Ratings based on 1,298 Verified Reviews

4.2 out of 5
90% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.0 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Close to the beach and restaurants

Posted Mar 28, 2017
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. The location of this hotel is central to many restaurants. We found the general crowd there during our stay was a bit rowdy for young children. We had an ocean view room. It was small, but comfortable. The air conditioner leaked water all over the floor. The door didn't sit flush with the frame leaving a gap. Keep in mind this hotel is renovated but the building is still old.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Farmington, NM

Posted Mar 26, 2017
Cons: Housekeeping-room was clean however things like towels, cups, etc. did not get restocked. Had to make a few trips to the office to get those things.
Great place to stay if you want to be close to the beach. Our family has been staying here for years and this might be the best shape Blue Sea has been in! Very helpful, friendly front desk staff. Would definetly stay here on my next trip to San Diego!
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 26, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you so much for this great review, Lori! We look forward to your next visit!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Minneapolis

Great location; quality hotel; well run.

Posted Mar 26, 2017
Clean; good facilities; good staff; great location.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 26, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you for your comments, Matt! We hope to see you again soon!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Mar 24, 2017
Yes. I would recommend this hotel. It was a great experience
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 26, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again soon
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Minnesota

Ocean view and pillows

Posted Mar 23, 2017
Pros: Close to beach, room coffee-maker worked.
Cons: Clear advertising (beach front, vs. beach view). More pillows. Free parking. Replace corroded bath mirror frames. Free bike rental included w/room
We thought we had reserved an ocean-front room, but it turned out to be merely ocean-view, and you had to go out on the balcony to get that view. Very disappointing. They said for an additional $60, they had an ocean-front view, but the room was already expensive. And there were not enough pillows, so we had to improvise by rolling an extra blanket and putting it across the bed at the pillow-end, but that was still uncomfortable. Walls were a bit thin, noisy in the morning. Other than that, the staff was fine, or at least average, and the location was fine, although it was not as close to Belmont Park as we'd hoped. Parking was good, but they charged extra; at the rate for the rooms, parking should have been included. We probably would not stay here again; there were many beach rentals available along the mile-long walk to Belmont Park, and we'd probably try one of those next time.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 26, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you for your feedback!
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Seattle

Beachfront hotel

Posted Mar 23, 2017
Pros: Staff and beach views.
Cons: Noise level?? I would recommend this hotel if you are easy going and want to stay on the beach.
Location: This hotel is about 20 minutes from SDSU which is why we were there. I was looking for the closest beach to the school.
This is an older property that has been renovated, they have done a nice job with renovations, but it still felt old. I read reviews and upgraded to ocean front, which was beautiful. The sliding glass door was extremely difficult to open because of sand in track I guess. We were there on St. Patricks day, definitely lots of partying in the hotel, and on the beach right in front of our room. We were on second floor and heard partying, load music and yelling till the wee hours of morning. One night there was a crying baby in the room next door. Not anyways "fault" but the walls were very thing so we felt like we were in the same room. Party on the other side. The pool and hot tub we didn't use but looked very nice and protected from the wind off the beach. Hotel staff Super friendly and accommodating, we didn't complain about noise because I kinda felt like that was just the vibe of the hotel location.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 26, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you for your review, Molly! We are so happy you loved our staff and our location!
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler

bait and switch

Posted Mar 21, 2017
paid extra for beach side room when offer upgrade and got balcony over parking lot. you could see the ocean but it was anything but nice.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 23, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
We are sorry for the inconveniences you experienced during your stay. We all feedback as an opportunity for improvement
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Austin Texas

Right on Ocean walk and beach pool is nice.

Posted Mar 20, 2017
Second story rom. Nice balcony. Slept with sliding door open with great ocean "sounds" . Rental deco-bike rack in parking lot is handy. +/-$40 cab ride to convention center.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 23, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you for staying with us and providing that beautiful photo!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Mt.Airy, MD

Great Location

Posted Mar 19, 2017
We booked two rooms for 5 days.Oceanfront and a side room. The side room also had a nice view of the beach too. Checked in late...front desk staff was very efficient and friendly. The beds were really comfortable. The location was great...lots of restaurants and shops close by. We really enjoyed sitting by the fire pit in the evening. Great fun watching the skaters!
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 19, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Susan! We are glad you enjoyed your stay
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Minneapolis

Good location, bland hotel

Posted Mar 18, 2017
Pros: Proximity to the beach, shower pressure
Cons: Freshen/brighten up the room
Location: Next to the boardwalk/beach, lots of shops and restaurants nearby
After staying here, I was surprised at the high rating. The location was great, but otherwise it seemed a little rundown and drab.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 19, 2017 by Kristina A. (reservations), Hotel Management
Thank you for your constructive feedback, Janie!