Last September found me flying to San Diego to celebrate my best friend’s birthday. Blessedly, San Diego is only a short one-hour flight from where I live; and thanks to Southwest Airlines a round trip ticket was just 100 bucks. This beats a six hour drive through the dessert.
I made a deal with Alisha: we get to spend a weekend just the two of us (sans kids or hubbies). We figured, since the last time we got to do that was ten years ago, we were long overdue for some girl time.
Trying to find a hotel which 1) we could afford, 2) was in a location we wanted (by the ocean), and 3) had vacancies; proved to be a bit of a challenge. We settled on a hotel called Indigo Del Mar located (you guessed it) in Del Mar, California. Neither of us were familiar with this hotel but we were both ready for an adventure.
Indigo Hotel Del Mar
The hotel is located on a busy street near the Pacific ocean. It’s a large complex with plenty of rooms, and was surprisingly quiet considering the closeness to the street and nearby buildings.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The manager was very accommodating and professional for which I was quite grateful.
Check-in was quick and easy, without undue surprises. We were able to park in a covered parking and walk right to our room.
Our room was beautiful and spacious with an ocean view. Just that alone was worth it, as I miss the ocean in the desert of the Southwest. The sea was sapphire blue and calm. Everything was perfect.
The room also had a small kitchenette area (with fridge, microwave, coffee maker and utensils), and a small balcony.
There is a spa on the premises called Spa’namara and we indulged in amazing massages! My massage therapist was Danielle Brodeur. She was very capable, knowledgeable, and personable.
The down-side of the spa was the price, however. Keep in mind that there are cheaper places close by. We went there purely for convenience. We were also told that the spa had just changed owner and that changes were in the works. Maybe we should return to keep you updated?
The hotel also boasts a restaurant (and room service). We found the staff quite friendly and helpful. The food was fresh and well prepared, with most meals ranging around 12 to 14 dollars.
For dinner, we sat outside next to the gas fireplace. It was a lovely clear night, with a cool breeze. Southern California weather did not disappoint.
There are also restaurants and stores just a short walking distance from the hotel. We ate at a Peruvian restaurant (this was a first for me) called Cafe Secret. The food was great. Our waitress was sweet but seemed pretty shy. Also, when I asked for further explanation about some of the dishes I was not familiar with, I wasn’t really satisfied with the explanation. I ended up asking some other kind customers for help with the menu.
The town of Del Mar is close to some cliffs and while we saw the ocean we never found an easy access to the beach. Which was okay and honestly, we did not look very hard. We were content to sit on benches and watch the sunset, while enjoying the soothing sounds of ocean waves.