The Hotel La Jolla was terrific from the front desk staff to the amazing meal at Cusp (where every course was splendid and the view was fantastic). My only complaint is that the "desk chair" in the room is definitely not designed for long periods of working (it's wicker). But given the location, the view, and the amenities, I probably shouldn't have been trying to get so much work done! Other than the chair, the room is very efficiently laid out feeling spacious with a marvelous bed.
The first day, I did what probably every other guest does and got dropped off in the La Jolla Village (the hotel provides transportation to the local area on request). I saw the usual stuff (sea lions, shopping, etc.), but was surprised at how "far" it felt from the hotel. I enjoy places that are easily walkable (like the Gaslamp or South Beach). Other than the Subway and Starbucks right next to the hotel (and of course the on property restaurant and bar), there wasn't much around other than houses. It wasn't until the second day that I found there is a good bunch of food and the beach a brief walk from the hotel through the residential area. This was much better than going to the village in my opinion (which seems to have mainly chain shopping anyway). I only stayed two nights, but now that I know how easy it is to walk, I will definitely be coming back to this chill gem of a hotel.
And you MUST eat at Cusp. The food was absolutely fantastic. Every course had something delightfully unexpected. The sea bass was delicious. But get there early so you can catch the sunset.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Jolla Shores
- At The Shores La Jolla