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
We've stayed at L'Auberge Del Mar for several occasions over the years- our engagement, our wedding night, two anniversaries & now our babymoon! The resort always exceeds our expectations. We had an amazing dinner at Coastline- highly recommend the espresso ice cream & hot brownie dessert. Wifi was great- we connected 2 phones & streamed Netflix to our laptop without a hitch. As always, L'Auberge is the perfect staycation for our little family- relaxing, chic & beautiful.
My girlfriend and I decided to splurge on a Coastal View Fireplace room for a friends wedding and we are SO SORRY we did. For nearly $700 we were given a room was the size of a closet, there was insufficient closet space for 2 people, you had to actually lean over the terrace rail to be able to see the ocean, the shower door leaked and the there was no bathtub. Ridiculous. Further, even though we were unable to make it to our couples massage appointment for reasons beyond our control, the spa would neither refund any part of our fee or transfer some of our fee to service the following day. To make matters worse, both when I asked for a different room the front desk staff was dismissive, saying basically 'yes, we hear that. We will tell the manager'. Re: the spa, the spa booker on the phone simply said 'its against policy'. Finally, the food delivered for room service was really quite disappointing. Overall a very very disappointing experience. It feels like since this hotel is the premier property in Del Mar, the policies reflect arrogance and complacency...not sense of having to earn customer satisfaction every day. I cannot recommend anyone stay here.
We stayed at L'Auberge Del Mar for a leisure weekend. Having never stayed at the hotel, we had no set expectations. What we received was simply exquisite!! From the rooms to the service to the atmosphere, a first class experience that I would recommend to everyone.
We had a family vacation and stayed at the Villas at L'Auberge. The room was very clean and the staff was excellent to work with on any thing that was needed.We enjoyed the Christmas tree lighting ceremony that took place on our week
Christmas Party was held in a beautiful ballroom with views of the beach.
The service staff were impeccably groomed, polite, courteous with an overall feeling of warmth and happiness in being there!
The bar staff in the entry lounge are friendly, accommodating and a pleasure to be around as well as everyone out in the entry, handsome, polite and professional.
If you have the opportunity to come to this property, do not hesitate!