Posted On : 8/17/2006 by Kirsten Noelle Hubbard
Tower 23, named after the lifeguard stand sited on the Pacific Beach sands in front of the hotel, is an anomaly in an area famous for boisterous bars, beer-soaked beaches, and g-string bikinis. Though it’s been many months since its establishment, the buzz still hasn’t faded. Glowing, gorgeous, and funky-flavored, Tower 23, “a clean, contemporary celebration of the elements”, is San Diego’s hippest choice for a first-class vacation.
The hotel’s ultra-creative designers took a minimalist approach to décor without sacrificing any luxury: “Responding to the site's natural elements … a Boardwalk alive with energy set against crashing ocean waves ... architect Graham Downes sought to design a building that would capture this dynamic.” Rooms, or “pads”, are split into three individual types, Spirit, Sky and Surf; and suites into Sanctuary and Sweet (get it?). Some offer ocean views, and others private cabana patios. The suites even offer in-room spas, featuring a chroma-aromatherapy whirlpool tub.
Although with these kind of amenities in may seem impossible to leave your room, venture downstairs for a one-of-a-kind restaurant and nightclub experience at JRDN Surf: Sky: Spirit. If steak and seafood aren’t enough to chew on, check out the seventy-five foot wave wall. Extending the length of the room, the wall reflects the light of the sunset, and changes color radiantly during nighttime martini-sipping hours.