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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This hotel is worth the splurge! We will definitely be returning. It’s very quaint and warm and the staff pays attention to detail! No prolonged waiting at check in room service is prompt and delicious, and the restaurant is fabulous! If you love sushi this is the place! We did not have a beachfront room but we could still sit on our balcony and view the ocean and surfers! This hotel is wonderful. I can’t wait to return!
Great experience, awesome location, best service!!! The price per night was a little expensive; our family stays for less on property at Disney compared to Tower 23, but compared to other hotels and homes to rent along Pacific and Mission Beach, Tower 23 looked by far to the be the best option!
There is not a better place to stay on San Diego than Tower23. Perfect beach location, amazing terrace for the sunset and amazing staff. Leslie, at the front desk, is incredible! Sleep to the waves crashing all night...
We stay at this hotel 1-2 times a year as a San Diego resident. It is the best hotel in Pacific Beach by a long shot. If you stay on the 2nd floor, please be aware that you will hear people walking around upstairs and on their patio. You will also hear the noise of the bar/restaurant downstairs (which we do not mind). There are free bike rentals and other things like beach chairs, towels, etc. I think that is a great amenity. Everything is within walking distance.
I enjoyed my stay, The room was clean,bed very comfortable. Bar was good and the location is very nice. I stayed one night mid week and it was about $500.00 The booking rate was $349.00 so obviously there were many ad ons. I may or may not stay again. For pleasure the expense can be justified I suppose, but for business no way.