The Best Hotels to Book Near Del Mar Racing, California

Everyone will feel like a winner at Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Everyone will feel like a winner at Fairmont Grand Del Mar | Courtesy of Fairmont Grand Del Mar / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Fancy a flutter at one of California’s most scenic tracks? Win or lose on the horses, you’re guaranteed to sleep like a champ when you book one of these hand-picked hotels with Culture Trip.

Turf meets the surf at Del Mar Racing, a thoroughbred horse racing track only minutes from the shores of the Pacific. This SoCal stadium is also positioned close to other exciting sites, including the legendary Torrey Pines golf course and the surf-mad city of San Diego. Off to the races? Get a head start on a good night’s sleep by booking a stay at one of these hand-picked hotels.

1. Winners Circle Resort


Winners Circle Resort
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Staying at the Winners Circle Resort is a safe bet for anyone who wants to be close to Del Mar Racetrack. Every suite has a kitchenette for quick meals before or after the races. A dry sauna, outdoor pool, clubhouse, and tennis club will keep you busy on days that you’re not checking out the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, or SeaWorld. And it goes without saying that the five minute drive to the beach is well worth leaving the property for.

2. L'Auberge Del Mar

Hotel, Luxury

LAuberge Del Mar
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There’s a pooch program at L’Auberge Del Mar that’s too dog-gone good to pass up. This seaside retreat will spoil you and Snoop, as the dedicated concierge is happy to arrange hair cuts, baths, and nail care for the two of you (paw-dicure, anyone?). A private walking path will lead you down to the beach where you can then stroll to pooch-permitting Del Mar destinations such as Dexter’s Deli or Dirty Dog Park.

3. Morgan Run Club


Morgan Run Club
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See the private Morgan Run Club as an invitation to book that long-delayed golf trip your buddies have begged for. Gather your foursome and check into a course-view room so you can scout the greens from your balcony. Twenty-seven holes of championship golf await in the morning after a few minutes warming up on the driving range. Even if you only can sink par, the bone-in Duroc pork chop, grilled flat iron steak, and pan-seared barramundi will make you feel like a winner at the Littler Lounge.

4. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Boutique Hotel

A luxurious guest casita with high exposed-beam ceilings at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa
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Take a break from the adrenaline of the racecourse, and restore your body at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. If health is wealth, your stay will be rich with rejuvenation, starting with healthy coastal ranch cuisine sourced from local farms. Bliss out with a bounty of treatments in the spa and salon that’ll revitalize your mind, body, and soul. Take the refinement to a new level with yoga and pilates in the fitness center then treat yourself to a well-deserved cocktail by the pool.

5. Fairmont Grand Del Mar


Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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A Michelin-starred restaurant, miles of hiking trails, a five-star spa, and an award-winning golf course; let it be known that the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is not cutting any corners when it comes to spoiling you. Every inch of their 4,500 square foot (420 sqm) villas – from the sunken jacuzzi tubs in the marble bathroom to the secluded sun terraces – are yours to savor in privacy. As a bonus, in-villa dining brings Amaya’s spiced fennel rigatoni or filet mignon right to your door.

6. The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Luxury, Spa Hotel

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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Finally, a chance to prove to your spouse that all of those hours at the golf course were worth it. The Lodge at Torrey Pines overlooks the iconic links and invites you to shoot your best rounds across 36 holes. Though, you need not set foot on the greens to have a memorable stay. The luxury suites alone, with their oversized tubs, fireplace, and balconies will convince you to take advantage of the around-the-clock room service.

7. La Jolla Shores Hotel

Budget Hotel

La Jolla Shores Hotel
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The beach is your playground at La Jolla Shores Hotel. Before you sprint out onto the sand, snap up your own umbrellas, chairs, and towels, courtesy of the hotel. The beachfront rooms are especially relaxing, particularly the suites with kitchenettes and private balconies from which you can watch the kids splash in the waves. Watch the surf crash from the windows of the Marine Room as you dive into a seafood platter so good that it’s been featured in the Michelin Guide.

8. Les Artistes Inn


Les Artistes Inn
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A quiet, artistic hideaway near the beach, Les Artistes Inn is a sanctuary for creative minds. Choose a room inspired by the likes of Georgia O’Keefe or Van Gogh, and soak in the attention dedicated to every detail (such as a New Mexico-inspired colour palette in the case of the former). Will you relax in a jacuzzi bath or clawfoot tub? Gaze up at exposed wooden beams or through a skylight? Take your drawing pad or notebook and let inspiration find you down beside the fireplace in the covered courtyard.

Del Mar Fairgrounds is ideally placed just 20 minutes outside of the surfer’s paradise of San Diego; find out where to stay or opt for sustainable accommodation throughout California, bookable now with Culture Trip. Take advantage of the waves with the best surfing beaches in San Diego, and discover everything there is to do at night in the city.

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