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This 'Sunshine on Sale' Package from the San Diego Hyatt Regency is Not So Sunny

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  Site Where: 1441 Quivira Road [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
January 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina is trying to capitalize on San Diego's sun-filled days with its new Sunshine on Sale package that promises a free night if you stay at least two evenings.

The package is supposed to save you more than 30 percent off the room. It sounds all sunshine and butterflies, but is it really a deal?

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Pets Get Their Own Loyalty Program at San Diego's Hyatt Regency

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  Site Where: 1441 Quivira Road [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
November 12, 2010 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now you have an incentive to bring your pooch with you to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. Fifi can rack up her own points in hotel's new loyalty program for pets.

Similar to the Hyatt Gold Passport program for humans, Gold Pawsport rewards pets for their frequent stays. The more stays pets add to their passport, the bigger the prizes, which include everything from gift certificates to personalized ID carrier tags.

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The Perfect Sunset Views From Tower 23 In Pacific Beach

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  Site Where: 4551 Ocean Blvd [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
October 26, 2010 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

We’ve actually written about the killer views of Tower 23 in Pacific Beach, San Diego before - twice before, in fact, but to disagree with our mother, you can never have too much of a good thing, so we’re going to share this picture we took from our balcony the night before last.

Completely unphotoshopped, and taken on our alright but not amazing camera. Do we need to say more?

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Paradise Point Tries to Give Its Bungalows an Island Vibe Makeover

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  Site Where: 1404 Vacation Road [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
February 25, 2010 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

The bedroom was done up in natural colors with a batik-style bed throw made in Java.

San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa recently unveiled part of its $20 million renovation so we took at peek at the newly done-up bungalow guestrooms. The full makeover will be finished in April.

Set on a 44-acre peninsula in Mission Bay, the resort was originally created as a playground for Hollywood producer Jack Skirball in 1962. Now it's a tucked-away resort that's ideal for families, since SeaWorld is just down the road.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay is Throwing Kids a Poolside Halloween Party

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  Site Where: 1441 Quivira Road [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
October 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Instead of trick-or-treating in the cold, where your kid's forced to put a bulky coat over his adorable Transformers costume, you can spend Halloween with the fam poolside at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, so you can get some sun in San Diego while you partake in spooky events.

This is the first time the hotel is getting into the holiday spirit with Halloween happenings. The hotel's three water slides will get a scary twist with haunted music accompaniment and creepy lights. While you're in the water, you can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, which will be screened near the pool. There'll also be a "Monster Mash" hula-hoop contest and fireside stories as well. But it wouldn't be Halloween without some treats, so while you watch the movie, gobble on s'mores oozing with orange marshmallows and candy corn.

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Guests Get Free Bay Cruises at San Diego's Bahia Resort

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  Site Where: 998 W. Misson Bay Dr. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
September 15, 2009 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tons of hotels have amenities like fitness rooms and pools. But the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego offers an unusual perk: free cruises in lovely Mission Bay.

Located on a secluded 14-acre peninsula, the hotel is in a prime spot for a cruise. The Bahia takes advantage of the location with its Bahia Belle, a turn-of-the-century, Mississippi-style sternwheeler that circles the bay in a 45-minute to one-hour cruise.

The boat makes stops at the hotel and its sister property the Catamaran Resort Hotel, whose guests also get a complimentary cruise. You can disembark and head into Catamaran's Moray's Lounge for some free live jazz piano on Fridays and Saturdays. But there's no need to leave the ship to hear some tunes, as the cruise offers live swinging blues, DJs and dancing.

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Another Hotel Rate Gimmick: Your Room Rate is the Year You Were Born

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  Site Where: 4551 Ocean Blvd. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
August 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tower23 Hotel wants to give you a birthday present. To celebrate your big day, the San Diego hotel offers the three-night "It's My Party" package, in which you get one night discounted according to the year you were born.

The way it works is if you stay at the beachside hotel during your birthday month for two nights, the third night will cost the price of your birth year. For example, if you were born in 1980, you'll pay $80 on the third evening of your stay. So the older you are, the better the deal. The birthday girl or guy also will get a complimentary bottle of bubbly at check-in (so there's also a 21-and-older requirement). It's not a chocolate cake with candles, but we'll take it. The b-day package will be available through July 31.

