San Diego Coastline Hotels

by Dawn R. Levesque
Scripps Pier off the La Jolla coastline provides visitors with dramatic panoramas,

Scripps Pier off the La Jolla coastline provides visitors with dramatic panoramas,

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San Diego’s coastline spans more than 70 miles and has a varied landscape of sandy beaches, majestic cliffs and sandstone coastal bluffs. This diverse landscape provides the picture-perfect backdrop to local hotels along the coast. When searching for San Diego coastline hotels, note that each San Diego community has distinctive characteristics and appeal. Popular hotel vacation spots along San Diego’s coastline include Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar and Carlsbad.

Landmark Hotels

The iconic red spires of Hotel del Coronado exemplify Victorian-era splendor at its finest. The Del, as it is locally known, was awarded one of the “Top 10 Resorts in the World” by USA Today. Guests find contemporary comforts and luxuries such as an award-winning full-service spa, coastal cuisine and resort-style rooms with full ocean views. Treat yourself to Sunday brunch in the Del’s cavernous Crown Room. The room’s vaulted 33-foot-high vaulted-ceiling is considered an architectural marvel, while its brunch was rated as “Best Sunday Brunch” by San Diego Downtown News.

Family-Friendly Hotels

Situated on the calmer waters of Mission Bay, Paradise Point Resort and Spa has an easy-going Hawaiian setting. The hotel’s mile of sandy beach and five pools entertain families while its Kids Kamp during the summer months offers activities for ages three through 12. Families seeking on-site amusements may find outdoor recreational games, aquatic sports, 18-hole putting course and lawn croquet. The hotel has a full-service marina as well as bike rentals. Off-site, Mission Bay’s aquatic playground surrounds the hotel’s peninsula. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the family-friendly Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel is adjacent to Legoland. The hotel provides a family-escape with daily family events such as scavenger hunts, movies by the pool, Wii night challenges and family pizza bingo. The hotel’s game room occupies kids with ping-pong, board games and foosball. A plus is the free hotel shuttle to Legoland. On warm afternoons, cool down in the family pool and interactive water park after spending time at the park. Karl Strauss Brewery, the on-site restaurant features a children’s menu. For families who prefer to eat in, deluxe rooms come with kitchenettes.

Boutique Hotels

Treat yourself to a beach getaway at Hotel Parisi in La Jolla. In an urban setting, the Hotel Parisi provides guests an opportunity of solitude and relaxation. Upon entering the hotel, you are immediately embraced with the hotel’s Zen-elegance. This luxury hotel is holistically-inspired with a contemporary design enmeshed with Feng Shui elements. In the privacy of your spacious guest room, experience one of the hotel’s spa treatments, such as yoga sessions, acupuncture and massage. Take time to discover La Jolla’s fashionable boutiques and galleries and fine dining. For a mini-escape, book a room at L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa situated in seaside Del Mar overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Among Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Resorts” of 2010, L’Auberge retains a beach-estate ambiance more suitable for adult guests. For a quieter stay, book one of the village-view rooms with a cozy fireplace and vaulted ceilings. In the course of your stay, follow the private footpath to the beach, receive instruction from a tennis coach, pamper yourself with a day of relaxation at Spa L’Auberge or relax by the pool bar to the soothing sounds of a waterfall. The hotel is steps away from the stylish boutiques and fine dining of Del Mar village.

Luxury Hotels

Atop a bluff overlooking La Jolla cove, the historic La Valencia Hotel imparts an Old World ambiance. Its 1920s pink and tiled Mediterranean façade assimilates with the surrounding La Jolla Village shops. This Condé Nast Traveler Gold List hotel prides itself on its immaculate gardens and cinematic Pacific Ocean views. Though room décor varies, the majority of the spacious 117 rooms feature a muted palette and all-marble bathrooms. Reserve a room in the newer villas that include a cozy fireplace and full-butler service. Wine connoisseurs rejoice with the hotel’s expansive selection of more than 1,000 wines in the Sky Room located on the eleventh floor.

About the Author

Dawn Renée Levesque has been a writer for over 30 years. Her travel and fashion photographs have been exhibited in Europe and the United States. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Levesque is the author of "Women Who Walk With the Sky" and co-author of "Wisdom of Bear." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography.

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