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Empress Hotel
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Rochester, New York
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“Thank you TripAdvisor! Great find in La Jolla.”
Reviewed 6 March 2012

Awesome location, equally great staff and top notch continental breakfast free of charge! The front desk staff is first class all the way and we look forward to our next stay at The Empress.

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

While the Empress of La Jolla is close to our first grandchild, it is the outstanding, friendly treatment we have received from the entire staff that makes us return. Allen and Eric at the desk have welcomed us from the first of our weekend visits... they make us feel like family. The rooms are always impeccable (with fresh air!); the cleaning and breakfast staff are so friendly and genuinely helpful, They take pride in their work and their hotel and give new meaning to "Enjoy your stay!" And... the location in La Jolla cannot be beat. We love it!

Room Tip: upper floors west offer glimpse of ocean.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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delaware
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We always stay in 'Name hotels' so we know what to expect- both accomodations and cost. Found this by accident and it was really nice. Great first impression and they didn't disappoint. Lovely area, so much to walk to, pretty lobby. We stayed in standard- not suite- w King bed. Bathroom was all redone- travertine and glass- very nice! Bedding was perfect. Nice little sitting area. Room was clean, nicely done, had everything we needed- even discovered a small ocean view when we threw back the curtains in the morning. Breakfast was included in our price- basic but much more than promised- served on an outside deck- great way to start the day. Staff was so friendly and helpful. 2 blocks from cute dt area w lots of food and shopping along the way. 2 blocks other direction to the ocean. no complaints!! would definately stay here again. (We didn't eat in the hotel restaurant- seemed very pricy, limited menu... Lot's of ppl there the 1st night who looked happy tho.)

Room Tip: 4th floor south side had small ocean view. we were opposite end from elevator so had no hall noise...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rzeszow, Poland
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The location was great, just a few blocks from the beach, easy access to the shops and restaurants in La Jolla. The front desk staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating, including a late checkout. Rooms are clean and spacious with large window . There was a fridge in the closet iron and big plasma TV. I had two queen beds in and good quality free wifi. continental style breakfast was nice, they have waffles, eggs, cereal, bagels, and pastries with coffee and juices, but after a almost week it got boring. Manhattan restaurant is located downstairs with big fish tank. Only disadvantage -no free parking guarantee. You can park on the street what is almost not impossible in work hours or pay 18$ per day. I highly recommend staying at the Empress.

Room Tip: Room on the top floor have great view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Rockford, Illinois
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We were going to stay in San Diego, but got a tip from a coworker of my husband's to stay at the Empress. What a great value, great location, great service and even a great continental breakfast. It was clean and quiet and everyone went out of their way to be helpful. Jason and Ben were great! We will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

This is my 3rd time staying at the Empress hotel and my 3rd time being completely satisfied with my stay. All of the staff (i.e. Jason, Ben & Brandon & the young ladies) were thoroughly the best! More helpful and willing to assist than ever expected. Ben is the Best! Each time he (Ben) makes sure this MS girl finds her way around safely. The breakfast crew and cleaning staff were eager to make sure I had what i needed. I asked for a banana for breakfast one morning (there were none); the next morning there were bananas!!! I would NOT change a thing...I'm so looking forward to my next trip to California..and the Empress is where I'll be staying!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

I've stayed at this hotel several times for business. The rooms are always clean and the staff courteous. It is a small property and a little dated in some ways, but I find it very quaint and comfortable. It is very close to the beach, and I can jog down to visit the seals every morning. The exercise room is pretty worthless, but I don't need it since the weather is so awesome and the beach is so close. The breakfast is a light continential, but it is very convenient to lots of restaurants to get whatever you like. I like the table and chairs set up for eating in the room and the couch for work and TV at night. The room was a good size for the price, and the bed was very comfortable. I liked it the first time I stayed, and I will continue to stay here when doing business in La Jolla.

Room Tip: Stay on the fifth floor, facing the ocean, the windows open and the sea breeze can't be beat!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Empress Hotel
Address: 7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309 (Formerly Empress Hotel of La Jolla)
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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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Best Value Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Empress Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Empress Hotel, a Greystone Hotel, is a traditionally elegant European-style boutique hotel, known for its warm hospitality, superior accommodations and attentive service. Located right in the heart of La Jolla Village. Within walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach, and wedding sites. All guestrooms include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and wireless internet. ... more   less 
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