The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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San Diego has a 59 mile scenic drive which takes you to see all the sights it has to offer, so we decided this would be a good way to see lots in a short amount of time! To follow the drive you can use the signposts which have a seagull on but unfortunately these aren't always that easy to spot so we took the directions as well! The drive took us straight to the coast where we saw the harbour and some of the big boats that are docked there and then out to Harbour and ...
... drove down the coast to Heisler park and Laguna Beach. Not really the extravagant pretentious place seen on TV but more full of very tanned OAPs! Had fun checking out starfish in the tide pools there. We made it to San Diego in good time then headed out to the Gaslamp Quarter - an area full of bars and restaurants (Great mexican burritos)! We walked 800 miles round the massive San Diego zoo ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lodge at Torrey Pines La Jolla
Fantastic Treatment, wonderful place to stay
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Lodge in La Jolla. From the service to the architecture to the food to the environment it was a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable place to stay. I highly recommend the Cobble Stone massage. The staff was exceedingly friendly and professional. The food in both restaurants was very fine. I don't golf but the golf course makes for a lovely view. I will make it a point to stay here again on my next trip to Southern California.
My stay at the Lodge afforded me an unparalleled opportunity to relax.
I have stayed at numerous luxury properties, however I never been as relaxed as I was during my stay at the Lodge. The room was comfortable and elegantly furnished. It was also well appointed with all the amenities one might expect from a five-diamond resort. The Spa was a fantastic experience. I opted for a fifty minute Swedish massage and my wife opted for a facial. We both left the Spa completely relaxed. We then dined at A R Valentien restaurant where we thoroughly enjoyed the excellent food. We had a long leisurely dinner that was completely in keeping with the ambience of the Lodge. In the morning we ordered room service from the extensive menu. We were once again impressed with the quality and presentation of our selections. We then played a round of golf on the famous Torrey Pines golf course. The course affords spectacular views of the ocean and is challenging to even the most avid golfer. Staying at the Lodge is an experience I would highly recommend to everyone!
Staying for 3 nights at the Lodge, I was GREATLY impressed. The staff treated my wife and I like kings. The room could not have been more desirable as it sat overlooking the 18th green of the golf course, staring straight out into the ocean. I am an avid golfer and could not have asked for a better view. Speaking of golfing, The course at Torrey Pines is wonderful to play, while my wife was pampered by the resorts spa. She is now in love and will be back more times than I can afford;). The resorts restaurant was an experience by itself.
Everything is done in Californian cuisine with an extensive wine list exclusively of California origin. The unique design, relaxing silence, and a superb staff who catered to my every want and need will bring me back year after year. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED
Noisy and very rude front desk
The room was very sparse and overlooked the front entrance to the hotel which was unbearably noisy. Also the freeway is just accross the street and is quite loud when the patio door is open. When I asked to see another room I was shown to a room that looked like a cave. I was told that was all they could do for me in a very rude manner. They also made it clear that because I used the Amex platinum package I was a "discount guest" and they weren't obliged to try and make my stay any more comfortable. The "discount" rate was over $400. I was woken up bright and early by a housekeeper banging my door with her vaccuum cleaner. I will say that the spa was gorgeous. When I checked out I informed the manager how unhappy I was and he informed me that he would not adjust my bill in any way because of what an inexpensive rate I was given. Once again, the rate was over $400, I had two spa treatments, and dinner for two in the hotel. The bill certainly wasn't small and they could have waived the parking fee as a gesture! I think they are full of themselves because of the press they have been getting.
Clean, responsive, a few issues
My wife took me to the Lodge for my birthday. HVAC equipment above our suite ($450/night) kept us from sleeping soundly, I asked for a full credit and a new room the second night, they gave us the room and comped us 50% (fair). Front desk gave us incorrect directions to resto (non-existant hwy exit), not knowing the San Diego area we almost drove to Mexico until we started to question the existence of the address on their printed directions (we dined at the Korea House - lousy). Other than that, positive experience, great gym, clean hotel, good staff. JR
Very nice property
If you are looking for a smaller, quieter hotel with beautiful views on a golf course, this hotel is an excellent choice. We just came back from 3 nights at the Lodge in the Gamble Suite, a huge 2 bedroom suite right on the 18th tee. Since we were paying more than $2500/night, we did expect first class service and I must say, it just missed the mark a little. Overall, the staff is quite competent and friendly and the views cannot be beat. The resort is exceptionally clean and well-kept.
The Arts and Crafts design is lovely although frankly, I think the low ceilings and all the wood make this southern Calfornia resort a little too dark--they could've maximized their views much, much more. There were also little missteps that shouldn't occur at this price. We had requested a daily paper, which never got delivered on any of the days.
They wanted to charge us $17/day for parking and the honor bar was extra. At these prices, we resented these extra little fees. They also told us that the unit had a kitchen and then we discovered it was only a microwave and refrigerator--no oven, no dishwasher (although housekeeping took care of the dishes.) Since we had used our platinum card, we received a credit for breakfast and $200 at the spa, but these were left off our bill and we had to request an adjustment. Overall, the hotel is well on its way to becoming a landmark and the golf courses are spectacular. Perhaps they will learn how to accommodate the high end traveler a little better with practice.
Luxury and serenity in one place
Had an overnight stay at the Lodge this past weekend. Did not make advance reservation but got a bed and breakfast plan(tax included) for $369. There was abundant parking in the garage and you can self-park and access your room without having to trot through the lobby. I got a room with a king bed with a view of the courtyard, but there was also a smaller window which had some ocean view. I did not pay the extra hundred dollars for the ocean view room, but I would seriously consider it next time, because those rooms are equipped with fireplaces and nice big bathrooms with separate shower/tub. The atmosphere is tranquil and elegant;no noisy children or conference attendees. I had the best night sleep(the bed was heaven)...
Just spent a VERY relaxing weekend at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.
Absolutely lovely property with incredible attention to detail in terms of the Lodge, furnishings, and California Impressionist art featured in the rooms and the public areas. Perhaps the nicest surprise was the quality of the two restaurants. The signature restaurant A.R. Valentien had extraordinary, unpretentious food with great service and a great table for us as guests of the Lodge. Ditto for the Grill--a casual restaurant with a menu ranging fron casual to gourmet. We loved the proximity to the Torrey Pines Reserve where we hiked the many trails.
Did not play golf on this trip, but enjoyed the huge heated pool and the grounds. We will go back many times, I am sure--it was 1.25 hrs.
door to door for us. Excellent staff, all clearly love working there. I understand the Evans family purchased the property, refurbished it, and treat the staff and guests well--it shows!
Someone once told me that the key to being a 5-star hotel is having all the amenities while making your guests feel like they are at home. The Lodge certainly fits that bill. They've constructred a wonderful hotel into the beautiful surroundings of Torrey Pines. The architecture is modelled after the work of the Greene Bros. architects, esp. the Gamble House in Pasadena. The room we stayed in was spectacular, from the balcony with an ocean view to the mission-style fire place. We highly recommend it. Make sure to ask for a late check out.....
5 STAR HOTEL at Torrey Pines
The visit to the new Lodge at Torrey Pines was unbelievable. Beautiful coast with a golf course and an exquisite spa and incredible food! It was a great place to have a party after winning big at the Del Mar racetrack. I loved the views and the craftsman architecture of the hotel with all of its beautiful wood details. The rooms are generously larger than expected. They have rare Torrey Pines all around and in their botanical reserve. It's the best luxury class hotel in San Diego. For a new hotel that just opened it was an incredible experience!