San Diego , United States


Rates from (inc tax)$259.00

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Glassy sand castle


Pacific Beach boardwalk

Hang ten or just hang loose at Tower23 hotel, a sleek beach retreat in San Diego steps from the surfer’s paradise of Pacific Beach. Greet the sun-kissed day from the private balcony of your ocean-facing room. And later, grab your front row seat at JRDN restaurant to watch the Technicolor sunset show.  

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44, including 6 suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in is 4 pm.


Double rooms from $259.00, excluding tax at 10.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD286.20), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Relax with in-room spa services or schedule a beachfront yoga class. Guest passes for a 24-hour gym one block from the hotel are available for purchase.

At the hotel

Sun deck, concierge, valet parking, bikes to borrow and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar and H2O bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Every room has a patio or balcony (note: some are partial view) for taking in the salt air, but we particularly love the wide-open ocean views from the Surf Pad. Chill out on your private balcony and meditate on the surfers bobbing like bath toys at sea as they wait out their next wave. And, for additional in-room pampering, secure either a spacious Sanctuary or Sweet suite, where you can sink into a chromatherapy Jacuzzi tub after a tough day at the beach.

Packing tips

Leave the sun cream at home. You’ll find sunscreen and sporty baseball caps in your room to buy that will keep you looking sun-kissed – not sunburnt.


The hotel is completely non-smoking.


Welcome. Extra beds ($20 a night) and cots (free) can be added to any rooms without two queen beds. Children’s menus and highchairs are available, and babysitting can be arranged through the concierge.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Bask in the warm SoCal breezes and salt-tinged air at an intimate outdoor table for two.

Dress Code

Roll in from the beach in board shorts or simple sundress during the day. In the evening, swap surf togs for a more polished look – khakis and a light jacket for him, and designer jeans or a light wrap dress for her.

Hotel restaurant

JRDN restaurant is a sophisticated floor-to-ceiling enclosed glass beach lookout that's as well known for its inventive California coastal cuisine as it is for its ocean-facing views. Chef David Warner’s menu highlights the local bounty with generous green salads, locally raised beef and of course, fresh seafood – including nearly still-squiggling raw bar items. It's one of the area's hottest restuaraunts, so be sure to reserve your table in advance. Set on the second floor of the hotel, the Tower Deck is open to guests only and serves snacks and drinks from the in-room dining menu. The teak sunloungers and teal-cushioned sectionals overlook the boardwalk and water for prime people watching as you snack on a balckened mahi mahi sandwich or kale salad. 

Hotel bar

There is a small bar area and JRDN, and you can sip cocktails – such as the spicy jalapeño margarita on the rocks – from a sunlounger on the Tower Deck. Far more comfortable than a bar stool any day.  

Last orders

JRDN is open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:00am to 4:00pm. Sunday to Thursday dinner is served 5:00pm to 9:00pm. On Friday and Saturdays, breakfast, lunch and snacks are available 9:00am to 4:00pm, and dinner is served 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Room service

A limited in-room dining menu from JRDN is available 24-hours a day.


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4551 Ocean Boulevard
San Diego
United States


San Diego International Airport ( is the nearest option, a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Airlines including Delta, American, United and JetBlue fly direct from major US cities, and British Airways offer non-stop service from London.


Amtrak and Coaster offer scenic train service along the Southern California coast, through Los Angeles and down to San Diego. The nearest station is San Diego, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.


