Del Mar is the Hollywood of San Diego where prosperity, leisure, and notable residents are the norm. This predominantly residential seaside village has grown up around the Del Mar Race Track that has long been its symbol. The adjacent fairgrounds host, among other events, the three-week San Diego County Fair that draws over a million visitors a year. Del Mar has great beaches too. River Mouth and North (Dog) Beaches, Del Mar Beach – a two-mile sandy stretch fronting Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks, and popular Torrey Pines State Beach offer visitors diverse oceanfront experiences. Del Mar Plaza and the surrounding European-style hillside is filled with boutique shops, galleries, cafés, and ocean-view fine dining. The coastal neighborhood, which sits between La Jolla and Solana Beach, has few hotels.
The Del Mar Hotels
Despite the small number of hotels in Del Mar, they serve a wide range of visitors. Independent hotels like Winners Circle Resort, and franchise Clarion Inn Del Mar Inn are a reflection of the best value hotels in the neighborhood. They cater to racing enthusiasts, families, and business professionals alike. L’Auberge, between Del Mar Plaza and the beach, is the neighborhood’s exemplary historic luxury hotel. Visitors will find boutique hotels like the charming Les Artistes Inn and Secret Garden Inn (on the same property), or Hotel Indigo Del Mar with its posh rooms and suites to be irresistible.
Who Should Stay at Del Mar
Discerning travelers who appreciate the ambiance of a historic luxury hotel will find it at L’Auberge in Del Mar. It is the only hotel of its kind in the neighborhood. The ambiance at L’Auberge Del Mar leans toward adult sophistication with 120 estate-style guest rooms. This award-winning coastal retreat has everything from a 5000-square-foot full-service spa to rooftop rocking chairs for catching a Southern California sunset. L’Auberge is also a good choice for a luxurious getaway for two.
Great value hotels like the Clarion Inn Del Mar Inn on the southern end of the neighborhood and Winners Circle Resort on the northern edge provide visitors with affordable accommodations with an array of value-added amenities. Families will love resort-style family amenities like pools and arcades, business professionals will appreciate their tech-friendliness, and racing enthusiasts will enjoy their proximity to the track, avoiding racing season’s heavy traffic snarls.
For the romantic, the boutique hotels of Del Mar are as mesmerizing as the neighborhood itself. Visitors will be hard-pressed to find a more charming and unique hotel anywhere in San Diego than Les Artistes Inn and Secret Garden Inn. Though they are two different inns, they are on the same property and offer guests a romantic and private sanctuary. Hotel Indigo Del Mar combines romance with upscale amenities like spa showers and ocean-view balconies. Couples will love the boutique hotels of Del Mar.