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
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.
Recent getaway with the family. Unfortunately the weather was grey (June gloom is real). The property was nice. Not as upscale as other L'Auberge we've stayed in, but still very nice. What stood out to us the most was the excellent customer service. EVERYONE from the valet , the the desk , the spa, to the beach golf cart driver(Chase) were amazing. The sun may not have been shining but the staff sure was.
My family and I stayed at L'Auberge Del Mar over the holiday weekend. The trip was part business and part personal and the hotel exceeded our expectations on both ends.
First, we were initially weary of staying here because of the recent reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp and various travel booking sites suggesting that the hotel was showing wear and that the service levels were waning. We arrived a little guarded, expecting that we would have to verify charges and lower our expectations with respect to service quality. Within an hour of arrival, from valet to check-in to room quality, my concerns were replaced with confidence that L'Auberge Del Mar would deliver a full five-star experience on all fronts: service, room, and general amenities.
Our room was a bit small, but it was functional, comfortable and elegant. I had two small children in tow and our check-in staff member gave us a complimentary upgrade to a double bedded room on the third floor. Upon arrival, the room even had a crib! The balcony was a nice addition. Just a heads-up: Not all rooms at the inn have a bath tub and the water pressure from the water saving shower heads was weaker than we preferred.
Beach: What an amazing beach. Perfect for kids with an amazing playground facing the beach. The walk from the hotel involved stairs and a brisk five-minute walk, but there is a hotel shuttle for those who need it.
Dining: Outside of the pool side bar, which was fast and attentive, we mostly dined at Del Mar's excellent restaurants.
Other nice touches: there are all sorts of miniature bunnies hiding in the grassy areas on the hotel grounds and on the walk to the beach. My kids loved them, and would feed them rose petals from the hotel grounds. What an adorable and unexpected part of our Del Mar experience.
Our family greatly enjoyed our weekend at Del Mar and L'Auberge! The general family consensus was that it was better than our previous trips to the Ritz Laguna Beach and Omni La Costa. We look forward to future staycations there next time we visit San Diego!
Great boutique hotel with a lot to offer. Food was excellent, service was friendly and personalized, rooms were lovely and I loved the location near the beach! Nice vacation in a quaint town outside the hustle and bustle of the big city.