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Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla
Ranked #16 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Stayed for one night in a King Bed unit. The decor was nice and the interior was clean. It is about 5 miles from the La Jolla Cove with nice restaurants and a stroll along the coast.. The seals are sun bathing around the cove area all day too. The hotel about 15 mins from downtown San Diego and Old Town for more great restaurants. Will come back again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights with family in a 2BR/2BA loft. We had 2 teenagers with parents and a grandmother and the room worked beautifully with everyone having their own bed and the parents sleeping together.

As mentioned by other reviews, the 3 TV's in the unit were challenging to control independently since they were all the same with the same remotes. It became a challenge for us to figure out how to do it. (TIP: Put the remote under the sheet as that seemed to mute it enough where it did not change the other TV's.) Full kitchen was nice, but not really necessary if you took advantage of the daily food offerings.

Can't beat the morning breakfast or the evening happy hour and meals on selected nights. Great fire pit outside made relaxing after a long day sightseeing really nice.

While you do have to pay for parking, that's not that bad given all the amenities. It's also within walking distance of dining including Rockbottom Brewery. We had Sushi one night across the street at Yummy Maki that was not bad.

Be careful trying to use your navigation system as it tried to take us on an impossible route. It was night time and it was not well lit in the area and the we missed the exit from La Jolla Village Drive to Gilman as it was backed up. However using the Rockbottom Brewery as a landmark was easier. If you route to the Rockbottom Brewery and turn RT from Villa La Jolla at the Rockbottom Brewery, drive past Rockbottom and take the first right onto Villa Norte you can enter into the rear entrance to the Residence Inn.

Room Tip: If you have a large group, stick with the 2BR/2BA loft and you will have plenty of room.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

We usually love Residence Inns, as they normally offer so many goodies… and great service. This property was no different: Kind front desk staff, excellent location (right off Torrey Pines, near UCSD!) and good arrangement of the units. More amenities than we could ever use during a short stay. But, I am somewhat hesitant to admit, as we are huge fans of “free stuff”, but the frenzy we witnessed during both Happy Hour (wine & beer on offer as well as an abundance of hot and cold snacks) and especially breakfast (an enormous, abundant buffet!) left us feeling a bit overwhelmed—and I’m so sorry to say with a bitter taste in our mouths (we felt quite bad for the staff, who could hardly manage removing empty plates, glasses, etc). It truly was every person for themselves at the buffet, with arms & even legs flying about! When a dish ran out, there was a virtual mutiny! And, the dash to any empty seat during these feeding times was almost a duel to the end. We wound up skipping breakfast the second day, and just relaxed in our rooms with our own bounty from Trader Joe’s (each unit has a full kitchen with coffee maker). A second item worth considering is that, as other contributors have mentioned, the walls are extremely thin between the units: we slept like babies the first night in the ultra-comfy beds, but a herd of elephants moved in on night 2, and apparently had an early flight to catch—jolting us awake at 5am! But, to end on a positive note, the hotel is marvelously situated, with easy access to the freeway, the village of La Jolla, and San Diego. If you receive a good price, then the extras (with the accompanying fun & excitement) might be worth it--

Room Tip: Further away from Reception offers more parking.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Our family of four stayed here for two nights while visiting colleges. Able to walk onto the UCSD campus. Walked around the block to get to the local restaurants before discovering we could just walk through the parking lot - much shorter. Our room was nicely decorated, with two beds downstairs for our daughters. They served a good breakfast ther both days and refreshments in the afternoon. We will stay here again, if my daughter decides to attend this college.

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Reviewed 10 April 2012

We checked in and that was ok. As a travel agent they could have enticed us with a better dear. The family room was large but musty odor.
Bathroom amenities needed upgrading. Barely enough of those and free water would be nice.
At $250 a night no great deal.

Room Tip: Family suite accomodates a large family.
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

I stayed at this hotel for the ECNL soccer tournament March 30 - April 3. I was very happy with the hotel and loved the location. I shared a room with my friend and we had plenty of room for two mom's and two 15 year old girls. The girls used the hot tub and the pool and enjoyed it. The room had plenty of hot water and was very clean. The property is kept clean as well. There are plenty of shops near by, we especially liked the Whole Foods where everyone could get what they wanted. We went to La Jolla Village and enjoyed an evening walking around. We also made it to Del Mar and had lunch at Jake's which was nice. Would highly recommend it.
As others have said the breakfast buffet does get busy, but I can also say they did keep it stocked. We arrived at various times during our stay and never was it out of foo.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

This property is extremely convenient for visitors to Scripps Mediacl facilities in La Jolla, UCSD in La Jolla, and ocean-front attractions. Reservations are a must as they are usually booked.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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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: £112 - £252 (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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