Hotels in Del Mar, CA offer visitors the best of San Diego including proximity to a popular beach, fantastic dining and boutique shopping, nearby hiking and other outdoor activities.
Visitors, as well as locals looking for staycations, choose Del Mar hotels also for their charm. Del Mar, California is a small beach city located about 20 miles north of San Diego. East of its zip code is a section loosely referred to as East Del Mar, Del Mar Heights, or Carmel Valley. We mention a few hotels over here, too.
Speaking of location, Del Mar’s is central with easy freeway access (though you’ll need to avoid rush hour) to popular attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter in the south to LEGOLAND, Carlsbad and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the north — if you can bear to leave one of these hotels.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Reminiscent of a luxury Mediterranean estate, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is located on 400 acres in the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean on Del Mar’s east side.
The hotel is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes five-star property and one of the best luxury hotels in San Diego. It’s the largest resort on this list with the most amenities. Some include a Tom Fazio-designed private golf course, an award-winning luxury day spa, four pools, and San Diego’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, Addison.
Fairmont Grand Mar is also a very popular San Diego family hotel with its Explorer’s Club, a year-round supervised kids’ club, main pool with underwater music and sand play area. They also offer complimentary transportation to the beach at 18th street in Del Mar, one of the best San Diego beaches, and provides guests with beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and bottled water.
If it’s a couples retreat that you seek, book one of the adults-only signature rooms that surround the adults-only pool.
L’Auberge Del Mar
One of the more upscale hotels in Del Mar CA, the AAA Four-Diamond L’Auberge Del Mar overlooks the ocean and offers a resort-like experience in a boutique hotel. All guestrooms feature fully-stocked minibars, coffeemakers, plush bathrobes, marble bathrooms, and private patios or balconies, some with ocean views.
L’Auberge Del Mar has onsite restaurants, including Coastline with ocean views and The Living Room with live music, but is across the street from Del Mar Plaza with its restaurants and shops. The hotel is extremely pet-friendly and offers a menu tailored specifically to dogs.
L’Auberge Del Mar is across the street from the beach but still one of the best San Diego beach hotels with a private walking path directly to the beach. The resort fee gives guests access to beach gear and a beach valet seasonally, lit tennis courts and equipment rental, beach cruisers, a 24-hour fitness center, and a complimentary shuttle within a 1-mile radius to other things to do in Del Mar or adjacent Solana Beach. The spa is also fantastic.
Wave Crest Resort
Situated atop sweeping cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean with Del Mar Village just on the other side, Wave Crest Resort is in an ideal location among hotels in Del Mar, CA. The resort features private studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites and bungalows, each with an ocean view. All of the units have kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and coffeemakers.
Wave Crest Resort features an outdoor pool and hot tub with lush tropical landscaping and 24-hour front desk access. Guests can go for a swim and take in ocean views.
There is a well-maintained trail that goes from the resort directly down to the white sand beach below, and the dozens of charming shops and restaurants in Del Mar Village are an easy walk, just two blocks away.
Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar
The boutique Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar hotel embraces Del Mar’s ocean and horseracing cultures. The hotel features a spa with marine-centric therapies such as massages, wraps, and facials, while the Ocean View Bar & Grille serves up locally-sourced dishes and beers.
There are two outdoor pools and the hotel is also about a 15-minute walk to Del Mar Plaza restaurants and the popular Del Mar City beach in front of it. Hotel Indigo welcomes pets for a small, non-refundable fee which is fantastic because you can take them to Del Mar Dog Beach.
Guestrooms include standard and premium rooms, as well as suites, and some have private balconies and ocean views. Amenities include Aveda bath products, local California coffee, and complimentary wifi. There are 24-hour fitness and business centers and self-parking is complimentary in either the hotel’s lot or underground garage.
Note: They are currently renovating with what they consider minimal impact to guests.
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
Conveniently located adjacent to the Del Mar Racetrack, there is no shortage of things to do within walking distance of the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius for guests to explore the area, including Torrey Pines State Park, nearby beaches, and golf courses.
