredibly gracious and helpful.  Lots of social activities happening that I'd have taken part in if I hadn't had my own going on. Great value for the money and super close to the airport.

27/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. Jana K.
I wish I could give a half star because I really feel like I should give the Pearl a 3.5.  But, I did like it so I went up instead of down.  Here's my take on the place....

The Pearl is definitely cool and you can tell that some money has gone into rennovating it.  I should know since I stayed here when it was the Sportsman Lodge.  I have fished out of Point Loma several times and have personal knowledge that the place was a total dive before.  With that said, it is now very hip and a great place to hang out.  The staff is super friendly and all seem to be very young.  

I was here specifically for a wedding reception.  I had a great time.  The food was good, at least what I had of it.  They served appetizers the whole reception but there was never enough being passed.  The portions were also all way too small.  My favorite thing was the baby grilled cheese "sandwiches" that were about as big as my thumb nail.  Out of guilt for other guests, I only had 4 of them and I so wish I had more.  The kobe sliders were great too.  Even though a mini portion, the kitchen cut them in half.  Not sure why, but they did.  It made me very sad.

I will go back to try a real meal since I hear the executive chef is fabulous.  I will also reserve further judgment until then.  For now...I stick with my 3.5 stars.

08/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Kevin L.
The Restaurant at The Pearl Hotel could not be more aptly named; a bit of an awkward shell at first sight, The Pearl is like an oyster - rough looking on the outside, but open up the shell, and you're going to find a wonderful surprise.

This place is almost too difficult to describe and truly captures a distinct ambiance. You kinda have to see it to believe it. It's loud, it's retro, it's small but with big vision. A great bag of tricks awaits, and patrons better be prepared and just go with it. This is not your usual night out for dinner.

The Pearl Hotel is everything a middle-class baby boomer will appreciate, recalling those cheesy motels you stayed in when visiting less-fortunate relatives. The place is small (we're talking less than 30 rooms) with all of the kitsch that you either adore or want to forget. Give it a try because there's a lot of love going on here. It's not just merely a creation from this throwback; they have fully anted up this iconic wonder. As artsy as it is, The Pearl really works. Oversize beach balls lazily float in the "hey-it's-a-no-frills-motel" pool with lounge chairs and swim towels strewn about for guests. OK...we get it now...this place is hyper-cool.

We came to dine, and that was where a clash of cultures occurred. Expecting the dining area to be elsewhere, the surprise was that the restaurant was in the middle of it all with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get vibe that drew an unexpected...huh? The Restaurant at The Pearl consists of bar stools at stand-up tables and a few seatings edging the pool. You can also grab a bite in the lounge area, sitting on the floor blanketed by delicious shag carpeting with TV trays and old board games spread about. Is a picture starting to take shape?

After a disappointing encounter with the bartender (a little personality never hurt a gal), we grabbed our center-stage table and dug in for the evening's events. The lackluster first impressions fell away as soon as the charm, knowledge and sincere friendliness of Chloe, our server, drew us in. Talk about turning the tides: Her pigtails, pleasantries and sheer force of will had us at her mercy.

The Pearl's menu is limited and complex at the same time. Ten appetizers and nine entrees with six sides comprised the whole shebang. That's it folks. No eight-page document to scrutinize here, yet all the bases were covered. Seafood? Got it. Beef? Got it. Pork? Got it. Pasta? Got it. Veggie dish? Whatever your pleasure, The Pearl has fabulously creative offerings to satiate your taste buds.

Appetizers strutted out in the form of herb-braised Berkshire pork belly (organic shell bean puree, la milpa greens, California olive oil and fried parsley gremolata - $10), popcorn bay shrimp (with fried parsley, hot pickled okra, chipotle aioli and lemon - $12), smoked hanger steak Cobb salad (house bacon, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, sieved egg and house vinaigrette - $13) and the day's special of foie gras (with crisp toast and spiced apples - $15). The pork belly rocked, evoking sublime flavors. Heavily battered shrimp still kept us popping, even though a lighter version would've been welcome. The luscious Cobb lacked an abundance of meat, and the foie gras could have used a little more cooking time since the consistency was a bit, well, slimy. Despite a few culinary transgressions, all four starters were very tasty morsels, and we'd order them again.

Entrees included the bone-in Berkshire pork chop (with fingerling and sage hash, sautéed spinach, St. Andre cheese and roasted fungi and pan sauce - $23). Aye Chihuahua! One of the tastiest pork chops ever. Seared Mano de Leon scallops (with sautéed organic squash, sweet corn and cherry tomato salad, fresh pesto and toasted pine nuts - $24) were gorgeously plated and equally delicious. Bolognese sauce with veal and beef over tagliatelle wowed our pasta devotee, and made us beg for a bite. Each dish created a sense of epicurean adventure from a chef with a fertile mind and great skills.

After all of that, only precious little room remained for dessert, but Chloe insisted (thanks!). How about cinnamon sugar, cayenne donut holes with a Mayan chocolate sauce? Let us tell you, it may not be pretty, but it sure does make for a perfect end to the evening.

You will love or hate The Pearl. More than likely, you will love it. Where else can you sit in what was once surely a nasty old motel in Point Loma, sip wonderfully selected wines and catch occasional whiffs of chlorine from the ancient pool? Did we mention that they show old movies on a big screen every night above that same pool? So fun! Singing in the Rain was showing in the background, good friends, lots of laughter, fab food...we're moving in. Kudos to the

04/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. sarah p.
Fabulous SoCal Hotel for only about 100 bucks a night. I loved the gold fish, shag carpets, flat screen, H2O products, design etc etc. The restaurant and bar were closed when we were there, but they too looked great. The hotel was like a throw back to how I imagined the late 60s and early 70s in California to be. The staff was friendly as well. I would recommend this hotel to anyone that likes a little funk in their life. Wish we had been around for a Wednesday night "dive-in" movie around the pool....maybe next time!

21/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Randal M.
Wonderful lounge. Love it!

10/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. Rick E.
So Jessica and I went to a wedding this weekend in SD and decided to stay down there instead of driving back up to LA with the cops out looking to harass holiday weekend drivers.

We check in at 11 and are greeted by a friendly and helpful staff.
The place is about 30% full which seems slow for a Friday at 11, but it is kinda out of the way from the nightlife and in a residential zone, which is also why the bar is only open till midnight. We have a few drink at the bar - a little pricey for where we're at. 12~14 per drink, 16 for a sexy alligator. And I'd  have to disagree with some of the reviews here about stiff drinks. I found all of our drinks to be weak, except for the Hennessey neat, as it doesn't have any mixers.

As for the room, it's roomy enough, and in fairly good conditions. About what you'd expect for $109 a night.

In fact we liked it enough to stay another night to relax.

The next day we were able to take a closer look...

So i give this place 4 stars because it is a great value, but with a little attention to detail, could have shined... Literally.

The bathroom was as other reviewers mentioned, a bit dingy, Not dirty, but could use a pressure wash. The sink fixtures were new and fit well, but the shower fixtures were dated and rusty. The shower head was at about 5'5 so anyone over 5'8 has to bend down to get his/her hair washed. That's all for the room.

The pool area is cool, but once again, a pressure wash on the pebble floor was badly needed. Also, the outdoor furniture was maintained, but the floor was not swept and there was leaves and dirt all around. Should be cleaned daily!

Final verdict:  Great value and fun and friendly atmosphere, would have given 5 stars were maintained a bit better.

Will stay here again and recommend.

Oh, and the food is great for dinner, and at a very reasonable price. The corn bisque was delicious! ($4 with dinner) Rock Shrimp pasta @ $18. Seasoned well. Drop the price $1~$2 on drinks and i might have overlooked the maintenance issues.

05/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Shana M.
The Pearl is still one of our favorite places, and we love both the sense of style and great service. By the way, we were are the Pearl
when the wedding party who left one star (and no tips!) was there.
They were complete jerks to the staff, who handled the situation with
tact and courtesy. I think the party belonged more on the Jerry Springer show than at the Pearl.
By the way, ask for Jen as your server...all are good, she is exceptional!!

09/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Avigail N.
The bf surprised me for a night at this quaint hotel. He knew I've been wanting to check this place out forever. The decor was amaaaaaazing! Something right out of a mid century lovers dream. Loooved everything about it. Our room was simple but uber cute. From the fish bowl to the molded plywood chair. The only downside of our stay was how noisy it was. We could hear everything and anything around us other than that we will be back someday.

22/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
88. Gibran H.
The truth is that on the outside, the Pearl looks like an old motel 6, but once inside you're in a chic boutique hotel. Very small but makes up for it in it's laid back chill ambiance.  Don't expect to find a trendy "LA" scene here. By the looks of it it more of a local hang out spot nothing pretentious.

Had my first encounter @ The Pearl on Halloween; enjoyed a viewing of "The Shining" on the Pearl's pool area.  Really good concept of projecting films above the pool. Although the sound could have been a little better as well as the seating sitiuation, I have to admit I had a great time.

Wouldn't recommend coming here for dinner although they do have a menu. Didn't really get a restaurant feel inside. Would definitely recommend for getting a drink and appetizers with friends.

FYI parking situation sucks. They have  a sign for Valet Parking out front but did not see a single Valet there to attend, therefore we looked for parking which was a pain due to the fact that the surrounding are is residential, so good luck with finding a spot. Also The Pearl has no drink menu which I would strongly recommend. Every boutique hotel has their own signature drinks.


01/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Amy D.
cutest little retro hotel you'll find in s.d.!  i love all the personal touches they've added to make you feel like you're in a cozy apt. building as opposed to a hotel.  kinda felt a little like melrose place and i half expected to see someone floating in the pool (and not a happy float).  :)

went for dinner last night (wed. is movie nite and you eat for FREE on your birthday!!!) and was super unimpressed with the restaurant.  i stayed here last week and had a drink at the bar with great service.  one waitress was on last night and we rarely saw her.  it wasn't super crowded as the place isn't very big, but their saving grace was the good food.  a bit pricey, but is more upscale.

i have to add this cause it's just soooooo gross!  on my way into the bathroom the busboy was coming out after changing clothes (end of shift?) and he didn't flush the toilet!  what the ...

14/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
90. Dru K.
I came here for the SDTweetUp event, hence the drinks and finger foods were free. From the looks of it outside, I didn't think much of the place. But as soon as I walked in, I was surprised to see how things were laid out. The place has that vintage, modern and refreshing look.

I didn't get a chance to see the rooms but I wouldn't mind staying in. There's two stories, a swimming pool in the middle that surrounds the room and a somewhat accessible bar.

I'll definitely come back to The Pearl for drinks and try out the food! This place would be perfect to hold a small event!

26/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Jae H.
Had to go to San Diego for work and didn't really want to stay in a huge corporate hotel where my dad would choose to stay.  I've always been a  fan of boutique hotels and interesting design.  Ran across The Pearl while doing a search on trip advisor and decided I would stay here.  Stayed for three nights in one of the nicer rooms, the Strand....The only downside of that particular room was hearing the cars zoom by in the mornings.    Granted there are a few more strand rooms way in the back of the hotel facing a garden.    But I wanted space and was willing to sacrifice my beauty sleep to sprawl out

Great bar scene and quite lively on the weekends, the food was suspect to say the least. The chef put way to much salt on the dishes I had ordered.   Would not go there for the food but for a cool vibe, fun bar crowd, and kitschy beach influenced decor, this hotel is the perfect place.

31/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. joe w.
This place used to be called the Sportsman's Hotel. It was where smelly fisherman would stay before they went out to sea or when they came back. Either way, it was a rough joint unless you your in search of a hooker.

The remodel is swanky in a Brady Bunch kind of way. The bar is pretty cool, but they close early. They are still getting their act together there. They are not serving meals on a regular schedule. Food is hit or miss. There is no signature drinks, but the bar has a good vibe. I suspect it will grow into itself and become a much needed cool neighborhood bar for the Point Loma faithful.

There is a side room that has couches and pillows for serious lounging. There are mirrors on the ceiling that kind of makes you want to make out with someone just to see what it looks like.

Give it some time and it will be cool. I don't see it bringing the downtown folks up to PL. But it is a refreshing change from all of the new franchises that populate Liberty Station.

08/10/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
93. Miguel P.
What a beautiful hotel. Walk into it and you can tell the Owner, Greg, put a lot of effort in designing and fixing-up this 1960s styled hotel.

I spent a Wednesday night with a few friends at The Pearl last week. The Pearl attracts a friendly crowd, creating an unpretentious atmosphere. Wednesdays are movie night, too -- which meant The Pearl's full-size movie screen was playing a cult classic and its sound system was on full tilt. Talk about dinner-and-a-movie!

I had the cheeseburger, which is HANDS DOWN the best cheeseburger I've had in my life. Soft bun, marinated and perfectly-cooked beef, high-quality cheese, and the most addictive thin-cut French fries. Seriously, turn off your computer now, drive to The Pearl and order the cheeseburger.

Wednesday night. Get your friends together, go to the The Pearl, enjoy a free movie and order their cheeseburger and fries. You'll walk out of that place with a smile on your face.

11/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
94. Debbie L.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Pearl Hotel.  It's a little confusing because the outside (as many reviews have mentioned) doesn't look like much however the inside is cozy, charming, and the food they serve is actually quite good!  The only thing is the portions are quite small but everything did taste really good.  I got the pasta - house made fresh.  For those that like softer pasta may not like the pasta as much - it was cooked very al dente (but I like it that way!)  The scallops in my pasta tasted fresh and weren't overcooked and everything else I tried was also very good.  Tried two desserts - the kahlua creme brulee was just okay but the cinnamon sugar donut holes with spicy chocolate dip was really good!  It's not very sweet though, so it may disappoint those who enjoy very sweet desserts.

01/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. Brian M.
I love the reviews that say stuff along the lines of "there's really no reason you would be in this neighborhood unless you are going to The Pearl".  I have a good reason to be there.  I LIVE THERE.  So do lots of other people who have been dying for a place like this without having to wander out of the 'hood.  

Anyway.  My experience has been limited to the bar only...never stayed at the hotel (my comfy bed is 5 blocks away) and have never eaten there.  The ambiance is great!  I love the decoration/design.  I know it's not super original (Starlite Lounge), but they pull it off well.  The bathroom sinks are sweeeet.  And there's mirrors everywhere.  And you can sit at a low table on some shag carpeting.  And the pool area's nice.  And...okay, I'll stop.  I like it.  

Cocktails are slightly pricey, but not completely unreasonable for San Diego.  Good bartenders too - attentive and good mixologists.  

I've been on weeknights and it's been sparse enough that my small crew could commandeer the two corner tables on the carpet.  On weekends it's just the right amount of busy - full, but not overcrowded.  I've never had to wait long for a place to park me and my drink.  

Also - reserve a room past midnight and it's only $80.  Awesome.

13/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. Micah K.
The Pearl has what you want.  Farm fresh ingredients, great decor, Point Loma... what else do you need to know.  All of the flavors are well designed and this reviewer has always been happy for another meal at the Pearl.

They did a great job turning that old motel into a spot that I would recommend to incoming visitors for lodging.  The movie nights sound cool, though we haven't tried one yet.

If you like modern trendy mixed with fuckin' good food, try this one out.  While the rest of Shelter Island struggles to find good food from the Brig, Fiddler, Humphreys and Miguel's... The Pearl delivers where they all fail.

Check it out.

21/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
97. Sara C.
The Pearl is a gem; it's truly beautiful, spotless, with a remarkable concern for the details. I fly to San Diego regularly, once a quarter, and this is the place to stay.  It is close to the airport and near a favorite venue for concerts. I love the Pearl's lounge, the staff are very warm, the patrons are friendly/inviting, and the lighting, which truly matters, is perfect! And, women; check out the women's bathroom near the lounge.  I would love to have that vanity sink in my apartment's bathroom.

I cannot wait for summer to enjoy the lounge near that great pool/big screen.

14/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Bells H.
Friendly staff, we had great Service despite being busy and they did not rush us, can't wait to go back

31/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. sam s.
This place is cool. It is unexpected and I like that. The pool area is fun with a movie screen over the pool, I can't wait to come back here during the summer and lounge outside with a cocktail and take a dip!

As for the hotel rooms, they are quite small - and they skimp on toiletries. One little shampoo, body lotion and a bar of soap. First of all I need conditioner, second of all, I like a soap for the sink and one for the shower.

As for the restaurant, I ordered the vegetable risotto and it was delicious! My husband got some type of meat and liked it. But, I will say that the portions are small - and I am all for that because we don't need to be so gluttonous in our food consumption. But, please reduce the price of food just a bit because it's expensive for not much on the plate.

Overall, I want to give this place a 3.5 - because there is room for improvement, but I will be back.

29/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
100. Melinda R.
Run, don't stumble, to The Pearl in Point Loma. They've completely redone an old sailor's dive into a very hip, very funky little gem with a sense of humor. The rooms feature platform beds, fishbowl lighting fixtures with actual fish in them, 36-inch flat panel TV's on the wall, free-standing showers, and very comfortable and happening furnishings. They also boast a Dive-In Movie, where they show movies on a huge screen on the second floor railing over the pool. There are huge beach balls floating all over the pool and poolside service. Omigod how I wished it were later in the year and the pool was heated. It is heated later in the year, but damn the luck for coming in February. We love this place and will be coming back.

The best part? If you stumble in after midnight, you can get any unsold room for $79. Beat that. Daddy-O.

19/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
101. Dana K.
We came down for a wedding and wanted to avoid the hotel circle bland motels, hiltons, hyatts and assorted nondescript hotels. The hotel itself is great: friendly staff, good details like water with lemon and magazines by the pool, spiffy bar with a decent wine list, candles in the evening, a big screen poolside for movies, and an overall chill vibe.
The rooms however didn't live up to the price tag. Internet radio, a flatscreen TV and a comfy bed were awesome. But, the bathroom clearly missed the remodel- it was cracked tile in the shower with a motel 6 style shower bar and a bit dingy. The room wasn't as clean as I'd expect either.

Overall a fun place to grab a drink, but I wouldn't stay there again. If I did, it'd have to be for $100 less a night...

24/05/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
102. Amiee L.
You know what this hotel kind of reminds me of? The Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. It has that retro feel and you can tell that there was alot of care taken to put all the things together here.

We went here today for their first ever brunch. And it was pretty good.

1. The hotel is smaller then you would think it is. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing it's just smaller then you would think.

2. The bar area is small and there aren't many tables around.

3. It's pretty quirky and retro but I love this style so it was completely fine with me.

4. The staff is friendly.

5. The only thing is that there is limited parking...but there is valet too.

I had the Pearl Benny which was pork tenderloin, buttermilk biscuit, eggs, hollandaise and potatoes. It was soooo yummy. And also ordered at our table were the biscuits and gravy which were super good too! Lastly, we ended it with the Lemon Cake Pudding which was very good too!!

Overall the food was good...the only thing was it took longer then I thought it would to come out since there were only 2 tables including us sat...but I could chalk that up to their first ever brunch.

I am going to go coming back for movies and to have another brunch sometime!!

01/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Ashleigh O.
The Pearl Hotel is a great little hang out in Point Loma!  It's remodeled in a swank, retro style and has a cool bar/restaurant area around the pool complete with a giant movie screen!  Small but inviting, this gem is sure to be packed once the word gets out.

My friends and I enjoyed drinks and appetizers here on a Friday night a few weeks ago.  The service was decent.  I think they were still working out the kinks since it was only a few weeks after opening.  Our server was friendly and for the most part attentive, although she forgot our water and the extra plates we asked her for after getting our food.

The drinks were well made (martinis all around and a whiskey), however, they had a limited vodka selection.  The food was good but not remarkable and I thought the portions were a bit small for the price.  We tried the brie and garlic appetizer, the baby spinach salad and the rock shrimp nachos.  I will definitely be back again for drinks and food-I think the ambiance is great and the place has lots of potential!

On Wednesday nights, dubbed "dive-in movie" nights, they show movies on their big screen around the pool.  I have not been yet but it sounds fun and I definitely plan to go soon!

05/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
104. Valentina V.
I set up my best friend's birthday here on her advice and based on Yelp reviews. The food was VERY good. The atmosphere was fun. Ther service was decent.

The only thing I can complain about, well two things, are:

1) The reservation making was done all over email. Now I know the internet is the wave of the future, and I truly enjoy emailing. HOWEVER, I think there is something to be said for a quick and friendly phone call to follow-up, answer questions, confirm, etc. I don't think their marketing manager (I think that is what here title was) did a very good job at what she's supposed to do.

2) The place closes at midnight! Booooo! But I guess I understand, it is a hotel with sleeping guests...ugh

11/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. Dean M.
I took a trip to San Diego a few days back and needed a hotel room.  After digging around, I found this place.  And what a find it was.  First of all the rates are very reasonable.  The location is very close to the airport and very close to downtown.  

The room was very cool and comfortable.  A goldfish in every room adds to the charm.  Not mention live plants along with all the normal stuff. Very cool design not only in the rooms, but all around the place. Many of the other reviews detail all that.  

There wasn't parking right at the hotel...well there was a valet, but really it was one of the hotel workers running out to grab the keys.   I had no problem finding parking around the block.  The hotel staff was nice and the bar staff was attentive.  I didn't have the food.

I should note though, if you are looking to be in bed before midnight, unless you are a heavy sleeper, forget it.  The restaurant is open 'til 10 I believe and the bar until midnight.  I'm a night owl, this was all fine with me.

At the end of the night i sank into the bed and could barely stay awake to turn the TV off.

In the morning I wanted to take some photos around the place and explore the corners that I couldn't when the place was crowded the night before.  They were kind enough to also let me into a couple of the other rooms so that I could see what they looked like.  One (The Gem, I believe) was tiny, but with really cool mirrored ceilings.  Another was huge with it's own sofa and balcony.    

I look forward to taking another trip to San Diego, just so I can come back here and with the $79 Play and Stay deal, it might be soon.  (as mentioned in another review, if you play a little too hard and need to stay, and they have rooms, you can check in after midnight for just $79)

16/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
106. Eva E.
I would give them a 5 star except they tried to scam us when we first checked in.  We found this deal on priceline.com for $87 per night for the jewel room which is a spacious deluxe room but instead they tried to give us the gem; the room was the size of my closet...there was literally no walking room.  The worst part was the room was right next to the bar so there was no privacy at all.  We complaint to the front desk and they fixed the problem.  The new room that we had was 4X roomier and the best part was that is was quiet.  I am happy with the room but am still upset that they tried to scam us.

09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
107. Carrie E.
I hosted my best friend's 30th birthday party at The Pearl.  We rented out a pool cabana, with food (food is amazing!) and a cocktail server.  She has about 40 close friends, with eclectic tastes on where they like to go to party (from PB, to OB, to Downtown).  

The Pearl was the PERFECT place to accommodate everyone.   It is completely chill and relaxing, yet upscale enough with drinks and food to make 30th birthday girl happy and tipsy :).

15/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
108. meera r.
I went here for a friends birthday.  The place is so kitchy (sp?) and adoreable and the food was very good too!  I would go back more often if it wasn't so far from where I live.  A great place to meet up with friends and hang out!

02/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
109. Kristen M.
Easy to miss when cruising down Rosecrans, but hard to forget once you've been inside.  I really dig this place.  The swinging decor is swanky, yet inviting.  The shag carpet is super comfy and the mirrored ceilings are sexaaay.  The staff is top notch, super friendly and efficient.  I am in love with the pool area, the way they have the towels set up, the projector screen, the wall of plants and moss...I want it all.  

I haven't stayed in the rooms, but got a tour and was impressed.  Loved the betta fish in each room, and the kids' artwork.  And I love the fact that they have a discounted room rate if you check in after mid-night (if you've had a few too many...).  A yelper's dream.

Only bummer is the parking lot is practically non-existent.

04/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Becca M.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights while on vacation. The place is small, but cool. The room was clean and comfortable. The air-conditioning  kept the room nice and cold. There was very minimal parking, but we got lucky and got a spot both nights.
It's the restaurant and bar that make this place special. We ate there both nights. The food was good, the drinks were awesome, and it was pretty happening until closing. The servers were super nice, friendly, and made great suggestions. Sitting by the pool, drinking cocktails in the warm night air was just so fun and relaxing.

(Plus there was a beta fish in our room named Presley)

03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
111. Tanya S.
Too bad this place and Liberty Station wasn't around when I lived in Point Loma.  If you aren't looking for it you'd never notice it driving along Rosecrans.  

Right when you walk in imagine a more glam scene of a 70's porno.  Shag carpet, glass, big airy room with lots of wood.  I dug the area up and left of the front door with stairs leading to shag carpeted lounge cubbies.  I think I remember seeing chess or checkers in there for "playing games".  

The bar and restaurant was light and open.  Very clean and straight lines.  It was cold when we went but it was in October and the restaurant opens up to the outdoor pool area.   The outside was super hip and mod with movies playing and big inflated balls lapping about the pool.  

The server was eager and friendly.  It seemed like there were too many employees standing around just watching us.  The server even told us they were in between chefs.  Unfortunate since that was within the first month of opening.  The layout from the inside and pool area seemed uncomfortable and they probably need to work the pathway better for servers.

We ordered the rock shrimp nachos, spinach salad, ahi, steak ,and lots of expensive drinks.  Spinach salad was unpalatable, ahi just ok.  Steak was good but a little overcooked.  Rock shrimp nachos were remarkable.  

I would come back to this place just for the atmosphere and the rock shrimp nachos. I always plan on going back for their happy hour but Pink E always wins since it's stumbling distance.

The Pearl would be a legendary place to have a party.....if only it was cheaper.  Total bill for dinner not including tip was $120.  Ouch. One steal they have running is if you party your face off too hard-you can get a room for $79.  

Update:  since Oct , the menu has changed.  no more rock shrimp nachos.  :(

27/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
112. Miguel P.
The Pearl was awesome! My lady and I spent a Saturday there and everything from the room, to the drinks at the bar were awesome! I think i speak for everyone who's stayed here by saying that the parking kinda sucks, but at least i was able to find a spot, HA! Anywho, I can overlook little things like that, especially when the bed was super comfy. Shout outs to Megan(?) at the front desk who checked us in (sorry if Im forgetting names!!) and John the bartender!! Real good people. Ill definately be back! P.S If Rambo the fish could talk, Im sure he'd have quite the stories to tell.

10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
113. Kristen J.
This has the potential to be such a great spot in a location that could use a little nightlife boost.  Very retro, interesting menu, pool with a two story screen.  
Way to muck it up with incompetent service, Pearl Hotel!!!   Here is my recap:
Waitress:  Welcome to Pearl, can I take your drink order?
Us:  I'll have the Anti-Oxitini (VERY tart, but good) and he'll have a beer
5 minutes later....
Same Waitress:  Would you like to order some drinks?
Confused Us:  Ummmm, I'll have the Anti-Oxitini and he'll have a beer
Same Waitress:  Great!!!  
2 minutes later.....
Same Waitress:  Miss, you wanted the Apple Sangria, right?  

This went on through two more drink orders and our dinner order.  To top it off, she didn't even bring us the correct bill.  Come one, get it together!  There are maybe four tables in the entire dining area, so it isn't as if she was overwhelmed with customers.
As for the food, the Cuban Cigars were good.  Not great, just good.  The calamari was cold and far too "bready" for my liking.  The Ceviche was very good, though.  They have got to work on the service, though!

*****EDIT:  (I did not change my rating) The staff took the time to email me, apologizing for my experience, which I appreciate.

27/12/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
114. Jennifer H.
Wow.  I'm very impressed.  I know this area of Point Loma quite well since my parents used to have their business just a block over and I was struggling to imagine what this place would look like - it surpassed my expectations!  I debated about 5 stars, but I have to admit, the place is pretty small and maybe a tad on the expensive side.  I only experienced it for the Sunday brunch but I can't wait to go back some weekend evening!  Seriously, for as small as the place is, they did an amazing job with the space.

-Decor/atmosphere = Classy, trendy, simple, pleasing.  Comfy and sleek bar stools, awesome bathroom sinks, fun distinct areas including a small outdoor alcove with a waterfall and decent size table for hanging out, a living room type of area for relaxing and playing games, and beautiful plantings around that make you forget you are on Rosecrans St.

-Food/Drinks = Again, we went for the brunch and got the $20 menu which included a choice of an entree (wonderful selection of choices) and bottomless mimosas.  Our drinks were refilled constantly and the food was very good, with distinct flavors.  I got the burrito and my boyfriend had the salmon hash.  Both were great.  As the morning went on, my boyfriend also got a margarita that was to die for.  Not too sour or sweet - just perfect.

The place wasn't crowded, which was nice, but then also died out after the brunch was over.  I guess they had some great pool parties during the summer, but I think that aspect has faded now that we are moving into fall.  The DJ there was friendly and was playing some great chill house, with some smooth jazz influence, music.  They also had a tv behind the bar so we could watch the Charger game!  I couldn't have been happier (well, except if the Chargers had won!).  The staff were all very friendly and helpful.  No complaints there.

I'll definitely be going back!

16/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
115. Gina B.
I love getting rooms in boutique hotels but this hotel was a joke! I paid a pretty large amount of money to stay in their "Pearl" room which was a total rip. They couldn't even fit the king bed in there properly. The bed played the roll of couch/ luggage stand/ table/ office. It was a total joke! the bathroom was a tiny hall way not even fit for a small child.
I could easily say that this was an old storage room that was revamped so they can make another buck off an unsuspecting person. And complaining doesn't help. I kindly told the front desk that I was unhappy and she said "Well, you stayed in the "Pearl" room. (WHAT!!??) should I have been warned then?? I will NEVER come here ever again. it was hardly romantic and put me and my boyfriend in such a bad mood.

20/07/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
116. Jordan S.
Never stayed at the hotel, but the bar is a cool place to lounge around and get some good eats.  Excellent rotating selection of beer on tap.  Classic movies projected on the big screen above the pool.  Nice place to unwind for happy hour or a late night cap.

17/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
117. Chris R.
Who would have guessed? I have been by here a number of times, mostly to the KFC for a snack box, and totally missed that The Pearl was right there. Anyway, over the weekend I went here for none other then the lovely new bride Lisa D.'s wedding reception.

This place is very retro. They have a central pool in the middle of all the rooms, a decent sized bar, a lounge area and several tables to eat at around the pool. Although we failed in any attempt throw in Ian the groom into the pool and his refusal to be thrown in, it still looked inviting and had numerous white and blue beach balls floating around in it.

The rooms are simple, yet elegant. Everything you need without going as far as needing everything in your room. Plus, with how inviting the rest of the hotel and lounge is, why would you want to spend too much time in the room?! Anyway, I enjoyed the Pearl. I think the downfall will be its location. Just too far away from any central "going out" places.

24/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Melissa A.
Retro + Contemporary = Fabulous!  I love the Pearl, and envy the logic and forethought of the designer who took a ghetto motel and turned it into the unique place that it is!

I often hope to get so drunk that I feel it is a must to get a room late night, but haven't done that......yet.

Stop by for a drink, or better yet, for a Wednesday night "dive in" outdoor FREE movie poolside & bar side.

15/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Phil A.
This place was an absolute kick. I stayed here for one night while visiting San Diego. Right from the get-go, I felt like I was Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. The decor and style really transport you back to the swingin' seventies.

My room was smallish (called the Gem), but it was very comfortable and had mirrored ceilings (giggity). The food at the restaurant was very, very good. The hotel was located just outside of downtown, about a ten minute drive or so. It was really in a perfect spot.

If I had any complaints besides room size, it would be the lack of convenient parking. But it's a small price to pay for a very classy stay in you're in San Diego.

EDIT: I have been informed that the design is actually 1960's inspired. Having not lived through either era, I must defer to authority and stand corrected. Serendipitously, both Swingin' Seventies and Swingin' Sixties are alliterative, so take your pick and stay at this fine hotel.

23/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Olivia O.
AMAZING! Went on Monday with 2 girlfriends and had the prix fixe 3 course menu... we each got something different and it was all delicious. The flat iron steak, the chicken with mango salsa, the shrimp... so so good and the portions were huge! Love the ambiance, feels like 70s California. Can't wait to get back.

03/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
121. Odie O.
Wickedly cool hotel, lounge. Smaller than I expected but I felt like I was in LA but a great relaxed atmosphere overall especially in the carpeted shoes off lounge area in the front. The bathroom sink was a real hit with everyone excited just to turn it on. Nightclub blue lights my favorite, modern decor, my favorite and really good music too. Must go to their movie night, just waiting for a movie I want to watch.

03/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
122. mark d.
I booked this hotel based on the yelp reviews and the website of pearl itself.  I must say it's not what I expected.  If were to be driving past this establishment I wouldn't notice it or take a second look.  However that may be the charm of this place.  It's a little old fashioned with a modern twist.  I booked a gem room here for my engagement celebration night.  Small room with the essentials.  A great bed, big tv, and a fish:).  I forgot mirrored ceilings:))).  The stay was nice but the only cons were the dirty bathroom, small space, and my fault for not going there before booking.  I assumed it was a big fancy hotel.  I recommend to those whom are trying to escape the city and find a nice have for a night or two:)

01/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
123. Rossi H.
SUMMER TIME and Sunday funday with brunch is back. I participated in the ride a bike to brunch and get a meal with a bottomless mimosa for ten bucks. aka-I am cheap or you can call me thrifty. either way. to-may- toe to- ma-toh. Regular price is $20. worth it. The food was way WAY better than I would of thought. I was thoroughly impressed with the grits. For an easy little side dish, chefs really mess them up a bunch. But not so today(yesterday). The bacon was amazing, it was almost like char siu. Full of fat and goodness...thank god I rode my bike. The bottomless mimosa was true also...thank god i rode my bike. I am just bummed that I have to wait two months for the next ride a bike meal deal. It is only offered on the first Sunday of the month and we get screwed out of one this summer with the holiday weekend next month. Still....I will be back.

07/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
124. Geena T.
I finally checked out the Pearl's Sunday brunch from 10-2pm.  They have a set menu ranging between $7-$10... but for $20pp you can order any breakfast entrée with bottomless mimosas.  Of course we choose the $20 menu option :)

Not a lot of people were there around 11am, so there was no wait and we had our choice of tables.  

I ordered the "Pearl Belta" which was a breakfast sandwich; my friend ordered the "Cuban Scramble".  Both entrees were really good, very flavorable.   The mimosa's kept coming, we didn't have to flag down the waitress once for a refill.

I caught a glimpse of their California Breakfast Burrito's and that thing was huge!

After breakfast, I needed a little something sweet, so I asked my waitress for a side of fruit.  She came back with a fruit plate that consists of about 8 grapes, a 2 inch long mini lingon berry branch, 5 slivers each (NOT slices) of a mini apple/pear/peach/nectarine.  Not sure if I got those exact fruit right...like I mentioned they were slivers, not even slices.  They charged me $15 for that joke-of-a-plate.  

