0.67km from Pangaea OutpostI think this is a perfect location in San Diego. It's in PB, but a few blocks off Garnet. So it's not loud all night, but still very close to accessing everything by foot. While it's not ocean front, It's only steps from the beach. If I really strained, I technically could see the ocean from my window. ha. I was staying here alone and felt safe the entire time. The manager (I think) Jim, is awesome! One of the friendliest interactions with hotel staff and he made an extra effort to accommodate my early check in after I had a very unpleasant night at a different hotel and ended up leaving that hotel and driving around all night.
The rooms are nice and clean and come with all the basics that you'd need.
I will note that you have to check in at the "sister hotel" and not Pacific Shores Inn. Again, not a big deal for me, but I can see this might be an annoyance to those that like everything at their finger tips. It's one short block away and actually I find having the check in at a different hotel kind of nice. It meant that at 11am and 3pm, there wasn't an influx of people parking randomly to check in and out... because they were doing that at the other hotel. The only advise I can give to the hotel is that it's not overly clear that you check in at a different location until you arrive and see the sign on what would be the lobby. This information definitely should be obviously displayed blatantly upon booking. Big bold print or something at the top of your confirmation email. Probably would save even the the staff some headaches of dealing with phone calls.
The ONLY down side to this hotel is that there is a bit of a musky smell. I have stayed at the PB Surfside Inn (their sister location) a few times before and experienced the same thing. I have only stayed at these two hotels in PB, so maybe this is a normal part of being this close to the beach? I really don't know. I do live close to the ocean myself, but in a much colder climate, so I don't have the experience at home. But it does seem like it's a moisture/humidity issue that could possibly be dealt with via better ventilation? Again, I'm no expert on the topic. And given that I'm a repeat customer, it obviously does not bother me too much. Just worth mentioned if you have any sort of sensitivities to such things.
I will 100% return to one of their hotels.