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.
- 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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