I've been to the Pearl for their "Dive-in Theatre" on Wednesday nights for drinks & appetizers before.  When it comes to the Pearl's "side orders" & "appetizers", they really need to step up to the plate and either lower their prices on these items, or provide better "quality" AND "quantity".  

The staff & service was excellent.

15/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
125. L.E. H.
I was feeling a little yuck last night, and I decided I needed a drink.  So, I went back to The Pearl and I had a wonderful time.  The bartender mentioned in my earlier review was working again, and she really is a delight!!!  A fellow Vegas gal no less!  It turns out, that the evening I waited for my beers, they did have a person call out.  Bummer.  My heart goes out to her--those are never easy evenings to suffer through.  So, we bonded, and together we managed to bring half the signature drink list to my lips--they have some great ones too!  My favorite of the evening turned out to be the orange basil margarita.  Yup, basil.  I loved it!  I also met the entire crew of this fabulous establishment last night, and in my humble opinion, all very nice folks.  Every person that walked through the door was politely greeted with a smile.  

I couldn't very well drink all that yummy goodness without some grub, so I did get to try that wild mushroom risotto.  It was great!  Not as good as I had in Rome, but hey, what can you do?  I also saw some other great dishes come out that kitchen door.  I would definitely bring friends here for the Sunday brunch.  Heck, I may even do it this weekend!  I'm really diggin' this place.

07/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
126. David T.
Update -  someone from the Pearl emailed me regarding my review and apologized for the oversight.  I appreciate them contacting me and felt it was a sincere apology with concern for improving the customer experience.  

Dear Pearl Hotel Lounge,

If I come with a happy hour group of 50 people that was pre-planned with your staff and advertised to go till 7:30pm, then please have the courtesy of extending your happy hour prices till 7:30pm, instead of 7pm.  It is just one of those small details that when not done, will leave a few of your clients a bad taste in their mouths...even though the food and beers were good.

P.S.  On the good side--the food, decor and vibe of the place is excellent.

19/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
127. Sarah M.
I remember when The Pearl looked so sleezy I felt nervous even walking by it!

Now? Amazing! I want to go there all the time! I love their Wednesday "Dive In" movies.  Don't go expecting to hear the whole movie because it gets quite loud, but go their expecting friendly waiters/bartenders and delish food and drink.  I like their specialty drinks and their wine list.

My only disappointment was their Margarita on the taco tuesday night, but I am not a huge fan of Margaritas except of the frozen, strawberry variety... Their tacos were really unique and quite yummy!

Love the remodeling, music, and atmosphere. I really can't believe how busy it has gotten in the past year I started going!

I haven't stayed there, but had a tour of a room and thought it was small, but very nicely decorated.

27/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Heather M.
Super cute restaurant! Classy-dive-1960's feeling place complete with swanky pool, giant movie theater screen, and super creative amenities. Not a huge menu selection but everything we tried was really tasty. Good service, a little pricey, but we will DEFINITELY be going back!! Btw- they have movie night every Wednesday where they show new and/or cool movies on all the TV's in the restaurant as well as above the pool. (swimming optional) :)

28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
129. Kaye K.
My new husband and I stayed at the Pearl and got married up at Cabrillo National Monument.  We then had a 2 1/2 hour reception at the Pearl.

The night before we had dinner.  I had the salmon, he had the burger.  His burger was so effffing good that after I had practically licked my plate I kept taking bites of his yummy burger.  The donut dessert was astounding (and I don't care for dessert that much).  

The reception was a hit with everyone.  Who wouldn't love a pool party!  Our first dance was in the pool.

The food was great, the drinks were even greater, and the rooms were TOO hip to be square.  We loved everything about it.

The only downside - with one server at the wedding reception she barely made it past the first table to get the apps out to anyone else.  As a bride, I barely ate anything (big frowny face, because I LOVE food).  Should have a plate made up just for the bride and groom.

In any case, OUTSTANDING.  As the second official reception there, BRAVO!!!

19/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
130. Aaron T.
Brunch at The Pearl Hotel.  I had attended the Yelp Party for the freeze booze a couple months back here, and had a good time, so when the Sunday brunch option at The Pearl came up, why not?

I love the way The Pearl looks, super hip down to the last detail.  Very Austin Powers retro kitch-esque vibe, but totally high class. Seriously one of the coolest bathrooms I have ever been in.  Its clear the designers paid a lot of attention to detail when makin this place, it rocks.

We were sat out in the "patio" which is as big as a jail cell.  Only has one table.  Fine with me, that meant no one could bother our party.  The wind kept blowing pieces of the bushes surrounding us onto our tables, but no biggie.

I got the "breakfast burrito" which had steak, potatoes, some kind of chili sauce and beans i think.  It was absolutely FANTASTIC.  We asked for salsa, but it never came.  No matter the burrito was great without it.  The server (I think it was her first day) spilled 2 mimosas all over Brad and into his Salmon...bummer.  She was real embarassed, and clearly nervous.  Poor girl.  

The portions were a little small, and it definitely wasn't cheap (I think the burrito was 12 bucks, and it came with nothing else at all), but I think all the ingredients were organic or locally grown or some blahblah hippie shit that people seem to like these days.  I just call it "delicious".

The "endless mimosa" part of the brunch was just ok.  They sure didnt put much booze in them, and they def took their time bringin us more for every round.  The server told us it was their first Sunday brunch ever, so I'll cut em slack.

Overall the food was great, but a little to pricey for what you get in my opinion, I doubt I'd go back unless their was another Yelp event with free booze :)

05/05/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
131. Chris R.
I had a very different experience than the first time I went there.  Instead of going on a packed Wednesday night, I rolled up on a Thursday night at 730ish.  Guess what?  The place was almost empty.  Seriously, besides the staff, I saw probably 5 people in there.

Anywho, we were seated poolside and were greeted by our waitress. She was excellent.  She was very helpful and answered all of my questions.  She rocked.  We ordered the steak from their new menu and some drinks.  It turns out they are redoing their menu.  The food looked fancy smancy when it was presented to me.  How did it taste?  

The steak was alright.  It wasn't something to kill for.  My mouth doesn't water when I think about.   It was run of the mill steak.  The drink on the other hand was delicious.  It was just the way I like it.  Tequila on the rocks with just a hint of pineapple juice.  

Overall, my views have changed.... slightly.  The service by our waitress was excellent.  The food was typical.  The drinks were better than before.

So this place is good if you want a quiet place to grab drinks at and shoot the breeze with your friends on a Thursday night.  The place isn't packed and the music is not loud at all.  Food on the other hand is a different story.  I wouldn't come here to eat.

Would I go back to the Lounge at the Pearl Hotel?  On a Thursday night, the Lounge is a place to go if you are in the area with your friends and want to grab drink and shoot the breeze.

Would I drive out of my way to go here?  If you live close enough, go.  I don't live close enough.  I'd think twice, probably three times before I hop in my ride to head out to the Lounge.

06/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
132. Lisa C.
4 1/2 stars.

I might be riding on a high of a great wedding night and incredible weekend, but I can't say enough nice things about The Pearl. We originally booked in for one night in their middle sized room - the Jewel - but friends upgraded us to 2 nights in the Strand. In addition, we reserved some space in the lounge for libations and celebration. We arrived a bit late (what wedding on earth has ever run completely on time) but were greeted at the door by the food and beverage manager and shown to our spot - a cool little carpeted bench furnished with a chessboard, some playing cards, and some bolsters for lounging. Our drinks orders were taken swiftly and seemed fairly priced, though no one was having  the fancy-schmancy cocktails.

After some time in the lounge we moved poolside. Our waitress was not only gracious, she actually thanked us for teaming up with one of the other parties. Hey - I'm all about keeping the wait staff happy if it means faster drink orders. They brought us a stack of plates as well as forks and napkins and a couple of the servers sat down and shared the remains of the wedding cake with us. It was just a warm, fun experience - almost like a house party except I didn't have to clean the shag carpet the next morning. Nothing says rude awakening like arising to a post party shag carpet, let me tell you.

When we arrived in our room we discovered that the staff had sprinkled rose petals all over the bed and floor for us and put a bottle of champagne on ice. Maybe this is standard for wedding nights, but I thought it was a really nice touch. The room was clean and nicely decorated** (I like the kids' art charity thing they have going on), and the bathroom was newly refinished and spotless.

I *am* taking off half a star because of the fact that the restaurant isn't open for breakfast. The provide free coffee to guests in the lobby, but on Monday morning I could really have used a muffin or something as I lounged at the pool drinking my first cup while flipping through the paper.

Rough life, I know.

** When my sister went up to check out the room, she discovered that Lucy (the room's fish) had met misfortune and was floating at the top of her watery grave. Knowing that I was excited about the fishy roommate, she rushed out to find a staff member. Lucy was removed without fuss before I made it up to the room, so lucky Ian didn't have to spend his wedding night consoling me about a dead fish I'd never met.

26/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Krys G.
I found this place through Sidestep.com , and since we had stayed at a Doubletree in San Diego the last time we were down, we were definitely in the mood for something with a bit more character and something independent.

The reviews on Yelp mostly focused on the lounge, which seemed cool, but we were really just needing to sleep there, since our SD plans were based around a black tie (read: overgrown prom) charity event we were attending with friends.

I called the morning we were heading down and asked them what time we could check in, and they said they had rooms available any time, which was super cool, since we needed a place to change into our spiffy threads earlier than most places allow you to check in.

When we arrived, we were greeted and checked in by two very nice guys behind the counter who were super accommodating and commented on my groovy Yelp Elite t-shirt to boot (asked if I'd found them through Yelp...I told them no, but I had read all the reviews...)

We got up to the room, which was generally nicely appointed, but had the misfortune of being located directly above the lounge, complete with pulsing beat, so if you're there for R&R, be sure to ask for something on the far side of the motel.  It really didn't matter to us in the end, since we were out all evening, and returned to find that everything had totally quieted down, and slept pretty well.

Here were the two things that counted off on stars:
1) I went into the bathroom to shave my legs, and found 2 long dark hairs -- one in the bathtub and one on the floor.  I have short red hair. You do the math.

I found more long hairs stuck to the tile on the wall of the shower and had it not been for my nakedness, I might have gone screaming from the room.

I don't expect anyone to clean a hotel/motel shower with a toothbrush from floor to ceiling.  I DO, however, expect for someone to take a cupful of water and splash and rinse down the walls, tub floor and thoroughly sweep and clean the bathroom floor.  The whole bathroom was white, and everything was visible. Y. U. C. K.

If not for the refined, happy-go-lucky nature of my dear husband, I probably would have changed rooms based solely on that, but a) we were kind of pressed for time and b) I imagined we could assume the same person was cleaning, or as it turns out not cleaning, all of the hotel's bathrooms.

2) The lighting and mirror coverage in the room was sorely lacking. There's one super bright light above the rounded mirror over the sink in the bathroom that shines straight down, which is a really groovy aesthetic effect, but produces horrific shadows when trying to apply make-up, put your contacts in, or see your face or your skin in any representative manner.  

The aforementioned mirror was the only one in the whole room as well -- no full-length mirror -- so I would have had to pull out the chair in the adjoining room and stand on it to see anything more than the top half of me in the mirror.

That said, I know most aren't getting into tuxedos and prom dresses in their rooms at The Pearl, but I also imagine people like a decent light and some kind of mirror so they can check their fine selves before heading out.

Would I stay at The Pearl again? My husband would. He doesn't mind the hair.  I think I'd have to think twice. We have good friends down there and travel to the area pretty consistently now, but I'm not really sure we've found our place.

03/04/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
134. xoxo j.
I heart the Pearl!!  I came here on their cute "dive-in theater" wednesday night.  We got there at 7pm and it was croooowded ~ we thought we'd have to leave.  But most of the crowd didn't stay for the movie (it was Garden State... a perfect background-noise movie) so we got a seat at the bar.  The cabanas by the pool give you a perfect view so that you can actually pay attention to the movie... but our seating at the bar was perfect to enjoy the ambiance and be our chatty selves.  

I love the mid-century modern decor, and I love the movie night concept.  The service is awesome - our bartender let me try one of their organic vodkas before committing to a glass on the rocks... good thing too b/c it was naaasty.  Luckily though, they have plenty of other vodkas to make up for that nasty one - I don't remember the name, I just know it has a green leaf on it.  Beware!

26/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
135. Nikki M.
(This is for their bar only.)
Glad we took a trip to The Pearl! I don't know what else I can add that already hasn't been said. The bar area is chill, has good music, and comfy seats (sounds crazy but it really gets me when bar stools are annoyingly uncomfortable). The ambiance is great, dimly lit, and the pool provides a nice view at night. It was intimate enough without everyone being in each other's conversations. The hostess was really nice and so were the bartenders. Crowd was pretty low-key, which was refreshing after being in LA for so long. My only wish is that it stayed open longer.

10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Jessica R.
In the summer, I quite enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine under the stars while feasting my eyes on that night's movie selection, which is showcased on your big screen just above the pool, which has also been known to cushion a few overnight hotel guest's jumps from the 2nd floor balcony. {This was not me, but I have witnessed the debauchery.} Your dine- movie nights make for the perfect ladies night with the bestie... happy hour perfection.

Your balcony also makes for a great meet & greet with tha' neighbors as well as a perfect opportunity for someone, or me, to convince someone else, a fine mister, to purchase the two of us a refreshing sierra on tap. The bar is conveniently located down the stairs, to the right, through your front doors.

You're kind of a romantic. And considering I'm a sucker for romance, I'll see you soon, real soon.

29/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Mark S.
We recently got married at The Pearl and I have to say it was an amazing experience.  The service was awesome and everyone that works there really went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly and that we had a great time.

The decor and ambiance of this place is very unique, and unlike anywhere else in San Diego.  It was also very cool to have the entire hotel to ourselves and I would recommend anyone to plan their next private party there.

The food was delicious (as always) and got nothing but compliments from all of our guests.

Thank you Kimberly, Jon, Jaison, and Danielle for everything.  I'm sure we'll see you soon!

15/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
138. Roz L.
Update: ( the Pearl gets one more star for showing concern for their customers satisfaction- the owner kindly responded to my review, apologized for the experience and offered brunch on them :)

Well, I went there for movie night, with  a reservation and invited 5 other people, all new to The Pearl Hotel as well. I don't believe any of us have any urge to visit again.

My reasons are:

When I called to make a reservation the receptionist was very nice and informed me that because I was there to see the movie she would make a note so that they place us in a good viewing spot. We literally were sat at the ONLY table with an obstructed view (big pillar). When I very nicely informed the maitre d' of my previous conversation, he kindly (but a bit wishfully) informed me that we could see from there and view the TV behind the bar. The 32" TV is located behind the draft pulls covering about 1/3 of the TV and with people and the bartender crossing the path... um, no, besides I can watch it on a TV at home, without paying $10+ on drinks. (ps- meanwhile the table next to us with a view opened up, but hey told us we couldn't have it. I later realized that they gave it one of the waitresses friends, and they didn't even watch they movie!! grunt)

The bruschetta was the saddest appetizer ever. two tiny tiny pieces of toast points and lots of tomatoes. Ok... appetizers are to be shared. What, are we going to eat spoonfuls of tomatoes? I asked for some more bread please. 15-20 mins later and no bruschetta left, the Very Very small loaf  of bread came. They charged us $4 for it. uh hum. Who charges for bread? anywho

I was excited about going here, it has a lot of potential, but there are some things to be improved. The food and drink was not impressive enough to return on a non movie night. oh well.

04/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
139. Jen W.
This is a nice change of scenery from most of San Diego and great for dinner and Sunday brunch.  The food is really good, at least everything I've tried, a number of the apps and a few of the breakfast choices.  

The decor is great, the set up around the pool is great.  It even rained the night I was there and it was still nice inside with the open doors.  Also, people weren't kidding about the sinks in the bathroom, where can I order one of those?

06/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
140. jen k.
review for standard 1 King room (non-smoking)

THE +'s: laid-back, retro ambiance and decor. nothing is missed to evoke the hipster vibe -- lounge sports shag carpeting, bar opens out to the pool, dark wood and white chairs everywhere. the rooms, though small, are decorated in the same vintage-minimalist style. music was excellent, service was excellent. had a great time chatting up with the different staff at the lobby area since it was adjacent to the aforementioned shaggy lounge.

THE -'s: despite the cool decor, the rooms were Way Too Small and thus overpriced. for the amount i paid (average $300/night), i expect much more than slightly moldy tiles and a rusty trashcan in the bathroom. the parking was also non-existent. probably eight spaces total (if you edge on breaking the law, you can squeeze out 10) and they charged $15 a night. how the staff parked every day i don't know. we managed ok since we dished out the cash for the parking permit but it made life difficult for our visitors.

SUM: i'd go here for drinks or to hang out -- as mentioned in all the other reviews, the atmostphere is great. won't stay here again though, just not worth the price.

28/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
141. Rob M.
Fabulous times, great rooms/food/drinks/apps/movies on Wednesdays.

Love the Pearl hotel.

After midnights rooms have special rates, make sure you ask! A deal if you want a steal on a Friday/Sat night and are staying out late anyways. But only upon availability... ;-)


27/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
142. Meaghan N.
I dig retro, I really do. But the term, "trying too hard" instantly came to mind. I want to love it, but just can't.

Hey Mr. Retro Hip Decorator - The lounge area with shag carpet, games and books and oversized pillows looks like fun. Too bad I am wearing a dress and it is completely impractical to lounge on the floor, unless I want dollar bills thrown at me.

4 stars for the bathroom
2 stars for the service
2 stars for the isolated smoking patio stuffed in the way back (patio is a pretty kind name for it)
0 stars for charging me and my friend twice for the same round of drinks and then being jerks about it

The pool looked like a good time, but I didn't spend a sufficient amount of time out there to comment.

But - their movie night at the pool is still on my list of things to try.  I will revisit this review post dive-in.

25/11/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
143. Mike S.
I really dig the concept of the Pearl, and have gone there for drinks and food several times.  The food is great, and we always have a nice time, although it's a bit pricey so we usually  just go for special occasions.

To celebrate our one-year anniversary, my wife and I decided that we'd stay overnight at the Pearl and check out the hotel side of it, especially since they had some great deals going.   We were really excited to stay there and see what the rooms were like, but once we actually got to our rooms, we were a little disappointed.  The rooms was nice, but it was very small, which surprised us because we reserved their largest room "The Strand" and they make a big deal on the Web site about how large and luxurious it is.  The photo of the biggest Strand room on their Web site shows a couch in the room, and it says all rooms have a casual seating area with cushions, but ours just had a plastic chair outside of the shower.  I liked the private patio shaded by the bamboo, and the bed was super-comfortable, but otherwise, it seemed very average.  The overhead shower is supposed to be a treat, but ours didn't seem to work right and it was just annoying.  I thought the betta in the fishbowl was a nice touch, and ours looked healthy, but I do wonder about the wisdom of having a live animal in a hotel room.  I think my wife summed it up best when she said that the hotel experience here just doesn't measure up to the restaurant and bar experience.

We stayed for brunch on Sunday morning, and although our food was great and the Bloody Maries fantastic, if our experience was typical, I don't know if I'd check it out again.   It was VERY crowded (not helped by a party of 30+ showing up) and the scene there just wasn't that great.  It was filled with bleach blonde Paris Hilton-ites and what seemed like an entire army of meathead clones, all wearing almost the exact same sunglasses and trying to be cool.  The service was good for the most part until the giant party arrived and our waitress got roped into taking care of them.  I had to track down our server from the previous evening to get more drinks and the check.

All told, I'm sure I'll go back for drinks and food again, and may even give brunch another shot, but I probably wouldn't stay in the hotel again unless there was a super deal.

24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
144. Marc B.
Pearl hotel??  More like the "bead nucleated Chinese freshwater cultured pearl hotel". Doors were locked upon arrival, waited 15 minutes outside to be let in to the lobby to check in. Can't voice my opinion on the interior of the hotel but I can tell you that the outside was beat down and looked like a place right out of "don't be a menace to south central, while drinking your juice in the hood". I don't give 1 stars ever but this one time.

08/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
145. ZHUOmei w.
i love the modern design of this hotel. and it remind me when i travel to Germany last fall. room really clean and well design. everything go with the theme---" fish bowl hanging on the wall.. nice bedding. comfor desk....." so modern i l love it so much. however, they don't have  double room.  and dinner at hotel's restaurant , and you can dinning beside the pool and watch open air vintage movie. enjoy a glasses of Napa" Leese fitch " wine . " what a amazing life!
( all the stuff are really helpful)
I love Pearl!

06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
146. Kait F.
I LOVE this place! Talk about creative! This restaurant is absolutely adorable! I found it on Yelp because it was close to my aunts house, and we decided to check it out. Fell in love with great food and great service. We have since been back with every member of the family!

10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
147. Jamie L.
I've never stayed the hotel myself, but this pace has decent drinks and an okay menu.  The charm is in the pudding.  They have a social area that is kitschy to say the least.  They are always playing old movies and TV shows.  They have a room where you can play oldschool board games on shag carpet, an asian-inspired area for chilling, and a pool remiscent of the Frankie and Anette days.  It's like stepping into a different era with every room.  And they encourage community activities, and who can resist that?

23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
148. Courtney J.
Fresh atmosphere...loved it! I had a great waiter/bartender! During our dinner he would actually join us for a few mins to talk and get to know us! The staff were very geniune and they gave our restaurant group a personal tour of the hotel room upstairs. The ambience was chic and modern...it's a jewel. The food was great and pricey but who cares it was all worth it! Just imagine eating dinner outoors in a cabana right beside the pool with all your friends in addition to having a waitor who absolutely cares about your comfort! Now that's cold chilling!!! PEARL you get a million thumbs up from me!

21/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
149. Benjamin E.
Gotta love a throwback hotel!  Haven't stayed at the hotel, but have seen the rooms.  Very nice furnishings with a hint of modernity that you might not expect from a "retro hotel".

I've been to the Pearl on a number of occassions for Happy Hour, a Chef's Table dinner, networking events and the Dive In Theater and feel like it is a good all around spot to hang.  Yes, it is a little out of the way, and parking can be an issue, but all worth getting over to hang out at the Pearl.

Tacorita Tuesday is fun.  I'll pass on the potato tacos, but the beef ones were quite good!  Not your Taco Bell variety - definitely worth trying!  The drinks are stiff and the serving staff is friendly.

It does fill up pretty easily, as space is limited, but I've never really felt like it was TOO crowded.  Definitely not like I've felt in Downtown establishments.

Where else in San Diego are you going to go and see Synchronized Swimmers in the pool?  (OK, other than your grandmother's backyard)  This place rocks!  

Chef Trey makes some mean meals and is often seen out amongst the tables greeting people.  I don't feel like it is trying to be anything that it is not.  It's just a great, DIFFERENT, place.  Don't build your hopes up or expect something ahead of time.  Just go and have fun!  That's what they're there for!

25/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
150. Catherine L.
Ugh.... this place is just an upscale motel --- i booked a room here based on the reviews on yelp but now that i look at the reviews mroe carefully...they're by san diegoans and by people who jsut frequented the bar....... should've taken a closer look before booking the room on expedia.. =(...... the decor was interesting, different from the generic furnishings of your basic hotel..... but omg the bathroom was disgusting.... there was a yellow ring on the floor around the toilet!!!! i was sooo grossed out --
from then on, i just didn't want to touch anything, the pillows, lounge chair, blankets --- i would only sit on the sheets and wore my slippers everywhere - i also covered the bathroom floor with the towels....
there was also a leftover grape stem on the floor of our room

i want to give negative stars but yelp won't permit me to do so

parking is so ridiculous!!! 15 bucks to use one of the 5 spaces they have in front of their hotel?????????

stay away from the pearl!

09/07/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
151. Jordan F.
I was here for a networking event and wow, it took my breath away - but it was more of a gasp than anything else. It was a sad attempt at a chic hollywood feel - sure they have all the elements: open setup, poolside cabanas, huge overhead screen for movies or whatever...

But it just missed the mark.  The restaurant was TINY, the bartenders were way too into themselves and the neighborhood was sketchy...to say the least!  I think I remember the manager even promoting cheaper rates for rooms after midnight  - sleazy much?!

In their defense I haven't been back since last winter, but after that experience  I don't have any reason to go back...

17/11/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
152. TRe y.
Went to the Pearl last night. They took a step forward by having actually serving their wine in a wine glass and not a plastic cup.  However, the food was pretty disappointing. My boyfriend had the fish, which was underseasoned, paired with mushrooms that were bland.  The sauce on the dish was unnoticeable on the plate and tasteless.  I had a tomato bisque soup which was missig some cream, and flavor. Where was the flavor on the dishes? We hadn't been there in awhile, and don't plan on returning anytime soon. Sorry.

14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
153. Nick T.
Been here twice now. First was the Elite event which was a blast and second was Lisa C's wedding reception, also a blast.

I like the bar area. Its cozy and laid out very nicely with the tall bartop tables. Full Bar of course.

That small shag carpeted lounge-y area is a bonus .

Check out the pool with the booths off to the side when you go. And the sinks in the bathroom.

If I lived in the area I probably would come more often.

19/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
154. Rob K.
Love the way they decorated the place, and the outdoor pool vibe they have going on.  The appetizers are pretty good, as are the drinks.  My issue with this place is money.  In today's economy, people simply can not afford to pay $6 bucks for a draft beer, and $12 dollars for a shot of tequila.   The prices at this place are just way too high.

Happy hour prices are decent, $3 beers, $4 glasses of wine, but make sure you leave when the happy hour prices are done, or you'll be stiffed with a huge bill.

I would love to come back to this place, but let's face it, Point Loma is out of the way for those of us who live up on "the hill" and there are plenty of other places to go closer to home that won't stiff me with a huge tab at the end of my evening.

Oh, and by the way, parking can be a pain!!!!!!!!!!

27/01/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
155. Ann Marie H.
Blink and you'll miss it as you're driving down Rosecrans.  It looks like every other motel in Point Loma. Once you walk inside, though . . . you're transported to Palm Springs during the 60's - chic, mod, and casual.  We came for the bottomless mimosa brunch and stayed for the pool:

Excellent service
Tasty food
Reasonable prices
Fun ambience

The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because they didn't have any tapatio.  Gasp!

20/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
156. rion s.
This is a nice looking hotel, but we were disappointed in the rooms.  They definitely spent more on the outside than the inside.  Bar/pool area was ridiculously loud and couldn't sleep because the noise came right through the wall.  Woman at the front desk was rude.  No fridge in room.  No room service.  Were told we were going to have a patio, but didn't.  
This is trying to be a hip boutique hotel but they've cheaped out.

06/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
157. Joelle R.
I went to The Pearl for a Twitter event, so my drinks were free and I drank white wine all night (it was that or cucumber martinis and who wants to hiccup cucumber martinis?), so I can't say anything about how great their drinks are.  But, the ambiance is faaaaaaabulous.

It's totally "my style" (hell, their logo font is similar if not the same as the one for our company), vintage modern... it feels a little like a mini "The Parker" in Palm Springs.  The staff was nice enough, too and we were greated warmly by their events manager.  

As far as a place to host an event, The Pearl would be my first choice for my next gathering.

It's clear that it was once probably a run-down mid-century motel which has now been polished up and is just so chic and comfortable, I want to live there.

I've never stayed in their rooms, but I'm considering getting one for myself just as a treat.  And so I can drink cucumber martinis until I hiccup and not have to drive home.

I'll be back, for sure. I want to try their food next and maybe an actual cocktail!

25/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
158. Chris M.
I desperately wanted this to be the experience that so many others appear to have had, however, it was far from it.

This review relates only to the "drive in theater" experience.

Went to see Poltergeist last night. Arrived at roughly 10 past 7. We were granted entrance by a really old cat who told us we could be served appetizers and drinks when seated by the pool. NOT! I was pretty much laughed at when I mentioned it to the bartenders. As we scouted out the place looking for somewhere to sit, I couldnt help but notice that there was an open table with a reservation card placed on it. I recalled they only accept reservations for the cabana. NOT! Making matters worse (and in direct conflict with what they state on their website) as people who were dining left, the tables remained open awaiting those who made reservations apparently. I felt bad for those who tried to be seated at those tables only to be told they werent available. Looks as though they were duped as well.

I dont really blame my next issue on them, so I allow you to decide for yourself.  It not really possible to enjoy the movie because the people there are free to be as loud as they want. Not a problem - I get it - this is a bar, after all.  The only place where you can hear the movie clearly is the bathroom.

We didnt eat anything, nor did we stay at the hotel.

I think it really comes down to having a good idea and having poor executing. Misleading people about reservations is just dishonest. They could choose to say nothing about it.

Plenty of flash, ZERO substance.

30/10/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
159. Brad H.
This hotel reminds me of a 70's porn studio.  

Perhaps it was also the set of the 90's hook up drama Melrose Place.

It is a 70's motel, 2 stories, very old school style.  There is a pool in courtyard and the best part about the hotel is that it has a large screen and a projector to watch outdoor "dive in movies."  It really was a genius marketing strategy to convert this old motel into a Hip new age retro look.  There is also a retro bar with old cave-like rocks along the walls and will serve up some fine cocktails.

At first I was not too fond of this place but in all honesty, thinking about the unique look and complete brand makeover, I now really dig it.  Go see a movie here or attend an event and you will get a good feel for this place.  Bring a floaty, some old swim trunks, grow a mustache and curl the ends, this place is a delightful yet familiar refreshment.

24/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
160. Denise F.
I can't rate this as one place, because it is contradictory. This place needs two seperate ratings - one as a hangout and one as a hotel.  I've tried it as both.  Everything about the atmosphere being cool is correct, so I'll skip that part. :)

As a hangout, brunch spot, martini bar = A+ Fun atmosphere, a nice break from other "trendy" spots and superb meet-up spot to impress your friends with.  Delicious food, affordable (under $10) drinks and a decent selection of beers on-tap.   Nice place for a party.*  

As a hotel = B.   It photographs well and it is exciting to drive up to a little piece of nostalgia.  The rooms are tiny but the design makes up for the smallness.  They get an A for effort, but a C for execution.  "Every room has a fish" - cute, right?  Only if they are alive.  I booked four rooms here for out-of-town visitors and 2 out of 2 rooms had dead fish.  All bathrooms had hair in the drain.  Not squeaky clean enough for ~$300/night.   For $79/night, sure.   On the positive side, you get the use of a beach cruiser with your hotel booking:)  A great way to sightsee in Point Loma.

The staff:   Not very "seasoned" as far as hospitality goes.  Otherwise Nice, very chill, kind of "alternative" and know the local area well.

*If you are a smoker, this is not the place for you.  You will need to smoke outside the hotel entrance and not around the pool, even though it is outside. The property is too small, by law, to accomodate outside smokers next to the eating and sleeping areas.

18/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
161. Sharon S.
You know what sucks?  The Pearl Hotel is such a great place.  Super cool mid-century vibe.... that's why it sucks to report the following:
I had my birthday party at the Pearl.  I rented the pool area for a  $1,000.  Also spent almost $500 on apps for my guests.  I signed a contract that stated there was a "$3,500 food and beverage minimum to be met by guests."  (Minus the $500 I had spent on apps).  I had about 40-50 guests there who were all drinking, ordering dinner, drinking, drinking, drinking.....
Here's the thing.  I had 2 servers who DID NOT GIVE ONE SINGLE GUEST A BILL!!!!  Across the board every person I talked to told me the server said "There is no bill."  or "Just pay what you want.  Sharon has a $3,000 minimum." or "You can either give me money or Sharon money."  "You can contribute if you want to."
One friend told me that she and her husband ordered $200 worth of food and drinks but only paid $40 because, based on what the server said, they thought the bill was covered.  
How was the "$3,500 food and beverage minimum to be met by guests" supposed to happen if nobody was billed for what they ordered?  I was stuck with a $1,800 bill because none of my guests paid what they owed.
I work in the service industry and this is completely unacceptable and not  how a restuarant should be run.
Whatever you do DO NOT BOOK A PRIVATE PARTY AT THE PEARL!  You will get screwed.

03/11/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
162. Jessica Y.
In-town vacation,
find your home away from home,
lots of room specials.

30/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
163. El N.
This is a review for the bar only.

I like the atmosphere at the bar. Casual but not sloppy. Stylish without the snobbery. I always sit at the bar and order vanilla mojitos. These are the best. They aren't greedy with the fresh mint which is a problem with most of the mojitos I've had in San Diego. The bartender is great. She's friendly and attentive. The Cuban cigars have an odd taste to me. Sorta like vienna sausages. Maybe its the type of ham they put in it. The pomme frites are yummy. Thinly sliced and crispy.

Be aware that the bar is not open Saturday afternoons. I came here with a group of friends on a Saturday. Along with another party of 6 we were surprised to find the bar and restaurant closed. With the number of people who wandered in to check out the bar hopefully they will increase their hours and open on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

17/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
164. Shanah C.
Came here with a girlfriend for dinner and for the movie by the pool. This place is VERY retro, and I think it would be cute if that retro was "upgraded"... I mean it looks like they haven't re-done anything in this place since they opened (God knows how long ago). A simple "re-vamp" would make a huge difference. We had dinner which was ok (but a little pricey for the portion) and our waitress Jessie was really nice. But our seats by the pool for the movie weren't that great because apparently you have to make reservations for that?!?! The hostess said some of the reservations were made back in Aug?? REALLY!! I'd be interested in seeing the rooms and knowing how much they charge per night because if they are anything like the rest of the hotel, I probably wouldn't expect anything too fancy. Again, very cute "concept" with the retro shag carpets and OLD board games to play in the restaurant (rock em sock em robot anyone?) but needs a little TLC.

09/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
165. Embrey H.
If I could give The Pearl Hotel a billion stars I would!

Yesterday was my boo's birthday and I wanted to do something different so I reserved the champion booth at Lucha Libre, and reserved The Strand Essential room and a poolside table for the viewing of True Romance at The Pearl.

Scott at the front desk was amazingly helpful! He let me check in a bit early so I could decorate the room with some balloons, set up a late check out, and even brought us toothpaste because we forgot it!

The room was clean and beautiful, we loved our roomate Lucy, who came in the form of a Beta fish in a cute little bowl, and the bed SOOOO comfy! I didn't want to wake up this morning.

The showing of True Romance poolside was awesome! We asked if we could bring our own bottle of champagne to the table and were told there's a $20 corking fee, after a few minutes the restaurant manager (Tim I think his name was) came out and waived the fee and even offered my boo a free entree for his birthday!

Along with The Strand Essential room we recieved a coupon for 2 free drinks and a free appetizer (I think this only comes with the Essential rooms).

So for my boo's free entree we kept it simple and ordered a burger. DEEELICIOUS!!! I would go as far as saying it totally beats Burger Lounge in Kensington and Crazy Burger in North Park.

The bathrooms are pretty sweet in the rooms AND downstairs in the bar.

Prices are around $10 for the specialty drinks and the burger would have run us $15 bucks if it werent for Tim's generosity, but it was $15 bucks we would have gladly paid!

