It’s possible to walk down the intriguing Pacific Beach pier lined with blue-roofed cottages and never know you were strolling the courtyard of the Crystal Pier Hotel. This collection of renovated 1930s-era cottages bends the conventional definition of “hotel.” The relaxing ocean soundtrack is piped in through the floor, courtesy of the Pacific Ocean. The kitchen, living room, and bedrooms are separate, and the entire pier is gated off exclusively for residents at 8 p.m. Consider the daytime yours to explore nearby shopping and the sunset your private light show. With rooms starting at $235, the hotel-on-a-dock is so in demand that reservations are recommended four to six months in advance during the winter season and eight to 11 months ahead of summer.
4500 Ocean Blvd.
800-748-5894
www.crystalpier.com