L'Auberge Del Mar
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Historical Traveler Reviews L'Auberge Del Mar
I had won a 6 night stay at the hotel in a deluxe room. The website showed that the rate for my room would have been $330/nt. My experience here was so terrible, I left after 3 nights. The balcony is a nice feature of the deluxe rooms, but you can only see a partial view of the ocean.
The beds were extremely soft and I woke up every morning with a terrible back ache! If you don't like soft beds, definitely don't stay here! The staff did try to help me by putting a board underneath the mattress, but it still didn't help.
The worst problem is that anytime anyone around you takes a shower/bath, you hear the water running and it is extremely loud. Also, the toilet ran intermittently throughout the night. Had to finally shut off the intake valve to stop the running.
The food served at the restaurant is the stuff you find in any typical chain hotel restaurant. You'd be much better served going to restaurants across the street.
The staff was polite, but rather distant and aloof. Didn't exactly make you feel warm and welcomed.
This is an awsome hotel. Very classy decor and great staff. The beach is a short stroll down the hill and across the street is a small mall with restraunts.
Our room had a lovely balcony. I highly recommend this hotel.
Location, location, location
Perfect location, alongside the beach, absolutely within walking distance to the beach and some very good restaurants and quaint shops. The rooms are very well appointed and comfortable and I found the staff to be great. The only disappointment could be the hotel pool. It is not that large, although there are ample chaises and poolside cocktails (pricey!!!) and food. If you are local, the train station is very close to the hotel and you could easily take the train for an overnight in paradise! Stayed June 2004.
Worthy of its 4-Diamond Rating
We just returned from spending 4 nights at L'auberge and had a wonderful time. The resort is very nice, and deserving of its AAA 4-Diamond Rating and inclusion in the 2004 edition of Resorts and Great Hotels. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and very accommodating of our 2 small children. The room, while somewhat small for the four of us (king bed plus crib and rollaway bed) was very, very nice and clean. The grounds were lovely, and the pool area, while not huge, was clean and well-maintained. The resort is one block away from the beach (and there's a great playground near the beach with a wonderful view of the ocean), and right in the town of Del Mar, which is a beautiful town with nice shops and restaurants (many of which are kid-friendly). Del Mar is only 20 minutes from the Zoo, Sea World and Legoland, so for us, the location was perfect. I highly recommend this resort.
Very charming hotel along the water. Great service, wonderful spa, and close shopping. Loved the fireplace in our room! I'd return and highly reccommend it.
Pricey but nice
We just had a one-night getaway from our 3 kids (all under age 4) and stayed at L'Auberge as a splurge - Feb '04. It was pricey, even with the negotiating my husband did since it was last minute as they weren't full but we appreciated the extras. We stayed in one of the 8 suites - for a suite it was small but it had a balcony and fireplace and was very clean. The grounds were kept up nice and very pretty. The service was great - they called you by name and were very forthcoming with offering ideas of where to go and what to do. My husband had also worked with Conceirge to arrange for a gift basket to be waiting for me in the room! The location is great with all the restaurants close by in walking distance - we made 3 reservations that night, including at the hotel ! It was hard to decide! We enjoyed Sbicca across the street. The beach is in short walking distance with paths to follow or just stroll on the beach. It is close to the railroad tracks but we only heard the train once or twice late at night or early morning while awake - it didn't wake us up - and we left our balcony door open with the fire lit so we could hear the waves. We had one run-in with room service - we called and ordered dessert rather than eating at the restaurant. After an hour, we called down and they said they had misplaced the order so it was never made. We just cancelled but probably would have been compensated had we made a stink about it. My husband and I each had a specialty spa treatment and loved the experience. Quarters are a little cramped but the services were nice. We'd visit again, for a special occasion.
We stayed at the Auberge in February and loved everything except that the location as suggested on the website is a bit misleading. I had envisioned the hotel being on cliffs overlooking the ocean, with a path down to the beach. Wrong! It's on a city street, with train tracks between the hotel and the public beach! Still, the hotel itself is lovely and we would stay again if in the area.
My first view was of a hotel that it was nothing special but that was a mistake. The service was excellent and very personal, everyone adressed me by name within a few hours of arriving but were not over the top about it. The bar knew by drink of preference after one evning and the restaurant was superb, and I am fussy about my food so that is a real compliment. As a female travelling alone I was made to feel totally comfortable but not patronised. Whilst the room was not large it was very comfortable, ditto for the pool, and the beauty salon was very good. Would strongly reccommend. In addition they have followed up with a mail to ask about my stay and then a personal letter to say thank you for responding. I wish it were close enough to go for the weekend.
After a dissapointing stay at the Del Coronado this was a great experience.
I stayed here for a business meeting and found the hotel to be really nice and relaxing, with all the amenites you could want (pool, spa, gym). It was a short walk to the beach as well as local shops. Bad experience with a massage but the hotel apologized, offered another one and re-inbursed me for the first. The food was outstanding and try the on-site French bakery for a treat! Best thing is the pool and work-out area overlooking the beach.
L'Auberge is tops!
When I first arrived at L'Auberge it was 11 a.m., I had a 3 p.m. meeting, and I was tired. They gave me an early check-in (the obvious signs of strain on my face, maybe?), and at first I was not that impressed with my room (it was nice, but I'd stayed at nicer hotels), but when I laid down for a short nap I felt as though I was resting on a cloud (corny, but true). It's been months since my stay there last May and I still talk about that feeling, the mattress, the bed linens, the Moonbeam clock on the nightstand waking me with light instead of an annoying, jolting buzz. I would never had stayed here if I wasn't forced too (work-related meeting) and now that I did have that experience I'm planning to stay there on vacation next June. I was also really impressed by the service and the salmon cakes at J. Taylor's restaurant. The free glass of champagne as I peruse the menu and the after-dinner sorbet, the room service, I can go on-and-on I loved this place!
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Travel Blogs from Del Mar
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... from the sands of the Pacific Ocean.
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... We left the beach and headed for Old Town San Diego. We walked around there - shops, museums, restaurants, and music. There was a great old candy store with lots of chocolate and also old candies like we used to get for a penny - fun. When we finished there, we headed for Blue Water Seafood Grill for a really late lunch/early dinner. It ...
... cities in California it felt very safe and the people were really friendly. The first day we spent scoping out the city and Ben got groomed (has any actually noticed the beard yet?! :)
Day 2 we headed to the famous zoo which was awesome. Absolutely massive and we saw some amazing animals including grizzly bear, hippo, silver back gorilla, polar bear, lions and tigers. I guess it seems a but more of a kids activity but ...