Observation Tower Reopened at San Diego Historic Hotel

Paradise Point’s iconic observation tower is now open again after a lofty restoration – the first of its kind since the 70-foot tower originally opened in 1962. The project only took a few weeks, but it seemed a lot longer to eager guests and visitors waiting the renewal of this historic San Diego hotel landmark. The result was well worth the wait with 81 refurbished steps making for a more comfortable climb to the restored viewing deck. A fresh coat of paint and simplified metalwork has also refined the appearance of this guest favorite.

Waiting at the top of Paradise Point’s observation tower is a breathtaking 360° look at the San Diego historic hotel grounds, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley and even downtown San Diego. It was the prospect of this panorama that provoked the wife of historic hotel founder Jack Skirball to request the addition of a viewing tower to the island resort when it was being built in the 1960s.

In addition to the captivating views it provides, the tower itself also has an eye-catching wire sculpture that is also a historic San Diego hotel landmark. The crowning art piece was envisioned by the architect’s daughter as homage to the red-eared slider turtles that live in the resort lagoons and gardens. The tower and sculpture can be found at the very heart of Paradise Point’s island, next to the lobby.  It is open from 7 AM to sunset daily (weather permitting) and a climb to the top is a bucket-list activity for anyone visiting the San Diego historic hotel or surrounding area.

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