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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel And Marina

San Diego, CA, US (SAN)

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Based on 3019 reviews
Only 2.7 miles to San Diego International Airport, this hotel is just 10 minutes from Downtown San Diego.
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Deluxe Water View - Includes FREE Wi-Fi, Airport Shuttle - BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel And Marina - 1

Deluxe Water View - Includes FREE Wi-Fi, Airport Shuttle

Room Amenities
  • Two Queen beds
  • Deluxe Water Views
  • Standard Amenities
  • Bright and casual contemporary decor
  • Private balcony or patio
  • Accommodates up to 4 People
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Traditional Guestroom - Includes FREE Wi-Fi, Airport Shuttle - BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel And Marina - 2

Traditional Guestroom - Includes FREE Wi-Fi, Airport Shuttle

Room Amenities:
  • One King Bed or Two Double Beds
  • Best Value at a Waterfront Hotel
  • Sleeps up to 4 People
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Island Palms Suite - Includes FREE Wi-Fi, Airport Shuttle - BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel And Marina - 3

Island Palms Suite - Includes FREE Wi-Fi, Airport Shuttle

Island Palm Suite Amenities:
  • One King Bed or Two Double Beds
  • Separate Living area with Sofa Sleeper
  • Full Kitchen
  • Private Balcony
  • Coffee Maker, Hairdryers and Iron/Board
  • Sleeps up to 5 People
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel And Marina
2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA US 92106

Why Stay Here?

  • Complimentary Airport Shuttles
  • 2 Bayside swimming pools
  • Fitness Center
  • High Speed Internet Access in all rooms/areas
  • Honored Wedding Facilities
  • Lush courtyards and gardens
  • Meeting and Conference Options
  • Mega-yacht Marina
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Waterfront Restaurant - Blue Wave Bar and Grill

Perfect Room for Everyone:
With several room options to choose from, we`re bound to have the room that`s right for you. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel consists of three distinct guest experiences: Island Palms for a tropical island experience, the Casa Del Mar for a taste of the Mediterranean and the beautiful Casa Marina with breathtaking water views. In addition, one of the two swimming pools features a unique outdoor fireplace. This island-style getaway also features a waterfront restaurant and lounge, bicycle rentals, tennis courts, complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary wireless internet and parking. Whether you are a party of two or a family of six, you`ll find the perfect room or suite to fit your needs.

Delicious Dining:
Blue Wave Bar & Grill has a menu inspired by its tropical island surrounding. Patio seating had panoramic marina and hillside views that afford patrons an incredible glance of the grand beauty of Point Loma.

Note: Beginning June 1, 2014, parking will be $10 nightly.

