What We Love
- Lounging on the private ocean-view deck and checking out the sunset by the firepit
- Free beach cruisers and skateboards to explore the boardwalk
- Claiming an alfresco table at JRDN restaurant for Sunday brunch
- Friendly, approachable staff
What To Know
- Prime location near buzzy bars, boutiques and the boardwalk, and La Jolla is just a taxi ride away
- The on-site bar is popular with locals as well as guests
- The property opened in 2005
- Valet parking is available for an additional $20 per night
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Gold and violet lights glow from inside the glass walls that encircle this Pacific Beach gem, by far the coolest waterfront hotel in San Diego. Architect Graham Downes, the design mind behind some of the city’s hippest clubs and hotels, mixed invisible windows with sleek white walls to create a visually stimulating presence amid the waterfront’s mix of restaurants and rental homes. The result is a sweet beach pad, named for the nearby Tower 23 lifeguard tower.
Bed & Bath
All of the guestrooms have modern amenities such as rain showers, flat-screen TVs that seem to float on white walls, and cushy platform beds. Some rooms face the sea; others look out onto a peaceful garden. Book a suite for chromotherapy whirlpool tubs by Kohler.
The indoor spaces are cool—we love the buzzy JRDN raw bar—but the main scene is under the sun. Pacific Beach attracts a fun crowd of surfers, cyclists, volleyball players and sexy sunbathers. Take one of the hotel’s free beach cruisers or skateboards to the boardwalk that runs from the more crowded community of Mission Beach north to PB’s green lawns, which front a gorgeous beach. Tower 23’s JRDN restaurant has front row seats overlooking the scene and serves award-winning steaks, seafood and sushi.
In the Area
Sign up for a surfing class at Pacific Beach Surf Shop, then sample the waves at Tourmaline Surfing Park. Or, stroll down the boardwalk to the Giant Dipper roller coaster in Mission Beach’s Belmont Park. Get the day going with a giant breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon and potatoes at Kono’s Café, beside the Crystal Pier. Join the fun in the pit at Bar West, the sleekest bar in Pacific Beach.
How to Get There
Stayed in a queen/queen ocean view room, which had an amazing view of the beach! From the balcony we watched beautiful sunsets and loved walking on the beach. Within walking distance to many restaurants and shopping.
The convenience and service at this hotel was incredible. Location can’t be beat. The restaurant and bar are fantastic. The service personnel/employees were nice and helpful with everything. The valet parking was the best I’ve ever experienced - never had to wait for my car, friendly staff, close to the rooms and restaurant. I was blown away by this hote and will definitely stay again.
Obviously a tremendous location but the room itself could have been a Quality Inn, which isn’t a bad thing if that’s what you’re expecting/paying for. Our room was missing it’s couch/sitting chairs and had no glasses. Staff corrected this after an hour or so but it just didn’t live up to the price tag. Other hotels in the sane area are a much better value and overall experience.
After reading endless reviews of places from La Jolla to Pacific Beach, we decided on Tower 23 because of the location and views that their rooms offered. We weren’t sure what to expect so downplayed in our minds in case it wasn’t what we expected. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived and thrilled when we saw the room we had booked. Unobstructed ocean front views with a beautiful beach directly across the sidewalk. We requested an early check in and they made it happen! We were in our room by 12:30 PM on 12-26-18. We stayed two nights and immensely enjoyed our stay. The staff was friendly and professional, the food at their restaurant was delicious and we will definitely stay there again.
Wonderful hotel,Great Cali vibe,Staff awesome.We had a good room with great views. We looked at a few rooms before choosing this one.JRDN was a great restaurant in the hotel, both food and service were fabulous