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“Exceptional location for business meetings” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
“Exceptional location for business meetings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I coordinated a business meeting at La Valencia in January 2013 and 2014. I've planned meetings across the U.S. and this location is our organization's favorite, which is why we returned. I received rave reviews from those attending the meeting. Leo Lopez in Group Sales is my primary contact. He is a joy to work with! He and the rest of the staff made certain that our stay was perfect, including the guest rooms, meeting space, food, etc. The hotel is gorgeous (guest rooms and meeting space), the view is incredible, the food is the best in La Jolla, and the service is exceptional. My husband and I continued our stay after the meeting. We've tried various restaurants in the area and nothing tops La Valencia's food. The bar was recently renovated and is now the coolest bar/cafe. Everyone should be so lucky to experience Chef Daniel Barron's culinary creations. I look forward to returning!

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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, February 2, 2014
Dear Exceptional Meeting Planner!
YOU ROCK and thank you. Our team was thrilled to have your group under our roof and we're even more thrilled that La V delivered a great setting for your conference. Thank you for the extra recognition of our team who helped in the planning and more thanks for the great compliments on our newly opened Café la Rue and the wonderful bistro cuisine of Chef Barron. On behalf of our entire crew we're sending a huge smile!
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I loved this hotel and recommend it to those with the time and sophistication to appreciate it.
This is a glimpse into old California, Mission style history and true service. Every request is met with care and elegance. Rooms are small but well appointed. Amenities abound. Do not miss the Whaling Bar. Valet Parking makes it really deluxe. Perhaps a bit dated and not your
great for kids, but a really beautiful hotel. Ask for a room with a view of the sea. Great beds and quality linens. If you cannot stay there, At least go for a drink ! Excellent martinis.

Room Tip: I had a corner room on the South End on the 4th floor. Really quiet and a great view of the sea. I t...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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, February 2, 2014
Dear Arizona Grande Guest -
Your very kind words and review truly capture part of our enchanting legacy; thank you. I am so pleased that both hotel and staff made for the ideal ingredients to create a memorable stay on the beautiful Pacific coastline. With almost 9 decades of lore and legacy, La V continues to make history each day with each new guest - thank you for joining us.
Ciao,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We just had an amazing time at La Valencia last week! The food is superb, whether it's breakfast (the fruit plate and grapefruit with Clover honey drizzled on it), lunch (pastrami sandwich) or dinner (steak), the food is always great. Staff was very attentive and friendly and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. A few hints: ask for room 922 and be sure to get a seat at the western most table when dining out on the veranda off the La Sala Lobby Lounge. The views are terrific. We will definitely go back again and again.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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, February 2, 2014
Dear Chicago Guest -
WOW - you're review is wonderful and so appreciated; our team is happy to know your stay was great. There is nothing like sipping a cool beverage in our grand La Sala lounge while gazing out at the big blue Pacific and you're right on that advise; room 922, a Vintage King Ocean has a pretty great view.
See you back soon we hope -
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

For our 3-day conference with 100+ attendees, the entire staff could not have been better! From settling the contract with the sales team to last-minute changes with the day-of staff, everyone was attentive, professional, and most helpful. The catering was amazing, not to mention the views! It was a true pleasure to work with La Valencia, knowing that everything would run smoothly behind the scenes and our focus could be entirely on the conference. Thanks so much!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 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, February 2, 2014
Dear Conference Guest!
MANY thanks for the great comments - our team is happy to know that you and your 100 guests had an enriching and well serviced conference. Our setting is enriching and private and makes for great meeting energy - thank you for selecting La V - we hope to have the group back next year.
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We went by every ones review and picked this hotel to stay at., The staff was very friendly, went out of their way to help us when it was asked of them and our rooms were clean. We would defiantly book here again. I saw some one had said the rooms were small for the price but we didn't feel for us that was really an issue.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Joan J SD Guest -
Our thanks to you (and your friends who recommended La V) - we are pleased that their advise paid off with your experience. We have a variety of room types from cozy to grand; I am happy that you enjoyed your selection.
We hope to see you again soon.
Thank you!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

My husband and I have stayed at a lot of hotels, yet this hotel stands out to be among the best for so many reasons. The moment we arrived, we were greeted with very nice people, who showed us the way to the lobby for check in. I was greeted by the nicest lady and she checked us in and made sure a bellman showed us to our room and that the valet service took care of parking our car. You will notice from the very beginning that EVERY employee always greets you with a smile and says hello. These attitudes also reflect the great care and attention to detail throughout the beautiful property. We started off with a Queen Queen room and later stayed in a Villa. The Queen room was very spacious, clean, and the bedding was exceptional. It was so quiet and allowed for a good night sleep after a long day of travel. The next day, my husband began having some health issues, associated with the chemotherapy he is taking. He was short of breath and I knew he would not be able to spend long days walking and sightseeing as we would normally do on vacation. We were scheduled to stay for three nights. I spoke to Mr. Mark Dibella, the Managing Director of the La V. I explained the situation and let him know that I would like to be moved to a room that would have a good view of a garden and possibly a balcony, since I would be spending time in the room while my husband rested throughout the day. He immediately grasped the situation and upgraded us to a Villa. Not only that, he made sure the Villa was situated so that my husband would not have to walk any stairs. What makes this special is that he did not have to do this, was not asked to go to this great measure of service, yet he did it because of his care for customers. I have attached some photos of the Villa and the view we had from the Villa. It was amazing. The Villa even had a steam shower, which was another added bonus. We had originally planned to move to the gas lamp district of San Diego for our last two nights, but quickly decided we wanted to extend our stay for two additional nights. With this type of service, the convenience and beauty of the location, and the extreme cleanliness of the entire property, we knew it would be the perfect place for us to stay for our visit to La Jolla and San Diego. This place truly reflects great management.

Room Tip: The Villa is a must. If you are on vacation, treat yourself to the luxury of a villa. You will not...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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, February 2, 2014
My Dear Alabama Friend -
Your comments and compliments are exceptional - please know that it was our honor to have you stay at La V and I was absolutely thrilled to have met you and been able to add a bit more to make the stay for you and your husband relaxing. Stay warm at home and enjoy every moment!
Warm regards,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

La Valencia staff pulled out all the stops by serving superb food with excellent service and exceptional ocean ambiance. Love the decor, the hotel has a great European feel.
The villas are very spacious and comfortable. We had a wonderful time!

Room Tip: Ocean view villas are comfortable and spacious. First class all the way.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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, February 2, 2014
Dear SD Team Leader!
We loved reading your compliments calling our staff the best team - WOW. We thrive on great guests - thank you for letting us make your experience memorable.
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 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Luxury 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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