Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
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Ecstatic about Estancia
Our stay at Estancia LaJolla was unforgettable! We just got engaged while visiting San Diego and this was the perfect place to stay for our romantic getaway. We enjoyed Estancia's impeccable service, beautiful ambience, and relaxing spa. It is run by truly the nicest staff we have ever come across. It was so peaceful and serene with its combination of courtyards, fountains, and outdoor fireplaces. At night we would sit fireside under the stars at one of the hotel's restaurants listening to the guitar player and sipping margaritas. Estancia is the perfect place to unwind, rejuvinate, and just enjoy life. Our only problem now is try to find an equal to Estancia for our honeymoon!
Loved the Estancia
Stayed in an estate suite last weekend as they were offering some great internet rates. The suite was very spacious and nicely decorated. The staff at the spa were awesome -- willing to go above and beyond. We had drinks and lunch at the sports bar (mustangs & burros) and the food was great. The bartender was very friendly. The front desk staff was a little green but tried very hard. The hotel is very security conscious, which is a plus. My only complaint was the limited cable tv selections...missing some very basic channels like HGTV, Foodnetwork and VHI. Also, beware the overnight parking charge even when you don't valet. We were not made aware of it so they took it off our bill, without a big hassle. All in all, though, we loved it.
I just got back from a 4-day weekend in the San Diego area. Estancia far exceeded all my expectations. The grounds were beautiful, rooms immaculate, food was exceptional, service was oustanding, location couldn't be better. This hotel is worth every penny. I proposed to my girlfriend during the weekend in San Diego...the front desk/conceirge at Estancia (Kelly) helped me coordinate every step of the way and facilitated many of my plans weeks in advance. She helped me setup meals, day-trips, and a great display of roses and champagne in my room right after I proposed. All-in-all, I can't say enough good things about Estancia. I travel for work nearly 50% of the time and we stay in hotels such as Four Seasons and Ritz, but I would pick Estancia if I had the choice. Highly recommended!
Wow wow wow
We just got back from our "vacation at home" for our anniversary at the Estancia. I made the reservation as a surprise gift, after reading many reviews and looking around town. This place delivered. It was beautiful and romantic. I don't know how they got every member of the staff to be so friendly and helpful, with such attention to detail. They even sent a bottle of champagne to our room with their compliments for our celebration! Luxurious without being pretentious (a hard combo), the bed was lovely, the grounds were lush, the outdoor fireplaces a great touch. Leave the kids at home (there are plenty of better places in San Diego for them to run around) and go there, just the two of you, to relax and unwind.
Beauty in La Jolla
We just returned from staying at Estancia La Jolla hotel this last weekend, and I want to go back right now! The Staff was fantastic! If you can't make up your mind about going just think about relaxing by a big open fire place and sipping on a wonderful margarita served by a wonderful waitress(ours was Heather and she was fabulous)!. The dining experience we had at the Adobe wasn't that great, but there were so many positives that the negatives were washed out quickly. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking to stay at a beautifully landscaped, and serence property (great for relaxing and soaking in all that La Jolla has to offer)! The rooms offer many wonderful ammenities (the bathrooms so in-style and clean, the lines anything BUT drab) the beds ARE, in fact, SO soft and comfy! The decor a true hit! And again, the staff courteous, outgoing, and their willingness to help goes above and beyond the call of duty. One word for Estancia...Fantastic!
Quaint and Romantic Stay at the Estancia!
We stayed at the Estancia La Jolla during the weekend of August 13-15. We loved the ambiance of the hotel....quaint courtyards, uniformed employees, spanish-style setting, and the outdoor fireplaces! We even had the opportunity to get massages at the spa which was very nice (but one suggestion would be to have magazines in the common room). The rooms were a good size with a really comfortable bed! I liked that the TV was high up for easier viewing. And the room colors and furniture were pretty cool.
Most people went out of their way to greet us and make us feel welcome. One minor thing that we questioned was why the hotel charged for parking when it really wasn't being monitored. It looks like they may eventually make one of those parking gates but why charge ($15/day) your guests for parking until that time.
Overall, we really liked the Estancia La Jolla and would definitely come back!
Beautiful, quiet hotel
My husband & I just returned from a one night stay at the Estancia La Jolla and were very impressed. We were unfortunately in La Jolla for a funeral, but I chose the hotel based on the reviews by other TripAdvisor users. The room was comfortable and the bed was amazing! The location is out of the way which makes it quiet, but it's not very close to town. Since we weren't there for pleasure we didn't get to use the pool or even go to the restaurants on the property, but we agreed that we would like to come back on a happier occasion.
FROM ITALY TO ESTANCIA LA JOLLA...BUT IT WORTHS!
My boyfriend and I spent 3 weeks in La Jolla since we were attending english classes in dowtown.
We stayed all 3 weeks at ESTANCIA LA JOLLA where we found beautiful room, very confortable mattresses and pillows! The Estancia is classy, very clean with a very nice, lush garden and the staff is friendly and is always available to help you in the best possible way. We highly reccomend the ESTANCIA for a quite vacation, far from the crowded village center. You can also enjoy the SPA and the JACUZZI till late in the night.
