Bay Club Hotel & Marina

Bay Club Hotel & Marina

2131 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


I love life as an east coast girl, but when I get the chance to visit anywhere on the Pacific I jump on it.  I am especially drawn to southern California with its picturesque coastline, world famous attractions and ridiculously awesome weather.  I recently received such an opportunity to tour southern CA on a familiarization trip for my agency.  I spent weeks plotting out my itinerary and finding creative ways to cram a long list of must dos into a short 6 days.  My goal was to brush up on the major sights and attractions and find new hotel and restaurant recommendations for our clients. I arrived at my first stop in San Diego with a fine tuned, highly complex schedule, but there was just one problem; I didn’t want to leave the hotel.

These first two nights were spent at Bay Club Hotel & Marina on San Diego’s Shelter Island.  I could not have been more pleased with my visit at this lovely bay side property.  Over the course of my 48 hour stay, I had trouble deciding whether to stay in and enjoy the room, or venture out and see the sights as planned.  I must confess that I ended up amending my itinerary to include a night in with a view of the bay and late night room service.  No regrets!


At check in I was promptly greeted and given my room key and important hotel information. The front desk was amply staffed and I did not have to wait in line. Information on San Diego sights and attractions was available and the staff was knowledgeable about the surrounding area. There is a gift shop right off the front desk where area souvenirs as well as necessities could be purchased.


As I opened the door for the first time I knew I had a problem. The balcony drapes were pulled open and right before me was a breathtaking view of the bay with downtown San Diego as a backdrop. I slid open the door and let the cool breeze into the room and began debating on whether or not to keep my restaurant reservation in Old Town.  The room was spacious and subtly decorated with a blue and beige contrast, perfect for a relaxing getaway.  The two queen beds were equipped with comfortable mattresses and made up with high quality bedding.  I had two great nights of sleep!  The sink area was separate from the bathroom, which is very convenient when accommodating more than two people.  The room was well appointed with a coffee maker, hair dryer, safe, small refrigerator and a plasma TV.  The wifi was complimentary.  It had a few slow moments, but for the most part it was fine and I was able to get my online work done. The view from the room really is one of the major the highlights of this place. I opted to stay in my room the second night and just watch the sun go down on the water and the lights in the marina shine as it got dark. Simply stunning.



If there is a better location as a base for a San Diego visit, I don’t know about it.  I arrived at the hotel during work week rush hour and I had no problem with area traffic. It is close enough to reach popular attractions within minutes, yet removed enough so that it feels like a relaxing retreat. I was able to reach Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter within in 12 minutes, Sea World within 15 minutes and Balboa Park in less than 20 minutes. The hotel is in close proximity to a number of restaurants as well as shopping plazas and just about every kind of store you would need. Again, the view is spectacular. Whether you’re gazing from a bay view room, or walking along the path in front of the hotel, it’s hard to take your eyes off the gorgeous scenery.



I was impressed by the cleanliness of the room.  Everything was neat and well maintained.  Room service trays were collected from the hallways in a timely manner.  The staff was efficient yet unobtrusive.


The Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar is located just off the hotel lobby. Guests have the option of elegant indoor dining with a view of the bay or outdoor poolside dining with a relaxing breeze. The restaurant offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu as well as a children’s menu.  There is a fire pit outside which makes for incredible ambiance when dining at night.  I noticed the restaurant was quite busy both nights during my stay.  The staff was able to accommodate the crowd and there were no long waits for a table. Guests seemed to dress up a bit for dinner; however, the dress code is casual.  The menu items were moderately priced and comparable to other nearby full service restaurants.  I did not dine in the restaurant, but I did order late night room service both nights. The food arrived within 15 minutes each time and was hot, fresh and well presented. The potato skins were delicious!



I appreciated the tasteful décor throughout the hotel.  The rooms, lobby, corridors and nooks were all adorned with elegant, understated pieces.  Many of the accents were nautically themed which perfectly enhanced the marina vibe, but did not overwhelm or distract. I loved the pink flowers draping the hotel sign in the front.



I’m not exaggerating when I say I had a hard time keeping to my schedule.  This hotel is hard to beat. The rates are extremely reasonable considering the quality of the hotel and amenities. I would highly recommend it to families visiting San Diego for the zoo, Sea World, Legoland, Balboa Park and all other San Diego sights. This is also ideal for honeymooners or couples looking to just relax or explore all the area has to offer.  There is a parking fee of $10 per night which is pretty standard; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was no resort fee in addition to the nightly room charge.  Bay Club Hotel & Marina is at the top of our San Diego list.

Jane B.
Jane B.
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