"Good hotel for broke college kids"
Got placed on the top floor (there are 22 floors) with a beautiful view of the ocean and a giant coke bottle that displayed the temperature and time (we didn’t have watches and didn't want to reset our cellphone times).
Lots of room to move/lounge around in the room itself, but the bathroom was cramped (you're almost sticking into the shower when you sit down on the toilet). The furnishings are old, but the room was clean.
There are only two elevators and they are VERY OLD. In order to use it, you have to make a call from the telephone to tell the man inside the elevator which floor you're on. Most of the time, this was not a big problem, but when 1 elevator was down for maintenance, there was a long wait. One day, a lot of people were checking out, so the elevator was backed up and we had to walk down the stairs from the 22nd floor.
The staff is nice, and most of them speak English.
The hotel is close to a club called Paradise. We could hear music coming from there in our room until 4am, but it didn't bother us since we went out practically every night anyway.
There are usually taxis parked right outside, but they disappear later in the evening.
This place is within walking distance of practically everything we wanted (beach, bars, restaurants, churros, flea markets, liquor stores, etc.). The only place we took a cab to was the Palladium.
Great location, decent service, but don't expect anything more than a place to shower and sleep.
Traveller from La Jolla, CA