As a Tower23 guest, you become part of the beachfront action, which includes the hotel's bar and its restaurant, Jordan ($$$$; call for hours). Whether from a lounge by the reflecting pool or a balcony room facing the water, it's fascinating to watch bicyclists along the beach slow down to take a look at this glassy apparition ― and to check out who is staying here.
Rooms are furnished simply but filled with creature comforts, including high-tech foam mattresses and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. But then again, who needs the tube when the best scenes happen just outside your window?
Info: Tower23 (from $359; 4551 Ocean Blvd., San Diego; or 866/869-3723)