If you plan to venture to other beach communities along the coast, it’s a good idea to hire a car. There are rental desks available at the airport, and the hotel has on-site valet parking for $20 per day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Slide into your flip-flops, shuffle a few steps across the boardwalk from Tower23 hotel and you’ll find yourself on glittering Pacific Beach (PB, to locals). This golden stretch of Southern California coastline is a draw for surfers, cyclists and sun-worshippers by day. Rent wheels for the day in the form of a cushy beach cruiser from Pacific Beach Cruisers (+1 858 568 0591) on Garnett Avenue, and cycle the two-mile-long boardwalk. Or, paddle out like a local in a group or private surf lesson led by the experts at the San Diego Surfing School (+1 858 205 7683). And, we can really get behind their teaching philosophy: surfing isn’t just a sport, but a remedy for life. If shopping for high-end souvenirs, drive three miles north along the coast to La Jolla, a ritzy coastal town that’s known for its luxury shops and restaurants and is also home to the University of California, San Diego campus. Continue another 20-minutes north to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a wild stretch of Southern California coastline that’s a draw for exotic and migratory birds. Explore the eight miles on your own or pop by the visitor’s center and get in on a guided nature walk led on the weekends and holidays.  

Local restaurants

When in LaJolla, just a 10-minute drive north up the coast, book a table at George’s at the Cove (+1 858 454 4244) on Prospect Street, or grab a bite in the bar without a reservation. Feast on local sardines, grilled fish tacos or roasted pork shoulder in this ocean-facing dining room or on the always busy open-air terrace overlooking the Pacific. The West Coast is well known for its authentic Japanese fare and Sushi Ota (+1 858 276 5670), a 10-minute drive inland on Mission Bay Drive, is not to me missed. A simple and unassuming spot, the artfully presented sushi is considered some of the best in California. Chef Brian Malarkey has helped to revive the touristy Gaslight District as a dining destination with his classic American eatery, Searsucker (+1 619 233 7327) on Fifth Avenue. The industrial space furnished with a carefully-selected mix of antique and thrift-store finds, is made cosier still by the buzzing brunch and dinner crowds munching on spicy shrimp and grits and scallops with prosciutto.  


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Anonymous review

You come here for the beach.  San Diego is a military town (it plays host to the largest naval base in the West), a college town (University of California San Diego, San Diego State, University of San Diego and National University are just four of many here), a town of retirees, of Mexican influence, of eclectic wildlife and telecommunication headquarters. 

But it’s the beach you’re after: one of the sandy inlets ­– Mission, Coronado, Ocean, Imperial – that stretch south from Encinitas nearly 50 miles to the Mexican border. And, just 100 feet from one these grand swaths of sand – Pacific Beach – is where you’ll find Tower 23 hotel. 

Far from a tower, the hotel is three low-slung stories laid out like a modernist sphinx.  A deck area, named Tower Deck and containing sunloungers and a miniature pool, lies on the second floor between the sedimentary hybrid’s paws. It's ideal for taking breakfast, cushioned sunbathing or for having an intimate drink by the fire at night.

Mrs Smith and I have a quick glance around the room; bright and servicable with shiny Koehler fixtures in the showers and downy beds. The hotel’s decor ­– white with blue trim, tiles wherever possible, and angled mid-century style chairs – is certainly minimalist. Bags dropped, we head downstairs for a cocktail. 

‘Do you know how Tower 23 got its name?’ a waiter asked me at the bar of the JRDN restaurant.  ‘No,’ I replied, putting down my martini and readying myself for a good yarn. ‘It’s named after a nearby lifeguard tower.’  Oh?  Not nearly as involved as expected, but beach-related. 

As is everything with this hotel that’s conveniently set steps from the boardwalk, which is where Mrs Smith and I head out towards to explore the local restaurants and taverns.  At the Fishery (a 15-minute stroll away) we gobbled down tuna poke ­– raw chunks of ahi combined with tuna, avocado, soya and cilantro – and grilled hamachi that, until just hours before, had been swimming wild only a few miles from our plates. 

We followed our server’s recommendations on the local nightlife, first to Duck Dive: a rowdy post-collegiate bar, where people get so drunk they literally fall off chairs. Next, it was over to PB Ale House populated with undergraduates more interested in vodka and Red Bull concoctions than the dozens of local brews on offer. As neither were quite our style, we made it an early night (we were later told that for a more sophisticated cocktail scene, head a 15 minute Uber ride downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter). 

