Allison Mitchell Allison Mitchell | September 1, 2021 | Lifestyle Travel
Mission Pacific Hotel’s sky-high pool deck. PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSION PACIFIC HOTEL
The ocean-facing relaxation lounge at Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge at The Seabird Resort. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SEABIRD RESORT
The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific Hotel is Ocean-side’s first rooft op watering hole. Cheers! PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSION PACIFIC HOTEL
Hyatt wows in Oceanside with two new sister properties that embrace their coastal locale.
While the tony communities of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe often capture the attention of San Diego visitors, their North County counterparts are enticing guests with posh new properties of their own. Yes, it’s in Oceanside Beach where two of San Diego’s best new hotels bowed at the end of May—say hello to The Seabird Resort, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, and Mission Pacific Hotel, a Joie de Vivre by Hyatt hotel. Situated across from the historic Oceanside Pier, the boutique hotels allow guests to experience amenities at both properties with their reservation.
With a decidedly classic coastal aesthetic, The Seabird Resort captures the charm of Southern California through architecture and design reminiscent of a crisp blue and white beach house. Boasting 226 rooms, the six-story saltbox welcomes guests with inviting lounge areas in its open-air lobby where the ocean breeze blows through. Perfect for families, its Grand Estate Suite is the largest of its accommodations with two bedrooms—one with a king bed, the other with two queens—an expansive spa-inspired bathroom with a walk-in shower and freestanding tub, plus panoramic ocean views from your sixth-floor private patio. The picturesque pool deck, dotted with private cabanas and daybeds, is ideal for letting the little ones cool off from the summer sun while the adjacent Shelter Club offers delicious cocktails and bites. (Ask about the Little Seabirds program to sign up the kids for treasure hunts and kite flying while you try your hand at surf lessons with North County Surf Academy to get the true SoCal experience.) The dining and imbibing continue in the oceanfront Shore Room, best suited for happy hour, while the stunning Piper restaurant, designed by Los Angeles’ Bells & Whistles, dazzles with a handmade pasta bar, set up sushi-style, and exquisite brunch offerings, including brioche caramelized French toast paired with citrus custard and date syrup. Upstairs, Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge is ready to handle everything from massages to facials to hairstyling while The Seabird’s exceptional programming options continue with unique experiences like a wine-paired painting class led by Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions. Th at appreciation for art is also seen just off the lobby through the hotel’s OMA West rotating art gallery, an extension of the Oceanside Museum of Art, where works by Gibson Byrd and Jen Trute are on display.
An ocean-view king room at The Seabird Resort. PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE SEABIRD RESORT
Sip the Pacific Time, Mutual Friend and Hora Dorada cocktails at The Rooftop Bar at Mission Pacific. PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSION PACIFIC HOTEL
In contrast, the next-door Mission Pacific Hotel takes a contemporary approach to its look with a sexier edge that makes it a spectacular respite for couples, with 161 guest rooms—including 38 suites—on offer. Zip up the elevator to its crown jewel, The Rooftop Bar, where an “après-surf” concept awaits—think local beers and Baja-inspired cuisine curated with the help of San Diego’s top wave riders in collaboration with chef Roberto Alcocer. Its pool sits nearby, and from its soaring position in the sky, it appears to float on the horizon with the Pacific serving as its stunning backdrop. Alcocer’s influence will also continue on the property’s main floor, where his forthcoming Valle restaurant will celebrate the flavors and traditions of the Guadalupe Valley. Two more dining concepts include High/Low, an approachable beachfront cafe from F10 Creative hospitality group founder Tara Lazar, and Charlie’s, a decadent dessert bar set within Top Gun’s Graves House, which underwent a $1 million makeover for its new home at Mission Pacific.
With eye-catching design, locally focused activities, elevated dining and a starring location in Oceanside Beach, these sister properties provide a memorable escape for both SoCal residents and out-of-state visitors alike. Now, which will you choose? Rooms from $349 per night, suites from $599 per night, theseabirdresort.com; missionpacifichotel.com