Parking is a bit tough, but along with the Essentials package we recieved a parking spot.

I can't say enough good things about The Pearl Hotel, the staff was great, rooms comfy, and the ambiance amazing! This is our new favorite spot and will definately frequent them with our business and recommend it to all our friends.

I can't wait until summer to hang out poolside!!


19/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
166. Josie G.
A cute little boutique hotel. Centrally located. Nice enough rooms, particularly given the rather fair prices.

They have special movies that they play here during the warmer months,; movies right next to their cozy little pool. You float around while you watch and order drinks. As I think of it, that brings up the bathroom question. Come to think of it, this makes me glad we didn't have aa chance to try out their pool.

The bar is nice. They run a special pricing deal on their rooms if you've been drinking at their bar and feel unsafe to make the drive home. How thoughtful is that?

The Pearl takes the effort to offer a good deal for the buck.

25/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
167. Christian B.
Love this place!  I have eaten, drank, and stayed here and my review covers the entire Pearl experience.  I have had drinks on several occasions, dinner twice, and last Friday my sexy GF got me a room there as a surprise for my birthday.  Being Pt. Loma locals, we got a great rate on the room ($79 i think), proceeded to finish off the evening's buzz, and retired to our accommodations w/o any cabs or cops.

I am going to start with the bad.  First off, for those high maintenance folks (you know who you are) don't expect the US Grant Boutique Hotel when you get here.  The rooms were large but sparsely decorated.  Our fish was named Duke and was a good looking cat.  The platform bed was comfortable and firm, just like my 34 yo back likes it.  The bathroom was 'Eh, I've had better' and the tub did not drain.  That usually grosses me out, but I was hung over and the shower was way more important. My guess is the Pt. Loma plumbing from the 60's still resides here and they need to spend a little more on maintenance in that area.  Over all, hotel stay was a 3 star experience but I would do it again just so's not to get in trouble driving home.

Last time I ate dinner here I was with a group.  I ended up being the guy whose order was f'ed up.  I ordered the chicken something or other, which ended up being free and delicious (with a free dessert), but I still had to watch my friends eat while I sipped on my 2nd and 3rd glasses of wine.  Everyone's meals were tippety top and they were responsive to the mistake.  The service was great despite me being left out, but I am a big boy and can take it.  Dinner was pricey but worth it so I would rate the dining a 4 star affair.  

A side note b/c it pisses me off - I still paid the same as everyone else b/c I have a couple seriously cheap friends.  My feelings here are if you can't afford to eat out, don't do it.  If you don't like to tip, don't eat out. I think everyone that eats out regularly should have to spend a week waiting tables to understand the wait staff side of the picture.  One of my friends actually said, "I don't tip on tax."  Who are you? I would rather be known as a lazy, smelly, fat kid than a cheapskate or a poor tipper!  At the end of 'splitting' the tab, I invariably end up throwing in another ten spot to make sure the server gets an appropriate tip.  

Now the good - the decor is fantastic, the vibe lends itself to relaxing and chatting, there is a killer pool with Bond movies playing above it, the bar is long and the service is stellar.  Tim and Heather bought me a free meal for my birthday last week (haven't used it yet, but I can't wait to).  The drinks are great and the crem brulee martini is a must for the ladies.  My GF really loves them. Good selection of beers, poolside seating, and generally my kind of place.  I would recommend the Pearl to everyone and hope to spend many more evenings there.

18/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
168. Greg F.
I've only been for drinks, but pretty good bar and worth checking out at least once. You can lounge in corner 70s-style on the shag carpet.

They lost a star for being unnecessarily spendy in Point Loma.

12/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
169. Anna M.
Not quite sure why this place has gotten so much buzz lately. I was more than disappointed.

Started at the bar, after waiting to be seated for at least 8 minutes. Just moved to the bar, but didn't stay long. The bartender looked like he was on drugs, running around and basically ignoring guests for up to 5 minutes at a time. When he finally did look our way, he frantically told us he was out of two different beers on tap, although the taps were still on.

On to dinner.  Server was nice enough. Feel sorry for her since there were out of several food items, and she had to keep coming back with the bad news. Drinks took forever, which isn't hard to believe since Micky McCokehead was still manning the bar. Food was eh, nice presentation but small portions. I had the risotto which was way too salty. My man had to steak, which was overcooked for his expected Med Rare. When I mentioned the small portion sizes to the manager he gave me a 20 minute dissertation on the slow food movement. Who hasn't heard of that in this town? And how does that make up for small portions? And since when is salmon (fish of the night) slow food? But I digress...

Place seemed busy, understaffed and too expensive for the poor quality of experience. Get a hostess. Get a real bartender. Get a clue.

12/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
170. Amanda R.
Sure, this place is cute to look at with it's retro decor, but it's totally overrated for a place to stay while vacationing.

While pulling up, you'll find that there are only a handful of parking spaces which they tell you upon arrival you need to pay extra to park there otherwise it's street parking for you. There is no central air in the room - only a window a/c which prevents you from closing the curtains at night so you get a nice view of the outdoor hotel light illuminating the door. The mattress isn't a real one - it's a sack of cotton that dips in the middle and totally uncomfortable. The bar/restaurant does have some interesting items on the menu but the portions are pretty small. Everything we ordered was just OK - not great but not terrible. The downside was that it was overpriced for the quality and quantity and  it was too noisy for a restaurant. Actually, it's not quite like eating at a restaurant, more like playing make believe restaurant in a noisy bar with a pool view - but not a great pool view because apparently no one likes to clean or vacuum that pool. Dirty pool view aside (hey, I don't like to vacuum either) the noise was pretty bothersome. It was difficult to have a conversation without being distracted by all the annoying things happening a short distance from my ear - staff dragging chairs with metal bottoms across the concrete floor, people dropping clanging silverware, or the table of drunk girls singing/screeching happy 36th birthday to their slutty looking guest of honor.

I booked a room here for a weekend getaway from LA and ending up checking out early after only one night and driving home. If you want to stay someplace that is probably less comfortable than your home or apartment, then this is the right place for you. The Pearl is only a motel 6 with a little makeup on. The only reason why I give it any stars is for decor creativity, friendly staff and even though the pool wasn't clean, my uncomfortable room was.

02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
171. Destijl S.
Ugghhh yeahhh!!!! oooohhh!!

So I thought i'd go outta mah way to lounge at The Pearl Hotel last night for a little trunk show a frienda mine helped coordinate. I walked in and thought Mike Myers was gonna jump out at me bustin the Austin Powers deal... as I viewed more of the interior I felt more like I was gonna visit James Bond in the gun stance waving his Walter PPK. It has this feel to it...

classy but fun... exactly the opposite of how girls are in San Diego!! Whaddayaknow? I like this place... it made me think of Starlite lounge but w/ a hotel attached to it... the shag lounge area is dope.. I mean the first thing that comes to mind is gettin buck nekkid and rollin around just to warm up for the chess boards they have prepped. The pool area is really  nice.. I wanna get buck nekkid and jump in the pool. The staff is nice and courteous... I think they actually care about their customers here... pretty refreshing.. the bar area is dope also... i wanna get buck nekkid and order drinks there... the bathrooms are really nice too!! I wanna get buck nekkid and stare at myself in the mirror flexing my buttcheeks!!

That will all happen next time I visit The Pearl Hotel

05/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
172. Kathryn C.
Great low-cost option in SD.  We stayed here for 1 night when we arrived in San Diego.  It's like an old motel that has been updated and made trendy.  Nice bar scene and restaurant.  Liked our room, and especially the little fish! :)

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
173. Bridget F.
This place was great. We stayed two nights at the beginning of a trip up the California coast. And after staying in a slew of hotels during the trip, this one was the best. We didn't eat there or hang out at the bar, so I can't attest to the Pearl as restaurant, but the hotel side proved very comfortable. The staff emailed me before we got in to see if I needed anything special. I ordered a bottle of champagne, which they put on ice in the room before we got in. So, nice touch on that one.  

I took off one star for two reasons.

First, I read reviews that said the place got noisy at night, so I asked for a room farther away from the pool. Well, we were put in a room right smack next to the pool. On Thursday night, it was totally quiet, but on Friday we could definitely hear the bar action in our room. I was so jet-lagged it didn't keep me up, but I was irritated that the request was clearly ignored.

Second, I saw the picture someone else posted of the dead fish, and the one in our room didn't look too good either, and its not right to use a fish as part of a cool design aesthetic and then starve the thing. But I'm a sap.

21/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
174. Suzi J.
Went to the Pearl Hotel with my boyfriend and a couple of his buddies. I had driven by a couple times before, but didn't realize the Pearl has a restaurant and bar!

Our group was there for drinks, and got super delicious beers (My new favorite: Green Flash Brewing Company's DOUBLE STOUT! AMAZING) and the Curious George cocktail (So good!).

Honestly, the environment is so nice and you're able to just talk with the bartenders and hang out by the pool or in the lounge to talk or play games. It's just too fun. Loved it.

09/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
175. veronica q.
I'll admit, his place is pretty damn cool. I love the retro/modern concept of the place. The vibe is very hip and lively as well. The night we were staying there the hotel was holding a soup party. Folks could bring a soup bowl and get a free bowl of soup and bread. It seemed to draw quite a crowd. They had the poolside movie projector going and lounge-y music playing. If the husband didn't have a crazy migraine, we might have partook in the festivities.
The downside? The room was smaller than I anticipated, the walls were very thin, and the bathroom left much to be desired and could have stood a better cleaning. Though it's been stylized to be a hip hotel, it is still what it is, a small cheap motel with a facelift.

19/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
176. J S.
Been here before and it was great, this time they were out of my favorite booze and the main course special (of course the server didn't know).  It took 15 minutes to get our drinks, not a good nite for the pearl.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
177. Arianne N.
Came here with a friend to stay the night last year. The whole place had an awesome vibe to it. Well decorated. Our room was super tiny, but again well decorated. I think our pet fish's name was Olga or something like that. Only slight drawback was that I thought the bathroom was a little old, and I cringed inside whenever I had to step in it. Hotel bathrooms in general make me feel dirty though. The neighborhood that it was in made me a slightly uneasy also. I wish I could have checked out the bar, but by the time we had been situated they'd already closed. You park out on the street unless you want to pay for a spot in the super tiny parking lot out in front.

04/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
178. Karen F.
I want to chose 3.5 stars, but obviously that is not an option.

The bar service is great, good drinks, a lil spendy but the atmosphere is worth it.  Service at the tables is HORRIBLE.  Last time we waited for a table for an hour, and after being sat waited for 15  minutes for our server to acknowledge us, which never happened, so we left.  However I do love this spot, the food is good, the vibe is great, and its the nicest bar(outside of Old venice) in this part of town.  They also have fun events - dive in movies, bingo, and brunch.

My best advice is make sure you stay on the host if you want table service for dinner, otherwise you might find yourself waiting an extremely long time.

22/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
179. Jennifer R.
I wanted to check out a new hotel in SD to spend my bday and from the pics online I fell in love with the theme of this place.  Once we got there we were fortunate enough to find parking in their parking lot out front (which I believe is only for 3 cars?).  A woman who worked there asked what was the reason for my visit and I proudly told her, "for my bday!" she quickly offered to buy me a drink and I so kindly accepted.  I thought that was waay cool.  

We got a room with a balcony (which I was told they only have a few).  Don't worry the balcony is nothing to brag about all you see is the doctor's office directly across from you. The room size was small and compact.  Cute retro decor.  

We used the pool the next morning which was the highlight of the start of my bday.  Staff service were very friendly during our time there, however, I don't think I would stay there again.  1) Just cause the rooms were real close together and you can easily hear your neighbors.  2) A king size room was kinda small. 3) It was on a heavily busy street.

I would wanna check out the Dive-In Theatre and restaurant next time tho!

20/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
180. Stacy C.
Very swanky, cool, retro yet modern vibe. Staff was friendly, fish (in the room, not on my plate) was alive, bed was comfy. Yes, the room was a little on the small side, but that is fine by me.  Other reviewers mentioned the noise, however, we stayed next to the pool, and with the TV and the air heater on, we fell right asleep with no problems. Well, that may have been helped by a few glasses of wine at dinner, either way, the pool did not bother us and we were there on a Friday night.

Only stayed the one night, but the stay was very pleasant. We were within walking distance to a few great restaurants and the Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe (so delicious!). Short cab ride to Little Italy for a nice dinner. Overall a great trip and The Pearl Hotel set the vibe. No question, I would love to stay if/when I am in the Point Loma area again.  What am I saying "if?"  I'll go back just for that bakery!!

01/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
181. Francie S.
I recently planned a family anniversary celebration at the Pearl and was very impressed with the great service and care that the management puts into this lovely retro, hotel. Te group services manager did everything she could to make this a successful event for us
The clientele of locals that come to the restaurant is very impressive. Sort of like Cheers bar meets Austen Powers ambience. Very fun, we all felt very comfortable and would recommend this spot to someone who would like to personalize their trip in  a smaller cozier environment

17/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
182. Melissa C.
I came down to San Diego recently specifically to patronize this hotel. I've been to San Diego, it's an easy drive, it can be done without a hotel room, but I figured it would be romantic, and fun! We took public transportation from Orange County, and the Number 28 bus from Old Town will take to right to the front of the Pearl. We paid about $70 for our room on a weeknight based on a 30% off deal on their website. Their website offers the lowest rates.

I had specifically requested a quiet room, but instead I was given the room closest to the dumpsters right behind the restaurant, and where the speakers playing hip music could be clearly heard through the thin walls. Now, I'm not kidding myself, I knew this was just an old motel gussied up to look new so the walls are thin no matter what, but this is the one area in which I knock off a star. They gave us the exact opposite of a quiet room.

The room itself was on the small side, about 200 sq. ft. including the bathroom. The bed was low, which I love, and queen size, not King as the website indicated. Being that my boyfriend and I are tiny and don't weigh more than 275 lbs combined, it wasn't an issue. There was only about a foot from the end of the bed to the wall, where the TV was mounted, so you literally had to climb through the bed to get to bed. I like the coziness, but it did seem a little awkwardly laid out. The bathroom was small and had subway tile, but had a thick floormat that had to be moved when opening or closing the door. Just a minor annoyance. The shower was either scalding or cold, again, something I expected since this is an old building with old pipes.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at the Pearl and seriously considered added a second night onto our stay, but since we both had to work the next day it seemed like a waste! We will definitely be back to stay here in the future, maybe in the summertime when we can use that pool!

18/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
183. Justine T.
  About a month ago, my boyfriend and I headed down to San Diego so I could introduce him to my dad (and my stepmom, and my older sister, and my little sister, and my little brother, AND the two dogs, aaaand the turtle). Eesh! With what promised to be an interesting and possibly overwhelming weekend ahead of us, the last thing we wanted to deal with was the hassle of finding the right hotel at the right price.
 Enter The Pearl... DRUMROLL PLEASE...I absolutely LOVE this place! I called on a Thursday and was able to book a room immediately for the following two nights. The person I spoke with over the phone was amazing. His name's Tom and was so friendly and incredibly helpful. There are three types of rooms available, The Gem, The Jewel, and The Strand. We booked one of The Jewels for $109 a night, which was a surprising $20 CHEAPER than if you booked the same room through Expedia.com . When I got off the phone with Tom, I was so excited for the weekend I could hardly sleep that night.
 When we got into San Diego (Point Loma, to be precise), we headed down Rosecrans to find The Pearl. Upon arriving, the parking situation left much to be desired. Valet parking is $10 a night and I'm not one for unnecessary expenses so we parked a couple of blocks away and hoofed it.
 When we entered the hotel, I was blown away by the decor. The vibe is retro-beach-glam. Is that a real thing? No? Well, I just made it up, so HA. The furniture has that sleek futuristic look that was the height of coolness in the 50s and 60s. There are plenty of candles and mirrors on the walls that work with some colored bulbs to create unique and beautiful lighting. The pool area is fun and hip, complete with a huge mounted movie screen that they call the Dive-In Theatre. They do movie nights where you can hang in the pool or on the comfy pool-side seating and catch a flick while enjoying a drink or two from the hotel bar.
 Our room was totally cool-- cozy and welcoming--even better than the hotel's website had led us to expect. It had a 42" flat screen TV, a king-size platform bed with soft (and CLEAN) sheets and fluffy pillows. There was ample closet space although we wouldn't need it for just the two nights, and the bathroom was spotless.

 The hotel provides H2O products for the standard shampoo-conditioner-lotion trio and I must say, the lotion made it's way into my purse in less than ten minutes and stayed there for weeks while I squeezed every last drop out of it.

 We also had our own little patio but the best part of the room? The beta fish! Every room has their own little beta fish in a bowl mounted on the wall. It was such an unexpected detail and I thought it was totally cute and original.

 Because it was such a short stay, we didn't have a whole lot of interaction with the staff. Upon checking out we had to wait a while as the front desk clerk was nowhere in sight but when she showed up she was really sweet and made sure we'd had a great stay. We were really busy with family stuff so we also missed out on having dinner and drinks at the hotel restaurant but we'll try that out during our next stay.

 All in all, we were really pleased with the experience. The room was great, the pool area made us wish it was about 20 degrees warmer, and the overall vibe was totally in sync with our own style, although I wish parking weren't such a pain in the tookus. I definitely reccomend you check it out for yourself!

10/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
184. John R.
(Restaurant review only - didn't stay in a guest room):  I've been thinking of trying out the Pearl for quite some time, so my wife and I decided to head over on a recent Tuesday night.  I'm not sure if they weren't expecting a crowd, but it appeared that they had only one waitress on that night.  

Short version: total time from arrival until food served - 1 hr 20 min.  Total price was way more than a burger and soup of the day should cost.

So on to the menu.  "Best burger in town" was what I chose.  Hmmm.  Well, I suppose if you consider the 1400 block of Rosecrans said "town," then I'll give you that.  (There's a McDonalds and Denny's just down the way a bit and I think they both have burgers for sale).  For $15, I kinda expected more.  While it was a good burger, I don't think it would qualify as best in town. I did like the toasted bun and fresh tomato.  Soup of the day (which was replaced by another selection after they realized that they were out of the original soup) was tasty as well.  I think it was potato leek.

Most of the drinks were priced at over $10.  A little too much for a non-downtown and non-beach front property.  Even the beers were $6.

The place was nice, seemed a little hipster to me.  Guess I caught it on an off night (or maybe I was off that night).  Still, 90 minutes for a burger on a Tuesday night (especially later in the evening and after the dinner rush) isn't what I'm looking for very often.  Will I give it another chance?  Perhaps.

27/11/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
185. Shad W.
Cool little joint, very nice and clean, modern retro. love the look. the room (the jewel) was nice and spacious.  willy (our beta fish in the room) was a little sad looking but i dig on the idea. the bathroom was not impressive but decent size. very dated.  bed was very comfortable.  

very disappointed in the bar hours. check in is @ 3 and there is nothing better than to get in your room and then go have a drink by the pool. problem is the bar doesn't open until 5 and the kitchen not until 6.  they poured us a beer at 4:30 but no liquor.  the bartender was helpful and knew her bourbons.

pool area was cozy and the cactus wall is beautiful.

was in town for a wedding so dealt with that after hours and didn't spend a lot of time here for the night life. seemed busy as we went in and out but very calm. love the "i dream of genie" on the projection screen over the pool.

now to the most disappointing and frustrating part. on check out there were all kinds of issue with how they run payments.  after speaking with my credit card company, they ran an authorization on friday when i checked in then again when i checked out. so i end up with two charges on my card instead of the one.  then i find out later that they also charged my personal card due to a bit of confusion with their computer system. very irritating when on a tight budget and now im out an extra $600 until they get it all cleared up.

very little service, not poor service (check out not withstanding) just not very much around. trying to figure out how they can justify their $200 a night rate. i guess thats cheap in san diego

plan on paying for parking as there is none.

09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
186. Andy C.
Anyways, The Pearl is the best little snazzy place in the world!!! I love the little lounge area that they have there in the lobby. There are nice little areas to sit with three personal little spaced divided by a little lamp and table. The lounge seats have a nice little shagged carpet, with pillows to allow the guests for a nice a comfortable experience.

The rooms here are so amazing and fricking beautiful!! I loved taking a little tour of the place and seeing all the rooms. Seeing all these things here together, really made me want to open my own place!! The pool here was amazing and just so warming because unlike all the ugly plastic poop that you see at other places, the seating here are all nice and comfortable, with a little hammock or tables on the sides for the guests to stay. Magazines are available by the towel rack to the nice little sun junkie, who is looking to catch a few rays.

04/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
187. Becca B.
My husband and I got married at The Pearl!  They were incredibly gracious and flexible as we packed the place for both the ceremony and reception.  They catered the entire event, were friendly to all our guests (those that stayed at the hotel and those that were just there for the shin-dig) and even let us borrow their in-house bikes so we could have our "just married" photo-shoot on sweet retro bikes.

We stayed in the master suite room and thoroughly enjoyed our day in style.  Looking forward to spending future anniversaries grubbin as hoodin' at The Pearl.

22/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
188. Alicia S.
As a bit of a wannabe mid-century fan, I pretty much knew that I would ascetically love The Pearl. Wood paneling, shag carpets, white leather.  They may have been channeling the Brady Bunch house a bit.

The cocktail list was awesome! There is something for everyone, whether you like sweet, sweet smell of juniper in gin, the smoky goodness of scotch, or the certainty of vodka. And they don't skimp on the booze. My only complaint was my old fashion'd... too many cherries and ice, not the right sized glass for a proper old fashion'd. But, don't worry, I still drank it!

Plus, bonus: $3 drafts on happy hour and they were all local craft beers, like Stone, Lost Abbey, etc. Food wise, my friends liked the mac n cheese so much, they ordered a second serving.

Service was swell, just try to get reservations ahead of time (about a week on a weekend night) if you have a bigger group so you don't get stuck in the lounge area where it's hard to talk and eat at the same time. My leg fell asleep from cramming myself in a corner, but it was worth it.

12/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
189. tony k.
stayed at the pearl quite a few times over the last few years, always had a fantstic time, decor, ambiance, right up my alley! but it's the staff that makes it so special...it's like a gorgeous girl you know- if she's uptight and hateful, she gets alot less pretty real quick! but if she's easy going, plenty of cruisy vibes, funny and chill, then she gets that much more attractive...kinda how i feel about the pearl...

29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
190. Maryn M.
I am local, and otherwise have no interest in dining at the local hotels, but a friend of mine mentioned this place for their movie nights on Wednesdays. Nonetheless, we went tonight, a Tuesday night, and they had a Steve McQueen movie playing over their retro pool.... phenomenal atmosphere. Tuesdays are also beer and a burger night - $15 and legit!! Caramelized onions over a huge burger, a toasted/amazing bun, the perfect pickle slices and shoestrings fries!!!
I know nothing about the rooms, but the dining was perfect!  My favorite added touch  - the bathroom sinks! :)

29/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
191. Jimmy L.
OK, I was gonna stay in SD for a coupla days, and ultimately, only intended/wanted to spend $100 or less on a hotel, yet didn't want anything run-of-the-mill, either. I *did* find this place through yelp, and  settled on The Pearl for it's high ratings, boutique-uniqueness, and affordability. I was able to get "The Jewel" room for an average of $100/night, which is pretty decent for SD.

II'll probably get tomatos thrown at me giving only three stars (rather than the four that mostly everyone else has given). Nonetheless, here is my feedback -

The place is centrally-located, on a busy street, and accessible.

Upon pulling up, this looked to be a pretty swingin' place with cool mid-century mod design and jelly bean-shaped pool. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the place only has thirteen rooms, with a lobby, bar, and pretty-known restaurant (even my friend, who lives in San Diego, knew about it!) - all in a tight space. There was some forethought to good design, and respect towards the 50s-60s sub-culture, and it shows.

The motel parking spaces were clearly limited, and coned-off, and there really wasn't any space to pull up to upon check-in. Luckily, I found something a coupla blocks away

The staff seemed really outgoing and friendly. The two young women who I encountered behind the front desk were really bubbly and nice, and it was kind of neat that they were both San Diegan natives.

In fact, one of them suggested that I might want to try for street parking first before I plunk down the $10 additional for the parking pass. Note that I always found a space within a 1-2 block radius, and didn't mind the walk, so that was a cost savings.

Luckily, they gave me a room at the farthest corner, and the front-desk staff even indicated that it was advantageously the most quiet room.

The room was a decent size. The design of it was tasteful and mod, and it had a flat-screen TV on the wall. The rest of the accoutrements, however, though stylish and well-designed, were also pretty rinky-dink. The window overlooked the residential area on the parallel back-facing street.

What was really cool was a fish bowl attached to the wall, with a real live fish inside of it (naped Stanley), and an accent light on the ceiling right above! It was the small attention to detail in design that really made this place unique!

"...so far so good..."

A couple of complaints, though -

1. The bed was uber-uncomfortable. They have this giant wooden platform on which they set the mattress. It's not even a platform FRAME. Its a PLATFORM. Period.

Though the mattress was firm to begin with, which I prefer, the fact that you're placing said mattress on a flat wooden platform (rather than a giant-size futon), gives it a strange bounce. Set on a piece of wood, you need a softer mattress to compensate.

Also, the platform was a foot longer than the mattress, and the width of the room was only 'bout a foot longer than that as-it-was; that, coupled with the wall-mount TV at the foot of the bed, didn't leave much room to walk through, and I almost tripped at one point because it's hard to visualize/maneuver the corner of the frame (vs. the corner of the mattress) without being conscious/aware of looking down the whole entire time.

Seriously, my already bad back was more comfortable on the floor, rather than being on a bed with a weird bounce - almost like a "bounce that wouldn't bounce."

2. The other complaint was the bathroom. Seriously, I'll have to give em credit. It looked 80% fine, but it was the remaining 20% worth complaining about.

Light fixture, sink, plumbing, and toilet, looked semi-decent (new but chintzy). Cleanliness and tile work - NOT. Seriously, did they *not* upgrade the tile when they upgraded everything else? The tile (WHITE) on the floor is starting to turn black. I'd kneel down to get a closer look, and seriously, I'm not so sure that the cleaning crew is the greatest. I mean, for the most part it looked pretty spotless - till you get a lil closer...I can deal with cleaning my own bathroom in that way, cuz  the only one that I'm held accountable to is...myself! In a business that involves rotating people in-and-out - sorry - but it better be immaculate and commercial-grade-clean!

Also, when buying the new sink faucet, they didn't have any forethought to make any measurements because when you pull the lever up to close the sink drain, the thingie wouldn't pull up all of the way cuz there wasn't enough clearance! Even though I tried to adjust it myself from underneath, I was never able to close the drain completely.

Still, though, I knew that I would get what I paid for, and still didn't really have any huge complaints (other than the bed, bathroom, and cleanliness!).

One more thing - one of the front-desk clerks mentioned that she grew up in the area and remembers this place as, "The Sportsman's Lodge"!  How cool it would be if they had kept it that way - then that will have been true mid-century!

24/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
192. Liz P.
What an awesome place to meet friends for drinks & apps! I had my first visit to The Pearl Hotel this past Saturday night as part of a networking group I help organize. The Pearl set up a special area in their Lounge - which gives off an uber-cool, relaxed vibe. I felt privileged to be there!

The crowd enjoyed a sampling of apps - fried calamari, mussels, soup samples and even the much raved about mac & cheese (bummed I didn't get the try that - so many people drooled over it!) My fave was the special blueberry martini drinks - I forgot the name of them (must have been really good!)

Not only was the atmosphere TOP-NOTCH and appetizers a crowd-pleaser, our server Chloe was great - huge smile and very attentive.  Even without our party, the lounge area was lively and busy - meaning that a lot of local San Diegans have already discovered what a unique and swanky place this really is!

Disclaimer: I co-organized this event and The Pearl set us up with free apps and drink specials. We were under no obligation to do a Yelp review but I chose to write one because I truly enjoyed my experience and wanted to share it!

02/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Nichole W.
This place is really cute. I went here for a friends bday party and her friend actually worked there so we got a pretty good hookup. We were able to sample a bunch of the appetizers including the cheese plate and the squash dish which was surprisingly tasty and I don't even like squash. For dinner I got the burger and it didn't dissapoint.

The place is a bit pricy and I am a cheap food kind of gal so I can't give it 5 stars but if you're not a cheapskate I'd recommend checking it out.

15/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
194. Richie C.
Hip snappy!

Dimly lit but brooming with style, the Pearl is the kind of place that grabs your attention. Otherwise, you'll probably trip over something. All the same, it's not a library, so taking the brights down to a soft dull is ideal for parties.

The whole hotel is immaculately clean. The Pearl is not your hood's dive, it's Jackie Treehorn's local watering hole. Games, poolside big screen projector, oh and FREE soup once a month! (just bring your own bowl) What a great way to help us all out.

I kind of had an idea that The Pearl was just jumping on the swinger bandwagon. But they're poppin' with events and settings that steps up the ante.

12/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
195. A. M.
OK. The bar and tender was amazing. Totally 5 stars. I... Don't remember his name. Saturday 11/19, around 630? brownish curlish hair. Any way. Dude was great. We got a coupon for a free app and drinks and he suggested all the apps that would get us the most bang for our...coupon. We went with his suggestion of the mussels. Way good. So rich. Cocktail wise, I had the Marie Antoinette. Vodka. Champagne. Lavender. strong. So delicious.  
Now for the Hotel/lodging. So we stayed in "The Jewel". I don't know if all the rooms this size are downstairs. I think next time I'll definitely request an upstairs room. There was just. a lot of noise. Noise from the upstairs couple pretending they were in a porno. for like 5 hours. Mazel btw. And noise that I'm guessing is just regular hotel noise. Set up, break down, stocking. Besides the noise- The Pearl folks were great- left us a little hand written note, the bed was great- contrary to some reviews, we had a huge full length mirror. The room was freaking adorable. The only thing besides Ron Jeremy & Debbie does San Diego that irked me, was I've noticed most hotels will do a late checkout with a simple phone call if they can accommodate it. $25 dollars for an extra hour is just a little wacky. OK. with that said. The hotel gets 4 stars because of the awesome bar scene, the delicious food, the great bar staff and our fish, Wolfgang. Can't wait to come back. And hopefully erase the memory of the things I heard Saturday night.

22/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
196. chuck p.
I'm upping my stars because the manager Sarah seems to be really genuine and handled my pissed off attitude with class.  I don't want or expect anything for free so I am going to have to pass on her very nice offer of a gift certificate to get me back into the establishment.

With that being said and they way she has handled this experience I will definitely consider giving The Pearl another chance someday.  Perhaps that was just a bad night that we hit the joint.

Best of luck Sarah.

30/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
197. hellostacey b.
My husband and I just booked a night at this hotel for a small little birthday getaway from our home in LA.  I loved it!  The hotel was so cool and decor savvy.  You can tell that the owners know what they are doing, considering the other hotels around and the architecture of the building it could easily just be another cheap motel on the beach.

We also had dinner and drinks in the restaurant which was so delicious!!  I've honestly never had better chicken.  We also had the scallops and hot wings to start.  All of which were wonderful.

At one point in our dinner, another patron ran into our table and spilled an entire glass of champagne into my lap and stomach.  Kind of put a damper on the evening, but that staff was very attentive and quickly brought over rags and a new glass of champagne on the house, which was great because it surely wasn't their fault and the man who ran into us surely didn't offer to do either.

I'd stay and eat there again in a heart beat.

17/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
198. Amber A.
Definitely a random local find, it doesn't look like much from the street but once you enter the threshold, the hip-retro decor captures you and gives off an awesome 60's ambiance!

The place can be easily missed, so be on the lookout!
Ended up parking in the neighborhood just next door/behind the hotel.

Went for the free dive-in movie every Wednesday (scheduled only from March- June on the website) The movie didn't start til 8:30pm even though it was scheduled for 8, and seating is first come first serve.

The Pearl is family friendly, and has great service. The waiters always seemed to be in pairs.

Didn't stay overnight, so I cannot rate this place fully, but the whole area was so well decorated I'm sure that the rooms are just as lovely.

*Can't wait for Top Gun showing in 2 weeks, maybe I'll swim in the pool while watching the movie!

10/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
199. Katie Z.
The place was decorated beautifully, and I can tell that they put a great deal of care into glamming up the place.
The restaurant manager did a great job and had excellent customer service.
The food was absolutely delicious, BUT I was finished with it in 4 bites!!! I had to make ANOTHER meal when I got home. I understand the culinary arts but I thought that this went overboard. For a $20 meal plus tips and whatnot I should be totally full and content.
We had a party of about 15 or so, a few vegetarian meals were served but there was an unnatural lapse in time for the meat-eaters to get their food.
Delicious, beautiful place but they got some quirks to work out.

01/07/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
200. Kendra H.
Maybe I caught this on an off day, but we stayed here for our honeymoon based on the reviews and we were very disappointed. Maybe that's because we came Mon-Wed and maybe things start picking up towards the end of the week or something. But when we arrived we got the room with the mirrors on the ceiling. But when we walked in, the bed was tiny (because it was a queen turned sideways) and the room was tiny too! We could barely even stand there with our 2 suitcases. So we changed to a standard room which was more spacious. Also, the water was being fixed the next morning from 8-10am (prime time) and I know it's just situational for us but we had to wash ourselves with washclothes that morning since we had places to be by 10am. Great honeymoon :-/  Anyways, the restaurant was overpriced and they were trying out a new menu. The chef came to ask us what we thought but we felt bad saying that it didn't really have much of a taste to it. Drinks were good, but just an odd vibe there the entire time for us. I was hoping for a nice movie to be playing during dinner (like the more recent fun ones they play on Wed nights) but it was an old black and white one... I guess I'd say don't come here on their off days. Probably shoot more towards the weekend.

04/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
201. John G.
I've wanted to try the restaurant at The Pearl Hotel for awhile now, and I'm glad I finally did.

First of all, the place just has a cool look and feel to it. I guess it could be described as retro-chic or mid-century modern? I could be wrong on that. In any event, the decor and ambience lend themselves to a comfortable, enjoyable night. I was taken aback slightly when we were offered seating in a part of the restaurant that substituted pillows and "t.v. trays" for chairs and tables, but in the end, I decided that was a fun little quirk.

I had one of the best cocktails ever: The Greenhouse Effect. Whoever decided to mix jalapeno-infused gin with muddled basil, lime juice, and soda was a mixological genius. Julie had the Marie Antoinette--plum vodka, champagne, lavender syrup, and lime juice. A great cocktail in its own right.

For dinner, I chose the boneless short rib with demi-glace served on a bed of braised greens and polenta. Excellent... a solid 8 out of 10. Julie went with the oven-roasted duck breast with a burgundy reduction served on rosemary gratin potatoes with grilled asparagus. I liked her dish even better... closer to an 8.5 or 9 out of 10.

I will definitely return soon! The happy hour menu is quite inviting!

21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
202. Lauren T.
rang in NYE 2013 & it was awesome! great atmosphere and the onion tart was phenomal!

