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The Grande Colonial La Jolla
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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“Fantastic! There is a reason this place is ranked #1!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

We booked this hotel based on recommendations on Trip Advisor. I was attending a medical conference at the Hotel del Coronado and we had a few days to R&R before the conference started. From the moment we were greeted by the bellman until we checked out, we were treated courteously and promptly. There is one small, slow elevator in the building, which we knew about from previous write ups but we took the stairs except once or twice when we wanted to experience the antiquity of the elevator. If you are expecting speedy, multiple elevators and have an aversion to walking up and down stairs, this place may not be for you. We stayed on the 5th floor (room 506) I believe, which gave us a view down the hill towards the ocean. The rooms were small but beautifully decorated. We used the valet parking, which tagged on another $22/night to our stay but there is an option to park on the street although it is VERY limited. Having the security of the valet parking was worth the price of a couple of drinks.
Unfortunately it was on the cool, cloudy side most of the time we were there, but the nice thing is that the pool was surrounded by plexiglass which kept the constant wind away. Although the maximum temperature when we were there was 68 degrees, when we were sunning down by the pool out of the wind, I actually was quite warm.
There are plenty of dining options and happy hour specials withing walking distance as well as some great shopping. Don't miss walking down by the beach and getting some pictures of the seals and sunset.
If we get back to the La Jolla area, we will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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GrandeColonial, Public Relations Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, April 26, 2011
Merci. Dankeschoen. Arigato. Efharistó. Gracias. Thank you! We very much appreciate your recognition of our continued efforts to provide our guests with warm, gracious and genuinely friendly service! Now come back and see us soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

Attended wedding in La Jolla in April and stayed in a suite at the Little Holel by-the Sea, a part the Grande Colonial. Ocean view, one block from the Childrens Pool beach,with rooftop deck for extra room to entertain the clan. Valets, front desk, housekeeping, etc. are all excellent.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

From the outside, The Grande Colonial Hotel beckons in an old-school kind of way; it looks stately and sophisticated, with dressed up doormen waiting to swoosh you through the main doors. Thankfully, the hotel does not disappoint. The Colonial understands service the way the best hotels in the world get it; you have to pay, but anything is possible. Lunch by the pool? Done. Cocktails in the garden? No problem. Not the cheapest experience, but well worth it.
The rooms are very nice; I would recommend upgrading to a view of the ocean for the blissful sunsets. Rooms aren't wildly opulent, but understated in a classy and well-appointed way, and the thread count on the beds is perfect.
Location is right in town, so you can walk everywhere; we especially loved the bustling rooftop restaurant/bar at George's. The restaurant in the hotel is also very nice, if not a bit stuffy; they did create a really great vegetarian dinner for me which gains them high points in my book.
All in all we had nothing bad to say about the hotel, but if you are on a tight budget, it might not be the place for you.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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GrandeColonial, Public Relations Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, April 15, 2011
Dear Martiniclub:
First let me thank you for the very favorable review you posted about your recent visit to our hotel. I am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and, from the sound of it, you certainly took advantage of all that we have to offer, as well as that of the surrounding neighborhood. But what really stood out for me was your great use of adjectives in describing us. Loved, loved the “stately and sophisticated”, “blissful sunsets” and “understated in a classy and well-appointed way”. Honestly, you’re spot-on and I couldn’t have written it better. Thanks again. I hope you’ll look us up during your next trip to La Jolla!
Leslie Araiza
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

We just got back from staying here April 7 through April 12. Right from the second you walk into this Hotel the first thing you will notice is how friendly everyone is. Special shout out to the door men, you guy's were awesome. Everyday the car was brought to us in what seemed like seconds. We were always asked if we needed directions or advise on places to see. They always held the door for my wife, asked us how we were doing, were always told to have a great day and upon our return were always asked how our day was. You guy's truly are the embassadors for this Hotel, AWESOME guy's keep it up. The girls at the front desk were very polite, helpful and always smiling. Everyone who works at this hotel was outstanding and made you truly feel at home like family and that is so rare. Our room was amazing. Clean, fresh, bright and the bed was awesome, also very rare for a hotel. Our room was cleaned spotless everyday and there was always water, pop and snacks left in the fridge and when you came back to your room at night the bed was always turned down with chocolates left by the pillows. I can't say enough about this hotel, the rooms are awesome, the people are awesome, the location is awesome. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and the sadist part of the whole trip, was leaving. Congrats Grande Colonial and all who work there, I can't wait to see you again one day.

