Oceanfront hotels range in price and style from modest surf hotels to luxurious resort hotels. Expect panoramic ocean views, broad private or public beaches, and easy access to watersports amenities. Many provide beach gear that is either complimentary or included in resort fees such as chair and umbrella set ups on the sand, beach toys, and beach towels. Rentals may include boogie boards, surfboards, SUP boards, kayaks, or motorized equipment. These hotels often have heated pools, hot tubs, on-site spas, fitness centers, and waterfront restaurants. Beach fire pits, barbeques, in-room massages, and surfboard storage facilities are common amenities. Watersports lessons and supervised activities can also be expected.
San Diego Beach Hotels
Many of the beach hotels in San Diego have modern interiors with upscale amenities. Tower 23 in Pacific Beach offers beachfront open-air dining in a sophisticated ambiance with sleek décor. The stylish Pacific Terrace Hotel, also in Pacific Beach, has an oceanfront outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and ocean-facing fitness center. Both hotels are near the neighborhood’s iconic Crystal Pier. Each offers complimentary beach gear with a small resort fee. Additional perks include complimentary breakfast, 24-hour concierge service, and attraction discounts.
In San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood, La Jolla Shores Hotel sits right on the beach. It is equipped with a recreational pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. Watersports rentals are available at nearby activity centers. Ocean facing rooms with patios or balconies, in-room spa services, underground parking, and complimentary DVD rentals are a few of the hotel’s perks. The enclave of villas and cottages at Beach Village at The Del provides a luxurious beach experience. Located on a private beach, hotel guests enjoy a secluded pool, cabanas, and in-villa meals prepared by an award-winning personal chef. There is also an array of more budget-friendly beachfront accommodations in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla.
Best San Diego Neighborhoods for Beach Hotels
Mission Beach and Pacific Beach combined have the most beach hotels of any San Diego neighborhoods. They are either directly on side-by-side Mission and Pacific beaches, or across Mission Boulevard in the Mission Bay Aquatic Park. There are luxury beach hotels, resort hotels, and budget-friendly oceanfront hotels from which to choose. Besides the luxury and resort hotels, affordable Blue Sea Beach Hotel and Surfer Beach Hotel are on Pacific Beach, and Beach Haven Inn is a block from the beach. The hotels in La Jolla suit the neighborhood; they are pricey and upscale. La Jolla Shores Hotel and La Jolla Cove Suites are excellent options.