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
- 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
This hotel is clearly a goldmine with its great location 5 min from beach, but it is very overpriced and focused on the wedding crowd so that means as a regular guest you have to put up with the place being crowded, super noisy, poor value, poor food, and focused on partying vs a relaxing vacation. If you want a wedding then great, if you want to relax with your family be prepared to overpay and be 2nd fiddle to wedding guests and noise at 1am from wedding partiers!! Don't eat here, great food right across the road, the food is poor and overpriced.
Room felt very tiny and cramped. But very home feeling. Definitely wouldn’t recommend coming with children, more of a great couples getaway. Staff was the best! Just wish there were more complimentary accommodations. Felt very “nickel and dimed”.
Great place, great location and great staff. Everyone was very nice and helpful. We had a really good stay. Easy access to the beach for surfers like us. The location is perfect. Walk to everything you need.
My girlfriend and I chose to stay a night at the L'Auberge for the final night of our San Diego vacation, after a few days at Dana Point. What an amazing location and relaxing environment to finish the trip on.. We both feared that this place might feel a little pretentious given the price and the location, but we were happily surprised at how welcoming and comfortable it was. We'll be back for sure.
My son was married this weekend at L'Auberge Del Mar and it was flawless!! The staff was amazing and extremely helpful, the hotel was beautiful and had an amazing view of the ocean! The accommodations were lovely and the food was excellent. I would recommend this venue highly for a vacation or a wedding!