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“Terrific hotel overall”
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Tower23 Hotel
Ranked #7 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
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“Terrific hotel overall”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Loved this hotel only a few feet away from Pacific Beach beach. The rooms are magnificent with wonderful Tempur-Pedic bed. Stayed in Surf Pad room with direct view of the beach. Our only complaint (minor) was lighting in the sink area of the bathroom was not bright enough. Also no pool/hot tub is a small minus but with the Pacific "pool" steps away this is not a biggie. It is easy to walk to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Also a very small lobby area but we didn't need a lot of space there. Loved it!

Room Tip: Surf Pad rooms worth the extra cost. Rated Pool/Spa as terrible because of non-existence.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Just returned from 5 fabulous days at Tower23 Hotel. Everything about this hotel was first class. It's in a great location of the beach, the staff was super friendly, the beds and pillows super comfy, delicious restaurant and great area to sit out by fire pit with a glass of wine listening to the sounds of the waves. Can't wait to come back.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Tower23 couldn't have been a better choice for two out of town Kiwi's looking to combine business with pleasure on a trip to San Diego without our kids. The hotel was fantastic and just what we were looking for - modern, chic and very comfortable. It is situated right on the beach with the added benefits of a great, popular bar and restuarant where we enjoyed several meals during our stay.
There is a lovely large lounge area which looks out over the beach and pier which is available for guests only and which has fantastic bar service from downstairs. We had guests over for a few drinks one evening and we had a great time sitting in the sun on the large loungers being waited on by the friendly staff.
The rooms were modern, good size and extremely comfortable with every facility you could want. Our room looked out over the side street and despite being set back from the bar which seemed to be heaving every night, was quiet.
The staff were fantastic. Friendly and extremely helpful. They gave us great tips on where to go to sight see, shop and even pick up a phone! One of the added bonuses of the hotel is that it is right on a major bus route directly into town - and at $5 a day to go on any form of public transport it was the perfect way to get around. The surrounding areas had plenty of little bars, cafes and holes in the walls for breakfast and dinner. La Jolle is only 10 minutes away by bus or 5 minutes by car and is full of fantastic eating places.
We loved our time at Tower23 and were extremely sad to leave and will definately go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in July. I had my eye on this place while planning the trip and placed the booking after I got an email from jet-setter about a sale on California Hotels. I was very happy that this place was included. In San Diego I think it's a great idea to stay at the beach. Everything you might want to see is within a short driving distance, so why not have the seaside night life right outside your door when you get back for the evening. In addition it's a wonderful place to spend the entire day.

Most hotels in San Diego and LA charge extra for parking. It's a bit annoying that it's not just included. What else am I going to do with the car? In any case this hotel's parking is right inside the building, so you drive up to the valet and are steps from the front desk. This also means that getting your car ready takes no time at all.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, although when we asked for a recommendation for dinner the desk clerk send us somewhere perfect but neglected to mention the 2 hour wait. The rooms are great. We had one of the smallest, the Sky Pad, but there was plenty of space. The bed was comfy, scratch that, the bed was excellent...I think they are Temperpedic mattresses with a feather bed on top. No trouble sleeping here. I love the color palette, the soaps match the curtains and so on....We had a great time and felt totally at ease, just want you want from a romantic getaway. we didn't try the restaurant so I can't comment on it.

On the down side I did think the price was high. It might not be when compared to other hotels in the area, but without the twenty percent savings we got It wouldn't have been on our list. The other item was that in the center courtyard there is what looks like a pool - small but still swimmable. In fact is a decorative element and only 4 inches deep. I didn't see a mention anywhere that it wasn't a real pool. The ocean even in July is cold and not always tempting so we didn't get our swimsuits wet the whole three days.

All in all we loved the hotel, so if the price suits your budget you'll be happy.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay here. The food was exquisite, the service was impeccable, the overall attitude of the staff provided a friendly vibe and the location was fabulous. The JRDN restaurant was full on a Sunday night after 7PM which made it abundantly clear that it is the best eatery in the area. The ambiance was fantastic! I will definitely return when I am in the area.

Room Tip: Direct ocean view a must! Leave your slider open and hear the waves crash while you rest.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Scottsdale
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

I've stayed here 3 times and have stayed in the suite and in the surf pad. The rooms are great, ocean views, and clean. Starting with the valet, front desk, bartenders, and room service attendants, the customer service at this hotel is always top notch. Anytime I am in San Diego I will make sure I stay at Tower 23.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2012

Tower23 is such a fabulous hotel! It is so sexy and sleek, in the midst of scruffier Pacific Beach.
I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The rooms are beautiful, the sun deck is so fun with full service foam the JRDN restaurant downstairs. The service at the hotel is impeccable without being pretentious. The bar is so much fun, happy hour, brunch, anytime!

Room Tip: We had a partial ocean view, which had a full ocean view from the balcony, so it was lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tower23 Hotel
Address: 4551 Ocean Boulevard, Between Felspar St. & Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92113-1937
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Diego
#4 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#30 Family Hotel in San Diego
#40 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tower23 Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an Endless Summer at TOWER23 Hotel Beachside and Ocean View Accommodations. Each room features a private balcony, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, award-winning JRDN Restaurant offering Contemporary Surf + Turf, luxurious sun deck with fire pit and sweeping ocean views. ... more   less 
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