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • AAA Approved
  • Attraction Tickets Available
  • Boat Dock
  • Business Center (+)
  • Business Services (+)
  • Cable
  • Car Rental Desk (+)
  • Coin Operated Laundry (+)
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Conference Rooms (+)
  • Dry Cleaning Service (+)
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Express Check-Out
  • Exterior Corridors
  • Fishing (nearby)
  • Fitness Facility
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Free Airport Shuttle
  • Free Morning Paper
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Handicap Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • On-Site Check In
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Postal Services
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service (+)
  • Spa Services (+)
  • Vending Machines
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Water Sports (nearby) (+)
  • Wedding Services (+)
  • Whale Watching (nearby)
  • Wheelchair Access Elevator
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 3019 reviews
from Cork
Submitted on 21-05-2016
We stayed for four nights in a studio type apartment. Instantly relaxing location, always feels good to be surrounded by expensive boats. Easy access to city and other attractions. The welcome was warm, we were accommodated straight away, even though we were early for check-in. The accommodation was excellent with view of marina. The kitchenette was well equipped. We were short some utensils such as bottle opener and kitchen knife, but these were provided readily on request. Lovely walk along th... Read more
from La Center, WA
Submitted on 21-05-2016
In celebration of our 30 year wedding anniversary we booked the Best Western Island Palms for four nights. We wanted to stay here because we met while living in San Diego and were married in Kilauea, Kauai- so this seemed to be the perfect place that had those two memories together. Although we thought it was a bit expensive, we got the King Suite in the Casa Del Mar building. We checked in on 14 May and requested a bellman help us with our bags (we were on the 2nd floor and there is no ele... Read more
Submitted on 23-05-2016
Really nice hotel, looks out onto the bay oneside the maruna the other. The bar and resturant staff were really friendly, even though they had a surgery program on in the bar on their big tv's by mistake. Breakfast was really fresh and tasty and you could buy tickets for the zoo there at a discount rate which saved a lot of time. Overall worth a little extra cost.
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 25-05-2016
We just loved this hotel. Everything about it is inviting and restful. The view is lovely out onto the harbour. All rooms look over the water due to the location & design of the building. It is very peaceful & serene. A real soul restorer. It is in a great spot for exploring San Diego. Close to all major attractions and freeways. The rooms are older but well maintained & very clean. The beds are comfortable. The food is really good. We dined in the restaurant and ordered off the lounge menu ... Read more
from King, North Carolina
Submitted on 01-06-2016
We saw this hotel online while driving to San Diego...Called the hotel to check for availability and the staff immediately found us a room even though the hotel was almost full and it was late in the day...They held the room until we arrived...Staff were extremely friendly upon check-in and check-out...Our room and patio outside the backroom looking at the marina was beautiful...We will be flying to San Diego again in the near future and will be staying at this hotel once again..We stayed in Roo... Read more
Submitted on 01-06-2016
Spacious rooms and toilet. Great marina views. Offers complimentary bike services during the day too! Great! Hotel is tucked in at shelter island. Traffic is better around here. Scenic view whilst driving in the area. Friendly and helpful staff :).
from Istanbul, Turkey
Submitted on 02-06-2016
Our room very comfortable and clean ..It isvery important point our room view very nice ...Shelter Island very special location therefore youcan choose this place..there is a free wifi in hotel . Staffs not friendly but everything is good .you can prefer this hotel .
from washington state
Submitted on 02-06-2016
On Shelter Island close to the airport and downtown. I love how laid back the island is, not tons of traffic like in the city but a 10 min drive to Old Italy or the Waterfront downtown. The hotel staff is always welcoming and does their best to honor requests. We prefer the Marina/pool side, vs the parking lot and road. Lounge is quite small but a lot of fun and the food is very good. We ate breakfast most mornings at the hotel and it was not included in the cost of our room. There are two pools... Read more
from Las Vegas, United States
Submitted on 04-06-2016
My Boyfriend & I Love this place the Staff is friendly and the hotel rooms are clean, The hotel location is near to everything yet you feel like your on an island with the harbor surrounding, we love this place!
from Pompano Beach, Florida
Submitted on 16-06-2016
