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Tower23 Hotel
Ranked #7 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Albuquerque
1 review
“Most awesome hotel EVER”
Reviewed 21 October 2011

My husband and I were blessed to have stayed at Tower23 for our honeymoon for 7 days! The staff is amazing...always polite and extremely helpful!! I have never stayed in a place with such excellent service! The staff at Tower23 was sooo amazing that they truly made us feel that we were their only guests! Tower23 also has great food and breathtaking views of the ocean! My husband and I are planning to re-visit on our one year anniversary!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

My girl and I make it San Diego every year at least twice a year. I discovered T23 when it was a pile of sand next to the ocean. I knew I had to come back and check it out and we have been staying there ever since! Awesome view of the ocean and beachcombers. Great staff and lux bar. JRDN has great food and serivce. Im always looking for cool hip places to stay in SD but there is none better than T23.

Room Tip: Spring for the Surf Pad. You wont regret it.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City MO
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

Tower23 is probably the coolest hotel I have ever stayed at! Perfect location, beautiful setting, modern design, clean rooms and public areas. Fabulous common area on the second floor. My three girlfriends and I had a fantastic time and we all loved the hotel. The wave wall is intoxicating. The staff is extremely nice and helpful - everything was great.

Room Tip: second floor walks out onto the common area - fountains, firepit, lounge chairs, view
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Knesselare, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

Super 'spiffy'! Tower23 has a cool vibe and great restaurant! Stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time. Location is very good (on the beach) , only 15mins drive from downtown San Diego and near all major 'thing-to-do'. The room was very clean, big and spacious, very good and large bathroom,... Staff helpful and friendly. Quick valid parking, good roomservice, and nice design... no negative points on this hotel, only very positive points and even better memories. You have to try the restaurant: delicious! Tower 23 is my favourite hotel and restaurant in San Diego! Will come back because of the design, surf-vibe, friendly staff, restaurant, location and easy-going atmosphere. An excellent beachfront hotel with a luxurious surf-attitude in one of the coolest cities in the world!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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T23Manager, Director of Sales at Tower23 Hotel, responded to this review, 17 October 2011
Awwww.... we think you are super spiffy too! Thanks for the great review. I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed our beach front location, friendly staff and the award-winning, JRDN restaurant.

- Stacy
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

We absolutely loved Tower 23. Great location, right on the beach, EXCELLENT restaurant. We had booked our 4 night stay through luxurylink.com and it included breakfast every morning and one dinner. When we got there, they gave us nice personalized vouchers detailing exactly what was included in our deal. The hotel restaurant/lounge was awesome; rather than go elsewhere, we would have drinks, snacks and lunch there because the food (and service) was amazing. The room itself was pretty bare, white walls and minimal decor but was very spacious with a great bathroom (separate shower and tub). The hotel was quiet when we were there altough the upstairs patio area does get busy in the afternoon (with lots of people "reserving" chairs by leaving their stuff there for hours!). I’m glad we stayed here rather than downtown… Pacific Beach is a very interesting area with lots of great shopping, restaurants, boardwalk, etc. We're hoping to return to Tower 23 because I can’t think of a single thing that would have made our stay more enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Calgary AB
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

My wife and I would never have even known about this hotel had it not been for a hotel mishap in Seattle. Long story short - she has a form of neuropathy that makes it impossible to sleep on a bad mattress. Trying to find a better hotel bed in Seattle eventually led to the discovery of a list of hotels in the US that offer Tempurpedic memory foam mattresses. This list led to our discovery of Tower 23 in Pacific Beach, or 'PB' as it's known by the locals. Our first visit to this little boutique hotel was in February 2011. It was a short visit, but the impression it left on us convinced us to come back for another, longer visit in September 2011.

Let me state right up front, this hotel is not for everyone. It doesn't have a pool - this will turn some people off right away. We didn't care. We didn't come to San Diego to swim in a hotel pool. I've read other reviews on this hotel and noticed a few complaints about the homeless folks who pass by on the beachfront walkway. Pacific Beach has homeless people. You just can't get around that fact. We didn't find it intrusive or offensive in any way. They did not camp out near our hotel.

On to what we liked. The bed, of course. If only every hotel had quality, memory foam mattresses, our trip planning would be so much easier and offer so many other choices. A definite win for Tower 23. The restaurant (JRDN) is great. Depending on the time of year, you can get breakfast there, but lunch and dinner are year-round and of high quality. One thing to be aware of when booking a room is that about half of the beach-facing rooms are directly over the restaurant / bar area. The restaurant has an outdoor patio as well and this place can get noisy when it's crowded. Weekend nights are worst. From our room on the third floor at the south end of the hotel, it wasn't too bad. We got a beach-front room and loved it. Being lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf is my idea of heaven.

The bathroom is modern and well appointed. Nice big shower and a wonderful tub. The water runs into the tub from the ceiling, which is a little disconcerting at first, but it's OK. Just don't stand next to the tub for the first minute, or you'll get splashed. But it is a great tub. The rain shower is a nice touch.

Tower 23 may not have a pool, but they do have a nice Sky Deck, a second floor outdoor deck overlooking the beach with lounge chairs and sofas and a fireplace for night-time. It's a popular spot and is often full of sunbathers in the afternoon.

If you have a car, you may as well splurge on the $20 per day valet parking. Taking a chance to find parking on the street is taking a big risk, as the neighbourhood is very popular and I found it almost impossible to find parking near the hotel. It's just easier with the valet. I particularly love the location of the hotel, because you're right on the ocean, minutes from trendy La Jolla, a short drive from Fashion Valley Mall and easy access to the freeways that get you all around the San Diego area and up the coast to towns like Encinitas and Del Mar. We saved some money not renting a car at the airport and getting one in PB.

So we're very glad we found this hotel. It is our new home whenever we go to San Diego.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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T23Manager, Director of Sales at Tower23 Hotel, responded to this review, 17 October 2011
It is hard to beat the combination of Tempurpedic mattresses, fresh sea air and the lulling sound of the ocean for a good nights sleep. A return visit is the best compliment we can receive, so thank you for coming back to visit to T23!

Stacy
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

We spent the week at Tower23 recently with friends from college. In looking for a hotel in the San Diego area, we wanted something on the beach and Tower 23 fit the bill. It is in a terrific location overlooking Pacific Beach. Rooms were immaculate, beds were comfortable, the staff was friendly, and the firepit, lounge area was great. Valet parking attendants were efficient and helpful (tip - use the free parking coupon from Trip Advisor). When we had a problem with our air conditioning that could not easily be remedied, we were upgraded to another room. Jeremiah and his staff took good care of us. The only problem was the weather did not cooperate and although we were there for a week, never saw a beautiful sunset.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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T23Manager, Director of Sales at Tower23 Hotel, responded to this review, 7 October 2011
I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Our ocean view fire pit is a great place to reconnect with old friends. It's unfortunate that you missed one of SD's famous sunsets. I hope you'll try again and think of us next time you are in town!
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Property: Tower23 Hotel
Address: 4551 Ocean Boulevard, Between Felspar St. & Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92113-1937
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#4 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#30 Family Hotel in San Diego
#40 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tower23 Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an Endless Summer at TOWER23 Hotel Beachside and Ocean View Accommodations. Each room features a private balcony, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, award-winning JRDN Restaurant offering Contemporary Surf + Turf, luxurious sun deck with fire pit and sweeping ocean views. ... more   less 
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