K: We’ve been so eager to start sharing and posting about our San Diego trip! Brandon spent the week there for work and I flew up Thursday evening to meet him for the weekend. We stayed at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn and it was such a gorgeous piece of property. The San Diego area is huge and Humphrey’s is located in the “Shelter Island” district, just ten minutes from their true downtown. It sits across from the marina and offers a fantastic view of the water, as well as perfectly manicured grounds that reminded us more of Hawaii or a jungle, rather than San Diego. We wanted to share a little bit about the unique features of this hotel, as well as our review.
Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn
This hotel functions more like a mini resort as it offers a pool area, a golfing green, gorgeous landscape, bikes, a view of the marina, and a full concert stage area for live music. There’s also a fantastic restaurant on the property and we were treated to an exceptional meal of fresh seafood (Brandon and I highly recommend the macadamia nut crusted sea bass). We loved wandering around the winding pathways to discover a Macaw parrot that the hotel keeps as a kind of mascot, a coy fish pond, and gorgeous hibiscus flowers around every corner.
Although the hotel is a bit older, the layout of the rooms were fun! When you first walked into our room, it was an actual bedroom area that then opened up into a small living area with a fridge and microwave. We loved getting to bring home our leftover pizza from dinner one night and actually save it for a snack the next day! Everything is furnished with the “jungle” motif that the hotel holds: think palm print couches, pops of color, and deep wood accents. The entire property actually reminded us of an apartment complex because there are small buildings that house the rooms, all connected with walkways and paths.
What It’s Close To
Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn is near the marina of San Diego so you can look out your window and see all of the docked boats. It’s not in the downtown district, but you can drive there in less than ten minutes, pending on traffic. We did find it necessary to rent a car because there were only a few things/restaurants that we wanted to walk to in the vicinity of the hotel. Everything else was just a short drive away, but we highly recommend a car to get to your locations.
The Overall Atmosphere
The hotel maintains a very casual vibe: Tommy Bahama meets California cool. Of course, we were there during the off season but it’s a relatively quiet hotel and Brandon and I did not notice many children. The pool area has a seasonal bar that opens in May and we could definitely see how this would be a prime spot for a summer vacation. It was fun to have things like bikes and the live music included because it definitely made for a more unique experience overall.