La Jolla Shores Hotel
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Today was a great day doing things one-on-one with Katie and Elodie. Grandma and I split the day and in the morning, Katie and I hung together while Elodie and Grandma had some quality time and then we switched for the afternoon.
In the morning, Katie and I went down to Pacific Beach and rented bikes. We road along the boardwalk for awhile …
Today was our last day at Disneyland. We woke early and got our bags down to the Bell Service to hold while we went to the park. We exercised our early magic morning option again and got into Disney California Adventure around 8:15 or so. Since we'd already done Radiator Springs, we decided to pass on Cars Land and went to Paradise Pier. California …
When we arrived in San Diego unfortunately two things made it readily apparent that we were in America. The first was the water film on the bathroom counter in the airport. I usually contribute to that in my own house so I cannot throw stones. The second was that I approached a woman in baggage services and asked her how she was doing before inquiring as to where Lucy's skateboard would be delivered. "Hey how are you doing?"
... and were walking through the gates at 5:57 (the gates close at 6pm). We drove back to the hotel with red and exhausted faces, had tea and the kids were asleep within 5 minutes of going to bed. It was a bit of a surreal drive home as I was sure that every other car and driver looked just slightly 'blocky', but decided not to say anything lest the others worry about my driving abillity.
Tomorrow is a rest day in San Diego before we head back out into camping and National Park ...
... on a fllight simulator with Papa - which was great. We fired lots of laser cannons and it was the coolest thing in the world. I loved it and it was like star tours and it was one of my favorites. I got a dog tag with my name on it.
Because I was the smallest kid there - I got to be the capitain and flick all the switches. At the end I got ...
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I love staying here when I'm in La Jolla. You come here for the beach, right? Why not stay on it. I like the "coast view" rooms. Nice views looking North of park and surf.
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The picture in their magazine ad looks great, but what we found when we checked into our ocean-view room was a dark dingy room with stained carpets. I completely agree with the reviewer who wrote the review"Major Disapointment". This place looks like it was built in the 60's and has received little up-keep since then. After being there for about two hours, we decided we did not want to spend our vacation there and checked out. To their credit,the manangement did not charge us anything. There were workmen working on some of the rooms. Hopefully,they are renovating the place. With it's beachfront location, this could be a great property if it was given a major face-lift.
I had to write after just getting back from the Sea Lodge in La Jolla, CA. I can't help but disagree with the last couple of reviews. My husband and I arrived a little hesitant after reading them. We arrived early and were able to check in without waiting. The lobby was very nice and the courtyard was full of wonderful plants and flowers. We noticed no problems with the parking garage or the elevator we used. Our room was an oceanfront balcony on the first floor. Also very clean. The place was fully booked and yet we never heard our neighbors or anyone else for that matter. It probably did help that we had the sounds of the ocean constantly as we kept our door open always. The beach always had something going on. Great for people watching. Also, if you kayak, surf, or scuba dive this is the place for you. It's not a 4 star hotel, but then it doesn't claim to be. The location and the grounds and room were what we wanted. We'll definetly be back.
We stayed at the Sea Lodge in February 2004. The carpet was so dirty my feet turned black and we had a leaky roof and spent the night with a bucket in our room to catch the rain water. However, this was nothing compared to the morning of our departure. One in our group used a seemingly clean, folded towel off the rack. The towel had a LARGE amount of fecal matter on it. Disgusting to say the least. Management was involved and needless to say - they can't imagine how such a thing could happen. All my travel companions and I know is that we will never stay at the Sea Lodge again and will be very vocal in advising others against it.
What a complete disappointment the Sea Lodge was with the prices they charged. For a hotel on the ocean in La Jolla, one was not expecting a run-down motel. The rooms were small and dark, with the same furnishings from the 1960s. I am giving 2 stars only because of the balcony and the view of the ocean which is amazing. We had the buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant which was horrible and overly expensive. I would definitely not stay there again. While the beach access is terrific, it is not worth the price. They need to do a major overhaul!
You pay for the Beach...
I started to get concerned when I was treated rudely by the parking attendant as I pulled into the dingy underground parking lot. The wires hanging in the halting, dirty elevator increased my unease. As I exited the elevator and looked around the main floor, the motif seemed to be cheap Mexican motel. The place really needs to work on how it unfolds to guests who park in the lot. However, the "lobby" was nice and the staff helpful. The room was ok - not luxury - not motel 6. What your money pays for at the shores is listening to the waves as you sleep and being on the best kid s beach in the area. Do not expect luxury or great service. Good hotel for kids.
First off, do not think of this place as a Hotel but more of an Inn. If you expect to stay at a Hotel, you will definitely be disappointed.
In contrast to the "terrible" review, our room was inpeccably clean (and my wife is a harsh critic). We had a beach front room with a great view. Staff was very friendly and helpful; restaurant was good, and the beach seemed private enough, with a public beach next door. Great location for both getting out in and around La Jolla and staying put at the hotel with restaurants within a block nearby. Kayaking departs at the beach; scuba and snorkeling available (although red tide screwed that up for us); surfing just down the beach; even a gliderport up on the cliffs at Torrey Pines. Underground parking was a plus; I was afraid the facilities would be shabby or run down, but, at least as far as our room was concerned, everything was well-maintained. We had an excellent vacation, in no small part due to the hotel. I'd give it an excellent but for the price, which, even in the off season seemed a bit steep. But, we'd go back in a heartbeat.
We have just vacationed in the San Diego area and stayed at both the Four Seasons Aviara and the Sea Lodge. I cannot believe that we paid almost the same price for suites at both hotels. The Four Seasons was superb. The Sea Lodge was totally overpriced and filthy...no amount of Febreze can cover the smell of those carpets...and the furniture looked like it had been bought from a yard sale. The bathroom was lit with what looked like a 10 Watt bulb....presumably so you couldnt see the dirt and there was hair all over the floor.There were also, unforgiveably, skidmarks in the toilet from the previous guests. In our suite there was also a vase of half dead flowers in murky water on the table! The hotel was infested with pigeons and, judging from the rat traps all over the property, rats too. I had booked in for three nights, but could only manage one before we fled in horror.
LaJolla is "Our" Place
Wonderful Room -- very romantic, enjoyed the sounds of the ocean (which was right outside our balcony). Food is good. Very good prices on both rooms and food.
Great service,beach ok
I didnt think this hotel was that bad. The rooms were pretty spacious but were a little ovepriced. The service was great and the people there were very friendly. The beach is ok, but i wouldnt go in it. This place had a nice pool and ping pong tables and pool tables. It was situated in a nice little area outside of downtown La Jolla which was nice. The stariway and walking area is sort of falling apart but that isnt that big a deal. Overall i had a pretty good time, but i wouldnt go back.