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Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages
Ranked #2 of 4 La Jolla B&B and Inns
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Tarzana, CA
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3 reviews
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“Secluded beach charmer becons”
Reviewed 30 September 2012

We can now be added to the ranks of folks who consider the Wisteria cabin to be "their" cabin. We arrived on a recent Sunday afternoon for a four day stay at the Redwood Hollow Guest Cabins and were delighted to find we essentially had the place to ourselves for most of the time we were checked in.

Our Inn Keeper, Michele, was perfect in every way. She made lovely restaurant suggestions and offered pointers on vistas and things not to be missed. Thanks to her, we had some of the best meals of our lives thus far. Wow, La Jolla! Great food and coffee, ummmm.

Martin, the Owner, and all of the dedicated staff give visitors to the area the choice of a quaint, private, charming, home-spun, cozy, neighborly experience. If you are looking for load of fancy amenities and a shiny, brand new place, this is NOT for you.

However, if you seek a slower, quainter, simpler, more "old-school" enclave in which to tuck away for a restful retreat, then Redwood Hollows Guest Cottages is very worth a peek.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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lizzydoc, Owner at Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages, responded to this review, 24 December 2012
We appreciate your review and the compliments for our staff. We are small enough to give individual attention. The description captures the fact that this is a historic garden beach cottage property, never meant to be anything else from the get go. Thanks again for your perceptive description and for ther compliment for me!
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

We loved RedWood Hollow! It was exactly what we were looking for...a charming, historic, low key, close to the beach, live like the locals type of place. I had done my research beforehand and was not disappointed! We were also surprised with an upgrade when the LaJolla Beach Cottage became available. This cabin is a large two bedroom cottage with huge eat in kitchen and large private courtyard. The bathroom was a decent size and had a shower and tub, which was good for our 3 year old. Although I wasn't sure about being right on the street, for us it turned out to be perfect, as the courtyard provided a space for my son to play outside within eye view of the kitchen and living room. We stayed for 4 nights, but next time will stay at least a full week. The kitchen was fully stocked and we ate all our meals for the 5 days there, not originally by design but because my husband had a bout of food poisioning from bad seafood in downtown San Diego major hotel chain and wasn't up to eating out much after that! No problem though, both Vons and Jonathans (loved that store!) had great selections and cooking with all the windows and doors opened (we can't do that in 100 degree Texas heat) with a glass of wine, while listening to the evening passerbys ooglying the cabins, was pure heaven for me. The beach too was so close that my son and I could walk there and back ourselves, with all the necessities, while my husband recouped in his own bedroom (the two bedrooms REALLY came in handy this trip since he got so sick). Michele the manager was very gracious and also helped us by recommending a doctors office that would take walk ins. Overall a great location in a residental area, far enough from the tourist crowd, but close enough to the beach and all the town has to offer to make a great trip. We will be back soon so my husband can fully enjoy all that LaJolla has to offer....and this time we will eat out at least once. :)

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Indianapolis, IN
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

These are charming cottages tucked away in the middle of a quiet neighborhood only 1 block from the beach. Each cottage is down a vine draped path with lots of trees and vegetation and most seem to have their own private patio/courtyard. We fell in love with this location. We bought breakfast items at a local grocery store and ate each morning under an umbrella table in our own private courtyard. We had the studio Beach Haven cottage, which was very quaint and still quite large enough for 2. It was stocked with a frig, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, coffee, hot chocolate, as well as several snacks. We realized the Beach Haven was one of the only cottages without a DVD player, but the management was kind enough to give us a key to the open cottage next door and allowed us to watch a movie there for an evening since it wasn't reserved. They were very accommodating. If you want privacy, this is a great place to get away!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

The location is not too bad. It's a short walk (.5 mile) to the main village. It's inside a residential neighborhood. It is a quaint little garden and cottages (beach haven). The issues include the following: the sea gulls are very loud and windows cannot be closed and if they could it probably wouldn't help as they are thin. Bring earplugs. One drawdown curtain was missing, so had to use blankets to cover window. Pillows and sheets are lumpy and old. At over $200 per night I would expect better bedding. Internet in each room was very good. Asking us to wash dishes and put the towels in the hamper is rediculous, and to take out the trash is not right. The whole interior is old and not updated in many years. It's nice to have updated TV, small fridge, and microwave, some dishes and minor snaks. No water bottle, really?! Over all I don't think it that great and could use maintenance and updates and still be quaint and cute. Location is not bad if you want to be a little further from the action. La Jolla is great. We didn't need a car feo
San Diego. Just cabs.

