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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3105
Phone: 619/222-0561   |   Fax: 619/222-9760   |   227 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 4:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Welcome to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina!

At the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina, San Diego's premier waterfront Best Western, guests enjoy the best in service and quality while being just minutes from San Diego's most popular attractions.

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina's waterfront location is ideal for romantic getaways or for travelers who simply want to be close to all that San Diego has to offer. At the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina, our central location and host of onsite amenities gets your vacation started on the right note. Consistently rated in TripAdvisor®'s top 25 hotels, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina features spectacular views of San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline and our own private mega yacht marina. Relax at one of two bayside pools and spas, enjoy a game of tennis or take a leisurely stroll along San Diego Bay and enjoy the peaceful oasis that is Shelter Island.

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina is one of the most unique waterfront hotels in San Diego. This Shelter Island Hotel not only offers amazing views, but it also is comprised of three unique sections giving visitors a choice of experiences sure to be a perfect fit. Whether you travel frequently on business or enjoy a leisurely getaway every now and again, you'll find our San Diego hotel accommodations are uncommonly accommodating and unbelievably enticing.

Location, location, location! Set along the shores of San Diego's Big Bay, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina lies just 2.5 miles from the San Diego International Airport, 7 miles from the San Diego Convention Center and minutes from San Diego's most famous attractions like Sea World®, The San Diego Zoo® and Gaslamp Quarter.

Whether traveling on business or pleasure, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina is the perfect choice for your San Diego stay.

 

Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Wireless Internet connection in public areas
  • Exercise facilities
  • Elevator, only in the Casa Marina Building
  • Restaurant on-site
  • Exercise facility, 24-hour free
  • Universal gym
  • Cocktail lounge, Blue Wave Bar & Grill
  • Massage services
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Bicycling, rental
  • Outdoor pool Heated Two available.
  • Spa
  • Safe deposit box
  • Ice/vending machines
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Hot tub Two available.
  • Car rental desk
  • Poolside services, seasonal food and beverage service
  • Parking for the physically challenged Unassigned parking Nominal fee applies.
  • Meeting facilities
  • Banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • Fax services
  • Treadmill
  • Porterage/bell services
  • Express check out
  • Printer available
  • Computer available
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Conference services
  • Dataports
  • Shipping
  • Mail services
  • Wedding services, please inquire with our sales department
  • Air-conditioning
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Interior/Exterior corridor
  • Laundromat
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Conference facilities
  • Catering
  • Ballroom
  • Tennis courts, two
  • Sailing boating
  • Sunbathing
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Outdoor parking Unassigned parking registered guests only, nominal fee applies.
  • Paid parking, 10.00 USD, nominal fee
  • 188 slip marina
  • Bay-side walking and jogging path
  • 10,000 sq ft waterfront banquet, meeting space
  • Motor coach parking available

BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

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Fun & Entertainment Packages

Shelter Island Escape Package 1 Night

A Shelter Island Escape is a unique, fun and economical way to enjoy an island vacation without the long flight over the Pacific. The whole family will cherish the memories made during your stay on Shelter Island, San Diego's Hawaiian Isle. Savor the sunny days as you relax and enjoy your getaway on San Diegos Hawaiian Isle. Included in your package are welcome drinks at check in, complimentary parking, American breakfast for two, and a discount off lunch and dinner at the Blue Wave Restaurant.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Conveniently located, the best western plus island palms hotel & marina in San Diego, California is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 32.713725  /  Latitude: -117.227105

 

Driving Directions to Hotel

 

From: The south or west. If you are traveling on either Interstate 5 south or Interstate 8 west, take the Rosecrans Exit and continue on Rosecrans to Shelter Island Drive and turn left. At the fork in the road, stay to the right, and continue to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Balboa Park

See one of the most iconic San Diego attractions. Balboa Park was made into a beautiful San Diego park in 1892, after the land was untouched for over 20 years. It began with the one hundred trees planted by Kate Sessions, "The Mother of Balboa Park." Some of those original trees are still alive today.

Many of the park's Spanish-Renaissance style buildings along the El Prado walkway, were constructed for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, held in the park.

The historic Cabrillo Bridge and the park's landmark tree, the Moreton Bay fig, are a result of the Exposition.

The Museum of San Diego History & Archives, San Diego Model Railroad Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts, are housed in the historic Food and Beverage Building, built for the Exposition.

In 1916, the San Diego Zoo was developed on the park grounds. Several additional San Diego attractions are also located in the park, in historical buildings.

While visiting this wonderful 1,200 acre park, be sure to view the Kate Sessions statute, stroll through the Veterans Memorial Garden and ride the Balboa Park Carousel. 

Cabrillo National Monument

Plan your next California getaway. The Cabrillo National Monument honors the landing spot of the first Spanish explorers when they arrived to San Diego area and later founded the city of San Diego. Visitors to this monument can enjoy exploring the history of the area or take part in outdoor activities.

