Hotel Zoom-In: The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel (@ThePearlHotel) in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood is a 1960s-built motel renovation gone right. Revamped mid-century California design at its finest, thanks to a recent multi-million-dollar upkeep made possible by its new owners.

When approaching, guests are greeted by a front exterior retro sign stating the hotel’s full name: its top half background-less, while its bottom half fronts a grey façade.

The lobby is equipped with a custom Italian-inspired leather sectional, glowing glass pendants, and jewel-toned accents. To the right, a lounge space with a green quartzite bar top and custom walnut millwork that evokes a moody feel.

The bar opens up to a courtyard space with a centerpiece oyster-shaped pool surrounded by outdoor seating, which guests immediately learn is the setting for the hotel’s restaurant, Charles + Dinorah (@CharlesandDinorah). Dinners here are buzzy and secluded, guarded against the outside world by way of concrete and shrouding bamboo. A projector casts 1960s movies on a large screen elevated above the pool, set against the second-floor balcony. The food is just as inimitable as the vibe — the Japanese Fried Chicken appetizer will win your tastebuds over in one bite.

Food comas are best enjoyed in a calming space. Look no further than the hotel’s 23 rooms. Dressed in neutral tones — from furnishings to paint color — rooms are equipped with acacia wood nightstands, vintage radios and desks, linen drapery, slab cotton headboards, cane back chairs, handcrafted ceramic lamps, and flat-woven rugs in shades of sand, ivory, brown, and taupe. Artwork adorns the walls and pays homage to the hotel’s name: the inspirational female ama pearl divers known to hold their breath underwater for extended periods of time while harvesting oysters.

Point Loma’s centrality offers quick access to charming Little Italy, bohemian surfing town Ocean Beach, scenic viewpoints Sunset Cliffs and Cabrillo National Monument, as well as Liberty Station (@LibertyStation), a former military base that has taken on a new life as an over-300-acre cultural center with a waterfront park, galleries, boutiques, sit-down restaurants, and food hall.

You heard it from us — The Pearl is a secret SD treasure.

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