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Grande Colonial La Jolla
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Level 6 Contributor
718 reviews
188 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 480 helpful votes
“Charming stay in a great location”
Reviewed 16 August 2008

This was a wonderful stay in an historic hotel. The location is in the Cove area, i.e. an easy walk to restaurants, cafes, shops, the beach and the seal beach, the art museum, etc.

Room 425 has a partial ocean view with two queen beds (a sisters' getaway) in a reasonably spacious room. I'm sure that if you had a king-bed room, it would feel more spacious. The decor is California country-casual with very good housekeeping. The closet is not that large, but good for our needs. More than two pwople in the room might have more storage problems. The room also included a desk and two chairs, lounge chair and sdide table, an in-room safe, iron/ironing board, large vanity shelf with large mirror, and a flat screen TV with some cabinet shelf storage. Complimentary in-room internet access and USA TOday newspaper. The windows can open, and the A/C was very responsive and fairly quiet (but you still hear it come on.) The room was quiet, i.e. not at all bothered by street or hotel noise. There was an array of nice Gilcrist & Soames toiletries in the bathroom, i.e. shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, bath gel. Wake-up calls came on time.

The pool area is in a garden-like atmosphere and not that large, but given the small-ish size of the hotel, felt like a private pool that never felt crowded. There always seemed to be empty chaises, and pitchers of ice water available. Towels are provided so there is no schlepping from the room.

The hotel has a relationship with a nearby health club that we did not experience.

The hotel's Restaurant 9-10 is very good. Dinner can be inside, the front sidewalk cafe, or the back terrace overlooking the pool and ocean in the distance (sublime on a summer evening.) While many items are good, the hot tip at dinner is the short ribs -- a nice change when you've had your fill of multiple days of fish. Breakfast is quite good, from a yogurt and fruit parfait to bagels to excellent omlettes with asparagas and goat cheese. Frankly, the Cottage restaurant in town is often recommended, but this place beats it any time in terms of food quality and coffee. (Although, my favorite place for coffee is the nearby Living Room, about a block away.) The 9-10 bar is also a stylish place for a drink.

The public rooms are pleasant living room-type places with tall windows looking out on a dining patio. The guest room halls are very intriguing, with many historic photos of La Jolla.

There were some minor faults that we could overlook. The lack of a bathroom tub shower curtain was quickly solved. The room could use one more waste basket than the only one in the bathroom. The desk staff failed to mention that there is complimentary coffee from 6 - 7 a.m., before the restaurant opens, and we never saw it until our last day (there is no in-room coffee maker, which is typical of many historic hotels. At this hotel rate, complimenmtrary coffee during morning hours would be very much appreciated.) We expected the restaurent to be open and set up for breakfast at 7 a.m., but we had to hunt down someone to seat and serve us at that hour (but quite on the ball when things got going, so we could get to the airport in plenty of time.) Finally, we were never sure if we could use the computer in the lobby for internet access. There was a sign there that said "concierge," but we saw other people using it when the concierge was not on duty. Again, it would have been helpful if the check-in people provided some guidance.

There is an $18 parking charge if you bring a car, but frankly, it was nice just to let the nice young man take the car away and not have to be bothered with this chore in space-squeezed LaJolla. The car is parked in the lot adjoining the building, but the tight spaces make it a good idea that the "pros" handle it. But this meant that the car was brought around very quickly.

So: if you want a sparkly-new hotel, this is not the place. However, it is a very well-maintained historic hotel with character, generally very helpful staff, very comfortable rooms, and we'd be delighted to return.

  • Liked — Comfortable, historic rooms in a great in-town location
  • Disliked — Where to get grab-and-go coffee in the morning without going out of the hotel?
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Housto, Texas
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

When planning our stay in San Diego we decided to stay in the community of La Jolla. I really enjoyed the town of La Jolla as a whole. Some of the people there weren't the nicest of people but that is true in most cities. The hotel is located walking distance to the beach which is a plus. Seeing the seals on seal beach was a very nice sight, I am hoping that these seals stay there for many years to come for future visitors to see.

We were upgraded to a junior suite I believe and the view was of the street but it was very nice. We actually slept with our windows open and the street noise wasn't a bother to us at all. The valet staff was very helpful even when they were in a rush. They helped us with directions to the San Diego Zoo, where to eat in both La Jolla and San Diego, and when was the best time to visit the beach without hitting too much traffic. They suggested we go to Silver Strand Beach and that suggestion was very nice, the beach was beautiful. Also the concierge was very helpful when I accidentally lost my glasses in the ocean. I know, I know, why were you wearing your glasses in the ocean? I wasn't thinking I guess. The concierge called local optometrist and actually scheduled an appointment with a doctor who actually took my insurance. (Thank god I have some) I couldn't believe she actually scheduled an appointment for me, that was so courteous. I would rate this hotel as a great place to stay for younger families who may not have kids yet. La Jolla was beautiful.

