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
Location, location, location! We have stayed here a few times and will continue to do so whenever we are in San Diego. The staff, both in the hotel and restaurant, provide excellent customer service. You won’t be sorry!
I love this place so much! The staff are always extremely helpful and kind - Sebastian brought me my room service - i called the order in from offsite as i was heading back and they had it ready to go for me right before checkout - saved me from airport food! The location and views are amazing. I love relaxing on the deck watching the sunsets.
We stayed in the sweet suite right on the ocean. Highly recommended. We have stayed in hotels and daily rentals all over the U.S. and abroad. T23 is way up there on our list of favorites. T23 is located on the bustling Pacific Beach. It is surrounded by many restaurants, bars, salons and Crystal Pier. And, the beautiful and timeless La Jolla and Torrey Pines are just down the road.
But, if you don't want to go anywhere; You can enjoy JRDN, the in house restaurant and bar right on the ocean. Enjoying a cocktail in the bar at sunset was a favorite. You can also enjoy an in-room massage and proceed to the full service sky deck to relax and lay in the sun. If you are looking for an upscale, modern stay on the ocean, this is it.