Tower 23 Hotel

San Diego, California

Oct 26, 2006
Outside Magazine
Tower 23 Hotel

Rooftop Rejuvenation    Photo: courtesy, Tower 23 Hotel

TOWER 23 HOTEL // San Diego, California
Overlooking miles of golden sand framed by bluffs in both directions, this 44-room, three-story mod surf palace is the hippest beachfront hotel on the Southern California coast. Opened in July 2005 and named for the nearest lifeguard station, Tower 23, with its clean lines, stands out on surf-slacker-dominated Pacific Beach. Its emphasis on glass warms the minimalist interiors with exposure to the elements (sun, sand, and surf), and the nocturnal glow of Jordan, the hotel's sleek restaurant and bar, attracts local revelers for sunset libations and midnight mingling—proof that high style is a welcome addition in down-to-earth PB.
ROOM & BOARD: There are LCD flat-screens and XBoxes, Wi-Fi Internet access, Tempur-Pedic beds, frosted glass doors, and a deck complete with fire pit and dipping pool. But the beach is the thing. Get a corner oceanfront room, open the balcony doors, and baste yourself in salt air. Or pop a bottle of Cali's finest pinot on the lanai and watch bronze surfers jockey for position by Crystal Pier, bikini-clad blondes patrol the boardwalk, and barefoot beachcombers hunt for seashells. Afterwards, float downstairs to Jordan for California cuisine done your way. Design your own salad and top it off with any cut of certified organic meat, from New York to porterhouse, or sustainably harvested fish like wild salmon, ahi, or scallops. Then add a rub and a sauce and choose two sides. But save room for dessert: The coffee bean custard and the Hotel23 chocolate bar are outrageous.
OUT THE BACK DOOR: Borrow a board and wetsuit ($20 per half-day) and paddle out to Crystal Pier break. Make like a local, rent a beach cruiser ($10 per day), and pedal the four-mile bike path to Mission Beach. Or lace up and run the hardpack at low tide.
DETAILS: Doubles from $199; 866-869-3723,