Need an excuse to ditch town and visit the racetrack? Need an excuse to visit the beach? Need an excuse to pamper yourself? We have the solution that cures all the above.
Grab a flight to San Diego, book a few nights at one of the following hotels, and get to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the track's first fall race meet!
Win: La Valencia
The Rate: $425
The Lowdown: This vintage luxury hotel harkens back to the heyday of Del Mar, when Bing Crosby held court in the clubhouse. Originally built in 1926 and affectionately known as “The Pink Lady of La Jolla,” La Valencia has not only retained a timeless nostalgic charm through the years but also its elegance.
Spanish-style architecture is soft on the eyes, while elite-level hospitality—it earned a prestigious spot on the list of Preferred Hotels Worldwide—will have you feeling like a celebrity. It comes at no surprise that Del Mar high rollers and Hollywood stars alike have come to seek shelter at this abode throughout its 88-year history.
So if you hit a nice trifecta and have a little cash in your pocket, treat yourself to these regal accommodations. It surely will be a stay to remember.
Place: Les Artistes
The Rate: $375
The Lowdown: If convenience is a premium for you, then this is your spot. An upscale rustic feel is this boutique’s calling card, but its proximity to Del Mar is unmatched. It sits across the street from the Pacific Ocean a little more than a mile away from the seaside racetrack.
The best way I can describe these accommodations: what would result if you met with a caballero, a lumberjack, and a surfer and asked them to collaborate on design the of a hotel. The fixtures and overall palate is that diverse! In truth, each room is modeled after a famous artist—including the likes of Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Vincent Van Gogh—with the features of the living space playing off the painter’s specific style and vision.
If you’re looking to mix it up from the ordinary, run-of-the mill hotel, then this is the spot for you.
Show: Hotel Solamar
The Rate: $169
The Lowdown: These digs are located in central San Diego, mere steps away from the hip Gaslamp District. This urban locale is a bit of a hike from the track. It’s about a half-hour drive to Del Mar, but when you’re driving along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the trip will feel like a breeze (no pun intended).
A rooftop terrace and pool provides the perfect opportunity to soak up the San Diego skyline during your down time. The in-house farm-to-table restaurant, Jsix, offers an eclectic menu that highlights sustainable Southern California produce