The monument's visitors' center, guests can take a self-guided tour of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, visit the "Age of Exploration" exhibit room, and see military history exhibits. Outside, guests can hike the Bayside Trail, go bicycling along Cabrillo Memorial Drive, and take in views of the city and Pacific Ocean.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is located north of San Diego, California. In use from 1917 to 1920, then again from 1929 to the present, MCAS Miramar is found north of downtown San Diego, just east of I-805. 

The airfield at MCAS Miramar is named after Admiral M.A. Mitscher – he commanded Task Force 58 in WWII. The MCAS Miramar was once the home of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School – and its TOPGUN training program. When you visit MCAS Miramar, be sure to check out the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, and the annual Miramar Airshow, held in October.

Naval Base Coronado

Since 1997, Southern California has been the home to the largest military command in the country's southwest region. The Naval Base Coronado encompasses more than 57,000 acres of land, in San Diego.

This impressive aerospace-industrial complex is the largest of its kind in the United States Navy. Although one Commanding Officer is in charge over the entire base, it employs more than 36,000 civilian and military personnel.

It remains one of the largest employers in San Diego County. The base provides the space for air, ground, undersea and sea operations. 

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

The southern tip of San Diego in the San Diego Bay was kept lit for thirty-six years by a faithful light. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was completed 1855 at a height of forty-six feet on top of a 400-foot cliff.

It was one of the first eight lighthouses to be built on the west coast. This historical white brick lighthouse features a green lantern and was visible for twenty-eight miles. Visit from downtown San Diego.

Due to the location of the "Old Spanish Lighthouse" on top of Point Loma, the low fog and clouds often made it hard to see the light. By 1891, the light was discontinued and no longer used.

The New Point Loma Lighthouse was built on the tip of the point at eighty-eight feet above sea level. While in San Diego, make time to visit the historical Old Point Loma Lighthouse to stroll through the lighthouse, see the living quarters and walk through the museum. The lighthouse is located in the Cabrillo National Monument

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Fun for all ages, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers visitors a glimpse into what life was like in San Diego from 1821 to 1872. Visitors stroll through the restored 5 historic buildings, adobes, museums and shops from this once Mexican pueblo town, to see how it was transformed into an American Settlement.

Step into La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Machado y Stewart, Mason Street School, the first public school in California, the San Diego Union Printing Office and the Seeley Stables Museum. Enjoy your time learning about the history of San Diego

Petco Park

Major League Baseball in San Diego is alive and well. Petco Park has been the home ballpark for the San Diego Padres since 2004, after they left Qualcomm Stadium. The stadium's first baseball game was part of a four-team NCAA invitational tournament with the San Diego State Aztecs baseball team.

A record crowd was in attendance as they beat Houston. Fans love to watch the games from the "Park at the Park" area near the outfield fence. In addition to baseball games, the stadium hosts concerts and special events. Explore the park on your next stay in the San Diego area.

Top entertainer concerts performed in the ballpark include The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Taylor Swift. From 2007 to 2009, the USA Stevens rugby sevens tournament was held at Petco Park. Additional events hosted at the park include American Idol auditions and the Food Network's "Chairman's Challenge." 

Qualcomm Stadium

Southern California residents and visitors in the San Diego area have supported the San Diego Chargers professional football team since 1967. Qualcomm Stadium, a multi-purpose facility, has been home to Chargers from the beginning. The stadium was named San Diego Stadium from 1967 to 1980, then named Jack Murphy Stadium from 1980 to 1997, then finally named Qualcomm Stadium since 1997.

The San Diego Padres professional baseball team played in the stadium from 1969 to 2003, when they moved to Petco Park. Located in San Diego's Mission Valley area, the stadium is also home to the San Diego State University Aztecs football team. Three Super Bowl games have been held at the stadium in addition to Major League Baseball All-Star Games and World Series games. 

San Diego International Airport

Flying into San Diego? San Diego International Airport was constructed at the encouragement of Charles Lindbergh in 1928. By 1934, the airport was designated as an international airport. The airport was also used by the United States Coast Guard Base.

In 1942, this San Diego area airport was used during World War II. After the war, commercial flights were available via Pacific Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Western Airlines, Bonanza and PSA. The airport has become the busiest single-runway commercial airport in America.

Sixteen airline support providers and seven airfreight companies also contribute to the traffic at this busy airport. Passengers have a choice of eighteen commercial airlines for flights to many major U.S. cities. Make the most of your time in the San Diego area.

San Diego State University

Established in 1897, San Diego State University is situated northwest of downtown San Diego, and is a wonderful attraction within the San Diego metro area. Visitors from nearby cities like Oceanside, and Chula Vista make frequent trips to SDSU during the fall to catch all of the Aztec football action at Qualcomm Stadium. Academically, SDSU offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

While in San Diego visiting SDSU, many visitors enjoy taking time to explore the local attractions like Balboa Park, and the famous San Diego Zoo. During the winter, many sports fans enjoy the high-energy, alley-oop action of SDSU Aztec basketball. Head to Viejas Arena and watch as both the men's and women's Aztec basketball teams compete against the rest of the Mountain West Conference.

