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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a great week in San Diego but this Inn was just average, definitely not customer focused and over-promises on the accommodations. If you get in the main lodge you are fine, but most rooms are in the second building with zero view except for the courtyard that is way overgrown and you cannot even see beyond huge trees, even on the fifth floor though they promised when I made the reservation that it would be a courtyard view. You literally see nothing but a massive tree, you cannot even see the other rooms let alone the courtyard where it needs gardening within the courtyard property. When I complained they said they checked and this was the best view that was available. I asked to complain to the manager and the front desk said they would pass along my message but never apologized nor did we get a call. Even upon leaving, No One at the front desk ever bothered to ask how my stay was so I could explain again, a but shocked they never asked or said thank you for staying. The place seems to need updating from a customer service perspective beyond the concierge and the spa. It is eerily quiet as compared to the local places. It may be a great golf vacation but not worth the high rating nor worth returning. We had great breakfasts and late night desserts at the Hilton Torrey pines in front of their outdoor fireplaces. The Hilton which borders the Inn and has lots of activity and great service, and yes views of the beautiful ocean vs the pine tree by our terrace.

Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We just went to The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for a birthday brunch. It was chosen because we wanted to see and enjoy the Green & Green architectural design in the arts & crafts style. Spectacular! If you're a fan of the craftsman/arts & crafts style, this place will not disapoint. The front doors alone with their exquisite glasswork are worth the visit. The Lodge is situated next to a PGA golf course, with the ocean beyond. At The Grill we sat on the ground level patio overlooking the view of the golf course and ocean - it was lovely and peaceful. Now for the food - everyone was very happy with their meals, service was very cordial and attentive, and they prepared a special birthday dessert with "Happy Birthday" drizzled in chocolate. We stayed for hours just enjoying the view and fine weather. Can't comment on the hotel, but the front desk staff were very helpful in guiding us to The Grill. This is a unique property and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

My wife and I, along with our 24 year old daughter, spent 4 beautiful days at the end of May at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. I would definitely request an ocean view, which we had requested but they were unable to offer when we checked in due to presumably unforeseen circumstances---the raging wild fires had caused many evicted families to seek refuge at The Lodge. If we had an ocean view, I likely would have given it a 5 star review. The concierge was absolutely fantastic with respect to dinner reservations and all of the recommendations were perfect. Golfers, make sure you contact the course well in advance; south course is the course they use during the pro tournaments, but the north course is also great.

Room Tip: Request an ocean view! All rooms are nice and most have balconies, but the ocean views are wonderfu...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Very nice one night stay at The Lodge...comfortable and very friendly staff. Wonderful quiet walk upon arrival. The interior decor is lovely -- cocktails in the Grill & Bar were delicious which was followed by a quiet and beautiful dinner. The service was impeccable. Our room was very spacious and clean -

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Tennisismygame
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

From the change in tone from when you pull up to check in and tell them you are self parking (even self park) to the matter of fact check in - which is pleasant enough without making you feel welcome or that this place is anywhere great - the ;just OK' feeling is already strong.
The decor is odd and the corridors to the rooms, as someone else has previously described - could be from a mid 1990's Best Western.
the pool is small and has very few loungers although the service at the pool seemed very good (even though they add 15% service charge to anything served at the pool for some reason).
having a room you pretty much go through the car park to get to is also not great - despite hearing of this before I rang reservations and they assured me there was really only one building and everything is in the main building (this was obviously a bit of a lie).
the room size is fine - 4 of us (2 adults 2 kids) but again the decor is odd - I know its the style they chose but feels very dated.
limited eating options or many places for drinks.
the area is nice and La Jolla is lovely (but most places you need a car).

Also the wifi - although free is some outdated sign in with a code every day/randomly, which is a bit annoying! and it is extremely slow.

all in all it is 'OK' I am not sure what warrants 5 star rating about this place and the room rates they charge.

i know many love it so I guess its just a matter of taste!

Room Tip: main builing
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We loved the location, the Artisan Table for dinner, and the room. It would have got a better rating if the service at the Grill & Bar had been better.

I'm not a golfer, but I understand the golf courses are incredible.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We are not golfers (and people who golf will probably have to be evicted in order to leave), but that made no difference to us. The accommodations are very comfortable and pleasant. Staff are as courteous and friendly as could be; the concierge staff were particularly helpful and patient. The nearby hiking in Torrey Pines Preserve is a real plus. There a nice sized-pool and jacuzzi; the fitness room was well-equipped; the craftsman style throughout was tasteful and reminiscent of the best in Pasadena; the business center was convenient with updated equipment. The Torrey Pines area is great location for quiet relaxation; we have been to La Valencia in the heart of La Jolla and if you want night life that might be for you. Come here to get away from that.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1045
Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
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 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Green Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range: £285 - £387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 15 consecutive years, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 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 Magazinein 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 golf 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

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