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La Valencia Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Yorba Linda, California
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“Perfect anniversary night!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We had always desired to stay at this 'pink' historic hotel overlooking the ocean and finally did for our anniversary. It was better than we imagined...our room, the view, the service, the pool, the valet parking, the proximity to the cove, wonderful walks on the shoreline, snorkeling with garibaldis near sea lions, incredible restaurants and galleries all within walking distance. We received a generous upgrade to a villa as a gift...it was very luxurious and perfect!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Yorba Linda Guest -

Many thanks for spending your anniversary at La V - we hope this becomes an annual tradition as it has for so many others over the past 8 decades. We really do believe that like fine wine, our boutique hotel gets better with age (and so do many marriages)! Once again; Happy Anniversary from your family at La Valencia.

Cheers,

Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a week at La Valencia. The location, the hotel services, and the room could not have suited our needs any better. We arrived the Tuesday before Labor Day from the east coast and our adult children arrived from northern California to join us for the long weekend. While we had to wait a while for our room to be ready (we neglected to ask for early check-in), they made sure the room was ready and waiting for our son and daugher-in-law. The views are incredible since the hotel is built in the side of a mountain overlooking the ocean (the lobby is on the 7th floor). The staff go out of their way to be helpful and couteous. Pool service is friendly and attentive and their are multiple choices for snacks and drinks throughout the day. The location offers multiple choices for dining if you want to eat outside of the hotel for meals (the formal restaurants can be a bit pricey and it is fun to explore the local restaurants within walking distance). We recommend the hotel and would definitely return again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear Awesome Guest,
Thank you for spending your Labor Day at La V; we’re delighted that our destination was a welcome retreat from Northern California. I am especially thrilled that our friendly and personable staff were on tap to attend to your family needs. And yes, those ocean views are pretty spectacular. We are very pleased that La V will be in your future travel plans.
Best regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Gainey Suites Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Exploring La Jolla and wandered without a reservation into this classical Mediterranean style hotel that felt like a scene from Casablanca, but in brilliant vibrant color. So comfortable and relaxing from the moment we entered. We knew we were in the right place. Professionally greeted and welcomed by the gentleman at the Front Desk who was most informative and helpful and provided with a most comfortable chaarming accommodation that was impeccablly appointed and clean. Evening turn down provided complimentary waters which was appreciated. Cleaned up now and back downstairs, the inviting lobby and lounging area draws you in with a lovely outdoor dining balcony overlooking the lushly multi-level landscaped courtyard and pool; and then to the end of the extended lobby and lounge with a spectactular view of La Jolla Cove, towering palms and the Pacific Ocean. Spent the next day totally relaxing at the wonderful pool surrounded by tropical flora and basking in the SoCal sunshine and tempered by the fresh ocean air. Well taken care of by attentive pool staff, had a "to die for" lobster BLT with a glass of Chardonnay. Up the street, take your pick form a bunch of great restaurants for dinner from top notch upscale to just plain relaxed good food. OK, that's just one day. Enough already. If in town, you really should experience this place if even for just one day!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear Gainey Guest;
I love your “Casablanca” description – that adds to the allure of our Golden Hollywood days and enchanting classic ambiance. It definitely sounds like you took advantage of all that La V offers including the beautiful surroundings of La Jolla. Next time we hope you stay for more than a day!
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Sun Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We had a very pleasant stay at La Valencia! Love the charm and the history of the hotel, and all the little details, like the stuffed sea lion on the bed, and the adorable iced cookies of sea creatures. My two teenagers had hours of fun exploring the entire hotel, as well as the rooftop, with it's amazing view. The Hotel staff was very friendly and personable! The most comfortable bed that I have every slept in at any hotel, with the most amazing pillows. I highly recommend staying here if you visit the La Jolla area.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Hello Sun Valley Guest,
We love that you love La V! Thank you very much for sharing your comments especially those about our wonderful staff. Aside from that fabulous ocean view, the staff is the main ingredient.
Best regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This hotel has lots of character, many floors & levels with beautiful views of the ocean. There are multiple choices for food, snacks and drinks from the pool side to the hotel's bar, the Mediterranean Room, Grill Lounge and best of all is the Sky Room on the tenth floor. With a testing menu (only) you enjoy the cuisine of the new Chef who once worked at Melisse in Los Angeles, while taking in breathtaking views of the coast line.
We ran into a few difficulties with neighborhood noise, but the Manager Luigi Califano took care of it and this lovely young man, could not have been more helpful and gracious. With a manager like him, the hotel will never go wrong. We recommend a visit here anytime. Enjoy the hotel, Prospect Ave. with all of its beautiful shops and the wonderful beach and ocean with seals that come right up to you. A great place!