If one day in our life we return to S.DIEGO, We will definitely be returning to Estancia La Jolla
Still working out the kinks
Stayed at this brand new property the weekend of July 31-August 1. The room was beautiful -- exceptionally nice decor, very quiet and one of the most comfortable mattresses ever found in a hotel (of course, it was brand new which helps). However, being such a new hotel, there were a few "kinks" that still needed to be worked out -- a lamp in the bedroom didn't work, the telephone had every light flashing all night long (with no messages or any reason for the lights to be flashing), very harried front desk personnel who seemed to take forever to check us in, several inquiries about a key to the in-room minibar were ignored, so we ended up not having access to the minibar (which was OK because the contents were extremely expensive, even for a hotel mini-bar). After arranging for a late check out (only 45 minutes later than the noon time) we found ourselves locked out of the room (electronic card key had been voided at noon) and had to make a long trek to the front desk to get it reprogrammed. Concierge service doesn't exist -- in fact, when obtaining driving directions from someone at the front desk, the information was so terribly wrong that we drove about 20 minutes out of our way, only to later discover that our destination was about 4 blocks away.
The biggest complaint is that they charge for parking! $15 for self park, in an open parking lot that is not even protected by any kind of security fence, in a part of La Jolla that is not in the crowded village center -- it's in an area across from UCSD where there are lots of office buildings and open space --not exactly an area where parking space is at a premium. It seemed exceedingly greedy and kind of turned us off -- especially when nothing was mentioned about paying for parking when the reservation was made.
Overall, a comfortable place to stay that needs some fine-tuning.
Estancia is a Winner!
My family and I spent a weekend in La Jolla during one of the busiest weekends of the summer. Almost all of the hotels were sold out except for the Estancia La Jolla. It has only been opened for 3 weeks so I don't think people know about it yet . But soon it will be one of those hard to book hotels .
From the reservation agent to the bartender to the maid to the front desk clerk you will find nothing but exceptional service. They bend over backwards to make you feel welcome and at home. They remember your name and greet you by name the entire visit. You are greeted by a geniune smile and real conversation by everyone that is employed there.
The hotel is classy and beautifully decorated in understated elegance with natural terracotta, wood beams and comfortable, stylish furniture. The grounds are still being finished but there are lovely fountains, outdoor fireplaces, cozy seating and lush gardens.
The rooms have big, fluffy duvets, incredible pillows, high quality sheets and WONDERFUL heavenly mattresses. The walls in the rooms are painted butter yellow and have convenient touches like a cordless phone, 2 inviting robes, plenty of big, thirsty towels and lots of drawer space. There is also a blow dryer and iron hanging in the closet in it's own elegant personalized bag. And a first for me was that the blow dryer actually dried my hair! Usually they give you the 800 watt models!
I highly recommend eating at the Adobe El restaurante. Delicious Ahi tuna and great service. My husband and I shared a romantic glass of wine in front of the outdoor fireplace at Mustangs and Burros with a live guitarist playing. Then later that night, relaxed in the large jacuzzi under the stars and when we got out, dried off in front of yet another outdoor fireplace. In my opinion, there can never be too many fireplaces or fountains.
Estancia La Jolla is located close to Cal State San Diego and only a few minutes from the beach and downtown La Jolla with lots of shopping and golf nearby.
The only disappointment in our weekend was I was going to surprise my husband with a massage but the Spa is not yet completed. The front desk said it will be around August 3rd. They were doing massages in a few rooms set up for this purpose but there were no available appointments on the 2 days we were there. Call ahead if you plan on using the Spa to make reservations in advance. They couldn't have been nicer and tried very hard to accomodate me but nothing was available while we were there. Oh well, I guess I will have to drag my husband for another weekend! (he will be thrilled..he loved the hotel as much as I did)
We will definitely be returning to the Estancia La Jolla!
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So we drove up to La Jolla which was supposed to be the best beach around San Diego and it was a lovely fishing town, there were rocks, cliffs, beautiful ocean and the main attraction... Seals and Sea Lions!!! We walked along the coast and there were people surfing and seals swimming in the ocean. We stopped to have lunch overlooking the water and next minute a squirrel comes up to me while I was ...
... There were bottles with various items in them such as tennis balls and you were left to find out how the items got in the bottles. Yep, there were a bunch of other mind boggling things. Much fun.
In another section there was a huge chair that my dad climbed up and sat in that made him look like a little kid - funny stuff.
We concluded our visit to the science center by watching a movie in the big-screened IMAX Dome theater. This was Kynser, ...
... loving it. The show was very different to the Dolphins. None of the trainers entered the water, they gave direction from the outside.
FUN FACTS - Orcas are actually Dolphins and they eat up to 500pounds of food a day - this is 5% of their body weight. They learn by action immitation which is how the trainers train them.
The show was accompanied by a strong message ...
... and very early (about 4:30pm) so the next morning we got our bearings, checked out the pool, skatepark, basketball court, games room, shop, cafe and beach (this place has it all!). After lunch we headed to SS midway and spent 3 awesome hours touring round this decommissioned navy aircraft carrier. Then it was off to Phil's BBQ for one of the biggest meals ever!! I've never had yummier ribs - well worth the queue. Thanks to ...
... The speed and water jets push you up and down towards the splash pool! Simon and I got a little too high and was probably on the verge of falling out. To calm ourselves down we went to to wave machine and then to an open top tube ride before relaxing in the sun. During the afternoon we repeated the rides we went on and then headed home for food.
It would be our last night in San Diego so we decided to go to the sports ...