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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Ranked #7 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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“Great choice in La Jolla”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We stayed at the Estancia in late July after going back and forth on whether to stay in Coronado or La Jolla. The great deal offered through the website with a Costco membership is what convinced us.

We ended up loving the location. With the amazing weather (cool mornings around 68-70 degrees, partly sunny), we loved jogging/walking the local roads and trails to the cliffs and beach each morning. It was a fantastic way to start the day. Torrey Pines Reserve was very close as was Blacks Beach (within 0.25-0.5 miles). A drive to Coronado for the amazing beaches only ended up taking 20 minutes and was well worth it, too.

The rooms were very clean and had everything we needed. Breakfast was included every morning with the Costco rate. This was appreciated with the resort fees and valet fee. Valet was always very quick, asked if we needed directions, waters, etc.

Overall, the feel of this resort was intimate and special. We plan on staying again next summer. The only thing we regret is not planning enough time before dinner to check out the wine bar.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Purchased the room with the costco discount which included $30 breakfast credit per night (well worth it!)
I Came with my husband and 1 yr old child.

Pro:
1. Beautiful grounds- nicely maintained, beautiful buildings
2. Great breakfast-we ended up spending only $7 on top of the $30 credit and the food is brought to your room
3. staff was extremely friendly and helpful
4. Good location- away from lots of traffic and the city. Doesn't feel like you're in a hotel
5. Nice little workout facility

Cons:
1. Thin walls- early one morning, we were awakened by the couple next door arguing
2. Splinters- The entryway of the room has a worn wooden strip that had lots of wooden splinters on the ground ( great for my toddler walking around barefoot!)
3. Unclean floors- the first night we were there, we found an old contact lense and band aide wrapper on the carpet (also great for my 1yr old son to pick up and play with)

Overall, nice place for the cost, just wish some of the smaller details were tended to...like vacuuming!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We spent our anniversary weekend here. The grounds are beautiful. The staff was exceptional. They went above and beyond by providing a "Nordstrom" atmosphere. We received complimentary champagne upon our arrival. There were a few mishaps that were easily fixed.
The resort is located by Glider's Point and across from UCSD. We took a cab ride to Del Mar and bar hopped at some of the beach restaurants.
We rented Cabana number 6 by the pool. It was an enjoyable, relaxing stay.
I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: I would get an outside room.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 26 July 2013
What a great review! Thank you for taking the time to share the details about your recent stay. It sounds like you had a lot of fun, and we’re so glad you stayed with us and enjoyed our location, service and amenities. Thank you for recommending our hotel. We hope to see you again very soon.
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Stayed from 10th-13th July. Rooms are really nice, spacious and clean.The pool area is nice but the bar and grill were closed early on a few days because they said it was to quiet, what about the 10-12 people still around the pool, there was 4 of us and we went to get food when we arrived by the pool at 4pm to be told it was closed.We had to order down from the main kitchen.We had a meal in the Mustang restaurant.It was so dark we had to go outside to read the menu,we asked for more light and were brought a lamp which did not help.Overall the meal was dissapointing and we did not eat there again.We took the buffet breakfast which was fine , our friends took theirs off the menu and had a 20min wait.Beautiful hotel no mistake but service was poor.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 26 July 2013
Thank you for the comments about our guest rooms- we’re glad you found them to be quite nice, spacious and clean. I’m sorry that we missed you and your friends at the Pool Bar & Grill, it typically closes at around 4:00 or 5:00 depending on business demands, but hopefully you were able to order through in-room dining. I will also be sure to pass along your comments about the lighting and breakfast delay to our Food & Beverage Team. Thank you again for your feedback which helps our team learn and become better.
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Florida, USA
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Stayed at this hotel for the weekend in July 2013 for a family wedding. The reservations manager made an error with my reservation and when discussing the reservation error she denied making an error. Had to get the General Manager involved to resolve the issue – and he did resolve it beautifully for us. It should not have gotten to that point. The reservations manager is not an asset to this property, yet the rest of the staff is. The grounds are beautiful, guest room was good though far away with little direction how to find it. The daily car charge should cover the tip for the parking lot attendants but you feel obligated to tip each time. The pool area is very nice. Overall the property is very inviting and beautiful. When checking in at 3:00 PM the room was not ready yet check in time is 3:00. That was an issue for me. Time is important. A hotel should know that and when you are traveling the last thing you want to hear is that your room is not ready when you check in at the correct time. It was not ready for about another hour. Poor housekeeping time management. The outdoor wedding ceremony was beautiful, however for the ladies – you must bring a sun umbrella. It was so hot that your hair falls down and make-up smears. The hotel should have small sun umbrella available and glasses of cold water passed around while waiting for the bride to make her entrance. It was just too hot! The reception was nice and everything went well. Overall, a nice weekend at this hotel.

Room Tip: Must ask where the room is when making a reservation. Some rooms are very far away.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Estancia has the ambience of an older luxury resort. The property is beautifully landscaped with lovely walkways throughout. It has a salt water pool and excellent spa. We were unable to eat breakfast or lunch there but the appetizer menu was fantastic and reasonably priced considering the high food quality. I had grilled fish tacos and a salad and my brother had a shrimp quesadilla and the house salad. Both were the best food we had on our trip. All the staff were "California beautiful", but very friendly and professional. I only wish we had booked it for the entire vacation. The only negative is the $25 valet parking fee and the $17 "resort" fee for the in room coffee and tea, internet etc. My brother is bringing his wife back for a romantic weekend. All in all, an excellent property.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

I've stayed here before, because it's close proximity to Torrey Pines golf course. It's also close to Scripps, where I was this past week. Lovely hotel, beautiful location, wonderful amenities, and my massage was one of the best ever!

Room Tip: I had a garden room. It was quiet. I recommend a top floor if you can get one. They have lovely de...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Address: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1102
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A California-coastal rancho setting on 10 acres conveniently located between the two quaint seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar and adjacent to world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa offers a range of upscale accommodations from charming rancho style deluxe rooms to expansive suites with world-class facilities and exceptional service. ... more   less 
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