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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Craftsman Gem”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Lovely in every way. The staff is outstanding, well-trained and welcoming. Fabulous views from large room with equally spacious veranda. Tranquil setting, good food, next to the golf course. Beds could use new mattresses though, but would return anyway!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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memphis, tn
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

My husband and I stayed here for three nights. My overall favorite thing about this resort was the view from our room! 18th hole on Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean! Simply beautiful! My second overall favorite was the housekeeping services! I'm sure that probably sounds strange! This staff was definitely on point! It took a significant amount of time for them to clean your room but it was well worth the wait if you happened to be waiting. They provided fresh linen not once but twice a day, during your morning service and at turndown. At turndown, slippers were placed on mats on both sides of the bed. Mats were also rearranged in the bathrooms at turndown service as well. We did try a few activities at the resort so I will discuss each one individually.

Spa- I had the Spa at Torrey Pines Signature Ritual which was a 140 minute service that included a lemongrass and sage body scrub underneath a Vichy shower, then a warming soak in the hydrotherapy tub with lemongrass and sage bath salts, followed by a full body massage. I truly enjoyed this service. It was very calming and relaxing. Would I pay $295 for this again? I'm really not quite sure. Usually when I pay this amount of money, I can spend the whole day in the spa while my husband is playing golf. This was not the case here. The relaxation lounge is rather small and was really not relaxing. Not a place where I could spend the day reading a book and drinking a glass of wine. You could also see the technician performing other services through a glass panel from this area as well. The spa did not have a hot tub, pool, or Jacuzzi inside either. They did have an inhalation room ( which was very nice), a steam room and a dry sauna.

Restaurants - We ate at A R Valentien upon our first night of arrival. The food was very good. We shared the lamb meatball appetizer. I had sea bass and my husband had a pork loin dish. All were extremely delicious. Our dessert left a little to be desired. We had the bourbon pecan pie. The crust was too hard to my liking and the filling was a little hard as well. The best part was the bourbon glaze. Appetizer, two entrees, two glasses of wine, and dessert totaled $141.00 with tip.
We also ate breakfast at the Grill restaurant everyday. I am not a big waffle or pancake fan but they had the best waffles and pancakes. I even had the waffles twice. My husband said that the omelets were great as well. Please note that you do have to go outside of the hotel and walk to the grill for a meal. It's not a long walk though and the scenery is beautiful. AR Valentien is inside of the hotel but only serves breakfast on weekends.

Golf - Well, what can I say! It's Torrey Pines!!! Husband played north course and loved it! Upon checkout I did notice that the Pro Shop charged us for the South Course instead of the North Course. The receptionist at the lodge called the pro shop and it was quickly corrected.

Overall- a beautiful place!

Room Tip: Loved the view from room 515! Ocean and 18th hole!
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Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Texas
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed 3 nights at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in early March. Room 523 was practically perfect in every way (wink at Mary Poppins). The room was spotless, the bathroom was great, and the view was stunning. The adequate balcony looks over the 18th green of the South Course, with views continuing to the Pacific.
Enough about the property. The staff are the real jewel of this hotel. Nick took our luggage to the room, and gave us a succinct overview of the hotel. He was well trained. Nathalie was the Concierge on duty when we arrived. She was Awesome! She made wonderful recommendations for our stay, and she was right about every one of them. She remembered our names. Lots of smiles and greetings from all staff. Outstanding training and outstanding people.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Once again we enjoyed the lodge very much. Our room was a golf course view room which I would recommend highly. Room is very comfortable and the porch is great for reading. The look and feel is so comfortable. I especially love the light fixtures in the main entry. The staff are really helpful. I hope we get a chance to return! Also, had a fabulous facial at the spa!

Room Tip: I recommend upstairs golf course room with porch. A little more expensive but worth it.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Our visit was in February, so it wasn't exactly the "high" season, but that made the stay all that much better! The hotel is beautiful with a lovely California Craftsman theme throughout. Our room was large and comfy with a balcony that overlooked the courtyard. The bathroom was well appointed. Loved the different little treats left each evening with the turndown service, including lavender spray, chocolates, and lip balm. Played croquet a couple of times on the lawn overlooking the Torrey Pines South Course...beautiful! Everyone was most friendly and willing to go out of their way to be sure we had everything we needed.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Being big fans of Craftsman architecture and furnishings, we'd wanted to stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines since it opened. It took us a few years, but we were not disappointed! The hotel is filled with wonderful Stickley furniture, Tiffany and mica lamps, and gorgeous pottery, tile, and copper pieces (the fireplace hoods are incredible work of art). We especially enjoyed the fireplace in the lounge, where we sipped wine and chatted with other guests. The service was phenomenal, and we appreciated the evening turndown service (not often seen anymore), complete with a small treat, like chocolates, linen spray, etc. We enjoyed visiting the Gliderport, Birch Aquarium, and wandering around La Jolla, but we found ourselves wanting to spend as much time as possible at the hotel. It is a real treat to stay there, and we hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mill Valley, California
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Fantastic all around. Great service, friendly people, beautiful room in a great location with charming views. The food in the restaurants was excellent. The valets were helpful and the concierge (s) were all genuinely concerned that we have a great time. And so we did.
Not a cheap place to stay by any means, however if you want a treat in a peaceful quiet locale, just a few minutes from La Jolla, this would be the place. Couldn't believe the Arts and Crafts construction and furnishings were all only 12 years old, it seems so authentic. The details make this one of our favorite places we have stayed in many years.

Room Tip: Splurge for the bigger room with the view of the golf course and the ocean in the distance. I didn...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Address: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1045
Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Lodge at Torrey Pines 5*
Number of rooms: 170
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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Hotel At Torrey Pines
Resort At Torrey Pines
Lodge San Diego
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