Our History

L'Auberge Del Mar, a Destination Hotel, is located on the historic site of The Stratford Inn. Built in 1910 the Inn, and later the Hotel Del Mar, was a hot spot for Hollywood celebrities looking for an escape and Southern California locals alike.  The Resort was the perfect get away while visiting Bing Crosby & Pat O'Brien's brand new Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack. Celebrities such as Lucy and Desi Arnaz, and Jimmy Durante were often found roaming the beautiful grounds of the resort.

During World War II, the beachside hotel opened its doors to soldiers and their families, however post war saw the hotel fall into disrepair and it was eventually demolished in 1969. In 1985, coinciding with Del Mar's centennial, local resident, Jim Watkins, purchased the property and rebuilt the hotel and in 1989 it re-opened its doors as the beautiful L'Auberge Del Mar.

Since 1989, L'Auberge Del Mar has seen a few changes beginning with a $25 million renovation in 2008 and just recently with the renovation under the direction of the one of the most sought after luxury designers Barclay Butera.  L'Auberge Del Mar is the home to the original Opening Day After-Party and many other community events throughout the year, and remains to be the centerpiece of the Del Mar Village

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