Affordable Seaside Inns
Courtesy of Crystal Pier Hotel
Crystal Pier Hotel, San Diego, CA
From $235 weekday; $275 weekend October to mid-June; $300 mid-June through
There is simply no way to get any
closer to the ocean in San Diego than staying at the Crystal Pier Hotel. The
white cottages with blue trim sit directly above the crashing waves of the
ocean on the wide pier that stretches out past Pacific Beach. While the pier is
open to the public, hotel customers need only share their deck with a passing
pelican or seagull. Amenities are scarce, but with the hotel’s cottage-front
parking on the pier and well-equipped kitchenettes it’s easy to feel at home on
top of the water.
Insider Tip: The hotel has built up such a following that it’s
necessary to book at least half a year in advance for a winter stay (one group
has been coming for 50 years), and even longer if you wish to stay any time
June through September.