L'Auberge Del Mar Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 120-room L'Auberge Del Mar is one of the top hotels on the Southern California coastline. It's located in beautiful Del Mar Village, right next to the beach, and it's farm-to-table restaurant is exceptional. But although rooms are homey and have high-tech amenities, some of the views could be better, and few have tubs.
La Valencia Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 112-room La Valencia Hotel's pink, Mediterranean-style building, constructed in 1926, remains an icon in La Jolla. It has a pool, several restaurants, and a great location next to the beach, amidst downtown La Jolla's shops and galleries.
Paradise Point Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 462-room property near Sea World has sprawling, 44-acre grounds on a private island, activities galore (tennis, a putting green, water sports, basketball), five pools, a mile-long beach, bonfire pits and a spa. Rooms were renovated in 2010 and feature Balinese-inspired decor, patios, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks.