Oceanside is polishing its SoCal oceanfront scene with a pair of new hotels. The northern County city of San Diego is a shorter drive from Los Angeles and is part of a charming chain of other laid-back coastal towns, such as Carlsbad and Encinitas. In addition to the necessary surfing events, the city is an under the radar destination for architecture enthusiasts thanks to its four existing buildings by pioneering Modernist architect Irving Gill, including the Oceanside Museum of Art, which also benefits from ‘an expansion by noted Los Angeles architect Frederick Fisher.
The seabird complex and Pacific Mission offer two contrasting vibrations on opposite sides of the street. Fans of Baja cuisine head to Chef Roberto Alcocer’s Valle Restaurant in Mission Pacific, with its moody and textured space, along with other dining venues. At Seabird, San Diego-based architect Bill Bocken offers an updated take on California coastal style at this 226-room hotel with event and meeting space. The Piper Restaurant designed by Los Angeles firm Bells and Whistles is a fun and eclectic space in peach and pink tones, while the oceanfront Shore Room and poolside Shelter Club are great for taking in the views. on the Pacific in a sophisticated and comfortable setting. (Think leather sofas and a myriad of shades of blue with pops of color.)
We spoke with General Manager Michael Stephens to find out more about the property.
What is the most requested room in the establishment?
The Large Ocean Suite 303 and 403.
Most families love this spacious suite because of its stunning ocean views and separate living room. It is also an ideal room for clients who plan to work during their stay with us. Waking up to the sound of the ocean is something very special. Guests can continue to enjoy and live the Southern California dream while recharging in their suite.
What is the rate per night for this room?
Starting at $ 699.
What is interesting about the hotel that demonstrates its status as a new icon?
The Seabird is equipped with 267 works of art held by the Oceanside Museum of Art. The art collection features bold and innovative artists from Los Angeles to Tijuana, and each piece of art has been carefully curated to emphasize a poignant sense of place and celebrate the diverse talent of the community. Showcasing original prints, paintings, sculptures and large-scale installations, this collaboration helps to further solidify our resort and the City of Oceanside as a premier creative hub while providing a distinct South South cultural experience. California. Additionally, The Seabird is home to OMA West, a rotating art gallery that serves as an extension of OMA.
What’s your favorite room?
It’s hard to choose one, but I think the Grand Estate Suite is my favorite as it is a 1,241 square foot suite with two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area and a separate living room.
What makes it more special is the expansive furnished patio that offers stunning views of Oceanside Beach, and there’s also a fireplace to make your SoCal parties even more special.
What special benefit or equipment do you offer that no one knows about?
A special perk we offer is access to our sister property Mission Pacific Hotel. Right across from us, Mission Pacific offers a different experience with an oceanfront rooftop pool and three other dining experiences including the Rooftop Bar, Valle, and High / Low. Additionally, Mission Pacific includes Graves House which will soon become Charlie’s at the Top Gun House, a decadent dessert bar.
What’s your favorite design element on the property?
There are a lot of unexpected elements throughout the hotel that I love, but my favorite is “Chorus”, an artwork by Michelle Montjoy located at the Grand Coastal Foyer. The job is done with used t-shirts about 75 feet long collected from local thrift stores, so it’s not only a beautiful piece, but it’s also connected to our local community.
What is the particularity of the property that you would like to share?
To make our guest lineup unique and special, we’ve partnered with locals who can deliver authentic SoCal experiences to our guests. For the surf lessons, we teamed up with a second generation professional surfer from Oceanside, Duran Barr. Customers not only learn to surf, but they discover our destination and our community from a true O’sider.