We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Empress Hotel - A Greystone Hotel
Nearby Hotels
US$213
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$190
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
La Valencia Hotel(La Jolla)(Great Value!)
US$378
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$348
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines(La Jolla)(Great Value!)
US$180
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$142
Booking.com
View Deal
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
US$267
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$170
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Breakfast included
Pantai Inn(La Jolla)
US$421
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$374
Official Site
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine(La Jolla)(Great Value!)
US$233
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$209
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
La Jolla Shores Hotel(La Jolla)(Great Value!)
US$281
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$430
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$397
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel(La Jolla)(Great Value!)
US$203
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$187
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
La Jolla Beach Travelodge(La Jolla)(Great Value!)
US$182
Strikethrough price corresponds to the most expensive price returned by our partners for that offer
US$141
Hotwire.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Reviews (1,021)
Filter reviews
1,021 results
Traveller rating
635
304
54
14
14
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
635
304
54
14
14
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsmanhattan restaurantvalet parkingpiano barspa suitewithin walking distancecontinental breakfaststreet parkingboiled eggsjacuzzi tubshops and restaurantsyogurtheart of la jollasmall hotelperfect locationstarbucks coffeefront desk stafftwo queen beds
Filter
Updating list...
684 - 689 of 1,021 reviews
Reviewed 24 October 2012

I have had the pleasure of staying at The Empress Hotel in La Jolla, CA on two occasions. Both times, the experience has been superb. The rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels, crisp clean sheets and chocolates at turn down. The welcoming staff is always friendly, helpful and polite. The Mahattan Restaurant serves some of the finest Italian dishes anywhere. Coming from New York, that is a lot!!! Parking is convenient or for a nomial fee you can use their valet service. Laundry facilities are on site and convenient as well. What I liked the most however, is the friendly and helpful staff. They always greet you coming or going. The Empress Hotel gives you an at home feel while you are away from home.

Larry.jones

Room Tip: The staff is always willing to work with you to find a room, but it is best to book early. There is no pool but the walk to the beach is less than 5 minutes. You really can't beat it especially at those prices.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Lawrence J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 October 2012

Got the manager's special ($167, $188 after tax/fees) at the last minute on the hotel's website.

Pros: Friendly doorman, very polite and accommodating front desk, very clean, good toiletries, comfy King-sized bed, comfortable room temp (which is adjustable and the A/C is much quieter than other hotels), fridge, very roomy. Great location within walking distance to the cove, shops, food. Some rooms have ocean views (which ours was a little obstructed by the across the street, but still nice nonetheless), and loved the shower. Better than a tub/shower combo.

They were even able to accommodate my early check-in request at 2:00pm, which is usually dependent on readiness of the room. Deluxe continental breakfast is ok. Not what you'd expect for the "Deluxe" descriptor, but typical with yogurt, store bought muffins, assorted juice boxes, etc. Good enough to get the day started if you aren't a big breakfast person. Considering this hotel is a little cheaper than others in the area, you can always go have breakfast at The Cottage or do a Yelp search. The Cottage was highly recommended but we didn't get to try it. Also, there's lots of outdoor activities in the area: kayaking by cliff caves, hiking in Torrey Pines (which I believe has trails that lead to the beach), golfing on the famous/well known Torrey Pines Golf Course etc. Also a restaurant downstairs that I had read good things about had a pretty lively crowd and band on Saturday night. Not sure if that is typical or if there was something special going on. Also, for such a lively area, it's was pretty quiet for a Saturday night by the time I got ready to go to bed (around 10:00 pm). Our room was even by the elevator, and it didn't bother me at all.

Cons: Slow sink drain (probably would have reported it if I had stayed more than one night), mildly low water pressure in the shower, valet parking is very necessary unless you don't mind driving around looking for parking spots as this area is very popular. Generally if you find a parking spot it's 1 or 2 hr. parking only on the street Mon-Sat during the day. We got lucky and got a spot in front of the hotel at Saturday check-in which we only needed for an hour to get dressed for a wedding. Then, got lucky again when we returned around 9:15pm or so as there was another spot right out front. Otherwise, valet parking or finding a nearby paid lot is reasonable (usually around $5/day or so) esp. if you are from a place where parking can be $20+/day like San Francisco. Honestly, you are likely to encounter this type of parking situation at most hotels in La Jolla.

All-in-all I would definitely stay here again for the price, location, and willingness of the front desk to be so accommodating. Thanks for such a great stay at a reasonable price.

Note to those who have read others' reviews:
The shower in our room was very clean, but I did notice the "mold" that others reviewers have mentioned. It's actually small traces under the clear caulking seal by the rim of the shower door and soap dish in the shower. The mold isn't actually exposed. I'm guessing they didn't clean it well before they sealed the edges of the shower door and soap dish. It didn't bother me as I felt it to be pretty clean.

Room Tip: Ocean views available, odd# room directly across from the elevator was a good size with a reasonable sized bathroom.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank d_riddy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 October 2012

Location is great - short walk to Prospect St shops, restaurants and beach. Accomodations were great (nice linens, good towels and toiletries, comfy robes, clean, big room) and the staff and restaurant folks were all very friendly. Parking wasn't as big an issue as I thought as 2-hour parking on side street was always available and thus from 4 pm to 10 am I didn't have to worry about moving the car. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank CBeckyCC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 October 2012

Great hotel superbly located in La Jolla. Very welcoming and friendly staff. Beautiful room. Breakfast on patio in California sunshine. Excellent facilities including free use of PC with internet. It is one of the Pacifica Hotels group and we had stayed in another of their hotels in Pismo Beach. Based on both experiences we would gladly stay in any of their other hotels. Wonderful Hawai Sushi restaurant just across the road. Parking tip - La Jolla has restricted on street parking between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and is limited to one hour on Fay Avenue where the hotel is located. However, there is a two hour limit just around the corner. So we parked there overnight and then went out for the day before 10.00 a.m. which is what we planned to do anyway.

Room Tip: Cannot think of reason why any room should not be a good one.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Barry D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 October 2012

My fiancee and I stayed here in January 2012 for two nights. The hotel is in a nice, quiet, charming location (although all of La Jolla is charming). The hotel room is beautiful and large, the hotel makes the effort to add special touches, such as the towel swans in the bathroom. There is a breakfast table, a living room, and open concept bedroom. The lighting is amazing ( I don't typically notice lighting in a hotel room, but there are dimmer pot lights in this room, which is a lovely romantic touch). There is crown moldings in the ceiling - really nice attention to luxury and elegant detail. Anyway, nothing much special to say about the service at the hotel, but nothing bad to say. There seemed to be a dated lounge bar in the hotel lobby, which we didn't check out. Not sure if they offered breakfast (if they did we didn't realize - we went for breakfast to a restaurant instead). But the check-out desk has fresh apples and I grabbed a couple for the road. The bed was very comfortable. We didn't notice if there was a pool or gym. We didn't check it this trip. All in all, I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Jennifer0705
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews