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“enjoyed our stay at this intimate hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Empress Hotel

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Empress Hotel
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Toronto, Canada
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89 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“enjoyed our stay at this intimate hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2009

WE stayed two nights at this hotel with young children. The location met our needs to walk around and to restaurants for dinner. It is not a hustle bustle noisy hotel and is quite small and intimate. Nick at the front desk was friendly and helpfull showing us around. The kids enjoyed the large red apples at the front desk and we discovered the fresh cookies on the 2nd day.
We didnt even see the hot tub area. The continental breakfast was more then fine for just 2 mornings. WE would of tried the Cottage next door if we stayed another night.
(boiled eggs, yogurt tubs, fresh fruit,bagels,danish, cereals). Rooms were clean and modern.

The whole area was nice and relaxing we would definatlly go back here.

  • Liked — close to the attractions
  • Disliked — a pool would of been nice
  • Stayed January 2009
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2 Thank palmtree34
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2008

This hotel is super cute and is in an awesome location! There are tons of great restaurants, bars, and shops within walking distance. And the beach is only a few blocks away, including the area of La Jolla cove where all the seals hang out!! The customer service was great, and the room was really pretty and comfortable.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends!

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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Dallas TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2008

If I ever have an opportunity to visit La Jolla CA again I will definitely stay at the Empress Hotel. The staff is so friendly and accommodating.....they couldn't be nicer. The room was great.....expecially the large walk-in tiled shower. I happily recommend this hotel to anyone......given the location, the rates are good. It is located in the heart of the Village of La Jolla -- walking distance from everything, including the beach!

  • Liked — it's proximity to everything and it's great service.
  • Disliked — I can't think of a thing!
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank Dallasdeb
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BeachLizard_MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2008

I was in La Jolla for a wedding and, having never been there before, relied on a recommendation for a hotel. Well, I hit the jackpot! The Empress was perfect for my needs. My room was spacious and comfortable (LOVE the shower). The hotel staff, from the front desk to housekeeping, was attentive, friendly, and attentive without being overbearing. Although it's not on the beach, the Empress is perfectly situated in the Village of La Jolla and easy walking to a wealth of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Getting down to the beautiful cove is also easy, only a few blocks away. Take my recommendation . . . you will not regret staying here.

  • Liked — Location, comfortable room, quality, service.
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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San Diego, California
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2008

A really cute hotel near La Jolla cove. The location is great - walking distance to restaurants, shopping and the beach. The service and staff were all very helpful and friendly.

I stayed in one of the hotel suites - which even has a piano in it!!

I would definitely recommend this hotel to other friends!!

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank LoveLondon3
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Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2008

Great hotel in the heart of La Jolla. Great location to shops and restaurants. Free internet and breakfast. Hotel clean, well maintained with large rooms. I plan to stay at this hotel again next time we travel to La Jolla, CA.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Nick_ca
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brittygrl
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2008

This hotel is centrally located to nice restraunts, shops and within walking distance of the ocean. The hotel room itself is quite confortable and the perfect size for 2. The newly renovated walk-in shower is a wonderful upgrade! The hotel room we were originally brought to had a terrible view of the garbage cans and smelt horrible. We polietly requested to be moved... which was done without hesitation. Needless to say, that was the only hiccup during our 4 night stay.

If we ever return to La Jolla, we would stay at the Empress again.

  • Liked — Continental Breakfast, variety
  • Disliked — Velet service was poor
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Empress Hotel
Address: 7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (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 Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Spa 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 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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