Rhythmic ocean waves and gorgeous sunset views always top the list for dream destination vacationing. And when it comes to San Diego hotels, the closer to the beach, the better.
Luckily, our sunny city of San Diego is home to miles upon miles of pristine oceanfront property. From the neo-modernist Tower 23 in Pacific Beach to the island getaway at Paradise Point on Mission Bay and the iconic Hotel Del in Coronado, our stunning oceanic scenery makes San Diego one of the top travel destinations in California.
Discover the top 10 oceanfront hotels in San Diego.
Hotel Del Coronado
With its impressive red peaks piercing the lines of the California skyline, Hotel Del Coronado is arguably one of San Diego’s most sought after vacation destinations. From its beachfront locale to the classically enchanting architecture evocative of age-old Victorian splendor, the infamous Hotel Del is the perfect staycation for San Diego locals and visiting tourists alike. Since its establishment in 1888, the Hotel Del has provided lodging for a wealth of historic legends and celebrities, and if you’ve had the pleasure to experience the rich opulence of this renowned hotel, you’d know exactly what all the fuss was about. In 2013, the hotel celebrated their 125th anniversary. Today, Hotel Del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark. Boasting 679 recently remodeled guestroom and 78 cottages and villas, the Del’s unique variety of accommodations can satisfy any desire. Guests also come just for the spa or the beachfront food and wine at 1500 OCEAN.
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 866.237.9007 or hoteldel.com
L’Auberge Del Mar
Ranked among the top resorts in the world by Condé Nast, L’Auberge Del Mar is pure decadence. After a $26 million renovation back in 2008, visitors will now find a wealth of amenities at their fingertips. Large estate columns and a quaint green exterior welcomes guests as they pull into the immense wrap-around driveway which leads into an open-air lobby complete with elegantly weathered wood paneled floors and velvet couches. Each of the 120 polished guestrooms are richly appointed with plush bedding, elegant sitting areas, marble bathrooms and private balconies or patios to take in the smell of the salty ocean air. L’Auberge also offers guests a chance to indulge in culinary creations at the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, or savor cocktails at the outdoor restaurant deck, Waterfall Terrace and poolside lounge, Bleu Bar. Aside from premier dining and luxurious accommodations, the resort boasts a fitness center, two championship tennis courts, a spa haven and outdoor heated lap pool. Bonus: Petite pooches (15 pounds and under) are welcome to stay.
1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. 866.713.1525 or laubergedelmar.com
In Pacific Beach, the contemporary Tower 23 Hotel brings an air of class and sophistication to the shore. Neo-modernist in approach, Tower 23 is refreshingly minimalist but playful and creative for the urban beach resort. The sleek accommodations are available in a handful of room types including the Sky Pad, Serenity Pad, Sanctuary Suite, Spirit Pad, Surf Pad and Sweet Suite. Guests will find that each of the rooms boast fresh design schemes featuring a private balcony or patio, high-end amenities and teak furnishings. If you’re in the mood for some California fresh cuisine, head downstairs to Tower 23’s mod restaurant JRDN. Forget your preconceived idea of cheap beach bar food and watered down mimosas; this social indoor/outdoor venue offers a menu that is chockfull of creative culinary concepts.
723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach. 877.648.5738 or t23hotel.com
Pacific Terrace Hotel
Located on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, the tropical 4-Diamond rated Pacific Terrace Hotel is the ideal destination for relaxation. Guests will find that each of the 73 spacious and elegant guestrooms and suites boast first-class amenities including hand-carved wooden furniture, exotic silk fans and private balconies that are perfect for taking in the orange and pink hues of San Diego’s sunsets. In addition to the luxury accommodations, guests can enjoy Pacific Terrace’s outdoor heated pool and spa, a rigorous workout in the fitness center or a revitalizing massage while breathing in the fresh ocean air. For guests who are eager to explore all the city has to offer, Pacific Terrace is a few mere steps from Crystal Pier and top Pacific Beach restaurants.