  • Stayed July 2012
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lizzydoc, Owner at Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages, responded to this review, 5 August 2012
Thank you for your review mentioning some of the positive points about Redwood Hollow, with regards to the quiet residential neighborhood near the village, the gardens and the closeness to the beach. I am sorry that your stay with us was less than a perfect experience for you. We pride ourselves in responding immediately to any complaints or items that may not please a guest, while they are currently with us. If it were made known to us, we would have gladly made sure that your windows closed so you wouldn't have heard the loud sea gulls. We would also have supplied you with linens and a curtain which would met your needs, or even upgraded your cottage to a larger one. So far as washing your dishes and emptying the trash, we do have on our responses to inquiries that the cottages are self catering, so this is the reason we ask guests to do these tasks. We always learn from a critique, so we will take the items that are changeable under full consideration. Thanks again for taking the time to write.
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

This was our third weekend getaway at Redwood Hollow, and I'm certain that it won't be our last. For our most recent stay, we were in the Wisteria cabin, surrounded by plants and flowers, fresh air, and the scent of the abundant star jasmine blooming outside our windows. Stress disappeared instantly! We love the quiet, relaxing ambience and the feeling of stepping back in time. We also love that so much is within easy walking distance: beaches, restaurants, shopping, museums. Customer service at Redwood Hollow is excellent with a sincere "we care" attitude. The cottage was well-supplied with all we needed for a comfortable stay, and it was a pleasure to cook in the kitchen and enjoy lazy meals on the patio. Not all is historic -- we had a fast WiFi connection whenever we wanted. There's so much we love about Redwood Hollow that it's hard to pick a favorite aspect! Hmmm. We'll have to go there again to figure it out...

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

This property makes you want to come home after a busy day at the beach. They thought of everything that you might need to make you feel comfortable. It is very close to the tide pools and Children's Beach which makes it very convenient. My granddaughter, daughter and I just loved it and can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

We booked the Wisteria cabin for May 18th thru the 20th (Fri- Sunday) for a quick weekend getaway. We arrived late Friday night and there was a welcome note left for us explaining everything about the cabin and the area around us. I liked the personalized touch. The cabin was idyllic and I wish I had another couple days to linger on and enjoy La Joya. It was a "no phones, no laptops" weekend for us but even so, the cabin is outfitted with a router we could tap into if we wanted to get on the internet.

There is a history and charm to this place which is lovingly preserved by the caretaker. This type of familiarity and charm cannot compare to a modern hotel. The owner actually happened to know my boyfriend's father when he stayed with them years before. It was like I stepped back in time and we enjoyed all the charming details the cabin and the surrounding gardens had to offer. From the front porch with Adirondack chairs to the original Gaffers & Sattler Stove in our cabin kitchen, to the cozy family room with a fireplace, books, magazines and throws for those chilly nights.

Saturday afternoon, I lingered on the back porch reading and listening to a water feature beyond the ivy. There is a resident cat that was lazily enjoying the sun on the back patio just below our cottage and looked up at me like I was disturbing his snooze. The birds were chirping and I could hear the ocean.

The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed but found we didn't use it because we enjoyed walking down to Harry's for breakfast and other great eateries in the village. We spent a lot of time at the beach, which was just a short walk away.

We found everything in working order from the "historic" plumbing, to plenty of towels and kitchen items. Remember folks, this is an original cabin with original plumbing and electrical wiring. Staying in a historic cabin you have to go into this with an open mind and not be put off that this is not the same as staying at The Four Seasons. This is an experience in stepping back in time, living as people did back in the 1940's & 50's. I felt like I was in a Doris Day movie. It's kind of fun to think how far we have come with modern conveniences. Everything works just fine but just be mindful that you don't want to flush while someone else is in the shower.

I can't wait to return to Redwood Hollow. Please don't change a thing!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages
Address: 256 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4672
Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Redwood Hollow Cottages is a historic garden oasis 400 feet from a sandy beach in La Jolla Village. We have studios, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom separate cottages. Most have full kitchens, and some have wood burning fireplaces. All cottages have individual Internet connections and their own Wi-Fi reception. We are in a quiet residential location set on 1/2 acre of gardens. The Village with shops and restaurants is four blocks away.  We welcome you to our charming hotel alternative in America's Riviera. ... more   less 
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