The Grande Colonial La Jolla
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Grande Colonial La Jolla
Our Great Escape!
After spending seven months apart (him in Iraq), my boyfriend and I wanted nothing more than to escape to a fabulous hotel. The minute we entered the lobby I knew my research had paid off. The staff was great!
They welcomed my boyfriend back, and thanked him for his service. The sun filled room was welcoming with it's fluffy linens and clean bathroom. We sank into relaxation poolside, and drank into relaxtion at Nine-Teen. Highly recommended.
Charming hotel with beautiful views
My wife and I stayed here last February. The hotel staff were very friendly. Without asking, we received a complimentary upgrade to a corner suite where we had a full oceanview. The room was decorated beautifully and the bed was one that you could spend the rest of your life laying on. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Charming and Gracious Hotel in the Best Location in La Jolla
This small luxurious hotel is the best place to stay if you want a La Jolla "Village Experience". We spent 4 nights at the Grande Colonial (January 23 - 27). The hotel is located in the center of the village of La Jolla at the intersection of Gerard & Prospect (the 2 streets for walking and shopping). The La Jolla Cove is just behind the hotel (which enjoies views of the blue Pacific Ocean). The lovely rooms have been graciously refurbished and updated. The beds are the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Broadband Internet access was free and availabe throughout the hotel (WiFi!!!). The staff was gracious, approachable, and responsive without being over the top. The restaurant, known as "910", was surprisingly good as I usually avoid hotel restaurants. It offers a sofisticated California Menu. In summary, I highly recomend the Grande Colonial.
Average is being overly generous
We were very dissapointed with the service and condition of this hotel.
The night we went to check in we found the front desk clerk smoking in the supposed "smoke-free hotel. He also looked like he had a few too many at the bar before work. This hotel is overpriced for the lack of mannners the staff displays
Fabulous birthday celebration!
Visited La Jolla for a birthday celebration in November, 2003. We stayed in a Junior Suite with a fabulous sunset view. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. The decor was fresh & attractive; bathroom's non-traditional shape a bit awkward, but to be expected in a hotel of this age. Executive Chef Jason Knibb new to hotel as of Sept- already had the kitchen running like clockwork! We had a "Mercy of the Chef" dinner twice during our 4-night stay! The food is fantastic!
Nine-Ten is worth the drive even if you are only in town for the day!
The hotel staff is professional and pleasant and provided wonderful recommendations for restaurants and interesting sidetrips.
The best birthday celebration ever!
As I write this, I am making arrangements to return for a get-away weekend.
Hit or Miss at the Grande Colonial
I've stayed at this hotel 2 times. I make an annual trip to La Jolla for a special event and the first time I stayed was November 2002. I stayed in a room next to the pool and it was spacious and nice with a quiet balcony.
My second stay in November 2003 was quite different. It started off with a slow and snobby staff, a room right on the street which was very noisy and above the restaurant/bar, and a ridiculous bathroom that didn't allow you to unpack any of your toilettries. What a huge disappointment this was to me and my guest. The only consistency with kindness was the bell staff. Assumably the lowest paid, but providing the best service. The desk staff need an attitude adjustment!
We stayed at the Grande Colonial in February and liked it. It's a historic hotel with traditional-looking rooms that are very comfortable. The restaurant is also very good, and we enjoyed being right in the town of La Jolla close to all the shopping and a short walk from the Cove. It's a charming little place.
Grande Colonial is anything but grand
This overpriced historic landmark isn't worth it. The room prices and lack of amenties make this a rip-off of historic proportions, so maybe it is Colonial, but certainly not grand. Rooms are tiny, A/C doesn't work, bathrooms don't even have space to set down a hair brush, you can't get bath towels if your life depends on it. You want ice? Take the ancient elevator (or walk) to the basement, near the laundry, to the one and only ice machine in the place. The pool has 12 -- yes 12 -- lounge chairs and is a small round thing that is 3.5 feet deep, like a baby pool. Service is terrible. I paid $350/night through Expedia and would never use them again, much less stay at this tired old property.
If it was recently rennovated, it is not clear from the guest rooms, the pool or anything else.
Loved the Grande Colonial!
I spent the night before my wedding and my wedding night here. I stayed in an ocean view jr suite. I found the room to be charming, comfortable and the view was spectacular! I had my make-up and hair done in the room with two photographers, 2 bridesmaids and another friend and we had so much room! The room had a great counter area with a large mirror that worked perfect for our make-up area. The hotel is just beautiful and the service and food were good. I will be spending my anniversaries here!
Overrated Not Grand Colonial
Beautiful building but rooms leave much to be desired. If you are looking for a top rate four or five star hotel this is not it. Location and charm is top notch but it ends there. Loud ac and outside noise will keep you up all night.
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