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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Melbourne, Florida
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27 reviews
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“We will definitely return to this hotel!”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. When we arrived I was a little disappointed because it has that pueblo look and I am used to big, glass and modern. However, I could not have been more pleased with everything about this resort. The rooms were well appointed and came with nice soft towels, bathrobes and a bottle of wine! Of course, we expected to get a bill for the wine so we didn't drink it and ended up leaving it in the room because it was 8 am on departure day before we realized it was complimentary! So be sure and drink your wine. We ate on property both nights and the food was outstanding. I am a chef and a particular foodie so that is saying a lot.

While we did not have time to properly explore all of the grounds we did take the time to admire all of the flowers and amazing succulent plants around the hotel. The staff could not have been more courteous and greeted us with a glass of champagne!

We will return to spend more time in the near future.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Dear LillyShip- I sincerely appreciate your 5-star review and taking the time to share your thoughts. I am pleased you enjoyed your overall stay. Your feedback was very valuable and we are honored, as you being a chef, you found our food outstanding! Please come back and visit us again soon so you have a chance to explore the rest of our hotel.

Warm regards,

Shashi Poudyal
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La Jolla, California
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The personal were great as well as the restaurants,finding our room priceless. A little bit of a maze but a beautiful property. The pool area is nicely located but the spa needs a good scrub..... The sunday morning buffet was lovely with something for everyone. I definitely would return but be aware of extra expenses such as hospitality fee,valet parking, etc. Not for the New England thrifty.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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GuestRelations M, Owner at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Thank you for all of your thoughts and taking the time to review the many aspects of our hotel. We sincerely thank you choosing Estancia La Jolla and hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Great location. Beautiful setting. rooms were immaculate and staff great
Definitely will return.
Located very close to UCSD. Concierge and front desk folks very helpful
Particularly liked the conference room/auditorium

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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GuestRelations M, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit during a conference. We are pleased you appreciated the close proximity to UCSD as well as our conference facilities. The Learning Center is certainly popular amongst our meeting and group guests! We hope we have the pleasure to welcome you back to La Jolla soon!
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Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Let me start with the good: The grounds are lovely and the hotel well located if you are doing anything at UCSD.

The bad: Arriving on a Saturday, we got stuck in the valet line as numerous guests arrive for a wedding. The valets seemed overwhelmed and under staffed. You must valet, there is o self parking. I find this expensive and annoying.

I would avoid the hotel on weekends, as it appears they have a constant stream of weddings underway.

The rooms are smallish, and decorated very blandly (think IKEA).

The Adobe restaurant appears painfully understaffed for breakfast. We waited 5-10 minutes to be seated (no receptionist). And it took over an hour to be served after we sat down.

There are plenty of nice hotels in the La Jolla area. Unless you are attending something at UCSD or a wedding on sight, I'd look elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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GuestRelations M, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
We appreciate you taking the time to review Estancia La Jolla. Although we are pleased you found our grounds lovely and in close proximity to UCSD, we are concerned you had a negative experience with our levels of service. We strive to provide exceptional service to our guests and it is disappointing to hear when we have not met our goals. We apologize for your experience and we will address with the team.

Thank you very much for visiting us from Manhattan Beach and we hope to welcome you back again soon so that we may give you a better impression of our resort.
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

The grounds of the Estancia are by far the highlight of the hotel. Immaculately kept and a reminder of California's splendor. Another highlight is the hotel's restaurants. La Jolla is not lacking in food options but the hotel's restaurants can compete. The Heuvos Rancheros at the Adobe restaurant are a great way to start your day in San Diego. The one drawback of the hotel was that valet is the only option for parking your car. This is completely fine but the tipping can put a drain on your wallet if your staying multiple days and and use your car often.

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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GuestRelations M, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to review Estancia. We truly appreciate your mention of our hotel as part of California's splendor. Thank you taking the time to leave us a review and hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

I just spent 3 nights at the Estancia while at a conference at UCSD. I can't comment on the location because it was perfect for me for the conference (but I have no idea if you are vacationing). I have to say that the Estancia was just amazing. The service was great; the room was spacious and well equipped; the mattress was really really comfortable; the grounds were beautiful. I have nothing bad to say, and I really loved this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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GuestRelations M, Owner at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
It was a pleasure to welcome you as our guest for the UCSD conference. Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are pleased you found our service, room, grounds and mattress to your liking! And yes, the mattresses are quite blissful! Please come back and visit us soon- perhaps for a vacation! We are indeed centrally located to many beautiful destinations and popular attractions for our vacationing travelers. Have a great rest of the weekend! Thank you again for your review.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

As luck would have it, I recently discovered the luxurious Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, located on the cliffs between La Jolla and Del Mar. Taking in the scenery during a relaxing stroll along the beautifully landscaped pathways meandering throughout this 10-acre property, I quickly realized that this resort pays homage to the classic hacienda style architecture which is so indicative of southern California’s colorful heritage. Adobe style buildings, red-tile roofs, ornate ironwork and handsomely crafted wood casings, railings and balconies tucked between stately pines, palm trees and native landscaping make for a spectacular and intimate escape! The soothing sound of water splashing in several ornamental fountains can be heard throughout the property. The Estancia is one of four luxury California resorts in the Meritage Collection. Shortly after it opened in 2004,this AAA four-diamond luxury hotel and spa was listed by Condé Nast as one of the “Hottest New Hotels of the World”. More recently the Estancia received a Condé Nast 2012 award as “One of the Top Spas in the World” and was a TripAdvisor “2013 Certificate of Excellence Winner”. One visit here was all the proof I needed that the accolades are well deserved! For a full review of this incredibly fantastic resort and other vacation destinations, visit TravelRAVE at http://travelrave.wordpress.com

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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GuestRelations M, Owner at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 28 February 2014
Thank you so much for your review! We took some time and read through the rest of your blog as well. It was wonderful reading all of the highlights you touched on about Adobe El Restaurante, The Spa at Estancia, Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar and Mustangs and Burros- thank you for mentioning The Meritage Collection as well. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you back in the near future!
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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
#3 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Business 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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