San Diego Zoo

A full day of fun awaits at the San Diego Zoo, located in San Diego's Balboa Park. Stroll through the Discovery Outpost, Lost Forest, Asian Passage, Panda Canyon, Polar Rim, Elephant Odyssey, Urban Jungle, Africa Rocks and Outback to visit all of the animals. The zoo has been providing fun times with animals since its opening in 1915. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the gondola, the Skyfari, for a birds-eye view of the entire zoo.

Ready for a unique zoo adventure? Sign up for one of the special zoo tours. The Backstage Pass - Ultimate Encounter allows visitors to meet many of the exotic animals up close. Additional options include the Inside Look tour, the Discovery tour and the Horticulture tour. Make the most of your time exploring the San Diego metro area.

SeaWorld San Diego

See one of the most famous attractions on the planet – SeaWorld San Diego. Located near the sun and sand of San Diego’s Mission Bay, it's the original marine mammal park and aquarium. Home of Shamu,the magnificent and talented killer whale featured in popular daily shows is arguably the park’s most famous resident.

This family-friendly park is full of world-class marine exhibits, aquariums and rides - providing a full-days fun and entertainment. It's a premier destination in San Diego and the entire San Diego metro area.

Optimize your SeaWorld experience by checking feeding times and visit your favorite exhibit at the designated time. Special reservations can also be made for behind-the-scenes tours, or the Dine with Shamu programs – offering back-stage access to the killer whale habitat and trainers.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 5.00 mile(s) from Ocean Beach, minutes to the most beautiful beaches in San Diego.
  • 5.00 mile(s) from SeaWorld®
  • 7.00 mile(s) from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres
  • 8.00 mile(s) from San Diego Zoo
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Stephen Birch Aquarium
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Air Affair Balloon Excursions
  • 35.00 mile(s) from Wild Animal Park
  • 45.00 mile(s) from Legoland®
  • 90.00 mile(s) from Disneyland® Park
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Horton Plaza
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Seaport Village
  • 7.00 mile(s) from Fashion Valley
  • 7.00 mile(s) from Mission Valley

Distances to Popular Points of Interest

  • 10.00 mile(s) from La Jolla
  • 10.00 mile(s) from El Cajon
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Chula Vista
  • 30.00 mile(s) from Carlsbad
  • 80.00 mile(s) from Anaheim
  • 120 mile(s) from Los Angeles
  • 2.50 mile(s) from Mitre Corporation
  • 2.50 mile(s) from US Navy Submarine Base, Point Loma
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Spaware, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
  • 6.00 mile(s) from San Diego Convention Center
  • 7.00 mile(s) from Marine Corps Recruit Depot
  • 8.00 mile(s) from NASSCO
  • 8.00 mile(s) from General Dynamics
  • 12.00 mile(s) from NAS North Island, Naval Air Station Coronado
  • 12.00 mile(s) from 32nd Street Naval Base
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Point Loma Nazarene University
  • 7.00 mile(s) from University of San Diego
  • 10.00 mile(s) from San Diego State University
  • 12.00 mile(s) from University of California, San Diego

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • Sightseeing tours
  • Spa

Nearby Restaurants

  • Blue Wave Bar and Grill, on premises, bar/lounge, seafood, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, step into the Blue Wave Bar & Grill for great waterfront dining with spectacular views of the bay and our private marina. Experience the tropical feel of our bayside restaurant or enjoy the gentle ocean breezes while dining outdoors on the patio. Menu items include fresh seafood, tender steaks, innovative daily specials and much more.
  • .25 mile(s) from Humphrey's by the Bay, bar/lounge, seafood, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 1 mile(s) from The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1 mile(s) from Miguel's Mexican Cocina, bar/lounge, Mexican, open for: lunch, dinner, seafood creations
  • .50 mile(s) from Bali Hai, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.25 mile(s) from Old Venice, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.50 mile(s) from Pizza Nova, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 1.25 mile(s) from Point Loma Seafood, bar/lounge, American, open for: lunch, dinner

BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near San Diego. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

June 2015

June 16, 2015 and June 20, 2015
Race Across America (RAAM)

Come on out to the Oceanside Pier and cheer as cyclists begin the 3,000-mile journey to Annapolis, MD in one of the most difficult races in the world.

June 5 - July 5, 2015
2015 San Diego County Fair

San Diego's annual county fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest fair in California.

July 2015

July 11 - 19, 2015
2015 Annual Over The Line Tourney

Mission Bay's Fiesta Island in San Diego hosts this bat and ball tournament, routinely called one of the last great Southern California traditions.

July 21 - 24, 2015
Comic-Con International

The country's largest pop culture event returns to the San Diego Convention Center.

July 2015

July 18 & 19, 2015
2015 Festival of the Bells

This annual festival celebrates the anniversary of the founding of California's first mission, the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

July - September 2015
San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Season

From the 4th of July to Labor Day, the San Diego Symphony performs numerous concerts under the stars along San Diego Bay.

August 2015

August 8, 2015
Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Celebrate the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Diego at this Chula Vista event.

August 22 - 23, 2015
39th Annual World Bodysurfing Championships

U.S. and international body surfers compete at the Oceanside Pier and Beach.

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