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“Our Favorite Hotel”
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L'Auberge Del Mar
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
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Sacramento, California
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“Our Favorite Hotel”
Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I travel for business. We stay in many fine hotels across the country. Our favorite is L'Auberge. The hotel feels like you are at an exquisite private beach house. The pool area is very nice and the beach is a short walk down the hill. We received excellent service from all of the staff at L'Auberge. We had fun at the bar and a great meal at Kitchen 1540. "Relaxing" is the best word I can think of to describe it.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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LAubergeDelMar, Resort Operations Manager at L'Auberge Del Mar, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Dear John,

Thank you sharing your positive feedback regarding your stay at L’Auberge Del Mar. I am pleased to read that we exceeded your expectations and provided you with unmatched service and a relaxing experience. I look forward to welcoming you back to your “private beach house” each and every time your travels take you to sunny San Diego.

Warm Regards, Resort Operations Manager
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Disappointing! Honestly, I regret not paying more attention to the negative reviews of this hotel before I made a reservation. The negative points were accurate. In a nutshell, for $590 for one night (including ridiculous fees such as $29 for valet, $22 for resort fee) you get: 1)dirty fabrics on sofas & chairs in both the public areas and the rooms 2)dirty carpets 3)dirty walls, doors and switches 4)broken fireplace 5)"premium" rooms only have a d i s t a n t view of the ocean from the far corner of small balcony (which has really uncomfortable chairs) 6)no staff elevator so we were often bumping into the valet or cleaning staff with their carts in the one slow, small elevator 7)aloof staff.

The longer story is that we had requested a specific area of the hotel (based on reviewer suggestions). Our first room was not where the reservations agent indicated it would be. Instead, this "really nice room", according to the front desk, was a half story above a large concrete deck where a wedding was about to commence. We would have had absolutely NO privacy unless we shut the blinds and there would have been a lot of noise. The front desk did change the room but acted miffed about it. We had plans to stay for two nights but chose to go home early instead.

While the architecture/design elements and location were pluses, they definitely did not outweigh the negatives. We did make the best of the situation. We enjoyed the beautiful beach & weather that weekend. But, in retrospect, wished we had spent our hard-earned money somewhere, make that, anywhere else. There is no excuse for this place to be so dirty!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Madison, WV
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Recently a member of our family celebrated their wedding there. It is an excellent location and resort. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and courteous. The resort is all inclusive but situated among several shops and restaurants should you desire. I would recommend this resort, a little pricey but very nice.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Cheryl W
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

The only caveat I would offer about this wonderful property in the heart of Del Mar is to avoid staying here if there's a wedding (which I understand is rather often).My last stay here one was to be held the night I left, and already the laid-back but upscale beachfront vibe was getting a tad frantic. And I believe the reviewers on this site who complain about the weddings - the property is rather small, and it's easy to see even a smallish wedding party swallowing up the whole place

That said, do stay here if in Del Mar when there's not a wedding! The lobby is one of the nicest I've ever seen, with expensive views out to a lovely terrace, then the pool, and beyond, down a short walk, to the glorious Pacific Ocean. Service is personal and friendly in that classes SoCal way; rooms are elegant, if smallish, and have great little outside seating areas. But the real attractions re all the public spaces - the bar, the lobby, the pool (at all hours - very nice at night with the fire pits), the restaurant, etc..And right outside is other downtown Del Mar (charming!) or the beach and ocean (awesome!)

Vey civilized, very elegant and worth a detour if in the vicinity (e.g. San Diego)

Room Tip: I prefer the first floor rooms near the pool because the outside seating areas are wonderful, but th...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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North Tustin, CA
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Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely Easter brunch at the Waterfall Terrace. Great variety of foods, including oysters, crab claws, and ceviche, plus the usual assortment of brunch items.

A little spendy at $65 per person. The one issue was that we were charged $5 per glass of orange juice, which should be included in a $65 brunch...but other than that a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Stayed April 2014
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Belmont, CA
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Just finished a two-night stay. Pluses: location is right on main drag for restaurants, shopping; bed is comfy, room and lobby furnishings are luxurious; food thoughout hotel (restaurant, patio, room service) is outstanding; beach is a quick 5-min walk away. Downsides: pool is very small; difficult to get a view room; service is not quite at par for a luxury hotel at those prices. Rooms not ready at guaranteed check-in time of 4:00 or even close, shower hardware broken and response time to fix was disappointing. Same front desk person dealt with both issues and seemed not particularly concerned or interested in these service glitches.

Room Tip: Ask for highest available floor with ocean view; rest of rooms look out on a street or parking lot.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Aliso Viejo
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

In addition to being a beautiful property with well-appointed rooms, the hotel staff was very hospitable -- I had a sprained ankle and the staff were very helpful with luggage assistance and even brought large bags of ice to my room to help with my ankle swelling. Thanks!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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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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