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Empress Hotel of La Jolla

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #12 of 24 hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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Rochester, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Empress is our 'go to' boutique hotel while we're in the San Diego area. We've been staying there for well over 15 years, and have never been disappointed with the service, and attention to detail. Premium coffee & teas are available in the lobby on your arrival, and the in-room coffee service and the complimentary breakfast are also very... More

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Mill Valley, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
26 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a family wedding, but soon found out that other family members left this hotel to go to others that were less expensive, had larger gathering areas and pools. Our room (411) had dated decor, little room on the vanity, a sink with web-like cracks, and stains on the carpet (beverages?blood?). The breakfast food area was a... More

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

Dear 5heartfamily, Thank you for your recent stay and for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are very disappointed to read that you did not enjoy your recent stay with us while visiting the San Diego area. Despite the great comments you provided for our entire staff, it is apparent that we were unable to accomplish... More

pasadena, ca
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our stay in August 2014. The location is excellent and the hotel staff was accomodating. However, our sink had hair in it when we checked in and one of the arm chairs was stained thus not five stars.

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

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for sharing your recent experience with our online community. We're glad you found our staff to be friendly and our location to be convenient for your visit to La Jolla. While overall, it looks like you enjoyed many aspects of your stay with us, there appears to be some areas where we could have done... More

Scottsdale, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed our stay at the Empress. It's was pretty pricey, but I got a package that included valet parking, where some of the less expensive hotels parking was not included, so it didn't come out to be that much more expensive. When we checked out, I learned we were in "the only upgraded room" according to the guy at the... More

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New jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends and I enjoyed everything about our stay except when my phone was stolen while checking in the night desk staff were not at all helpful. I showed them on my iPad iPhone Finder that the phone was located in their hotel and they did nothing. The next morning my finder showed the phone landing on Anza Drive in... More

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

Dear Valued Guest, On behalf of our entire staff, I want to apologize for the experience you have shared, particularly regarding your lost cell phone while in the Lobby. I want to assure you this is not a typical experience, and we understand your frustration. We are pleased to read that your stay with us was otherwise enjoyable and we... More

Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This hotel had many excellent points. One, it has a great location in La Jolla with restaurants, shops and the beach in walking distance. The valet parking was fast. The front desk staff was very helpful and friendly. However, the rooms are looking quite worn and dated. The property does not have a pool. The breakfast was just so-so, and... More

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

Dear dcnoble, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with our potential customers. We would like to thank you for choosing to stay at the Empress Hotel and we are very glad to see that overall you enjoyed your stay with us including the amenities we offer and our convenient location. I am pleased to see... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

All staff was great, from the valet to maid to the breakfast host. We stayed in a 2 queen bed room with our teenagers. It was spacious, clean, and comfortable. We loved the large walk in shower. I was extremely happy with the breakfast choices and patio breakfast area. The room could be a little more accommodating for technology. It... More

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

Dear Dora T, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience online. Looking at your comments, we are very excited to see that your stay with us in La Jolla was extremely delightful, and that our staff was both helpful and courteous in meeting all of your needs quickly and efficiently. We would also like to thank... More

Madeira Beach, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Location is excellent for a time of relaxation. You can walk or drive to many locations in the town of La Jolla. Quite time for your enjoyment of the area. I will tell all my friends, when in the area too stay at this hotel. For years my family and other friends have been enjoying the greatly held secret of... More

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Boulder City, Nevada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We recently had a mini family reunion in La Jolla, California and stayed at the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. It is a charming little hotel just a couple of short blocks off Prospect and Girard. It is walking distance from many good restaurants as well as walking distance from La Jolla Cove. A curious situation arose when we discovered... More

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

Dear Patty1123, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us as well as the online community and our potential customers. We are all very excited that you were able to enjoy your entire stay with us from our quiet, central location to all of the complimentary amenities we offer to our guests. We also would... More

Fountain Hills
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stayed here one night this week. Found it on HotelTonight for a very reasonable amount, most of San Diego was sold out by this time. This fit the bill for a quick nights sleep. Not a great hotel, but adequate, and they had clean sheets & towels. I did peek behind the headboard and wish I hadn't, but I still... More

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Address: 7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Empress Hotel of La Jolla 3*
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The Empress Hotel is a traditionally elegant European-style boutique hotel, known for its warm hospitality, superior accommodations and attentive service. Located right in the heart of La Jolla Village. Within walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach, and wedding sites. All guestrooms include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and wireless internet. ... more   less 
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