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La Jolla Shores Hotel
Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Tucson,AZ
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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“Great Location and Staff, Location”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Occasionally we stay at a property which is a bit long in the tooth, has been very well used, shows some wear and tear, but which we will enthusiastically recommend anyway. La Jolla Shores is such a place. It has a long history of service but still provides everything that is important to beach goers on vacation. The great ocean front location, friendly and helpful staff and facilities which are not more than you need.....or need to pay for..... really distinguishes this hotel. Our room was clean, quiet, and very comfortable. We had a coastal view room with a balcony which had a great view of the coast and a pretty park with lots of interesting activities. Great for people watching. We did not use the pool area, but it seemed to be very family friendly (loaded with kids). There is food and beverage service at the pool if you want it. The beach is right outside and the hotel furnishes beach chairs and umbrellas. The on property restaurant is convenient and very good. There are several very good other restaurants and a convenience store within a 5 minute walk. Each room has a refrigerator. The WiFi was very strong and fast. Our breakfast was not included in the rate.

Although on street parking is possible, I would use the secure hotel self parking for which they charge $16.00 per night. In and out is allowed. In the end it will make your life much easier. We will stay here again and recommend La Jolla Shores to our friends. Great value....right at the beach.

Room Tip: Ask for a coastal view room on the third floor. Great views up the coast and of all the activity in...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Golden, CO
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

Lovely Beach Front rooms. I don't recommend eating on site. Staff at the LJ Sores were amazing! June only gets 2-4 hrs a day of really beach sunshine. But le's face it, sometimes a vacation is a vacation even if the weather is a bit cool.

Room Tip: Be sure you are not by the poolside elevator. Too much noise. I wouldn't book another "Ocea...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

We had a great time at this hotel, it was almost unreal. The staff were excellent. They were very friendly and went out of their way to help us. The location was great. There were a few good restaurants within a short 2-block walk and some great dining within a few miles in downtown La Jolla. There was a free shuttle that took us out to eat and to the children's cove where you can see some seals. I recommend making use of the shuttle because parking can be hard to find in these popular spots. The room was clean and comfortable. And the best part of all is it was right on the beach. You walk out your front door, pass the pool, and you're on the beach. It was also next to a park with a playground, which was great for our young kids. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the beach and we used it all the time. It was great watching the sunset over the ocean every night. Some other good points were free WiFi and you can rent DVDs from the front desk, which comes in handy if you just want to have a relaxing night in or if it rains. The only negative about the hotel was that the pool was pretty cold even though it was supposed to be heated. We still went swimming anyway, but it was just colder than expected. Also, our room was near the restaurant and there was a live band that played one night. We could hear it in our room. Didn't bother us because it was good music, but some people might not like that. Overall, it was a great experience and we plan on coming back next year.

Room Tip: Get a room on the beach with a balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Arizona
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

Three generations of our family met here for a short getaway. We (four of us) stayed in a poolside 1st floor room with two double beds. The room was comfortable and clean although outdated (as others have mentioned). For the price, I can overlook outdated. I read reviews about the poolside rooms being loud but we did not have that problem even though our glass door opened up right to the pool. My young children were able to go to bed at a decent hour and nap during the day without disruption, even though there were people out at the pool the entire time. The customer service was spectacular as the front desk people were always available and willing to go out of their way to help. The moderately good food at the restaurant was on the expensive side. The service at the restaurant was exceptional but the poolside service was slow. You can always run in and grab your own drinks though. The price of drinks at the bar were worth the view at least once. The location is wonderful, besides being on the beach it is in La Jolla Shores which is less commercial than the village or cove areas. This is a family friendly hotel with staff that want to make your experience wonderful. La Jolla Shores is family friendly, right on the beach, customer oriented, clean and relaxing.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Lehigh Valley
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

My husband and I visited San Diego recently and spent two nights at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. We had a beachfront room and the view was fabulous! The room was spacious with modern decor, and very comfortable. There was a large closet, private bath area and good counter space at the sink. The private bath area was a bit small and the shower heads were too low for us tall people, but that is a minor issue and we both still duck pretty well.
Having never visited La Jolla before we had lots of questions for the staff, they were all very welcoming and friendly. We arrived late and had a late dinner in the lounge area. Our waitress was also the bartender and she handled all the customers with cheerful good humor. She was a delight to talk to (I think her name was Brittany, sorry if that's wrong).
La Jolla itself was a pleasant surprise, a combination of surfer relaxed and upscale style. The landscape is all cliffs and rocks and coast. Great walking on the beach and a hiker friendly cliff walk to the Children's Pool. I would love to go back again when the water is a bit warmer. End of May is still too cold for ocean swimming for me. You can look around La Jolla and see where Dr. Seuss got some of his inspiration for his illustrations, it is a bit magical.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

My family spent a few days and loved it. Though the room decor is a little outdated, the hotel is overall just right. It's unpretentious. Great staff. Very clean. Loved the pool area and the restaurant - with its amazing ocean view. Loved the ocean view from our room. Strongly recommend a 3rd floor room with an ocean view and kitchenette. Our kitchenette was brand new. Very cute. The room was spacious and comfortable with high ceilings. I believe only the 3rd floor rooms have high ceilings. Well worth trying to get this type of room - because it is so much nicer than rooms I saw on lower floors - and seemed to be the same rate.

Room Tip: choose a 3rd floor room with high ceiling, ocean view and kitchenette
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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corona del mar, CA
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This hotel is older-don't expect luxe accomodations, but it was clean and all items were in working condition. Our mini fridge seemed on the not so cold side and they brought us a larger one within 10 minutes. The staff here is excellent. Kevin C. brought out beach chairs, towels and umbrellas every day for our group of 10-he setup and took them down at end of day. We tipped him well as he is a hard worker and deserved it! On Saturday night we requested BBQ grill and table and chairs on the beach and again, all done with no hassles. Our room was beachfront, double queen. Facing the beach on the first floor, but there was a iron gate around property so you could not walk straight out from room- you did have to go through hotel corridors to get to beach, but not really a big deal. The hotel has parking for 16 a day and it is very convenient. Pool is on the small side but worked fine for the kids. Pool service as phenomenal. They did have some days where food took a while to be served ( due to so many people) so plan accordingly. Outdoor ping pong tables entertained as well. One block away is surfboard rentals, a few restaurants, a grocery store, ATM and kayak excursion tours. The La Jolla Cheese SHop, one block away, has PB and J sandwiches for kids and there deli sandwiches were fantastic. Adjacent to hotel and right on boardwalk is a great playground structure for the younger kids. Lots of green space for soccer, games etc. as well. Hotel restaurant is not cheap but happy hour and the great view make it worth the price. We strolled down boardwalk one morning to Caroline's for breakfast, beautiful view and inexpensive. Very family friendly hotel, kids cannot wait to return. If you want to check out downtown La Jolla it is best to have a car. One caveat (not a hotel issue) it was COLD while we were there and all of the kids needed wetsuits for ocean swimming! Great hotel and we will be back.

Room Tip: Room 334 has the best views, but next time I would get a room with a kitchenette.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: La Jolla Shores Hotel
Address: 8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3199 (Formerly Sea Lodge Hotel)
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — La Jolla Shores Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For decades, the La Jolla Shores Hotel has been the year-round beach retreat of choice for families and vacationers of all types. Nestled right on the ocean in the popular La Jolla Shores, CA community, the hotel’s friendly, warm and welcoming staff is a highlight of the experience. ... more   less 
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