Travel Blogs from San Diego
We left Phoenix early on the 7th as we had 5 hours driving to San Diego. We saw many different landscapes as we drove across Nevada to reach California. There was lots of deserts with huge cacti. Mountains and mountains and more mountains made of stones. Miles and miles of market gardens. Even though there was plenty to see, it was still a very long drive. We arrived in ...
... a break nearby and they kept (obviously) eyeballing me. Finally, one of the gentlemen walked up to me and said I looked exactly like his brother's son, right down to my Thornton Melon tall-and-fat physique. He asked me if he could snap my picture to send him. I thought about it for a second and realized that in 2013 he could easily have taken and posted/distributed ...
... bikes weaving between stopped and slow moving cars at 40-50 mph . . . . I can't believe there aren't frequent hideous accidents. The drivers were not as rude and angry as I expected. The worst part is that the traffic goes on seemingly forever and then opens up for a mile and then stops again. Probably took 2 hours to go 40 miles. I am grateful I don't have to drive that regularly.
I made it to my brother's house around 7pm. ...
Good morning Wests! It's 6.15am and for the final time this trip, I have hot coffee delivered to my door. The bags are packed and we have pre-ordered our favourite hot turkey at Ralph's for our flight home.
Because I picked the car up early in San Francisco, it means I need to return it here in San Diego before 8.30am. Our flight is not until 12.10am. Still, plenty to do before we board and I'm sure the time will ...
... It seems very popular. The cookies were slightly under baked which made them nice and soft. The ice cream was not too sweet and very flavorful.
Finally, it was time to go back to the room after a stroll along the ocean front. It was 66º and the smell of the ocean air was amazing. Off to bed while sleeping with the doors open. There is nothing more peaceful than falling asleep listening to the ocean breezes.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Tower23 Hotel San Diego
I had went for one night only but, I must say the hotel is extremely well maintained along with very eager staff to assist you with anything you need. Upon arrival when pulling into an indoor garage/valet parking area your bags are removed by staff and you are immeadiately escorted to your room where the actual check in of the hotel takes place(with reservation). you are given a full tutorial of the hotel and it's amenitites, the hotel's chic rooms and beddings are second to none that I have ever stayed in. The restaurant is excellent but, a little pricey, dinner for 4 with 2 bottles of wine costing $315 plus tip, other then that A great place to stay and watch the sunset on the ocean.
Stayed Monday night on business so didn't see the wild night life others mentioned. Hotel is high class. Room was very nice and new. The young staff was very attentive in my opinion. Always ready to help you with something...from the parking Valet to the owner who introduced himself while I was on the deck and even greeted me by name the following morning when I once again saw him in the lobby.
My fiance and I just stayed four nights at tower 23 and im here today to say it was by far my best hotel experince ever. When we arrived at 23 we found that are room had been upgraded to a suite, and there was a bottle of champaigne on ice waiting as well. The staff was very young, i would say almost everyone that works there is under 25 and beutiful, but they were very professinal in my opinion. When are original stay was over we decided to stay even one more night, they had to give us i different room wich was a sky pad that was very nice. The beds are outstanding, everything was very nice and new. The reasurant jordan was very $$$ but worth every penny. I would give the hotel a 9 out of ten....they lost a point for being completly out of food at midnight when i wanted soom room service, but all in all a very nice place.
My girfriend and I recenlty spent 4 nights at Tower 23 and must say it was one of the better hotel experiences I've had in a long time. Once arriving the valet asks for your name and within minutes a bellman was there to take our bags and bring us up to our room, there is no check in at the front desk since they just swipe your card when you get into the room, couldn't be any easier. We had a second floor sky pad with a beautiful view of crystal pier, the lounge area and mission beach. The room was spotless, roomy, a big flatscreen on the wall and new temperpedic(sp?) mattress that was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in. Great bathroom, excellent shower and water pressure and all types of products that the replenish multiple times a day. In my view you can't beat the location, its literally right on the beach and you have access to a million bars or resteraunts all within walking distance not to mention a boardwalk that goes on forever if you fancy a morning run or walk. The staff was extremely friendly, there was nothing they couldn't provide and room service took 15-20 minutes tops. There is a good restraunt on-site that spills out onto the boardwalk and JRDN is a very popular Bar/lounge which you always have access to as a guest. Even the valet parking is only about 15 dollars a day and contrary to a prior post there is NOT free parking right next store. I'm assuming some of the negative comments from prior reviews must have been due to the recent opening of the hotel although I'm not sure how someone can deduce that people sitting in the lounge are "hookers" or people posing as the hotel owners. If your looking to be on the beach and wake up every morning listening to the ocean and watching the sunset this is the place to be, not to mention they have awesome bathrobes. As a side note I had to get something out of my car which the valet had put on the lower level of the parking garage so I just asked for the keys and as i went down the steps one of the maids was actually on her hands and knee's cleaing the concrete stairwell. I can be a tough critic and during a 9 day jaunt between san diego and santa barbara tower 23 left the most memorable impression.
