Embassy Suites San Diego - La Jolla
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEmbassy Suites San Diego - La Jolla
I had a really... Interesting? day near El Centro and am getting ready to fly out tomorrow. I'm staying at an Embassy Suites, made it for the Manager's Reception, which guess what - includes wine and pop corn.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Embassy Suites San Diego - La Jolla
We stayed at Embassy Suites La Jolla for a full week, and it was great. The staff was friendly and helpful, and we saved a lot of money on food by eating a big breakfast at the hotel and having several meals at the excellent food court at the upscale mall across the street. In addition to the standard chains, this food court had a Vietnamese vendor and Rubio's Mexican, both excellent. On the weekend, we ate outside and had live music, rock once and classical another time. My husband is a big Starbuck's fan, and we often stopped there in the morning for coffee (the hotel coffee wasn't very good) or in the evening for a Frappucino. We also saved money by buying frozen entrees, bagged salad and fresh fruit at Albertson's, a five-minute drive from the hotel. The microwave and mini-fridge really came in handy. We brought our Scrabble game and frequently played downstairs while drinking free cocktails and eating snacks. The location was great, maybe 10 minutes from a walk on the beach in La Jolla or at Torrey Pines State Park, and it was only a 20-minute drive to Balboa Park, Downtown San Diego or the airport. Good in-room movies and excellent cleaning staff. Room service was tasty but expensive - they added 25% to the bill for tip and tax - if you're too tired to go out to get dinner, pick up a to-go order at the PF Chang's China Bistro located in front of the hotel. There were a lot of children staying at this Embassy Suites, and it was fun watching them feed the koi. The atmosphere was lively and fun. The only problem we had with our room was that the key cards wouldn't always work. It was an intermittent problem with the lock. We requested compensation and the hotel comped us one night, which we thought was very fair. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Our New San Diego Area Hotel
Thanksgiving weekend we took a quick trip to La Jolla for some hiking at Torrey Pines State Park. We stayed at the Embassy Suites, La Jolla, for the first time. We have stayed at the downtown San Diego Embassy Suites many times and wanted to check out the La Jolla venue. We were thrilled with all aspects of this hotel. First, the price was right, about half of what the night would have cost at the downtown hotel, and the two hotels are virtually identical, although I believe La Jolla is cleaner. The staff and service were excellent and attentive at all times. The hotel lobby, atrium and room were all immaculate. We were on an upper floor and had a lovely view of the surrounding valley. The bed was comfortable and the room was nicely appointed. The manager's reception had the best selection of libations that I have seen at any hotel hosted happy hour. Breakfast was cooked to order and not sitting in hot pans for hours. The hotel is easily accessible from the 5 and the 805 freeways. We take frequent short trips all over California and the La Jolla Embassy Suites will be our San Diego area hotel from now on.
I expected more.
We went to San Diego for a few days for my sister's wedding in September 2004. We were excited to be staying at an Embassy Suites, but were sorely disappointed. First, the good parts. The staff is very nice and the lobby is really nice. Unfortunately, you don't sleep in the lobby. We had a one-bedroom suite that smelled funny, maybe just old. The appoinments and furniture were really old and the fixtures were really old. The sinks and tub drained very slowly. The carpet had some spots and there was a big stain in the middle of the comforter on our bed. The air conditioning unit, although it worked well, was very loud. Additionally, although we were promised that the pool was heated, it was really cold. Also, we called in advance to find out if it had a spa and were told it was right next to the pool. Okay, well it was right next to the pool with a glass wall in between, i.e., outside. The lobby is really nice and the included breakfast is excellent. The afternoon manager's reception is lacking, though. Although you can get drinks, the only food served was chips, pretzels, bad salsa and sour cream. We had our 1 1/2 year old son with us and I was not comfortable letting him wander around our room and touch things. I was washing his hands constantly the whole time we were there and trying to keep him from paddling his little hands in the poorly draining sink. I've stayed in nicer Best Westerns than this.
Great stay for families!
