Tower 23 Hotel San Diego

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Average rate: $204 - Hotel class: 4 stars
723 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA, USA

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hannajax hannajax
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Surf, Sand, and Light on Pacific Beach Apr 29, 2011
Graham Downes, the contemporary architect who brought this hotel to life, is the heart and soul of this boutique sanctuary. His fusion of Pacific Beach's sun, sand, and water concept merges with the architecture of the building, its rooms, and the restaurant.

During the day the hotel dances with light, with its floor to ceiling windows that capture the sun's rays, white hallways, and minimalist white and azure blue decor. There are three types of rooms that capture the vibe of the space: The Spirit, Sky, and Surf Pad. The Surf Pad has the ultimate ocean views. Leave the balcony doors open to hear the surf from your Tempur Pedic Serenity bed. The beds are certainly one of the highlights of the room. 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and fine down comforters and pillows. And so many large and squishy pillows I felt like I was falling into clouds.

Step-in rain showers with H2O bath products, and plush terry robes refreshed us when coming in from a day at the beach. A personalized mini bar with all manner of refreshments was provided, with other assorted items such as an intimacy kit and snacks.

The beach, the ocean, stretches out below the hotel. The deck is the perfect place to enjoy the spectacular views. Lay on a lounge chair, sip cocktails, order noshes from "Jrdn's" excellent menu, and watch the sun go down. All in comfort and privacy. The downside is that this refuge does not have a pool. There was a beautifully worked water feature on the deck, but nothing to dip one's feet into.

At night, JRDN is one of THE restaurants and lounges to visit in Pacific Beach. Oceanfront dining on the patio, or intimate seating in its spacious accomodations inside - creating a romantic mood with Down's creative use of light that mimics the patterns of ocean waves or the setting sun's ripples on the tides.

Chef David Warner uses all natural meats, seafood from sustainable sources, and locally grown produce to create his modern Californian menu. Over the course of our short stay, we feasted on the Beet salad (with goat milk ricotta, candied pecans, and mint), the incredible dungeness crab cake (with a unique curry aioli with fennel and citrus), the incredible Tower23 burger (ground flavourful meyer and kobe chuck on a brioche bun with all the fixins, and a gorgeous aioli) with a side of fries and a chunky bleu cheese dip, lamb meatballs...and we never even got the very good looking entrees such as the pacific seabass or poached maine lobster.

This is the kind of place for people who enjoy being close to the ocean, relaxing on the deck and reading a good novel, enjoying ocean views, and appreciating a good cocktail such as the Chili Mango Margarita at the lounge downstairs. Beautiful!
View from deck
lounge deck
view from surfpad room
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Eric says:
Sounds like a great place!
Posted on: May 01, 2011
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pennstump pennstump
2 reviews
Very cool, inspired hotel right on the Beach Boardwalk Mar 12, 2011
This is a very nice hotel, right on the beach. The rooms are modern and plush, but I imagine not all have ocean views. The grounds are not huge and I don't believe there's a pool. The bar underneath is rather nice with a good crowd most days. You're away from the riff raff of PB and the noise of Garnet, but you could walk there in under 5 minutes.

Plus, I think Michael Jordan is an owner... that's pretty cool.

Tower 23 Hotel San Diego Overview

Tower23 is one of San Diegos newest beachfront, luxury lifestyle hotels and one of Californias most stylish and contemporary urban resorts. The hotel's name is derived from the lifeguard tower 23 that perches between the ocean and the resort's front door and creates a cool haven to enjoy one of America's finest cities. Tower23 is located on one of Southern California's premier beaches, Pacific Beach and is the first luxury hotel to be built on the beach in San Diego in over a decade. The exclusive resort community of La Jolla is just north of the hotel. Unique shops and restaurants are located within walking distance while downtown San Diego, the airport (approximately eight miles away), major business centers and popular area attractions are minutes away.

Tower23 is neo-modernist, glass boutique hotel that is refreshingly minimalistic, playful, and a creative study for the urban beach resort. Responding to the sites natural elements, an environment of sun, ocean sky and sand at waters edge, a boardwalk alive with energy set against crashing ocean waves Tower23 is a translucent, exquisite crafted glass box that is an energetic, contemporary celebration of the elements. Hotel amenities include the 10,000-square-foot restaurant Jordan with steak-and-seafood fare, a sushi bar, fireside patio, 75-foot long wave wall, and verandah overlooking the boardwalk, Surf-Sky-Spirit (indoor/outdoor bar), business center, and complimentary wireless Internet access, even on the beach. The hotel also offers room service, dry cleaning, and 24-hour front desk service.

All rooms feature private balconies or terrace patios, teak furnishings, signature Serenity beds, designer down duvet and Egyptian cotton linens, chroma+aroma therapy baths, rain showers, plush bathrobes, work desks, coffeemakers, customized bars and nutrition centers, wireless Internet access, DVD players, 32-inch LCD high-definition TVs, and X-Box entertainment centers. Parking is $20. Rates are based on double occupancy. Charges for extra adults may apply and will be due directly to the hotel.

Tower 23 Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Golf Course
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Security Guard
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Secretarial Service
  • In Room Movies
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Private beach
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Beach (Direct Access)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Walking
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Volleyball
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Beach Soccer and Volleyball
  • Diving Centre
  • Desk
  • Facsimile
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Full-service catering
  • Disabled Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Massage
  • Health Centre
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Shower
  • Cots
  • Luggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Paid Parking
  • Bedding/Pillow Choices

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