Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
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Friendly staff, relatively nice hotel, location sort of remote
The Hilton Torrey Pines is a very nice hotel, with a few areas for improvement. I'll start with the good. The staff is very courteous and friendly. With the exception of the people working at the front desk, everyone else was very customer oriented and would always greet me with a warm greeting, followed by "is there anything I can help you with?".
I agree with the reviewer who noted that the hotel has long hallways and inadequate signage, but once you find your way around it's not too bad. Just ask one of the friendly people on staff to guide you. I do recommend asking for a room on one of the upper floors as the first floor hallways seemed a bit murky. The first floor room istself was nice though, with a sliding door and patio that overlooked greenery and a walking path. The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was nice and large, and clean. You could tell it's not a brand new hotel, but it's very far from "run-down". I didn't get to use the pool at all, so I can't comment on that, but it did appear to me that the hotel is geared more towards serving business travelers than vacationers. The location is very conveniently located near the Scripps Institute, and various pharmaceutical/biotech companies. There is also a golf course nearby. If you're park and $20/night for valet. There are no other parking alternatives nearby, you pretty much have looking for more of a family vacation, I don't think this is the ideal hotel. One more thing, parking is pretty expensive at this hotel - $15/night for self-park and $20/night for valet. There are no other parking alternatives. You pretty have to park there.
Not a happy camper
My toddler daughter and I spent two nights this week at the Torrey Pines Hilton. First off, I will admit that I was disgusted within an hour of being there, and the hotel never regained my approval. Upon arriving, my daughter had fallen asleep in the car. Valet and bell captain were very helpful, but the front desk was rude at best (as I am struggling to sign in holding my dead to the world daughter in my arms). The room was way down a low ceiling, drab hallway. The room itself a bit worn, nothing spectacular, but at least a bed to put my daughter on. I called room service and asked if I could have some milk for a baby bottle. I requested it be sent in something easy to pour. I was offered an unopened quart of 2% that I could store in my mini-bar.
Room service delivered this quart of milk, (2% Adohr, nothing special).
THEY CHARGED ME $18 for this quart of milk!!! Since I couldn't leave my daughter alone and head off to a gas station for the same carton on milk (for about $1.50), I accepted this milk, and called room service back. They were rude and snotty and felt sure they were very reasonable in their pricing. So, I started off hating the place, but they didn't really do anything over the next two days to win back my vote. The room was drab and worn with a constant machine sound (?the ice machine next door?). The balcony looked onto a tree, a service road and two other buildings. The hotel is laid out in wings and LOOOOONG hallways, with inadequate signs to get you where you are trying to go. The hotel is not close to anything except Scripps institute. The restaurant food was pretty bad. The pool was in great need of sandblasting and painting.
The area around the pool was filthy with soot from fires a month ago.
The poolside chairs and tables also filthy. Not impressed, and I wouldn't stay here ever again. Why they are so snobby in such a relative dump is beyond me.
Had a Great Stay Despite Circumstances
We stayed at the Hilton La Jolla just this past weekend. Despite the fires which broke out and the free rooms they gave out to evacuees the hotel was very orderly and well kept. When we first checked in we did not have a balcony. We called the front desk and they quickly gave us a room with a balcony on the 2nd floor overlooking the pool. The view was great the first day until the fires came in. The rooms were nice, very comfortable beds and furnishings. The sofa was a bit cheesy, but we didn't use it but to put clothes on. The meals were a bit pricey, but when are they not. Got it for $50/nt. on Priceline. Can't beat that!All in all a great visit...
Enjoyed our stay...
We stayed at this property in mid October 2003 for several days. We hada corner room with a balcony with excellent views of the golf course. The ocean was tough to make out in the distance-but we knew it was there. The balcony was on the second floor but there was alot of employee foot traffic and noise on the pathway below. We did not experience any jet noise as others have complained of. The room was well appointed and clean. Although the bathroom could have received better attention. The staff was very helpful and courteous. Overall we experienced a relaxing stay and would recommend it to our friends.
I stayed here from october 1-3, 2003. I was upgraded to a corner suite.