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

My husband and I (and, of course, our 9 year old son) are native northern Californians. Our expectations, therefore, for southern California were not high, but we really loved it in La Jolla. People were friendly and it was beautiful and relaxing. The food everywhere we ate (except the San Diego Wild Animal Park) was great (especially Whisk & Ladle near the Grand Colonial in La Jolla!)

The Grand Colonial itself was a wonderful experience. The service was flawless. Our room was serviced 2x each day in a completely unobtrusive manner with perfect attention to detail. At one point I needed help with a business fax and the front desk took great care of me.

We stayed in the Little Hotel in a junior suite with a small kitchen. It was homey with hardwood floors and a nicely tiled bathroom. Even though we didn't eat any of the complementary snacks but we really appreciated it that they were there because it made us feel taken care of and at home. We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

We were headed to San Diego and opted to stay in La Jolla and were glad we did. From the moment we pulled up to the Hotel and until the minute we left this hotel lived up to the hype. We love historic hotels and the Grande was perfect for us. Doormen were great, check in smooth, lobby is small and understated and that was fine. We reserved a partial ocean view and got the room on the NW corner top floor. It was really spacious, and we were very happy when we walked in.

It couldn't be in a more convenient location for being in La Jolla, and the property was perfectly maintained. We ordered room service one night for dinner, it was great and reasonable priced.

The best kept secret about this place is that there is a sunroom/library down at the suites building that has a nice table and flat screen in the sun room, and couple loungers on the deck. It overlooks the coves and is a great place to chill.

We loved this place and will be back next time we are in the area.....

Room Tip: Partial ocean view 5th floor NW corner......
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  • Stayed February 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

Hotel was lovely and quaint, a little on the old side for us. Really conveneint location in downtown La Jolla. Valet and desk staff were extremely helpful with maps/printed directions and their personal favorite places to eat and hang out. Room was nice and extremely quiet (we even faced Prospect Ave--the main street). Didn't hear doors closing and street noise like we usually do. Restaurant, Nine Ten (the address :-) was fabulous but quite pricey . Overall a really good experience.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GrandeColonial, Public Relations Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, March 31, 2011
Dear Brucheryl:
Thanks for the review you posted on Trip Advisor about your recent stay with us here at the Grande Colonial. Overall, I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay. We do now-and-then hear comments about the age of the hotel and I just wanted to assure you that, although coming up on our Centennial in 2013, we are committed to investing resources back into the property to keep it updated and equipped with all the contemporary bells-and-whistles. And I’m very happy to read your comment about the lack of street noise. In our last redo, we did replace all of the (original) windows with double-paned windows. When closed you can hear virtually nothing from inside your room. But we are also one of the few hotels I know of where you can actually open the window and get that fresh, ocean air. At any rate, thanks again for your comments. Hope you’ll be back from Chicago sooner than later.
Leslie Araiza
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
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Address: 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Grande Colonial La Jolla 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the seaside Village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego, the Four Diamond Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. For more than a century, the Grande Colonial has been one of the most esteemed hotels in San Diego. But beyond the turn of the century architecture, our true hallmark is our warm, friendly staff and gracious service. We take pride in preserving the heritage laid down by our founders more than 100 years ago by providing the finest experience in first class accommodations. And just as those founders envisioned in 1913, the Grande Colonial remains today a classic hotel that rivals anything in the West.Commanding views of the California coastline, the Grande Colonial overlooks the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is ideally located just steps away from miles of beautiful beaches renowned to Southern California. Within walking distance are world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment and within a short drive are an abundance of golf, recreation and visitor attractions.The hotel features 93 air-conditioned, non-smoking guest rooms and suites (some with fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces). Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in each of the guest rooms and suites and throughout all public spaces.Over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor, ocean-view meeting and special event space beckons those groups seeking the intimacy and personalized service of a boutique property – all against a backdrop of La Jolla’s ocean vistas.A heated outdoor pool, valet parking, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes and evening turndown service are just a few of the luxuries guests will enjoy.On-site is the acclaimed NINE-TEN Restaurant, offering the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Led by Chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef challenger) and Pastry Chef Rachel King, the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine features the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers where produce is selected daily. Recognized by ZAGAT as “exceptional to extraordinary”, NINE-TEN is also a winner of the 2012 Best Hotel Restaurant in San Diego award and boasts a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list. Breakfast and lunch are served daily and dinner is served nightly.With its ideal location, gracious service and environment of extraordinary comfort, the Grande Colonial hotel provides the ideal destination for travelers to La Jolla. ... more   less 
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