If I may, I would suggest for anyone looking for a pretty good burger go to The Spot. It's located slightly diagonal from The Grande Colonial and it is delicious. They have great garlic fries and you can create your own burger.

  • Stayed August 2007
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2 Thank thj001
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Boston
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

Great location right in the center of La Jolla and about 2 blocks from the ocean---we got upgraded to a corner junior suite ona high floor----had great views of the ocean although not right on the ocean. Room was nice and large, had been recently renovated--bright and airy, nice bathroom though a little small and strangely shapped (long and narrow). Had breakfast at restaurant which was good although there are lots of good restaurants in the immediate area. Lobby was nice but small, pool was ok, small and fairly exposed right in the middle of the property surrounded by the rooms. All in, certainly a nice place to stay--a little pricey (350) for what it is I think but think this is part of the deal in La Jolla. Nice intimate hotel w/ good service, nice rooms and great location. Clearly an old building which they have done a nice job of maintaining/improving.

  • Liked — Location, Intimate Feel, Pretty Views, nice room
  • Disliked — A little pricey, limited services, pool not great.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Beckett9
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England
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2008

The Grande Colonial's a good choice in La Jolla, an interesting blend of the old and new.

But there were some disappointments. I wouldn't shell out again for the "Full Ocean View"" room - not only was it at a 45-degree angle but there's a 15-storey apartment block standing between the G.C. and the Pacific. Come on, be honest, call it a "partial" view at best. Service was generally good, although we returned from dinner one night to find the turn-down staff had left our room unlocked.

On a more positive note, Nine-Ten restaurant is superb.

  • Liked — Restaurant, central location in La Jolla
  • Disliked — Disappointing views
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Jct_9_M3
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San Clemente, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2008

The Grande Colonial is truly the crown jewel of hotels in the lovely seaside village of La Jolla. The hotel is beautiful. The staff is excellent. The location is great. The rooms are clean, comfortable and gorgeous. What's more, the Nine-Ten restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner, while its quaint bar is great for relaxing with a drink - or three.
I cannot speak highly enough of this property and its staff. If you can, try and stay in one of the new suites, in either the Little Hotel By The Sea, or the Garden Terraces. My date and I stayed in the former - and loved it! That said, the standard rooms and the regular suites are all lovely as well. The pool is great, the sun room and lobby are great spots for tranquility. Really, you cannot go wrong here. Enjoy!

  • Liked — Everything and everyone here were excellent. The entire staff was genuinely nice and helpful.
  • Disliked — That we had to check out. :(
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank MorrosLodge
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Cape May, NJ
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Reviewed 19 June 2008

We just returned from an eight night stay at the Grande Colonial for the US Open. Tiger Woods was not the only winner. The Grande Colonial scored big with us. We were upgraded to a suite at no additional cost perhaps due to the lenth of our stay. Whatever the reason it was fantastic! The rooms have recently had a facelift and are absolutely beautiful without losing their charm! The staff was pleasant and helpful. Our room was immaculate and had so many nice personal touches. We've been to the area several times before and always stayed in San Diego. From this point on it's La Jolla all the way. There are so many fantastic restaurants within walking distance of the hotel that it was difficult to decide where to have dinner each evening! We're not complaining. We will return to La Jolla and the Grande Colonial will be our destination hotel! Bravo!

  • Liked — quaint hotel with terrrific location
  • Disliked — no complaint at all
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank BonnieCapeMay_NJ
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Jackson, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2008

Three of my friends and I spent Memorial Day weekend at the Grande Colonial. The staff were all exceptionally friendly and helpful, the hotel was lovely, and the location was perfect-- close to the beach (and the adorable seals) and to all of the shopping and dining that La Jolla has to offer. The room was large and the beds were extremely comfortable. It definitely didn't feel like a cookie cutter hotel (I.e., the Hyatt)--- it felt like a big, comfy guest room at a friend's home.

Some hints: Try breakfast at the hotel restaurant-- it was delicious. Take advantage of the very reasonable valet parking as street spots appeared somewhat limited.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Misty_d_whitaker
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Property: Grande Colonial La Jolla
Address: 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4198
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Business Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grande Colonial La Jolla 4*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the seaside Village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego, the Four Diamond Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. For more than a century, the Grande Colonial has been one of the most esteemed hotels in San Diego. But beyond the turn of the century architecture, our true hallmark is our warm, friendly staff and gracious service. We take pride in preserving the heritage laid down by our founders more than 100 years ago by providing the finest experience in first class accommodations. And just as those founders envisioned in 1913, the Grande Colonial remains today a classic hotel that rivals anything in the West. Commanding views of the California coastline, the Grande Colonial overlooks the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is ideally located just steps away from miles of beautiful beaches renowned to Southern California. Within walking distance are world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment and within a short drive are an abundance of golf, recreation and visitor attractions.The hotel features 93 air-conditioned, non-smoking guest rooms and suites (some with fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces). With its ideal location, gracious service and environment of extraordinary comfort, the Grande Colonial hotel provides the ideal destination for travelers to La Jolla. ... more   less 
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