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Grande Colonial La Jolla
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great stay in La Jolla”
Reviewed 17 September 2008

We stayed 2 days at the Grande Colonial. The location is perfect for walking around La Jolla Village or down to the beach and along the seafront. The restaurant Nine Ten is pricey but highly recommended (we didn't eat there).

We had booked a view room with a king size bed through Travelocity, but were given a room with a queen bed instead. When we spoke to the staff, they advised that bookings through Travelocity do not guarantee a room type, as they had no king rooms available, they upgraded us to a junior suite with an ocean view. The hotel will price match any price you find that is lower, so I recommend always booking directly with the hotel.

Parking at the hotel is by valet, which costs about $10 per day which seems to be normal around many hotels in the area. I would definitely stay again and would recommend the hotel to anyone staying in La Jolla.

  • Liked — Style of hotel and location
  • Disliked — No coffee making facilities in room
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2008

My husband, daughter and I had a great stay at the Grande Colonial. Since we don't live far from La Jolla, we have always gone down for the day. But this year we decided to stay over and we are all delighted that we chose this hotel. Having read mixed reviews, I felt the good ones far outweighed the bad, and we have to say we truly had a terrific stay.

The hotel's historical charm surpassed my expectations. Having stayed in historical hotels in the past, this was among the best of them! It was clean and well kept. Nothing appeared worn or tattered. There were plenty of electrical outlets (often scarce in historical buildings.), the beds were comfortable, the AC was great, and the new TV was too. Extra pillows I'm sure were available, but it would have been nice if they were already in the room in the very large walk-in closet. I suppose that is the only adversity worth mentioning. The decor was new and classic with lots of fresh paint on the detail woodwork. I had read that stars performing at the La Jolla Playhouse used to room here when they were working a show. I could very well see someone renting a room here for a time because of the layout and roominess in this room.

The staff gave us an unexpected upgrade to an ocean view room, and we had a great surprise-- when we pulled back the drapes at the head of the beds we discovered that we had a FULL ocean view from our corner room! Room 320 is set off on it's own, so it was quiet in the hallway.

From our arrival at the door, to check-in and check out, the staff was delightful, kind and polite. We couldn't have asked for more!

Stayed September 2008
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San Diego, California
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2008

The Grande Colonial has all the charm one
would expect of a La Jolla icon. The location
is very good, a few short blocks from the stunning
coast, seal viewing areas, etc.

However, the charm means that travelers used to
the conveniences of the large chain hotels will need
some adjustments. The hotel has tried to keep its facilities current, but the clean rooms do have an aged feel to them, particularly the bath/shower area. Conveniences such as modern room climate controls, vending machines, gym, place for a simple breakfast, etc.were lacking.

Finally, guests may find the lower-level rooms facing the
road noisy at night. This noise level was unexpected but
may result from the hotel's location near a small intersection and
the temptation to keep the windows open to enjoy the ocean air.

  • Stayed December 2007
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TerrryLaJolla_CA, General Manager at Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, 31 October 2008
Since this visit, we have replaced all of the windows throughout the hotel with dual pane glass and insulated sashs. This has made the village view rooms significanlty quieter than they were in the past. The original 1928 thin single pane glass did not adequately insulate from outdoor sounds. Guests since the replacement of the windows have commented it being a significant improvement.
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2008

(First, to give a frame of reference, the last two hotels we've stayed in were the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui and The Orchard in San Francisco. Sometimes, you don't know what to think when you read these reviews, especially if you see a comment like "they had these little bottles of shampoo in the bathroom - I felt like a princess".)

We checked into the Grande Colonial for an four night stay starting on a Thusday night. We pulled up to the door and were greeted by the valet who told us we were "pre-checked in". He had the bellboy promptly unload our gear and led us directly to the room. We booked a "garden suite" which ended up being in a small courtyard adjacent to the main hotel building. Very quiet and relaxing. Time from our car to the room, less than 5 minutes. It would have been quicker, but he gave us a tour of the premises on the way to the room.

The room was about 500 sq. ft. and obviously recently remodeled. Flat screen TV, fridge, stove, and a microwave. King size bed was very comfortable and a fold out sofa for our daughter. One nice touch was an assortment of snacks and beverages in the room (ice cream, chips, soda, Fiji water, etc.). What made it nicer was the note that clearly stated "these treats are complimentary and if you would like more, don't hesitate to ask".

Our package included free breakfast every morning. Now, we're used to what constitutes a "free breakfast", so we weren't expecting too much. The GC has an excellent restaurant on site called Nine-Ten, which I imagine rates as a 4 1/2 or 5 star place. Breakfast was served there and we were told to order anything on the menu. This was no "croissant and fruit" continental breakfast - this was gourmet fare. At the end of the meal they present you with the bill, so you know how much to tip, but they never charged us for anything. Our daily breakfast was well over $50 before tip. The food was always fantastic.

The location could not have possibly been better. Directly on the main drag (Prospect Street) in the middle of great shopping and dining. One block from amazingly beautiful beaches, including a beach where seals congregate.

The only drawback I can think of is the pool is small and there's no hot tub. There was no bathtub in the room either, just a stand-up shower, but these are minor points.

There's a concierge on staff and everyone we encountered there was wonderful. The valets and bellboys are very helpful directing you toward nice restaurants, etc. They even have a golf cart to shuttle you around if you so desire.

We can't wait to go back. The GC far exceeded our expectations. Our stay was simply amazing.

  • Liked — Location, location, location
  • Disliked — Small pool, but it's next to the finest beaches in California
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Houston, TX
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Grande Colonial over a long weekend. It was our 19th wedding anniversary and followed a business trip I had in San Diego. We've been to La Jolla before but always stayed in SD.
Overall, this was one of the best overall experiences I've ever had at any hotel. As a demanding consumer and frequent traveler, I feel that I have high expectations - and this hotel's amenities and staff exceeded all of them. We were greeted with an upgraded full-ocean view and very courteous staff. The room was unbelievable - beautifully decorated with large windows and a great view of the ocean! The entire hotel, inside and out, was very clean and beautifully landscaped. Every night we had the window open, drifting off to sleep with the sound of ocean waves. We loved the location - a short walk to the beach, restaurants, shops, etc. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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714 reviews
188 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 480 helpful votes
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
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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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 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Family 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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