San Diego

The Pearl Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • Budget friendly and retro California cool across the bay from Downtown San Diego
  • Lively pool scene 
  • Popular even among locals, EAT restaurant serves an elective menu of seasonal California cuisine, local craft beer and artisan cocktails
  • Mid-century throwback rooms come with fishbowls and beta-fish friends 


This boutique 23-room Pearl Hotel stands out against other top area picks for a number of reasons, the first of which is the price. Located across the bay from downtown on Point Loma, the made-over 1950’s retro-chic hotel caters to the young, hip and budget savvy crowd. The Pearl skimps neither on style, service nor personality.

Its mid-century design is stylish and provides several lively social spaces -- a shaggy-rug game nook in the lobby, an oyster-shaped pool lined by hammocks and a poolside lounge that screens weekly “dive-in movies."

Each room comes with a comfy platform bed and free Wi-Fi. Rooms in the Gem category are especially compact, though mirrored ceilings give the illusion of a bit more space. 

On-site EAT restaurant serves eclectic California cuisine for dinner Monday-Saturday year-round and brunch in spring and summer. The lounge stays open later with a selection of local artisan beers and hand-crafted cocktails. Bikes are available for exploring Shelter Island, perfect since the hotel is a block from the marina. It’s about a 20-minute drive to downtown and most major attractions deeming a car necessary. Don’t miss a trip to the end of the peninsula to Cabrillo National Monument for gorgeous 360-degree views and in winter, catch a glimpse of Pacific Gray Whales migrating south.

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  • Bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 11am


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 12.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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