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Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Ranked #7 of 23 hotels in La Jolla
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San Francisco, California
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“Wonderful visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I brought my wife here for her birthday and were thoroughly surprised on how nice the property was. The Kimpton ownership has certainly changed the place in a good way, giving it more of a W feeling and caché. The friendly fellow at check in, who gave my wife a birthday card, has been with the hotel over the course of many years and 3 owners, and he admitted that it is better now than ever. The food and beverages are all excellent, and the bartender on the upper bar had some great concoctions to sip while watching the sunset. All the rooms have great views, and breakfast on the top floor on a beautiful morning was exceptional.

If there is one down side to the La Jolla, it is its location. It is neither in the village or the main shopping area so to get over to the cove, you have to drive. There are bikes available, but it is quite hilly over to the cove so the ride is not for the faint of heart. The old village is closer (and a flatter ride) so more accessible.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear PWS312,

I'm so happy to see that you andd your wife has such a wonderful visit and that her birthday celebration was a memorrable one. Our restaurant and bar team are amazing, I'm glad you were able to indulge in some great food and creative drinks! I did want to let you know that we do offer a complimentary shuttle on property and we are more than happy to take you down to the village the next time you stay so you don't have to worry about driving down there.

I hope you come back to visit us again soon!

All my best,
Shannon Foster
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This newly remodeled hotel fits right in to the chic neighborhood! In its inimitable style, Kimpton paid attention to every detail, resulting in a casually elegant home away from home. Some of my favorite details... the firepots lining the driveway and outdoor patio look stunning at night! The common areas are spacious, comfy, gorgeous fireplaces... make you feel like you are relaxing in a living room.

We visited for my birthday and I want to thank the staff again for the lovely and thoughtful birthday treats. We stayed on the 7th floor with an outstanding view of the ocean. The room was spacious and well appointed with all of the ammenities I have come to expect of Kimpton hotels.

We enjoyed a drink at Cusp... ther restaruant on the top floor.. next time we will definitely have a meal there.. beautiful restaurant and views.

Saving the best for last... the hotel staff was wonderful... everyone we encountered was pleasant, helpful, eager to please. We took advantage of the complimentary hotel car when we went into town and found the valets/drivers to be charming and knowledgeable. One tip, you may want to take a cab home from town as the valets get busy and there can be a wait.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Kathy J,

Happy Belated Birthday! I'm so happy to see that you had such a fantastic stay with us and that our team took such great care of you, we love to celebrate! Thanks for taking the time to share how special your stay was on Trip Advisor.

I hope you come back to visit soon.

Cheers!
Shannon Foster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was beautiful. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The valet team gave us great dining and shopping ideas! The bartender was very entertaining and knowledgable. Excellent location! Definitely a home away from home!!!!

  • Stayed January 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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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Mscribner2006,

You are so great, thank you for the fantastic review! It sounds like you had a really nice trip, I'm so happy to see that our team was able to have such a positive impact on your experience that this is now your home away from home! I will be sure to share your fantastic comments with the team.

I hope to have you with us again soon.

All my best,
Shannon Foster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We spent only one night at this lovely hotel and would definitely return. Spacious well appointed rooms and friendly helpful service. Kimpton is famous for taking older properties and refurbishing them into chic boutique style hotels that offer wonderful ammenities and outstanding service. This hotel is a great location and easy walk to the ocean. In the morning we went for a walk through the neighborhoods around the La Jolla Country Club and were delighted by the beautiful homes and landscaping. We dined at the restaurant on the top floor our one night there and the food, service and ambience were outstanding. A little pricey but then all of La Jolla is tht way. The room price was very fair for the outstanding quality and since I am a Kimpton Loyalty Club member, we got valet parking included in the rate as well as free WiFi and a $10 mini bar credit. I don't belong to many loyalty clubs but it's worth it for Kimpton as we always seek out Kimpton Hotels in any city we visit.

