San Diego

The Pearl Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Budget friendly and retro California cool across the bay from Downtown San Diego
  • Lively pool scene with “Dive-in Movies” every Wednesday night, all year long
  • 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 

"Stylish center of food, fashion and fun" -- Gayot

Map & Directions

The Pearl Hotel is less than a 10-minute drive from the San Diego International Airport. A taxi will cost around $16.

Rooms & Rates

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Ranked as the number five hotel in San Diego on TripAdvisor, the 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. While rooms here go for under $150 nearly every day of the year, unlike standard budget spots, 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, free Wi-Fi and its own fishbowl and beta fish. Rooms in the Gem category are especially compact, though mirrored ceilings give the illusion of a bit more space. Noise from the common spaces drifts easily into rooms, but most guests are too busy participating in the festivities to take notice.

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. Free loaner 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.

From the press:
  • “This previously vintage motel received a makeover, turning it into a retro-chic hangout decorated with kitschy lamps and original, in-room art by local children” – Fodor’s
  • “Stylish center of food, fashion and fun” – Gayot



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


  • 24-hour front desk

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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