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
A lovely jewel on the beach. Fantastic restaurant, rooms and service.The Director of Sales, Randy, went way and above to ensure my experience and stay was exceptional. and it was! The room had a beautiful view of the ocean and the bed was a dream.
We wanted a hotel walking distance to the beach and we're so glad we chose this hotel. It's definitely walking distance to the beach and our balcony on the 3rd floor overlooks the ocean and it's so nice to be able to watch the beach goers and surfers from our room since we like to people watch to relax. There are a ton of really good restaurants within walking distance. The hotel is nicely decorated and feels like a small art museum with the modern paintings and furniture in the lobby and elevator floor areas. There's a 2nd floor outdoor patio with lounge chairs for you to relax. The staff is super nice and accommodating. We came with a car and it comes with free underground valet parking with the valets being super friendly as well. My cousin who lives in San Diego decided to stay for a little while and they allowed him to valet park at the hotel as well. The rooms are very spacious with two queen beds, nice spacious bathroom and comfy beds. TV also has many cable channels if you choose to stay inside. Price was ok considering the area and location and we were very happy with our stay. We will definitely stay here again
Great place to stay. The staff was very nice and friendly. The location was great. The hotel has a very modern look. Everything you need is in walking distance. I will definitely stay there again on future trips.
We go on a lot of overnight stay cations. This is a fantastic boutique hotel. It is very modern. The staff is amazing. The restaurant and the staff at the restaurants were great. We will definitely be back.
For my line of work, I need a hotel that is equal parts sophisticated and relaxed. On top of that, it needs to be in close proximity to the water. Tower 23 checks all of those boxes. Upon arrival, you immediately relax, as their staff takes care of everything. From the complimentary arrival drink coupon to the bell service. The rooms are lit and fresh, and the views of the ocean are incredible. If you want to take a ride on the boardwalk, they have beach cruisers to use at your disposal, or beach towels to take a nap on the sand. JRDN, their restaurant, is a vacation in and of itself. Servers are always greeting you with a smile, and you can tell they’re happy to be there. Overall, Tower 23 is the measuring stick for all hotels, and I always look forward to my next visit, whether it’s for work, or just a quick staycation.