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This book has a deceiving cover. Although the exterior is bland, the interior is one of San Diego's classiest treasures. Westgate Hotel is popular with foreign dignitaries for good reason. The awe-inspiring décor is rich, almost decadent. French tapestries, Napoleonic statues and antiques, original works by Gainsborough and Boucher, hand-cut Baccarat crystal chandeliers, and a dramatic marble staircase only hint at the hospitality and formality this grand hotel offers its guests.
Built in 1910 by the grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, this hotel has been visited by such historic figures as Charles Lindbergh and FDR. Steeped in the ambiance of years gone by, the crystal chandeliers and polished marble pillars gleaming in the lobby are worth a look whether or not you stay here. Queen Anne mahogany furniture graces the over-sized, formally decorated rooms. Comforts such as plush terry robes and in-room movies provide touches of home. Suites offer even more luxuries like cozy fireplaces and private whirlpool tubs.
Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, guests of this hotel can stroll through 16 blocks of Victorian architecture and shops. Each charming room features a gas burning fireplace. Blending old world charm with modern amenities, each room at Horton Grand Hotel boasts period furnishings. Cable TV is included. Some rooms boast a balcony with courtyard or city views. Salt & Whiskey is the on-site restaurant that offers live and local entertainment Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. It also boasts a bar. The gift shop is open 24 hours. The San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park are both 4 blocks from this hotel. Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are within 10 minutes’ drive away.
Whatever your plans in San Diego, the Omni is the place to stay. PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres, is a short walk away. The world famous San Diego Zoo, along with the many other attractions in Balboa Park, is just up the hill. Situated in the heart of the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter, and right across the street from the Convention Center, this hotel has "location, location, location" written all over it. But that's not all. Inside the Omni, guests are treated to the ultimate in luxury and service.
This family-oriented resort is a perennial San Diego favorite. Proximity to the beach, bay, and all activities centered within this 14-acre water world compound make these accommodations an excellent buy. Rooms here are decorated in a tropical motif, and all are studios or suites with kitchenettes. Remember to take the free cruise aboard the Bahia Belle. The children will love it here because of their own special playground.
With expansive views of the Pacific, modern decor and crisp white linens, the TOWER23 hotel is one-of-a-kind. Guests can relax and enjoy the many luxurious amenities offered by this swanky beachside hotel, from the in-room spa treatments and cocktails on the Tower Deck to the suites with whirlpools. Be sure to inquire about their specials and packages which can include private surf lessons to private yoga sessions on the beach.
The 16-floor, rusk-colored Hyatt hotel is clearly one of the more impressive buildings in La Jolla's business district. Once inside, guests enjoy a luxurious atmosphere facilitated by marble floors, high ceilings, luscious greenery, as well as modern-style decor in rusk and gold tones. The hotel has a grand ballroom suitable for holding weddings, corporate meetings, receptions, product launches or any other get-together. Many indoor and outdoor sports events also take place on a small scale. All in all, spending a vacation at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine will be relaxing as well as exciting.
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is an oasis of relaxation. With four swimming pools, two tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a lush golf course designed by Tom Fazio, you can enjoy your activity of choice under the year-round sun of Southern California. The resort also encompasses a selection of shops and an enormous full-service spa to help you get all the kinks out from that last round of golf. The resort's most upscale dining establishment sits atop the fairways, giving diners a serene view of the tough course. The property is adjacent to the Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, through which run various jogging trails. As for the interior, expect smartly-appointed spacious rooms and suites in soothing beiges that match the Moorish-Spanish architecture theme of the whole resort.
Offering ocean views, a pool and private beach access, this California beach accommodation is a delightful rest and rejuvenation stop. A gas fireplace and full kitchen are provided in all rooms. Each one-bedroom apartment provides free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen cable TV, a seating area and an en-suite bathroom at Villa L’Auberge. Inspired by the coastline, rooms are styled in cream, green and blue hues. Guests can lounge poolside and enjoy the surrounding views. A fitness center, hot tub and tennis court are also available for guest use. San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter San Diego International Airport and SeaWorld Marina are within 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) of Villa L’Auberge.