03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
203. Dana B.
I LOVE The Pearl. Funky retro rooms and lobby, appropriate pricing, silly and fun touches just for the joy of it.  There's a lot of heart in this little joint and I don't want to stay in ANY other hotel in San Diego going forward.

The staff, it should be noted are universally notable for being helpful and accessible.  If you want something, just ask them.  They'll make it happen or help you to find it for yourself.

We came here based solely on price as a two day getaway became a spur-of-the-moment 3-day weekend.  What we found when we got there was a total surprise.  Dive-in movies in the salt water pool, cozy and inviting courtyard, a nice little bar, board games and a shag rug in the mirrored-ceilinged lobby and of course our own pet fish for the night, Betty.

We've been back twice now.  Can't wait for our next visit.

05/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
204. Refugio J.
Every once in a while you may get tired of the downtown and uptown scene, but want to hang out someplace hip and unique. Stay with me here and you might find this little gem to your pleasing. I did.

The first time I went here, I got an invite from a Russian girl I met. She said they'd be having a vintage Vespa show and it'd be fun to hang out with the owners. I showed up and sure enough there were Vespas - who'd have thought that in San Diego such a popular little mode of transportation could find a home. But one look around and I knew that the Pearl's vintage looking lounge was the right place for this.

The name says it all - the place is a pearl. They play poolside movies while you drink and chat or have a tasty bite to eat. A lot of the cocktails are served in Martini glasses for that extra cool touch. Guys: girls love to hang out here, really!

- Movie nights
- Easy parking
- Poolside cabanas
- Gourmet food by the pool and lounge
- Reasonably priced drinks ($8 on average)
- Reasonably priced dinner ($12 and up on average)
- West of the airport location (chill here before your flight out)

- On the smaller side
- Bar stools without back rests

My thought, it's a great place to help you explore more of San Diego. Because it's close to the Point Loma marina you'll get fresh seafood. Altogether worth the trip.

31/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
205. Kim C.
One of the worst hotels/motels I've ever stayed at in my life.  Where do I begin?  The room was extremely small (even by boutique standards).  There were wall hangers on the wall where there used to be some sort of artwork.  And soap?  Nonexistent.  This is a new kind of low.  I asked for a quiet room and was given a room upstairs that faced a residential street.  The problem is the traffic from Rosecrans is deafening and the paper-thin walls can't begin to filter out the noise.  I woke up at 4:15 am to noise comparable to the 5 freeway.  Only redeeming quality of this place is the cool bar and groovy episodes of "I Dream of Jeanie" playing in the background.  But $9 bucks for a coffee drink?  Are you kidding me?  Last time I checked this was Point Loma, not NYC.

I've stayed at plenty of hip boutique hotels and this is by far the biggest poser I have ever seen.  I guess you really do get what you pay for.  Lesson learned.

10/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
206. Janay R.
I'm on a quest to find the best boutique hotel in the west....I have yet to stay at The Pearl, but from the lounge, I do believe I would be quite happy stumbling back to one of their rooms after a long night of signature martini's.
I really like the decor, the staff was friendly, and the drinks were tasty.  I'm looking forward to visiting again very soon!

18/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
207. avery o.
What a cool hotel! Such a neat boutique hip vibe. Love the bar, love the pool area, and the movies by the pool. Parking is a little crazy, but the place is awesome and unique. Didn't have the chance to eat anything they offer... wish I would've... but it is next to Santanas :)
My only gripe is that the bathroom didn't have any counter space... so that was difficult.
Crazy fish vibe going on.

26/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
208. Jason C.
I have been to dinner and brunch at The Pearl previously and now, after many emails and phone calls to a staff member who books events, I finally celebrated my 30th birthday party at The Pearl.  About 25 friends and family joined in... Stopping by throughout the afternoon of the event.

My family members from out of town stayed in the Hotel for two nights, with two rooms respectively.  The front desk staff were amazing, and the rooms were very nice and clean.   Upon check in, the front desk staff confirmed our party for Sunday and read back the EXACT request that I had made for the party and showed me the seating areas.  However, I must say.... this is where the customer service experience ended.  

We reserved the cabana area weeks in advance and also asked for an extra table or two in case more people showed up.  When the time arrived for the party, there were people sitting at the cabana up until the very last minute.  We actually were polite and let them sit there for an extra 30 minutes into our time because they were also celebrating a birthday.  And members of our group were running late anyway!  

We were asked several times if we would like to sit somewhere else, basically in the sun, before the staff member asked the party sitting at our reserved table to relocate as we had a reservation.  I picked up cigarette butts, stridex pads, and other trash off the floor of the seating area while we waited.  

I was told several times that there would be a live DJ on this particular date, Sunday, which is why the small get together was held then.  My birthday was actually days earlier in the week and any day would have been better for out-of-towners... but we wanted the live music.  I specifically asked if I could provide my own DJ and they said, "we are only allowed to use DJ's provided by The Pearl."  yada yada yada.... we are not a nightclub.  

SO.... of course, there was NO DJ.  I actually had people coming specifically to listen to live music and have drinks by the pool, while the rest of us hung out in the cabana.  I sent an email to the event coordinator and she responded promptly as always.  She arrived at our table about 1 hour later and was very polite to our party.

I told her our concerns and she offered to buy me a shot.  Thanks.  We spent over $700 with the rooms, food, and drink.  Next, the server accused someone of walking on the check when in reality after talking to our friend, she had forgotten to transfer it to his bill, which was paid prior to leaving.  She finally agreed after we talked to the person on the phone and made them pull the check in the computer  

My friends basically had to stand their ground on this one.  FINALLY, after listening to someone's IPOD for hours, the manager on duty agreed to take the one measly $15 hamburger off our bill.  

I work in customer service, have friends who work in media, and many other professions.  We all agreed.... we will never go back to The Pearl Hotel.  I was so disappointed.  But thanks for the shot guys.  You really know how to make it special.

14/09/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
209. A.J. S.
Well like most Yelpers I have a list of places I have read/heard about and have yet to try, and for a while now the Pearl has been at the top.

Wednesday found me at their movie night, which is the night where they put kick ass movies on the projection screen over the pool. The bar area is open to the pool, so you don't feel closed in if you want a table, which is great.

The atmosphere really is like a Motel 6 done up nicely...similar to an aunt of mine with a penchant for mid-century furnishings and shiny things. Anyways, it's beautiful if not on the smaller side. Oh, and the bathroom sink KICKS ASS!!

Food was pretty good, only had one starter. Pretty typical prices, but I was impressed with the prices on the wine list. Service was friendly but food and drinks came out slow. This was not too upsetting with a few bottles of white on the table.

Overall, pretty sweet place. Definately a nice mix up from downtown and hillcrest foolery that I'm used to.

20/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
210. Gary J.
I bought a gift certificate for the Pearl from an elementary school fund-raising auction; the hotel gets huge points for donating nights to these fund-raising activities.  We stayed here the night before Memorial Day.

The people make the place.  The decor is sensible and well-maintained, but even the hip design is over-shadowed by how nice everyone is here.

Our room was extremely clean and comfortable.  Unlike other reviewers, we heard nothing going on in the pool area.  Lucky us!

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
211. J. P.
What a great hip hotel! We were looking for a place to stay outside of the Gaslamp District and found this place on yelp. When we checked in, the hotel staff was so nice and friendly. They knew we were in town for our anniversary and left us a really sweet note and two tokens for complimentary drinks at the bar. They were really helpful with directions, dining suggestions and calling us a cab to go downtown. [BTW...  It costs about $20 downtown on a Saturday night].

Our room was comfortable and clean with a nice platform bed, flatscreen tv and an AC that rocked. We had a great little private balcony with two chairs and a table. I was a bit concerned that it might be loud at night because of the lounge, but it wasn't and the neighborhood is quiet overall.

The bar was fantastic. The decor was cool and clean, they played good music and the bartenders know how to make a good cocktail. We loved the old surfer movie they were showing at the pool while we sipped our drinks.

The parking situation is slim. There are only about ten spots but parking on the street was easy and safe. If you do choose to park there, the hotel will charge you $10 bucks a night.

In the morning, they serve coffee and had the NY Times out. Hotel guests lounged by the pool, swam and read the paper. Very relaxed and mellow vibe. Overall a great experience. Would definitely stay here again. A real hidden gem!

OH - and PS - we found that we got a much better rate by calling the hotel rather than reserving online. The same room that listed for $149 online was only $99 when we called.

10/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
212. Deja O.
This place is full of racists. I couldn't believe how my bf was treated when he walked in by the staff....and by customers! Eff this place. Go there if you like a place that smells like rotten fish and want overweight customers sitting next to you laugh at what you're ordering. Is this high school in the hood or a business? Minorities are not welcome here, beware.

11/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
213. Sunny D.
Expect to adjust your schedule to their event schedule. You will only be able to sleep past 11:30PM (after the restaurant/bar closes) or before 5PM (before they open). The walls are seriously paper thin. I'm not kidding. Super thin. It's almost mandatory to attend their event because it's too loud to stay in your room and watch tv, sleep, or do anything else. Otherwise, go out to the town away from the hotel.

As other yelpers mentioned, it is a MOTEL. Not really a hotel. The rooms are not clean and stinks. They make it LOOK clean but you can tell by the smell and other details like build up of scums in corners of the bathroom that is was not properly cleaned. Similarly to another yelper's comment, one area of my room smelled like sweat, and another corner smelled like urine.

28/10/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
214. Matt S.
My wife and I wanted a nice getaway spot with good food and cool character. We found it, and more. Super nice staff, great location, amazing food. We will return for sure!

02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
215. Bonnie F.
This place is awesome!!!  Great design, cozy, hip, unlike most SD joints.   Has the retro vibe like Palm Springs.  The beer selection is great, unique stuff, happy hour is a great deal.   The food.....pork chop was superb.   Juicy, thick, flavorful, nice glaze, would definitely order it again.   The sides were simple, fingerling potatoes, green beans, just right.  The short ribs were butter soft, the potatoes were not the best, unique, not quite as delectable as we had hoped.   No rush, not pretentious, just good.   A nice change of pace and the location is unique.   The prices were good for the quality of food.  The service was good, I can't wait to go back!

07/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
216. Sunny D.
Went there Thursday night with my bf to grab drinks and dinner.

Like all have said before the place is cool on the inside but super easy to miss from the outside, looks like a old motel or something. Inside is very clean and cool. Don't miss the lounge area on your left right when you walk in, fun little shag carpet area where you can sit, have drinks and they even have chess set ready for you to play with :)

The reason I gave it the three is the food sucked. Portions were super super small, and I'm not one who needs a lot.  Salmon was over cooked, and tasted like salmon I could make a 100x's over at home. The mussels were well, just mussels. Nothing new, just very bland food.

Definitely a place you should check out but only for drinks and maybe appetizers, don't go for dinner.


Although I had a poor experience with the dinner the first time I went, My boyfriend and I decided to give it another shot.  We are SO happy we did.  

It felt like it was an entirely different chef back there!! Food was super tasty.  We were lucky enough to have the chef personally make us a tasting of almost all the dishes from the menu, from all that I had tasted I HIGHLY recommend getting the pork for your entree super tender and there was this topping he sprinkled on it (I don't know the name!!) which gave it this subtle shot of freshness here and there, it was great :)

As far as appetizers, it looks like their deconstructed shrimp nachos are a favorite but if you're up for a change I'd go with the Cuban cigars, it came with a tangy mustard sauce which balanced the pork really well.
OR if that is too much pork, go with the chefs choice with soup! He made us his version of California gazpacho (omg!) all I could keep saying was "omg this is so good" to my boyfriend over and over again.

Besides food the service is exceptional. From the minute your greeted at the door to your server.  It was very obvious for the people working there and the management that their guests are a priority and they really want you to have a good experience, that is something I can really appreciate, thank you Pearl :)

Check it out you'll be happy  you did!

02/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
217. Jessica C.
This review is for the restaurant only, I didn't stay at the hotel. The best part about this place is the drinks! Jalepeno infused gin!! I loved the spicy martinis, I have never tasted such unique drinks. The food was just ok... I would recommend going to hang out and have a few drinks and an appetizer instead of full dinner.

The atmosphere is very cool, there are tables set up around the pool outside and a big movie screen. I am definitely going to hit up happy hour next time.

12/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
218. Krista G.
I thought this place was way cute! The food is pretty expensive, but incredibly delicious. The drinks are strong - I recommend the mango margarita! They have a cute little pool where you can swim during the dive in movies, but I would suggest going during a movie that you have already seen or one that is easy to follow because me and my friend got a little lost on the plot line of Topgun which neither of us had seen before (since we were eating and were therefore unable to completely focus on the movie).
I enjoy the way it is set up. It seems too popular for the amount of space they have, though. Large turnout leads to inability to move around as freely as I would like. Lines for the bathrooms form as well since there are only two, but they are very well decorated as well!

03/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
219. Gabriel Q.
Well this is a sweet spot to go have drinks pool side. Men take your ladies there mine loves it. Super chill!!!!!!! SINCE  I do not drink, they sure looked good. Try their home doughnut if they are rocking them. FYI if you want your cocktail in a glass then sit in the bar. Pool side all drinks served in plastic.

31/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
220. Diane K.
The Pearl is COOL. And just like beauty can be painful, cool might have to give up a little comfort.  

Bartender was awesome.  The Bistro Monday menu was extraordinary.  I wish I'd brought my camera so I could show you, but you'll just have to take my word for it.  For $25 you choose an appetizer, entree and dessert and these are foodie-delight dishes! HINT HINT - the sweetbreads with toasted garbanzo beans appetizer is unbelievably yummy. My husband maintains the shrimp and grits entree was the star.

The room was small, but bed was comfy, terrace was surrounded by bamboo, the room smelled really good and we had a beta fish named Lucy.  Who could ask for more?  Well, maybe a shower cap because the shower is one of those types that rains from the ceiling.  And the A/C was super noisy.  

Coffee in the morning was a really good blend.  And every single one of the staff was over the top helpful and friendly.   Price was cheap cheap cheap for what you get.

Cool has a price.  In this case, it's means just not having a few of the amenities you might get a luxury chain hotel.

14/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
221. Kelly M.
I absolutely love this place. They have such an amazing brunch (get the eggs benedict). The brunch includes all you can drink champagne and they dont hesitate in filling you up!  They have so many fun events; Bingo once a month on Thursdays, Vintage prom, etc. Oh also, if you ride your bike to The Pearl the first Sunday of every month you get half off the brunch price, but you have to make sure you tell them.

30/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
222. dave j.
So rather than the typical W kind of stay we took a chance on this well reviewed boutique hotel. The good news? Cheap. Room with tax was around $150. Very cute place, a little spartan but every bit as nice as a cheap room at the Standard.

The bad news, really lame crowd and not fun in a "hip" way at all. I guess this applies across San Diego as a whole but from what I observed look for a load of mandals, lame tourists and generally fashionable bankrupt others. Also, the are is pretty bleak but admittedly central to other stuff.

Hope this helps and please don't listen to people who poo poo kids staying here there were a ton and they were all having fun.

06/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
223. Benny R.
Went here the other day for a burger and have to say that this is arguably one of the top burgers in San Diego. Interesting retro decor  with water views and craft cocktails were also a nice feature of the place.  I think I'll go back when they play the "The Big Lebowski" poolside

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
224. cari b.
It can get a bit crowded, but it is an awesome place for dates, happy hours, dinner with friends, etc.  Good food, cool ambiance.

30/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
225. Orlando Z.
This hotel is my favorite new Sunday Funday spot! Let me explain why...

Although parking is limited, I find a spot near the neighborhood and this really doesn't bother me. Probably because I was having a good day, but either way it was no real hassle for me.

The venue is retro-chic. It has a non-pretentious vibe to the place. Its very relaxing and inviting. The same goes throughout the entire venue (pool, bar, lounge). It's not a huge place, so you really get a chance to interact with different people. I love this.

The food has got to be the reinforcing reason why I gave Pearl Hotel 5 Stars. The food was unique and very delicious. Every single bite was better then the last. It was hands down the best breakfast I have had in years. And I like to eat! I seriously did not leave a crumb. I had the egg whites with grits and pesto...INSANE!

This is another top notch area. The bartender (John) was and is great. He was far from boring, especially if you sit at the bar, he makes a mean mojito. I would come back for the service and food alone. Great service!

Great place to have fun, enjoy a good meal and have good service. The Pearl Hotel is creative in the way they entertain their hotel guests and locals. The Dive-in Theater is one of many great activities they offer. I highly recommend this hotel for those who like non-pretentious hangouts.

30/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. Michelle T.
This place is awesome!
We came here for the movie night on Wednesday and decided to have some dinner and drinks as well. We all shared the fries and also got some risotto, mac and cheese, and I also had a salad (with amazing dressing). All the food was delicious, but a bit overpriced.
One great thing about the movie nights is that you can swim in the pool while watching the movie. The pool was super warm and there were tubes and beach balls for us to use.
I also had a pear martini which was really yummy and strong. They have a lot of specialty drinks here so I will definitely come back and try some more.
Unfortunately I cannot give this place 5 stars since I haven't actually seen a room here. Judging by the decor of the lobby and pool area though, they are probably super cute.

Try the Marie Antoinette drink! It is very unique and flavored with lavender.

28/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
227. Dave R.
It was so hard for my girlfriend and I to finally get a drink here. First, the bard was shut down for a private function. Then, two months later, the entire hotel and bar was rented for the most expensive rehearsal dinner ever. Later on the same evening, we finally made it in.

This was a night well-planned, so we were armed with our $50 restaurant.com certificate. We opted for a seat by the pool, which gave us a view of GOLDFINGER on the poolside movie screen, and the drunk bride-to-be at the bar. I don't remember the name of our bartender, but my girlfriend liked him because he was able to recommend food and drinks before we even saw the menu. In fact, much of what we ordered was off of suggestion and was spectacular.
We began with oysters. We don't know a thing about them, but they seemed good. From there I moved on to the Strip steak which was amazing, while my girlfriend ordered the scallops, which she also loved.
Throughout dinner and appetizers, we were getting ridiculously drunk as well. I opted for some nice rum drinks, while she opted for a few of their signature drinks.

This is a place that I want to return to, but it won't likely be a spur of the moment decision, I would need to save up a bit and dress up more than my standard t-shirt and jeans.

06/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
228. Kimberly S.
Chic, classy, yet upbeat, The Pearl is what I would describe "a diamond in the rough". The location is great. Plenty of restaurants in walking distance with a view of the harbor in walking distance. The staff were super friendly.

I stayed in The Gem room. Though the room was extremely small, it was huge on character. It had mirrored ceilings and even a beta fish. The room was also awkwardly shaped (being that the headboard was on the side of the bed) but overall just enough for two people.  I loved the 70s theme of the place. Would definitely go back.

13/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
229. Kiira I.
I've never stayed the night here, but I've had dinner here a few times.

5 stars for the restaurant! The drinks are great (try the dark and stormy) and the food has always been fabulous. I take my burgers very seriously and I swear that they have the best in San Diego. The bun they use is artisan, the tomatoes tasted like heirlooms and the they used top grade beef. I seriously start talking about this restaurant every time someone mentions good burgers.

I also really love the atmosphere, the restaurant is small and very intimate. It has a nice urban feel. It is a perfect place to take a date.

The only downside is that it isn't in the hippest of areas, but the food makes it well worth it.

27/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
230. Benezon L.
Didn't feel like the ho-hum taco on Tuesday so I decided to surf the interwebs for something different. After a few minutes of surfing the latest cute kitty video linked from my facebook page i came upon the $15 Beer and Burger deal at The Pearl Hotel. I've always wanted to go to all the retro-hip-coolie-hi-harmony parties held there so i figured it would be a good change of pace.

Parking was a poop but if you come early enough you can find street parking behind the Hotel. The place is uber retro. We sat poolside, ordered our burgers and bevey's, sat back and watched Gidget Goes to Hawaii.

I'm not a burger-cutting kind of guy but, I admit it, I had to cut mine in half. A little greasy/wet for my liking but still an enjoyable experience for my mouth.

The service is very knowledgeable and personable but didn't hover. You knew they were there but they weren't overbearing. This is something us industry types love.

Great deal at a chill place. If you want to get away from the crazy downtown/PB scene on a Tuesday. Oh, and their bathrooms are tits!

23/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
231. Brenda B.
Very hip, cool and quirky place.  Staff is VERY helpful, young and knew all about San Diego.  Room was great and I even got to share it with "Jaws," my home away from home pet fish.  Rooms were nice and cozy.  Love the special little touches!

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
232. Nancy G.
Had a great time at The Pearl.  We were not sure what a boutique hotel was, but I would highly recommend stay at The Pearl.  Room was clean, lovely and had everything we needed.  Great friendly service.  The small intimate pool by the bar was great.  A must try...

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
233. Glenn G.
Awesome place! Hip, trendy atmosphere! Dinner was excellent the scallops were cooked to perfection. I can't wait to go again and check it out for movie night.

09/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
234. Tim D.
Came here for happy hour with 10-12 friends and absolutely loved it.  Awesome local draft beer list and a very interesting cocktail list (very, very different with new/creative mixes).  Would love to come back for a movie night!

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
235. Wendy B.
Love the room, pool and throwback movies, however watch your belongings and car because while I was there my car got broken into. My car was parked right in their lot!!! The nightwatchman must've been sleeping. The manager had the audacity to say that I shouldn't have left my laptop out for the world to see...um yes...I wanted to get my stuff stolen.

13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
236. Jon R.
The grooviest affordable hip hotel in California. So nice that someone offers this much style at a price that doesn't hurt one bit. Cozy beds, and the food is amazingly good.

Great place to chill even if you're not staying the night.

30/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
237. Coco W.
Dive-in movie nights at The Pearl are super fun! They show the best of the worst. The last movie I saw here was "The Never ending Story". Awww....oldie but goodie.

It's a good idea to make reservations though because it gets pretty crowded on those nights. The food and drinks here have always been great and the servers/hostesses are very professional and courteous.

The retro vibe here is pretty awesome especially in the outside lounge area. I love how they play old James Bond movies on the screen over the pool during dinners. They have some pretty interesting cocktails to try  too.

Another thing I like about the Pearl is that they are A-OK with me using their pool anytime. No drink minimum, no guest-only policy, no pool fee - nada. They said that I can just swing by and use it anytime - how cool is that? When I go during the day I usually have it all to myself.... inflatable toys and all. Btw, they DO have a large collection of inflatable toys and inner tubes in the pool to play with.

ROOMS:  My partner and I stayed here for our anniversary last year. The stay was nice overall and I liked the look of the room, but honestly The Gem hotel room is not a good pick unless you are a midget or you have no interest in watching any movies/tv in your room. The bed is set sideways in the room so that if you lay and face the TV and are tall-ish then your feet are almost going to hang off the edge. Also, the bed was very uncomfortable. When we woke up in the morning both of our backs were pretty freakin sore. I haven't tried the other rooms out so I don't want to judge, but I would just come and enjoy the restaurant and outside lounge/movies/pool and maybe skip the overnight stay.

24/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
238. ally w.
This place is amazing! Husband and I were looking for a place to throw a co-ed bachelor/ette party, and The Pearl was the winner! We had the best service from the initial reservation request with Christina, to our FABULOUS server Lindsey (who put up with our drunken antics all evening), to our last minute $99 Jewel room.

If you go here (which I seriously encourage you to do), you better request Lindsey as your server. This girl has more patience than any waitress I've ever seen, and apparently a photographic memory, b/c she didn't write any of our orders down but remembered everything (and we ordered a LOT of beverages!).

As far as the food goes: it was delish! As a group we ordered the burger, mac n cheese (who knew I liked beets in my cheese? or beets at all?), french fries, ravioli, mussels. Everything was really good, but Husband just said "Mac n cheese sucked. Hated it."  

The room was amazing, and saved us from having to cab it to our friend's house down in Chula Vista. The bed was huge, we had a patio with a cute little bench on it, and a decent sized bathroom. The only thing that needs to be updated/fixed is the shower situation. I felt like I was at my Grandma's house, but not in a cute nostalgic kind of way. The shower head was actually shaking while the water was coming out (water pressure was fantastic!!!), and the handles were almost falling out of the wall. I pushed them back in, b/c I thought maybe I broke them, but they just kept falling out....

Thank you Pearl for hosting a fabulous night for the future Mr and Mrs!

24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
239. Tari T.
Fantastic atmosphere. Wonderful drinks. The Greenhouse Effect is by far the best beverage I've ever had. Jalapeño infused gin, lime, mint...magic I tell ya.

Love movie nights, and last year's Halloween carving was a great time! Also Groove Brunch on Sundays is a wonderful way to spend your morning...or after several mimosas, your afternoon.

Whenever I have to scoop a visitor from the airport, this is our first stop. Go check it out!

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
240. Robert M.
The Greenhouse Effect is the best cocktail in the city, maybe the planet!

Bartender was rad, servers courteous (& have gotten much better since my 1st post), food fantastic, drinks insane. 4 stars, not 5, because the host ignored our name on the wait list & proceeded to give out all available tables to random walk-ins. Luckily we had such a good time at the bar that it didn't ruin our experience. Thank the Greenhouse Effect!

18/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
241. Kat N.
Heaven. On. Earth. Love love this place. I live in San Diego and staycation here regularly! The nicest staff ever - mainly the reason we return. Not only have I had my favorite meals here, but also my Dave cocktails. It is kitschy but elegant, and cozy while keeping an immaculate appearance. The salt water pool is amazing, and I even LOVE the coffee they serve in the a.m.! So good! It is super SoCal in the vibe, in step with throwback mid century mo but contemporary. The bartenders, check in staff, and especially the restaurant manager have been so accommodating every time!

13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
242. Tiffany P.
The Pearl Hotel is truly a pearl. My boyfriend and I rented a private home for the weekend in SD and needed a hotel for one night, until we could check-in to our rental. I found The Pearl Hotel on Yelp and booked it for our stay. From the moment we entered, till we left, our entire stay was perfect. Great boutique hotel with a distinct vintage 1940s-1950s personality. The room was perfect and we kept saying how much we loved the bed. We had dinner at their restaurant at the pool, while old technicolor movies played. Blue cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates, best burger in town, meatloaf and locally brewed beers. Yum! Staff is on point and friendly. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a more intimate stay.

11/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
243. Jane L.
Having dinner at the Pearl was such a fun experience, the ambience is amazing and the people watching great!  I eat hear on a regular basis and also highly recommend to my clients who wish to enjoy something a little out of the ordinary especially on movie nights when great classics are projected above the pool.

The food is also wonderful - my favorite is the mushroom risotto - and the staff have always been really helpful and courteous.

I would thoroughly recommend visiting the Pearl for a perfectly unique experience, one that is always highly satisfying and fun!

16/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
244. Ruggy J.
Daaaaaammmmmmnnn, I just realized I've never written a review for the Pearl Hotel! Talk about droppin' the ball, huh?

The Pearl is undoubtedly one of my FAVORITE hangs in all of San Diego. I know the whole boutique-esque, refurbished 70's motel thing is hot right now with developers, and I know there are quite a few jokers jumping on the new trend band wagon, but I truly believe The Pearl is doin' it right.

Sure, they've got the shag carpet, swimming pool, funky furniture and swanky grooves that have become customary in these ex-tweaker infused updo's... but what I really dig about the place, is the fun factor behind the operation. You gotta keep your head on a swivel, because every time you turn around, the Pearl has something new and exciting to entice you to come in. Dive in movies, champagne brunch, style X-plorers, themed parties and more... it's always fresh and poppin'.

I also like how they cater to the locals. If you're within the Point Loma or Ocean Beach zip codes, they give you discounts on food... and if you get a little too tipsy on grandpa's cough syrup and it's past midnight, you can get a room for $79. That's roughly a 50% discount. I'm no Good Will Hunting, but something tells me that's a pretty solid deal.

The only knock that I can think of is the location. It's really not close to anything, so it's a bit of a commitment. I can be extremely impatient and I like to bounce around... this place is definitely not conducive for someone looking to hob-nob all over Dego. But, being such a hip place to party, who would ever want to leave? It's not like acquiring a tasty buzz at TGI Fridays or anything, so strap my fat ass to an a-symmetrical rotating stool and get me good 'n liquored up, because I'm gonna wake up hung over at The Pearl!

13/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
245. urban r.
So after I wrote the initial review the poor fish died. Looks to me like it starved to death. I have posted some photos of it. Also, this place doesn't have any ice machines so to get ice you have to schlep all the way down to the front desk. On the + side they did open a bottle of wine for us w/o charging a corkage fee.

Overall the Pearl Motel is operated more as a restaurant that does hotelier on the side instead of the other way around like most hotels are. I still keep the review at 3 stars, but I'd rather give it 2.5.

02/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
246. Jennifer K.
My friend and I stayed 2 nights at the Pearl as part of a cross country road trip with a stop in San Diego.  I read some great reviews and we wanted to stay somewhere with a little style.  The Pearl just reeks of coolness.  The guy at the front desk, Josh (?) was super friendly when we got there and explained that parking is normally $10, but they have a deal with the medical office across the street to use their lot after business hours, so we could park for free.  We also had bikes, and he showed us where we could stash them in a small alleyway inside the hotel grounds.  We happened to get there in time for happy hour, and had a few $3 beers (nice!) and some awesome bacon wrapped, goat cheese filled, dates (also nice).  As we chatted with our waitress and let her know about our plans to head to Ocean Beach for the night, she gave us a few tips about places to go, and then called over another server, who graciously offered to let us park at his apartment in Ocean Beach, in the event we couldn't find parking.  We didn't end up taking him up on that offer, but I thought it was really nice of him to offer.

There is a lot to like about this place (it was sadly a bit too cold for the pool), with the only con being the price.  However, all things considered, the price is actually in line with plenty of other hotels we looked into, and given the location + atmosphere of the Pearl...I would say it is worth it, and I would definitely stay again.  My only regret is that we never really took in the late night action at the pool bar/restaurant.  We had a few long days of drinking, so by midnight, my friend and I both passed out in the super comfy bed.  Yes, the music and scene was loud (our room was right above the pool area), but it never kept us from sleeping, so I could care less.  I also wish we would have eaten a full meal at the restaurant - the food looked incredible and was not as expensive as you would think for a hotel.

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
247. Jesse C.
Great little hotel. I only stayed one night, and didn't get to actually hang out at the Sunday brunch pool party but I was jealous of the ones who did. The owners of The Pearl did a great job of renovating this mid-century gem. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are really cool and comfortable, the vibe is perfect. I'm definitely staying here next time I'm in town.

Oh, and they even provided us with a roommate to keep us company - an awesome little goldfish named Cosmo!

28/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
248. Melissa S.
The staff at the Pearl are incredible, 'nuff said.

I booked the Strand (largest room available) for my boyfriend's birthday and invited all of his friends to come hang out at the hotel pool/our room.  Being that 30 people were coming, I wanted to make sure we got the room with the couch and called ahead to request it.  On their website it says that some of the Strand rooms have a couch; in fact, they only have ONE room with a couch, and the rest don't (and are slightly smaller).  Bummertime!

Luckily we got the room of choice, and we were impressed with the prime placement: it has a patio that looks over the pool and the entrance (perfect place to see and be seen) as well as enough room to fit all 30 people (albeit it was cozy).

We were loud, obnoxious, and drunk.  We brought our own booze (and tons of it!) and even sipped our own libations poolside for a few hours before we were told to drink it in our room (until 6 PM, dinnertime).  

No need to pay $10 for parking, it was memorial day weekend and I was able to find street parking mere steps away from their paid spots.  Overall, the Pearl staff put up with our shenanigans, and we loved the location.

03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
249. Sarakate L.
This may be my favorite place in San Diego.   It is like a vacation everyday. The staff treats you as though you are VIP no matter what time day or night.  Danielle, KImberly, and Inego go out of their way during the day to make you feel at home. The dive in on Wednesdays is so much fun and the food is to die for. The craft cocktails are reasonably priced and delicious. All of the servers are amazing, I recently had Jessi and she went out of her way to accomodate me and Vaughn has poured me a perfect cocktail...I could go on and on, but you just can't beat the Pearl!

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
250. Steven E.
Love The Pearl! Hesitant to write a review and kept it to my self,every time I go there ,I am treated with such great service,quality of food and ambience . It's my go to place to take my out of town friends and locals. Great job !!! See you tonight!

22/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
251. Kellie B.
Customer service is great here. The staff is very nice and helpful. The decor is a tad dated looking but for the most part, it's pretty nice. The beds are very comfortable. The website describes The Pearl as "a lively hotel". This is no understatement. We asked for a quiet room and we could still hear all of the activity around the pool until late at night. I brought ear plugs and had no problem sleeping. Not sure I'd stay here again just because I'm a little older and prefer a quieter scene, but it's a great place for youngins.

09/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
252. Nick l.
Second stay , not such a good experience ... I guess not all rooms are equal. Traffic noise was horrific ... So loud , couldn't have the window open at night and to make things worse the AC unit was just as loud. Please exchange for a modern AC unit ... Really ruined my stay.

21/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
253. Robert A.
My daughter and I visited The Pearl last week and I was really impressed.

The look from the outside during the day it appears to be just a simple little hotel, not thing out of the ordinary. Once you walk in it's a whole other story. The manager immediately greeted us and obviously WANTED to help us out. Todays society people more feel they HAVE to help you because they are paid to do so. This was not the case. The inside was a complete but nice contrast to the outside. Very nice, upscale-retro feel to it. The bar and restaurant area fall out into the pool area which is fine because it really brings the whole place together. At very 1st impression I was skeptical about the kid friendly part until I was shown the shag carpet retro play area with games of all sorts. Who even has rockem-sockem robot in their house much less at a hotel play area?!

We got there around 1pm or so and decided to swim. The restaurant/bar doesn't open for lunch(as of this writing) and with it being a smaller venue we basically had the run of the place. Definitely kept my 10yr old occupied for awhile.

Towards the end of the day we decided to stay and eat. Being a Friday they had a few reserved parties and tables but were very accommodating. Food was outstanding! I had a simple burger made "their way" and it was easily one of the better burgers I have had. My daughter didn't see a whole lot she like so they actually modified a menu item to her liking. Don't quote me on that being standard but it was a very kind gesture. My daughter is extremely picky. The kitchen manager even came out to see if everything turned out ok himself.

Over all the experience was fantastic. My next trip I will make sure this is the place to stay.

25/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
254. Sarah B.
My Girl Friends and I had planned for 2 months to attend The Pearls Dive In movie night to see TOP GUN! Having never seen Top Gun myself we all thought this would be an fun and AWESOME way to experience it.

We checked everything out, saw that reservations weren't taken, printed up the awesome dinner coupon and set out to have a fun evening.

First clue that something was a miss was that there was only STREET parking about 4 blocks down from the place. So after hoofing it and finally getting the hotel, we are greeted by the gentleman at the front door telling us that there was not seating for the 4 of us, that everything was reserved and had been for days. Online it stated no reservations, yet the exceptions was if you had 6 people you could make reservations.