  • Stayed December 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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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear sastillman,

I'm so happy to see that you enjoyed our new property and had such a fantastic visit! It's great to see that you are such a loyal Kimpton InTouch member too! it sounds like you were able to spend your trip enjoying the amenities of the hotel and La Jolla, good for you! I hope you are planning a trip back to La Jolla soon, I'd love t meet you.

I look forward to meeting you on your next visit.

Cheers!
Shannon Foster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Pros: beautiful hotel, newly-renovated rooms, gorgeous views (from the 5th floor on up).
Cons: Noisy elevator (you can hear it in your room), $28 per day (plus taxes) to park your car and while the bathrooms are quite modern, they are small. Also, if you get a room on the 10th floor you are under a nice but noisy restaurant.
We also found the service to be somewhat spotty; the front desk misplaced a package sent to us (it should have been logged in when received) and in general, the staff was (surprisingly) not very familiar with the surrounding area. The hotel does not have a concierge.
I'd stay here again, but make sure you request a room as far as possible from the elevator unless you are e a very sound sleeper!

Room Tip: Floors 7 through 9 and away from that elevator!!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Joe A.,

Thank you for staying with us and for your candid feedback regarding your experience. Your feedback is very important to us in order to improve the experience for you as well as our future guests. I can assure you that your concerns mentioned will be followed up on and your next stay will be amazing!

Please contact me directly prior to your next visit to La Jolla.

All my best,
Shannon Foster
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Hotel La Jolla features updated rooms, outstanding customer service and a quiet setting to relax and enjoy the area. Located near a busy intersection, but in a quiet neighborhood, you might pass the entrance if you don't play close attention. This first impression makes a difference. Driving up the fire pot lined driveway to the hotel's lobby at night clearly indicates the hotel's commitment to making your stay a memorable one. Rooms are updated and offer interesting and sometimes wonderful features. The glass shower in our room offered a mechanical shade that could be closed to allow for privacy but opened to view the ocean if you are so inclined, a very nice feature in such picturesque surrondings. While not directly on the ocean, the hotel offers some of the best views in town. Hotel La Jolla offers it's main restaurant on it's top floor. It offers good food at reasonable (for La Jolla) prices. Menu is adventurous but sometimes veers too far to one side (4 pork dishes can be a little overwhelming), but the soups and appetizers are top notch. The hotel's outdoor bar is very nice, again lined with fireplaces and fire pots that make it very cozy and welcoming. Bar staff are very nice and know how to make a real mixed drink the way you would like it. The staff provided transportation in a five mile radius of the hotel, both drop off and pick up, very friendly and prompt. The maintainence staff was responsive and did a great job. When we stayed, hotel was very uncrowded which made the strong service even better. We were not ignored nor overserved. For less that $200 per night you cannot find a better place in La Jolla. We will return.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, higher floors offer even better views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear MSC0706,

Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to share your kind words about your experience at the hotel. It is so great to hear that you had such an enjoyable experience from the moment that you arrived to the hotel throughout your entire stay. Your complimentary feedback about our staff is very much appreciated and will be shared with our team.

I hope you will be back to see us again soon!

All my best,
Shannon Foster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Came for work, stayed at Hotel La Jolla for 3 nights. Friendly staff, great food and very talented bartenders (pre-prohibition drinks at Cusp and Friday evening live music were the highlight). Valets will drop you off and pick you up anywhere within 5 mile, complimentary. Overall, very pleasant experience and good value for the rates they charge.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Shannon F, General Manager at Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Penny K,

Thank you for choosing to stay us for your work trip to La Jolla this month and thank you for the 5-Star review! I was so happy to see that you were able to dine in Cusp and enjoyed the live music and drinks in Hiatus. I hope to have you with us again very soon!

Cheers!
Shannon Foster
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Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#11 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel with upscale decor and high end bedding and amenities. All non-smoking rooms, glass balconies, small gym, heated pool, walking distance to beach and La Jolla Shores shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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