Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection in Imperial Beach, you’ll be on the beach and close to Silver Strand State Beach. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Chula Vista Nature Center and Chula Vista Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the 78 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this Art Deco hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a pool view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Imperial Beach? This hotel has facilities measuring 2200 square feet (198 square meters), including meeting rooms.
How to Get There
Beautiful resort, right on the beach, great service, would definitly stay there again! The Pier is really close walking distance. The rooms were beautiful and clean, the roof top offered beautiful views,overlooking the ocean and Pier. You will see fantastic sunsets on the beach side.
We selected Pier South on Imperial Beach, thinking it would be more intimate and romantic than a hotel on Coronado. Best decision ever!
The reception upon arrival set the tone. Danielle and Gabriella were both wonderful. They were friendly and attentive and allowed us to check in early, keeping us informed on the progress of our room cleaning via text message. The room was spacious and clean and was situated right on the beach. Beautiful views with balcony seating and a door that could be left open for a cool breeze and the sound of crashing waves.
The on-site restaurant was amazing for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with amazing ocean views inside and outside. The service was personable and relaxed.
The community was quaint and clean. Street parking is free and was plentiful during our stay. Restaurants, coffee shops, and novelty stores line the street and at each spot, we were met with friendly service that felt like being welcomed by friends.
We married on Coronado Beach the 2nd day of our 3 night stay and were welcomed back to the hotel with cheers, well wishes, champagne and a restaurant credit! We were overwhelmed by the genuinely gracious excitement shared with us by the staff and will forever find out trip to Pier South memorable. We look forward to an annual return!
We stayed at the Pier South Resort for 7 nights in early September, 2019. We were originally scheduled to go to our "usual" location at the JW Marco Island Marriott in FL, but altered our plans at the last minute due to hurricane Dorian.
We had never been to San Diego for a beach vacation before, and Imperial Beach was decidedly different than our usual hangout, Marco Island,FL, but mostly in a good way. First, Imperial Beach is probably the only un-developed (under-developed) beach area in San Diego. I spoke to a couple of locals and they told me that it "used to be" a biker town, but has really changed as of late (a couple of people like this, a couple lamented it). Essentially, real estate values have really popped lately which doesn't sit well with some of the locals. Overall, the town has a very cool vibe to it . . . it's still a locals town, not yet over-run by tourists (like us) and the uber-wealthy. If you're looking for a "white bread", Stepford Wives, resort type of experience, Imperial Beach is not for you. You'd be better off staying up in Coronado than Imperial Beach. Imperial Beach also has a very vibrant beach an surfer culture. There are many little shops and restaurants along Seacoast Drive, and there was a bit of a small festival (mostly food, but also some jewelry and souvenir booths) near the pier while we were here. Aroma Thai and the Brigantene right on Seacoast Drive were nice places and budget friendly. Overall, we found pricing in the area to be reasonable, especially for California.
PIER SOUTH HOTEL
The Pier South Hotel is a small, boutique hotel. It reminded me a lot of a South Beach (Miami, FL) hotel. Interesting decor, a bit of art deco style. Small, but well appointed. The hotel does offer parking, but it is valet only at $27/day. You are welcome to find a spot and park on the street, but many locations have overnight limitations, and to be honest, Imperial Beach is right on the edge of a place I'd be comfortable parking a rental car without concern.
The hotel has a (very) small pool - probably the most glaring weakness, to be honest. But most people seem to prefer the beach (this East Coaster could not get used to how cold the Pacific is, so we would have preferred a larger pool.
There is a nice on-site restaurant - Sea180 - that has a nice but limited selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you stay here for any period of time (3+ days) you may tire of said limited selection and will end up at any one of the places along Seacoast Drive.
There is a nice, but again, tiny, spa that offers typical spa services. We found the massage to be average to slightly above average and pricing to be a bit expensive, but not as expensive as a typical resort hotel like the JW Marriott in Marco Island.
Our upgraded room (second floor, ocean view, large balcony) was very nice and quite spacious. There was a seating/lounge area and the all glass front "wall" had nice sliding wooden shutters/louvers so you could adjust the amount of light entering the room. The hotel is quite close to the shore, so the sound of surf is every-present . . .which was very nice compared to a large, resort style hotel that is set back significantly from the shore. Two nits to pick with the room - the door to the room has a large glass panel and the bathroom has a glass block window ad a door with a glass panel; at night, both let in significant amounts of light from the lighted (outdoor) hallway. If you need the room to be very dark or pitch black to sleep, you will need to adjust. And yes, the door to the room has a shade, but it does a very minimal job of blocking out light.
The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The waitstaff at Sea180 were particularly nice, but there were a couple of service lapses or noticeable "policy" issues. First of all, housekeeping missed our room not once, but twice during the week, which could have been a function of them getting to our room late AND us already being back in our room (by 3:00 pm). On several days they did not leave us with adequate towels or shampoo/soap or coffee (our room had an in-room Keurig). Additionally, as a Lifetime Marriott Titanium member, I received a breakfast voucher for my wife and I for each morning (many hotels do this if they do not have an executive lounge). There were significant restrictions on what that breakfast voucher allowed us to get free of charge - basically two items (such as bacon and eggs; or eggs and potatoes) and a cup of coffee or orange juice. This felt a bit cheap. Additionally, they did not allow for the voucher to provide "credit" towards a full breakfast meal from the regular menu. I've traveled to a LOT of Marriotts in the last 20 years (I have 3,000+ nights in the last 10 years) and I've not run into a Marriott location, when asked, that wouldn't make some form of accommodation in this regard. It's a small thing, sure, and yes, I'm being a little cheap and looking a gift horse in the mouth, but still, it left me with the impression of "cheapness".
And lastly, the no-self park option, valet only, seemed a bit restrictive as well. I'm sure it's a space issue (small, under hotel parking garage), but again, it was a bit annoying.
There is a public park to the north of the hotel, right next door with basketball courts and a body weight exercise park (dip bars, pull up bars, step up boxes, etc.) which can get rowdy at times, but in general, just ads to the locals vibe. To the south of the hotel is a local brewery/bar that also has a tiny kitchen (City Taco) that sells amaaazing tacos. It's always busy, and again, definitely a locals hang out.
Overall our experience at the hotel and the surrounding area was quite good, and we would absolutely come back here and recommend it. But if you are expecting a "resort level" pool and amenities, you'll be disappointed. The Imperial Beach area is charming and up and coming. Hopefully it won't lose too much of its diversity and locals feel as more investment pours into the area.