The tropical hotel lobby sets the stage for the rest of the hotel. Its distinctive Bahamian vibe feels more like you’re in the Caribbean than on the West Coast. Both the modern check-in and concierge desks flaunt light Caribbean zebrawood. Cool light-colored travertine floors, dark wood and cushy floral seating, palms and tropical plants, and plantation shutters offer an invitation to come in and relax. Afternoon freshly baked cookies only add to the already comfortable and tranquil ambiance.
The Bahamian island décor of the 73 guest rooms and suites feature dramatic ornate wooden beds that are hand-crafted and dressed in their island best; beautiful silk ceiling fans and plantation shutters, tropical wall tapestries, and a turquoise, white, and earth tone color palette give rooms a fresh ocean feel. Bathrooms carry through the Caribbean vibe with light-colored granite and marble counters, Tommy Bahama spa products, and luxurious bathrobes. Each room or suite also has a balcony or patio; a handful have no ocean view, but every other room has a full or partial ocean view.
There are three styles of guest rooms and five styles of suites from which to choose; Non-view Standard guest rooms are on the sides of the hotel with no ocean view. Partial Ocean View Standard rooms are on the first floor and are located around the pool or are angled to be ocean-facing on the sides of the hotel. Full Ocean View rooms are located on the second and third floors. All rooms have a refrigerator and separate mini-bar, coffee maker, iron and board, in-room safe, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, movies on-demand, Nintendo, and Internet. Guests rave about the comfy beds and nightly turndown service.
Junior Suites are large one-room accommodations on all three floors, some with partial ocean views and others with full ocean views. They include a king bed with a sleeper sofa or two queen beds, and a dining table or breakfast bar. All pull-out beds are Aerobeds for greater comfort and each room comes with a pump. Presidential Suites are on the second and third floors overlooking the pool and ocean, and have a king bed and sleeper sofa. They also feature living and dining areas, a wet bar with microwave, and Jacuzzi tub with separate shower in the bathroom. Executive Suites are on the sides of the hotel with partial ocean views. They have two queen beds, plus all the features of the Presidential Suites.
Family Suites are two-room suites located on the first floor with partial ocean views. They feature an additional TV and sleeper sofa in the living/dining room. The bedroom, separated by a privacy door, has two queen beds. There are no Jacuzzi tubs in family suites. The Master Suite is a two-room suite with two patios and full ocean views from both the living/dining room and the bedroom. It has the same amenities as the Family Suite, but includes the Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. All suites also include the same room amenities as the standard rooms.
Room tips: If you want a full or partial ocean view, be sure to request it when booking your room. Additional Aerobeds are available for $20 per night; cribs are complimentary. Children 12 and under stay free! One refrigerator is empty and there is a small convenience store nearby on Mission Boulevard. Ralph’s is a full grocery store next to Starbucks on Mission Boulevard and Grand Avenue. There is also a Trader Joe’s several blocks up Garnet Avenue on your right.
I’ll take this partial view room anytime.
One of the greatest perks at Pacific Terrace Hotel is the location. Enjoy the boardwalk that runs all the way to Mission Beach and the wide sandy beach right out front. The hotel resort fee includes unlimited use of bikes, beach chairs and umbrella, boogie boards, and surfboard storage. Underground secure parking and valet service is provided for a charge of $25 per day. There is limited street parking with strict enforcement, towing, and steep fines in the entire beach area, making this service invaluable.
Pacific Terrace Hotel offers guests complimentary continental breakfast indoors or poolside. There are also complimentary fresh-baked cookies each afternoon, and a nightly turndown service for every room. The hotel provides a family-friendly, ocean-facing, heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, hi-speed Internet kiosks and Wi-Fi, discounted tickets to local attractions, and meeting facilities. Massages can be arranged and purchased through the concierge.
Pacific Terrace Hotel does not have its own restaurant, however, it offers the unique opportunity to get to know restaurants in the area with its room charge back service that allows guests to dine at particular local restaurants and charge the meal to their room. Three participating restaurants are The Duck Dive, Fat Fish Cantina Grill, and JRDN.
The Duck Dive, named after a surfing technique, is an upscale restaurant that is new to the neighborhood and conveniently located two blocks from the hotel. Walk a block up Diamond Street to Mission Boulevard and turn right. The Duck Dive is a block down on the corner of Mission Boulevard and Emerald Street.
Fat Fish Cantina Grill is a delightful restaurant with an outdoor patio and fire pits, serving Mexican inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner; it is located four blocks from the hotel at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue. Take the boardwalk to Crystal Pier and turn left; it’s a block down on your right.
JRDN is a sustainable menu breakfast, brunch, and lunch beachside restaurant by day and an award-winning fine dining restaurant by night catering primarily to an adult crowd. Take the boardwalk toward Crystal Pier; the restaurant is right on the boardwalk before you get to the pier in the Tower23 Hotel.
Besides the obvious allure of the Pacific Ocean just steps from your room, Pacific Beach has a lot more to offer. Walk the three blocks to Crystal Pier to watch the surfers, scan the distant waters for whales and dolphins, or just stand in the sun and feel the ocean breeze. It’s a great place for taking photos and for shopping too.
As you come off the pier, head straight up Garnet Avenue where something is always happening! On either side of the street you’ll find a variety of shops catering to tourists and locals alike, and great bars – some with craft beers, others with sports always on the televisions, and others made for nightlife. Enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants, but be sure to try one of the many fantastic sushi restaurants on Garnet.
Mission Boulevard is just a block up Diamond from the beach and runs parallel to it; it is the other happening street. Stop by The Baked Bear for amazing ice cream sandwiches, or walk further down Mission to the corner of Garnet for lunch at Burger Buddies. If you partied too late, grab an authentic California burrito from everyone’s favorite – Ramiro’s Taco Shop on Mission. Sports lovers, the best sports bar in PB is Miller’s Field two blocks past Garnet Avenue at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Hornblend Street.
You’re also within walking (albeit a long walk) or biking distance of Mission Bay. The bay is a completely different experience than the ocean front, so you won’t want to miss it. Just walk or bike the boardwalk toward Mission Beach and turn left on Windemere Court. Cross Mission Boulevard and keep going straight for another short block to Mission Bay.
A short car ride will get you to Old Town, La Jolla, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and many other San Diego attractions.
You can’t really beat the Kids 12 and Under Stay Free policy at Pacific Terrace Hotel, which includes all complimentary hotel services. The hotel also offers several online packages under their reservations tab, some of which have included Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night Free, various San Diego Road Trip Packages, and the Sweet Suite Sale. They even periodically offer an unbelievable $99 stay promotion. Check out all the discounted options before you book your stay.