Del Mar , California
Tel: 858 259 1515
Tel: 800 245 9757
Concierge.com's insider take:
Once a tony retreat for stars like Bob Hope, Lucy and Desi, and Clark Gable, L'Auberge Del Mar was renovated in 2008 but still retains an elegant Old Hollywood air. It's a family-friendly 5.2-acre spread with two nice pools, spacious decks, and terraces with Pacific views. Visit on a summer evening, and you'll find amorous young couples and baby boomers dining alfresco while a troupe of kids plays games nearby. Although it's not truly oceanfront, the beautiful cliff-lined beach of Del Mar is just a five-minute walk away on a private footpath. The 120 guest rooms have fireplaces, private patios or balconies (some with a slice of ocean view), and gorgeous marble bathrooms. The decor is an elegant mix of pale yellows and greens, with pattern used sparingly in the upholstered chairs and pillows. In mid-summer, L'Auberge's collective energy picks up when horseracing season begins at nearby Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and mint julep–fueled race fans descend on the hotel.
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