A perfect indulgent beachside retreat.

Affectionately known as The Del, this stunning hotel is something of a San Diego icon. The hotel has a very interesting and varied history; it is believed the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Frank Baum based the Emerald City on it; and you may recognise the striking Victorian era architecture from the film Some Like it Hot. If that’s not enough, then the location – across the bay from downtown San Diego, within 28 acre gardens – should certainly impress.

The azure pool or the attractive beach are perfect places to relax, alternatively be pampered at the new state-of-the-art facilities in the spa including hydrotherapy tubs, steamrooms, an expansive private terrace, fire pit and infinity pool. There is a range of cuisine available to satisfy every palate from fine-dining at 1500 Ocean, casual Californian cuisine at Sheerwater, or light meals at the Babcock & Story Bar.

A wonderful blend of historic luxury and modern styling create a welcoming atmosphere and a light and airy feel to each of the 679 rooms. Each are equipped with television, a queensize bed and bath and shower. Victorian rooms as above are located in the Victorian Building. Resort rooms are larger and are located in the Victorian Building, Ocean Towers or the California Cabana buildings.

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Key information

Set in 28-acre grounds just moments from the ocean and across the bay from downtown San Diego

Airport transfer time: Approx. 15 minutes from the airport
Rooms: 678

Accommodation information

933 rooms, suites and beach village units

Activities

• Rent a pool cabana which feature a flat-screen television and a fridge stocked with water and soft drinks* • Work out and enjoy Pacific during an al fresco spin session Hire a kayak, surf board or stand-up paddleboard* • Enjoy live music at B and S Bar (Thursday to Saturday).

Dining

3 restaurants, bakery, creamery, poolside deli and bar, 5 bars

*Denotes local charge