L’Auberge Del Mar – Destination Hotels & Resorts
What We Love
- Full of history but renovated in 2009
- Tranquil swimming pool and whirlpool on site, and the Pacific is right outside the hotel
- Close to San Diego but feels worlds away
What To Know
- It’s a short walk down a footpath to get to the beach
- The lap pool is under construction, but the outdoor pool overlooking the ocean is open
- A $25 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Valet parking is an additional $30 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The hotel proudly displays its rich history, with photographs showcasing visits by such old Hollywood greats as Lucy and Desi Arnaz, Esther Williams and Bing Crosby (who helped open the nearby Del Mar racetrack). Most of the brown, celadon- and sand- colored furniture, textiles and accessories hail from the Barclay Butera Home collections and create the feel of a cozy designer showroom (part of the hotel’s $26 million renovation in 2009). A touch of whimsy: thousands of seashells flank the lobby’s Baroque consoles.
Bed & Bath
The mod, sea-inspired design in the 120 guest rooms is refreshing as a sea breeze; they come with village, garden or ocean views and have high ceilings, some even having gas fireplaces. Eight over-the-top suites deliver massive space and more sea and earth tones. Bathrooms are an escape of their own, with marble vanities and massive showers.
Just 25 minutes from the San Diego International Airport, in the beloved town of Del Mar, this beach chic escape is a towel’s toss (over a one-block landscaped footpath, that is) to the ocean. This is the heart of SoCal, so outdoor recreation is a big part of the experience; have a swing at one of two championship tennis courts or go for a swim in the pool, plus an outdoor whirlpool for recovering from all the activity. Hungry? Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee oversees all the food, including the fresh and organic fare at Kitchen 1540, designed by New York architect Andre Kikoski and marked by an open kitchen and white vaulted ceilings.
In the Area
With temperatures oscillating between a mild 60 and toasty 85 degrees, this is year-round golf weather. Stay at the L’Auberge and receive exclusive access to some of San Diego’s hottest fairways, including The Crossings at Carlsbad. Launch into the sunny California sky in a hot air balloon. The rides, which last between 45 and 60 minutes, soar over the lush sweep of Del Mar and deliver breathtaking ocean views. Get up close to all the equine action. Place your bets at the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack, where you can watch some of the area’s best four-legged talent. Satisfy your inner shopaholic by simply crossing the street from L’Auberge Del Mar to visit Del Mar Plaza with 30 plus shops and boutiques and galleries plus a wide range of upscale eateries. Take a trip to the Birch Aquarium and immerse yourself in an underwater kingdom of seahorses, coral reefs, sharks, colorful fish and more.
How to Get There
We came here to splurge on a quiet birthday celebration for my husband. The first room was right on the street with no view so they offered to upgrade us to an ocean view room for half the upgrade fee. The new room was better, but it wasn't really an ocean view unless you went to the far corner of the deck and looked out. What they didn't disclose was that the quaint open patio (adorned with rocking chairs for guests) outside our room would hold a wedding reception the following night. All day there was construction noise as they built the pergola and set up for the wedding reception. Another area was allocated for a cocktail reception - also just below our room. We weren't able to enjoy the property or even our balcony because the noise was so loud. Then the DJ and speeches began. It was if we were part of the wedding we were that close. But we didn't want to be. We went elsewhere to eat dinner, but it was still going on when we returned. Upon check out, we inquired to see if this happens all the time. We were told this is wedding season, so yes. Then when we inquired about the anniversary savings noted in subsequent social media ads (a $380 savings), but we were told we would have had to book through that link which we did not. The anniversary savings included waiving the ridiculous $40 per night parking fee, and $300 to spend at the Spa and restaurant (which we spent more than that). It was very obvious they cater to wedding guests and not to the other guests. The front desk was very uncaring and our stay was truly disappointing, as my husband has always wanted to stay at this hotel. While they did end up waiving the room upgrade fee, it was not worth the amount of money we spent for two nights. We will not return.
I thought this would be a nice hotel
I was surprised to be in a tired overpriced dirty dump
Valet guys were great went downhill from there
Promised an upgrade for 50$
Charged but never received
35$ resort fee but there is no resort
The door slamming went on for hours couldn’t sleep
This property is beat up
Went outside for decent food
I would have been happier at a motel 6
Cross this one off your list
Stayed here for 5 days on a family vacation - spent three of them complaining about the noise. Between loud office events- positioned right outside our room - or loud weddings with bass bumping until 11pm - it was hardly restful or relaxing. (Wedding looked beautiful)... Wish they told us when we booked that all these events would be going on feet from our room on the outdoor patio. A simple “hey we just wanted to let you know that the cabana room you’re paying a lot of money for will be rendered useless because your cabana patio will be right next to three different open bar events during your stay”... would have gone a long way. Unless you are getting married here or staying here as part of a wedding - stay anywhere else.
First the great: love location in Del Mar. Staff is super friendly & helpful, great breakfast quality.
The bad: I’ve stayed here before and found it is now in need of some updates, especially the hallways, stairwells, and elevator feel more like a rundown motel than a luxury resort. They also push folks to eat on the terrace so at night time between the noise of the pool, drinkers, diners, and music...the hotel is super loud if you actually want to sleep here. I actually prayed for rain during our stay!
Recently, my husband and I spent four days at L'Auberge Del Mar while visiting family. Our room was spacious and lovely, with its own deck where we relaxed and read. The outdoor dining deck, where we ate all our meals, looks at the ocean, a five minute walk from the hotel.The beach provided wonderful walking every morning. The staff was incredibly charming and helpful, down to the smallest requests and details. Overall, the hotel is extremely pretty, stately and elegant with a contemporary feel. We loved it, and can't wait to visit again.