The three-story Tower23 Hotel brings a luxury lifestyle to San Diego's Pacific Beach neighborhood. It faces the Pacific Ocean with 44 stylish and contemporary guest rooms in a building created by noted architect Graham Downes. His vision was to capture the dynamic of urban people at play in an environment of sun, sky, ocean, and sand. The result is a very modern yet completely at-ease oceanfront lodging.
The Tower23 Hotel's rooms are minimalist by design, carefully balancing style and substance. Each unit features a private balcony or patio, teak furnishings, and high-end amenities, such as Tempur-Pedic Serenity beds and 100% Egyptian cotton linens. There are chromatherapy baths and designer fixtures by Kohler, bath robes by Boca Terry, and H2O spa and bath products. High-definition flat-screen LCD televisions are standard.
Guest rooms called "pads'' are offered in three distinct configurations: Spirit, Sky, and Surf. The 350-square-foot Spirit Pads come with two queen beds and views of the hotel's deck and Zen water garden. The 370-square-foot Sky Pads and Surf Pads feature a kind bed or two queens and views of the beach and ocean.
One other room option is a Sanctuary Suite, a one-bedroom oceanfront unit on the second or third floors with 520 square feet of interior space. Each suite has its own step-in rain shower and a "floating'' whirlpool Jacuzzi tub, with plumbing that creates an illusion of water falling from the sky.
For relaxation, the Tower Deck on the second floor of the hotel is reserved for the exclusive use of hotel guests and invited guests. Its Southern California cocktail casual atmosphere is complemented by refreshing drinks, light snacks, cool music, a fire pit, and a Zen-style slate fountain. There are teak chaise lounge chairs and comfy beds placed strategically around the deck, too, for daytime sunning and nighttime star-gazing.
The Tower23 Hotel's signature restaurant is JRDN, offering California fresh cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Look for its mesmerizing 70-foot "wave wall,'' which changes color throughout the evening. Chef David Warner is noted for his contemporary take on the traditional "surf and turf'' menu. There is also a "Raw Bar'' featuring oysters, mussels, clams, prawns, crab, and sashimi.
JRDN is open for breakfast from 7am to 11am and lunch from 11am to 4pm on Monday through Friday. Brunch is served on the weekends from 9am to 4pm. The dinner hours are 5pm to 10pm daily.
Adjoining the main dining room of JRDN is the Sunset Patio, a heated outdoor function space available to groups of 30~60 for day or night use. There is also a private Wine Room that can be booked for dining and will accommodate up to 60 guests for banquets or 100 for cocktail receptions.
Another popular gathering place at the Tower23 Hotel is the Tower Bar and Lounge. Overlooking the ocean and the boardwalk, this indoor/outdoor venue offers an assortment of signature cocktails, seafood and sushi selections, and a creative wine list.
The Tower23 Hotel faces Pacific Beach Park just north of Crystal Pier at 723 Felspar Street, San Diego, California 92109-2407. By car from Interstate 5, take the Grand-Garnet Exit and follow Garnet west to the ocean. The hotel is between Garnet and Felspar, just off Ocean Boulevard. By bus, the nearest stop is Mission Boulevard at Felspar.