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A review of Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina on Shelter Island in San Diego. Find out if this hotel is the right place for you and your family to stay when visiting San Diego, California!

Best Western Island Palms Hotel in San Diego, California.

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San Diego is one of my family’s favorite vacation destinations! There is so much to see and do when visiting. We have been so many times, and have stayed at many different hotels, but our favorite is always Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina.

Island Palms Location

Best Western Island Palms is located on Shelter Island in San Diego. Shelter Island is a neighborhood of Point Loma and is located right on San Diego Bay.

Map of San Diego featuring Shelter Island.
Map of San Diego featuring Shelter Island

I love the location of Shelter Island, because it is easy to get to most attractions and landmarks in San Diego easily. And let’s not forget the view! You can see downtown San Diego and Coronado Island right from your hotel room!

Entrance sign for Shelter Island in San Diego.
Entrance to Shelter Island

Room Tour

There are different room categories available when booking a room at Best Western Island Palms. Initially when we booked our first stay here over seven years ago through Get Away Today, we chose a standard two queen room.

Entrance to hotel room at Best Western Island Palms.
Two Queen Suite

When we arrived at the hotel, the amazing staff at Best Western offered us a complimentary upgrade to a two queen suite, which of course we accepted. We were hooked. It was amazing and we have reserved this room type ever since!

Living Room

As you enter the room you will walk into the living room. Behind the door is a closet, which was great to store jackets and swimming gear. The living room also has a couch with a pullout bed, two chairs, a coffee table and a tv.

Living room with a couch, two chairs, tv, and a coffee table at Best Western Island Palms in San Diego.
Living Room


Through a set of double doors you will find a bedroom with a chair, two queen beds, a nightstand, a full-size closet, a dresser, and a large tv.

Two queen beds and a closet in Best Western Island Palms Hotel.

During our stay, housekeeping services were limited. We were at Island Palms for a total of six nights and our room was cleaned once. However, the housekeeping staff was very quick to provide garbage bags, extra towels, etc. when requested.

Dresser and TV in guest room at Best Western Island Palms.
TV and Dresser


The bathroom in the two queen suite has a large double vanity, which is a very nice feature for a family.

Bathroom double vanity.
Double Vanity

The shower is standard size and is combined with the bathtub with glass doors.

Shower and bathtub combination and toilet.
Shower/tub combination


The kitchen is fairly large, for hotel room standards. It’s not quite a full kitchen, but is equipped enough to allow you to prepare a few meals while visiting.

Kitchen in Island Palms suite in San Diego.

The refrigerator and freezer is definitely larger than the average hotel room. There is also a stove top with four burners and a microwave.

Deck / Patio

One of our favorite perks of staying at Best Western Island Palms is the view from our room of San Diego Bay. Many times we have seen military ships, sailboats, and cruise ships right from our room’s deck!

Deck with two chairs and a table with a view of San Diego Bay.
View from the deck

On our most recent visit, we saw the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln sail right by!

View of USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego Bay from Best Western Island Palms.
USS Abraham Lincoln

Marina View

The hotel rooms at Best Western Island Palms with either faces San Diego Bay or Shelter Island’s Marina. We prefer a bay view, but if you want a little more calm, the Marina view might be the way to go.

Marina view at Best Western Island Palms.
Marina View

Casa Del Mar Building

The Best Western Island Palms Hotel has two different sections. The second section is called the Casa Del Mar Building. I believe that this area of the hotel was once a separate hotel and was purchased by Best Western.

Casa Del Mar Building at Best Western Island Palms.
Casa Del Mar Building

I have never stayed in a room in the Casa Del Mar Building, but they look on par with the rooms that I have stayed in, according to pictures I have seen online

Casa Del Mar hotel rooms at Best Western Island Palms.
Casa Del Mar Building

Island Palms Amenities

Best Western Island Palms has many amenities that make it a great hotel to stay at when visiting San Diego.

Best Western Island Palms Lobby
Island Palms Lobby

There are many reasons we choose to stay at Island Palms over and over. Here are a few hotel amenities offered from Best Western Island Palms.

Pool & Spa

I love the look and feel of the pool and hot tub area at Island Palms. The palm trees all around and view of the Marina, make it a very peaceful and fun experience.

Swimming pool with palm trees at Best Western Island Palms Hotel.
View of the pool

The pool has been converted to salt water since our last stay, so that is something to be aware of. My kids were not sure they liked it or not.

Swimming pool and hot tub at Best Western Island Palms Hotel.
Pool and hot tub

Casa Del Mar Pool & Spa

The Casa Del Mar Building section of Island Palms also has a separate pool and hot tub which never seem to be busy. If you want the pool to yourself, head here!

Casa Del Mar Building pool and hot tub area.
Casa Del Mar Building Pool and Hot Tub

Complimentary Bicycles

The Best Western Island Palms hotel has complimentary bicycles for guests to use to explore Shelter Island. To use them, head to the front desk and request the keys to unlock them.

Bikes on a bike rack that are complimentary for guests of Best Western Island Palms.
Complimentary Bicycles

Fitness Room

There is a complimentary fitness room located in the Casa Del Mar Building. This room had a treadmill, elliptical machine, and some free weights.

Best Western Island Palms fitness room.
Fitness Room

On-site Restaurant

The hotel has it’s own on-site restaurant called Blue Wave Bar & Grill. It is open for breakfast from 7 am – 11 am, for lunch from 12 pm – 2 pm, and fro dinner from 5 pm – 8 pm. The bar is open daily from 7 am – 9:30 pm. My family has had breakfast here a few times and we thought it was really good.

Blue Wave Bar & Grill sign at Best Western Island Palms Hotel in San Diego.
Blue Wave Bar & Grill


There is a park directly across the street from Island Palms. It is not owned by the hotel, but is definitely one of the reasons we always stay here. It’s nice to have a place for the kids to get their wiggles out.

Playground on Shelter Island in San Diego.
Playground on Shelter Island

The view of downtown San Diego and Coronado Island from the playground can’t be beat!

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View of San Diego Bay


A fun thing to do when staying at Island Palms is to cross the street and go fishing off the Shelter Island Pier. My husband and son did this and had so much fun!

A boy fishing on the Shelter Island Pier.
Fishing on Shelter Island

For around $5-$10 you can rent a fishing pole and bait and try your luck at catching a fish! Unfortunately, my little guy only caught some kelp, but had a great time anyway!

People renting fishing poles on Shelter Island pier.
Shelter Island Pier

I hope you enjoyed this review and that it will help you decide if Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina is right for your family! If you want to save a little money when booking, you can check out San Diego Vacation packages from my travel partner Get Away Today!

If you book at least a two- night stay at this hotel along with theme park tickets (check here for options) you can use the code: MommyMouse to save $10 on your package!

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