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La Valencia Hotel
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Our view out the window of our room was breathtaking. The ocean is very close to the hotel so when you are in your room looking out the window, it almost feels as if you are in a boat (sans the seasickness). The hotel is located in beautiful La Jolla and there are many great restaurants and shops. I'd love to return to La Valencia one day!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Brilliant Guest -
Come back soon - we'll always be here for you with dreamy ocean views and lots of vintage charm. Thank you very much for making La V part of your travels; our team delights in making our guest experiences relaxing and rewarding.
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We stayed at this hotel on the recommendation of a local friend after a hectic weekend at Comic-Con. We had a sea view villa, which was spacious and well-equipped. The huge bathroom was well-stocked with towels and the bed was very comfortable. The pool was uncrowded with views over the Pacific and cheerful, efficient bar service. Food and service in the restaurant were excellent. We're already planning to return!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Helndav
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Oasis Guest -
What a perfect description of our vintage classic retreat - we are indeed an oasis of relaxation with a dash of pizzazz. I am happy that you selected La V during an otherwise hectic ComicCon week in San Diego, no costumes here but we do include some exceptional sunsets and ocean breezes to make up the difference.
See you again soon!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I could gush about how beautiful and unique La Valencia is, how well kept it is in all its historic, Spanish-tiled glory, about the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms, about the perfect location on the point of La Jolla so that you see ocean to the north and west, about the exquisite gardens and patios and the bougainvillea tumbling down the pink wall above the pool, and on and on. Stepping into La Valencia is to be instantly transported to some wonderful place where you can forget the world and relax in peace and beauty. The excellent staff is what makes everything possible, from reception to housekeeping, from valet to restaurants, and the concierge is extraordinarily thoughtful, especially for those celebrating special occasions. We will return every year.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Theoboy
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Dear Riviera Guest-
You could be our PR agent - thank you so much. You echo a theme we hear often that a trip to LaV is like a journey to Europe without the travel costs or stress. Our timeless hotel and ever enchanting location gets better each year. In a time when changes and pressure mount, La V remains an enriching escape to gracious hospitality and indulgence.
See you back at the California Riviera!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My husband and I had our wedding and reception at La Valencia two months ago and we could not be more thrilled with the experience from start to finish! The hotel is classic vintage, its location and ocean view are incredible and the staff is so helpful and friendly. Bobby Fader, the catering manager at La Valencia, is a pro! I can't sing enough praises for him. Bobby comes with years of experience and knowledge, is extremely personable, has genuine enthusiasm and charisma, gets things done and knows how to put together a wedding and reception according to the bride and groom's taste like no other. If we had our wedding to do all over again, La Valencia with Bobby is, hands down, the way we would go.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kathy B
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Excellence Wedding Guest -
First and foremost congratulations once again on the recent milestone and thank you for allowing La V to be part of this special occasion. Wedding celebrations are extremely important to us and I am so pleased that we delivered a memorable event. Thank you also for recognizing our catering manager Bobby Fader who genuinely loves what he does and it shows!
We hope to be your home for all family celebrations for many decades to come.
Ciao -
Mark Dibella,
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I was here participating in a symposium and was delighted with the elegant accommodations, attentive hospitality and delicious food at La Valencia. The staff handled a housekeeping back up at check in superbly, and appropriately. Plus, I sure didn't mind a leisurely stroll around La Jolla while my suite was made available!
Tip: Have Kevin, the pool bartender make you a raspberry mojito while you bask by the pool and watch the surf . . .

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Wonderful Guest -
Don't you love those mojitos from Kevin - they are truly great! Please accept a big thank you for taking time to share your experience; we are very happy that La V made your stay for a symposium more enjoyable.
Ciao!
Mark Dibella,
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

La Valencia Hotel is a well located, lovely spot to rest and relax while exploring the La Jolla and San Diego area. The pool is a quiet and comfortable refuge, with lounge chairs that tempt you to "stay in" and poolside beverages and towels nearby. The vantage point of the Pacific from oceanside rooms and one of the hotel's many restaurants is unparalleled, and on par with the view from George's on the Cove. Valet service isn't inexpensive, but it's very convenient, offers in and out privileges, and complimentary water bottles each time you step into your car. The concierge is helpful and knowledgable, but this caliber hotel calls for more than 9 to 5 concierge service. The front desk staff does its best to fill in, but this is an area that could be improved. The rooms are lovely, and the bed very comfortable. It is an older hotel, even though it has been updated...so, some of the bathrooms are very small and the humidity seems to linger in the guest rooms. Prices can be high during peak times, but you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are a plus; rooms with 2 queen beds have larger bathrooms.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Luxury,
Many thanks for sharing your review and comments on our vintage hotel. I am very happy that your overall stay was enjoyable. I love you description of La V as a refuge as the property does act like a secret escape from an otherwise hectic world for many travelers - we hope you can return soon.
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was the second time we stayed in La Valencia. First time we stayed in the very stately room on the (high stairs) second floor, but elevator did not work So this time we booked a suite on the 1st floor. It had 2 rooms and a beautiful bathroom, but there was no day light in the bedroom and the whole furnishing was kind of shady and gloomy. On the other side, service ( the front desk, restaurant and valet) was perfect, food delicious, especially breakfast and location \was superb with an easy access to shopping, entertaining and Restaurants.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear Pretty in Pink -
I am more than pleased to see that the main stand out in your hotel experience was our service and staff; thank you. Above all that we offer, service is our most important asset. As a vintage property our room types, locations and amenities can vary - thank you for sharing your experience.
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director

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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: £221 - £410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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