My family and I stayed at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel in June of 2016. I've been to San Diego many times, but never visited Shelter Island. What a cool place! The hotel is located right across the street from San Diego Bay near the boat ramp, where you can watch fisherman heading out in the morning and returning in the afternoon. The view across the bay of downtown is amazing. The hotel itself has obviously been recently renovated. It is clean and well-maintained. The beds were ve... Read more
from Bordeaux, France
Submitted on 17-06-2016
Great first floor room, clean, large comfortable bed, great sitting area and balcony overlooking the bay. Staff were helpful and pleasant throughout. Corridors could do with a makeover and more light.
from Queen Creek, Arizona
Submitted on 17-06-2016
We have been meaning to stay here for some time and finally got around to it. Very nice room in "Casa Marina". 3rd floor overlooking San Diego bay. Nice balcony where we sat watching boats and ships go by. Very, very friendly staff! The restaurant looks out on all the boats in the marina. Across the street is a park with a beach on San Diego bay, and a sidewalk that u can walk as far as downtown if you like. This is a great place to stay.
Submitted on 21-06-2016
This is an absolutely beautiful hotel that looks out over the marina and the bay. The pools are great, it's across from the park and pier and a great location for families. The rooms are big, especially the Jr suite we stayed in. There was a dining area with cups, bowls, silverware, small fridge and microwave. The bathroom has a,separate vanity area from the shower and toilet which is very helpful. I took away 2 stars for the mattresses which are very uncomfortable and housekeeping. We stayed fo... Read more
Submitted on 21-06-2016
We stayed for 2 nights and everything (bed, room, bathroom, amenities, pool, breakfast, room service, service, ...) was great! Check in was quick, our room was very tidy and spacious. We ordered breakfast room service and everything was hot and really delicious. By car you can reach Downtown and other attractions within 15 minutes. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer!
Submitted on 27-06-2016
I'm a tech here in San Diego and Shelter Island is my area. I work in this hotel all the time the staff are friendly and helpfull. So we wanted to do stay vacation this is where we picked. We got a suite and just had great time. Humphreys is within walking distance and there always having live music. We had dinner in island palms restaurant one night it was tasty. Then the other night had dinner at Humphreys and they let you in concert with no cover if you have dinner.There dinner was also great... Read more
from Long Beach, United States
Submitted on 28-06-2016
Clean, quiet and comfortable. I enjoyed my brief stay at the Best Western Island Palms, on Shelter Island in San Diego, CA The location of the hotel sets between two bodies of water and offers an exquisite view of the marina, and the Coronado Bay Bridge. The entire stay was comfortable and extremely relaxing.
from Maryland
Submitted on 29-06-2016
I took my family of four here for a 7 day vacation. The hotel management and staff were excellent to work with. Front desk employees were all friendly and kind. The cleaning staff did an excellent job. They showed great attention to detail and provided extra coffee, sugar and creamers when the saw that i was a big coffee drinker. Extra towels and blankets without having to ask as well. The location is amazing. Shelter island is quiet and beautiful. Peaceful walks at night. 15-20 minute ... Read more
Submitted on 29-06-2016
Wonderful suites, great for families traveling. We stayed for an entire week and spent most of our days in town or the surrounding areas. This was a great quiet spot for the evenings, a great place for us to relax at the pool and hot tub after a long day out. Danny and the front desk staff were very helpful, and the cleaning staff was fantastic. This is a great place for an extended stay or a quiet vacation, not if you want to stumble from Gaslamp bar to your hotel. Highly recommend for the ... Read more
from La Verne, United States
Submitted on 30-06-2016
Doesn't get much better than this. They are next to paddle board rentals and have their own tennis courts. We have stayed there many times. it is the perfect get away for my wife and I. We will be back soon.
from Hong Kong, China
Submitted on 03-07-2016
Great location first of all. Its close to all the tourist spots and to downtown. Just 5mins to Rosecrean street where you can get all the stores: laundry, banks, bakery (marvellous muffins). The rooms are huge, clean and nice. Comes with coffee machine, microwave. It has 2 swimming pools and a tennis court. Just park and walk to your room. Had a restful and happy stay.
from Az
Submitted on 03-07-2016
We stay at the Island Palms frequently, and always enjoy it. The location on Shelter Island can't be beat! While the property is an older one (as all the Shelter Island properties are), we find the rooms are always updated, clean and comfortable. Our preference is for the rooms on the marina side of the property, however on this visit our room faced the bay. We had a nice little patio with table and chairs, which was a nice place to relax at the end of the evening and enjoy the city skyline.... Read more
from Newcastle, United Kingdom
Submitted on 03-07-2016
