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L'Auberge Del Mar 4.5

Del Mar, San Diego, California

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Pros

  • Located in charming Del Mar Village with direct access to beach
  • Stylish rooms with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Rooms have private balconies or terraces, some with ocean views and fireplaces
  • Lots of outdoor seating space with several oceanfront terraces
  • Acclaimed restaurant with farm-to-table fare, plus alfresco dining and two bars
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub with loungers, cabanas, and ocean views
  • Luxury full-service spa
  • Modern fitness center and two tennis courts
  • Extensive meeting and event facilities

Cons

  • Obligatory resort fee
  • Reports of spotty Wi-Fi signal
  • Pool is small
  • Rooms facing the parking lot can get noise
  • No tubs in most rooms
  • Only valet parking available for a fee

Bottom Line

The 121-room L'Auberge Del Mar is a luxury beachfront property in the beautiful Del Mar Village and one of the top hotels on the Southern California coastline. Lovely, homey rooms have private balconies or terraces, some overlooking the ocean, though others have lackluster views of the parking lot (and might get noise). The hotel’s renowned restaurant serves tasty farm-to-table fare, and there are two bars (one with live music) as well as alfresco dining on a lovely terrace with coastal views. Guests can indulge in a dose of pampering at the full-service spa or sweat it out in the modern gym or on the hotel’s two tennis courts. The pool is small, but offers padded loungers and cabanas, and there’s a direct path to the beach. Rates include an obligatory resort fee, which covers facilities and Wi-Fi, but the signal is reportedly spotty and slow. 

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Scene

A classic, elegant hotel next to the beach

Alfresco dining at Kitchen 1540

L'Auberge Del Mar is a treat for the senses from the moment guests step into the spacious, cream-hued lobby. Elegant sofas and ottomans fill the space, which has hardwood floors, lots of large windows filling the room with natural light, and potted topiaries. Glass doors open onto a large, furnished terrace that offers gorgeous views over the Pacific Ocean. The lovely grounds include many outdoor seating areas on a number of terraces, all of which overlook the ocean, as well as green lawns, plants, and palm trees. The renowned Kitchen 1540 restaurant features stylish, modern decor with an open kitchen and a lovely terrace for alfresco dining with cabanas and plush sofas. The vibe throughout is upscale, yet relaxed, and attracts a well-heeled clientele of mostly couples.

Location

Located by the beach in the beautiful and laid-back Del Mar Village

Map of L'Auberge Del Mar

L'Auberge Del Mar is located directly on the beach, in the picturesque and pocket-size Del Mar Village, home to great restaurants and shops. The vibe here is typical SoCal -- laid-back, relaxed, and quiet. Though the small village feeling has been preserved, San Diego’s vibrant nightlife is only a 20-minute drive away, so it’s also a good spot for those looking forward to a night out in town and a day on some of the most beautiful beaches in California. The resort is a short drive away from several attractions including the Del Mar Race Track (three minutes away), Torrey Pines State Park (nine minutes), and the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Fields (nine minutes), as well as being close to several golf courses, such as the Grand Golf Club (16 minutes) and Encinitas Ranch Golf Course (18 minutes). The San Diego International Airport can be reached in 20 minutes, while the Los Angeles International Airport is about 90 minutes away.

Rooms

Homey, luxurious rooms with high-tech amenities and private balconies, but no tubs

Marble soaking tub in the Pacific Suite

L'Auberge Del Mar's 121 spotless rooms have the homey feel of a luxury beach house. They're doused in soft colors: cream walls, white wood furniture, and plush white beds topped with olive-hued duvets and accent pillows emblazoned with a subtle palm tree print. Tasteful details like framed palm tree illustrations on the walls add a tropical touch. Rooms open onto private patios or balconies furnished with seating, some of which offer coastal ocean or garden views, though some overlook the parking lot. All rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, work desks, fluffy bathrobes, and free Wi-Fi (though spotty), and some have marble fireplaces. Lovely marble bathrooms have walk-in rainfall showers (some suites also have soaking tubs), ample vanity areas, and a range of toiletries.

Features

Renowned restaurant and two bars, full-service spa, modern fitness center, two tennis courts, and extensive event space -- but obligatory resort fee

Outdoor relaxation area at the full-service spa

The hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Kitchen 1540, serves an American farm-to-table menu of seafood, meat, salads, and an acclaimed roasted pumpkin risotto for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The stylish space has an outdoor patio for alfresco dining, as well as a full bar with an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. The outdoor Coastline restaurant has a California-style menu and a good selection of wines and cocktails. The Living Room Bar is located in the lobby and features a happy hour as well as live music nights, while the poolside Bleu Bar serves a selection of drinks and light bites.

The hotel has a full-service spa offering an array of treatments including massages, facials, waxing, and nail services, with 10 treatment rooms and both indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. There’s also a fitness center that’s well equipped with modern machines, plus two lighted tennis courts. The outdoor pool is small, but offers padded loungers and cabanas to relax in, and there’s a hot tub as well. A landscaped footpath from the property leads directly to Del Mar Beach. The hotel has extensive meeting and event facilities including two ballrooms with terraces and six meeting rooms. There is a business center on-site. An obligatory resort fee is included in the room rates and covers facilities and Wi-Fi, though the signal is reportedly spotty and slow.

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Address

1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, California 92014, United States

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Plaza Room
  • Premier Deluxe Room
  • Resort Room
  • Suite

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