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“Classic Hotel, Charming upscale small beach town” 5 of 5 stars
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L'Auberge Del Mar
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014   |  
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Complimentary Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Del Mar
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San Diego, Calif
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“Classic Hotel, Charming upscale small beach town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The hotel is lovely and has upscale attractive features and great views. They serve tasty treats at the front desk about mid-day. Go by if you in the area. The spa is nice. The immediate area is charming and walkable with nice restaurants and cute shops. The best attraction is the beach and grassy park above the beach. You are close enough to go to San Diego, Seaworld, Legoland, The Zoo and Safari Park. The down sides are the proximity to the train tracks and the fact that they schedule weddings and other events in the public areas (beside the pool and in the lobby) which makes it awkward for the hotel guests. All in all I would go back in a heart beat.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

Enjoyed our stay. The service was friendly and efficient. The room was pleasant and nicely decorated.
The structure seems somewhat dated and could use a facelift. The only elevator, for example, is less attractive than a typical freight elevator. Overall, however, it is a fun place and worth a stay.


Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

You don't often spend a full day in a hotel conference room with a view. The rest of the hotel accommodations are just fine for what this is, a well maintained, "classic" property". I stopped by the front desk roughly twice a day with different requests. Other than sometimes having to wait for someone to emerge from the office, my experiences with a number of these staff was fine. The rooms are comfortable. My bathroom was definitely above par. Getting to them is a bit of a rat's maze. I found it challenging the first time, though not thereafter; I did encounter a few people who had stayed a day or more roaming the halls in a bit of a daze. Also, those of us still foolish enough to travels Windows laptops complained of WiFi signal strength. Apples worked just fine everywhere in the facility.

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper, assure you get a room away from the pool and from the ocean side of t...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

To my daughter and I - the best part of our stay was the friendly and very accommodating valet service. Really fun guys!

We stayed here for 2 nights in the middle of September, so the weather was wonderful, but a little less crowded then usual - I think.

Cons: the service at the front desk was not very friendly. For some reason, I had a number of questions to ask (about pretty petty issues). I was not rude, in fact I may have been overly "nice". I was still given a bit of an attitude, as if I was inconveniencing them! I did enjoy the little cupcakes, though - nice touch.

Rooms were a little on the small size, but ours did have a balcony, which we enjoyed!

Pros: The hotel is beautiful with an inviting open-air lobby and comfortable furniture. I really enjoyed the different "locations" around the hotel where you could sit, have a drink and visit. This includes the small pool area, the bar outside the pool with a firepit, the wood terrace (off the lobby), the lobby area as well as the lobby lounge.

Unfortunately, we paid rack rate for our visit and I do not feel the value matched the rate.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The room and the surrounds were very nice but as other reviewers have noted when they have any large parties / wedding there is no consideration for the hotel guests and the noise level is unaccaptable felt like I was staying in a luxury frat house.
a commuter train going by every couple hours adjacent to the hotel didnt help either

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had several encounters with poor service at this supposedly 4-star property. We experienced during multiple occasions the wait staff at the main outside restaurant and the pool staff being rude to us and other guests. At other times, they just purposely ignored us while we waited to be served.

The other beef is that the hotel will book the main patio that serves as the only access to the beach for private parties and cordons off that area.

The property is very nice and the location is excellent. Why can't they figure out a way to delivery good service?

Room Tip: Don't spend the money for a room facing the pool - it is too noisy at night. The entry-level ro...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Walnut Creek, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

L'Auberge was an excellent venue for a wedding. Our event coordinator was the best and the hotel and catering staff was very open to doing things our way. I highly recommend them for a special event. Our guests even commented on the excellent food and beverages offered.

The valet staff was also excellent. We had two luggage racks full of items for the wedding and the valets cheerfully moved them about the hotel for us, as needed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about L'Auberge Del Mar

Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
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Location: United States > California > Del Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Del Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — L'Auberge Del Mar 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L'Auberge Del Mar offers all you need to create those perfect moments...a private path to the beach, poolside cabanas, a spa to relax in, award winning dining – and that’s just on the grounds. You can meander to the shops in Del Mar, golf by the sea, watch the horse races and simply enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. We can’t wait to see you here. ... more   less 
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