Family-owned and operated since 1953, the Town and Country Resort Hotel is the essence of an old style San Diego resort experience. This is really a giant motel, so if you are not driving, you should look elsewhere. It is not on the beach but it is ideally located between Seaworld, Balboa park and the San Diego Zoo, perfect for people with children. Several pools, an adjacent golf course, a great breakfast buffet, a decent spa and a reasonable sports bar makes this a very family friendly location. The rooms are a little funky, but the real jewel is the lush landscaping and the very reasonable room rates of about $100 dollars a night with AAA discount.
Since we live in Las Vegas, we like to go to California for the odd weekend on the ocean. I have decided to write a series devoted to California ocean-side resorts. The first is the historic Hotel Coronado on Coronado Island in San Diego. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities through the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books.