610 Diamond St, Pacific Beach. 858.581.3500 or pacificterrace.com
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
A private 44-acre resort tucked away on the shores of Mission Bay, Paradise Point is the answer for locals looking for a secluded staycation escape or tourists seeking the ultimate San Diego getaway. While the luxury resort has always been known for its tranquil day spa sanctuary, an 18-hole putting golf course, five lavish pools and fine dining at the signature waterfront restaurant Baleen, Paradise Point underwent a $20 million remodel in early 2010 that reintroduced 462 bungalow-style guestrooms and expansive bay front meeting facilities. Whether you book a 450-square-foot standard guest room or the spacious 5,000-square-foot presidential suite, each of the richly appointed rooms exudes an air of South Pacific tranquility.
1404 Vacation Road. 866.292.0348 or paradisepoint.com
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
For over 75 years, this landmark oceanfront resort has been an iconic San Diego hotel among locals and visitors alike. Nestled between La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines Reserve, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is the perfect coastline escape when you’re in need of some blissful relaxation. Each of the hotel’s oceanfront guestrooms and suites offer ultimate California hospitality with mini kitchenettes, comfortable sitting areas, complimentary WiFi, direct access to the private beach and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Aside from luxury accommodations, guests can indulge in 14 championship tennis courts, par-3 golf, a heated outdoor swimming pool and calming massage treatments. At the end of the day, enjoy delicious award-winning cuisine at The Marine Room or throw an evening beach party with friends and family while admiring the sunset.
2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla. 888.828.0948 or ljbtc.com
A landscaped oasis nestled on the shoreline of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort offers a welcome respite from the boisterous boardwalk down the road. The luxury resort’s island-inspired motif consumes the pathways, gardens and colorful koi ponds, creating an instant tropical getaway feel. Guests will find that the hotel’s 313 elegant rooms, studios and suites are appointed with their own balcony or patio. Rooms also feature complimentary internet access, plasma TVs, free HBO and more. During the day, lounge in the sunshine on the hotel’s secluded Mission Bay beach or partake in popular water-related sports including sailing, surfing, water skiing and kayaking. After a long day in the sunshine, indulge in a unique dining experience at Catamaran’s Atoll restaurant or enjoy a late-evening therapeutic massage or botanical body treatment at the hotel’s waterfront day spa.
3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay. 858.488.1081 or catamaranresort.com
La Jolla Shores Hotel
Bathed by salt air breezes, the La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the select few hotels in San Diego situated directly on the beach. Since 1970, this oceanfront hotspot in the heart of La Jolla has created vacation memories that last a lifetime. 128 luxuriously appointed guest rooms feature beachfront, coastal-view and garden patios. Guests can enjoy a variety of hotel amenities including an outdoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, in-room massage services, tennis courts and a quick drive to San Diego’s great attractions. Experience fun ocean activities nearby such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing. Don’t skip out on the oceanfront dining at The Shores Restaurant, featuring classic steakhouse favorites and innovative coastal cuisine.
8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla. 866.392.8762 or ljshoreshotel.com
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Aside from the ocean views, waterfront dining, poolside lounge and eco-friendly spa, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina captures the essence of H2O with multiple water slides, a water playground and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sportfishing and whale excursions. Dine at the signature restaurant, Red Marlin, unwind at Blue Marble Spa or take the family to the nearby SeaWorld San Diego. Guest rooms and suites cater to quiet moments of relaxation with panoramic views and deluxe amenities. Other hotel activities include scavenger hunts for the kids and s’mores kits available for purchase from the concierge
1441 Quivira Road, Mission Bay. 619.224.1234 or missionbay.hyatt.com
Kona Kai Resort and Spa
This beach resort set on the dramatic San Diego Bay is located on 11 acres of tropical gardens at the tip of Shelter Island. The classic style of this resort features alabaster walls, red tile roofs and archways, setting the Mediterranean inspired tone and creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Completely renovated in 1995, the San Diego Kona Kai Resort has a rich history as a premiere California destination for travelers from around the world. The 129 island-style accommodations feature island décor and ample amenities, and each Kona Kai guestroom offers a magnificent view of the gardens, marina, sailboats and waterways. While vacationing, enjoy the expansive pool area with whirlpool, a full service Fitness Club, bicycle rentals and jogging paths. When the day winds down, renew your senses with one of Kona Kai’s spa services and feast at the Kona Kai Restaurant.
1551 Shelter Island Dr., Point Loma. 619.221.8000 or resortkonakai.com