Staying at the Crystal Pier Hotel was worth every penny. May is always a big month of celebrating a birthday, wedding anniversary, and Mother's Day. We called the Crystal Pier Hotel to see if they had any openings. We were able to book three weekday nights before Memorial Day weekend. It can be difficult to reserve a cottage because they are usually booked for loyal visitors who rebook every year.

​We arrived on Wednesday night and stayed through Friday night. The pier was closed to the public to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This made it easy to park and guests had the pier all to themselves. Parking spots are right in front of the cottages. We were pleased to find a full-sized refrigerator, stove, and plenty of dishes. The housekeepers were not allowed to come inside the cottages because of COVID-19, but they were always available to give extra towels and coffee. The bedroom had a full-sized bed, white shutters on the windows, and a small closet. They provided extra blankets and sheets for the pull-out bed. We loved listening to the waves crashing underneath us.​

The best part of our stay was the expansive deck complete with lounge chairs, dining table with umbrella, and a charcoal barbeque. We enjoyed our meals on the deck while taking in the beautiful ocean view. We stayed in cottage #5 which is where the water meets the sand. It was perfect for people watching and enjoying the waves.​

Guests fished off the pier all day catching a variety of fish including stingrays and bat rays. The little bait shop was closed because of the worldwide health crisis, but the woman who runs the shop gladly delivered shrimp when requested. Checking out was easy and as we were leaving the owner gave us a beautiful magnet of the Crystal Pier Hotel. This was a truly amazing staycation because we felt far from home even though we were only 8 minutes away. To book a reservation or for more information visit their website at

11 Reasons Why Crystal Pier Hotel makes for the Best Staycation in San Diego

1. Sleep above the ocean
2. Let the waves rock you to sleep
3. Full kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerator
4. Deck with lounge chairs, charcoal barbeque, and table
5. Views, views, and more views
6. Cottage options include studios, one bedroom, and two bedrooms
7. Within walking distance to bars, stores, coffee shops, and restaurants
8. Fish right off the pier
9. Daily housekeeping
10. Parking in front of the cottage
11. Watch the dolphins, surfers, and beachgoers

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Crystal Pier deck

Alexander Surfing

Picnic table on pier

Ocean waves from pier

Crystal Pier Cottage

Crystal Pier cottage bedroom

Crystal Pier fishing

Pacific Ocean

Beach from pier

Pacific Beach view from pier