La Jolla Shores Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Jolla Shores Hotel
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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Historical Traveler Reviews La Jolla Shores Hotel
Th picture in their ad looks good , but.....
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.
We ended up getting a non-ocean view room at the Ocean Towers at Hotel del Coronando for about the same price,and had a great time.
Loved the Sea Lodge
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.
A mixed objective review of the sea lodge.
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.
There is a small courtyard and the rooms are situated all around. Lots of vegetation growing within the courtyard.
As far as the rooms are concerned, it is very cozy and I enjoyed the overall stay. If I were to complain about a few things they would be 1) the walls are thin - I heard the neighboring room's alarm go off for an hour in the morning 2) the carpet doesn't look dirty but after walking in the room for just a half an hour, my feet were black.
The good things about this place is that it was clean, quiet, and comfortable. It's right off the beach and with a the right person, it makes for a romantic getaway!
So in conclusion, I give this place a thumbs up and thumbs down.
Sea Lodge was Great
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.
A total disappointment
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.
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