I stayed at this Hotel with my Fiance over the Labor day weekend, which was just 6 weeks after they openned. I don't know what all the complaints we're about, but I thought this place was great. The best way to describe it is like a South Beach (Miami, FL) hotel. Very trendy with clean, simple, cool design. Downstairs in the main restaurant they play great chill/ acid jazz music. restaurant is both indoors and outdoors. Upstairs where the rooms are there's a large patio for everyone to use with bonfire at night that overlooks the ocean and sunset. A waiter will come around and take drink orders if you want them.
Well, what can I say. This place was among one of the worst over-rated hotels I have ever seen. I'm not a nit-picky person, but we were there on our honeymoon. I booked this hotel direct over the phone and was told I would receive an email confirmation. I had to call back for it after not getting it for a week. This was in July. I should have taken this as a sign. I would say the location of this hotel was good, but really, the beach is in front of it and I won't give 23 credit for the beach. Anyone can get to the beach here, and they do. It's public. In fact, there's public parking attached to the hotel. Hotel parking is in their garage under the building. The Lifeguard tower 23 this hotel is named after is NOT in front of it, as the website states. It's down the beach after you go under the pier. It's actually in front of another hotel or some condos. The pier Tower 23 Hotel is RIGHT next to isn't that fabulous either. It's also private as the cottages on it are timeshares or peoples summer homes or something. It reminded me of a trailer park on a pier. So there's no walking down the pier at sunset. It closes at 8:30pm or so. The area immediately around the hotel is similar to a trashy, little city setting. There is garbage everywhere and bums walking around. None of the shops are even nice or quaint, they're junky. It's kind of like the area you go into before getting on the expressway just outside of downtown Chicago. Garbage, bums and nowhere to shop or have a good dinner.
We stayed at this hotel for five nights in August with our 6 and 9 year old children. The hotel is very contemporay and in a great location. The beds are really comfortable and the bathroom/shower is great. The staff is very very friendly and accomodating. There isn't much of a lobby and check in is done in the room with a handheld device.
The hotel was very nice. Right on the beach. Yes...There is night life there,but it is San Diego, where the people work, and play and make the most of life. I did not hear any night life noise in my room. If I opened the patio door, then yes there was some noise. I found the staff very accomidating. Anytime I called for something, they were there. Yes...they are a young staff...but who cares....They couldn't have been more helpful. You do get charged for valet parking....ask up front. The coffee makers for the rooms, not there. Other than that, my daughter and I had a very enjoyable stay. And you can't beat being right next to the pier. Beautiful sunsets......wonderful pictures.
Poor Management - OK location - Nice Room
The management at this hotel is essentially children with little or no experience in the hospitality field. The hotel is noisy for any adult. Yes, the rooms are nice, but dont let this fool you. Unless you are 18-25 and have $325/night to blow on a room, I would recommend many of the closeby nice hotels like Hyatt Islandia, Bahia or the Paradise Point Resort. These hotels are about the same price or less. You will be able to take advantage of the nightlife in the nearby area and still go to bed in a quiet atmosphere with professional service. I would definitely NOT recommend this hotel.
More Nightlife than Hotel
We stayed two nights at Tower 23 in Pacific Beach in San Diego. The place is beautifully designed, but amateurly executed and managed. The views are beautiful as the hotel is right on the beach. However, it's a party all night as the bar/restaurant is open until 1:00 am and the party continues until 3-4 am. It was a very disappointing stay and unless you like the to stay up all night, I wouldn't recommend it.