The host, didn't even blink or offer to fix the situation, just a very hotty totty attitude, like we didn't matter.

I've wanted to try the dive in for awhile now, but the photos defiantly DON"T do the place any justice. It's SMALL and divey, it seems to try to be this retro place but overall it was a bad taste in my mouth for a great idea.

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
255. Audrey M.
Stayed: 8/16-8/17
Price: $98 on hotel.com

- modern design
- free wifi
- big bathroom
- H2O+ amenities
- comfy beds

- the knobs for the rub/shower were rusting and the knob for the hot water would get so hot so quickly that you can burn your hands
- parts of the tub looked dirty
- the bathroom mat looked blackened/dirty
- had to walk past the restaurant/ bar to get to room, felt like I was intruding on peoples' dinner
- parking is $10/night, but when we arrived, we found out there were maybe 9-10 parking spots, all which were used, and we had a hard time looking for parking on the streets after dinner.
- the sliding door to the small patio area couldn't be locked

Verdict: I wouldn't stay here again, the next time I visit SD

19/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
256. Kendall M.
Loved this place, great deal, super affordable and clean hotel. We called the day we were hoping to stay there and they had a room or two left and it was super easy and convenient to book over the phone, better deal than online.
This hotel is modern and vintage at the same time. Love the location! My husband went to PLNU and we were down visiting friends in SD and this placer worked so nicely to stay at. Definitely planning on staying there again soon!

21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
257. Benjamin W.
Not at all what I expected...but I was neither overly impressed nor unimpressed. It's a solid spot to stay, and the staff is very nice and helpful.

The room is tiny.  It's loud until midnight at least. The restaurant is pricey.  but something about this place is charming....it's like a room out of a 70's porno, but with a modern feel to it. Not that that is my idea of charming...but there is something... The bed didn't suck, and it felt like a very friendly space.  

The area in the far south east of the bar is cool...secluded and quiet, peaceful, and I have a picture of me taking the bottom two pieces out of a jenga game on their table. Zen.

Stayed two days here, and it worked.  Not for kids though...despite the great staff.  Did I mention the 70's porn meets 2010 Tokyo vibe this place has? Shag carpeting in the game room area...hah...something about this place works.

I would stay again.  But not with a 7 year old.

07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
258. Cristina C.
The restaurant at the Pearl hotel is great! One of the best in San Diego. I really can't praise this place enough. First off, the hotel itself is beautiful - perfectly decorated to evoke a cool 1960s motel vibe, and the movie night is awesome! But the restaurant is what really blew me away. The menu itself is really unique, full of  interesting ingredients and fun twists on classic dishes (e.g. kale caesar salad - delicious!), and most importantly, everything we ordered was executed and cooked to perfection. Great flavours expertly balanced. I will definitely eat here again. Hats off to the chef, Justin Lawson!

26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
259. Tom A.
After a week at The Pearl while on a business trip, my feelings about it are emphatically mixed.   On the one hand, the excellent restaurant/lounge that blends into the 1960-era pool yard is kind of awesome.  The lively and diverse bar scene seems to start slow and build each night here.  On the other hand, there is a totally happening scene in the poolyard nearly every night until at least 11 or 12.  And trust me, a happening scene by the pool sounds like it's happening in your room, no matter which room you've booked in this cozy little inn.  You won't feel alone at the Pearl.

And actually calling The Pearl an inn or even a hotel is less than accurate.  It's truly a motel, just like Mom & Dad used to stop at on road trips.  A motel that's been put through the Mad Men machine -  with impossibly cool design and beautiful people and really good drinks.  The rooms are spotless, spacious and stylishly appointed, although if you are a huge fan of the plush but firm king beds of higher-starred hotels, the somewhat squishy futon platform arrangement here might aggravate you.  Not just the architecture and sit-coms (projected most nights above the pool) are from the 60s - so is the plumbing, or at least the showerhead.  That's right, none of that low-flow, bullshit 20-minute shower here.  You step into a freakin' pressure washer in this shower.  120 seconds - DONE!.

And though I was apoplectic to find there was NO COFFEE MAKER in the room when I awoke on the first morning, I quickly discovered that there were airpots of delicious locally roasted coffee awaiting on the bar, along with shared copies of the local paper and the NYT.  Far better than the in-room brew and USA Today I put up with at a Hilton the week before.  Now if they just had some muffins...

The Wi-Fi here is free and the parking is $10 for a reserved place if you don't wish to hunt around the neighborhood for a spot.  On top of that, nearly everybody on staff seems to bend over backward to make sure your visit -- to the hotel or the restaurant -- is as good as it can be.  The aloof bartender seemed to only perk up when a tip seemed imminent but he was the exception.  On Wednesdays they show 'dive-in' movies, which is great fun unless it's a movie that completely sucks *cough*NachoLibre*cough* and there's no getting away from it anywhere.

Although the Pearl looks romantic, with the pool lights dancing off the groovy roofline and landscaping,  and the restaurant and lounge produce some outstanding fare, I probably won't plan on this place for a romantic getaway -- or another business trip.  Unless the sounds of semi-drunk people trying to out-shout each other is an aphrodisiac or a sleep-aid, better to come check it out, enjoy the crowd and then retreat to someplace else where the gin-soaked masses won't be joining you in bed.

So I kind of love the Pearl and I'm also a little frustrated with it but that's how love is sometimes, right?

05/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
260. Sandra C.
Retro atmosphere . . . with a bar restaurant and pool with old movies showing; the place is a little small, although seating is available by the pool;  very hip.

Food is pretty good -- burger is one of the best I have had (although it is pricey for $15 with shoe string fries -- I don't care for skinny fries -- but Tues nites comes with a beer for the same price).  I liked the pork chop but didn't care that much for the fish.  For appetizers, we liked the clams and cuban cigar.   Do not order the apple crisp (it's just warm green apples with granola in milk/cream but that was on the house because it took so long. The chocolate donut holes are tasty, if you like "cake" donuts.  

In the summer (at least in 2009), the Pearl put on "BYOB" bring your own bowl for free soup and bread -- that was good soup and a cool way to market the restaurant.

06/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
261. Faye L.
What an odd setting- I mean, this place literally looks like a run down MOTEL from the street. And the infamous pool area really does remind me of Melrose place (w/ a projection screen hung above the pool and a restaurant on the first floor - maybe that woulda made the new Melrose Place of 2009 more interesting to watch).

We went Fri @ 9p or so. The restaurant/bar/pool lounge area was only about 75% full. By 930p, quite a bit of ppl had cleared out. Kitchen closes at 10p, last call for drinks, I think , was at 11p.

The booth we had was comfy - decent view of the movie screen w/ the exception of some weirdly placed potted tree that blocked a bit of the view. Service was slow at first - we had to walk to the bar to inquire if we were supposed to order food/drinks at the bar OR if a cocktail waitress would help us. He sent the waitress over to us pretty quickly after that.

Food wise, we ordered:

1. Roasted garlic Crustini: my friends thought this was nice but not amazing. I thought the portion was 'ok' for $9

2. Steamed clams: $13. Generous portion and it came w/ a nice toasted baguette of some sort. BUT, the dish was soooo salty. Salty to a pt where all 3 of us came to agreement to ask the waitress if this was 'normal' (this is our passive-aggressive way to really say 'this dish sucks, please help). So she took it back and came back a few moments later to say that the chef said the clams were from Baja or someplace and THAT'S why the clams were saltier. She said that she'd remove the item from our tab, but that for future reference, we should know the clams were from Baja (or wherever). There was a moment of silence at first (b/c are Baja clams REALLY that much saltier than, say, Manila clams??). But oh well.

3. Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta: $10. It was ok. Nothing special. Chopped up tomatoes, aged balsamic. I think there was supposed to be pancetta somewhere in the dish but i didn't really taste it.

The drinks were pretty decent. Their cocktails average about $10 or so. Nicely presented in a plastic martini glass. I ordered a well drink w/ soda. Came in a tiny little plastic cup (cute and sweet) BUT my first reaction was 'cheap jerks'. BUT after tasting the drink, it was truly a generous pour and I was happy.

There were a few parking spaces out in front of the motel/hotel (facing Rosecrans). We weren't sure if that was hotel guests only? So that's something I'd probably inquire about next time.

Overall, a pleasant experience but would probably try different items on the menu next time.

13/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
262. Nick B.
Wow I dug this place way too much. I felt a little like Don Johnson in a classic Miami Vice scene. But maybe that's just because it was 80s night?

Overall I liked the decor and style. It was unique and different and sometimes that is exactly what you want when you are on vacation. Prices were very good considering location and everything they had to offer. I slept like a baby and they allowed me a nice late check out so I was able to really enjoy that bed!

Top notch marks for the friendly and helpful staff. I truly felt like a guest.

13/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
263. Leslie B.
I made reservations for a bottomless mimosa brunch for 10 on a Sunday.  Brunch followed by a pool party sounded like a posh way to spend our early afternoon.  Well, we were held up in traffic and got a call from a friend who was already there, asking if he were in the right spot....he thought he had pulled up to a Travalodge....which is how it looks from the front.  However, walking into the hotel, it reminds me of a 50s-style Melrose Place, complete with a lounge with 50s-period board games to play.  We were given the "Private Dining Room" which is a cozy outdoor gravel area enclosed with Bamboos, which seats approximately 10, probably the largest party they can accomodate.  I think all of us were surprised, and really enjoyed this original experience.  The waitstaff were friendly and our mimosas were definitely bottomless.  Everyone agreed that the food was delicious.  I had the smoked salmon hash with poached eggs on top.  A few of my friends commented on the small portions, but I found there to be more than enough food.  My friend commented on the appropriate-sized portions, stating that for once she could actually finish the meal.
We then retired to the pool area, pleased to see enough comfy seats, towel and a clean-looking pool.  We played in the pool and drank some mean margaritas....not the best tasting, but no shortage of tequila there!  At about 3:00PM last call was announced....we were kind of disappointed.  After that, the place quickly emptied, the music stopped and we found ourselves sitting amongst piled chairs and sitting alone.  All in all a great day, just wish it lasted longer!

27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
264. Quay A.
So this is a review on the hotel not the resturant, I did that separately (5 stars baby).  Decided to do a little something special :) and set us up with the Essentials Package on Wednesday movie night - went with The Gem room and that oh so special ceiling LOL while occasionally disconcerting we definitely enjoyed it!

Fun retro setup.
While small the room is really cute and well done.
The Beta is a cute addition, felt bad waking him up in the "morning" when we turned on the light.
Fun evening watching a movie around the pool.
Great vibe sitting having cocktails before dinner and after - opens on to the pool deck.
Great pool deck setup with a variety of different seating setups.
They take a small space and maximize it in a fun way.
Free wi-fi in the room - didn't test it down on the pool deck or restaurant/bar area.

Very small room (but honestly it was more funny than bad as we took turns in the bathroom to brush our teeth).
Didn't get our free appetizer :( but the meal/stay was so good I honestly didn't notice until after we checked out and were long gone :)

This was a fantastic evening and really enjoyed the decor, the ambiance, the great movie night, the fantastic meal and so on.  We had a fantastic time and I will gladly go again.  I will happily recommend it!  Go on a date night, girls night, boys night, anything - just check it out!

03/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
265. gareth m.
When visiting scenic San Diego, travelers can do themselves a favor and stay at one of the more unique and charismatic hotels in the area. The Pearl is truly a textbook example of not judging a book by its cover. The unassuming exterior of the hotel conveys that the building was once an apartment complex as it sits quietly on the corner of a residential neighborhood.

Upon walking a path from the parking lot to the lobby, I noted that the courtyard of the hotel is taken up by pool and patio and had a very lively party underway in the middle of the afternoon. The lobby is essentially a small check in station to make more room for a cozy lounge opposite the bar and restaurant on the other end of the room. The lobby lounge area is essentially a collection of carpeted nooks with pillows and all manner of classic games such as Rock-em Sock-em Robot where guests could entertain themselves while they enjoyed a drink.

Upon checking into our room we were delighted to find a very comfortable room decorated in an artfully retro and unique style. The vintage Art Deco theme works very well and I found the inclusion of our own beta fish to be a nice touch. I learned that each of The Pearl rooms come equipped with its own beta, each with their own introductary name plate. For our stay, Willie contently swam in his bowl offering a homey charm. The bed was extremely comfortable and the high-def flatscreen television offered several channels for viewing enjoyment.

The room made great use of space and offered plenty of storage for extended stays, as well as a couch and table and all the usual amenities. The bathroom was full-size which gave me the understanding that at some point in its past our room had been a studio apartment. The platform bed was extremely comfortable and with a strong AC system, my wife and I slept very soundly during our stay.

As active as the social scene was at the pool it was amazingly quiet in the room even with parties going on. I learned that The Pearl prides itself on being a very active hotel that appeals to energetic adults. This became very clear later in the evening when the hotel started showing its poolside movie. In keeping with the cool Rat Pack-era vibe and motif of the hotel, we watched classic episodes of Get Smart from the bar. While more modern films are shown it is nice to see that the hotel isn't afraid to mix things up now and then and having the option to either watch a movie from the poolside or from the bar overlooking the pool just emphasized the laidback and relaxed ambience.

The cocktails offered by the bar were highly enjoyable and while we did not get a chance to enjoy the restaurant during our visit I noticed the extremely impressive menu and that the dining options has been cited for excellence in several publications.

The hotel is located near Shelter Island in downtown San Diego and offers unique and value accommodations for travelers. There are several restaurants and convenience stores all within walking distance of the hotel should you choose not to dine on-site. This is good as parking is a bit limited at the hotel but the very friendly and helpful staff does have spots marked off by cones which can be accessed upon check-in.

One does not normally find as comfortable a room in a friendly and energetic place when traveling, especially amongst the higher priced, more sedate hotels. It was refreshing to find such a unique place and friendly staff doing things their way instead of being a cookie-cutter of the larger chain hotels which often dominate the travelers options.

The Pearl was a very unique and enjoyable experience punctuated by a friendly staff that went out of their way to ensure that the guests have a good time. Larger hotels can definitely take a lesson from these folks as they are clearly doing something right and I encourage you to check out The Pearl during your next visit to San Diego.

28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
266. Erin F.
My fiance and I have returned to the Pearl a few times and it gets better every time!!  This place is perfect for a date night!!  Go to restaurant.com and get a $25 gift certificate for $2 to add to the fun!

Most recently, we sat outside on the pool deck and had a few cocktails to start.  We ordered the bacon wrapped tiger prawns and swooned.  We wanted to order 4 more plates.  The portions were excellent for an appetizer - 4 huge prawns!  Then, I ordered the duck (to.die.for.) and my fiance ordered the scallops(yum.yum.yum.)  We were envious that we did not order the amazing smelling lobster mac and cheese like the table next to us but, now we have a reason (like we need one) to come back to the Pearl!

The service is ALWAYS great.  Attentive, fun, helpful & accommodating.

We will be back.

03/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
267. Kate R.
We found The Pearl totally delightful. Very reasonably priced. Cute little rooms - they saved one for us right by the pool. Pool is also super cute. Love the plant wall they've got out there. I also love the neat little patios that attach to each room. Even though it's smack in the middle of a suburb, it feels like you're out near the ocean. Their landscaper did a great job.

Sunday brunch was obviously popular. There were a ton of locals hanging out but they dissipated around early-afternoon. Then we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The food is good (if only the kitchen was open on Sunday night!). & they rent out bikes to their guests so we road around a bit to the beach. It was a great little getaway for my birthday weekend.

Oh, & of course I thought the betta fish in each room was just about the greatest thing ever. Ours was called Flo.

08/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
268. Ainsley D.
After staying here for the second time, I so badly wanted to write a better review, but alas this stay was so much worse than the first.

- EVERY. SINGLE. EMPLOYEE. was entirely rude with some serious attitude from the moment of check in (except for one guy who seated us to watch Die Hard pool side, but that was quickly revoked after the waitress told us we couldn't sit there if we didn't buy anything...excuse me, having a hotel room wasn't enough? So we left and watched Die Hard on Netflix in our room.)

- I stupidly left my BRAND NEW $200 polaroid camera on the nightstand and noticed a few hours after we had left. I immediately called and the girl I spoke to casually said she would check and call me back, but  never did. On my way to work that night, I stopped in and the receptionist said there was a note left but nothing was turned in. HOW DID YOUR HOUSEKEEPER NOT SEE A BRAND NEW BLACK CAMERA ON YOUR WHITE NIGHTSTAND? I asked if she could call or knock on the door to see if the current guests had possibly seen anything and she told me they had a do not disturb sign on their door. I called the next morning to see if they would ask housekeeping or the guests upon check out if they had seen anything... Again, no call back. So I called later that afternoon and the manager answered (or so she said), she told me she would ask housekeeping plus look in the lost and found and call me back. FINALLY, I thought I was speaking to someone with competence! Well she didn't call me back either, some snotty ass girl called me back and said they didn't find anything in a very careless and hurriedly tone.  

Aside from the annoying loud traffic, car alarms going off at 5am, 20 minutes of sirens at 6am (asking for a room in the back as far from Rosecrans as possible didn't help), I was absolutely livid about how rude and UNHELPFUL the employees were, not to mention I would think that if I found a camera (employee--ahem, housekeeping--or guest) I would turn it in and if I was an employee who knew nothing about the situation, I would be a little sympathetic.

I hope whichever employee found and kept the camera enjoys it, as it was a gift I had only used one time.

11/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
269. Andreena S.
This is still a pretty awesome spot. Special thanks to Jonathan who was very hospitable to my friends and I. I think The Pearl is one of San Diego's best kept secrets and I brought my visitors here to show them that there is more to SD then crowded, overpriced bars in PB and Downtown. We tried some exceptional cocktails and wine - all of which are reasonably priced. This time, I had the Summer House Salad which was delectable. The Pearl never fails me!

31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
270. Darren S.
Currently here the second night of 2. Staying here because my house in the area is being worked on.  Should have just stayed 1. Dinner the first night was ok. Short Rib, Octopus, Brussels sprouts, and  bread pudding. Had to send the glass of house red wine back at  dinner. Brussels sprouts stole the show. Not sure what that says about the main dish. Had to send the glass of house red wine back. Not even drinkable. That evening Elf was the movie for the evening. Watched a little but went up around 10 PM to room. Loud! Had to put tissue in ears to sleep. Bar noise till 11:45 PM then street traffic all night.  Second night I  called front desk at 10:00 PM to ask for wi-fi password. Phone rang for 5 min and I gave up. If you want fun and are flexible with everything this place is 3 stars. Want to have fun, relax in room, have you're calls answered, and expect to to feel refreshed for work or a meeting the next day?  Go elsewhere.

12/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
271. Chuckie G.
This place is way cool.  

Super awesome vibe.  Like 1960's cool.  

Very good food.

Good beer selection.

Overpriced... but I wasn't necessarily mad about it because I had such a good time!

All in all I'd say give 'er a go and get that lobster mac.  It was awesome!

21/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
272. Yvonne D.
Upon a second 4-night stay here, I'd like to update this review to a 4-star. Why? If it was a restaurant by itself, I'd be back time and time again. It doesn't need to be a hotel for me to come back. I ate here 3 times last week. The burger is DELICIOUS and the beer selection is good. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable.

I stayed in a larger room this time with a nicer layout; same price. It is definitely a steal at the price you're paying. It has all the right features where it counts - comfortable bed and nice shower. And, Ginger, the goldfish in this room, was much livelier than Cosmo ;-)

10/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
273. Hilary T.
Thanks to Brian we had an amazing finale to our girls night last night! Pickle back shots and bingo...awesome. This place always has great atmosphere, great food/drinks, and great service. Thanks Brian, we will be back for the next full moon:)

18/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
274. Nikos M.
The Pearl Hotel is a great place to stay if you don't mind being outside of the city. I stayed for one night and definitely enjoyed it. The staff was super friendly, and there was plenty of parking around the block. The room was nicely decorated and very clean. The fish in the room sort of creeped me out a little, and I felt bad for it being trapped in a bowl, but I guess I'm a bit weird like that. I'm stuck between giving this hotel three and four stars, but I feel like it's a very solid 3.5.

13/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
275. Michael M.
What a cool find.  My wife had the burger - it was fantastic.  Drinks were tasty.  Too bad the pool/movie night is mid-week.  Makes it hard to get to.  We will be back.

12/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
276. ReBecki P.
My review from TripAdvisor:
The Pearl is an ideal place for the late twenties/early thirties crowd (that's us!) because it's a hotel with a bar/restaurant that you actually enjoy hanging out at! A modern twist to a 60s hotel done right, without being typical and overdone. They have their own unique look and feel that makes you feel chic, but not uptight.

We stayed in the Jewel room that had a cute love seat, rug, ocean themed wall decor, different kinds of low lighting (my favorite), a desk, and a radio without iPod hook up or maybe we didn't know how to use it.

We can sleep through anything and were aware of the airport being close by and the other guests and customers partying late into the night, but that didn't bother us- we can be "loud", too. ;-) The bed was really comfortable and I'm glad they don't have the tacky, itchy duvet cover that other hotels use.

The front desk staff and wait staff were extremely friendly, helpful, easy to talk to, and quick with service (and apologized if they thought there was a bit of a wait).

Location: walking distance to restaurants, convenience stores, farmers market (Sundays), liquor store, and the water. Everything we wanted and needed was convenient and even went for a jog along the marina.

We're already planning to return soon and check out the other rooms, try other entrées and drinks, and swim in the pool when it's warmer!

13/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
277. tom k.
Wow love this place. It looked a little scary from the outside, then we saw 20' bamboo and felt different. Inside they turned an old hotel into a super trendy groovy way cool hotel. Whoever designed it thought of every detail. It's small and boutique and we love it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They even had a note on the bed upon my arrival with a happy birthday message - very cute.

Hip. Trendy. Not stuffy. Friendly!

Room #22 - huge bamboo right outside the balcony.

11/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
278. Brittney T.
This is a quirky little hotel that has character. The rooms are cozy yet sleek, but the carpets need to be replaced or cleaned. I was on a business trip, so this was honestly probably not the best choice for me, but if I go back to SD for pleasure I will definitely consider staying here again and attending the Dive-In movie night. During my stay they played Little Miss Sunshine, so the movie choices seem to be pretty on point for my style. FYI- Josh at the front desk was super helpful and made me feel like I was totally taken care of, so you'll be lucky if he's working front desk when you arrive.

- I would suggest coming here if you want to stay somewhere unique with friendly staff. The nightlife is upbeat every night, and the food/drinks are PHENOMENAL. Lots of regulars sit at the bar, so they make for good dinner conversation.

- I would not recommend this place if you have kids, go to bed early, or don't like a lot of noise. The walls are paper thin, so you'll definitely hear lounge noises until early in the AM. This is also not in walking distance to any major attractions I'm used to, but I'm not much of a traditional tourist, so it was perfect for me.

06/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
279. Beata G.
This place is amazing!
Stayed here Friday & Saturday nights, and have only positive feedback.
Food is to die for, and the ambiance is very unique and cozy. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Nice rooms, comfortable bed, good quality sheets and several different pillows to choose from to anyone's liking. Got a room with the tub and the cutest patio. The only thing that could have made it better would've been if the pool was heated or if they had the hot tub.
The hotel doesn't look like much from the outside, but on the inside it's a great place to be. Will go back there again just to have dinner and drinks.
I did not know what to expect and booked my weekend based on my friend's recommendation. Could not be happier to have discovered this local gem. Glad I did not pick a generic franchise chain hotel, and went with the Pearl. Definitely recommend to stay here to experience some local vibes.

25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
280. Elizabeth S.
Very cute hotel and great rooms! Each room comes with a betta fish so thats fun. It also has a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and movies that play outside each it!

27/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
281. Megan S.
One of my favorite dining spots. The food is always delicious and the staff is very attentive. Our bartender, Emily, mixed some awesome drinks. Our server, Bryan, was also amazing! Great all around experience! I'll be back!

03/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
282. Pauline D.
I have never taken the time to give this place a review although I've been here plenty of times.  Food is excellent, service is excellent, the vibe is cool if you're looking for a place to relax and have a nice cocktail.  

They have an amazing bar with great staff.  I recommend ordering some of the great wine with dinner and watch one of the old movies over the pool.

Top notch.

17/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
283. Rick M.
Cocktails and Dinner here last Saturday.  What a fantastic Retro setup.  Super friendly staff but food/management lacked.  First the positive: $14.00
Foie Gras the bomb, Restaurant.com deal the bomb.  Menu item labeled Fillet of Beef which was actually Tri-Tip WTF?  Bowl of Mussels that half are not open WTF?  Manager in an un-ironed polo with the lapels not even buttoned with only an apology WTF?  Would actually venture back this way only for the cool atmosphere and Foie Gras though!   Head down to MXN for a burrito where at least the serve you what you ordered.

23/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
284. Ashley C.
We had our wedding reception at The Pearl on 3/29/14 and we couldn't have asked for anything more perfect. The space is small, but perfect for our 85 guests. The individual rooms are pretty tiny, but very nicely decorated and still very comfortable for guests. The staff was phenomenal, so accommodating to us and our guests. Adrianne, the manager, along with the gentleman who is taking her place, were superb! They were professional, warm, patient, and went out of their way to make our day exactly as we hoped. Meghan, the sales an event coordinator, was fantastic, always quick to respond, and accommodate our requests in the weeks leading up to our wedding day, as well as the day of. The staff that worked the wedding was friendly and wonderful, and we loved Megan at the front desk! We bought out the hotel for our wedding and the only small complaint was that our guests felt it was a little difficult at times to get confirmation on their room reservations. In the end, it all worked out perfectly and was the best day ever! We enjoyed every second of the entire process and it was so low stress having to deal with only one vendor for everything. Food was scumptous. Dex DJ'd for us and provided the perfect atmosphere. It was a beautiful thing! Thank you all!!

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
285. Erika P.
My hubby and I just celebrated our anniversary at The Pearl. It is PERFECTLY decorated in midcentury style which compliments the boutique 1950's architecture. The food is amazing, the drinks are delectable and the staff....OUT OF THIS WORLD! Super cool place to spend a day, afternoon and evening... The pool is darling and great for these warm summer afternoons. Wednesday evening movie nights by the pool are also a must do.

The rooms are small, but perfectly appointed. We had a nice sized patio that made the room feel larger and the room fish, Wolfgang made for a more organic stay.

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. We will be back again....and again. XO.

11/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
286. Kelly M.
The most adorable hotel with the most unorganized management.
* Told them I didn't eat meat, every app came with the meat still in it.
* Friends booked a room for two nights, they only had one and made them sleep in same bed (brothers)
* If you don't book a room in a 'proper' time frame, they will charge you $80 more per night and not work with you on price.
* Drinks are overpriced and tons of ice.
* Room service never came in the two nights I was there.

But a cute place to look at!!!

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
287. L A.
The Pearl is a mid-century motor inn that has been hip-sterized, successfully. The first time I stayed here, I came in late and was given a room on the first floor, adjacent to the bar. The curtains had stains on it and I wasn't please. Not expecting a  response I did fill out a comment card. Weeks later, I get a personal email from the owner inviting me to come back to make it up to me. Great customer follow-up, now I am a return customer.

This hotel is for people that like mid-century flare. It is a conversion so keep that in mind, it still has that "motor in vibe" but at least it's happy motor inn and not "Bates" motor inn. That being said, the bar and restaurant offer great food and service. As a guest they will have fresh coffee and fruits and pastries in the morning. The price is cheaper than a lot of downtown, newer hotels. I'd say this place's strong suit is character, versus amenities like those in corporate hotels.

Location: Ocean Beach, a quieter area in SD, but close to Mission Bay and Downtown. This place is a good hang out for locals too, who chill at the bar, listen to DJ music, or watch movies on projector screen. They have free bikes to borrow too for cruising the area.

Request a second floor room across from the bar, the place does get noisy in the evenings. The corner unit n the second floor is what they gave me during my second visit, separate living room, small patio overlooking pool, king size bed.

16/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
288. Dustin F.
Came here for dinner with some friends on a Saturday night with much anticipation from my fellow foodies on yelp. The Pearl doesn't look like much from the outside, but the moment you enter, you are transported to an ultra modern hipster lounge that looks like it was taken from a SHAG painting of Palm Springs. The indoor/outdoor poolside atmosphere is really nice. At first I was taken back a little that there really wasn't your traditional dining room area, but more of a bar like setting that spilled out into the pool area. The decor is modern and inviting. You want to be here. We had dinner at one of the tall 4 person tables with high bar stool seating. It was part inside, part outside on a beautiful spring evening in San Diego.

The staff, especially our waitress, was super friendly, very helpful with the menu and with suggestions, and very patient with us as we lingered over the delicious drink menu. The drinks were creative, playful, strong, delicious.....and expensive. Be prepared to spend $9-12 per specialty drink. We particularly like the Bees Knees, which came complete with a pick of 3 gummie bears resting on the rim of the glass.

The food was artfully prepared and the dishes were as delicious as they looked. We had the seared white shrimp and also the short ribs. Prices are expensive for a non- downtown place as others have said, but I think for the food that was served in the atmosphere we were in, it was well worth it.

Dessert was delicious. Our table shared the Belgium waffle (not JUST a waffle, but a thick waffle from a place called Belgium) with warm spiced pineapple and also the donuts with a spicy ganache dipping sauce. This one packs a little heat, but was really good.

As if the swanky, poolside atmosphere with large beach balls in the pool and movies being projected on a large screen above the pool wasn't enough, there is another small lounge at the front of the Pearl. Here you can also get a night cap served to you on a shoes optional, shag rugged, mirror ceilinged lounge where you can play games like Jenga! Was a great way to end the already perfect evening.

Hot tip: the Pearl is on restaurant.com . We bought a $50 certificate for 80% off!

13/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
289. Shalini G.
been here twice..
1st time for a girlfriends bday..
it was a saturday night...we had a big table poolside.  great music playing ..ordered tons of good food and drinks...everything was wonderful! the atmosphere was energetic and fun!
BUT THEN.............................................
bar closes pretty early (i think it was 11) and i believe the kitchen closed an hour before that...then promptly at midnight...they vacated the pool area.  was the party over? no.  we took it to hotel room (at midnight..they discount any vacant rooms)..sweet! we partied the night away between two rooms.  there were other rooms partying too.  I guess there were some complaints...whatever.  i left around 4 am (i had to go home...the next day was mothers day and i needed to be in my bed for breakfast in bed)

2nd time...saturday night ....girls night in OB...and we wanted to take the party somewhere else.  we cruised on over here and THE PLACE WAS DEAD!
We entered the bar area and it was dead silence..."B 32" we heard...oh my goodness..they were playing BINGO! i walked passed them to go to the restroom and screamed BINGO!!! the looks i got..haha...they were not happy.  seriously ...a bunch of young people acting like they were 85 years old.
we grabbed an outside table...no service...decided we weren't going back into the bingo bar and we bailed on out back to OB...

last time here probably

good points that give it a 3 star vs a 2 star...
bath products were SPA H20 ...my favorite!!!
rooms had nice decor
free poolside movies on wednesdays
the food and drinks were good...

the only reason i would ever come back is if i happen to be in the area during HH...i would not go out of my way to come here again.

31/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
290. Danny W.
My P's came to visit me this past weekend so it was my mission to find them a great place to stay at. I couldn't have picked a better spot then The Pearl Hotel. It is just like them....simple, cute, and fun!

It's a hop skip and a jump away from my pad so I couldn't have asked for a better location. I guess to be closer I could have had them stay with me, but it's like my uncle always says "Family is like fish.....it's good for a bit, but after awhile, it starts to stink." JK Mom...You know I love you!

Back to the hotel. From the outside it's easy to pass by as it blends into surrounding residences, but that is the charm of this spot. It's cozy and has maybe a handful of employees whom are all extremely friendly. The rooms are a little on the small side, but have comfy beds and a nice vibe to them. Each one is equip with a pet fish. My parents got Scooter who wasn't particularly lively, but still it is a nice touch to the homey rooms.

They have a patio area where they host a "Dive In" theatre on Wednesday nights. You can catch a flick while relaxing in the heated pool. Besides this and the tiny bar area the only other thing on site of any entertainment value are the board games in the lobby area. You can chill out on a shag carpet while getting your checkers or chess on. Like I said it's small, but they do a lot with what is there.

For the rate $89 a night, this spot is amazing. It's trendy, cozy, and the staff are total sweethearts. If you have friends or relatives coming in town this is a hidden gem to lay your head at night. I'll be setting the fam up here as well as stay-cationing in the future.

05/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
291. Dave M.
A very cool place, extremely "hipster", and overall a good vibe.
Positives - A/C in room, nice TV, "Pearl" room is spacious enough for two people, goldfish bowl in the room, and the pool/bar/restaurant area is awesome.

Negatives - A little dated, bathtub floor peeled up, lampshades dirty, lots of dust in the room, carpets desperately need a steam or to be replaced, and it is noisy outside, but that is not their fault.

For a 2 star hotel, the price is right. Located on Rosecrans, lots of liquor store, marts, and restaurants around, and 2 blocks to the harbor. Also close to airport and beaches. Overall, good place if you're not too picky, but if you're used to modern, immaculate hotels, this is not for you.

20/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
292. Traci T.
So my friends in Marketing have been after me to write a review of my "downstairs" area. (I live across the street upstairs, so when my friends ask me where I am at I simply state "downstairs" and they know I'm at The Pearl) Being the Mayor, has its responsibilities and one of those is to tell the people how much I love it there. (Isn't there a town crier for that? Bryan, maybe?)

The Pearl Hotel had me at Cheese Plate, or Cheese Course? Whatever Chef calls it now. Chef really knows his shit about cheese. I made the mistake about asking him where he got his cheese so I could be sneaky and make one at home... 1/2 an hour later my eyes were rolled over and I really didn't get what he said. Something about living in Paris and knowing super technical terms of cheese... Whatever. Its freaking good. Over the past year I have been going here Chef has really gotten me to step out of my food comfort zone. From bacon wrapped dates to bone marrow sauce everything is really good. One day I aspire to be rich so I can just eat here everyday. Oh wait... I kinda do...

The service and the staff kick ass. Bar manager Jamie and bartender Emily are the best. I love knowledgeable mixologists. The drink menu is great and well thought out. Paul, Vaughn, Bryan, Drew... all great. Inigo makes me laugh. He's from Spain, so of course he knows my husband Gasol, you know of the Lakers.

The executive team is awesome. I love that the owner frequents his own establishment and I love that Kim and Danielle (Marketing/Management/Boss Ladies) always strike conversations with customers and really care about how the service is. (And that's a genuine comment, I have not been probed to say that at all!)

If you're a local the heated salt water pool is yours to enjoy anytime you like. I love the "Drinkin and Boozin Don't Mix" Every time I read it, that's exactly what I am doing... maybe I should create a Foursquare check-in for it?

