My husband, our 3 year old and I just stayed a week at this hotel. If you are looking to spend time at the shores this is a good place. We spent a lot of time deciding on our trip to San Diego and should we stay in Coronado, Mission Beach, La Jolla, or Carlsbad. We visited Coronado and was nice but really expensive, I would maybe go back to Mission Beach area next time, but La Jolla was really beautiful and we had an awesome trip.
Location: If you want to be close to The Shores beach, this is about 4-5 blocks away and the walk has a lot of great restaurants and little surf type shops. However, the beach itself was so-so, it is a public beach and was packed with people and also has lots of seaweed on it. However, it is a fun area and if you go down really early, you can get an umbrella and chairs from the front desk.. Also, you can walk to the village from here but it is quite a walk, probably a mile uphill. But the hotel provides a free shuttle service to the village anytime. Also, it is in a residential area near busy streets.
Rooms: I would give the rooms themselves 4-5 stars. One thing to know is if you book through Hotwire, you will be placed on floors 2-5 so no view of the ocean. (One note: I also tried to upgrade a few nights before we checked in and they wouldn't do it since we booked through Hotwire, even to pay extra.) The hotel rooms are nice and fairly quiet and we slept good. The beds are comfortable. There are no bath tubs, just showers.
Pool: There is a great little pool in a garden type area, very private and it is kept very warm, like bath water warm. Not many people used the pool, so we had it to ourselves every day we swam there almost. It felt really good to swim in the evening after a long day of walking, etc. And I checked out the other hotel right at the shores and their pool is smaller than this one.
Service: There were a couple times that something came up but in the end they always took care of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel with upscale decor and high end bedding and amenities. All non-smoking rooms, glass balconies, small gym, heated pool, walking distance to beach and La Jolla Shores shops and restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Jolla Shores
- At The Shores La Jolla