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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

3 stars
2051 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
474 reviews
a comfortable stay

Perfect location. Close to everything. I really liked the view from our room. Definitely recommend it. See full review

  • totololo
  • Jan 25, 2015
Great Room, Great Location

We had a suite and it was perfect for our family. Two beds, living room, kitchen and patio. The... See full review

  • Ross B.
  • Jan 12, 2015
Convenient hotel on Shelter Island with free bike rentals
The Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina combines the best of both worlds: a modern hotel with a state-of-the-art marina. The property is located on Shelter Island, which is known among locals as San Diego's Hawaiian isle. Hotel guests can unwind at one of two bayside pools or an outdoor fireplace with breathtaking views of Point Loma. Accommodations span three distinct sections of the hotel, each with a unique theme and feel. The on-site restaurant, Blue Wave Bar & Grill, serves tasty, island style seafood.
Highlights
  • Private Mega-Yacht Marina
  • Two bayside pools, one with outdoor fireplace
  • On-site restaurant serves island-style cuisine
  • Complimentary bike rentals
Rooms

The Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina offers 227 rooms, including 60 suites. Accommodations span three sections of the hotel: Casa del Mar, Casa Marina and Island Palms. All three have different decor including tropical and Mediterranean themes. Rooms vary in size and configuration, but each comes standard with a flat-screen TV, ironing board, hair dryer and spacious work desk. Most suites include a kitchen with mini refrigerator and microwave. Most accommodations feature balconies and patios. Guests also receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

Features

The Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina sits on Shelter Island, which is known among locals as San Diego's Hawaiian isle for its tropical landscape. The property overlooks a private marina and sits adjacent to bike paths encircling San Diego Bay. The hotel is within one mile of Point Loma.

The hotel offers complimentary bike rentals. Guests also have access to two pools, a spa, fitness center and garden patio with outdoor fireplace.

The Blue Wave Bar & Grill specializes in tropical-style cuisine.

Transportation
  • MTS Bus (4 blocks)
  • San Diego International Airport (3 mi/5 km)
  • San Diego Trolley (3.5 mi/ 5.6 km)
Attractions
  • Old Town (3.5 mi/5.6 km)
  • SeaWorld (4 mi/6.4 km)
  • Gaslamp District (8 mi/12.9 km)
  • Petco Park (8 mi/12.9 km)
  • San Diego Zoo (8 mi/12.9 km)
Business
  • 6,300 square feet of meeting space accommodates up to 150 guests
  • Outdoor space can be converted into meeting facility
  • Conference windows overlook marina
Policies and Fees

  • Starting 01 June, parking fee will be $10 USD per night.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina Rooms

Waterview Suite
Just steps away from our private yacht marina, this 600 square foot Island Palms Suite offers one king or two Queen beds per hotel availability in a private bedroom and a living room with sofa sleeper. Fully equipped kitchens feature granite countertops, full size refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave double sink and stove top. Enjoy breathtaking views of motoryachts drifting by or simply enjoy the San Diego sunsets from your private patio.
Island Palms Standard
Our traditional Island Palms guestrooms come equipped with one King or two double beds per hotel availability , sitting area with work desk, complimentary high speed internet access, fresh brew coffee/tea makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, cable TV with HBO movies and Nintendo, refrigerator and a beautiful bathroom featuring a slab granite vanity and granite and glass enclosed shower.
Deluxe Waterview
This room has beautiful views of the San Diego Bay or the hotel's private marina. Each room is furnished with two queen or 1 king-sized beds, 42" LCD TV, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board. The workspace is equipped with a Herman Miller ergonomic chair, jack pack for your electronic devices, and complimentary wireless internet access. The bathrooms have marble counters and tile-surround bathtubs.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Sunset Cliffs: 1.7 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2.1 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 2.6 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.3 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.4 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.4 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 3.6 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 3.7 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.7 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 3.8 mi
  • Belmont Park: 4.1 mi
  • PETCO Park: 4.2 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 4.3 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 4.4 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 1.7 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2.1 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 2.6 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.3 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.4 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.4 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 3.6 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 3.7 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.7 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 3.8 mi
  • Belmont Park: 4.1 mi
  • PETCO Park: 4.2 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 4.3 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 4.4 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 4.4 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 4.6 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 4.6 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 4.7 mi
  • Botanical Building: 4.7 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 4.8 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 4.8 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 4.9 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 4.9 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 5.2 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 5.8 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 6.7 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 8.8 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 9 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 12.4 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 29 mi
  • Legoland: 29.1 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,121.9 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
6, 300 square feet of flexible waterview conference and banquet facilities. Bay Room 27' x 24' 648 Square Feet Board Room 11' x 17' 187 Square Feet Grand Marina Room 30' x 64' Square Feet Harbor Room 28' x 32' 896 Square Feet Marina Room 1 31' x 31' Square Feet Marina Room 2 30' x 24' 965 Square Feet Sunset Room 30' x 60' 1624 Square Feet Santa Barbara 42'x25' 1076 Square Feet

Dining

Blue Wave Bar and Grill
Step into the Blue Wave Bar & Grill for great waterfront dining with spectacular views of the bay and our private marina. Experience the tropical feel of our bayside restaurant or enjoy the gentle ocean breezes while dining outdoors on the patio. Menu items include fresh seafood, tender steaks, innovative daily specials and much more. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6:30am to 9pm Sun - Thurs and 6:30 to 10pm Fri & Sat. Happy Hour daily from 4pm to 6pm.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (474)

