What's it like? It's huge. A huge, old, wooden hotel.
There are many shops and restaurants that border the sandy boardwalk of this hotel. Moo Time Creamery, the ice cream place I mention in another entry for San Diego, is here. My point - you don't need to stay in the hotel to enjoy the shops and restaurants that are a part of it.
There are even more shops on the very bottom level of the hotel. They just finished remodeling that area to bring back hallways full of these little shops. Now, one can go down and shop just as tourists did over a hundred years ago.
Also, there is a cute little art gallery, trendy shops area next door to the hotel, kind of connected to it. A sidewalk winds its way through these storefronts and then around to the hotel.
If not staying at the hotel, just there to poke around and, maybe, get a bite to eat, you would park in this little shopping center's parking lot. Its free and was fairly uncrowded when we were there.