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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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Seattle, Washington
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“Excellent choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you appreciate small hotels and historic properties and their charms, then this is for you. The public spaces are nice and there is a nice sunny and protected from the street courtyard between the buildings. The staff from front desk, to poolside, to lounge to valet were super friendly and helpful for all 3 days of my stay.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We are happy that we stayed at this hotel but it wasn't "oceanfront" like I thought it would be. It's about 1 block from the ocean, so not too far.

Recommend: we asked for a room with an outdoor balcony/patio and we got it. I STRONGLY recommend you ask for these rooms too. It's a "partial" ocean view but we were ok with that. The patio was large enough to dine out there, surrounded by flowers & bushes. It was a 1st floor room. We LOVED the patio with table & chairs. They couldn't promise us this room but it was put on our reservation as a "request" I think the room # was: 122

Location: good. easy to walk to everything
STaff: front desk staff & bellman were very nice

Restaurant: never ate there but there were always people eating there at dinner & breakfast
Pool: was small & round (never saw a round pool before) it was ok


I would stay there again...

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We recently stayed for four nights with our two young kids. We found the hotel to be a great value. The location in the heart of La Jolla is hard to beat. it was lovely being able to walk to all the shops, restaurants, and ocean front. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the round pool.We found our room very spacious, clean, and well-decorated. Though our room faced the town rather than the ocean, we did not find it particularly noisy. Most importantly, we found the staff to be unusually helpful and courteous. We would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Excellent location, right by the seals and the shopping parts of downtown La Jolla.
We stayed here multiple times and each time the rooms were very different. Make sure you check out the rooms when checking in. One room we had was facing the village on the corner and on a Saturday night lets say is not a quiet room. You can actually hear the nightclub across the road. Another time we had a junior suite which was very spacious with ocean view room, this was very quiet and very comfortable as there are 2 desks for me to work on my computer. The last time we were there we were at the smallest room in the hotel. A little claustrophobic for me but one people may find it quite quaint.

A small pool, but didn't look very inviting, no hot tub, no gym in the hotel. I think there is one in the village but I didn't go.

Food from the restaurant Nine-Ten was mediocre, to me it wasnt anything outstanding, I didn't have the urge to go back for more.

Staff were friendly and professional, loved the fireplace in the lobby.

There are better options in La Jolla for the same price, but its not too bad overall I guess there are just more well rounded hotels in La Jolla.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edina, Minnesota, United States
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

My main issue with this hotel was the noise. We stayed in a corner room on the 4th floor "overlooking the village". Well, don't plan on a good night sleep considering the noise coming from the street and the bar about 2 doors down. Hotel was okay, clean, etc., but the noise was a major disappointment. Tough to enjoy a vacation when you have a terrible night sleep - multiple times. They could have moved me, for an extra money - really?

When I called before our stay to inquire about possible noise, the night receptionist said it was not an issue - wrong. I talked to Kim [--], Assistant General Manager, when I checked out and voiced my concern. She said she would get back to me in a couple hours - that was almost 2 weeks ago.

Also, there was one plugin in the entire main living area/bedroom. So, to plug in a laptop or phone we had to unplug the lights or coffee maker/etc.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent three nights there and the hotel staff was amazing. Anytime we needed anything the staff was efficient, quick, and friendly. On check-in, we were really pleased that they asked what time we wanted our room made. Our room was really nice and we could walk to everything.

We did a separate review for the Nine-Ten restaurant attached to the hotel and the restaurant is incredible!

We will be coming back.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Traveled to La Jolla with my wife and 11-month old son in November 2012 and spent 10 nights there. We chose Grande Continental based on TA reviews and can attest this is a fabulous place to spend a family vacation.

As we traveled with a baby we needed a place that was secure, clean, within easy walking distance to the shore, and also offered an option to stay at an apartment with a full-sized kitchen (as opposed to a kitchenette) as we needed to prepare baby food. Happy to report that Grande Colonial delivered on every count - and then some!

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, service unobtrusive and readily available when needed (my wife dropped her diamond earrings into a sink very late one night and the plumber was there within 4 minutes!), valet guys took good care of our SUV and the location was unbeatable.

Plenty of little shops (try designer eyewear at Optical Shop of Aspen just opposite in Prospect Street), organic cafes, beautiful promenade just around the corner with very international crowd, the aquarium, WholeFoods a short drive away - my wife is still raving about that visit and La Jolla with Grande Colonial is now promptly on our to-visit list for many years to come!!

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Grande Colonial La Jolla

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 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Romantic 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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