Del Mar , California
Tel: 858 755 4646
Concierge.com's insider take:
Right off Highway 101 as it slices through the quaint coastal hamlet of Del Mar, you'll find Les Artistes. Built in the 1940s, the structure is your classic roadside motel, but ten years ago new owners transformed it with funky, imaginative decor. Ten of the 12 rooms have distinct artist themes. "Monet" is, of course, done in French Country style; "Gauguin" has a Polynesian shtick and an oversized tub; "Furo" has shoji screens and a Japanese soaking tub; while "Erte" does (remarkably inauthentic) Art Deco. Each of the ground floor rooms has its own mini courtyard, perfect for a breezy afternoon cocktail. Overall, Les Artistes channels a decidedly laid-back, almost hippie feel that, for some, will be a pleasant antidote to the area's other expansive resort properties. Others may find it a bit too cozy and won't appreciate the slight road noise during rush hour. Still, for the location—strolling distance to the beach and downtown Del Mar—you can't beat the rates.
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