I cannot speak highly enough of the hotel and its staff. On arrival last week, it soon became apparent that our booking agent ( had let us down by failing to confirm a change of date with the hotel, which was subsequently fully booked. This was in no way the fault of the hotel - but they went out of their way to make things right by arranging alternate accommodation for the first night, upgrading our room to a fabulous suite overlooking the harbour on our second and third night, and ... Read more
Submitted on 03-07-2016
Beautiful Hotel, clean grounds, friendly and helpful staff, clean and well kept rooms, teh Hotel Mgt staff is very approachable and helpful in arranging our stay, making changes or any othr needs we hd during our stay. We expect to make this Hotel our San Diego destination Hotel when we are in this area.
from YUMA
Submitted on 04-07-2016
We booked this hotel based solely on location--steps away from water. The truly great service, lovely grounds, and easy experience made it even better. Nice pool area with a view, great walking paths. Our room with a patio off the front was a tight fit for two queen beds--the door barely cleared the mattress--yet I can't even complain. A truly relaxing experience.
from Dublin, Ohio
Submitted on 06-07-2016
Best Western Island Palms is located on Shelter Island across the bay from Coronado Island. We loved it's quieter setting and our third floor rooms, with a balcony facing the bay, in the hotel's newest building. (Rooms on the opposite side of the building faced the marina.) It's location was a welcome respite from our busy daily tours to the zoo and other San Diego attractions. We used Uber every day with great success and less cost than renting a car. Everything at Island Palms was clean a... Read more
from Hamilton, Canada
Submitted on 06-07-2016
Me and my two kids stayed here for 6 nights while visiting family in the area. The short and sweet review is that this hotel is a solid choice for a decent hotel in a lovely, quaint location, with good amenities. While it has the name of a large hotel chain, it doesn't have a hotel chain feel to it, which I appreciated. This hotel has character and embodies the relaxed vacation vibe of the island. Here are the details: LOCATION: Shelter Island is in Point Loma. The "island" itself offers a re... Read more
from henderson, United States
Submitted on 06-07-2016
We have stayed at this hotel many time for the 4th of July celebrations. The staff are friendly and courteous. We love the large rooms, kitchenettes. They have two pools and a marina for those of you who boat.
from Gainesville, Florida
Submitted on 07-07-2016
Shelter Island allows you to walk around and experience the marina life, the bay life and the restaurant life. We sat outside and listened to Ring Starr who was playing an outdoor enclosed venue. Was fun listening to Ringo and watching the fireworks at Sea World.
from Ohio
Submitted on 10-07-2016
Got in late (11pm) so only had time to crash and then get ready to head out the next morning on our way up the California coast. Room was clean, and walking out in the morning we had a view of the harbor and two chairs and a table to have a cup of coffee at. Only two negatives - one that someone had done a poor job with the light switches inside the bathroom and you needed to use the one outside of the bathroom to get all the lights and fan working (ding on the hotel) and the other was the par... Read more
Submitted on 10-07-2016
We recently stayed at the Island Palms for two weeks. The rooms are beautiful with many high end upgrades, and almost every room has a view. During our stay we upgraded to a suite. Hotel staff, Joey, was very helpful at getting all our luggage to the new room, and displayed wonderful customer service. I tried to tip Joey, but he politely declined and said he was just happy to help. Also, room service is delicious. Tip is already included, and the delivery staff always reminded us of this so tha... Read more
from Culver City, United States
Submitted on 11-07-2016
Everything about this hotel is good. The staff, the restaurant, the lounge/bar, the pools, the room, and (if you opt for the Marina side), the view. We went to see a concert at Humphreys, which is only a short walk away. Highly recommend.
from Altadena, California
Submitted on 11-07-2016
Stay in San Diego often because I have one child at University. This time, it was all about relaxing and having a famiy vacation. This hotel was a very pelasant surprise. The rooms are VERY spacious. The parking is very easy. The pool was heated and I was able to work out my muscles after kayaking view a view of the the harbor and boats with the sunsetting and had the spa to myself. It was as it I owned the place and it was amazing. Had a junior suite with 2 queens and a rollaway. Ask for a cle... Read more
from poway
Submitted on 13-07-2016
This Best Western went way beyond my expectations. The location was great, room was awesome (2 room suite with a nice balcony overlooking the marina). We were here to celebrate our anniversary and they made us feel so welcome. They even presented us with a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The grounds are beautiful and the staff was exceptional.
from San Francisco, California
Submitted on 18-07-2016
Trip Advisor reviews plus good prices are the reason I chose this hotel (resort would describe it as well). Such a beautiful and well kept property with stunning views. Check in is at 4pm - we tried to get in earlier but it was a very busy weekend. DO NOT EXPECT TO GET IN EARLY - keep this in mind. If you do it will be a pleasant surprise during busy season. Main pool is gorgeous - love that it's open until 11pm. Night swim was great! We were upgraded to a king suite (H-218) b/c it wa... Read more
