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“Fantastic views and best location” 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
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic views and best location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband, 22 yr. old daughter and I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights last week in a King jr. suite.
I had researched all sorts of hotels and condos for our first visit to La Jolla and I am so glad I chose La Valencia. It is hands down the best location and has the best views in town. The pool area is great and it was so nice to enjoy it, have the bar/food service there and have the views at the same time. I checked out the other hotel just down the street and the pool area and views there do not compete.
The staff members we came across could not have been nicer. The guys at the pool cabana were exceptional.
I do wish that there were rooms at the property that would accommodate three adults with ocean views. (we had a town view). Also would have liked a private toilet area in the bathroom and a magnifying/makeup mirror.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and definitely will return.

Room Tip: check square footage on the rooms. Some of the ocean view rooms can be very small but worth the view...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Fantastic Guest -
Your marvelous review and comments are greatly appreciated - thank you. I am especially pleased to hear that our pool/cabana staff delivered some great services.
Please know that we do offer suites and villas with ocean views that can accommodate 3 guests via the king bedroom and sleeper sofa in the living room. Call direct when your ready to ready and our team will give you some more options.
See you soon and again, thank you.
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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dallas suburbs
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We extended a business trip and stayed at the Grand Del Mar prior to moving down to the La Valencia for a couple of days. We arrived early and the front desk checked us in and wrote my cell on the credit card form to call us when the room was ready...six hours later no call and we got tired of walking around so we went to check on it and they said "We don't have your number to call you". The reason that I am conflicted about this hotel is you have some great staff members and you have equally as many staff that seem to care less. The room was nice but you can see the wear of the hotel, the room, and the pool. On Friday the 25th about 6 PM we stopped at the lounge bar and the bartender was just plain rude to us and also to another gentleman that was there and we just looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders thinking he was having a bad day but then the night bartender came in and was the greatest guy with a great sense of humor. The guys out at the pool bar were great but then the café waitress was juts absent. Can you see why I am conflicted? If you check my reviews, I really don't give bad reviews because I tend to stay in nice properties.

Room Tip: Room 908 had an ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Important Guest -
Our apologies on the poor start to your La V stay. We reviewed our registration cards and indeed found that the desk agent had folded your phone number over and the next agent missed the information - a terrible and avoidable mistake. I do appreciate your comments on encountering many other great staff - that was very fair of you and most appreciated. We work towards excellence daily and improvement come from shared opportunities like yours.
Thank you also for posting some great shots from your room - we do hope that the tranquil ocean views are a welcome part of your La Jolla stay.
We'll work harder - thank you for sharing.
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Denver, CO
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I picked this hotel based on its gorgeous pictures and excellent reviews. My 19yo daughter and I were planning a mother daughter trip to celebrate her high school graduation (which was awhile ago, but we hadn't celebrated). I mentioned this when booking a vintage king room, one of the smaller rooms on the property. Upon check in, we learned we had been upgraded to suite 25. Upon entering the room, we gasped, because this was a gorgeous, full ocean view room with a giant picture window! It also had a big bathroom with a deep granite soaker tub, and a huge glass shower (with the best rain head ever). As a new empty nester, I so appreciate the hotel's thoughtfulness in upgrading us for this important trip together. This is day 3, and right now I am soaking in the luxurious tub while my daughter reads on a sunny balcony overlooking the water. It doesn't get much better than this! We will definitely be coming back, again and again.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 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, August 7, 2014
Dear Mother Daughter Guests -
Home Run and thank you. I am so happy to know that our teams extra efforts and attention made this special occasion more special. Thank you very much for taking time to share your experience while you were still here - that means a great deal to us.
Please plan to escape to La V for more family bonding - we're ready.
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Had a great 5 night stay here. The rooms weren't huge but big enough and perfectly comfortable. All staff at the hotel, be it housekeeping, restaurants, valet or reception were very helpful and hospitable.

Ate in both the cafe and main restaurant based at the hotel - both were delicious; the latter offering gorgeous views of the sunset from the outside dining terrace!

Just be prepared for noisy seagulls if you're a light sleeper :)

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear UK Guest -
Thank you for spending 5 days at our enchanting hotel. I am particularly pleased to see your favorable comments on our staff services as well as our dining - Café la Rue and THE MED do offer a nice choice of casual vs. more traditional dining options. We hope to see you again when you travel across the pond.
Ciao -
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My mom, sister and I visited La Jolla to celebrate by sister's 30th birthday. La Valencia was amazing! LaV is the gorgeous, prime location, unbeatable amenities and super friendly, knowledgeable and energetic staff. We are all looking forward to our next stay at LaV

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Best Guest -
We're delighted that you choose La V to celebrate a family birthday - we LOVE celebrations! It is our hope that La V becomes an annual habit for fun and festivities. See you for your sisters 31st next year!
Cheers,
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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La Jolla, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

A landmark to La Jolla and to the incalculable scale of an ocean view hotel imagined for the very lucky and the privileged. Called The Pink Lady in celebration of its hue and iconoclastic airs, comfort is everywhere from the outdoor gardens to the balcony bar. Old money built La Valencia but money shouldn't be a barrier to anyone wishing for a distinctive stay by La Jolla cove. Having a wedding at La Valencia takes on timeless powers and we had that honor sixteen years ago. Visiting La Valencia for a meal or for a stay returns the pleasures of youth and sophistication. Of course there are more modern establishments but elegance cannot be engineered.

Room Tip: Higher up is desirable and you pay more for full ocean views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SoCalSunsoul, General Manager at La Valencia Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear La Jolla Guest -
Your comments and review on La V are exceptional - thank you. Our legacy is grand but more importantly our plans for our future are grander - we wish to ensure that all are welcome and that La V remains accessible. With 3 rooms types (Vintage, Classic and Villa or small, medium and large), we do feel there are options for almost everyone. It is very important to us that the charm and grace and playfulness of La V is a sought after experience for all -
Thank you!
Mark Dibella,
Managing Director
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Pasadena, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Hotel and staff are top notch. Great rooms and view, wonderful concierge, and many restaurants withing walking distance. Pool area was beautiful and a perfect home base for exploring La Jolla and SD. Old school charm with modern amenities and class.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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, August 7, 2014
Dear Pasadena Guest -
We love the term top notch - thank you. With many hotels to choose from, we greatly value our guests decision to stay at La V and I am especially pleased that we delivered for your stay.
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 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#2 On the Beach 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
La Valencia La Jolla

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