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“Great Location wonderful staff beautiful stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Auberge Del Mar

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L'Auberge Del Mar
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
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San Francisco, California
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99 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Great Location wonderful staff beautiful stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

Our son attends USD so we often travel down to San Diego from SF to see him and grab some vacation time. We have stayed in many locations in the area but decided to head a little north this time to Del Mar as we had driven by and loved the look of the village.

The Auberge itself feels very small, but has quite a few floors and rooms. The rooms are beach classic in looks; clean natural colors and comfy furniture. ( a wee bit frayed around the edges, but I'm a complete stickler and my husband said no one else would have noticed) We were there for 3 nights and 4 days in total.

We stayed in the standard room, which was quite nice - we had no view, but it was nice to have a verandah to sit out and have a glass of wine on. No tub in the bathroom, which was absolutely fine, but the bathroom itself was lovely, all marble and very upscale furnishings and shower with glass surround. The staff was wonderful - it felt like we were in a much smaller hotel as everyone was very kind and yet professional and went out of their way to help us find locations, rental bikes, restaurants, and best ways to get into town. You have to hand it to the valets as well - not only do they deal with a very small porte cochere, but there was a sizable wedding going on and guests were arriving not just to stay but to attend the wedding or eat at one of the onsite restaurants, and they were not only cheerful but took the time to give directions and ask us how our day was going.
Very California laid-back vibe but totally efficient.

We ate and drank at the Waterfall Terrace on 2 occasions and it was lovely to be able to watch the sun set over the water from our perch. Food was very good - California fresh farm-to-table etc. We also had room service, which was quite good and delivered in a very short time. The ONLY very minor problem was - no HBO! Game of Thrones was premiering and I ended up watching on my iPad. What 4 star property doesn't have HBO?? I realize you are on vacation and should not be watching tv, however....it's Game of Thrones on a Sunday night! In any case...we will be back. (PS Wi-fi was great - not slow or cutting out whatsoever on my GOT streaming)

Location was wonderful - just a short walk down to the beach and a nice park overlooking the beach, walkable to the entire village, easy to get to the 5 and San Diego, or to the racetrack if that's your thing, and many varied restaurants (Chinese, Mexican, fish, steak, etc.). Nice to be near SD but not IN it. :-)

Room Tip: Next time we would definitely upgrade to a partial view - suites seemed a tad overpriced at $1500 a...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

had a gorgeous visit this week for our spring break, lovely service, gorgeous property and the town is so cute. lots of great restaurants, lovely beach, playground all at our fingertips. will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

My husband and I just returned from a wedding in San Diego. We arrived a day earlier than other couples, so we decided to spend a romantic night in Del Mar and heard good things about L'Auberge. Everything about our stay was perfect. The property was immaculate and everyone from the bell hop to the front desk worker were very friendly and helpful. Our room was very well decorated and clean and came with our own little outdoor patio overlooking the pool area... perfect for watching sunsets/sunrises. That night we sipped on cocktails by the bar next to the fire pit. The view was stunning and the bartender was great. We then walked across the street to Pacific and had a well priced, fine dining experience with a view of the water. My husband and I wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Keli P
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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

This hotel is in a great location in the center of Del Mar within walking distance to excellent restaurants and the beach. They have an awesome patio restaurant and bar to enjoy the perfect weather and watch the sunset. The lobby bar has live entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights. The front desk staff (Taylor & Joe) were extremely helpful in securing reservations at sought after area restaurants. The concierge, Vicky, recommended easy hikes at Torrey Pines State Park that had breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean & arranged transportation via the hotel bellman. Overall, a great value for the area!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrsMasonM
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

I actually got married here, so I may be a little bias, but this place is spectacular. The rooms are beautiful, the staff is friendly and the food is outstanding. There's no better place to be than sitting outside with a glass of wine and taking in the beautiful sunset over the ocean. If you don't stay here, you should stop in for a cocktail.

It's the ideal location in Del Mar, nestled right in the downtown area. Most shops and restaurants are within walking distance.

Seriously, you can't go wrong with this place....it's stunning!

Room Tip: Book the ones with a fireplace
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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LAubergeDelMar, Director of Resort Operations at L'Auberge Del Mar, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Ashley,
Congratulations on your wedding! I am so pleased to hear that you had a fabulous time here at L'Auberge on your wedding day! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.
Kind Regards,
Victoria
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

I was here for a work event, but it felt like a vacation based on the service and amenities. Great food, warm and attentive staff, and beautiful views. I'd come back in a heartbeat! The front desk was very helpful in accommodating a later checkout (though I had to pay), and always addressed me by name. The event staff was fabulous - there for every need. All of our attendees were in love with the experience, which is an important part of the event. I want to come back here for a real vacation now!

Room Tip: Splurge on the ocean view - you'll be glad you did.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alex S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We arrived at 11AM and they had a room ready for us:). The room was very clean, large and included a safe and fridge. The large balcony faced the main street(valet parking) but was very quiet. Unfortunately, the bathroom didn't have a bathtub.(I like to soak.) The soap provided smelled great.
We went to brunch on the terrace and I enjoyed the lobster Benny with prosciutto which was great, except I thought the hash brown potatoes that accompanied it were undercooked. My husband had the California omelette and thought it was ok. The service was fantastic.
After a walk on the beach we headed to the pool to soak up the sun. The pool server was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the jacuzzi.
In opposition to other reviewers, everyone I encountered that worked there was friendly and helpful.
Total bill for 1 night $471. ( Room, brunch and valet) I expected turn down service with a chocolate on my pillow- but that would be a 5*hotel.

Room Tip: You might want an ocean view if you're going to spend lots of time on the balcony.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: L'Auberge Del Mar
Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2411
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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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Del Mar
#3 Family Hotel in Del Mar
#3 Business Hotel in Del Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — L'Auberge Del Mar 5*
Number of rooms: 120
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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