from South Lyon, Michigan
Submitted on 18-07-2016
We stayed for six nights, in for a wedding, and the suite we had was exceptional. Clean, quiet, housekeeping was thorough. Property has recently been updated, thus the beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay and will be back. PS, park across the street for free!
from Gilbert, AZ, United States
Submitted on 18-07-2016
Everything was good with the exception of the restaurant. poor service and terrible food. Other than that, EXCEPTIONAL place to stay. Beautiful location and friendly staff! Rooms overlook the water and short walk to the man made beach.
from Brandon
Submitted on 19-07-2016
Stayed here with my husband and 2 teenage boys. Loved the space and design of the room. We had a nice patio that looked out at the harbor. However we only had a partial view as a result of being on a corner room. We did request a full view bit unfortunately they were full. We did enjoy eating breakfast out there in the morning. There is a great little retro coffee shop not far from the hotel that has great breakfast sandwiches and coffee and tea selection. Better Buzz coffee shop made all our mo... Read more
from Medford, Oregon
Submitted on 19-07-2016
I was truly a joy to stay here. The front desk people, along with the entire staff, were wonderful and really accommodating. Location couldn't have been better. Very impressive and can't wait to head back.
Submitted on 20-07-2016
We stayed here from 15th July til 21st July 2016. Great hotel staff are great location is fantastic away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego. Close to seaworld 15 mins max and all main attractions are also around 20ins max by car. Would recommend it to families or couples looking to be in an oasis
from Canton, United States
Submitted on 20-07-2016
This was the perfect place to stay for a girls trip, close enough to San Diego to make for quick drives downtown but far enough away that you can enjoy the quiet. The staff were fantastic and very helpful with any requests we had. We chose to park across the street for free instead of paying the $10 a night fee and had no problems. I would highly recommend this location to anyone travelling to the area.
from Santa Clarita, California
Submitted on 21-07-2016
We stayed here two nights in July. Our room faced the marina. It was awesome! It had a beamed ceiling and gave you the feeling of a bungalow. Was so quiet we slept great. Super comfortable bed. The Shelter Island location is beautiful. Surrounded by water on both sides. Also liked the 12:00 checkout. The lobby is really attractive with a lovely waterfall. The restaurant was great, wonderful view overlooking the marina, delicious food. We were eating late and they turned on the outside heaters so... Read more
from Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Submitted on 22-07-2016
Stumbled upon this hotel when booking our trip to San Diego. Being a Best Western property, we weren't expecting anything special, but ended up being blown away. Apart from getting GREAT value on our booking, the staff was very friendly upon check-in and gave us a free upgrade to a waterfront room. Two pools on-site were great, along with easy access to local restaurants and the waterfront walking path. I would recommend this to anyone staying in the area.
Submitted on 25-07-2016
The room was very comfortable for a family of 4. There is easy driving access to tourist attractions in San Diego. The pools were greatly enjoyed. The view of the bay and San Diego is wonderful. We would definitely stay here on another trip to San Diego.
Submitted on 26-07-2016
We stayed here during comic con. Check in was fast and all of the staff were very friendly. Our room had a patio with a view on the marina. The rooms are comfortable, very clean and spacious with a big tv. The only minor thing missing were complementary water (they have a vending machine at the hotel, the closest grocery store is not in walking distance) and toothbrush and -paste, but I'm sure you could request for them. You do get soap and shampoo. The hotel is located on a small strip of lan... Read more
Submitted on 27-07-2016
Really enjoyed our three day family get together at BWIsland Palms. The resort had a very tropical feel, friendly staff, nice pool with food and drink service and a nice dining room with good food and great harbor view. Would definitely stay again. Perfect weather also helps.
from Rocklin
Submitted on 27-07-2016
Room was located next to pool, but Manager took care of the problem. Restaurant was pricey for breakfast. Have stayed here before, rooms upstairs away from pools are quiet. Went for International Comic-con so shuttles ran 24 hrs.
Submitted on 27-07-2016
stayed here for SD Comicon. room was in newly renovated section of hotel. wanted top floor but got 1st. was actually nice. 'garden view' room was spacious and quiet. comfy bed and pillows. Server Shannon, in the hotel restaurant, makes a great LI Iced Tea and is a great gentleman who really knows his stuff. only two minor annoyances - guess they are saving energy so fyi, fridge appears to be on for 2 hrs and off for 6. food stuffs did not get cold enough. could hear door at end of hallway o... Read more