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“Nice Hotel in downtown La Jolla”
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Inn by the Sea
Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Hotel is conveniently located in downtown La Jolla. Benefits include ability to walk to nice shops, beach (cove), good selections for complimentary continental breakfast, fruit and coffee in the afternoon in the lobby. Lobby was renovated in the past 2 years.
Concerns include the lack of A/C when the weather is warmer sooner than expected, side of the building facing the alley has the "oceanview". This side faces west and the heat from the sun can make these rooms unbearably hot with no A/C. Hotel staff are sympathetic but unable to do anything. As the "oceanview" rooms are the most expensive, having hot rooms really doesn't make sense.
The street facing rooms are cooler, but can be noisier. I choose the street side rooms because they are cooler, and hope they have a quieter room.
Overall, I stay here every 6 months when I am visiting my family in La Jolla. I hope that the temperature cooperates as the management is seemingly unwilling to allow guests have the benefit of A/C when needed.

Room Tip: Don't pay extra for the oceanview in late winter/early spring before management has turned on th...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

nice hotel in great location. a short and pleasant walk to the beach as well as to shops, restaurants and groceries. room was clean and air conditioner/heat/fan was quiet! street parking is free, most times i was able to find a spot in front. otherwise lots of street parking within a short walk. nice continental breakfast. i do wish my room had had a mini-fridge.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank hipyogachic
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Booked in here on a business trip. Rooms are good and spacious. Everything was up to standard.

the only thing to mention is that the included breakfast, is provided as abasic buffet with lots of stuff available, but there is no service everthing is self service. This did not seem to match with the quality of the rest of the hotel, but was more than adequate with lots available. The hottel could do with making more space available for breakfast.

The rooms were very nice with tea and coffee available to make in your room along with an iron & board. Also ther was complimentary coffee and fruit proved at various times in the lobby which was good.

They also provided a free pc in the lobby with internet and printer. Wifi was available free in the rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Ugh Im laying in this hotel's bed right now. I am so tired because I couldnt sleep last night. The A/C will not come on unless the outside temp is greater than 70. Our room is like an oven so we were forced to open the door which looks over the street (busy) (loud). When we we t to sleep we had to close it for safety so we slept in an oven all night. Next, the room next to us's alarm went off at 6:30. It was vacant and eent off for 20 minutes. I called about it and they finally se t someone up to turn it off. The walls are so thin! Ugh I'm hearing showere, toilets, dripping fUcets, and a LOT of screaming kids with parents letting them run out of control through the halls. Oh and a warning about parking...their underground parking is very low and signs say no vans or trucks! We didnt drive our Escalade down there and had to park on the street! I wouldn't recommend!!! I havent addressed these issues to mgmt. yet. If they make anything right somehow I will post that.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We were at the Best Western for three nights to attend a wedding. The front desk staff were most helpful and appeared knowledgable about all aspects of the area.
Free computer in the lobby and wi-fi access a plus.
Location is within walking distance of the ocean and park, and also near shops and many, many restaurants.
Rooms were a bit more than average, and had a small balcony (ours had an ocean view).
Breakfast offered a few choices and seemed to be continually stocked as needed.
Special rate made this an excellent value.

Room Tip: Upper floor ocean view ideal.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank purrsianpaws
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is a decent hotel with simple, but nice rooms and friendly staff. The hotel is in a great location- just steps from all of the restaurants of la Jolla and a block or two from the beach. Our only complaint is that the hotel is right next to a construction site. We stayed here for a few nights and were woken up at 7 am every morning with jackhammers. Don't expect to sleep in!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

This Best Western is probably the best hotel for its price in La Jolla. The room rates are very reasonable, especially given its location right in the heart of La Jolla, within blocks of the beach and all of the most desirable eating and shopping areas. The rooms are simple, but perfectly nice and with cute seaside-themed decor. Many of the rooms have decks and ocean views, and are still reasonably priced. Both breakfast and parking are included in the price, making it an even better deal for your money.

The hotel staff is also extremely helpful and kind. We had the unfortunate experience of being there for the occasion of a funeral, but they made every effort to make our experience as pleasant as possible. They offered us a special rate, and extended it to family and any others associated with our party.

I highly recommend this hotel for anyone on a budget in La Jolla.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Inn by the Sea

Address: 7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4283 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn by the Sea)
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Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#11 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Business Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range: £118 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the sand-swept landscapes and inspired Pacific views of the Inn by the Sea at La Jolla in San Diego, California. Here at our hotel in downtown La Jolla, you’ll find lovely guest rooms, complete with balconies offering coastal breezes and inspired views. Surrounded by beaches, dining options, local culture, and chic boutiques, this Southern California mecca is the premier destination for travelers to the La Jolla and San Diego areas. Take advantage of comfortable, spacious guest accommodations from the hotel that boasts a location in “The Heart of the Village.” Take in the salty breezes as you soak up the California sunshine in one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations. Spend a day exploring local culture, and later on, as the sun goes down, dine at one of our vibrant local restaurants. From morning until evening, La Jolla Village is brimming with all things California. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Inn By The Sea Hotel La Jolla
Best Western La Jolla
La Jolla Best Western

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