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Empress Hotel of La Jolla

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7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Empress Hotel of La Jolla
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bonn, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hotel, staff and service were just outstanding. The breakfast could have been a little more various. Rooms are large and nicely furnished, the hotel is located in the heart of La Jolla, close to the sea and beach. I will definitely come back.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You cannot beat the location of this hotel. The prices are right, the rooms are great, the parking is a huge pain. Unless that is, you pay for valet. ( I suggest doing so, its just so much easier , street parking is annoying here. ) Walking distance to local bars, eatery, and attractions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great little hotel. We were impressed with our first stay there and will plan on staying again. Bathroom was small but updated. Room probably could use a little updating but not bad. We did have a view of the ocean on the 4th floor. Continental breakfast was average.

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear Cwtok - Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience as our guest on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to take advantage of our great location in downtown La Jolla. I do believe we have one of the best locations, and I'm glad you were... More 

Modesto, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had to stay in many hotels both international and national. I now have to be in la Jolla for medical at least four times a year. The current staff is wonderful. They are warm, friendly and accommodating. Breanne stands out, but they are all great. The hotel is in a good location. Walking distance to beach, shops and... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear leelyOn - Thank you for taking the time to share your most recent experience with us on TripAdvisor. I would also like to thank you for being a very loyal customer to our hotel, returning over and over again. I am very happy to see that we continue to provide you with a great experience that brings you back... More 

Kristiansand, Norway
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Empress Hotel for two nights for a business trip to La Jolla. When I arrived I had been upgraded to a huge room, just because they had one available. I thought that was a wonderful gesture. Everything was perfect. The breakfast was basic but more than sufficient with good coffee and nice yogurts. It was wonderful... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear Aasemor - Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us on TripAdvisor. We are absolutely delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and had the opportunity to enjoy many of our complimentary amenities, such as our complimentary continental breakfast served on our outside patio, and our location to nearby beaches and... More 

Atascadero, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just finished a 4 day stay at the Empress Hotel of La Jolla in April 2015. I picked the spa suite. Great choice. The two rooms were huge. Plenty of space for my husband and two kids. We had a large two room suite with a dining area, piano, two tv's, spa tub, and spacious bath area. This hotel... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear A M - Thank you for taking the time to share your experience as our guest on TripAdvisor. We are absolutely thrilled to see that you enjoyed your stay, and we were able to provide you with the highest level of satisfaction during your time with us here in La Jolla. We appreciate your comments and feedback about our... More 

San Francisco
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in a "spa suite", room 306. This newly renovated room was spacious and featured 4 star amenities like robes, complimentary water, high quality bath products, bath salts, and plenty of soft towels. Bed linens were luxurious, the mattress itself was high quality but not outstanding. Highly effective blackout shades behind the shutters made for a great sleep; it... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear AffordableComfort - Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your families recent stay over spring break at our hotel on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to see that you enjoyed the amenities that we offer, and that they were helpful in making your stay even more enjoyable. Hopefully we see you again in the future... More 

Chicopee, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Conveniently located near many nice shops and restaurants but at the same time only a few minutes walk from the beach. La Jolla Cove is a gorgeous location where you see the most surreal sunsets at night. Literally, there were groups of people just gathered on the cliffside watching the sun set over the ocean. It was breathtaking. Empress hotel... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear Jenny M - Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience as our guest on TripAdivor. We are very happy to see that you were able to discover our location and walking distance from La Jolla Cove, and that we were able to play a small part in making your trip to La Jolla as enjoyable... More 

Stavanger, Norway
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in Empress Hotel for six nights in March with my husband and baby. The hotel is ideally located in La Jolla on a fairly quiet street, but within a couple of minutes of all La Jolla has to offer. The staff was friendly and helpful, especially the valet. The hotel has been nicely updated and the rooms are very... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear OTN1010 - Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us on TripAdvisor. We are absolutely delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay with us, as well as the great comments you provided for our entire staff, and our newly renovated rooms. It is absolutely crucial to receive guest feedback to ensure that we... More 

Frederick, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife, young son, and I stayed at the Empress recently for three days. The property itself is fabulous--right in the heart of La Jolla's best shops and restaurants, and mere blocks to the ocean--but what really made the stay was the staff. On several occasions, front desk attendants dropped what they were doing to immediately track down needed items... More 

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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review

Dear grgurich - Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences from your recent stay at the Empress Hotel La Jolla. We are very happy to hear that you greatly enjoyed your time with us and we appreciate your feedback about our wonderful location, helpful staff, and brilliant newly renovated rooms. Thank you once again, and we look... More 

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