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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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Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Siesta Key, Florida
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216 reviews 216 reviews
86 hotel reviews
Reviews in 120 cities Reviews in 120 cities
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“Top Hotel, great service, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

There really is no better address in La Jolla - you can walk to everything, the sunset views are to die for and the level of service is outstanding.
We stayed in one of the 1 bedroom casitas due to the construction and found it very comfortable, private and luxurious.
The terrace is a special place to have a meal too!

Room Tip: One bedroom casitas have fantastic terraces and views
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Florida Fan;
La V is indeed THE address – thank you for making it your home away from home. The Villas are such a special part of the property and I am delighted you enjoyed your retreat. The entry renovation is just about finished (it only affects the valet arrival) and we’re excited about the new trellis and arbor over the front patio of the Mediterranean Room – yet another great location for al fresco dining!
See you soon.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Tucson, Arizona
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My husband, 19 year old daughter and our dog stayed at La Valencia for three nights. We arrived late the first night and were put in a beautiful, but small room. The next day, the hotel moved us to a larger room which suited us perfectly. The best part of the stay was the quality of the service and the friendliness of the staff. From the valets to the operators to the front desk personnel, we consistently greeted with a smile and true warmth. Anything we asked about or for was handled in an extremely open and friendly manner. We never felt that we were "bothering" the staff at all. We had our small black lab with us and the staff greeted us and our dog as if we were family. The hotel itself is a lovely, older building in the heart of La Jolla. It is steps away from all of the restaurants of shops as well as steps away from Scripps park and the overlook to the ocean. We would come back here in a heartbeat. This is service at its best.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the lower floors, in one of the wings.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Arizona Family –
I am so happy La V made your family trip enjoyable including for your four footed companion (we love dogs). I am thrilled that the staff were the highlight and thank you for recognizing this in your comments; décor, architecture and ocean views are nothing if the service don’t deliver. It looks like you enjoyed the best of La Jolla so all can can add is . . . come back!
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Maui, Hawaii
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

First and foremost the staff were very attentive and helpful. From the friendly and courteous valet to the bellman to the front desk, all the staff were just great. The hotel is being remodeled and we stayed in the cutest room, La Petite Chambre, as some of their rooms are not numbered and retain their titles from long ago. We had glitches in our stay such as no luggage racks in the room, which were brought up later for us, and our TV not working, which they responded quickly to and switched out for a working TV. Be aware that their restaurant on the ground floor is being remodeled with very loud machines to rip out the concrete being used. The good news is that they waited until 9 am to start their work and then once the noise traveled to our room, the front desk promptly called us to offer a free breakfast delivered to the room or in their other restaurant on the terrace. This is a very beautiful, historic hotel and right across the street from La Jolla Cove where you can see the seals lounging on the rocks.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Maui Guest –
Le Petite Chambre is indeed our coziest room but it does offer unique charm. I apologize for the missing items on arrival but happy to know they were quickly corrected. I am especially grateful for your great comments on our staff – they make the place tick. Renovation of Café La Rue is directly below 4 rooms including the Le Petite Chambre. I am happy to report that the concrete work was completed this week – we do keep our guests informed of work as it progresses.
We hoped to see you back soon.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We chose La Valencia based on trip advisor reviews so figured it is our duty to share our wonderful experience to help other travelers. We could not have been more pleased! The setting and location can not be beat. There is a back door that you can walk out and be right at the park and cove where the sea lions swim. Everything was extremely clean and well maintained. The food and drinks were fabulous, and how fun to have the option of live music every night right at your hotel. Every single staff member was beyond helpful. My husband and I agree that this hotel provided the best all around service we have ever received at a hotel. Although we chose an escape weekend without kids, we were pleased to see families and that such a nice place also had the balance of being open to kids.
We stayed in a standard room. The room and bathroom were very nice but very small. One suggestion we have is to add hooks in the bathroom and in the closet because there was no where to hang towels or wet clothing. We toured a villa and would definitely choose that or a larger room if we were to return with our family. We were also amazed by the "blackout" shades, great for allowing us to get some rest!
Overall, it was a wonderful stay!!

Room Tip: Our room was right off the pool which was great for a partial ocean view and access to the pool but...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Special Guest –
Don’t wait – please return! Many thanks for your wonderful complements with extra special thanks for the kudos on our staff. I am so proud of the team and they work hard to create a great environment. I’ll look into your suggestion for more hooks . . . and yes, please consider a Villa stay next time!
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Agoura Hills, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

La Valencia is a character filled
gem in the heart of this beautiful
seaside town. The bellman are very kind and helpful. Front Desk staff was as well. The lobby like the entire building is architecturally beautiful as they decorated like an elegant old Hollywood hotel. Our room was located in a poolside/garden area, nice. Recommend A+

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear A+ Guest
I especially love your description of La V as a gem; we are very proud of our special jewel and will continue to keep her polished for many generations.
Thank you and see you again soon.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Mahwah, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

The hotel was gorgeous. I worked with Leo Lopez, who was awesome, he was a pleasure to work with. Our meeting room was perfect along with breakfast and lunch in the garden. Eva was great she was always a text away when I needed anything! I had great feedback from the attendees, and all agreed to come back next June! They are a hard bunch to please so I'm grateful for all your hard work to make our meeting a success.

Room Tip: All accommodations were great. The food was also very good and they gave us a variety each day. Th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear Stryker Meeting Planner –
Ding, Ding, Ding and thank you – you are our 400th review and more 5 star ratings for La V. I am delighted that your sales and banquet team delivered a great experience and very happy to know that you and your attendees were pleased. Hopefully we’ll make this an annual affair!
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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London
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Really nice old school hotel. OK there was some remodelling of the lobby and street cafe going on, but it did not spoil the charm of the place.
Really helpful guys on valet parking. Friendly and efficient check in. Nice large room, with a large seating area, two big flat screen TVs, wet bar and large bathroom. Room very clean and comfortable. Coffee maker in the room, but there was fresh coffee in the bar downstairs.
Nice pool, plenty of loungers, although not much shade. Good gym, with modern up to date equipment.
Like the way the hotel tumbles down the hill to the park below. Great location in the heart of La Jolla for walking out in the evening.
We didn't eat in the hotel as there was too much choice outside, but it looked really nice.
Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Obviously overlookinghe ocean is nice
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear UK Guest –
I am so pleased to know that a return decision is a heartbeat away – thank you. Your comments are wonderful and it looks like you took advantage of a stay in one of our premium suites or villas – both great retreats. La Jolla does offer lots of dining options but next time try our Mediterranean Room and Terrace with savory cuisine from Chef Daniel Barron. And yes, we’re busy on crafting the return of Café LaRue so stay tuned!
Cheers,
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 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#2 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Business Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Valencia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 112
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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Hotel La Valencia
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