Great place to throw parties in the cabana area. Wednesday night Free Movies, Saturday drink service. Fun, fun, fun. If The Pearl Hotel had an adult summer camp, I'd SO be there.

22/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
293. Jan F.
We just returned from a 2 night stay here. Everything was great. The staff is friendly and anxious to please their guests. The food was delicious.We sat at the bar and spoke to many of the locals who frequent the hotel. The rooms were very retro and clean and have Beta fishes in each one. Our's was named Lucy.We didn't use the pool but others were - it was heated. If you go, get the package which includes free parking, 2 drinks and an appetizer. Well worth it.We will definitely be back.

20/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
294. Megan A.
We had a lovely stay here! No problems whatsoever. We ate by the pool one day which was great and they had a DJ which was extra awesome. Rooms were clean and next time we come I want  to stay in the biggest room. I wish they had something similar in Santa Barbara cause the place we used to stay at has been bought out & sucks now... Anyway the ocean air was nice with our windows open and the bed was comfy. Overall I would definitely recommend the Pearl and will come again when we decide to travel to SD.

09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
295. Mimi H.
The bad:
They down graded us but charged us the same price. They gave us free parking though (which we didn't need since their is ample street parking).
The gem is too small of a room. It couldn't fit our luggage. It didn't have a real closet either.
Even though I made reservations for brunch they ignored us and served 3 other people that came in after us. We had to leave! We didn't have time for it.
They ran out of souvenir shot glasses. I couldn't even pretend the place was awesome with my take away shot glass. Booo!
They hate tourists.

The good:
Nice bed with comfortable sheets and 2 types of pillows
If you're a local this is a pretty cool bar/Sunday brunch spot if you ride your bicycle so you can score $10.00 off.

27/06/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
296. Laura B.
My husband and I stayed 5 nights at The Pearl.  You can really get a feel for a place when you stay for more than 2 or 3 nights.  We loved The Pearl when we walked in and loved it when we left, which is unique in my experience.  Generally a hotel is a hotel is a hotel unless you're dropping a pot-load of cash for glitz and pretentious glamour.  At The Pearl, what you get is genuine hospitality, super comfy accommodations, fun little surprises like the "pet" fish in every room and movie night on Wednesdays near the pool and service so unintrusive that you wonder how the heck they do that.  I'm an early riser, from the east coast, so when I walked to the lobby for coffee at 6:30 a.m., the staff was cheery and the coffee was hot and fresh.  I watched how the staff welcomed all different kinds of folks to the hotel - a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary, couples, traveling business people, and diners for the evening.  Not once did I hear a sigh or hmmmm.... or see a flinch or a grimace on the face of the staff.  True professionals.  

We love The Pearl.  The location is spectacular for anything you want to do in San Diego.  We took advantage of the Car2Go smart car rental offer with the reservation and had a cool time zipping around everywhere- Ocean Beach, Cabrillo, the Harbor...what fun and zero hassle!

We will definitely be back.

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
297. Amy S.
Brian is awesome! He was fun and smart and had a great little way about him! The Pearl has yummy drinks and is a sweet hot spot in SD!!  I had a freaking awesome night and I love the shot glasses!

18/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
298. Katie B.
What Works:

-The awesome 1950's mixed with modern ambience with the mirrored ceilings (:, and butterfly lounge chairs by the kidney shaped pool
-The little Japanese Fighting Fish in a small bubble-like aquarium attched to your wall with it's name written on a plaque below
-the classic cocktails at the bar located right next to the pool making for a relaxing loungey Saturday, sipping drinks and sunbathing
-the reasonable prices:$110-120 for a queen room-great deal
-free Wi-Fi
-Very quiet. Despite the bar scene below, I slept well without waking, and I'm very sensitive. This was a HUGE plus!
-excellent location-close enough to drive to many local beaches, and a hop, skip and a jump away from a Starbucks and TJs

What Lacks:

-Our room did not have a full size mirror/just a bathroom mirror, which is a no-go in a place like SD where, though you won't likely look as smokin as the twiggly hot blondes running around in bikinis, you'd still like to get a good idea of what you look like overall before you go out
-No mini-fridge, which is lame when you'd like to not have to eat out for all of your meals and want to keep some veggies of bevies available in your room,
-wimpy shower pressure

I think the Pearl would really benefit from implementing those after mentioned missing amenities. For a boutique hotel, it was really fun and I highly recommend.

26/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
299. Christina G.
The Pearl is cute - a tiny motel on the road with a super lively bar and restaurant scene. When we pulled up on Friday night for the night's stay we weren't expecting it to be quite so rowdy and loud. The service was prompt, however, and polite, and they gave us the furthest room from the restaurant.
The room was tidy, updated but still has hints of shabbiness in its bones. We ordered dinner which they delivered - waaay too expensive for what we got, but fine, whatever. We watched tv and went to sleep - the sheets were great.
I am fairly certain I left a dress hanging on the bathroom because I didn't have it with me the next day. Well, the hotel can't seem to find it either so I'm a little peeved about that. Just sayin.

20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
300. Mike R.
Although I have grown up in Point Loma, I had never been to this hotel or to the restaurant until my girlfriend took me to both on a stay-cation to celebrate my 30th birthday. I am going to break the rest of the review into "Hotel stay, rooms, etc." and "Restaurant food quality, service, etc."

Hotel stay, rooms, etc. -

The check in area was small but beautifully decorated in a retro 50's futuristic feel. The desk clerk was very friendly and helpful and got us into our room in less than 5 minutes. We stayed in room 20 on the second floor, overlooking the pool / courtyard area. This room has a great view of the big projection screen set up for movies over the pool. The room was also decorated in a "Vintage-shek-vibe" Inside was a single king bed that was comfortable, a medium sized desk under the TV that might cause some viewing issues if the desk were to be used at the same time someone else wanted to lay on the bed and watch tv, but this wasn't an issue we experienced. The bathroom and closet were both adequate and the basics of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and bar soap were provided as well as cool little boxes of water. There was also a "pet" fish tastefully attched to the wall under a light with a nameplate under it...his name was Barnaby, cool touch.

The restaurant, food quality, service etc. -

At night, the restaurant is bustling with hotel guests and local enjoying fancy cocktails and fine food. The restaurant is small, but not crowded and opens up through to the pool / courtyard area for pool side dining. The service and hospitality was top-class. Our 8:30 table was a bit delayed since the previous diners were still enjoying the ambiance and conversation. We were temporarily seated at the bar while our table was made available. The manager even put our first round of drinks on the house to make up for our table delay (which was only 10-15 minutes). Very nice, appreciated touch, especially since the drinks are not the $4 variety! The cocktails were amazingly created and delicious (I had Moscow Mules all night with a ginger wedge and my girlfriend enjoyed a lemon concotion the bartender made to her tastes)
    The food was AMAZING. Literally one of the most delicious meals i have ever eaten! Started with Bacon wrapped dates (first time eating dates for me...delicious!) and the cheese platter which had 4 different varieties of cheese (2 soft & 2 hard, as well as candied nuts, strawberries, granola and honeycomb. Both were absolutley amazing! I then had the Free range chicken breast with mashed potatoes and vegetables, (Most amazing, perfectly cooked, seasoned, juicy chicken ever) My girlfriend had the burger and said it was also amazing. Overall 10/10 dining experience.

If you couldn't figure it out by now, I had a great time! The hotel is fun, unique and cool and the restaurant is terrific. I truly forgot i was in my own backyard for a solid 24 hours. Thanks Pearl!

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
301. Omar A.
I've been twice to this place and the service is horrible, the food is bland and their "happy hour"  drinks are limited to 2 types of beer. Management and staff is not good about accommodating customer's needs. To make my experience more enjoyable here, my server run my debit card for  double the amount it should have been. After speaking/arguing with their manager they refunded my money. This place is way overpriced!! They think they are the best/trendiest place in San Diego, the truth is,  based on my experience, they know very little about  gourmet dinning and good customer service.

16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
302. Don R.
The food was awesome, the server was great and so were the drinks. Love this spot. I have never stayed at the hotel, but everything else was amazing!

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
303. nicolette l.
I always get nothing short of great service when I come here. Sarah is an excellent server: polite,patience, knowledgeable, and prompt. The lounge/restaurant has great craft cocktails, a good selection of craft beers, and amazing menu. The entree selections are updated pretty regularly but there are a few constants:  vegetarian choice,  meat, poultry, and seafood options are always offered and are of optimal quality. The food is purchased a local from smaller farms and gardens and their menu lists the contributors. As a bonus, on the date of your birth your meal is free. Wednesday nights are great for the Dive In Movie night, where movies are projected poolside. I'm told that the actual hotel rooms are pretty nice too. This place is a gem for sure.

02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
304. Lori N.
Love this place and the staff are so friendly! Emily recommended the burger and it was amazing!!! She paired it with the perfect wine and was attentive throughout my dining experience. I definitely recommend visiting this unique property. Ask for Emily and try the burger!!!

06/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
305. Althea B.
My husband and I stayed here for anniversary. We absolutely LOVED it! We are definitely coming back. First of all, they have an amazing staff who are super friendly and helpful. Second, the drinks and food at the restaurant were AMAZING! (Btw Jessy added a splash of champagne to the Jet Set cocktail and it was out of this world!) Third, you can play board games in the lounge and watch movies on the projector above the pool! Need I say more?!

22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
306. Ben W.
Our go to spot some cocktails, solid food and awesome atmosphere. Although we live up the street, we've stayed here many times just to sleep in their killer rooms after a few too many cocktails/

26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
307. Kei D.
I booked a room for one night thru booking.com , I booked a refundable one at first because I wasn't sure i would stay there or others but since it stated free cancellation one day before check-in I thought everything was gonna be fine but I was wrong...
So 2 days later I decided to just stay in the pearl, the refundable room and the non refundable one at the moment was about 40 dollars different and I still had 2 weeks till check-in, so I canceled the reservation, re-booked the non refundable one...that's where they got confused! Later on when I checked my credit card statement, it showed they charged me BOTH! Refundable $177 and non refundable $135!
I contacted them right away, they said they would fix it and gimme my money back but I didn't get it back into my account till recently, it took them ONE MONTH and HALF to finally process it!
During the time, I had called them million times and I got different responses from different ppl every time. It was very frustrating!
And! When I checked out they didn't mention anything about addition charges or anything the other hotels would do at check out, they just told me im good to go...I later found out that they charged on my credit card another 7 dollars for god knows what! (My husband assumed it might be the 2 boxes of mineral waters we drank in the room, but shouldn't those be complimentary ? Like in most hotels? )
Over all, the pearl hotel is not professional enough! Hope they are getting better!

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
308. Kelly R.
Bottom Line: For the price you're paying, you can get something better at a different hotel.

It is a quirky little hotel. I can understand why people would like it, but there are MANY reasons why I could not go back:

1. The receptionist whose name starts with an "M" was very rude and didn't seem to know how things worked at the hotel.
2. They give out more parking passes than spaces available. If you aren't parked at the hotel early enough, you'll have to park on the street. You will receive a $10 discount ($10/night for parking) for that evening, but it's a hassle to have to find street parking and walk back to the hotel.
3. We experienced everything from clogged sinks, clogged showers, and broken toilets.
4. The water was turned off for 4 hours and no one bothered to let us know.
5. No fridge and no elevator!
6. The TV in our room did not work initially and I had to go out of my way to unplug it and plug it back in to make it work. Our clock was also 40 minutes off. Small things make a big impression!

It's a cute hotel with too many problems. It was overpriced for what was given. The food was good. The pool was nice. Most of the staff was friendly. BUT, it wasn't worth what I paid and all of the hassle I went through.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
309. Samar S.

I had a birthday event there with 45 guests for dinner. The staff at the Pearl executed everything FLAWLESSLY!

The restaurant manager Adrienne Goppold was AMAZING. She arranged everything perfectly and was two steps ahead of me at all times. She accurately pre-ordered precisely the correct amount of wine, food and dessert. My guests had plenty to eat and drink without there being any shortages of anything.

Servers Jesse and Sara rocked. Nicolina and Alisa at reception were on it. Excellent management.

Very cool, hip place. Highly recommend eating, drinking and staying at the Pearl. Definitely a must see during a stay in San Diego.

25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
310. Beverly A.
This review is for BRUNCH only.

for $22.95 unlimited mimosa's and any breakfast item (minus the burger and..) - which isn't bad - but I'd rather pay this price elsewhere and get an entire buffet's worth instead of one item (.. OH! you cant pick the burger OR the steak/eggs though.. tsk, tsk)

The menu online really needs to be updated .. my girlfriends and I went expecting some healthy options - but there were no fruit, no granola, no yogurt, and not even oatmeal. The only healthy option was the caprese, which was eggs (maybe 2 eggs) with tomatoes, spinach, and basil pesto.

it's a cute place, and a place I've been wanting to try for a while - but i definitely feel like my money would've gone further elsewhere.. with more options and better quality.

.. and an FYI for parking: it's street parking only..

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
311. Sahiwal S.
I'm writing this review sitting inside the Pearl. Complained about 4 times about noise level. Management didn't do anything. Worst service of my life. Waste of $100.

I would never ever stay at this hotel again, i rather sleep in my car than wasting my time and money on this crappy hotel where drunken idiots never sleep.

19/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
312. Alex L.
Just checked in a few hours ago and I love this place!! Jenna at the front desk took care of a reservation issue despite the fact I booked it through their website. If not for that mistake, and the apparent trend from other reviewers, it'd be 5 star. The property is small but really fun!! Open air bar next to the pool. And hammocks!!! Modern rooms with the basics and large TVs. I could easily see spending a week or so here!

01/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
313. Clay E.

19/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
314. Lo B.
The Pearl hotel management sold us on the idea that if we rented out every room in the hotel for our wedding/reception evening that once their public restaurant / bar closed that the hotel would be ours. I specifically told them that I had a movie I wanted to show my guests on their projection screen that is mounted on the wall outside at the pool area, and they said that would be no problem. I asked if we could continue hanging out at the pool area after the public left, they assured us we could.

None of that was true. When 10:30pm rolled around the staff working the bar / restaurant said they needed to have everything clean and prepped for tomorrows opening, which I can understand, I used to work in food service, but this was not at all the premise that every room in the hotel was sold to my guests and I by the hotel management. Furthermore, when we asked if we could just spend the rest of the evening as a group around the pool area, they told us no, and that they would be locking it.

So basically we rented out an entire hotel for our wedding evening and ended up being forced to stay in our rooms or lurk around on the walkways outside. Pretty bad business to pitch it to us the way that they did and then have the night staff basically tell us to beat it from the bar & pool area by 11pm.  The rooms themselves were okay, clean, and didn't smell. I just can't support the management and their dodgy sales tactics.

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
315. Oscar G.
I stay here when on business in SD. This place is doing it right. They have excellent customer service. They actually care about providing a great experience. In a day and age where customer service is compromised and employees seem aloof, It is refreshing to stay at a hotel where the employees execute on actually providing great customer service. From the front desk staff to the barbacks in the restaurant, everyone is friendly, seem like they enjoy what they are doing and do their jobs well. This hotel is not about hustling you out of your money but hustling to do the right thing, to me this makes all the difference.

If you are super picky about noise levels, you should know that on movie night, it doesn't get quiet until about 11 or so. I suggest enjoying the night in the restaurant and being part of the scene. Additionally parking can be tricky on movie night cause it's popular.

TLDR: Rooms are clean, beds are very comfy, The setup of hotel and restaurant is very cool and I dig the vibe. If there is a problem just let an employee know and they are eager to help you out.

04/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
316. Whitney B.
Sunday bottomless Mimosas in the pool is simply the best thing you can do on a San Diego summer Sunday! The food is delicious, the drinks are even better, and the retro unique atmosphere cannot be beat. I love this place!

26/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
317. Denise K.
This retro, little boutique hotel has definitely got some character. I had such a fun time at the Dive In Movie!

$1 drink when you check in on Yelp - Awesome.
Gourmet meal - Awesome.
Heated pool - Awesome.
The Goonies - Awesome.

What isn't there to love when you can drink, eat, swim, and watch a classic movie?? I can't wait to go back next summer!

29/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
318. Kerri K.
Trendy, unique, cool would love to go again when there isn't a private party with a bunch of old snotty people attending.  Bartenders were super friendly and when they realized we weren't part of the private party told us to drink up and we had to leave but we nice about it which I give them extra points for plus they were all eye candy, yes both genders and NO I am not bi-sexual but I know what beautiful people look like, we do live in San Diego.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
319. Amber Elizabeth M.
I absolutely love Sunday brunch at the Pearl. For around 20 bucks you get bottomless mimosas poolside and a delicious breakfast. You can't really ask for more.

Instead of buffet style you choose your menu item and it is delivered to you once it is prepared. I had the caprese scramble and a few probably one too many mimosas. All of the entrees are filling with out over stuffing you the way a buffet does but the mimosas are free flowing so keep that in mind while walking around the pool.

The staff is super friendly and upbeat. Jamie was managing on Sunday and his attention to detail is clearly shown as he strolled around the pool to check on all the guests.

The Pearl provides towels for the pool area even if you're not a guest so be sure to bring your suit, just be sure you don't spill your mimosa in the pool.

Bonus: The Pearl has "Dive in movies" on Wednesdays and Bingo once a month amongst many other specials so be sure to check out their website as this fun and hip hotel is more than just a place to crash your pretty little head.

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
320. Manda V.
Had a great nights stay here!
Room was clean, and small but still very clean, Love the fact that they have laminate hard wood floors :)

Very local feel to this place, with the bar / pool area, and the fact that its almost a motel, or an inn but your still unsure?

Loved it, will be back!

10/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
321. Dexter P.
City gem! Hidden in Point Loma just minutes away from Downtown San Diego. It has a boutique feel with a modern interior design.  Happy hour happens daily and movie Thursdays.  Somedays, they have  $1.00 oysters, which beats going to Encinitas. Sigh... Check in in Yelp and you get $1.00 beer. My fave, try the Alesmith, smooth, chocolaty flavor, it's a must have.  Did I mention the crispy brussels sprouts and garlic truffle frites?  Go vegan!  Yummmo.

19/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
322. Gwynevere P.
We love The Pearl for so many reasons! Atmosphere. Staff. Food. Music. It's always been the spot for my girlfriends and I to meet up for our monthly "catch up session". It's swanky, crisp, clean, classy and oh so sexy. It's where my family celebrates birthdays poolside at night under twinkle lights, surrounded by gorgeous landscaping. My friends and I meet on Sundays for sunny brunches complete with mimosas and great music. The tunes are provided by the amazingly talented Dex who knows how to read a crowd and knows his music inside out too. The bar/wait staff all go above and beyond to ensure any food allergies are eliminated and Jaison Burke, the chef, has often personally come to our table and welcomed us for dinner. (Try the drink The Kentucky Alarm Clock cocktail!)

19/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
323. Erin C.
When you pull up to The Pearl you are pretty sure that you are on the streets of Detroit and you should run inside quickly... but then you walk inside and you are transformed to an amazing space! It is so open around the pool area/restaurant/bar that it is a great place to hang out. The brunch is delicious!

14/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
324. Anna C.
Big fan of drinks at the retro hotels. If I didn't live right next to the Lafayette I would probably come here a lot more often.

It is gorgeous and a much smaller cuter version of the Lafayette.

28/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
325. Natasha A.
Awesome! Such a fun staff, everyone was so helpful. I forgot it was movie day when we arrived. So we checked in and ate at the restaurant. Amazing food a bit pricy but totally worth it. The room was so fun and our fishy also. Would love to come back or stay more days. They also sent a free dinner voucher a couple of days ago after our stay.


11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
326. Matt M.
Nice, little boutique retro hotel. The rooms are small, but cozy. Don't expect many amenities in the room.  We stayed in the second to the biggest room (the Jewel).  If you are expecting to sleep prior to midnight during the weekend then this place isn't for you. The hustle and bustle of the restaurant below and the music will keep you up.

We didn't get to try the food at EAT, but from the crowds it drew in nightly I am sure it is good.  The signature cocktails and craft beers are on point.  The staff is friendly and very accommodating. The parking spots (10 stalls, $10/night) are paid for in advance when checking in and are only for hotel guests. Otherwise good luck finding parking in the streets.

Quick tip: If you care about your car like I do, DO NOT park under the trees with the purple flowers. These trees line the streets for blocks.  I made the mistake of doing so and woke up the next morning to a car covered in purple flowers that excrete sap upon landing on the surface of your car.  Bummer.

02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
327. Nicole S.
I have eaten at the Pearl Restaurant a few times recently and the
food has been great!  The fish special was so fresh and always with
seasonal ingredients accompanying the dishes. Beet salad and Brussels
are amazing!  Very friendly staff as well makes it an enjoyable experience
all around!

21/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
328. Lauren P.
What a fun and unique place! My boyfriend and I enjoyed the cheese plate over a glass of wine and beer while watching Dumb and Dumber by the pool.

They have bingo night, and of course, poolside movie!

Will definitely be back!

04/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
329. Adriane B.
Food was great!  I want to start with that.  The server was ok.  I think she was just too busy.  She rarely came to check on us. The couple of things that bugged me most was one I had made a reservation which the host called me and confirmed.  His message said thanks for making a reservation for movie night.  The one reason why I made the reservation was because it was movie night so we were looking forward to watching it.  He sat us in the one seat that was at the very back of the restaurant next to the back side door.  All we faced was rock wall.  Then, I asked if we could change tables and he said they were all booked but would move us if 2 spots became available at the bar.  He never returned so we couldn't watch the movie.  They should let you know before letting you come on movie night that you won't be able to see any screen or TV.  Bummer.  Just let me down.  It will be a whole Til I come back.

01/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
330. Karla P.
I can't say enough about the Pearl Hotel. My girlfriend and I decided to do a little staycation for our anniversary, and since we haven't paid much attention to Point Loma since we've lived here, we decided a change of scenery would be nice. We were warmly greeted upon check-in by Blake, and after a minor jaunt around the pool, found our room with the greatest of ease. I have to say one of my favorite parts about this hotel has to be the in room pet beta fish who's bowl sat just to the right of the bed towards the ceiling. So cool, Nice touch indeed!

While putting our things away, I noticed a Pearl Hotel postcard with a "Happy Anniversary" note left by the concierge, and two little bobbers that we could use to get a free cocktail at the pool bar. It's only getting better at this point! So my girlfriend and I relaxed for a while, and made our way poolside to enjoy the sun, a light breeze, and some appetizers. The bartender was more than friendly and inviting to us as we enjoyed our snacks. The drink list is not surprisingly nautically themed with some wonderful concoctions that made choosing just one, the only laboring thing about the whole trip. After we satisfied our hunger, we sought out the concierge (Blake) once more about any sort of local activities worth a try. He recommended renting the house beach cruisers to take a cruise up to Cabrillo National Monument. What a nice touch, in house beach cruisers for guests! so we took him up on his offer and

Since staying at the Pearl, I've come here a couple more times for their movie nights that they project on a blank wall that sits just behind the pool. They offer a wide variety of movies once weekly, during the warmer months, so there's something for every audience at least once. The menu is just the perfect size, offering local ingredients that shine light on neighboring produce suppliers, and not to mention incredibly tasty. I'm working towards eating my way through their menu, and I have to say I have yet to find something on there I don't enjoy, even the veggie plates ;) lol.

I recommend trying this place at least once, my only "heads up" are about parking being somewhat scant, but if you seek out the neighborhood behind the hotel, you should be able to find something. Also, this property being an older building, the walls are a little thin, and the pool is in the smack dead middle of the property, making personal space a minor issue if you're laying out.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this place! :)

05/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
331. Drew D.
Unfortunately I had to use pest control service for my house, so I had to find a place to live for a 3 days. My friend gave me a promo coupon for a pearl hotel. The price per night was pretty good just by itself, but with a coupon it was excellent, almost free.

The Pearl is a great place. Such a hip and unique place. People working here are so nice and friendly.

What i really liked is that they show movies outdoor around the pool. I have never see such thing before in any other hotel.

The food was also excellent.

Room was very cute and cozy. It also was very clean and good smelling.

I will stay there again if i need.

15/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
332. Ameilia Q.
I've stayed in A LOT of hotels.  Most of them are SO predictable that the only difference among them is how much they charge for WI-FI and if there is a coffee pot in the room.

I recently visited my sister in San Diego and I decided to stay at The Pearl rather than the typical hilton/holliday inn/ramada/etc because I was tired of paying extra for parking, wi-fi, and decent service.

Ok, really, I picked The Pearl because I got my own pet fish for the week-- her name was Ginger and she was a sweet pinkish Beta Fish that kept me company the entire time-- AND because they have AMAZING beers on tap... I'm talking STONE brewery people.  For someone from Salt Lake, having anything other than the typical  Budweiser on tap... this is Nirvana.  

So, yes the beer on tap is amazing (and I should also mention the burgers... but a different post) and the only hotel I have stayed at that has payed any sort of attention to craft brews... but really, when it comes down to it, the reason I liked staying at the Pearl was because it felt more like staying at an apartment than a hotel.

I liked the birds chirping outside my window in the amazingly tall bamboo shoots.  I liked how friendly the staff was and how respectful of privacy (when I wanted it) they were.  I also liked how casual everyone on the staff was.  Nothing was a problem, everything could be easily solved.

My only complaints are so minor that I hate to mention them.  There is no independent ice machine, you have to ask the kitchen to fill the ice bucket.  Really, they could invest a few hundred into an ice machine so I can get my fill of ice without having to beg the kitchen staff.

It is rather noisy when there is a party going on in the pool area.  This is a consequence of the architecture, which quite honestly is supposed to educe a feeling of community though proximity.  It is a Mid Century Modern hotel after all.

Did I mention the fish, I loved my pet fish.

The bottom line is... the rooms are clean, I felt safe, the environment was cool and cozy, I liked the room, the food is good, the beer is good.  A few minor inconveniences because it is an older property.

Skip the mainstream, stay at The Pearl.

04/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
333. Michelle J.
The Pearl is a great local spot and fits in perfectly in quaint Point Loma. I recently stayed here and was quite impressed. The retro beachy style is very hip and makes you feel like your on vacation (even if you live right down the street!) and is affordable. The pool is great and has a movie screen for 'Dive-In" Nights which is awesome. The bar an restaurant sit right at the pools edge, at night or sunset a perfect place to relax and enjoy a cocktail. Rooms are a bit small but that's the style of the place. Def recommend!

02/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
334. Adam S.
A cheap application of trendy atop an old cheap motel. Loud not only from copious road noise but also the restaurant lounge positioned immediately outside the rooms. Cleverly done but not well done.

15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
335. Conrad R.
[Just a Happy Hour review]

We came in on a Wednesday night during Beer Week to partake in Happy Hour.  It was a relaxed retro vibe, which was nice because limited street parking and walking around the block in the darkness of night can be agitating.

With subdued lighting and ambient lounge music, the bar area is cozy, which may feel crowded for some larger groups, but the patio by the pool with additional outdoor table seating has a much more open space to enjoy this brisk autumn San Diego evening.  I Dream of Jeannie is playing on the flat screen behind the beer taps and also on the Dive-in projector screen above the pool yelp.com/biz_photos/lmFY… .  It would have been an epic win if they played Bewitched too.  Very classy indeed!

I have to mention how well our server did this evening because she was sweeter than sugar, very hospitable, polite, and returned several times to check up on our table.  The restaurant was slower earlier tonight and as the evening progressed, the restaurant added several tables around the pool.  I noticed how well she was managing the extra customers without missing a step.

We had ordered the pommes frites and couldn't help but laugh when the food runner brought order over and said, "Here's your order of French fries."   yelp.com/biz_photos/lmFY… On the fry spectrum, our order was pretty damn good.  Light and crispy, not greasy, well seasoned.  For a such a foofy name on the nibbles menu, it was sadly accompanied by a portion cup of table ketchup (catsup?) and an aioli that seemed nothing more like a scoop of mayonnaise, rather than a foodgasmic blend of olive oil and garlic.  I'd definitely compliment my fancy plate of fries with scratch made sauces, but that's me.

Would we return.  Yeah, for the happy hour. Definitely stop by and check out The Pearl for their decent offerings of beverages and bites at good HH prices, although some of the menu selections may be pricey for some value-minded foodies.  I haven't had the full hotel-restaurant experience, and with so much variance between opinionated yelpers, I'll have to push The Pearl Hotel aside on our list of staycations for now.

12/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
336. MAY J.
The restaurant here has perfect lighting! (candles against white. etc)
+ amazing streak
+ amazing mushrooms
+ brocollini !
+ drinks are good :)
+ great charcuterie + cheeses
+ friendly/fast service

The rooms here are cute & good for the price
+ pretty good sheets
+ bathtubs exist
+ some have patios with sliding glass doors
+ you have a pet fish in your room for the night

The only bad things:
- the mushrooms and brocollini can fall off the menu due to seasonal reasons i think :(
- no jacuzzi, just a pool
- the glasses your drinks come in for dinner are plastic due to the pool (no one wants broken glass in the pool.)

Overall it gets 5 stars. Adorable little place. Almost every detail of the place is perfect or close to it!  

20/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
337. George S.
Horrible service and the food was way below par. My fiancee had the seabass and it was very old and overdone and the risotto was mushy and paste like. I had the shortrib and it was very dry and tasted old as well. The only good thing was the cheese plate but then again its hard to mess up venissimo's cheese. All in all really horrible service and I can honestly say I will never come back here again!!!!

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
338. Raz I.
I came in there last night and ordered the chicken entree. When it arrived, the chicken was literally the size of my thumb. It tasted good, but geez for $21 I would have expected more of a meal. It was more of a tapa. And there really wasn't much of a side. Just a few small carrots. In fairness they did say that their breasts have been coming in small from their supplier and they offered us a dessert on the house. The burger my date ordered was really good and actually a descent size. So in closing if you are hungry don't order chicken.

22/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
339. Vonda D.
Had such a great time at The Pearl that we stayed an extra night.  Loved the cool retro rooms (ours faced the side with a balcony) and the restaurant was fantastic.  Excellent food and atmosphere seated around the pool watching Bond movies.  Had cruiser bikes that they let us use for free and found we weren't too far away from the beach and other attractions. Would definitely stay again on our next trip to San Diego.

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
340. Ed M.
The hotel itself is definitely an original concept.  It has that 60's Miami based vibe to it, everything from the pool to the lettering in the front of the building.  This is not a very large hotel itself.  I think it has maybe 15-20 rooms total.  However, if you wanted to throw a pretty cool party this would definitely be an IT spot in town to do one.  Street parking can be an issue though on a busy weekend or week.  There's a tiny lot in front of this place and another small side lot.  There is residential parking all around this hotel.  I definitely liked the feel to this place.  Its like a casual hipster hang out but you don't have to get overly dressed to be here.

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
341. Birdie T.
Love love love The Pearl! Groovy place to have drinks and or dinner. Had about 45 people there one night for a bday party. The staff was so accommodating and helpful. This is my kind of place!!!!

For me, part of the charm of a establishment is the decor and this place is top on my list!

12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
342. matt b.
Definitely a fan.  Hotel is cool.  Pool is cool.  Bar is really cool.  Really fun for a party or wedding and the food is excellent.
Service is very friendly and this is a great addition to an already fun neighborhood.

04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
343. Mailman M.
Met friends there on the Saturday. Neat concept and the service was good, butt. The food is not great for the price they charge. The Flank steak was over seasoned and tough. The drinks are pretty to look out, but no booze in them. Lower the prices and dump the cheap plastic chairs.

23/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
344. Cory B.
We spent Mother's day in San Diego with our 22 month old son, and we stayed at The Pearl hotel.
We picked the Pearl by doing our research via Yelp and it was truly wonderful.
From the moment we made our reservation, communications and follow up by the Pearl team was fabulous.
Partially picked for its location and partially for its party atmosphere...
The hotel is about 10 minutes from the Zoo and the bay is walking distance. Everything is about only 15 minutes away, by car.

Mama needed to take a break and do some sightseeing, so that is what we did.

Upon checking in, we were greeted graciously and shown to our room( #3). This room was tucked into the corner with no hotel room neighbor on one side at least...This hotel was revamped and they really did a fine job of it. There is a lack of storage- but then again we were traveling with a 22 month old so keeping things out of his reach is a bit difficult, and we didn't pack light...so spending more than a few nights here with a lot of stuff may be a bit tight.
The room was clean and the bed was just right, with a choice of soft medium and hard pillows.

The staff was quick to replace Rambo #1( the fish) upon my calling the front desk to let them know of its "needing air" - and the staff was also gracious in making sure we had everything we needed.

The porcelain soap holder in the shower was busted and that was a bit dangerous-but not a deal breaker. The furnishings were modern, so keeping the kiddo from hanging off of them was paramount to keeping the fixtures installed.

Picking a party hotel for traveling with a baby is a good thing. The place is hopping until about 11:30pm- so a screaming baby is not an issue. As well, many of the rooms around us were empty so mama didn't stress too much about keeping anyone awake...nice.

Parking is a $10.00 charge per night- however they have a deal of $35.00 a night and you get the parking and two free drinks and an appetizer.- totally worth every penny!

The hotel recommended a sitter service for us, and the few hours off for mama and daddy was awesome.

The hotel drinks and food were excellent, with a cool "play" area for adults in the front with games and pillows, made for a great chill space with baby!

Overall Fantastic place! We wish they had a suite with a separate room( so the sitter could come and mama and daddy could get some extra sleep) but alas, all the rooms are all about the same size- enough for a pack and play and some luggage.

Wonderful place, with great staff, clean and inviting, totally cool and hip and fun!

13/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
345. Beth K.
one of the rare experiences where a business is all they promise, and more.  The Pearl was great fun, relaxing, and also a surprisingly great place to get work done - lots of good spaces in room and out.  Wonderful crowd, mostly young, but not exclusively - we are relatively older, and felt totally comfortable.  The food is amazing, and the pool is delightful.  We can't wait to return.

16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
346. Kats E.
We are currently staying here for three days, have yet to try the restaurant. It gets pretty busy on their movie nights. even if you pay for parking, there are only like 10 spots and its not guaranteed, so you might need to find parking elsewhere and tell them to credit you your money for the night. rooms are really quaint, not many amenities. the retro hotel, decor, and ambience really bumps it up though.

12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
347. Janet D.
A hip and unique spot that will make you come off seeming very cool to your HH cohorts!

WHEN - Monday thru Friday from 5-7 p.m.

FOOD - No HH discounted food, but it's DAMN good making it worth full (pretty reasonable) price. If it's your actual birthday (they'll check your ID), you get a FREE entree.

DRINKS - Two $3 beer options, $4 well drinks, $5 off one white/one red wine. Lots of vintage-style cocktails, but NO HH discount. At the time I wrote this, you could get ANY one drink for $1 (yes, a buck!) with a Yelp check in. Woo hoo!