Room Tip: Sleep would have been excellent (bed was great, room nice) if it hadn't been for the horrible no...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear LA Guest,
Thank you for heading down from LA for some La Jolla fun – I am happy to see that the hotel restaurants were such a big hit. Thank you also for noting the follow-up of our front office manager – he is indeed a big part of our success and I am glad to know that he was helpful. Our team looks forward to having you back soon.
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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West Hollywood, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

My experience at La Valencia was truly wonderful. We were in a Villa. The reservation person, Connie was a doll and could not have been more helpful. I must have called her 6 times as I could not make up my mind as to the accommodations I wanted. She was exceptionally patient and understanding. The suggestions to restaurants was flawless. La Jolla's restaurants with views to die for are many. They even sent a beautiful pastry to my mom for her 88 birthday. I will not forget how surprised and happy she was.

The staff at Happy Hour was fun and very helpful. The poolside staff brought us frozen grapes and sherbet. It was not a noisy hotel. We relaxed and walked to the beach everyday.
We will certainly return to La Valencia I hope sooner rather than later!
Lynda B.

Room Tip: I would ask to see the room before you get settled. I did and was glad I did.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear West Hollywood Guest,
We’re delighted that the staff was on top of helping with the birthday celebrations; thank you for recognizing their efforts and I am happy to know that you’ll plan to return again – hopefully soon and for many more celebrations.
Best regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We are really glad to have selected the Valencia! The view from our deluxe suite was breathtaking and the location could not be beat. Both the food and the staff were tremendous. Typically, we stay at a Ritz-Carlton hotel and are used to exceptional quality. La Valencia was not that far behind!
This was a family vacation, but I would love to come back with just my husband to enjoy the wonderful live music and the tempting spa services! The pool is great and we really enjoyed ending our days with delicious homemade gelato from a nearby gelateria and walking in the park overlooking the La Jolla beach. Truly memorable. Strongly recommend!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark D, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear Sacramento Traveler,
How about those views – they are indeed very special but I am most pleased about your recognition of our great staff; thank you. I am also very flattered to be compared to another well known hotel brand– that puts La V in some very good company. Let us know when you’re ready to return.
Best regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Address: 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Valencia Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Valencia Hotel is more than a La Jolla landmark, it's an icon. La V continues to host celebrities, politicians, special celebrations,and romantic getaways since 1926. Located steps from the regions most scenic and stunning coastline, world-class museums, indulgent shopping and galleries, La V is the perfect blend of location and recreation. The hotel's Mediterranean influenced architecture and decor, including beautiful courtyards, hand painted murals and exquisite Spanish mosaics, evoke old-world charm with contemporary services and amenities in this one of a kind coastal destination. Choose from 112 coastal-inspired luxury guest rooms, suites and Villas featuring stunning views of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean, lush tropical landscaping, or picturesque La Jolla village. Offering two distinctive restaurants, including the sassy and casual Cafe la Rue the signature restaurant, THE MED with patio, dining room and terrace dining is it's own experience. Enjoy premium libations in La Sala Lounge or plan a special event in unique indoor and outdoor ocean view event locations. La Valencia is the premier location to escape, relax and unwind. Experience the beauty of Southern California in San Diego's most elegant and classic luxury hotel and become a part of La Valencia's exceptional legacy. ... more   less 
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