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La Jolla Mom

Our Portfolio: The Best San Diego Hotels

Family pool at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego

The entire reason why I started offering a hotel booking service is that if I’m telling you to stay in a hotel, I want you to stay under the BEST possible circumstances.

You can book into these best hotels in San Diego as VIP guests via Virtuoso and other hotel programs that are exclusive to select luxury travel agents. This is how I book my own hotel stays.

On top of this, I only work with San Diego hotels where I have personal relationships with staff on the property who are directly responsible for making sure your stay is perfect. They note allergies, recognize special occasions, resolve even the most minor issues, and place my guests in the best available rooms based on the booked category.

My experiences from checking in as a regular guest, feedback from clients, and input from hotel staff also drive who is on this list.

I used to live in a luxury hotel. I know what a stay should be like.

1

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Location: East Del Mar

Why we love it: This sprawling Forbes Fifteen Star resort makes guests feel like they're on vacation in a Tuscan villa. Easy access to a fantastic year-round kids' club (ages 5–12), full-service spa (with two hours of kids' club access per treatment), San Diego's only Michelin-star restaurant, golf, equestrian, beach (via a chauffeured butler service) and more in a central location makes this one of the best hotels in San Diego.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (excluding suites)

· Daily continental breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in Amaya or in-room dining (up to $70 per bedroom per day)

· $100 USD Activity credit per stay, valid for golf play, golf instruction, the Spa services, and/or Explorer's Club fees to be utilized during stay (cannot be combined, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full – not valid towards retail or Haim Salon Services)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Look out for: 3rd night free + Virtuoso amenities (select dates through January 2020)

Reservations: Book directly through my Fairmont Grand Del Mar Virtuoso page. (To do this you will need to enable the desktop version of Virtuoso.com. To do this on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click "Full Site." Only search with the number of adults traveling to generate the correct pricing. I'll add in your kids when I receive the booking.)

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2

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego

Location: Carlsbad in a residential neighborhood and adjacent to the famous Aviara Golf Club.

Why We Love It: Everyone I book there is happy because they love the Four Seasons service and space. King rooms have double sofa beds and villas go up to two bedrooms with full kitchens. It's fantastic for long stays, those who like to cook, and luxury travelers. Many guests return.

Four Seasons Preferred Partner Benefits:

· Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)

· USD 100 Resort credit

· Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)

· Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites

· Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended

Look out for: Stay Longer - Third Night Free rate (subject to availability)

Reservations: Request a Preferred Partner rate.

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3

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa

Location: Rancho Santa Fe (about 15 minutes inland from the 1-5 freeway)

Why we love it: This luxury resort caters to those who are half-day tourists or looking to stay put because of its fantastic dining, suites, fitness classes and other health-centric amenities will make you not want to leave. It's popular for relaxing staycations and drive market weekend getaways.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

· Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests per bedroom (maximum $40 credit per person)

· $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, (Not valid in Sheridan, the resort's boutique. Not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Look out for: Stay 2 nights in Olive Grove Suite or higher and receive 3rd night free. all Virtuoso amenities apply.

Reservations: Book directly through my Rancho Valencia Virtuoso page. *If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click "Full Site" to access rates and online booking.

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4

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Location: La Jolla, near UCSD and Torrey Pines State Reserve

Why we love it: California Craftsman charm in a boutique property with excellent service and the ability to help score coveted tee times at Torrey Pines. Farm-to-table AR Valentien restaurant and the spa are among San Diego's best. If the style suits you and you like five-star service in unique properties, this is a fit for all types of travelers but is a popular choice for couples getaways.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

· Full breakfast daily in the restaurant for up to 2 in-room guests per bedroom (up to 60.00 credit per day)

· $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding gratuity and tax)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Reservations: Book on my The Lodge at Torrey Pines Virtuoso page. (If on a mobile device, scroll to the black footer and click "Full Site" to access online rates and booking.)

