Empress Hotel of La Jolla
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... some of the girls in church :) Once Becca was home from work the two of us headed out to mission bay for some kayaking which was so much fun!!! Not only was the weather perfect, the water calm, the company fantastic- we also kayaked with seals! It was slightly nerve racking at first but definitely loads of fun! I was blessed to be able to see and catch up with the Moynihan's (who I also met in Israel) at dinner tonight. Day 17- spent the day with Kaitie and 2 of ...
... 800 people back from the front. The problem with Comic-Con being that people don’t have to leave after the panels are finished (and who was going to leave before Archer?). We made friends with another guy in the line who was a massively good dude (didn’t ever catch his name though) and he made the wait bearable. A girl dressed as Mallory Archer ahead of us didn’t get in either. Unfortunate.
We gave up on the day after ...
... into our hotel in San Diego before lunch and Elwood is happy to be able to play with his figures. We manage to lure Elwood out the door again by telling him how much his figures will love playing on the beach. He hurries to the car with a bucket of toys and is excited about the beach.
We head to Mission Beach, San Diego and love the journey. Lots of bays, and waterfront parks, it really reminds us of The Spit on ...
... the bottom, but its really really nice.
La Jolla is famous for its sea lions and the fact that they have inhabited the childrens beach pool and just lay around all day. So we went and had a look at that and they have a seawall which we walked along and saw lots of sea lions. We also saw lots of squirrels! Who live in tunnels all throughout the cliffs and eat the plants and grass, making the cliffs really unstable, so dont go climbing ...
... We spent about an hour walking through Presidio Park, which is located on a hill looking over San Diego and the ocean; we also played a bit of frisbee in the park which was fun! From here we walked down to Bazaar del Mundo- which has a variety of Mexican boutique shops; these were interesting to look round. We then had a bite to eat in what is apparently San Diego’s oldest restaurant- El Piñatas- this was a lovely café- with ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Empress Hotel of La Jolla
GREAT HOTEL AT A GREAT PRICE
Why would anyone want to stay at a different hotel in La Jolla except if they wanted to pay top dollar for a view of the ocean? The Empress hotel was small enough to be called a boutique hotel, but large enough to provide the services of a grand hotel. The rooms were sparkling clean and certainly large enough for comfort. The bathrooms provided comfort and serviced whatever needs might develop. The service was warm, friendly, and efficient. The Empress Hotel is located in the heart of La Jolla within walking distance of everything! For my $139.00 price I had everything I could want including valet parking. The money I saved I spent on dining and shopping.
We had a great stay at the hotel. The location was ideal, within walking distance to the beach and all of downtown La Jolla. The room was terrific, large and comfortable. Finally, the staff was very attentive and friendly.
Nice quiet hotel in a great location!
We just returned from 4 nights at the Empress. Our room was very clean, and the hotel is well maintained. Staff was very friendly and helpful, even for helping strategize street parking if you don't want to valet park with the hotel. They even have apples or cookies in the lobby for snacking. The location is just terrific (unless you must have an ocean view) -- a short walk to the ocean, and a short walk to lots of shops and restauraunts. We'll stay here again.
I recently planned a fun trip to San Diego with a girlfriend. We stayed one night at the Empress and that was plenty. As a disclaimer, let me say that I am not a finicky traveler, a whiner or even a letter-writer type of consumer. But I feel compelled to speak out about The Empress. To begin, we checked in with an apathetic front desk clerk who neglected to tell us that all of the hotel's power would be shut down at midnight. What??? Yes, that's right, no lights, phones, television, air conditioning, elevators, clocks, etc. all night long. When the power did go out, we also found out that the technicians were setting up shop right outside our window with a generator, tools and talking all night long. The hotel did refund our money after some prodding, but I was surprised that they weren't somehow required to contact customers beforehand to let them know that the power would be out. This incident aside, the beds were soft and the bedding was pretty, the location was convenient but the bathrooms were pretty crusty for anyplace with the name Empress. I would not stay at this hotel again.
Great Place to Stay
What a great place to stay. Rooms were very clean, no smoking issues. The Hotel is just 2 blocks away from the beach. What a deal for the location. The continental breakfast was set up nicely. (fresh pastries, cereal, coffee, etc.) Wonderful outside patio. I will stay here again.
A joyful stay
We stayed 4 nights and loved it. My wife insists on ultra clean bathrooms and found ours perfect and the room clean and beautiful each day. Very fine location enabled us to walk throughout La Jolla Cove easily. The continental breakfast was ok but nothing special and the eating area (indoors) rather cramped; however, it has an adjoining great outdoor patio with tables and great fresh air if the weather is good. There's no pool but we certainly did not need it in the cool 45 - 65 degree weather of late February. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and lounge! We would be happy to stay there again.
I stayed from March 7-10 and found the hotel to be clean, perfect location and the staff was friendly. The rooms aren't like a 4 star property but it was clean and had all the amenities as any higher priced hotel. It's within walking distance to all the great restaurants, shopping and the cove.
I would return in a second especially if the weather was good and I could lounge with a good book on the deck upstairs.
Within walking distance to beach and shops!
We were very pleased with the proximity to restaraunts, beach and shops. We walked everywhere, even the grocery store! The concierge was very helpful and the service of all of the employees was wonderful. The continental breakfast is served in a charming outdoor garden/ courtyard. The only area that needs improvement is parking. The first night they were not able to valet our Ford F-250 due to it's size and parking in La Jolla is impossible to find!! Once we spoke with another employee the next day, they were able to valet our truck. We LOVED this hotel and will stay there again on our next vacation to La Jolla.
Good for its price.
The Empress Hotel was average. The room DID smell like smoke even though it was a non-smoking room. It's very close to the shops in downtown La Jolla and it's two blocks away from rocks that overlook the ocean. You'll have to walk farther down the coast if you actually want to get to a beach where you can swim. So I ended up driving to the beach. The room was clean (except for the smell) and the breakfast was adequate. Like I said, the Empress is good for its price.