Even though San Diego is a pretty big place, it feels "small" here. There is a private beach on the bay, and all of the other amenities you want in a large hotel. But the atmosphere is homey and cozy. A couple of blocks away, within easy walking distance, are shops and restaurants, the Belmont amusement park with an old wooden roller coaster, and, sigh, the ocean. That's the best part for me. The ocean.
Oh, and Seaworld is on the opposite side of the hotel! So, great place for families or to just get away. Might even be kind of nice for a little writer's retreat.
Food! I forgot to mention the food. I'll just say the meals at the hotel cafe are very reasonably priced and excellent. Enuf said for today. Perhaps more to come.
For example, take a look at this. Good looking donuts, huh? Think again! These suckers are onion rings! And they were to die for...