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5

Pendry San Diego

Location: Downtown San Diego

Why we love it: Our favorite downtown San Diego boutique hotel offers a fantastic rooftop pool deck with cabanas, a speakeasy (that guests skip the queue for), multiple dining outlets, and sleek yet comfortable modern decor within walking distance to sightseeing and the city's best restaurants. It's good for urban weekends and quick trips into San Diego as the airport is about 10 minutes away.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

· Breakfast credit at Provisional Restaurant or In-Room Dining for two per bedroom daily ($30 maximum per person, per day)

· $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Reservations: Book directly on my Pendry San Diego Virtuoso page. (If on a mobile device, scroll to the black footer and click "Full Site" to access online rates and booking.)

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6

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa

Location: Carlsbad (in Aviara next door to Four Seasons)

Why we love it: Suites tend to be reasonably-priced so this is a great option for families visiting LEGOLAND California. Park Hyatt Aviara offers a myriad of resort activities including a game room, kids' pool area, Junior Golf Academy, and much more.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.

· Daily full breakfast buffet, for up to two guests per bedroom

· $100 USD Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary daily Aviara Spa access for two guests including sauna, whirlpool, steam room, and indoor solarium lounge.

· Locally-inspired culinary welcome amenity

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Look for: Every 4th Night Free (subject to availability)

Reservations: Book directly through my Park Hyatt Aviara Virtuoso page. (To do this you will need to enable the desktop version of Virtuoso.com. To do this on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click "Full Site." Only search with the number of adults traveling to generate the correct pricing. I'll add in your kids when I receive the booking.)

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7

Beach Village at The Del

Location: Coronado (this is Hotel Del Coronado's luxury enclave)

Why we love it: Beach Village at The Del provides the most luxurious San Diego beach vacation possible. Accommodations include villas and cottages up to three bedrooms that are outfitted like designer residences. Only Beach Village guests have access to the facilities (one current exclusion is that Hotel Del Coronado guests can use the Beach Village pool while the main resort pool is under renovation between now and Memorial Day 2020) so it's quieter. You'll also have a personal concierge.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (room upgrades are not possible in Beach Village)
· Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two guests per bedroom
· $100 USD Spa Services credit (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Reservations: There are two ways to book. Request a Virtuoso rate (usually the same as Hilton's Flexible Rate) or book on Hilton.com. The Virtuoso rate is more advantageous if your group plans to eat breakfast on the resort plus you receive our assistance.

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Hotel Del Coronado

Location: Coronado

Why we love it: San Diego's historic beachfront hotel is an icon and one of the hotels we book most. There are 44 different room types that we can help you sort through. The beach here is one of the nation's best and you can even enjoy an adult beverage on the sand (rare in California) at Del Beach. Dining is much improved with the new Serea restaurant and robust resort events range from a winter ice skating rink to beach spinning.

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (room upgrades are not possible in Beach Village)

· Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two guests per bedroom

· $100 USD Spa Services credit (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Good to know: A very exciting renovation is underway at Hotel Del Coronado. The California Cabana rooms and main pool are closed for renovation until Memorial Day 2020. Please book into the Victorian building. Your other option is The Towers, which is right next to the pool.

Reservations: Book directly through my Hotel Del Coronado Virtuoso page. (To do this you will need to enable the desktop version of Virtuoso.com. To do this on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click "Full Site." Only search with the number of adults traveling to generate the correct pricing. I'll add in your kids when I receive the booking.) Higher-end rooms may not be visible as there are 44 different room types. If you don't see the room you'd like, please send us your dates.

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9

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Location: Downtown San Diego

Why we love it: Built by the son of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1910, this regal hotel is in an excellent location walkable to downtown sights and dining. Contemporary rooms complement the dark woods and chandeliers throughout (we love the drip art headboards). Families stay here as well as business travelers (note that there isn't a pool).

Virtuoso amenities:

· Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

· Full breakfast daily for up to two guests per bedroom in The Grant Grill or via room service (maximum value of $60 per day)

· $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, available in the Grant Grill or via room service only)

· Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

· Complimentary Wi-Fi

Look for: 4th Night Free in San Diego (now through March 2020)

Reservations: Book directly through my THE US GRANT Virtuoso page. (To do this you will need to enable the desktop version of Virtuoso.com. To do this on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click "Full Site." Only search with the number of adults traveling to generate the correct pricing. I'll add in your kids when I receive the booking.)

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