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Summer vacation: Ocean Park Inn

As the school year draws to a close in Arizona, it’s time to start thinking about your family’s summer beach retreat. Our recommendation: Ocean Park Inn, the newly refreshed mainstay of San Diego.

Since the 1970s, travelers have flocked to Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach for a little sand-between-the-toes escape. Last year, the hotel unveiled a three-phase, property-wide renovation that focused on the exterior, pool deck and lounge, with more exciting changes on the horizon . The fourth and final phase of the Ocean Park Inn’s renovation is slated for this year and will include a tiki-inspired cocktail bar for guests only.

Starting with the lobby, the Ocean Park Inn exudes a mid-century modern beach vibe. The bright and airy setting welcomes guests with a huge aquarium and a one-of-a-kind art installation by Randall Engstrom of Randall’s Sandals (those are just the beginning of the hostel’s camera-ready moments). And there’s a massive wall just to remind you that you walked into a seaside retreat while reading “Hello Sunshine.”

Refreshed rooms feature surf-inspired artwork, modern light wood, crisp white linens, and pops of yellow and mint green in furniture selections. Rooms even have private patios and balconies for peeking over the beach and cotton candy sunsets. Not to be outdone by the rooms, even the hallways feature cool black-and-white beach scenes from floor to ceiling.

Just outside, the Ocean Park Inn’s heated pool (part of the recent renovation), surrounded by sleek white furnishings, offers views of the beach, boardwalk, and towering palm trees.

The updated pool even has a gate (next to an outdoor shower, to boot) that leads directly to a boardwalk that separates the hotel from the sand. Guests will find lounge chairs, boogie boards, shovels, and buckets for building sandcastles that you’ll need for a busy day at the beach. In addition, each room is equipped with large beach towels for its guests.

To book your summer stay, visit oceanparkinn.com.