AMBIANCE - Very cool vintage modern decor + great music. The focal point is the kidney-shaped pool with movie screen. In the main room, it can get a tad noisy, but it's not conversation killing. You can always sit outside by the pool...almost year-round in SD! By the time this 40-something left at 7:30 p.m., I hadn't experienced a single maternal moment. The crowd was balanced...young uns to "mature" and we middle agers in between.  

SERVICE - Excellent!!! Very friendly and accommodating.

Bottom line...One of my favorite HH spots!

Also...here's a strange EXTRA cool deal - If it's raining, mention it to your server to get 15% off the entire bill!

08/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
348. Robbie T.
This place was amazing! Great ambiance, amazing happy hour prices on beer and oysters. I actually had never had oysters before and was always kinda creeped out by them. The servers were great at explaining the process and where they came from.
The cheese platter was amazing!!
The brussell sprouts were also great.
My only gripe is, they charge 50cents for two small pieces of bread. However, that's not important enough to ding them.
It's a very hip and fun place-- that didn't sacrifice quality for great atmosphere.

I will be there again and again!

03/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
349. Lisa P.
Trying to be trendy, accomplishing tacky! The restaurant and bar was beyond disappointing. Costco serves bigger sample portions then this restaurant's entrees. The ceviche was a complete joke as an appetizer. The size was ridiculously small and the taste was terrible! The roasted chicken was nothing but lumpy mashed potatoes with a chicken bone stuffed on top. The bar rivals the best keg party you have ever been to, serving your $7.00 + cocktail or beer in plasticware, wow that's lavish! To top off your horrible experience, the wait & bar staff is "D" for DUMB! Ask the staff for an entree recommendation, of course they recommend the most expensive item on the menu then when you ask them to describe it, they read from the menu word for word. They NEVER fill your water, you have to beg for a cocktail, and they forget the basic attention to detail, i.e. silverware and napkins. Overall, this place is worst display of service and a complete rip off!! Please do not waste your money at the Pearl. You would have more fun setting your money on fire and watching it burn!! PS-I only gave 1 star because I had to for the review

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
350. Samuel R.
Everything is perfect if you ask me, rooms are a little small but I still stay here every time I'm in SD

23/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
351. Stephen W.
Stayed one night recently....a sweet place

really nice little modernist motel with great food and bar...
cute little pool
My room was very nicely done....(with 1 excption see below)
Staff was very friendly and welcoming
Hip and lively scene

the bed/mattress is awful....way overdue for replacement
don't expect to be sleeping during restaurant/bar hours :)
the neighborhood is very car cluttered and pretty mediocre establishments within walking distance - you can be assured you are staying a the hippest place in the 'hood

on site parking is very limited but priced reasonably at $10/night.. Great place if you are traveling without car - and they offer free cruiser bikes for riding

So...give it a shot...the food (although a bit pricey) was delicious and first rate.

30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
352. Nicole G.
Sexy time on the shag carpet and a damn nice mirrored ceiling, oh yes. And we didn't even get a room.

The Pearl is sexy. I'm not talking downtown-at-the-ivy-bottle-service-big booby-waitress-sexy, but its real nice. If I can get a martini, lounge in the pillow pit and make naughty eye moves at my man, that's all I really need for a good night.

It's small, but that adds to the charm and makes getting a drink easy. They play movies on the big screen over the pool and after a few cocktails I wanted to break out my long cigarette holder just to be fancy.  If you've had a few too many, by the way, let me let you in on a little secret.  After 10pm, if you'd like to book a room, you can do so at a reduced rate for that night only. What a sweet deal! They like their mad men wannabees to stay alive and not drive home wasted.

How awesome, you go Pearl!

18/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
353. Tara M.
Did a fun little overnight on a Weds so as to catch the Dive-In Theater. The hotel is super cute, with a mid-century vibe. The room was tiny but perfect for just a night. My meal, which was the fish special, was disappointing for the price ($25 for salmon and polenta), but edible. Cocktails were delish - I had a super gingery mule that rocked! Staff is super friendly and helpful.

I'd give the restaurant 3 stars, but the place as a whole is pretty dang cute.

02/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
354. Matthew M.
Loved the ambiance, the food and especially the drinks! Our bartender (I think her name was Emily) was absolutely fantastic. Makes great drinks and made us feel super welcome. Will 100% be coming back.

03/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
355. John B.
Everything here is 5 !  Staff, rooms, bar, even the beta fish that bunks in your room.  This is where my visiting family will stay once I relocate to the area.  A touch of noise from traffic on Rosecrans, but easily forgiven for such a cool spot.

21/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
356. Nina N.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for our mini "staycation" for our year and a half anniversary. We love to stay local, and were looking for a unique place. The Pearl was perfect!!! The room was small, but cozy and perfect for a romantic evening. Our fish wasn't the most sociable, but it was fun talking to her and having a pet for the evening was amusing. The hotel is just adorable!! Clean, friendly, and plenty of places to walk to if the restaurant is too pricey for you. The staff was wonderful, we are already planning our next trip and have scheduled my birthday dinner and a few dive in movies!!!

08/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
357. Gary T.
What a crazy awesome dinner place!

So there we were; couples date night got whatever the equivalent of a steroid injection is and we find ourselves sitting next to a pool where the deck is attached to the restaurant and a sweet bar.  It is 70's courtyard style though not to big; you can see about 15-20 doors and only 2 stories high.  The ambiance gave me the feeling that at any moment dinner could turn into an epic Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News team Party!  Very classy, clean, and oddly modern (in a good way). The kind of 70's modern that is hard to explain; kind of like the Rockabilly movement, which I am a huge fan of Rockabilly chicks.

The specialty drinks fit the atmosphere and went down smooth.  The food was delicious!  I had the spare rib and it tasted exactly like my New Orleans grandma's roast that she would slow cook for like a day.

The service always came with a smile and the bill came with a Yelp discount
= Napoleon Dynamite Heck Yes it did!

17/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
358. Jenn T.
I stayed here for one night with my boyfriend this past week after having had it bookmarked for a year.  I absolutely loved it.  It's just a fun hotel.

Originally, we had booked a "Gem" room.  The room was crazy small but still cozy and cute.  The mirrored ceiling was a fun touch of course.  I went to take a shower, and the hot water wasn't working in our room.  I called the desk, and within 10 minutes they came and upgraded us to a bigger "Jewel" room.  The service was ridiculously fantastic, and the girl even gave us a few free drinks at the bar to apologize for the inconvenience.

The Jewel room, wasn't quite as fun as the Gem, but it was much bigger and much more comfortable.  Our bed was so comfortable that I literal didn't want to get out of it in the morning.

I loved the entire retro theme of the hotel.  We stayed on a Wednesday, which is when they play "drive in" movies aka classic movies over the pool.  It was perfect because it was pouring that night and we didn't really want to go out, so we stayed my the bar and watched Breakfast Club.  

I would easily recommend the hotel and I will most definitely be back in the future.

25/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
359. Carolina R.
Everything about my stay was awesome ! From the service to the food! This will be where I shall always stay when visiting SD

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
360. Laura H.
We recently held our wedding at The Pearl with a full buy-out of the venue for one night and truly can't say enough about our experience from start to finish. We planned our wedding from Wisconsin without ever visiting the site or city, so I'm sure we had way more questions about the venue, food etc than most. They were incredibly insightful and patient, answering every question and offering additional insights on the city and vendors etc for the rest of our plans. Time after time they exceeded expectations on our questions, needs and response times.

Our contact to manage the room reservations for all of our friends and family was incredibly communicative, patient and easy to work with for not only us but also our guests. Our event coordinator went above and beyond time and again to ensure every detail was covered. We really felt like she "had our back" to understand our needs and what we were going for, then ensured not only her staff but my other vendors were totally in sync. I also felt like she really went above and beyond to get the most bang for our buck in our food and beverage selections. Everybody we interacted with really felt like your most fun and organized friend and that you were their only customer.

We hadn't visited the site prior to arriving for the weekend and it blew away our high expectations. We feared the pictures online would be distorted but everything is actually just as cute and well done in person. Every inch of the site was incredibly clean and well done. Our guests were totally blown away; talking non-stop about how much they liked the venue, individual rooms, the food and the staff. I'm confident we were a "needier" group than most and the staff bent over backwards time and again to give amazing service with a smile. Weeks later, The Pearl was really the star of the show as people continue to gush over the venue, staff and their experience.

I'll save some of the secrets but they do so many cute little details along the way that add a personal touch and make you feel special and important.

It's hard to articulate the quality of the experience, people and site so I'm happy to connect with anybody who's considering The Pearl for a destination wedding or buy-out to answer any questions or share more of my amazing experiences.

We're incredibly thankful to the staff of The Pearl for making our event so special!

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
361. Adam G.
Great place. Great food. Great drinks.

Couple of small suggestions:
1) Have a bowl of fruit for guests in the morning by the coffees.
2) In the winter, some light throw blankets would be great to have by the pool while having dinner.

We'll be back again soon!

10/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
362. Mike S.
Stopped in for dinner friday nite and experienced the new menu.Fanstastic small plates!Great service and quality food!Great wine...excellent food...great place!

23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
363. Andrea S.
I'm unable to rate this hotel based solely on our stay as our reservations through a third party site were not honored.  We had booked a stay through HotelTonight (which we've done multiple times with no issues previously).  

We arrived at The Pearl and walked inside to check-in.  Super cute boutique hotel and we were excited to stay here.  We were first told that they had received the email earlier in the day, but has somehow failed to enter it into their system and then had completely sold out for the night.  The best they could do was to transfer our reservations to their sister property, The Best Western on Shelter Island.  

Ultimately, we decided to have Hotel Tonight credit us and we drove to another city.

If you end up booking through a third party, I strongly suggest calling The Pearl after doing so to verify your reservations are honored.

16/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
364. Jenny F.
This place is so cute!!! from the looks on the outside I was a little apprehensive but as soon as i walked into the little lobby/bar area I was excited.

I brought my mom here for our mini vacay and I definitely think this place is 4 stars for a decent sized room at $110 a night. (a little more expensive because we went right before 4th of july/ $110 after tax and no parking permit)

Totally vintaged out! Has this really cool hip theme going on. The pool is super small but its right outside the bar area and restaurant seating. They put huge blow up balls and floaty mats for anyone. At night they have a huge projection screen and play old school movies. they call it a "dive in movie" (HOW CUTE!)

we stayed in the jewel which is the regular room - the one they have the most of. very small but it worked. love love love the way its themed and our personal beta fish to look at.

pros: PRICE, atmosphere, bar/restaurant at night is crowded and fun, dive in movie, clean rooms, comfy beds and pillows for the price

cons: near the street so its noisy, noisy at night because music is playing and people are at the bar drinking, laughing, talking very LOUDLY, no refrigerator, shower is dated, no room service, parking permit is around $12? (we opted out of that but by the time we got back from dinner it was hard to find parking in the neighborhood. had to walk a little ways)

03/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
365. Allison O.
What can I say that hasn't already been said? This place was great and we can't wait to come back!

We stayed in November 2013 and for the same price as a holiday inn or similar, this place was way cooler. The staff was extremely sweet and helpful and the restaurant downstairs was great (awesome cocktails and Paul was our server a couple time and he was great).

We stayed in the mid-sized room and it was fine. The style was nice and the room was very clean. I only take one star away because the bedding wasn't 100% cotton and made me sweat like crazy every night. It's a personal problem, sorry. Otherwise the bed was comfy.

We will definitely stay here when we come back!

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
366. Stacy W.
There is no better place to hang out in SD than The Pearl. We have eaten several stellar meals and drank countless delicious cocktails poolside over the past few years and absolutely LOVE the genuinely cool and kind staff and overall laid-back feel of the hotel.
We decided we must show off this gem for our wedding and rented out the hotel for our wedding rehearsal dinner and then our guests filled the hotel for our entire wedding weekend. Locals and visitors alike raved about the awesome hotel vibe, fabulous food and drink quality, and superb customer service.  Planning the event was seamless and the venue coordinator accommodated all of our requests, from allowing us to pick custom cocktails to hosting an authentic TJ-style taco bar to playing our favorite wedding-themed movies on their big-screen by the pool. People had so much fun that our friends decided that we need to rent out the hotel every year in honor of our anniversary.  
We just hope the place doesn't get too popular that we don't have a place to sit at the bar :)

20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
367. Dustin W.
I stayed at The Pearl Hotel late July 2013 while visiting San Diego for a vacation.  The hotel was more like an Inn, with two floors and 23 rooms.

Pros:  The hotel had some neat features, including a projection screen above the pool playing movies.  There is also a little restaurant/bar on the first level with music and great deals on food!  The rooms, although outdated, were very clean.

Cons:  This list is quite long, so I'll stick with the obvious.  Firstly, the hotel sells more parking passes than it has parking spots.  We had to be refunded our ticket due to unavailability.  Secondly, our room was directly above the restaurant which plays music past 11:00PM, which wasn't an issue for us (young adults, between 18-24), but it was incredibly difficult to sleep.  In fact, every time you lay your head down, you can hear the bass thumping through the mattress!  Thirdly, the rooms were incredibly outdated.  Our mattress was basically on the floor, the bed-spring was terribly loud and the mattress itself felt broken.

When taking the parking situation, room size, inconvenience of the restaurant and overall price, this hotel deserves a 2 star rating.  It's OK for a quick overnight stay for teens, but I would not have been able to stay beyond the two nights we were there.  Seriously, parking wouldn't even allow it.

27/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
368. sandy h.
We have loved the Pearl for a long time, we're local Point Loma residents.  We just planned our 20th wedding anniversary party here last weekend and it was fabulous!  Our catering manager, Meghan, was so attentive and helpful, she made the planning a snap.  It is great to have that experience, but if the hotel staff doesn't stand up to what's promised, it's no good.  This was not the case at the Pearl.  Everyone from the bartender, Mike, to the manager, Nicholas were so awesome and service minded.  We had 60 guests and they all were blown away with the delicious food and fantastic service.  If you have a party to plan, I would highly recommend the Pearl.  It truly is a gem!

16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
369. Mikee C.
I love this place. My brother had his wedding reception here but that's not why I love this place. I actually mentioned this place because they wanted a non traditional reception with a party kinda vibe and this is the perfect spot for it. It was intimate but still really fun. And having all your friends and family book a room for the night - what bigger and better slumber party can you get?

Before I go on, shout out to Danielle. She was so cool, helpful and very accommodating with everything and also to the owner Greg Strangman who we met at the food tasting. Awesome people.

Let's talk about the bar and food first. They serve dinner and I gotta say the food is excellent. I've been here for dinner once and loved the food and ambiance. Bar is fully stocked and bartenders are cool.

Their menu changes often (I think seasonal) but during our tasting we had lobster bisque, bacon wrapped scallops, crab cakes, mac and cheese and pork tenderloin. All of which was pretty much amazing. See my photos! Note on Thursdays that they play movies on their outdoor screen. Perfect for date night.

That night I had a mule, or several - which are as good as the ones I first tried at Starlite.

The decor at The Pearl is totally my style. It's got a one of kind feel with mid century pieces throughout, boutique-like accents with modern and industrial finishings. I'd live here if I could.

The pool is also heated.

The rooms are also an extension of the decor. They've got a low class, high class budget feel. I guess the best way to describe it would be shabby chic modern without being too pretentious.

For locals, it's a perfect staycation, overnighter or just a cool night out.

For tourists, I would recommend this place over anything by shelter island. It's a quick drive to that area of even a walk to some cool spots in Point Loma.

18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
370. Jenny G.
I have stayed there several times over the last two years.  I would have given it many more stars with the previous management.  When we just stayed there last night we had the worst hotel experience.  Upon check in we were told to remove our car from the hotel parking space.  I said I was a paying guest and they stated it was reserved.  No other car parked there the entire night.  It just went way downhill from there.  The hotel is clean and comfortable but the customer service is horrible :(

13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
371. Richard C.
Just spent a night dining with friends at the Pearl.
What a great place!  It was intimate and funky.  Just the right ambiance for a fun night.
The food was very good, and the service was excellent.  
What more could you want?

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
372. Nicky L.
This place is really cool! It's got a very unique style to it, almost like it belongs in Palm Springs. I only came here for drinks, so if you're looking for food recommendations or how the rooms were, move along to another review.

I came here for a movie screening by the pool. They have great craft beers on tap as well as a full bar. Fun atmosphere but limited seating. Come early if you want a good spot. Definitely worth checking out.

28/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
373. Sepideh K.
Such a cute boutique style hotel. It's very small, but that's what makes it great. From the outside it kind of looks like an old apartment building. Which I am sure that's what it was before it was converted into this cute little hotel. They offer brunch with unlimited mimosas on Sundays. This place is perfect for summer because they have the little pool in the middle, it's a natural salt pool might I add. It doesn't get so packed where the pool is disgusting, it was just right. The food is also delicious. I got the steak and fries and it was perfect. Surprisingly it was also a large portion. The prices are great if you do the brunch combo you get the unlimited mimosas and one entree for $22.50. My only complaint was that there was this one waitress that was really rude and snippy, she wasn't even our waitress. She delivered food to our party when someone asked a question she would respond with "whatever". She probably just hates the fact she is working and everyone else is having a blast. But I'm not going to let her bring down my ratings for this place. She won't win!

28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
374. Rita Holland M.
What a gem!  We really enjoyed our stay here!  The staff was more than amazing and the little boutique hotel offers more than there is at first glance.

Must do is eat at the restaurant!  Wow was it delish!  Had the pork chop - out of this world good and caramel custard too good to be true!

The bar/restaurant open right to the pool -

This is perfect place for adults only and there are people having fun by pool till late so if a little happy laughter bugs you might not be for you :)

07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
375. Lindsey P.
My boyfriend and I stayed here last weekend because we wanted to turn a weekend wedding we were attending into a mini-vacation. I can't begin to tell you how friendly and helpful every staff member was that we encountered within 24 hours. One of the managers (Kimberly Parker) even went as far as to take our picture by the beautiful living wall by the pool - Thank you! The bar manager was awesome and our server, so entertaining! It was 80's night when we ate at the restaurant. The food was delicious - I had the Quinoa Stuffed Pepper dish.

We stayed in The Strand room and were super happy with the cleanliness, space, decor, and the private patio. The bathroom was wall to wall tile and had really high ceilings, which is great for us tall people! Parking is $10 per day +$1 that is donated to a charity of their choice and there are not a ton of parking spots.
We ended up having to leave a night early because of a sick puppy at home, but we look forward to staying here again.

Room Tip: We liked having Room 6 - Close to exits, pool, and only one shared wall!

Yelp Check In: $1 Drink @ the restaurant!

05/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
376. tasia l.
My boyfriend and I recently stayed at the pearl for our anniversary. We booked The Strand room and we were super excited to check out this place. When we walked into our room we were pretty bummed out. It looked nothing like the photo. The room was much smaller than we expected and there was no seating area like the description and photos showed. For spending the extra money on The Strand room and expecting to get what the photos show and the details in the description say it was a pretty big disappointment. I asked the receptionist about it and asked if another room was available, like the one I expected to get when I booked the room but she said they were all booked. We are pretty laid back people and even though we were both really disappointed by the situation we stayed because it wasn't worth ruining our anniversary over leaving and finding another hotel. The staff was friendly and the idea of the pearl is cool but the situation was not awesome. I HIGHLY suggest they show proper photos on their website or have clear warnings.

20/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
377. Brenda D.
One of our kids stayed here so we hung out here a few times.  The food is excellent.  I was so excited to see a Falafel burger on the menu and it was more than enough to share with somone else.  They were very willing to bring me some steamed veggies instead of the french fries (which were pretty good too).  I love their drinks - they have their own twist on things.  Loved all of the ones I tried.  

Friendly staff, cool deco - takes you back in time.  They show outdoor movies around the pool.  A quaint place to hang out with friends.

10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
378. Amy L.
The Pearl is so-so. Our first guest room had flies in it so we requested a different room. They "upgraded" us to a different room (which looked the same) and the tv didn't work. It was an average motel experience. Luckily we were there on Christmas Eve so didn't spend too much time in our room.

24/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
379. John S.
One of the most unique hotels you'll ever stay in. Groovy '70s decor meets contemporary.

-Groovy vibe in the lobby with shag carpeting
-Plasma TVs with lots of channels (no HD channels though)
-Excellent restaurant food
-Free wifi
-Clean smell in the rooms
-Small pool in the courtyard
-Comfy beds
-Goldfish in each room
-Free coffee in the morning
-Superb Sunday brunch with DJ spinning grooves
-Only 23 rooms on the property

-Avoid jail cell-sized rooms #7 and #15, they are so small no desk is able to fit in it. The smallest room I've ever stayed at in any hotel
-Those two rooms are so tiny they even have a name for them-- Gem rooms
-Limited parking spots, $10 each, with no guarantee that there will be a spot open
-Noise carries in the small courtyard; was woken up twice in the morning by loud talkers. Street noise can be heard from most rooms. Bring ear plugs
-Walls are thin

03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
380. Laura-Marie A.
A sweet surprise.  We live in Point Loma and have drove past The Pearl  hundreds of times thinking it was only a "hotel" that just "served dinner" - WRONG!!!!!  My husband come home from work on Sunday and stated that he was S T A R V I N G  and he wanted to go out and eat but he wasn't in the mood to drive far.  He did a Yelp search and suggested that we tried brunch at the Pearl and I said "sure" :).  When we walked in and sat up to the bar and were instantly greet with a big smile and warm hello by the bartender Mike.  Mike was quick with serving us nice cold mimosas and made awesome recommendation on the menu.  Dennis had the steak which he said was done perfect and I had the yummy eggs benedict, they were both 10's!  The atmosphere was light, fun, easy going just what you expect for the San Diego style.
One tiny little disappointment is I found out that they are going to be stopping brunch in 3 short weeks (it would of been an AWESOME place to watch Charger's Sunday football) for the summer.  I really hope the Owners re-consider because this is one great place for Point Loma and all of San Diego!  
Thanks again to: Mike and Nicolas for the fantastic service, your great company and the food!  We'll be back!

10/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
381. Jennifer M.
I'm torn about how to review this hotel. We liked the design of the place. It is seriously cool mid century modern. The rooms are clean, cute and mod. They play a '60's surf film on the pool screen while you sip cocktails and enjoy amazing food. But the pool is tiny, there isn't enough parking for the guests, and it's, well, tiny. I'm glad we stayed here once but don't think we'll be back.

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
382. Amy H.
Cute Art Deco renovation of an old motor inn
Great restaurant on main level
Reasonably priced parking
Convenient to zoo, sea world, gaslamp district

Most uncomfortable bed ever (more like a futon)
Largest room style was very small
Uncomfortable chairs and awkward desk setup
Door did not fit frame... Light and sound came into the room through the gaps in a significant way.... Hotel restaurant/bar quite loud on a Tuesday night.

I really wanted to like this hotel, but I didn't and could not recommend it.

26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
383. Anne G.
The Pearl is unlike any place to stay in Greater San Diego. It's got serious style- like a Palm Springs resort but packed with all good looking people SD.

There are pool parties ever weekend starting in the spring- can't wait! Turns into a party, but not of the rough housing, downtown type. It's Point Loma chill here, all the way.

The restaurant and bar add to the swanky James Bond feel of the place. There's attractive areas inside to sit and hang out, and play board games, too. Basically, The Pearl is a great place to stay for out of towers, and a hip spot for locals to kick it once the weather warms up.

16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
384. Linda F.
Came in today because of a birthday planned over a month ago. The seating was supposed to be for over 20 people and they had us squished in the back gravel room. The area was nice but not for what we had planned.  I am just glad that I did not wear heals! The place was very nice.  Adrienne took care of us after the mix up which made it even better.  Our waitress Gianna was nice and did her best to make sure we were all taken care of.  We played bingo which was a bit disorganized and could have been better if they would have used some of the screens showing throwback TV shows to show the numbers being called rather then the girl running around to every section of the place to ensure we all heard her. For the most part we all still had fun playing. The birthday party was a success!  Now for the food. When I arrived the Chef came out to introduce himself but I had not gotten there yet.   He had served everyone oysters on the half shell with a small dish of lemon and a variety of sauces. There was no horseradish which I thought was odd but maybe just different.  I ordered a beer after checking in and received a discount from Yelp.  Stone Imperial Russian Stout which was a 10.5% ABV Russian Imperial Stout. The flavor of that beer was amazing and I would order it again.  Next I went with just things from the Appetizer menu~ Fried Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and aged goat cheese with balsamic and pickled peppers for $9.00.  The next item was Mussels WHITE WINE / TOMATO / FRESH HERBS / GRILLED BREAD $13.00.  and lastly was the BACON WRAPPED DATES SMOKED ALMONDS $9.00. They were all good. The only thing I would not order a second time would be the Brussels.  They were over cooked, however, I still enjoyed it.  Here are some other things that we also tried. YELLOWTAIL CRUDO PINE NUT / BASIL / LEMON / CAPER BERRY / AVOCADO / MUSTARD OIL 9 CHEESE COURSE HONEY COMB / QUINCE / CANDIED OATS $8.00 and the  ITALIAN SPECK BOSCH PEAR / CHARRED BRIE / BALSAMIC $11.00. My Sister ordered ACORN FED HERITAGE PORK CUT CHANG E S DAILY / C ON F IT GARLIC MAS H E D POTATOES / LOCAL G R E E N BEANS $24. A couple of friends also ordered the burger with fries.  We also ordered the Creme Brulee and some champagne and Ginger Beer for those who did not drink.  They had a really cool thing in their parking lot that allows you to hook your electric car up for charging by the hour. They have rooms but do not trust the sign up front that ALWAYS says YES.  The owner apparently likes to keep it that way even if they do not have rooms. I was really disappointed with this because I was trying to get a room. At the end of the day, I had a great time and I would like to come back.  The downfall, if you do have a room the bar closes at 11pm so it is an early night for all.  The pool is small but looks clean and the throw back movies are pretty cool.. Thanks Pearl for a decent night!

PS: One thing I noticed was that all of the fish items were amazing. I also noticed that they list their farmers and suppliers. I want to visit this place CATALINA OFFSHORE / LOCAL SUSTAINABLE FISH / SHELLFISH. Their shell fish was so fresh I wanted to cry. I have to check them out.  


26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
385. Annika W.
I had the lovely pleasure of spending my birthday at The Peal this fall. The staff were amazing and helped my boyfriend coordinate a chilled bottle of champagne and hand written letter surprise for me in our room. The room itself was wonderful and the beds VERY comfortable. The restaurant was very fun and the food was good... the only reason I didn't give the hotel 5 stars would be bc of the quality of the produce and pasta. BUT the pool area was a great place for people watching and to mingle with the other guests.

I would recommend this hotel to my friends and family who want to experience a hip friendly atmosphere with great interior furnishings.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
386. Gustavo G.
I had been to The Pearl in the past for their amazing dive-in movie nights and happy hour. The combination of food, drinks, environment, and excellent service seemed like the perfect place for a Secret Santa gift exchange. I spoke with the manager Nick about making this possible and he went above and beyond for us. The intimate setting was just what we were looking for. The best burger in town may very well be the best burger in town, the truffle fries are by far the best I have had, and the mussels were amazing. Half off all drinks wasn't too bad either! I would highly recommend The Pearl for any of their nightly specials or events! You can't go wrong here!

23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
387. DD R.
What can I say, "awesome time!"

We were at a trendy place looking for a table at 6:30pm on a Saturday and the wait was an hour. So we head out and decide to go to The Pearl Lounge and restaurant. We call to see how the wait was, and we were greeted with a friendly voice informing there was no wait now, but she will take our name and get us on the list!  

That is were the hospitality began. When we arrived and said who we were they knew us by name! We asked for the best table in the house and were sat by the pool. The view in the courtyard is a an updated blast from the past. No detail was over looked. Brian was outstanding and he offered suggestions for food and wine.

Our meals (duck and salmon) were fresh and flavorful. Not overly pretentious. It was great food prepared with love. Tony brought us the food and checked on us. He was equally hospitable. When asked about desert, we asked to sit by the fire. No problem, because by now we are family.

Brian and Tony tell us some of history of the Pearl while we offer compliments on our experience. We are invited not only to return but since they have a hotel, you can stay the night!  How awesome is that!!!

Thank you Tony and Brian, we will be back!!

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
388. Allan B.
We are neighborhood regulars, and absolutely LOVE The Pearl restaurant. One of the best features of the restaurant are the staff. Emily Arney, the head mixologist, always takes good care of us.

Emily knows our tastes, anticipates our needs, and always has our favorite beverage ready when we sit  down at the bar for dinner. We come often as a couple, but have had several hosted parties here, all with the same fabulous results.

I'm not sure how our experiences could be better. Great food, wonderful service, and a hip, 'what's happening!' ambience. We come to unwind with friends, watch old movies (and Get Smart!) after a tough day, and always feel welcome.

Thanks very much for creating such a welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.

02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
389. Jack L.
I love this place. Big recommendation for bartender (ess) Emily - great service, delicious drinks, what more could you ask for?

02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
390. Danielle G.
Several months ago I patronized the lounge at The Pearl Hotel, an uninspiring experience that engendered a two star review from me.  Although it's within walking distance from my house and the manager emailed me in an attempt at reconciliation, I had yet to come back and sample their.. ahem.. hospitality, since.

I shall henceforth stay clear because the service is so awful! If management is interested: my visit took place on Friday, November 15 at around 10 p.m. No one greeted or seated us, but we nevertheless made our way to a table. We placed our order with the bartender and he failed to provide half of our drinks. When a member of my group spoke up about it he adopted a very patronizing and defensive attitude claiming that he was not a server. Are we mistaken to believe that an order placed WITH the bartender AT the bar should result in an order containing all of the items requested?  He didn't even offer to comp the forgotten drinks and then proceeded to place everything on the same tab (claiming that it would be easier for us) even though we had requested separate tabs from the onset.

It's really such a shame, because the lounge has a great ambiance and although the drinks are pricey, I would visit more often if I only received the type of care I believe should accompany a $12 cocktail. I can receive service with a bad attitude at a greater discount in much the same fashion that I can enjoy an overpriced libation with greater courtesy; namely by going elsewhere. Please work on your customer service!

17/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
391. Emma M.
I can't comment on the rooms. I'm a local so I've never had a reason to stay here but I love coming to have a drink and lounge by the pool. It's a perfect blend of mellow yet trendy. The staff has always been very friendly and makes coming here an even more enjoyable experience.

04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
392. Anna F.
What's not to like about this little hidden gem?!
Had a GREAT experience with Dive in Movie night. All my friends were treated well by all the staff. .  Meghan and Nick took great care of us from the beginning of our reservations to the follow-up afterwards. We felt very welcomed and can't wait to come back.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
393. Morgan S.
A great spot for Wednesday because of their movie night. If you reserve a booth ahead of time you can sit pool side. Clutch!
Great atmosphere, interiors. My lady says it's a great date spot.

05/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
394. Christopher A.
We wanted a smallish, cool, reasonably priced hotel for our guests who would be attending our wedding.  We had never stayed at the Pearl, but had been to the bar and attended a special event there.

We blocked closed to all the rooms for the weekend and worked with Natalie and Meghan over the course of several months booking, rearranging, etc. and I can say that the two of them were so professional and helpful.  We (like most) had some last minute cancellations and so that required more last minute scrambling.  All of it was done efficiently and pleasantly.

We took our after party here when the wedding wound down and had a great time at the bar area.  They even reserved some tables for us.  We stayed at the hotel on Friday night as well.  The rooms are rehabbed from the older motel so we didn't expect it to be a pristine brand new space.  The room was very comfortable and had a modern cool feel to it.  Some of our wedding party had a larger room upstairs and it was a very nice large space with a balcony.

Many guests did not rent a car but there are several good places to eat within walking distance.

I spoke with our guests who stayed there throughout the weekend.  I only heard compliments about the hotel and the staff.  "Cool" "comfortable" "fun" were most often the words I heard from folks...no complaints were given.  In all we had about 30 people there and it was a wonderful space that allowed all the guests to mix and get to know one another.  Loved it and would highly recommend.

02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
395. Mirasol M.
Wow very cool boutique hotel off the main drag! All the decor in this hotel
Has a SoCal vibe and states very fun and hip. The room was spacious and the bed was low (didn't bother me but I know some people do not like low beds) the bathroom was not that luxurious as it's only a sink and there is no space to layout your toiletries which stressed me out as I like to have everything spread out so I'm comfortable and not living out of my suitcase. The shower came with a tub which is plus as I love baths. Downside- no bathrobes. Oh well... Sometimes I'm too spoiled but I would have loved a bathrobe. Another downside- no full length mirror.  How is a girl suppose to get ready?? The cool trinket is the live fish in every room with a name tag. I like that friendly touch. The staff was excellent as the girl
That checked me was through and made sure to cover all points. I would highly recommend this hotel.. Great for the price

15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
396. Jeff D.
Just awesome! ! I just got done spending 4 days here and my wife and I had a very good time.  I really enjoyed the movies that were shown,  Beach Blanket Bingo and surfing movies.  The bar was a great place to socialize and enjoy sum of there very good food.  Clean, priced well, location location.  The room was small but had a great theme, comfortable bed and pillows made for a good night's rest. I will be back soon.

25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
397. Charl A.
Last weekend was my first time dining at The Pearl Hotel/Restaurant and I definitely plan on going back.  OMG, the food was amazing.  I went with a group of friends and everyone was very pleased with what they ordered.  My favorites were the brussel sprouts (to die for) and the pesto quinoa with butternut squash.  Great burgers too.  Besides the food, the service was top-notch and the atmosphere so cozy, unique and fun.
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

11/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
398. Billy C.
Sorry I burnt your restaurant down when you told me you needed the table for your next reservation.

$187 dinner interrupted by the cheese ball glasses/goatee manager(?) who asked us to leave because the table was needed for the next res.

Otherwise great place and atmosphere.

01/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
399. Jessica C.
I had my wedding at The Pearl Hotel on 12/6/14 and it was the most fantastic day my husband and I could have asked for. Meghan, the event coordinator, made the entire process from inquiring about availability to partying on our wedding day simple and stress-free. We rented the pool area for an evening ceremony and reception. There was a hotel buyout the night before, so we couldn't check-in until our wedding day but the hotel staff called to let me know our room was ready early. Our suite was beautiful for getting ready pictures and some portraits. The hotel made for a beautiful backdrop for our wedding party and family pictures in the golden San Diego winter sun.

Before the official start time, the staff let us hang out in the bar and pool area as long as we didn't bother the other guests. When it was time to start the ceremony the staff had lit candles on the succulent wall and the tables and had the bar ready to begin service. They began passing trays promptly after the ceremony. They even brought me a dairy-free falafel slider, because of my allergy. After tray passing, they set up the taco buffet line including signs for all the food and a note annotating what was safe for our guest with food allergies. It was super thoughtful. There was a drink menu at the bar too.They set a second table up for the desserts and Meghan even run upstairs to grab the cake platters I bought from our room. Not to mention she walked them back upstairs afterwards along with all the cards our guests brought.

