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Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla
Ranked #16 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 September 2011

My husband and I stayed at this property last weekend and had a positve experience. I was greeted with a smile as soon as I entered the lobby. The entire front desk went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We stayed in a studio suite, which was spotless, quite large and had a fully stocked kitchen. We were impressed with the choices at the breakfast buffet, there were healthy options and naturally, some not so healthy too. Other than the parking spots being almost to narrow too squeeze into with our Subaru, I liked the hotel, the location and would defenitely stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

First of all, it wasn't the staff..They were kind, cheery and personable. We chose to stay here for the price of a penthouse type reservation which we got, but we didn't have a clue that because of the valley type location, our cell phone reception was horrible. We had a terrible time trying to communicate with family back in the Midwest. Our laptop connections to internet were just as poor. We were placed in a room clear in the back of the grounds against a huge massive hill that blocked our view. Parking was extremely tight in very small and narrow spaces marked out to accomodate too many cars. Just driving through the lots to get to our penthouse was tricky and then we weren't guaranteed a place near our room. The penthouse was "nice", needed updated, had older furnishings and furniture, but served our purpose to cook and have meals together there. The hot tub that we had outside our room was out of service for two nights of our six night stay, so that was disappointing. I will say that the buffet breakfast provided each morning at the guest house by the front desk was excellent and well-done!! They need to improve the laundry facility though and not charge people so much to use it that have already paid the higher nightly rates to stay there. Overall, not my best experience in the San Diego area and will probably not stay there again.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

After reading the other reviews we were a bit hesitant. The desk staff is so accommodating and Chris was especially nice, driving us around. The breakfast buffet was really all you can ask for, more choices than expected. Was only disappointed that they use so much styrofoam but they aren't alone. The rooms are wonderful for the price the loft is a great addition, we have our two preteen girls so everyone has their own space. No problem with noise , maybe we are just lucky. Bottom line, if you think you'll get here and have the same experience as the Ritz, you'll be disappointed, if you want a great room with space to spread out and walking distance to many food options, you'll be as thrilled as we are. Not to mention, 7 minutes from the beach. Makes me consider Residence Inn for my next vacation.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

I have stayed at this hotel several times over the past 5 years. Most recently I stayed here on business in August 2011 for 3 days one week and then 4 days the following week. My last stay before that was March 2010. During both of my recent stays the service was excellent and the staff were polite and helpful. I have found this to be true during all my previous visits here. Internet access is still free and they have upgraded the two treadmills in the relatively small exercise room, but parking is no longer free, they now charge $12/day. The complimentary buffet breakfast officially served from 6 to 9 AM on weekdays was actually set out most days by 5:30 AM or earlier. There are still hot items at the breakfast buffet, like eggs and sausages, but some mornings these were dried out and verged on being inedible by 7 AM. However there are plenty of cold items to choose from and you can make your own waffles and toast. Free Wall Street Journal and USA Today newspapers are available every morning and they now have high definition cable TV in all the rooms. Monday through Wednesday there is a 7-9 PM managers buffet with free wine and beer. It used to also be on Thursday evenings as well. Overall I enjoyed my stay and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

My wife and I have been staying here yearly for the last 7 years. We usually stay 1 to 2 weeks at a time and have stayed about 75 nights in total.
This will most likely be the last time we stay at the La Jolla Residence Inn. I will list below what we think the positives and negatives are.

Positives: Location, close to the beaches, San Diego, University, attractions and easy access to the I-5. Also an easy walk to Whole Foods and some restaurants.
The rooms are very clean with nice updated linens, firm comfortable beds and modern clean kitchens. The bathrooms are clean modern and adequate although small.
The maids and room staff are very friendly.

Negatives: No longer customer friendly. They advertise free high speed Internet, don't believe what you read. If you need to be online, this is not the place for you. Although they do have wi- fi and Ethernet, you will be very frustrated if you are able to use either. The wi-fi drops the signal every time I have tried to use it and the Ethernet is intermittent. When you are able to use it, it is slower than dial up.
There is now a newly introduced 12 dollar a night parking fee, that you are not aware of until you register. This was an extra 200 dollar hit for us on this trip.
The rooms have very poor sound insulation, do not stay on a lower floor, if you do bring ear plugs.
The grounds are becoming quite run down, with pipes sticking out of the ground. The roadways and parking lots are in dire need of sweeping and cleaning.
The breakfasts are good and appreciated, but truly is a feeding frenzy at a pig troff.


Overall, I would say, Greedy owner syndrome. Occupancy is not a problem here. The owner is bringing in up to 50k a month with the new parking policy, but can't spend a few bucks to give more signal on the Internet or do required maintenance on the grounds. Polite complaints go on deaf ears.

James

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank James J
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Large flat screen TV, full kitchen with stove and fridge at that. Plenty of cabinetry. Bathrooms a bit on the small side, but overall the rooms are very comfortable.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Thank rahhhhn
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We stay here twice each year to visit family in the area, but we are re-thinking our choice. Renovations will be needed in the near future, especially for the closets and bathrooms. Its excellent location close to UCSD, shopping and beaches means the land will continue to be scarce and expensive for any expansions - and means that parking (used to be free; now $12/nt) will continue to be at a premium, and often unavailable with spaces barely big enough for a compact car. Breakfast (still free) is packed with people unless you get there well before 7AM. Its one pro (which is why it is largely populated by families with kids and teens) is the large apartment-style rooms typical of a Residence Inn. Nice to have a good size stocked kitchen with a Whole Foods nearby. A mixed bag at best unless you are traveling with kids or really want a larger room with a kitchen.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank louisianamom
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Additional Information about Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla

Address: 8901 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1625
Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#12 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range: £98 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla 3*
Number of rooms: 288
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Residence Inn La Jolla, California hotel puts you within walking distance to the University of CA San Diego campus and less than 2 miles from Scripps Memorial Hospital. From our extended-stay hotel, guests can also visit many local attractions such as breathtaking beaches, unique shops and Torrey Pines, the legendary La Jolla golf course. This all-suite hotel in La Jolla also offers easy access to Balboa Park, the famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland. Guests can start their day with a free hot breakfast buffet and end it with The Residence Inn Mix™, a fun and relaxing way to unwind, socialize and connect. All of our suites in La Jolla offer fully equipped kitchens, with full stoves and ovens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Business travelers will appreciate our large, well-lit desk and free high-speed Internet. When you're looking to relax, take a dip in our heated pool or have some fun playing sand volleyball. We aim to be your favorite La Jolla all-suite hotel. ... more   less 
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