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“Wonderful stay at LaValencia Hotel”
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La Valencia Hotel
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Charleston, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Wonderful stay at LaValencia Hotel”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

My husband and I just spent a week at La Valencia Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our Vintage King Ocean View room and bath were on the small side (it is an historic building after all!), but very well appointed and comfortable. All members of the staff were attentive and welcoming. After a few days, they were even calling us by name. We enjoyed our breakfasts in the restaurant overlooking the Pacific and spent several afternoons by the pool. It was a very relaxing stay. We understand the new owners are putting $12M into renovations of the public areas, the beautiful lounge and balcony, the pool areas and the restaurant and lobby. It's already a beautiful place, but we can't wait to come back and see the restoration/renovations complete. La Valencia is a special place and we are so glad we stayed here.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Charleston Guest -
Come back soon - our recent lobby renovation and restoration is complete. Thank you also for the wonderful review; our team takes great pride in our guests satisfaction. I am happy that our Vintage room (our smaller room type) was a hit - these are some of my favorite rooms located in the Tower Wing with our most stunning ocean views.
Please plan to return soon - La Sala lounge and terrace are open for business!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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USA
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210 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We stayed at this beautiful old hotel, still undergoing renovations. We stayed in one of the villas which is a splurge that must be taken as these have been redone and are large and have views of the Pacific Ocean. Not as private as we imagined. A lot of details have not been taken care off, like a very heavy hard to open sliding door to the balcony. The larger suite (the hotel only has one, called... Valencia) is larger, but not worth the extra expense. The breakfast room has a view of the ocean which makes very colorful, and it also overlooks the pool. Service is impecable and they try very hard to please. Definitely would stay there again. Hopefully by next time, renovations will be finished.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Seasoned Traveler -
I am happy that you splurged on one of our villas; thank you. I am especially pleased to read your wonderful compliments on our staff; our service culture is the most important part of our experience. We value your feedback, thank you for your compliments and look forward to your return.
Best regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Discovering La Valencia's house cured bacon with dipping sauces - as an appetizer - was just one of many pleasant surprises.


The shopping is fabulous. It took less than an hour for me to find the kind of deal women post on their Facebook page -- a floral spring sweater with an orange flowing skirt.

The thing about La Jolla is there's too much to do. By early afternoon, I'd swapped out my capris for a wetsuit. I joined a group of kayakers on a paddle to the nearby San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. We were looking for leopard sharks in the waters near La Jolla Cove, where they come to spawn in the summer.

Some tours launch out to explore nearby sea caves with names like Sunny Jim and The Clam. We paddled out to calm waters where we splashed out of our kayaks and snorkeled. I was swimming with some kind of silvery fish -- and a sea lion who kept his distance about 20 yards away. The water was warm for March -- and the salt spray intoxicating.

I'm told that La Jolla Cove is the most photographed beach in San Diego. If so, then La V must rank as the most photographed hotel. She sits atop the Cove like a princess -- pretty in pink.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Oakland Guest -
You're review of La Jolla and La V are much appreciated; thank you for the well rounded journey of our local playground. We hope to have you back at our pink palace soon.
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

La Valencia is in a wonderful location within walking distance of almost anything you would like to see in La Jolla. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room had a wonderful window in the bathroom that looked out onto the town. This is an older hotel, but our room had every amenity I needed and more. I really liked the hotel and would not hesitate to stay again. Walked to Whisk n Ladle for dinner and it was delicious! Ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant. The breakfast was delicious and the view (looking over the pool to the ocean) was unbeatable.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Kentucky Guest -
Thank you for taking the time to share your compliments and comments - we are so pleased you enjoyed La V and our great location - we work hard to ensure our vintage hotel has all the expected luxury amenities.
We hope to have you back soon.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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London
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We were met by friendly helpful staff and to our delight given an upgrade on our room. Spectacular views of the ocean, nice big bed, clean and comfortable room.

No need to pay for valet parking, there is road parking in local roads some of which have no restrictions (next to Cody's). At $30 dollars a day it is expensive when there is an easy alternative.

Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Great Stay Guest -
Many thanks for sharing your review and the 5 stars - we are very appreciative of this and your comments on our friendly staff. Please be careful on attempts to self park overnight on local streets - there are restrictions on times and days of week!
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Fabulous property-friendly,professional,welcoming staff. We always travel with our schnauzer and rarely felt as comfortable as at La Valencia. The hotel is elegant, comfortable and a true gem. We give the highest rating and thank them for welcoming dogs and us to their most luxurious hotel! And, unlike so many hotels that are "dog friendly" and charge $100 or more per stay, La Valencia is truly dog friendly with your very reasonable rate-We thank you again! PK

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear "Right" Guest -
I am so delighted to read your comments on our professional staff - thank you. We pride ourselves on being both professional and personable. I also am happy our dog friendly programs resonated with you and your four footed friend - we aim to please.
Cheers,
Mark Dibella
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Chicago
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

Beautiful hotel right on the ocean. We stayed in a vintage room with an ocean view. The staff is very friendly and nice. You can walk right down to see the seals swimming and basking in the sun. Lots of restaurants and shopping all within walking distance. We loved it!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank beachy2206
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear Getaway Guest -
We're so happy that you loved our Vintage rooms - thank you! These are our smaller cozy rooms mostly located in the Tower wing. Our upper floor Vintage rooms have some of the most stunning views of the ocean and coastline from the property. You're comments are most appreciated and please know that we celebrate our guest praise daily!
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Mark Dibella,
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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 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Romantic 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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