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“Unique and fascinating”
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Les Artistes
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 8 January 2004

We stayed at Les Artistes for two nights in December 2003. If you have a sense of adventure and find same-as-the-next-place hotels dull and unappealing, take a look at this inn! It's unique: our room, called Furo, was decorated in Japanese style, complete with rice-paper screens on doors and windows, and had an in-floor hot tub in the bathroom (if you need to add more hot water, use the right-hand faucet). In addition to the fascinating decor, the sheets were soft, and the tiny refrigerator/freezer was much appreciated, especially when the local farmer's market set up for business in the inn's parking lot on Saturday. On the down side, using the hot tub made the room feel rather clammy (I would recommend booking this room when the weather is warm enough to leave the porch doors open while using the tub), I found some ants crawling around in the bathroom and sink areas each day (but I've been in large chain hotels that had worse ant problems), and some things were a bit dusty and cobwebby. If I were staying again in the winter, I would forego the hot tub and choose a different room; the inn has at least 10 designed and decorated in honor of various artists. I wish I could have seen more of them!

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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed 27 November 2003

We spent a week here in the Japanese room and loved every minute of it.
Although the room is not cluttered, everywhere we looked we found artistic touches and lots of storage for our belongings. This place is funky and rustic, but if those descriptions don't scare you, then this place will work for you. I have read one review from a traveller who was not a guest that found the staff here unfriendly. We did not find that to be true. When we asked questions about the area, they sat down with us and helped us plan our activities. We will definitely stay here again.

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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 1 November 2003

Long story short: stopped in to this motel asking for a pay phone. A man (owner?) chased me out threatening to call the sheriff if I didn't leave the property. Perhaps if you are interested in absolute privacy as a guest, this is the place for you. This is not the place if you have any type of criticism or ask for extra service; you risk unreasonable hostility. Some more details: I had been displaced by the San Diego wildfires for 6 days; staying with a relative just north of Del Mar. Got stuck in bad traffic on the highway. Had a phone consult scheduled with my doctor at 4pm; had waited for this conversation for weeks. I left the highway hoping to find a pay phone. My cell phone was dead and I had left the charger in my home in my haste to get out days earlier. Got stuck in more traffic in Del Mar. I saw a pay phone, but it was just feet away from the traffic; very noisy. Then I saw this motel. I entered the door that said Open; no one present except a woman sitting at the desk and two dogs that greeted my ankles. I asked if she had a pay phone. She said no, but pointed to the one on the street. I proceeded to explain why I didn't want to use that one. She asked if I had a room. When I said no she became very adamant about sending me on my way. I was embarassed and wanted her to understand why I was acting so desperate. Finally I gave up and on my way out the door said I wouldn't be recommending this place to anyone. Immediately out of nowhere came this man yelling at me to get out or he would call the sheriff. Of course, I got in my car and left. I had made no demands; I had not used any profanity. His behavior and threats were completely unreasonable, especially in a service industry.

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 21 April 2003

Les Artistes is the greatest little hotel we have ever been to. From the great personal service, to the beautiful unique interior design of the rooms, we could not have asked for better. Each room is decorates in the motif of a different artist or era. I would recommend this hotel to everyone. We will never stay anywhere else in del mar. It is really a jewl.

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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Address: 944 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014-2813
Region: United States > California > Del Mar
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Del Mar
Price Range: $174 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Les Artistes 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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