Named for the lifeguard station directly across from the hotel on Pacific Beach, Tower 23's huge windows and glass-walled decks allow an unmediated experience of the beach and the Pacific. The design, service, restaurant and amenities all trend upscale - they aim for haute beach bum, and they get it exactly right.
The colors in the rooms are beachy-blues and sand, the robes are by Boca Terry, the spa products in the tub are from H2O. All rooms have private balconies or patios, and if you get one with an ocean view, you can have the sublime experience of lounging in comfort on a down duvet covered in shell-white Egyptian cotton linen, with the sound of the surf and a swatch of sunset streaming into the room.
Sea plus style
Feeling violet, or aquamarine? Kohler Experience chromatherapy whirlpools in some of the suites bathe you in colored light, and the more standard bubbly water arrives rather dramatically in a stream from the ceiling.
The room at JRDN is as wild as the Alaskan King Crab: a 70 foot-long, undulating, translucent wall changes color throughout the evening. The menu's organic, sustainable, and simple - there's a raw bar and steak.
Massage, salt scrubs, private yoga classes or any combination thereof can be had in your room: "The Zen" package brings sea mud, reiki and massage to your door.