The food was superb. I made sure to try everything I could even though I was too excited to have an appetite. Our guests were stoked to see grilled cheese sandwiches passed around and everyone remarked on how big the appetizers were. The tacos were also a hit. The desserts from Azucar, which counted toward our food and beverage minimum, flew off the table and the owner even made dairy-free macaroons for me. I never get to eat macarons. I definitely recommend ordering your desserts through Azucar for ease but mostly deliciousness. People loved them and The Pearl's donuts and coffee.

All of the staff was wonderful. Everyone gave me good wishes and Derek, I think that's his name, even let me know when the buffet was set up so I could have first dibs. I cannot express how welcomed I felt nor how kind everyone was. There wasn't one problem that happened the second I set foot in the hotel. I whole-heartedly recommend The Pearl Hotel for any event. I cannot wait to go back.

17/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
400. Tara T.
Amazing food, very attentive staff and fun environment!

17/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
401. Stefanie O.
The pool area is a lot more intimate than I first expected from the photos. Which gives the atmosphere a quaint feel, but can be a bit frustrating when the hotel staff are cleaning rooms and using the only scrap of shade on an 85 degree morning as a place to run carts to clean rooms.  

There were no umbrellas and our table of 6 looked like we played a pick up game during brunch.  Sweating through all of our clothes. Luckily we had brought our swim suits and jumped in the pool right after.  

The brunch deal is great - $20 for a bottomless mimosa and an entree of your choice.  The entrees are about $12-15 anyways, so why not??  I will say this though - the "mimosa" is mostly oj, which coming from Hillcrest brunches all month was a bit of a disappointment.  

All in All, I would come back if it was cooler or if I wanted to jump in the pool.

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
402. S R.
What can I say about the Pearl? THEY ROCK. I had my wedding party stay at the hotel for 2 days and the whole Pearl crew were amazing. Natalie, Paul, Megan, and crew did an amazing job. The rooms were excellent and comfortable, the food was amazing, and the over all ambiance was spectacular! They went out of their way to make sure that our large group was taken care of. Thanks again!

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
403. Timothy D.
The pearl is the best spot for brunch. Everyone here is amazing. Paul is by far my favorite bartender . I don't have to ask he already knows what I like and makes a great drink. The vibe is great and the staff is friendly and genuine. Nicholas the manager is a god send. I have been coming here for years and met him just before summer. Whatever he is doing is working .... I bring all my family and friends to the pearl...

Ps I have to give a shout out to Mikey  the new bartender as well he is the man. I love Emily during the week but the boys run brunch

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
404. Jean Antoine M.
This is a hidden gem in point Loma.  I am a local and I love it here. Emily is amazing and if I just want a cocktail and a night cap this is the place. Nicholas the manager should run for office..  The way he interacts with guest makes you feel like a neighbor and part of the community not a customer....

Readers eat and stay here you will not regret it.. Perfect for a drink , vacation even a staycation

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
405. Allie S.
I haven't stayed at the hotel. I've only been there for events. Both times were fun. Theres a fun retro vibe. The last event I went to had good food, it was tastey, I'm not sure about their normal menu or if there is one. There's a nice pool. It's a cool little place.

05/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
406. Tanaya J.
Better late than never...thought I had posted previously. A couple weeks ago (Saturday) my fiancé and I had the pleasure of visiting the Pearl for an evening of drinks with friends.  I could not have asked for a better experience, our server was very sweet and attentive to our needs.  The restaurant manager (Nick) also checked on us to ensure we were enjoying our evening.  It's very evident that the entire staff enjoys what they do, great job everyone, keep up the good work!  I look forward to spending many more evenings here in the future.

14/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
407. Alex C.
Hotel experience so far has been great. Haven't spent more than 8 hours here but the beds were comfortable.

Let's give credit where it's due:
Bar experience: Paul made fantastic cocktails. We tried the Peachy Keen, then the Solstice Smash. So good. The bourbon wasn't too overpowering because the sage and the pineapple held their own. Next, "Half A$$" was DELICIOUS. Their version of a Moscow Mule was amazing. Tried most of their cocktail menu and all of it was so unique and different. In one word, I'd rate this bar as 'fresh'. Every cocktail they made was involving fresh watermelon, fresh ginger, or mint. Fantastic.

Overall, Paul was the best bartender so far in San Diego and the Pearl was a nice hotel to spend some time in.

02/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
408. Kaitlin B.
I LOVE The Pearl. Fun venue, great staff and delicious food and cocktails!

This past weekend my friends and I had a pool party at The Pearl. Sun, drinks, friends, Nick (the wonderful manager) and Emily (bartender extraordinaire)...what more could you want.

Nick and Emily welcomed our party with open arms, kept us happy, well fed and refreshed (with cocktails). They were both personable, fun and made our experience at The Pearl extra special.

Get to The Pearl for a stay-cation for weekend getaway ASAP, you won't be sorry!

17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
409. Lisa M.
This place is great. We were initially apprehensive, due to the 9/22/14 reviewer that stated they have bed bugs. The hotel has a certificate from pest control stating they do not have bed bugs. I am of the opinion that the reviewer received bedbugs from somewhere else, due to the fact that it was over a week between her stay and her photos.

In any case, the place was quaint and hip. The beta fish under the light was pretty funky. The bed is not on a box spring, which did cause me to be a little bit sore in the morning. The mattress and bedding is not necessarily UNcomfortable, it's just not plush. Aside from that, the vibe is great.

It is obviously a happening spot for the locals. Someone was having an engagement party by the pool while we were there. The bar area is very friendly and accommodating. They have a great sitting area with a plush shag carpet and pillows, where you can sit and play games or trivia while you sip your wine.

It is across the street from the docks where the boats come in each night and pass out the day's catch to the tourists who caught the fish. It is within walking distance of several amazing restaurants, with the speciality being seafood.

The rooms were urban and small. If you are looking for accommodations and comfort of the Westin or Marriott, this is not your place. If you are looking for a hipster location with a lot happening, and better-than-average accommodations for the location, this is a great place.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
410. Andrea V.
The two stars are because the restaurant was pretty good.
As far as the hotel,  there really is no parking, its loud and the room we stayed in smelled and was so tiny, they actually had to put the bed sideways so the headboard was actually on one of the sides of the bed rather than the head.
The carpet was sticky and the bathroom floor tile was stained. For as much as they charge for the room, I am certain they can afford a bottle of bleach and carpet cleaner.
Also, seeing hand prints all over the mirror in the ceiling wasn't very nice.
Definitely not worth the money.

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
411. Katie S.
Just stayed here last saturday night after my wedding. We got the gem room, a teeny, tiny, perfectly intimate little room, definitely amazing for newlyweds. Loved the mirror ceiling, and queen bed, and the beta fish in the decorative glass bowl on the wall was the icing on the cake. Management wrote us the sweetest note thanking us for staying there for our special night. The service was fantastic, everyone was so kind, and genuine. Sadly, we didn't get a chance to eat at the restaurant, but Lord, it smelled freaking good. We plan on coming back, we may not even wait for our anniversary, we didn't even want to leave the next day.

07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
412. Natalya C.
This is the review for a stay at the hotel only, not the restaurant:
Recently stayed here for one night. I always loved this hotel for its groovy decor, welcoming ambiance, Wednesday movie nights and of course the restaurant. I've been here plenty of times but never stayed before.
On the night that we stayed the weather was pretty bad so the hotel's restaurant was closed. The room is pretty small but very cute, well organized,  you have everything you need, the bed was very comfy. Here are my cons to stay here again.. pretty much there is no wall insulation .. you have a conversation with your neighbor thru the wall.. and the Rosecrans traffic noise is too loud.

07/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
413. Yelena K.
The Pearl is really a restaurant/bar/lounge with some rooms than the other way around -- the restaurant is actually very good, but the entire premise of, "Hey, there are people actually staying here" seems to be kind of lost on them and the hotel is an afterthought.  The night before we were waking up early to check out and head out of town, they had a movie screening on the side of our wall that was deafeningly loud and with a poolside full of people partying, drunkenly laughing, screaming, and breaking glasses into the night.  Are they serious?

It's very clearly a cheap motel that charges $160-$170 a night for some 60's-esque decorations.  The view from our room was a brick wall with other windows looking straight in.  It was small and smelled like a public pool locker room, with the vague odor of chlorine and disinfectants lingering in the air.  Some of the metal fixtures in the bathtub were rusting and the paint (or whatever it is that makes bathtubs white) was chipping off.  I didn't bring my blowdryer because even the cheapest motels always have one and they're always okay -- this was the worst; it was very powerful without actually getting hot, so it just blew my hair all around and turned it into a frizzball.  The only clock was on the other side of the room and there were no outlets by the bed.  The clock is a digital clock that does not light up, so you have no idea what time it is when you wake up and don't have your phone charging next to you to check.  
There is a fish in every room.  From what I've gathered, they just keep the same name placard in each room and replace the fish when it dies.  The placard tells you not to feed the fish because the housekeeping staff takes care of them.  The bowls are indeed clean, so I believe it, but I like to keep the do-not-disturb, or "shhhhh" in The Pearl's case, sign on the door my entire stay.  I throw my stuff around the room willy nilly as I look for things in my suitcase and don't really feel comfortable with a stranger seeing my mess, folding my pink teddy bear pajama shirt and laying it gently on my pillow.  But I had to do it here so the fish could get fed, even though it makes me really uncomfortable.  If someone else was staying a long time and really didn't want housekeeping, would the fish have gone a week without food?  Is this really the smartest idea?

You can get a parking space for $10/night.  The space is not assigned and every time you come back you have to drive and see what spaces are open, pull over, put the car in park, get out of the car, move the "guest parking only" sign blocking the space, get back in the car, put it back in drive, and then pull in.

I think it's a cool concept, but I'm not exactly picking up what they're laying down.  The prices charged are pretty steep for what you're getting.  I'd totally come here to eat and get messed up by the pool, but Jesus Christ do not mistake this for a hotel.

01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
414. Carrianne M.
I'll start with the good.  The service and hospitality leading up to our stay and including check in were fantastic. Very responsive and friendly. The room was small but cute and was relatively clean (except for hair in the shower).
However...if you need rest or if you would like to sleep before 11pm or so, this is not the hotel for you. Because our room was next to the restaurant, we listened to frequent hoots and loud conversations going on in the bar.  We even tried drowning out the noise with our tv to no avail.  The manager agreed to keep the door to the bar closed but that did not happen. After going out in our pjs to close it ourselves several times, we gave up.

This might be a fun hotel for those in their 20s who want to stay up partying in a cheap hotel with and upscale vibe. I will be staying elsewhere.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
415. Zuzana V.
This place is a real gem in Point Loma. We have been coming here for years and love the food and drinks at the restaurant. The Wednesday night movies are a real fun event that get packed - especially in the summer months. The happy hour is a great deal and the $1 oysters are super yummy. The wine and local beer selection is quite diverse and the service very friendly and accommodating. Just wish that they would make it more advertized when the restaurant/bar is closed for private events. Last week we were so excited to go for dinner and drove through traffic only to find they were closed for an event. There was no notice on website or on FB ahead of time, which we checked earlier. Hopefully we will have better luck next time.

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
416. Steve C.
This is one amazing place. Like many reviews have said, it is a gem. Retro yet modern. Hip and cool yet old school. Relaxing yet engaging. Lots of little touches that add up to an amazing experience. A great find!!!

31/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
417. Kevin W.
Another great stay at the Pearl in San Diego.  I consider this my personal San Diego condo because its so EASY!
Minutes from Airport.
Minutes from Beaches
Minutes from Downtown
Easy to come and go from.
Great food and scene when I want to stay on property.
This place just feels like home away from home.

Perfect escape from Austin in the middle of summer..

25/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
418. Regina D.
Third time staying and still fabulous.

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
419. Nancy B.
Very cute funky small hotel. The rooms are very comfortable and have a European feel to them. Can get a little noisy at night with the bar. Love the movie screen above the pooi.

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
420. Colleen T.
Cute boutique motel with a fighter fish in each room. I WOULDNT stay here ever again. The GEM ROOM was the smallest room I have ever stayed in ever in my life! It had just enough space for a full sized bed and that's it. We stayed in ROOM 7.

Minus 1 star bc the room was sooo dusty, see the picture I posted. Couldn't stop sneezing all night. Finally in the morning we noticed all the dust on the headboard, window ledge, around the tv and along the baseboards. Disgusting!

Minus 1 star. 9 in the morning, right outside our bathroom window we heard chains clattering. Realized it was an employee moving large kegs that were stored on the opposite side of the wall. This lasted for a good 20mins. The walls are THIN!

-1 star. Minimal parking and we ended up getting a spot to the far left, right in front of the dumpster. Oh course, the next morning(Monday) was trash day! We got a phone call saying we had to move our car! Annoying! Why make that a parking spot! So inconvenient!

I think we should have stayed at a comfort inn. At least we could have had a free breakfast.

04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
421. Sander B.
The Pearl is a wonderful magical place.  We had our wedding there and would highly recommend getting married there.  The food was fabulous and the staff was fun and helpful!  Your first thought is that it may be too small but we had about 120 guests and never felt cramped.  Plenty of room on the dance floor and to hang by the pool.  One thing I would suggest to The Pearl is have the passed appetizers make it out to the pool area.  They could walk around the outer edge of the hotel to pop out by the pool. Location is prime for out of town guests since it's close to the airport and tons of restaurants within walking distance. The rooms are quaint, cozy, and classy, but the door locks were a bit of a pain since many people had to replace there keys several times during their stay.  The Pearl brunch is good times as well but definitely make a reservation!  We will forever have the happiest memories of the Pearl and cannot wait to return!

26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
422. Julia R.
I was realllllly disappointed when I checked in and the Strand room (the largest & nicest) I had reserved nearly 2 months in advance was unavailable because of "maintenance issues." My boyfriend and I were celebrating his 30th birthday, and I wanted something really special. However, the staff were accommodating and offered free parking and a $50 voucher for the restaurant, which we were planning to attend that night anyway. It didn't really make up for it all the way, but they did their best. The room was still really clean and well appointed, and I LOVED the little beta fish in the room named Pluto. There was also a handwritten postcard on the bed that welcomed us and wished my boyfriend a happy birthday. A nice touch.

The restaurant is fantastic and the servers are really kind and attentive. I love the vibe of the place- definitely not your run-of-the-mill hotel.

14/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
423. Jeffrey S.
So refreshingly unexpected. So much personality. Not over the top, not cliché, just some people doing something a little differently and doing it well.

I stayed here around New Years and it was a terrific find. And by find, I mean I was pointed in this direction. But either way, you're going to discover something different. It's oh-so-modern. But it never felt like they were trying too hard. It's tastefully done.

What you have is one of those motels from the '70s that gets totally redone. It could waste away into crack-land, but instead someone comes in with a vision of a pool with a movie screen for old beach flicks, or a swanky hotel bar, and they make it happen.

The staff couldn't have been nicer. Plus, there was a fish in the room to keep you company. The bed is low, but so comfy. And even though it's cramped quarters getting around the hallways, you really have some room to spread out in the room. The shower in our room was a little dated, but hopefully they plug a few bucks into that to stop the drip and bring it up to match the rest of the room.

Parking was a snap. I just parked in the neighborhood and never had any trouble finding a spot. Plus you can walk just a few blocks to killer seafood, killer Thai food, and lots of great breakfast options.

16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
424. Michelle O.
Love this place!  My daughter lives one block away so, we decided to make this out last cocktail stop of the night last week.  The bar was busy and had a great vibe.  Her boyfriend joined us after work and had a burger. It was really good.  When we decided to alter our vacation plans, The Pearl immediately came to mind.  We booked a room for New Year's Day that afternoon.  What a great place to stay!  Very retro.  Reminded me of the kind of places we would stay at when I was young.  The room is pristine with just the right amount of amenities.  Gilligan the fish was adorable.  The bed was really comfortable too.  For the price, you can't beat the value.  There's a new coffee place, better buzz, one block away; Starbucks is a bit further.  For the evening, stay in for food and drinks.  Play a board game in the cool area off the lobby.

We will definitely be back.  And, I think my daughter and boyfriend are really pleased to have this so close by.

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
425. Yasmin B.
Such a cute and comfortable hotel! Loved the decor. Quite unique and eye-catching. We were upgraded to one of the largest rooms and was not disappointed. Overall, great price and comfortable stay for a weekend trip to San Diego. Looking forward to visiting soon.

19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
426. Jeremiah B.
So... I haven't even stayed at the Hotel yet and I already want to go back! So far the customer service with all of my small annoying requests have been met and exceeded. I would be annoyed by me if I was Natalie Richards but she has been nothing less than absolutely wonderful... even after the 20 or so emails we have traded. All of Natalie's help will make my Valentines Day celebration amaze balls!
It would take an Atomic bomb for me not to enjoy my stay at The Pearl... way to start a guest experience off right Natalie Richards!!!

10/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
427. Leslie L.
After my last review and stay the hotel sent an email to inquire about my stay and I left them my feedback.  The owner very graciously contacted me and we had a lovely correspondence. I decided to go back with my family and my sister's family. The restaurant was closed (I think closed on Sunday's) , but we still had fun in the lounge area playing games in the evening. The staff was super helpful getting us delivery and then brought us drinks, dinner were etc so we weren't eating with plastic.

The kids loved it. We had a great time. Again, like the first time the service was off the charts. This will probably be the place we stay when we visit the San Diego Zoo.

I can't wait to try the owner's next concept in Mexico!

01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
428. Erika G.
Was here for a wedding, not only was the vintage vibe fun but the food and cocktails were incredible. Ask for Matt and Paul behind the bar, they are adorable, friendly and accommodating. Love this place!

25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
429. Caitlin P.
Update: So I am updating tonight because I just realized I got a bunch of bed bug bites!! I've been itching since my stay at the pearl, but really just thought that because of the dry heat and me sweating, it causes me to get all itchy. I remember scratching my fore arms wed morning but didn't think much of it. I've been scratching and feeling itchy all weekend and all morning and saw these rashes but just figured it was because I've been scratching myself. I even took some pics this morning to show my friends how my rashes are kinda weird. And I know it's not an allergy reaction to something I ate. I didn't eat anything new, exotic or out of the ordinary this weekend. Came home tonight and jokingly showed my sis my skin and she screamed, freaked the heck out and said they are bed bug bites. I didn't believe her at first but googled some images and omg she was soooo right.

Ugh I feel so dirty now. I'm so sad that this place has bug bites. I still stand by my previous reviews (will change my rating tho) but ugh this is beyond disgusting now that I'm looking at these pictures. Now everything makes sense with all my itchiness. Ewww....I'm still randomly feeling all itchy while writing this review. The cuteness of the room is very deceiving; it makes me sad because I had very high hopes for this place and was really excited to find a great hotel in sd. I really enjoyed my stay here and loved everything else about the hotel except for the bed bugs thing. :(

I feel so grossed out right now. Will definitely not gonna stay here anymore. I'm in shocked that a hotel can be this disgustingly dirty. I travel pretty often and have stayed in 5stars hotels and 2 or 3 stars hotel but have never gotten bed bites everrr until my stay here

It's been days and  I'm still itching. Had to apply anti itching cream tonight.


I stayed here for 2 nights when I was in San Diego for a business trip. The location is ideal...it's about 15-20 minutes to every where which includes north park and dtsd. The hotel is small, has about 20 rooms only...there are two floors. Don't think there's an elevator, I didn't see one. So if you have alot of luggages, you'd have to lug that up by using the stairs.

Room: review is based on a 1 king bed bedroom. I was fortunate enough to get a corner room upstairs.  The decor makes the room look very spacious. Room was very nice, clean and modern sleek. You definitely feel like you are in a 5 stars hotel even tho you are not.  It kinda has A chic beachy theme to the room. Very cute. Surprisingly it was not loud At all at night time or early morning. So you'll definitely be fully rested here. I booked my stay on hotels.com and paid 90 bucks each night...A very good deal.  

Parking: is an extra 10 Bucks a night. Hotel parking is limited. There's About 5-6 Spaces in front of the hotel and another 6 more or so on the side of the hotel. There's also street parking around the area that's also free...no permits required. I opted for street parking even tho I was on a business trip. Felt like being nice to my employer and tried to save them 20 bucks which worked out fine for me. I had no trouble finding parking both nights at various times of the day. Got back to my hotel from work at 5pm and found parking right away (didn't park far either, literally 20 steps from the hotel). My first night there which was a tues, I went out til 11pm, came back and found parking right next to the hotel. My 2nd night (wed) I was out til 1:30am, found parking right away but a little farther, probably a 45 seconds walk from the hotel. They also have 2 electrical parking spaces.

Food/restaurant: didn't try the food or restaurant here but there's one and its always popping. Especially during happy hour and dinner.  Happy hour is 4-7 pm I think, where there's half off on a bottle of wine. Not sure if that's an everyday thing or just a special for that day. There's plenty of seating areas that looks into the pool.i think the food is pretty good since both nights I was there, it was packed and poppin!

Outside: looks ok. It kinda looks like an apt complex which I think it was before it got renovated into a hotel. But don't get turned off by the outside. ..it's actually a very cute place.  

Staff was nice and friendly when I checked in. I'm a very low maintenance guest, so didn't need anything from them during my stay. Hotel guests all seem very nice and chill. .no one shady at all...most are young looking people. I felt very safe staying here by myself. Safety is always a concern for me when I travel since I stay by myself.  I'm a pretty small, petite Asian girl, so i always try to find a place that's not shady looking when I'm on business trips and pearl hotel was very safe.

22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
430. Brendon B.
Why is there not more old motels that are converted into gems like this? The mid century modern decor and design of this hotel are awesome and makes this a very cool hangout even if you are not staying at the hotel itself.

They have a bar and restaurant on the inside, and a huge movie screen that they play movies on Wednesday nights for the "Dive-in Theatre". I have never really had any bad experiences here, other than the beer is never cold. They serve it in plastic cups that look like glass that are not chilled what so ever, and the kegs must not be that cold either. My friends and I all complained of having room tempature beer, this is not europe, get it fixed Pearl!

Anyway, we still love this spot, my wife and I have even done a staycation here, and we loved every minute of it. The way the hotel surrounds the courtyard/pool area it is almost like you are on a vacation. I suggest you stay a weekend!

06/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
431. Nancy S.
Just gets better every time I stay here! Friendly staff, coffee in lobby in the morning, great craft beers and food and clean rooms. One of my fave places to stay when I'm in San Diego.

18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
432. Liza J.
This place is actually pretty chill. It is def not mainstream and I like it because it's in the neighborhood. They don't have a full bar which kinda sucks. The drinks could use some improvement. I ordered a Lemon Drop Martini and they used some lemon extract or something and ice somehow got into my drink... not too cool. I asked for my second LDM to be real lemon juice and it was much better; not the greatest but good. They also have this humongous screen where they play movies! It was pretty cool. They played Ghostbusters. The service was excellent. Haven't tried the food yet, that will be next. I will definitely be back.

01/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
433. Kristin S.
I have come here before for brunch and the dive-in theater, and had good experiences.  However, last night for movie night our experience was less than ideal.  When my party of 8 arrived they claimed we were "no shows" and they canceled our reservation.  That seemed odd since we had a reservation at 7:30 and arrived at 7:15, not sure how that counts as "not showing up".  The hostess claimed our reservation was at 7:00, even though I showed her my confirmation.  They got us a table, but it did not have a great view of any screen.  I made the reservation 2 weeks in advance so that we could enjoy dinner and the movie. We were seated in the loud bar, so we couldn't hear or watch the movie at all.  I originally tried to get a cabana, but there was a $250 minimum to sit in one...I now wish we had reserved one since we spent well over that.

My friend and I ordered the market fish, which she had to return because it was completely dried out and not edible.  Mine was dry but not as bad as hers so I decided to eat it.  Our food took an hour to come out so at that point I was starving and would eat anything.  We ordered three appetizers, all which came out with our meal after an hour, completely defeating the purpose of an appetizer.  When we said something to the manager, she said, "oh well we thought you were ordering the apps as dinner", which again, makes no sense since we ordered entrees as well.   My friend opted to order something else off the menu, which came out overcooked again, as well as, 20 minutes later. So she ended up not eating.  And to top it all off we kept trying to order wine and that took over 30 minutes to arrive!  Our waitress said it was her first night working.  I don't fault her, why would The Pearl schedule a brand new person on an extremely busy and popular night?  That sort of sets her up for failure, right?  I honestly felt bad for her, she seemed very overwhelmed.

The manager came over and laughed and said it was "just a busy night".  I am not one to complain, and I completely understand busy, it was busy.  However, losing our reservation, the food taking forever, no appetizers and no wine???? And to just laugh and say, "oh sorry busy night"...was disappointing.  I would definitely not go back there with a large group on a busy night.  I have only been with 1-2 people in the past, it doesn't seem that they are equipped to handle a party of 5 or more. The movie nights on Wednesday are only good if you get there very early and watch outside, inside the bar is too loud and you can't hear anything. Not fun!

14/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
434. Sireesha R.
What a fun little place! I came here with a pretty large group for a friend's birthday and had a blast. They have some pretty fancy cocktails on their menu. I tried the "Winters Leave of Absence" and it was fantastic! It had gin, rose water, grapefruit and rose petals in it. Smelled so great and went down smooth. My friends tried some other cocktails as well and said they were good, but not as good as mine (suckers). My boyfriend tried the fish tacos and enjoyed them thoroughly. He got two and was barely able to finish the second one so the portions are good. Some friends also got the mac n cheese and Ahi Tuna plate which looked tasty.

The staff was friendly and didn't get too upset about our loud group. All in all we had a great time! Maybe we'll drive down to experience the hotel part some time.

19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
435. Julie E.
All I can say, is THANK YOU Pearl Peeps! I just celebrated my birthday at your hotel and from start to finish, it was a wonderful experience. We reserved the cabana area, and it was little to no effort on my part. Everyone I was in communication with was helpful and informative and very quick to respond. The day of my party, everyone at The Pearl was just down to earth and friendly. Mike was our day bartender and he was attentive and his drinks were awesome! Everyone in our party was impressed with the level of service we received and really made us feel special. Everyone really made us feel comfortable and let us just have our drunken good time! We stayed one night, and there was a personalized note left welcoming us, and wishing me a happy birthday. We received two free drink bobbles with our stay too! The hotel is really clean and the décor is mid-century modern, which we love. There were a lot of people in my party who had never been to The Pearl and (everyone) was impressed and had so much fun. I think the Peal Peeps understand the meaning of hospitality and they follow through with genuine customer service. I can't wait to stay again and plan another event here. Thanks again-Juliepalooza 2015 was a success!

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
436. Veronica E.
celebrated our good friend Justine's bday tonight and loved this little spot!

AMBIANCE/EXPERIENCE:From the moment you see "THE PEARL" hotel sign you're in for a treat.  mid-century modern (the BF is teaching me what good design looks like haha) vibes all around! the design of the restaurant decor, chairs and even succulent wall outside by the tiny pool. The bathrooms were my fave, as you'll see in the pics, rad "sink" and succulent bark planter thing! They did a great job remodeling the spot as the building looked aged with character. I didnt get to go into the rooms but i heard they're "nice." it was awesome to hang by the pool and chat while Zoolander was playing on the big screen.

FOOD/DRINKS: they have a bar by the pool/restaurant with different options of beer on tap and cocktails. since im sick i was lame and didnt participate in drinking but my BF def got some kind of IPA and i heard "Peanut Butter Stout" which is my fave from Belching Beaver. The food smelled, well from what i could smell, divine. i heard the Lobster Mac and Cheese is awesome - bummed i didnt have some :(

SERVICE: everyone greeted me with a smile and even the host and maybe manager saw us standing around and offered/brought us chairs to sit in. that was awesome of them! Also waiters/waitresses had mad skill walking around the pool without falling in. haha we were waiting for one to, it would have been a crazy show since they're wearing white!

PARKING: street parking in the neighborhood! it was kind of a pain :(

06/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
437. Candice W.
Oh The Pearl. My absolute favorite place in the world. My husband and I were honored to be one of the few weddings they book each year.  I honestly felt and still feel like we were the only wedding, the way they catered to us and treated us and treated all of our family and friends. Out of our 100 or so guests, all we have heard is positive feedback (and a little jealousy) over our wedding.

If you book the hotel for your event, you basically own the hotel for a day (more like the entire weekend). Our whole group of family and friends booked up most of the rooms on Friday Night, and you have to have all 23 rooms booked on Saturday (day of event). We had a handful of friends and family stay Thursday through Monday, and the Pearl gave us incredible rates.

The ambiance, the vibe, THE STAFF, the Chef and his amazing food, the bartenders, the front desk gals, EVERYONE should be rated A++, 5 star, over the top AWESOME!! Meghan was with me through the entire planning and was there for me with any questions we had.
the hotel/venue:

It is a small boutique hotel, and there really is no way to explain it, other than you must go and check it out... buyer beware though, once you go, you fall in love and you don't want to book anywhere else. The style is 60's retro beach/palm springs/mad men on a swanky vacation. The succulent wall, the tables, the fire pit, the hammocks, the lighting, all are spot-on and so chic. You will NOT need to worry about anything (no extra decorations, the table linens, the flatware, the seating, the candles, etc.) All is taken care of the arranged and provided.

the rooms: are CLEAN, the beds/sheets/pillows are very comfortable. And each of the rooms have their own beta fish to keep you company. Natalie and the hotel front desk gals are so friendly and accomodating.  Most of the rooms are pretty small, but the suite we stayed in, and most of the strand rooms are well spaced.

the food: OH MY GOODNESS! So good and so much of it! No one left hungry or wanting more. Chef Elliott, I tip my hat to you. The food that you experience at the restaurant during dinner is the same they serve at the events (the event menu might actually be better) The tray passed food as well as the action stations we chose were so good. Not the typical dry, bland wedding food you are used to, this was melt in your mouth, eat until your dress pops the zipper, good. and the staff made sure my husband and I sat and ate, and brought us several of the appetizers so we wouldn't miss any. I always hear about the Bride and Groom not being able to eat at their own wedding. Come On!!! What venue and staff go out of their way to make sure we get sat and fed without people trying to bombard us. The Pearl of course!

The bar: Matt and Paul are super cool and great at what they do. I dont think my hand was ever empty, I swear they kept an eye on me through the whole night, because as soon as I walked even close to the bar, they would yell out to me and hand me another craft cocktail that was superb! They kept an eye on the guests so no one got too sloshed, and everyone had a smile on their face (if they were stuffing it with food)

The desserts; They contract with a great place in Ocean Beach called Azucar. They get prime pricing, and make the process so easy. all we had to do was go to our tasting then send our list of picks to Meghan, then magically and beautifully, they were there are our wedding. No worries about pick-up, delivery, or adding another vendor to handle. Vivian at Azucar and Meghan at the Pearl make it seamless and easy.

the DJ: we used DJ Dex Diego, he used to host/DJ the pool parties at the Pearl and is the mastermind behind the Groovy tunes you hear when you hang at the Pearl most days. He also is the DJ for their mad men parties, Since he also is familiar with the Pearl, and the staff and the small space he had to work in, it was a no brainer for us to book him. And to also have Meghan send him the timeline, again it was one less thing for us to worry about. The tunes he mixed for our party were perfect! Swanky, Mad Men with a bit of hip hop and some old school that kept me dancing.  

AFTER THE WEDDING: At the end of the night, of course my husband and I did what all newly married couples do... WE JUMPED IN THE POOL!  once we headed back to the room, I guess we encouraged other wedding guests to also jump in the pool and stay up until 3am having a great time (although they do close the pool and bar area at 11pm) the staff let the crazy party people hang in and around their rooms without any issues. The next morning it looked like a bomb of empty beer cans and sliders went off, and the clean up again like everything else was not an issue. We stayed for brunch and laughed and relived the night before like a cinderella fairytale with the staff laughing along with us and congratulating us with warm and genuine love and happiness for us.

30/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
438. Marcus C.
A cool concept that has been poorly executed. Swayed by the 6-year old professional photos and inaccurate reviews we signed up for 4 nights...

06/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
439. Raven-Joie R.
I thought this hotel was cute. I'm from Las Vegas, so most hotels in California are quite expensive anyway for us, due to the lack of amenities available usually. But this place is definitely a step up from your usual inn or motel.

Stepping into the place was interesting. It's themed like a retro/mod hotel and its name sounds like a place that Fred Flintstone would frequent. Even though the theme is not that well executed, the place is clean and cute. Clean being the most important aspect of any hotel, I might add.

There was a dirty pool in the courtyard surrounded by a bunch of tables. They should really add some old-style beach chairs to make it look more legit!

The room was cute. There was a live goldfish in the corner, that I thought was dead until I tapped the glass a little. I think that's really cool of them to take care of, and it makes the hotel seem like a really eco-friendly place.

There were a few tiles in the bathroom that were chipped, but I didn't mind that much since the place was pretty clean.

The one thing I have to mention: If you want space, UPGRADE YOUR ROOM. The smallest room is tiny as hell. You can actually see the size if you walk around and see empty rooms, because they leave the blinds open.

Don't be afraid to ask the front desk for anything.
Also, you have to ask the front desk for ice.

I honestly liked the place. It's somewhere that I would consider staying again.

13/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
440. Joe F.
After reading a recent article from Thrillist, I knew I had to put my two cents in about this fine establishment.

I've been to The Pearl many times for the movie nights by the pool, and it has always been an enjoyable experience. The food is fresh, creative and always delicious. The Best Burger Ever lives up to its name for sure!

What keeps it all together is the amazing staff. Very attentive and always present, especially Matt (bartender)! He's always quick with a smile and very good at what he does.

If I could give this place more that 5 stars, I would!

19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
441. Van N.
Booked this room on HotelsTonight.com and it was very affordable to the area $99 with our coupon code.

-Very cool lobby bar, lounge area (with games!)and swimming pool area, Wednesdays are Dive In movie night at the pool.
-Hipster vibe, eco friendly
-Each room is customized, ours had mirrors on the ceiling
-Customer service
-Free parking on the street

-Room #7, smallest hotel room I've ever been in, only space for the bed and that's it. This room was dusty (fans, headboards) and dirty (dead flies). Even the agent said it was a novelty room.
=not worth the original $130+ price, would reconsider if we got a bigger room

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
442. Ashlie B.
I am currently enjoying my coffee sitting outside next to the pool at The Pearl and let me just say I had a great time here.

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday as a little getaway for the night. The room was very clean, they have complementary wifi, and the staff here was amazing! Everyone was very nice and attentive. They also gave us two free drink vouchers to celebrate my boyfriends birthday! We were also lucky enough to be here the night of movie night where they show a film out by the pool while you can enjoy some food and drinks! (If you come here you have to get the bacon Mac and cheese!!!)

The Pearl is by far the best boutique hotel in San Diego! I would without a doubt come back as well as recommend this hotel to anyone. Thank you The Pearl for such a great stay:)

07/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0