The next morning, we had some trouble ringing up room service, but after a negotiation with the front desk, tea did arrive. The in-room menu is beyond reasonably price, but it should be noted that the room service menu and the menu at JRDN have little overlap. For example, the in-room menu offers lemon ricotta pancakes; the restaurant does not, and no amount of gentle pleading would result in pancakes on my plate when at JRDN for breakfast.

Better to keep me bathing suit svelte, I suppose. And a hop, skip and a jump later, we were on the beach, which was gorgeous. The hotel has surf lockers, board games, beach towels and bikes you can borrow (we suggest riding south along the promenade; bring some cash for agua fresca, ice cream, a beer or a taco).

Mrs Smith brought her own board (the hotel does not have those on loan, but there are surf shops nearby), and spent the morning amusing herself in the waves, which were manageable and devoid of the territorial surfers who can turn a day at the beach into an exercise in brinkmanship. As for me, I ran a few miles and then took in a deliciously trashy novel.

Having spent some calories, we headed a few miles north of the hotel up to La Jolla for lunch, specifically to Bahia Don Bravo, for their fish taco.  Like poutine in Montreal, or po-boys in New Orleans, claims of supremacy for this local delicacy can be fighting words.  Save it to say that Bahia Don Bravo’s was sublime. Here, for less than the cost of a Happy Meal, your mouth can witness a meeting between the delicate nuggets of white fish and an excellent crunch of cabbage, all of it overseen by a soothing crema, measured with a spike of salsa.  It was a testament to balance, and I’ve thought about it often since.

Wanting to see even more beach, we traveled 30 minutes north, to Carmel, where the rolling green hills meet with beaches so beautiful you’d swear, if it weren’t for the occasional pup, or family strolling by, you had found the end of the world. Similarly gorgeous, and even more isolated is Carlsbad, another half-hour north. Sharing a name with the ancient Czech town, famous for nearly 700 years for its healing baths, this sparse, gorgeous beach scene is just as restorative.

Of course, that’s what a SoCal coastal retreat is for, no big city thrills need apply. Back at the hotel that night we listened to the crashing waves and drifted off to sleep with visions of fish tacos dancing in our heads – yep, it's definitely all about the beach. 


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Tower23’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The welcome treat, the breakfast downstairs and the free bikes we were allowed to borrow to explore. The beds also happened to be the most comfortable we've ever slept on! Grab some bikes and cycle to La Jolla. For a fun night out go to the Shout's a dueling piano bar and a fab relaxed place to enjoy drinks and music.

Don’t expect

Anything less than perfection!


Stayed on 27 Dec 2015

We loved

The style and vibe of the hotel. The staff were all really friendly - not in a we-want-to-win-friendliest-hotel-award way but in a genuinely friendly, relaxed way. We also loved the free bike hire.

Don’t expect

Breakfast before 9am - but who needs to get up early on holiday!


Stayed on 3 Sep 2015

We loved

The surf pad; beautiful sea views to wake up to and seriously comfy beds.

Don’t expect

Plush carpets and decadence - this is laid back cool.


Stayed on 2 Aug 2015

We loved

Location! Right on the beach and the promenade. The hotel offers everything you need for the beach and more, we tried boogie boards, bicycles, skateboards and frisbees - all free of charge. We tried the surf school and loved it - great instructors, good waves to learn on and definitely had us hooked by day one. Everything within walking distance from the hotel - good food, great atmosphere - everything you imagined California to be x

Don’t expect

Pretty low key - sure there are plenty of bars but in very laid back style - but that is what it's all about.


Stayed on 26 Jul 2015

We loved

The great setting overlooking the beach, the relaxed atmosphere and the gift of champagne and chocolate strawberries for my birthday!

Don’t expect

The balcony was lovely but the furniture was a bit pratical and could have been a bit more comfortable for sitting out and watching the sunset. At night it was a bit noisy.


Stayed on 14 Nov 2014