Del Mar Travel Guide
Hotel Indigo San Diego
You can make a reservation at the new Hotel Indigo Del Mar starting January 3 on its website. The newly branded hotel, which is taking over the Best Western Stratford Inn, will make its grand debut on January 2.
After a $25 million dollar renovation, this once-fusty French-style inn on the shores of San Diego’s North County is finally looking more like a luxury beach getaway.
L’Auberge Del Mar is located in the surfer haven of Del Mar. Formerly the domain of society doyennes, who flocked to the formerly dark and antiquated lobby for daily tea service, the new Auberge has opened up the space with a wall of windows that looks out upon the glimmering Pacific Ocean, and whose ceiling is supported by white-washed wooden beams.
The Hilton San Diego Del Mar has a Gas Package going on for summer travelers.
The Gas and Go package gives guests a gas gift card for $25, free self-parking, and breakfast buffet for two.
The cost is $30 more than the best available rate which hovers around $180 a night and does not normally include breakfast.
For some reason, we always thought self-parking was free at hotels, but that was probably just in our fantasy hotel land. At the Hilton San Diego Del Mar it costs $14 to self-park, so this is a nice bit of savings.
The L'Auberge Del Mar hotel near San Diego has just completed a huge $25 million renovation of the entire property and will open its rooms again starting June 6, 2008. Special rates are starting at $355 a night, so it's not a deal but when the prices jump back up to $500 a night, you will regret not taking advantage of this. Enter promo code G10190 to book.
[Photo: Courtney May]
L'Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa has a lot of pressure to maintain its swank. The complex is located in Southern California, where anything built before the millennium is considered a historic site and where an infinity pool comes standard at every self-respecting resort.
That's why the already-ritzy L'Auberge, in San Diego, will close its doors on Nov. 19 to embark on a $25 million renovation. The 120-room hotel is scheduled to reopen in June.
The cash will go to rebuild more than 12,000 square feet of the complex, including a new 2,000-square-foot outdoor wedding and event area. Also, guest rooms will be revamped and a new lobby, restaurant, and spa will be unveiled. New landscaping will trim the nipped-and-tucked complex.
The hotel's owners hope the facelift will give the resort, which stands as it was built in 1989, the competitive edge it needs to survive.
"A decade ago, having 300-count linen bedding was a big deal; now people can buy that for their homes at Wal-Mart," said Bjorn Hanson, a New York-based hospitality industry consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. "There is an increased need for the 'wow' factor when people check into a luxury hotel."
[Photo: Courtney May]