Seabird Resort, A Hyatt Hotel
What it is
A welcoming, art-filled gem overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with 226 rooms, a seaworthy spa and al fresco pool, and three buzzing restaurants.
What it isn't
Lonesome. The hotel’s sister property, Mission Pacific, has three other topnotch eateries including a locally beloved rooftop bar where DJs spin into the wee hours.
What we think
When you dream of the epitome of Southern California, you’re probably conjuring this: sunswept terraces, a nautically-inspired poolside bar, and oh-so-many breezy views of the turquoise ocean beyond your windows. Guest rooms are stocked with oceanic art hand-selected by curators at the Oceanside Museum of Art and adorned in a palette of cloud grays and driftwood browns, and start at a roomy 381 square feet. We particularly love the King Bed with Ocean View Premier for its egg-shaped soaking tub and oversized private balcony; if you’re bringing the kiddos, consider the Grand Ocean Suite, which has a separate living room and sanity-saving extra half bath in the 734-square-foot floor plan. Whichever room you pick, you’ll be treated to sumptuous amenities, including Illy coffee makers, Apothia toiletries, and robes for taking in the misty views at cocktail hour.
You're here because
The Hyatt-run hotel rolls out the red carpet for families, with special kids menus in Piper, their locavore restaurant (they’ll love the malted pancakes with maple syrup) and even treatments for little ones in the spa, including hair tinseling.
Sitting fireside at The Shore Room in the shade of a palm tree, you don’t know if you’ve been happier in recent memory. And then your waiter brings you a half-dozen West Coast oysters with salsa verde and citrus mignonette, and you sigh. This is heaven!
Restaurants & Bars
Piper - offers a menu showcasing seasonal local produce and celebrated California wines
The Shore Room Bar and Lounge - ocean-view bar offering cocktails and light bites
The Shelter Club - poolside cabana bar serving refreshing drinks and snacks
A block from the beach in downtown Oceanside, and two from the throwback wooden Oceanside Pier—which has stood sentinel over this perch since 1888 and just a whopping 1,942 feet into the sea.