San Diego’s Oceanside to open two upscale resorts operated by Hyatt

Two new beach resorts will open in Oceanside, Calif., as part of a project that is expected to be the largest beachfront development on the San Diego coastline in more than 20 years. Slated to open in 2020, the projects are being developed by S.D. Malkin Properties. Involved in the design of the properties is architecture firm Delawie of San Diego.

One property will be a Joie de Vivre hotel with 161 guestrooms and suites, most with private, ocean-facing balconies. The second property will be a Destination Hotels’ resort that will have an upscale beach house design with 226 guestrooms and suites, most with full or partial views of the ocean.

Operated by Hyatt, both properties will have street-level retail and dining, as well as indoor-outdoor meeting space.


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One aspect of the Oceanside project is the incorporation of the historic Graves House, a local icon commonly known as the “Top Gun” house due to its appearance in the movie. It will be re-launched as a curated food outlet at the Joie de Vivre hotel. Dating back to the year 1887, the historically-protected Queen Anne Victorian currently resides on a section of the property and will be restored to its original splendor.

Already, Oceanside has Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort (opened in 2008) and the SpringHill Suites Marriott Oceanside (opened in 2014). Fin Hotel, a 27-room hotel that dates back to 1927, was also opened in 2018, retaining much of the building’s original character including multi-colored, mosaic tile flooring in the lobby, a grand wooden-railed staircase and elegant tiffany windows. The 130-year-old Bunker House, which was slated for demolition, was also turned into the Apotheque Lifestyle Spa in 2010, with the Bunker House Wine Bar added in 2018.

Other ongoing projects at Oceanside include the construction of new properties on formerly empty sites that include ground-floor retail and upper-floor residential units; as well as the restoration of the 130-year-old Schyuler Building into a three-story, 10-room boutique hotel with restaurant and rooftop bar, that will also open this year.

Photo credit: Oceanside

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