Stayed at The Lodge at Torrey Pines to celebrate my husband's birthday. We're San Diego locals who had previously dined at the resort's signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, and this time wanted to be able to enjoy the wonderful wine pairings and not have to drive home.
The first sign this was going to be great stay was the friendly bellman who obviously and sincerely loved the resort and was proud of his job. The staff were all friendly, helpful and caring.
We opted for a top floor, ocean view room and it is worth the upgrade. The room was large and well appointed with a balcony and ocean view. Of note, this is not a "beach resort", it is not on the sand, nor does it have a "beach resort" vibe. We did not make it into the spa, but the pool is large. The building is Craftsman style (it is relatively new, but looks like it could have been built in 1910). We don't golf, but enjoyed playing croquet, and exploring the grounds. The inner courtyard, which some reviewers consider a weed patch contains a naturalistic garden with many native plants. Just a short walk North of the resort is Torrey Pines State Park with hiking trails that you can hike down to the beach. The resort offered a complementary sunset nature hike, but we did not take it and instead explored on our own.
When I made our reservation I was asked if we were celebrating a special occasion, and 1/2 bottle was chilled champagne greeted us as we opened the door to our room. What a nice surprise. My husband was so impressed! That's one the features I noticed about this resort, except for the extra charge for parking ($22/day self-park) they don't nickel-and-dime guests with lots of extra charges like some hotels: no resort fee, no charge in-room bottled water and even a choice of newspapers.
Overall, a high quality, luxury resort with a management and staff who obviously care.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an award-winning luxury resort set atop the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach in La Jolla, California. Awarded the AAA Five Diamond rating for 14 consecutive years, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for six years in a row, and Travel + Leisure’s Top 50 Hotels in the United States and Canada, The Lodge provides stunning views of the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean and endless opportunities for guests to enjoy San Diego’s warm climate – from outdoor dining and relaxing at the spa to hiking, golfing and more. The Lodge is modeled after the famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena – two of the finest examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture. Its post-and-beam construction features a natural color palette, graceful wing-like rooflines, shingle and sandstone-bluff exteriors, clinker-brick masonry, rich woodwork and natural stone surfaces. Arrivals are greeted by doormen attired in kilted Scottish dress, while inside are 170 spacious guest rooms and suites designed for supreme comfort. The Lodge’s signature restaurant A.R. Valentien – rated Best Hotel Restaurant in the West by Sunset Magazine in 2015 – is a destination for fresh regional cuisine served in an elegant setting overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Artisan Table Dinners highlighting farm-to-table fare in a communal setting are offered weekly, while Executive Chef Jackson headlines The Lodge’s annual Celebrate the Craft event, one of Southern California’s premier showcases for regionally grown ingredients and innovative cooking and winemaking. For a more casual vibe, The Grill at The Lodge offers a full menu of favorites whether dining indoors or on the patio, while its bar is an ideal gathering place after a day on the course. The Spa at Torrey Pines features signature treatments themed around the beauty and purity of the Pacific coastline. This 9,500 square foot space uses botanical- and marine-based extracts from European product lines Phytomer, SkinCeuticals, Farmhouse Fresh and NV Organics to replenish and restore the body and mind. Additional features of The Lodge include a croquet lawn, heated outdoor pool and cabanas, whirlpool, outdoor terrace with chaise lounges, hiking at the adjacent Torrey Pines State Reserve, a fitness center and the Scripps Library, a public space featuring a pool table, board games and more. Adjacent to The Lodge, the Torrey Pines Golf Course is an iconic 36-hole course that hosts the PGA Tour’s annual Farmers Insurance Open. Whether on the North Course or South Course, our guests have the opportunity to play where the pros play with the stunning La Jolla coastline as a backdrop. Nearby attractions include downtown La Jolla and Del Mar, Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the La Jolla Playhouse performing arts center and the Museum of Contemporary Art. During spring and summer, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club entices visitors with the thrill of live racing, while a popular year-round choice is the Torrey Pines State Reserve, a magnificent 2,000 acres of protected rare Torrey Pine trees featuring pristine beaches and eight miles of trails; The Lodge offers complimentary guided hikes throughout the preserve daily. The Lodge is located just 15 miles north of the San Diego International Airport and downtown San Diego. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Torrey Pines Hotel La Jolla
- Hotel At Torrey Pines
- Resort At Torrey Pines
- Lodge San Diego
- Lodge Torrey Pines
- Inn Torrey Pines