This Courtyard Marriott is close to the airport, but it’s not in the middle of nowhere. Nestled on the waterfront near a 46-acre park, the hotel is a pleasant 10-minute walk from Liberty Station, a mixed-use development with restaurants, art galleries, and a daily public market. From the hotel, it’s a 15 or 20-minute drive from the hotel to Downtown, Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. A pool and city skyline views are also pluses.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The “waterfront” is on an inlet, not the actual bay.
Rooms are standard Courtyard Marriott, with contemporary warm wood furniture, crisp white bedding, and seating in light gray with pops of pale and bright yellow. Some rooms look out on the water and twinkling San Diego skyline.
Bathrooms are basic but serviceable, with a wide granite counter and a tiled shower-tub combo.
The hotel’s airy lobby has glossy white tile floors, gray walls, and clusters of contemporary seating in light gray, slate blue, and cobalt. There’s also an outdoor courtyard with comfy seating and a large fire pit.
Prone to the munchies? Check out the hotel’s Market snack shop in the lobby.
Not far from the waterfront, with views of the San Diego skyline in the distance, the outdoor pool area features a clean-lined pool, a hot tub, a fire pit, and plenty of chaises and table seating.
The hotel’s fitness center has cardio equipment (treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, and stationary bikes) as well as free weights.
Golf lover? It’s a five-minute drive to The Loma golf course.
The hotel’s recently renovated waterside Lounge Restaurant & Bar serves a breakfast buffet.
The hotel’s Lounge bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as light nibbles.
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. If you’re planning to do a lot of exploring during your visit, consider renting a car to get around; hotel parking is $14 a day and the rental drop-off center is minutes away. The hotel isn’t exactly close to major freeways, but it’s not that hard to get to them either.
When it comes to food and drink, nearby Liberty Station (a mixed-use development on a former naval station) has got you covered. Breakfast Republic (5-minute drive or 20-minute walk) is a quirky spot with playful dishes like s’mores French toast, candied bacon, and pancake flights. They also serve craft beer and cocktails to make your rise-and-shine even finer. Officine Buona Forchetta (7-minute drive or 20-minute walk) serves up Italian fare like pasta and Neapolitan-style pizza in an industrial-chic setting. Try to snag the vintage Fiat converted into a table for two, or dine alfresco on one of the casual eatery’s two patios. There are options in Liberty Station that are closer to the hotel, but these are two of the best.
Stone Brewing, the San Diego-founded mircobrewery that went mega-big-time, has quite the outpost at Liberty Station. Housed in a former U.S. Navy mess hall, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (7-minute drive or 20-minute walk) has an industrial, modern-organic vibe with accents of metal, concrete, reclaimed wood, and live greenery. The 23,500-square-foot space (yes, you read that right) encompasses indoor and outdoor dining and bars, as well as a bocce ball court, an outdoor cinema space, and an 11,315-square-foot garden. The bar has 40 craft beer taps, which include many Stone brews. Another cool nightlife option for those without kids in tow is The LOT (7-minute drive, 20-minute walk), a 21-and-up swanky movie theater that screens current releases and serves booze and nibbles.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Staying near the airport isn’t for everybody, but it’s a convenient option, especially for shorter stays. This Courtyard Marriott on the waterfront features clean, contemporary rooms and a pool with views of the city skyline in the distance. It’s also walking-distance close to Liberty Station, a mixed-use development with locals-approved eateries, shops, and galleries.