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La Valencia Hotel
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
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“Mini-Moon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

My husband and I got married in San Diego over Labor Day weekend. We had to get back to work, but had one night to celebrate and decided to spend it at the La Valencia. I made our reservation on Expedia, when we checked in my husband mentioned we had gotten married yesterday and the concierge upgraded us to a villa with a full ocean view!!! During our stay everyone at the property gave us 4 star service and made us feel so special. We had a wonderful night in Villa 11 and look forward to our next stay at this beautiful property.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Dear Mini Moon -
Congrats on the Labor Day Wedding and thank you for running to La V for an overnight retreat. Out team absolutely loves to help celebrate special occasions so do not hesitate to call us again for the next occasion - birthdays, anniversaries and even Tuesdays . . . they are all special to us!
Thank you again and see you soon.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Escondido, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

My husband and I had our wedding reception at La V 24 years ago, and when our daughter became engaged, she requested that her celebration be there as well. The event coordinator Jane Graves, came through for us in a BIG WAY. The reception, held in the Mediterranean Room and Patio, was MAGICAL.
The construction was not complete, but the set up was such that only "regulars" would notice the grand entrance was missing, and the guests enjoyed the fabulous view from the Med Room window.
The concierge and valet staff were exceptional.
The bed and linens were outstanding.
We had an excellent overall experience for the wedding weekend we spent at the hotel!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Dear Returning Bride and Mother of the Bride!
You were a treat to plan this event with and we thank you for entrusting this special event to our care. Your patience while we finished the final touches on the new entry were much appreciated (is officially opened on September 5th). We hope you and your family continue to make La V your choice for generations of celebrations.
A grateful thank you from a grateful hotel staff -
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

My husband and I decided to honeymoon in San Diego, since neither of us have been. We spent the first half of our trip in the city and then drove north to La Jolla. When asked if we were celebrating anything, they upgraded us to a beautiful Villa! The room was perfect. Shortly after we checked in, they sent us a bottle of champagne and chocolates. Everyone there made us feel so special. We couldn't have asked for a better trip! Not to mention that the location of this hotel cannot be beat. The views are stunning and you can pretty much walk everywhere you need to go.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Dear Honeymoon Couple -
We think you should treat yourselves like everyday is your honeymoon! Many thanks for escaping to our unique boutique hotel - I am so happy to know our staff made sure your stay was warm and welcoming!
Please return soon - perhaps for your 1st anniversary!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

What a wonderful experience. We checked in and were immediately upgraded to the presidential suite. We had not even requested an upgrade; they said they were doing this because this was our first stay. The entire stay was absolutely perfect; we can not think of one negative comment. When we return to La Jolla, we wil always stay at the La Valencia.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Thank dje3733
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 5 September 2013
Dear Perfect Guest -
I am tickled that our up-grade was so well received - thank you. Although we can't up-grade everyone we do our best to make special occasions more special when guests make reservations directly through the hotel. Guest loyalty starts with caring and our team will be happy to know that we made you feel comfortable and well cared for -
Thank you for the great comments and please come back soon.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

After reading so many negative reviews we were hesitant to stay here but so glad we did! We just checked in today, currently sitting poolside enjoying a late day cocktail. Service has been the best. Te only negative is the green hot tub...... Scary. We'll avoid that.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 5 September 2013
Dear Phoenix Guest -
Thanks for braving La V over a few recent comments - we do take all feedback constructively. I am very happy that La Valencia delivered on a great stay for both of you; thank you for sharing your experience. Don't be in fear of the spa; the turquoise color is part plaster and part reflection of the Spanish tile surround. The spa and pool (heated to 84 degrees) have daily service and bi-monthly health inspections; happy to report we pass with flying colors (including green)!
Please return soon!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

We had outstanding service from the bar staff at this venerable hotel! It is situated so well it affords great views while sharing drinks with friends and family. Scott our bartender definitely enhanced our experience - professional and fun! Go there if you!

  • Stayed August 2013
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 5 September 2013
Dear Chicago Guest –
I definitely like your handle; laidbackwallet – this could be a mantra to live by! Many thanks for joining us in La Sala for signature cocktails with Scotty and for the great review. In October we will debut of newest (soon to venerable) venue, Café laRue. We’ll keep the cocktails chilled for your return.
Ciao –
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Pasadena, California
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

My wife and I had our first real date at this hotel, 20 years ago, and I'm so happy to report some of the best things in life just don't change... We have returned to this gem of a hotel many times over the last two decades, but it had been a number of years since our visit this last weekend. The property is undergoing an upgrade to the bar and restaurant -- though they still have another bar and another restaurant, very nice they are, too. But the overall charming ambience, world-class service and gorgeous setting are still very much in evidence. I would imagine it always will be. A friend of mine used to be in charge of the La Jolla Playhouse, when it first began, with Gregory Peck and a number of other Old Hollywood luminaries, and my friend tells me the stars all stayed there. I can still see why. The entire property is on a level of the finest hotels in Nice or Biarritz. La Jolla Village itself is perhaps not for everyone, with its very trendy shops and scores of tourists in High Season. But regardless, the La Valencia is a welcome oasis of class and quiet, right in the middle of everything. What's more, they are good to their customers, especially their repeat customers. They upgraded my wife and myself at no charge, and sent up a bottle of champagne on learning it was our anniversary. Standard Procedure in Zurich or London, at a hotel at this level, but increasing hard to find in So Cal. And it's not snooty or condescending, not in any way, not at any time. If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Thank you, La Valencia for making me feel like royalty...

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 5 September 2013
Dear Pasadena Guest –
Your review is the type that makes me so very proud of very honored position as managing director of the Jewel of La Jolla; thank you. Your comments come from a well travelled background and I am so pleased to know that La V falls in the scope and caliber of the other wonderful destinations you mention. We are indeed undergoing a renaissance that will eventually touch all areas of this iconic property – in some cases with a re-fresh and in others with change. Earlier this year we completed renovations of all our guest rooms, suites and villas. As you noted a second restaurant is currently under a full renovation and we are excited that Café laRue (originally opened at La V in the 1940’s) will return. Our main entry and courtyard just re-opened on 9/5/13 with a more gracious sense of arrival and new covered arbor. There is much more planned - we look forward to your return for many years to come – thank you.
Cheers from La V –
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Property: La Valencia Hotel
Address: 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Business Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — La Valencia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Valencia Hotel is more than a La Jolla landmark, it's an icon. La V continues to host celebrities, politicians, special celebrations,and romantic getaways since 1926. Located steps from the tidepools and sandstone cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, La V is the perfect blend of location and luxury. The hotel's historical Mediterranean influenced architecture and decor, including beautiful courtyards, hand painted murals and exquisite Spanish mosaics, evoke old-world charm in this one of a kind coastal destination. Choose from 114 luxury guest rooms, suites and Villas, some with fireplaces, stunning ocean views, tropical California landscaping, or picturesque La Jolla village. Offering two distinctive restaurants: Cafe la Rue Bistro & Bar or THE MED Ocean View Restaurant. Enjoy premium libations in La Sala Lounge or plan a special event in unique indoor and outdoor ocean view event locations. La Valencia is the premier location to escape, relax and unwind. Experience the beauty of Southern California in San Diego's most elegant and classic luxury hotel and become a part of La Valencia's exceptional legacy. ... more   less 
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