Ratings and reviews for BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
474 out of 474
Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.6
Value:
4.2

93% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rururu
Business
Studio city california
Jun 5, 2012

Great stay

A nice hotel in a central location in San Diego (10 mins drive from downtown or Sea World). Lovely views of the marina from hotel.Fantastic service especially in the bar/restaurant, and the rooms were immaculately clean. The pool and hot tub were very nice. (small) There are plenty of nice places to eat within walking distance; a little Thai place, Miguels Mexican, Bali Hai (good happy hour) etc... “Great stay

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Cliff
Business
Pueblo Colorado
Jun 5, 2012

50th highschool reuinon

This hotel is awsome. Great rooms and staff. Would recommend to anyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Great restuarant at the hotel

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Squigglemoo
Business
Inland Empire
Jun 4, 2012

ok overall

My experience was ok. The room was clean. We had a nice view of the boat docking station. The things that i did not like was that i was able to hear the conversation they were having in the room next to us. Not something i want to do at midnight when I am trying to get some sleep. The hair dryer did not blow hot air out. The person who checked me in was fast and looked really bored. Other than that I have no other complaints.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Freakin' Puerto Rican
Business
New Jersey
Jun 2, 2012

Great Location and good price

Shelter Island was a great location to stay and very close to everything. The restaurant and room service was of course pricey, but there are tons of places in the area that you could go and eat at. Unfortunately, the pool was right next to our room and it could get loud however, since the air conditioner could be loud as well, it covered the noise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Consider getting one of the museum passes to see all of them for one price. They are all very small and you could probably see them all in a day or two. The zoo is right next door and within walking distance. Get an early start and you should have no problem finding parking.

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
desicyrus
Business
San Jose, California
May 29, 2012

Quiet location, clean comfortable rooms, friendly staff

Overall 3.5 out of 5 Pros: 1. Tranquil setting on Shelter Island - quite and relaxed setting. Park right across the hotel. Great for picnics and evening walks. 2. Clean and comfortable rooms - requests promptly fulfilled. 3. Friendly staff at front desk and restaurant- we had problems with the toilet cistern. made this weird and loud whistling nose. Was fixed promptly and offered breakfast credit. 4. Full service bar and restaurant on site. Also, Humphries Hotel and Bar is next door. 5. Room has microwave and fridge - that we liked. Cons: 1. Walls to thin - The 'Sunset Garden' building had really thin walls and creaky ceilings. The 'Casa Del Mar' building is always recommended. 2. Bar and restaurant o - a bit pricey for me. Limited selection. Appetizers w/ 1 drink each came to 25/person. Closes early at 10pm. Then, you have to drive. 3. Not always an everyday value - You have book in advance to get a good deal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Meire
Business
Boulder,CO
May 28, 2012

Excellent hotel!

The staff was very helpful and friendly. Very pretty location and great room!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Sea World is very close and great!!

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dave 63
Business
Indiana
May 27, 2012

Got to experience seeing my son getting to see other parts of the U.S.

good night sleep, good food and nice view front or back of hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Don't pay for an upgrade for water view. Because you can see it from the front or back of hotel.

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Barney
Business
Hilton Head Island, SC
May 22, 2012

Great find in fabulous location

The staff is very friendly and helpful. The hotel consists of old and new buildings. My family had one room in the older section and one in the new building. The old section has been remodeled, and although the room was smaller, it was charming - very old plantation tropical type of room. Both rooms had lovely linens. The heated pools are nice - one with a fireplace - great place to gather. The location is very near the San Diego Airport and offers easy access to downtown, Coronado, etc.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jose12345
Business
imperial
May 18, 2012

mr

very clean, love the separate bathroom, i stayed in building E right by the pool loved it

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
beersoul
Business
Los Angeles
May 3, 2012

Can you clean up the garbage?

Unfortunately our review from us is that the hotel is just average. Let's start off with the good - beautiful views of both the marina and the shoreline, nice courtyards outside the marina facing rooms, a nice "hot" hot tub, a beautifully appointed lobby, comfortable bed and nice flat screen TV's, and the room was cozy and clean. Now for the not so great - parking is kind of a dick dance. There's not much of it. We had to park 4 buildings away from where our room was located. The rooms, clearly renovated not too long ago, also showed evidence of said renovation. It was clear that they took old out of date rooms and tried to give them more of a boutique feel. They weren't terrible, but you could tell that they were covering up some old old designs. Close but no cigar on the boutique look. The toilet in our room needed a new float and trap - because we had to jiggle the handle to make it stop running. The air conditioner was a wall unit that was located so high on the wall that unless you were tall or stood on a chair you couldn't view the controls or the temperature gauge. But the biggest disappointment of all was the pool area. All of the hampers were overflowing with used towels and there were lots of tables with empty food containers, glasses and drinks. But worst of all were the garbage cans which were overflowing with food. So badly that seagulls were eating from the garbage and at one point there was a gull that almost dropped chicken bones into the pool. There were also gobs of ketchup smeared on the pool deck that people had to walk around. We informed the management (who were very polite when we did tell them) of the mess and it took no less than 45 minutes for someone to come out and clean up the mess. It's a hit or miss on whether we would stay here again - nothing was so horrible (other than the pool) that we wouldn't come back, but for a place that is trying to make themselves out to be a little more upscale, there are probably places in the area that ARE truly upscale and in the same price range.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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