We flew into San Diego and spent one night. I researched several hotels before deciding on this one. It was pricey but definitely worth the full ocean view. The location on the Beach is just slightly north of Crystal Pier and what I feel is nicer /wider part of the boardwalk.
The room itself was very modern. The balcony overlooked the ocean, the boardwalk and Crystal Pier was just to the left. Staff was very friendly and made excellent suggestions.They did not advertise this much but had beach chairs, towels and boogie boards that you could borrow. Went out on boogie boards with the kids ages 11 and 14 and the wavers were awesome. Directly in front of the hotel only surfing is allowed. We walked a few minutes north and there is a swimming only section. We had takeout from World Famous (less than 10 minute walk and highly recommended by the staff) and ordered take out including fish, lobster and shrimp tacos - all delicious, on the balcony of our hotel room. The boardwalk is very crowded in the evening and not a relaxing place to walk if crowded.
The next morning we borrowed the hotel bikes at 6 AM and rode about 2 miles south to Belmont Pier. It was absolutely gorgeous in the morning - very quiet, a few walkers/runners/bikers, and definitely more pleasant than the evening crowd. Based on the recommendations of the front desk, we had breakfast at Broken Yoke (about 1.5 mile drive) which was also excellent.
Overall this was the favorite hotel of our 10 day trip from San Diego to San Francisco due to the location of the hotel, the quality of the room, and the friendliness of the staff, including the check in/check out staff, the concierge who loaned us the beach items, the staff who loaned us the bikes. Also when I called to book a room (and I wanted the ocean view which was not available on line) , the reservation staff found an ocean view, and also gave an AAA discount.
The only drawback is that the bathroom door is a slider which has an opaque panel, so if your kids turn on the bathroom light during the middle of the night it lights up the room like a beacon and wakes up others in the room.
- 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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