Just steps from Pacific Beach Park, Tower23 Hotel has embraced its stunning location to the fullest. Modern rooms and suites reflect inspiration from their natural surroundings. A palette of muted colors translates into a tranquil atmosphere, while teak furniture reinforces beach vibes. If you forget anything, sunscreen and baseball hats are available for purchase in the rooms. New-age features such as chromatherapy baths and electronic “Do Not Disturb” signs set the property apart.
By day choose from a number of nearby recreational activities, including surfing, golfing, fishing, and jet skiing. Hotel staff can help you arrange more adventurous options such as a hot air balloon ride or a yacht charter. In the evening check out JRDN restaurant for its floor-to-ceiling glass beach lookout. This coveted sunset viewing location is best experienced with a cocktail in hand. Don’t leave too hastily, though; the restaurant serves equally memorable California cuisine in a laid-back setting.
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A day at Pacific Beach is a must when you’re staying at Tower23, of course. Swim, surf, bodyboard, or just relax on the sand. For fusion SoCal fare, take a quick drive to La Jolla, where you’ll find Beaumont’s. Try the daily ceviche, the pan-roasted sea bass, or the crispy 12-hour pork shoulder. Tasty tacos from Puesto are also worth the drive. This Mexican street food–inspired joint serves traditional meats such as chicken verde and carnitas in addition to more novel flavors like tuna asada and zucchini and cactus. Housemade cocktails and an extensive list of tequilas and mezcals up the appeal.
Need to Know
Rooms: 38 rooms, 6 suites. From $199. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The contemporary JRDN Restaurant serves casual West Coast cuisine. Fuel up with a protein scramble at breakfast. For dinner, start with the foie gras pb+j and then go with the choose-your-own-adventure steak, which comes with a rub, a sauce, and two sides. Call ahead for a table at (858) 270-2323. Reserved for guests, Tower Deck mixes cocktails in a relaxed setting on the hotel’s second floor. Spa and gym details:While there’s no spa, you can request in-room massages and other services. The hotel sells $10 all-day guest passes to a nearby 24 Hour Fitness.
Who's it for: Couples looking for a chic beachside getaway. Our favorite rooms: The Serenity Pad faces west with views of the Tower Deck, fire pit, and ocean. Take in your surroundings from the private balcony, and get your beauty sleep on a Tempur-Pedic bed. The seaside Sweet Suite features a floating bed, two balconies, and a separate living room with a wet bar. The bathroom is done to the nines with a whirlpool tub and a rainforest shower. Play like a local: The hotel provides complimentary bicycle and skateboard rentals in addition to chairs, umbrellas, and games to help you make the most of its beachside location. You can even sign up for professional surf and skateboarding lessons.