New San Diego Hotels to Visit this Summer

Overlooking the courtyard at The Monsaraz San Diego in Point Loma

Offering elegant dining, ocean views and more, these new properties make for fabulous “San Diego staycation” destinations this summer.

Planning a summertime backyard getaway and looking for something different? San Diego welcomes four brand-new hotels—each offering water views, custom amenities and diverse dining options. Whether for a meal or an overnight stay, these properties promise fun, relaxation and memorable experiences made by the sea this summer. 

The main lobby of The Monsaraz San Diego

The Monsaraz San Diego

Point Loma’s first new hotel in more than a decade packs quite a punch in aesthetic and amenities given its boutique size. A Hilton Tapestry Collection property, The Monsaraz encompasses 92 guest rooms, many of which offer views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline; as well as several unique common spaces, including the third-floor “Hideaway” where guests can catch the sunset while sipping a cocktail. The hotel’s Portuguese-influenced, subtle nautical design is a nod to Point Loma’s rich history as the “place where California began,” complemented by mid-century-modern furnishings. The property is also home to the area’s newest restaurant, the 60-seat Westerly Public House—a beach-inspired, Cali-Aussie concept highlighted by locally sourced cuisine. Chef Jesse Paul oversees the all-day menu of hearty breakfast dishes, a signature burger, fish ‘n’ chips, pastas and more. The eatery opens out to a tranquil, 4,000-square-foot courtyard—punctuated by a lush living wall and large-scale mural by local artist Janie Rochfort—hosting alfresco fun such as live music, weekend workouts and pop-up cooking classes. 1451 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.790.5700.

A junior suite at Mission Pacific Hotel

Mission Pacific Hotel

Touted as a bohemian-chic coastal experience, this designated JdV by Hyatt hotel sits on 700 feet of prime beachfront near the Oceanside Pier. The property houses 161 mostly ocean-view guest accommodations; plus four dining concepts, including Oceanside’s first and only rooftop bar, and the forthcoming Charlie’s—a transformation of the historical Graves House seen in the iconic 1986 film Top Gun. Now open on the property, High/Low serves locally sourced dishes for breakfast and lunch (think: chicken ‘n’ waffles, sandwiches and salads); plus fresh-pressed juices and to-go items to complement the area’s active beachgoing lifestyle. Guests can also enjoy “Golden Hour” featuring small plates, cocktails, craft beers and sunset views. 201 N. Myers St., Oceanside, 855.365.5078.

The ocean-view dining terrace of VAGA restaurant at Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas 

Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas

The not-so-sleepy-anymore beach town of Encinitas is now a world-class resort destination. Alila Marea epitomizes “barefoot luxury,” from its 130 guest rooms to the oceanfront pool to holistic sanctuary Spa Alila. But the resort’s crown is its signature restaurant, VAGA, fronted by Claudette Zepeda—a Top Chef alum and James Beard “Best Chef West” semifinalist. Watch Zepeda in action in the open kitchen; while taking in dramatic seascape vistas from the striking indoor/outdoor space. The all-day menu showcases regional dishes such as yellowtail tuna with fermented pineapple and black-garlic broth; and Baja sea bass with Marcona-almond basmati. And the sunset views from its outdoor lounge and adjacent lawn (aka “The Perch”) are a California dream come true. 2100 N. Coast. Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.452.3500.

A king room at The Seabird Resort

The Seabird Resort 

Nestled along the Oceanside beachfront (and the sister property to Mission Pacific Hotel), The Seabird emanates an “artsy coastal estate” vibe—comprising 226 guest rooms, an indoor/outdoor living room, a library, and Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge offering tailored treatments. Dining options include The Shelter Club oceanfront pool deck, The Shore Room Bar and Lounge, boasting a wraparound porch, fire pits, craft libations and light bites; and Piper, spotlighting locally sourced cuisine and outfitted with a made-to-order pasta station, a sun-lit sidewalk patio, the city’s first outdoor private dining room, and an airy-mod decor designed by acclaimed L.A. firm Bells + Whistles—complete with entirely custom-made furnishings. 101 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 855.413.7573.

Photo credits: All images are courtesy of the hotel properties featured.


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