Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel
Great place to stay!
My teenage daughter and I just returned from a week stay at the Hotel La Jolla at the Shores and Loved It!!! The room was wonderful, beds were comfortable, and the ocean view from the 9th floor was a wonderful way to spend a quiet evening on the patio, after a long day shopping and sunning on the beach. Very good proximity to the I-5 and close to shopping, beach and sites. Room service from Elario's was top notch, food was delicious. Only drawback that I saw was that one of the two elevators was down for maintenance for most of our stay, but no worries. We were on vacation and not in a hurry anyway! I'll definitely stay here again, already booked a week in June.
Not bad if you don't expect much
The only thing 3 star about this was the lounge and restaurant.
Although we didn't eat there, the menu looked good and the view is spectacular. The lounge has a nice happy hour with a piano bar and jazz Wed thru Sat. Rooms are nice and spacious but there is definite water pipe noises that sound like thunder. The Front desk is somewhat helpful, although that woman is not very friendly, and one guy informed us that the closest store was in the village when there is one just a block away. Good location to take walks into the village or to the beach. Wine tasting and the Bell service is somewhat humorous for what it is. The shuttle to the Village was nice.
Hotel La Jolla was a fun place to stay. It had nice rooms, nice pool, and hot tub. You could walk to beach and some shops nearby. The service was great as well.
In fact, it was even better than great, all thanks to the driver, PAOLO! Paolo made our trip to San Diego so much more fun. As both a driver, and expert on the city, our trip would not have been the same without him. His Brazilian charm will surely be missed. If you ever get to Hotel La Jolla, you make sure to get to know him, because he's definitely one of the hottest things San Diego's got going for it.
We made reservations through TripAdvisor. We requested a king size bed and did not get it. The room advertisement mentioned a balcony and "garden view". The "garden view" was the parking lot with trees and grass around it. The plastic shutters on the glass sliding door were nice, but were un-movable and were basically in the way of the view. The heater made a LOUD noise, but it did keep us warm. The lady (I think a red head) at the front desk whose job was to welcome us and check us in was not AT ALL friendly or welcoming. She did NOT look at us or even smile! The jacuzzi was old and outside the hotel. The one great thing about this hotel was the restaurant Elarios -- superb food with excellent service.
We loved nearly every moment of our stay at the Hotel La Jolla.
My two kids (3 and 5) and I stayed three relaxing nights here; the kids had fun and I came away with expectations close to being completely met (tough to do!). Our very spacious, airy 7th floor room had the promised pretty ocean/sunset view, was spotlessly clean and decorated in casual, comfortable yet classy Meditteranean "seashore" style. The beds were extraordinarily comfortable; everything functioned well (bathroom, t.v., lights, a.c. etc.) and the honor bar fridge was large enough to stash drinks and fruit. Our quite reasonable package ($139/night) included two sumptuous breakfasts in Elario's; additional room service was yummy, reasonable and came promptly. Nearly all the staff smiled nearly all the time (except one woman who ignored us while talking on the phone during checkout.) I greatly appreciated my complimentary evening glass of wine; we all loved the cool, crisp apples in the lobby, poolside lunch delivery, pitcher of fresh water next to the elevator and homebaked cookies in the afternoon. The bath products smelled yummy. The pool and hot tub, while a bit old, were very clean. This location is family-friendly with a couple of good restaurants, a beach with a playground and small markets within walking distance. The one drawback? traffic noise. No big deal! I would definitely return for a similar rate.
Very Good hotel
We recently stayed at this hotel for our anniversary and had a very PLEASANT experience, including an upgrade to a very nice suite. The staff was very courteous and helpful.
It's a very nice hotel that is not more than 2-3 minutes away from La Jolla Cove (must eat at George's at the Cove : ) and a few other San Diego attractions (Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Old Town). And all this within a 15 minute drive.
I will definitely consider staying again when I return to this beautiful city.
Kinda run down but still nice
The rooms are nicely sized and has a balcony. However the facilities are very old and run down.. bathroom/pool/jacuzzi area needs to have a makeover. The staff was nice though and overall it was a good stay.
Great family find in high season!
We recently returned from 4 nights at this hotel-VERY satisfied. We have twin 16 yr old boys, needed their own room. In high season that is $$$ outrageous however we were able to find this hotel with a one bdrm suite (very spacious) and an adjoining room for the boys. We ended up with a huge sitting area, 2 brms, 3 baths for 4 of us--$405/night!!
Before you assume it was a dive, let me assure you it was very clean (HIGH priority for us)and well appointed (not lux but decor was certainly well above avg.) As far as the comments about street noise, yes it is a busy intersection--traffice noise didn't keep us up (9th floor) but it was noticeable early (7-8 am)--our boys didn't hear a thing! We were up getting ready for vacation plans by then so street noise really never was a problem. The nice flip side to that is that this location is only a minute to HWY 5, a great advantage for San Diego travel. Staff was super, David is a wonderful resource as manager! They really do shuttle you anywhere within 5 miles anytime you request--with a smile. Also, a very memorable meal at the hotel restaurant--great view, service & delicious meal--even picky teens were impressed!! Negatives: slow elevators, larger lobby certainly would be more inviting and appealing. We were pleased to find this hotel & recommend it!
Check in was horrible at 12mn. They couldn't help us with any questions we had concerning the room. A bottle of champagne/2 glasses and ice were i(no price sheet) was in our room upon arrival. We asked if it was complimentary. They said since we had a package deal it was comp. So we drank it. Then they tried to charge for it when we left saying it wasn't comp. Housekeeping doesn't speak ANY English. We had to ask for light bulbs from burned-out lamps so we could see better in the room.
Busy, noisy intersection. Whirlpool didn't work correctly. Toilet didn't flush correctly. What we enjoyed: the spacious, clean rooms with balcony. Very comfortable. For the money, we will stay somewhere else next time. Didn't seem to be a 3.5 star hotel to us.
What a surprise
What a pleasant surprise. The location is central, the room felt like I was home, and the service was excellent. I totally enjoyed my stay at this hotel.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel
Travel Blogs from La Jolla
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... it was - time for cocktails!
Now - the US are famed for their cocktails, but i'll be honest, most of them are grim! We had 4 weird and wonderful concoctions from the bar menu, paid $14 a pop - and then either one of us started grimacing after each mouthful - until the mojitos, which were amazing, but then it's difficult to screw up a mojito! Thank you to Michael Hopcroft and Emily and Brendan for our every tipples, very much appreciated and sent us off to bed in the right way!
... another La Jolla favorite of ours. We went for a brief visit to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps before having to make a Mini-Mart run for Ben.
Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to the Bertozzis this morning. It was such a great visit. Jessica was so easy to be with and Lily is a dynamite kid. It was really great and really great to see Lu so happy. Ben loved being with them too and Sam and Jessica are BFFs because ...
... on this all day and it would not get uncomfortable.
It only took about 10 minutes to get to the station from their house, but it was one of the most comfortable rides I have ever had. We said our goodbyes and I headed off to get the train. I had about a 6 hour journey from Richmond to Bakersfield, then I had to change and get a bus to LA which was juts over 2 hours and then have a 30 minute wait at LA to then ...