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“Surprised with this Best Western”
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Inn by the Sea
Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 July 2012

Considering its neighboring hotels, I found this one to be a pretty good hotel find for LaJolla. Best Western has a connotation of being cheap, low-budget, yet still standard. The lobby and bottom floor, however, was redone in minimalist wooden and metal modern decor. The room pretty much looked like a standard hotel room - everything was clean, and definitely not 80's except for the carpeting. Nonetheless, this was a great location and you couldn't beat the price compared to its competitors. I'd definitely come back to this hotel next time I'm in LaJolla.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool may have more noise coming in to their room. If you want zero noise, perhaps a...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

I was a bit nervous after reading some of the reviews... but some people just have issues. We found it super clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. The room was not a view room, but we sat out on the balcony and watched a beautiful sunset over the ocean (thru a couple of other buildings across the street). It was a great experience and we will come back. One of my favorite experiences along the California Coast. You must do the Sea Cave Kayak tour, and enjoy all the shops. Oh and catch a sunset at the beach at Aligator point... waves splashing, beautiful colors ... it was awesome. and another "oh yeah" ... the beds were the best I've slept on in the past week of staying in hotels.

Room Tip: We were in room 221.. it had a bit of an ocean view. The hotel is 3-4 blocks away from the beach s...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Entire staff was awesome and helpful. However you pay top dollar for penthouse rooms on the top floor with ocean view and its truly disappointing. Every morning including Saturday and Sunday you get the wake up call of garbage trucks banging and emptying the garbage dumpsters. A real shame for such a nice location. No fridge available real bummer. It's would be okay for a weekend only trip. Stay for more than 3 days you surely will be disappointed. Avg cost $225 a night. Not worth it. Oh yeah, they won't tell you until you arrive. $12 a night for parking. For best results ask for a room in front of hotel not the back. The view won't be as nice but you'll get a good nights sleep.

Room Tip: no spa avialable, no fridge.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank T N
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We recently stayed at the Best Western Plus Inn at the Sea in La Jolla for 11 nights from the end of June to the first week in July. The best thing about this hotel is the location - at the edge of the main village area, but still quiet at night. La Jolla is a great holiday destination as you can walk to everything in the village, it's squeaky clean, and drivers even stop for pedestrians crossing the street! The hotel has recently been redone, so the decor is attractive and our top floor room with an ocean view was great. The small pool area is nice with tables, loungers, and flower boxes around the patio area.The weakest part of this hotel experience is the buffet breakfast served with black plastic plates and cutlery (I sure hope all this gets recycled...) Although there is a variety of food provided, everything was always running out, the tables weren't wiped very often, and the breakfast room was far too small for this size hotel. You could take your breakfast to a table round the pool area, but there were only four more tables here. Best Western needs to step this service up a notch to really get a great review and justify their fairly high room prices. All in all a good experience though and we would certainly go back another time.

Room Tip: The ocean side rooms have the great view and are quieter.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nanjp
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We made last minute plans to stay in La Jolla, and made a reservation at Best Western. The location is great! You can walk to everything. The price was very reasonable, and it included a hot continental breakfast. The room was clean and totally acceptable. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank jenl604
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed here in June 2012 and really enjoyed the atmosphere in the surrounding La Jolla village. A short walk to the beach and numerous shops and restaurants. Weather is 62 every morning and 70 every day. Wide variety of eateries within a couple of blocks.

We were fortunate to get a 3rd floor room with an ocean view. It was a nice surprise when we entered the room to see that! Bed was comfortable and the room was always clean. Morning breakfast is pretty substantial. They serve it in a room adjacent to the pool area, so you have to know to find it. Overall, very pleased with our stay.

Room Tip: If you want an ocean view, you'll have to ask for it because not all rooms that face the ocean h...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Mike D
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

I was looking for an affordable room for a mini vacation with my two daughters in La Jolla. The Best Western Inn by the sea is in a great location--walking distance from all the shops, caves, and restaurants. Our room was large and roomy with comfortable beds and an ocean view. I'd recommend avoiding poolside rooms though--the pool is in the front of the hotel adjacent to the main entrance and parking area. That area is noisy from the spring loaded gates, the hotel parking, and the street in front of the hotel. Our room was on the alley side of the hotel on the third floor and had an ocean view from our balcony. Perfect!

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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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:
#4 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: £129 - £188 (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. From our perfect location just three blocks from the ocean, to our spacious accommodations designed for vacation comfort to the fullest, The Inn by the Sea at La Jolla is your California travel destination. ... 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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