800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, California, United States
"I rolled the dice. I planned a reunion at an ocean-front hotel I knew nothing about in an area, Imperial Beach, that was, back in the day, when I lived in San Diego, unsafe. As it turned out, everyone in our party LOVED Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection. Everything about the experience was outstanding. The area was safe, somewhat eclectic, visually superb and the weather was exceptional. Particularly noteworthy were the hotel staff. From management on down everyone was incredibly friendly, helpful and sincerely interested in our well-being. Our ocean-front room was splendidly situated so that we could view the quirky Imperial Beach Pier, the glorious Pacific Ocean and surf (and the quintessential surfers) AND the various groups of people in the area. The hotel restaurant was superb. Those who served us were fantastic and unbelievably friendly. Plus, the cuisine and presentation were "to die for." We are already planning our follow-up reunion for next year -- same place; same time. If you want to be pampered and rejuvenated consider Pier South Resort. I've traveled all over the world and Pier South Resort is as good as it gets. I have not experienced anything comparable to the wonderfully blended combination of helpful staff, staggering sights, a fantastic room and an overall feeling of warmth, comfort, ocean breezes and camaraderie between the hotel staff and those of us who were fortunate enough to be staying there. The sunset rooftop "happy hours" with complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres and spectacular fire pits were memorable and fun. Yes, it's somewhat "out of the way" but in my opinion that is a distinct advantage. Pier South is far enough away from the crowds but within an easy commute to the "fun" and historical aspects of San Diego life.The next time you are considering Southern California as a destination think about Pier South Resort -- a true paradise on the extreme southwest coast of the country. You will NOT be disappointed. Maybe I'll see you there because I AM going to be a regular at Pier South in the future. Yes, I rolled the dice AND this time I won -- BIG TIME. Pier South Resort was, for us, Heaven on Earth."
"We booked a 2 night stay here at the end of a 2 week long, grueling (but exhilarating!) trip across the US by car on Route 66. It was an excellent move on our part. We have friends and family in the area, so that also factored into our decision to stay in Imperial Beach vs San Diego. When we checked in, we were offered a room upgrade for an additional fee, so we took it. Room 212...a most spacious room with a huge outdoor balcony overlooking the Pacific (it also hangs over the restaurant below, but that didn’t bother us). The front desk staff was superb. The bell hops were also terrific, as we needed to valet our car and bring in a lot of stuff we used while on the road that we were leaving behind in California. We availed ourselves of the dining options at the restaurant and they were superb. Dinner was amazing. The calamari, the short ribs, burgers, salad, and delicious desserts. Also had breakfast twice. Prime rib hash, blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict, and another southwestern breakfast dish that I can’t recall the name of. Great, locally roasted coffee! Our breakfast servers were on their A game. This was a tremendously successful stay. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that it is not possible to experience all of the amenities at the hotel right now, due to Covid, but I suspect that the spa and fitness center would probably make it worthy of that last star. My only other comment is that I think they need to do a bit more cleaning in the public areas. The hotel was very busy the weekend we were there. The public restrooms near the pool and the elevators needed a good scrub down (but our room was spotless). "
"I love reading the 2 and 3 star comments on a property. The 1 star people are usually just angry, so you can ignore them. The 2 and 3 star people find things to nit pick, that or the property really has issues. The people leaving 2 and 3 star here are nit picking. Sure, some of the metal in the room is rusting....ITS THE OCEAN 50 ft from the door that does that, not a bad housekeeper. Anyways, on to the review. The location is perfect. IB is quiet, nice to be away from the hustle of Gaslamp or crowds of La Jolla and Coronado. The property is great. Staff was super helpful. We were upgraded when our door lock kept failing. The onsite restaurant is pricey, so just walk over to Coronado Brewing or Doggo's and take it back to the room. Rooms are super spacious, tons of room, and the view is amazing. I will definitely be back."