Choose this place for its great location—right on bustling Pacific Beach. Guest rooms are still simple, though they include pillow-top beds, upholstered headboards, retro accents, and flat-screen TVs. Most have balconies, but can look out on an ugly rooftop; get a higher room for better ocean views. The slightly larger junior suites have leather sofas for lounging and wet bars with microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. Although the two-bedroom Sunset Suite has
bare-bones decor, it includes a full kitchen and large sundeck that's perfect for warm-weather get-togethers. World Famous, the hotel's ocean-view restaurant, specializes in seafood and steaks and also serves breakfast and lunch.