Les Artistes Inn in Del Mar

A long time ago, when I was attending school at UCSD, I treated myself to a night at a local little hotel nearby called Les Artistes Inn. With a name like that, I was interested in what the interiors were like. To my delight, I discovered that each of the 12 rooms was uniquely designed with a different artist in mind as inspiration. Room names include: Botero, De Lempicka, Erte, Furo, Gaugin, Monet, O’Keefe, Remington, Rivera, Van Gogh, Vettriano, Zen


I stayed in the Georgia O’ Keeffe room.

Georgia O’Keefe, the famous female artist, was born in New York, but spent most of her adult life in New Mexico. The southwest influence is visible in her artwork, and in the design of the room. The Georgia O’Keefe room is done in Santa Fe style with a queen size bed and a twin day bed built in. It has a beautiful tile walk-in shower and a back deck with a garden view.

For a completely different feel, one can choose to stay in the Zen room.

The Zen room, like the Furo, uses influence from Japanese masters, in this case, master woodworkers. The Zen room is done in oriental style heavy on the woodwork. It has a queen size bed and sofa bed. There is a slate walk-in shower in the bathroom.

Since my visit, the Inn has expanded to another quaint accommodation called The Secret Garden Inn. It includes 5 rooms, Rose, Orchid, Lotus, Penthouse, Frida, and an oceanview condo.

If you’re passing through San Diego, California, make Del Mar a stop. Staying at Les Artistes Inn would not only be a lovely experience, but also an aesthetic pleasure.


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