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Tower23 Hotel
Ranked #7 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Martensville
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Great location and staff with modern clean rooms. The front desk staff offered us a complimentary cocktail at check in and it was served to us in our room within moments of entering. Nice touch :)
We had a perfect nights stay! I found the rates to be reasonable and would recommend Tower 23 without hesitation. Thank you.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Mt wife and I spent three nights at this hotel recently. We have travelled the world extensively and have stayed at many 4-5 star hotels and were disappointed with Tower 23 in terms of the value that it provided. The area in which the hotel is situated is a little grimy and if we knew the surrounding area, we would have rather booked a hotel at La Jolla. Tower 23 stands out in the area as it is seemingly a "high end" hotel in a rather "down town" area? The beds were very uncomfortable and the food pricy. It is not that the hotel is not a "hip" hotel, it is rather that the rate is not consistent with the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had a spectacular experience at Tower 23. We were recommended to stay here by 2 sets of friends, and we're so glad we listened to them. The hotel is located right along the beach and every room has a partial/full view of the ocean.

The minute we walked in, we were greeted by a friendly concierge and received a view upgrade to our room. Our luggages were already neatly placed by the time we walked into our room. The entire room and the towels smelt like fresh laundry every day, and there was prompt turn down service every night. The hotel has strong wifi throughout its room and premises, has a great restaurant and bar called JRDN with excellent service (we had a delicious breakfast there one morning, and literally listened to the ocean waves as we were sipping our coffee), and also offers complimentary bikes to all hotel guests to ride along the Pacific Beach boardwalk.

We were most impressed with their head concierge - Jackie - who delivered above and beyond by giving us a surprise bottle of champagne for my birthday as well as a list of recommended activities and restaurants to visit during our stay. She also offered to make reservations for us, which was great.

Tower 23 has everything a boutique hotel should strive to have and truly exceeded our expectations with the level of service they offered. We will definitely be recommending Tower 23 to all of our friends who plan on visiting San Diego, and we look forward to returning again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I really liked the Tower 23 Hotel. Great room, nice view, the service was excelent!
The hotel is located in a great area on Pacific Beach with close restaurants and stors.
The restaurant in the Hotel is amazing, JRND. the hotel rent cordially bikes to ride cinto the beach. I really love it. Hope to come back :)

  • Stayed April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

For over $500 a night, I was expecting something more than a pleasant three star lodging. My first clue was the single person casual check in area. Second clue was there was no open restroom until 9 AM. And with the Pacific Ocean only 64F, an outdoor swimming pool would have been much appreciated.

The hall carpets are old, with the room's only slightly better. The layout of the room however is very impressive, and the bed one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The bathroom amenities are also top-notch, and the staff uniformly friendly and providing excellent service.

All in all, I would stay there again gladly, now knowing what to expect. But I would hold out for a lower price; especially as mid April is not exactly high season.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Atlanta
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

I recently stayed for 5 nights at Tower23 while on Spring Break in San Diego with my 18-year old daughter on a father-daughter trip. It was a perfect location for us, for the southern California beach experience, right on Pacific Beach at the Crystal Pier.

Everything was excellent at the hotel. We stayed in what is called a Spirit Pad on the south wing of the 3rd floor. It was exceptionally quiet and the sleep quality was excellent. Service was outstanding.

I particularly enjoyed the Hawaiian breakfast and coffee shack, Kono's, which is right next door. The hotel has beach cruiser bicycles for free, which I took advantage of early each morning (after breakfast at Kono's) to ride on the bike path along the beach to the end of Mission Beach and back (takes about an hour round-trip). We had dinner one evening at JRDN, and it was excellent (and expensive). We enjoyed several sunsets from the bike path at Pacific Beach, and Belmont Park and the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster and Wave House are nearby at Mission Beach. We spent a day seeing the sights in La Jolla, which is just to the north. Sea World is nearby in Mission Bay. It was only about a 15 minute drive to Old Town, the Zoo, Fashion Valley, and downtown, and the location was great for us. I would not recommend the hotel for small children (the hotel is not marketed for small children and has no pool). Valet parking was fast and easy.

I highly recommend this hotel, especially if you want the southern California beach experience while being in San Diego.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Tower23 is the best hotel in Pacific Beach - for a reason. The 44 rooms are top notch modern, feature an AWESOME bed (by far the best we had in the US) and make you feel at home, all directly on the beach. We had a Skypad room that was among the best of rooms on our trip. Housekeeping and quality of rooms & facilities was outstanding.
Plenty of dining & drinking options nearby (on the beach, Garnet Ave). La Jolla Cove is just a short drive away. The terrace of Tower23 is second to none and has stunning views of the ocean and the pier nearby. Pretty much because everything is so good the rather poor quality of service is a major blow. While there have been gems among the staff, our overall impression was that the service does not live up to the promise of the hotel. A non-working keycard resulted in major distractions of the front office staff, waiters at the deck/terrace were hardly attentive, no help with the luggage offered upon arrival, no valet anymore after 12am, etc. The service drawback is especially sad as the hotel & location & facilities are so beautiful! However, I would go to Tower23 again anytime still & we enjoyed our time there.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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