Dec. 9th, 2011

Luxury Hotels in San Diego | JustLuxe's Travel Guide

As one of the top 10 largest cities in America, San Diego has a long history of providing some of the best of old and new in luxury experiences. Bordering Mexico and founded by Spanish settlers, San Diego's Spanish heritage is readily visible in the Spanish architecture that dots the city, making it a visual wonder that contrasts sharply with the modern skyscrapers of downtown.

From white sand beaches, to stunning mountainscapes, the temperate climate allows for outdoor activities year round, a feature the many locals, as well as visitors to the area's luxury resorts, take full advantage of. With so many top luxury hotels in San Diego to choose from, we compiled a list of some of our favorites with quick overviews.

Hotel del Coronado: With its iconic red turrets piercing the taut horizontal lines of an azure California skyline, the Hotel del Coronado radiates with a confidence of gracious Victorian splendor that is without equal. Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America's most beautiful beach resorts. A pronouncement underscored by its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers guests a unique combination of modern luxury touched with the charm and grace of this fairytale castle. Include its stunning beachfront locale and it's easy to see why The Del has been called "one of the top ten resorts in the world" by USA Today.

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel: A San Diego icon since 1910, THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel provides an exceptional experience steeped in timeless elegance and legendary style among luxury hotels in San Diego. Upon entering THE US GRANT, the magnificent Lobby, adorned with sparkling crystal chandeliers, hand-loomed silk carpets, and authentic artwork gives guests a preview of the 270 richly appointed guest rooms and 22 distinctive meeting rooms. Meanwhile, the award winning Grant Grill and Grant Grill Lounge tantalize epicureans with seasonal fare and crafty cocktails in a smart and sophisticated setting.

W San Diego: A pleasant stroll from the Bay, W San Diego is downtown and close to the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, the convention center, and Little Italy. A short drive will bring you to surf-worthy beaches and the famous San Diego Zoo. You can even day-trip to Mexico. Toast the evening with drinks and romance your taste buds in The Restaurant at the W San Diego, or take in brilliant skyline views and warm your toes in the sand on the rooftop Beach bar. Then, schedule a morning unwind at AWAY® Spa. Discover the perfect sanctuary: your room. The window seat lets you take in the cityscape view, while the gourmet in-room dining, and signature bed, layered with Egyptian cotton linens, the custom pillowtop mattress and down duvet indulge the senses.

The Grand Del Mar: Serenely nestled amidst Los Pe?asquitos Canyon Preserve, this premier San Diego resort destination seamlessly combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort. The result: a destination unparalleled by San Diego hotels and lauded by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the "World's Best Places To Stay". Little wonder, given the sun-drenched climate, stunning natural beauty, championship golf course and irresistible dining – epitomized by Addison, Southern California's only Five-Star and Five Diamond restaurant. And no visit to The Grand Del Mar would be complete without an afternoon of pampering at one of only 20 Forbes Five-Star spas in the country and top among the luxury hotels in San Diego.

L'Auberge Del Mar: Near the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in the picturesque village of Del Mar, the timeless L'Auberge Del Mar has been reborn, redefining the California coastal resort experience and celebrating the special connection we all have with the tranquility, comfort and relaxation of the sea. Ranked among the best luxury resorts in the country by Conde Nast, L'Auberge Del Mar brings together panoramic coastal views, casual elegance and personalized service to create an outstanding venue for a romantic weekend getaway, social occasion or corporate meeting. Prepare to be enchanted by this seaside estate-style luxury hotel in San Diego that you can truly call your own.

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