There is a lush outdoor area featuring a heated pool and two hot tubs, and the coastalKITCHEN offers outdoor dining with cozy fire pits, daily happy hour specials, and live music and brunch on weekends.
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar is also dog-friendly. The hotel has a dog run and even offers pets a welcome gift. Guestrooms feature Serenity beds and complimentary wifi, and there are available upgraded rooms with patios or balconies.
Secret Garden Inn
This hidden gem in Del Mar consists of just five guestrooms, but it offers an abundance of unique amenities. The Secret Garden Inn has a fantastic location in the heart of many shopping and dining options and within a short walk to the beach. A full breakfast at the attached Peruvian Secret Cafe (one of our favorite San Diego restaurants) is included with your rate.
No guestroom at the Secret Garden Inn is the same. To give you an idea, the Rose room features a whirlpool tub and private balcony with partial ocean view, while Penthouse is a 2-bedroom unit with a large ocean view patio and outdoor jacuzzi and fireplace.
The courtyard at the Secret Garden Inn is also available for private parties or special events.
Del Mar Motel on the Beach
The Del Mar Motel on the Beach is a standout choice, as it is one of the only hotels in Del Mar, CA on the beach. Dipping your toes into the ocean and laying on the beach is just steps away! This boutique hotel features newly-renovated guestrooms, a private oceanfront sun deck, and shared barbecue and picnic areas for hotel guests.
Guestrooms include queen or king pillowtop beds, large 60″ flatscreen TVs, complimentary wifi, mini refrigerators, coffeemakers, and air conditioning. Parking at the Del Mar Motel on the Beach is complimentary, and the motel provides complimentary beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, and boogie boards for guests to enjoy.
Depending on which wing of the motel guestrooms are situated in, some have full ocean views.
Les Artistes Inn
Set right in the heart of the charming Del Mar Village with plenty of dining and shopping options, Les Artistes Inn offers an exceptional hotel experience.
Each guestroom is uniquely designed based on the artwork of famous artists. The Botero room features a rear deck overlooking the property’s garden, the De Lempicka room offers a whirlpool bathtub and ocean view with a rear deck, the Monet room is decorated in a French country style, and the Vettriano room boasts skylights and an exposed wood beam ceiling, a fireplace, a walk-in shower, and an ocean view.
Les Artistes Inn is pet-friendly with a pet deposit, and beaches including Dog Beach are just a short walk away from the hotel. Self-parking at Les Artistes Inn is free.
Best Western Premier Hotel Del Mar
There aren’t many hotels in Del Mar CA on the beach, but the Best Western Premier Hotel Del Mar is extremely close, just two short blocks away from the ocean. The quaint boutiques, restaurants and art galleries of Del Mar Village are also just a short stroll away.
All guestrooms at the Best Western Premier Hotel Del Mar were recently renovated and feature premium Serta mattresses and designer bedding, large HDTVs, coffeemakers, complimentary WiFi, and balconies overlooking the resort-style garden and pool. Some rooms also feature an ocean view.
Cafe Del Mar, the hotel’s onsite restaurant and lounge, offers local California fare for every meal of the day. The hotel also offers several guest packages including the surf packages for guests to experience water sports or golf packages at nearby Torrey Pines.
San Diego Marriott Del Mar
San Diego Marriott Del Mar is a top choice among hotels in Del Mar CA (especially for Marriott Bonvoy members and business travelers) because of its convenient location, Arterra restaurant (great happy hour), and modern amenities. This hotel is located just east of the I-5 freeway but also a short drive on surface streets to Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, Del Mar Village and the beautiful beaches.
Guestrooms feature hardwood floors and premium mattresses and bedding, in-room Netflix streaming on large flat-screen TVs, iHome docks, wifi, and workstations. Arterra offers a daily breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner, and a sushi bar, and there are a 24-hour fitness center and outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The San Diego Marriott Del Mar also boasts over 20,000 feet of meeting or event space and is also pet-friendly.