We spent 3 nights at the Grand Colonial 2 weeks ago. The hotel is ideally situated in the center of La Jolla. We were able to easily walk to everyplace we wanted to go including boutique shops and restaraunts.
The hotel itself is in an old building that has recently been renovated. We stayed in a junior suite on the third floor with an ocean view. The hotel is one block from the Ocean. We were immediately greeted by hotel staff that took our luggage . Check in was very efficient and smooth with very friendly staff. We arrived around 12:30PM so our room was not yet ready (check-in is 3PM). We had lunch in the hotel restaraunt (Nine-Ten) and received a call while eating that our room was ready. When we arrived in our room our luggage was already there. The junior suite was very spacious with lots of windows looking down on the patio/pool area with a nice view of the ocean. The windows were great as the weather was in the mid 70's during the day and mid 60's at night with low humidity so we had the windows open all the time and had no need for AC (which the room did have). The bathroom was configured in a narrow long room. It is obvious that they had to work within the confines of this hisotric building and I think they did an excellent job. One nice thing was that you could pick a 2-3 hour window for housekeeping to clean your room each day. The hotel has a very nice lounge/patio area to relax in during the evening or enjoy a morning breakfast. This lunge/patio area is very popular and on two evenings the area was booked for private functions. We could hear the noise from the private functions in our third floor room but it was not overwhelming and the all of the parties were over by 8:30-9PM.
It was a very relaxing time in the hotel and its central location made it so easy to shop or eat out. While the building is old and historic the inside has recently been renovated and everything was new, clean and well kept.
I would defintely stay there again and have no negatives. There is a small pool but otherwise I can not comment on whether it is a good place for families with small children. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and were sorry to leave.