It was VERY spacious and had a spectacular view of the golf course and the ocean. During the daytime, there are fighter jets flying over the hotel. At night time, it is very quiet. The hotel breakfast is a la carte. There usually is no buffet. They do give you big portions though. The location is convenient to san diego attractions. The hotel is about 15 minute drive from the air port. I have stayed at many Hilton properties, and this is definitely the best one I have personally stayed at. You will not be disappointed.
First class Hotel
I stayed here with my family and we had a wonderful over-all experience. My wife and I had stayed there about 11 years ago when it was a Sheraton, the hotel hasn't aged a day since! The staff was friendly and attentive. The grounds and especially the pool are gorgeous. The room is slightly larger than normal and comes with all the amenities you'd expect from a 4 star hotel. The only draw-back was the high cost of parking ($14 fee for overnight parking). We'd stay here again and would give it our recommendation to anyone seeking to stay in the Torre Pines area.
Very Nice Hotel
Stayed here two nights, 8/22/03 - 8/24/03. I was very impressed with the property and hotel. Staff was nice and very professional. Check in was great, with the clerk explaining our differant room options and locations. Room was a good size, well appointed and clean. Nice view of the golf course with the ocean beyond. Pool area was nice, although we didn't really take advantage of it.
Although we enjoyed the hotel, I'm not sure I would pay $175 to stay here again. There was so much to do in San Diego/La Jolla/Del Mar that we spent almost no time at the hotel. While we enjoy staying at nice places, we would have been OK staying at a Marriott Courtyard or similar for less money.
As always, it just depends upon what you are looking for.
I was here for one week in Jan of 2002. While I'm glad I stayed at the Hilton, I was definately dissapointed. Maybe it's too hyped up, I don't know. It also got great reviews when it was a Sheraton years ago. I can't say the room was remarkable in the least. I did have a balcony with an ocean view which was nice, but the balcony furniture was filthy. The food was good, but definately not cheap. Although this was not the hotel's fault, for those who really want peace and quiet - BEWARE. Each day I was there, there were Navy jets constantly taking off or landing from a nearby naval air station (Miramar NAS?). In any event, this was not a once a day problem. For those who stay here, by all means you must hike on over to Torrey Pines State Park. the views from some of the trails are wonderful. Also, go on down to the beach there - it's huge! For what it's worth, a few mile away in Del Mar is another Hilton - I didn't stay there but I did eat in their restaurant and it was fantastic!
Welcome to Torrey Pines
Exceptional find of an exceptional hotel. Highly recommend to anyone who is a golfer or just loves great accomodations. Sits right on Torrey Pines G.C. and overlooks Pacific. Pool area is wonderful and great for lounging and relaxing. Great King size beds and oversized towels. Enjoy!
Wonderful place, so-so service
My spouse had stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and so we had some prior experience with the facility. The room was very nice, the food at the on-site restaurant was wonderful. However, they had to be reminded twice of amenities contained in ourspecial package deal.
For example, we called twice about a bottle of champagne that should have been delivered upon our arrival. Also, their entertainment services were not operating during our stay. So we could not order in-room movies.
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... sounds like a much nicer way to spend our final afternoon than in a busy city.
Plan decided we head to breakfast then pack up and hit the road. We mention to reception on check out that the bathroom wasn't up to scratch, dripping tap, dribbly shower and they apologise and give us a $25 discount!
Off we head through sand dunes and mountains running alongside the border to Mexico. Two ...
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We did spend an hour or so walking around the main park area looking at all the buildings, fountains and park land. This was very nice and we soon realised that this park was a good size with many more things to do and see.
When we got back to our hotel I decided that I really wanted to go for a drive to Coronado and then down the sea front before heading back to San Diego. So we headed out for a ...
... to the baseball, again. This fell through and we played cards which led into drinking games. I unfortunately had the sheriff shift, which is 1030pm to about 130am and you need to clean the toilets and showers and then close the kitchen. Nothing too hard, good to do when a little buzzed. Wednesday I had the whole day but nothing planned. I woke, had some breaky, went and bought some new flashy shoes from vans. Then came back and chilled out ...
... etc. But some other places kinda make me feel bad knowing they could be out with miles to roam. Anyways, I'm always a bit torn...
So into the park. First entrance in you could go thru a cage with some neat birds. One thing I will say, I guess because we were there in Oct, some of the little shopping kiosks were closed...and some of the smaller food kiosks, only the 'stores' were open for souvenirs. So basically we ...