Now marking 10th year, owners Bob Rauch and Joe Simone persevered despite setbacks to make their projects succeed

Opposition from neighbors, a growing recession and even a fire couldn’t stop hotelier Bob Rauch from accomplishing his dream and opening two hotels bordering Del Mar.

He and business partner Joe Simone recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar “Campus,” home to the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in San Diego.

“We accomplished exactly what we set out to do,” said Rauch, who co-owns both hotels with Simone. “Both hotels have been tremendous successes despite the setbacks.”

Rauch planned to build two hotels on the 4-acre parcel when he purchased the property for $4 million in August 2000.

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