Relaxing, cool California design throughout property
Can get a little loud in the evening
Gem Rooms are tiny
No major attractions within walking distance
No breakfast service
Don’t let the motel-style, unassuming exterior fool you. The 23-room Pearl Hotel is a hip, fun boutique with quite a bit of character. Cool touches, such as free poolside movie nights; a fun, chill vibe; and free loaner bikes set this property apart. Rooms are contemporary and stylish, with vintage-inspired furnishings and platform beds, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There’s a great restaurant serving California cuisine, and on-site parking with electric car charging stations -- but the highlight here is the pool, complete with lounge music and open cabanas. Just note that Gem Rooms are tiny, and that it is a 10-minute drive from the city center.
The Pearl Hotel is a small boutique housed in a renovated motel first built in the 1960s. It’s a great pick for those looking to spend some relaxing days by the pool under the Southern California sun. The atmosphere here is fun and hip, with a focus on design and the good life. The lobby, a small, bright space with exposed stone walls and platform lounge-style seating, sets the vibe for a cool, fun stay. Guests -- mainly younger and design-conscious -- tend to congregate at the salt water pool, which is overlooked by an indoor/outdoor bar and lounge, and hosts outdoor movie nights.
In northern Point Loma, a short drive from the Gaslamp Quarter and the airport
The Pearl Hotel is located in the northern part of Point Loma, across the San Diego Bay from the downtown area. It is a couple of blocks from the harbor, so those interested in water sports may find this to be a convenient location. It is about 20 minutes from most major attractions, a couple of beaches (including Coronado Beach), and the lively bars and restaurants of the Gaslamp Quarter. Shelter Island, with its pretty harbor and restaurants, is just over a mile from the hotel, and the airport is a five-minute drive away.
Contemporary and stylish, with free Wi-Fi and platform beds
The hotel offers three room types: Strand, Jewel, and Gem rooms. They all have contemporary decor with low platform beds, large wall paintings and some custom mosaic art, and a couple of mid-century modern-inspired touches. Flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, H2O toiletries and free Wi-Fi are all standard features here, as well. Strand Rooms are the largest, and have furnished patios or balconies, and glass walk-in showers. Jewel Rooms are a tad smaller, but a few of them have patios or balconies, and all have king-size beds. Gem Rooms have mirrored ceilings and queen-size beds to add some visual space, but they are tiny.
Salt water pool with movie nights, indoor-outdoor bar and lounge
The Pearl makes up for the lack of on-site amenities (no gym or spa) with a fun, chill vibe and a couple of wonderful touches. The hotel has a solid restaurant and bar serving California cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients in a contemporary space with outdoor seating. There is also on-site parking with charging stations for electric cars; free Wi-Fi, and loaner bikes that guests can borrow free of charge. The highlight here, however, is the salt water pool, complete with open cabanas, towel service, hammock chairs, and a bamboo-enclosed outdoor rain shower. The hotel offers free, poolside movie nights weekly, as well as poolside dining. There is no breakfast service.