Le Corbusier Hotel, Marseille Photo Courtesy of HotelsWeLove.com
One rainy afternoon I came across a fabulous website, Hotels We Love. The following is a small excerpt from their “about us” to share the passion that drives them towards more amazing discoveries. “Hotels we love are personal, creative and inspiring, with that special quality the Dane’s describe as hygge. Hygge loosely translates as ‘cosy’, but it’s more than that, it suggests a sense of well-being, a moment in time when people and space fall into place and create a warm, special kind of ambiance. A kind of bonhomie applied to space.”
These talented videographers have captured a unique view of Le Corbusier’s La Cite Radieuse, or Radiant City. Please follow this link and take the time to enjoy the short video. This hotel is on my bucket list. As the artists who created this story and video would ask, “are you a Le Corbusier tragic?” I know I am, if you are too, please leave a short comment below.
Wonderful video of the Hotel Le Corbusier
What? You thought we just cover design and furniture. Actually, we have a huge interest in pretty things, great designs, nice hotels, food, and the beach. It’s just not often that you combine it all and output a truly wonderful experience while on vacation.
And that is what Tower 23 in San Diego does. Recently, on a little Paradigm Gallery break, I stayed there for 4 amazing days for my birthday. I had strict marching orders: “If it’s cool, take a pic”. Simple enough, but once I stepped into Tower 23, I knew I could waste my entire trip taking pics. So, we’ll share some of the best moments of the trip, including the beautiful design of Tower 23; inside and out.
We arrived at Tower 23, and upon our entrance, we knew this place was slickly designed. Often times, trendy little hotels have issues with other things, like food, food prices, drink prices, and usually service, so we were not sold just yet. Check in easy, “get us to our room”, I thought. We arrived and a magnificent view awaiting us:
Ok, so it was a little cloudy, but things looked much better 10 minutes into our stay when this arrived:
After all, it was my birthday. We were really impressed by the speed at which this was brought up. Service at Tower 23 was on the right track. And, regarding food, well, desserts, delicious is how we can sum it up.
We hung around for a while, stepped onto the Tower Deck, which is the central mezzanine for the hotel. It’s basically a lounge where you can enjoy the weather, a nice drink, or the sunset. Again, it was cloudy on Day 1, so not much to see, but in the span of our trip, really a great place to kick back:
Our plans in San Diego called for 2 days at Tower 23 and 2 days at the Se’ San Diego, previously known as the Setai. When we checked out, we really wondered why we were checking out. The Se’ San Diego was in the Gaslamp, and while being in the city is cool, West Coast “downtowns” simpy don’t have the same vibe as cities in the East Coast, San Francisco excluded, and Seattle, and Portland. 🙂 We checked into the Se’ and while it was wonderful and luxurious, we missed Tower 23 badly. After 20 minutes, we realized, this wasn’t right. We checked out, called Tower 23, and went back. And, I’m an avid hotel connessiour, but I wasn’t about to have my trip end poorly because of the wrong hotel selection. Don’t get me wrong, the Se’ San Diego is beautiful, great service, etc, but we really NEEDED the beach. So, our time at Tower 23 continued.
Overall, Tower 23 was by far the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at, trumping the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. You ask, “how can anything trump the Ritz?”. Easily. Tower 23 provides world class service, great food, a happening locale, but isn’t too stiff. Prices are affordable with rooms starting at $179, and $229 for our ocean front room, suites are $350-$750. Can’t beat that. JRDN, the restaurant on location was delicious, accurately priced, although a bit noisy, but not a big deal. The staff is tremendous. Big kudos to George and Vinny to helped us during our trip. If in San Diego, check Tower 23 out!
Here are some pics:
Crab Cakes at JRDN - the corn relish was tremendous
Wild Berry French Toast from JRDN
From the outside
From the Tower Deck
Tower Deck Sunset
Piece of sunshine
View from #307
View from #307 again
From Room #307
Sunset from #307