We took our one and three year old kids to San Diego for vacation and stayed here with another family. This is definately the place to be if you have kids. The complimentary breakfast each morning was nicer than many restaurants, and you can take the food to your room if you like. We were even able to get milk for the kids for free all day and night. The kids loved the indoor pool and the koi pond. The hotel is close to everything that you could possibly want to see in San Diego. The suites were clean, and the kids loved the fact that they could separate their room from ours each night. The staff was very helpful, and even printed driving directions to various tourist attractions upon request. We will definately stay here next time we visit the San Diego area.
Wonderful stay outside of parking problems
I was quite pleased with the hotel during my stay in June, 2004. The surrounding area is commercial but nice and clean. The proximity to shopping (UTC) and restaurants such as PF Changs was also a bonus. The rooms were very spacious and I especially appreciated a second vanity outside of the bathroom so more than one person could get ready at once! The fridge and microwave in the room are also excellent amenities, although considering the excellent continental breakfast you won't need to prepare your own! I was quite pleased with the lobby, atrium, and decor of the rooms and the staff seemed friendly enough.
My only complaint was the ridiculousness of the parking for the hotel. While I don't remember exactly how much it cost per day, it wasn't cheap and the parking garage was absurd. You can barely drive two cars in opposite directions without hitting each other, and because of the slant of the parking spots and the lack of room to maneuver, it is near impossible to get out of the spots in the right direction. This problem culminated on a Saturday night when we returned at about 10p.m. after a Padres game and attempted to park. After failing to find a spot on the first, second, or third level, we drove up to the roof only to find no way whatsoever to turn around and a large suburban in front of us trying to back up. When all was said and done, the nine cars behind us had to back all the way down the ramp before we were able to get out. The Embassy staff did allow us to park in the PF Changs valet; however, it took a total of forty-five minutes to park the car. The point of my long story being, I would suggest checking the number of cars already in the lot before paying for a spot you may not get and a headache you do not want. Also, check for alternatives on parking.
Regardless of the parking problem, I would undoubtedly stay at this hotel again. I was very impressed with the rooms, and its convenience to the freeways and sights in San Diego made it a very pleasant stay!
Stayed with my husband and 3 year old son. Coy pond in atrium is great for kids, even have food to feed the huge fish. Rooms are great especially for families. Location is great about 15 minutes from the Zoo and Downtown. Pool was nice. Walked to the mall across the street, mall even has ice skating rink. Complementary breakfasts are a mojor plus (bacon, sausage,eggs,french toast, pancakes,etc) Drinks and snacks in the evening too. Only minus is the $12 a day parking fee. I can park at Disneyland for less!
This hotel is in a business are of La Jolla and close to the local shopping center. Nice hotel and if you get a good price I think you will be even more pleased. Close enough to beach that it is just a short drive. Remember this is a business area so there is commuter traffic close to hotel. Evening snacks and full breakfast is nice.
Not that nice
Stayed here in early Jan. 2004 for one night. The hotel lobby is nice but the rooms need work. They have old furniture and are in need of an update. The staff was friendly but they were not willing to give me a room on a higher floor (even with my Hilton Gold Card). I would stay here again but it is on the lower side of most Embassy Suites. One major plus is PF Changs Rest. which is located in front of the hotel.
For good steak try Donovans down the street. You will pay top $$$ but it is worth it. Also a large mall (UTC) is dirtectly across the street.
Not up to reputation of Embassy Suite Chain
The rooms were nice and the breakfast was good. Having booked through hotwire the price was also reasonable. The major problem with the hotel was the attitude of the staff: no staff member ever smiled once! Our room was not ready at check in time and they told us they had no rooms with 2 beds available: however, when the person behind us in line checked in they were available. We were woke up from a nap one afternoon by the front desk complaining about us making too much noise in our room (there was a band playing at the restaurant on the lower level). Also, I would avoid paying the parking. It filled up one evening when we were late getting to the hotel. We ended up parking half a block away on the street (this is free) so why pay for the parking you might not get to use!
All in all, an ok place to stay if you get a good rate and do not expect the quality and level of service of typical Embassy Suites hotels.
Good value for money
Good place to stay in especially with kids. Right in the middle of UTC.
You can walk to the mall! Breakfast good, like other Embassy Suites.
Nice (though on the small side) pool, one of the only heated AND indoor pools in SD area in this price range. Disadvantage: parking expensive.
They do have in/out privileges though.
I would probably stay there again with my family.
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