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Room With a Killer View: Down on the Boardwalk at San Diego

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  Site Where: 4551 Ocean Blvd. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
March 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

San Diego's Tower 23 bills itself as the only luxury hotel on the beach around San Diego and as an urban beach resort, and when we see killer views like this one that our punk koala dropped in the HotelChatter Flickr pool, we are happy to agree that it's a true beach hangout.

Even the name is 100% entwined with the beach: Tower 23 is the number of the Pacific Beach lifeguard tower in front of the hotel. At Tower 23, however, this is not your Pacific Island beach view with nothing but rolling waves to watch--more likely there'll be hundreds of boardwalk visitors and beachcombers--so don't expect privacy and calm to go with the beautiful view. If you're happy with a bit more excitement and action, then you're in the right place.

[Photo: our punk koala]

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Room with a Killer View: Tower23

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  Site Where: 4551 Ocean Blvd. [map], Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
May 18, 2006 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

There's really not much to hate about this view from the beachfront hotel, Tower 23 in San Diego.

However, we know for a fact that the other side of the building overlooks a Smart & Final parking lot so be sure to request a Surf Room.

Related Stories:
· Tower23 reviews [TripAdvisor]
· San Diego Style: Tower23's Beach Vibe [HotelChatter]

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Angeleno Hotel: Can it open this month?

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  Site Where: Sepulveda Blvd. [map], Los Angeles, ca, United States, 92109
February 3, 2006 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we took these photos of the new Joie De Vivre property, Hotel Angeleno, which was scheduled to open early this month. Though we didn't check out the inside, our guess would be that Angeleno saw its shadow yesterday and may not be open for another six weeks or so.

The penthouse floors, which are to include a restaurant, were boarded up, construction crews were all over the place and they didn't look like they would be packing up anytime soon.

Now we know hotels have pulled off soft openings while construction is still going on, and we hope Angeleno shows up up and hands out key cards in the next two weeks, but in the meantime, people looking to stay in Los Angeles near the Getty musuem can settle for the Luxe Hotel across the street (and just a few feet further from the freeway exit that surrounds the Angeleno property.) Stay tuned.

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San Diego Hotel Scene: Tower 23's Beach Vibe

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  Site Where: 4551 Ocean Blvd. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92109
February 3, 2006 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tower 23 Hotel is not in San Diego proper but about a 10-minute ride from downtown in Pacific Beach.

For those looking for more of a beach experience than a city experience, this is the place to be. The hotel sits literally at the edge of the beach, near the pier and in the middle of everything--beachgoers, bikers, joggers, skaters, rollerbladers, etc. The inside decor of the hotel is minimalist (no furniture accents like at the Hotel Solamar here) and white. It's so white, it almost feels institutional.

All of the hotel's 44 rooms are given different names depending on the view. Surf has ocean views, sky rooms have partial views of the ocean and spirit rooms have the "non-ocean" views or put more bluntly, the view of the Smart&Final parking lot.

More on Tower23 and pictures after the jump.

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Tower23 in San D

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  Site Where: 4551 Ocean Blvd. [map], Pacific Beach, CA, United States, 92109
June 27, 2005 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

The LA Times calls the soon-to-be-opened Tower23 Hotel in San Diego an aspiring "uber-hip habitat."

The 44-room hotel is set to open near the Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach on July 15.

"With room categories such as Sweet Suite and Surf Pad and a restaurant menu with headings such as 'way cool' and 'getting warm,' Tower23 Hotel sounds a bit like '50s beatnik meets the beach.

On the web site the hotel says its a mixture of plenty things from "london chic" to "sydney vibe" to "south beach sizzle."

Staying true to its location, the hotel was named after a nearby lifeguard tower and uses lots of glass windows so that the beach and ocean are always in view.

Instead of a nightclub or regular swimming pool, the hotel will have " a wading pool with a waterfall and fiber-optic illumination at night, teak tables and chairs, and food and bar service."

Another thing the hotel will have is exclusivity. The pool/bar areas is only open to hotel guests and their friends.

Is the velvet rope coming to San Diego?

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