I had to go to La Jolla for business one night and decided to try The Grande Colonial on Prospect in La Jolla Village. I usually stay at the La Valencia up the street but I had heard good things about the The Grande Colonial from friends so I gave it a shot.
This hotel is located in the heart of the village and is in the middle of celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
Location s everything and from this hotel you can walk to tons of bars and eateries within minutes.
The hotel has it's own bar and restaurant and it is good but not over the top...however breakfast is fantastic!
The pool is a disappointment as it is very small and boring with just a peak of the ocean if you stand. No spa as it was built before that was common.
No outside bar by the pool either so if you want a drink as you relax in the sun you must cover up and go into the hotel.
I was given a nice room on the 4th floor on the corner that overlooked the ocean. It was very charming as you really feel the history of this hotel with the architecture and interior furnishings. They have kept it pretty close to original.
Everyone that works there is extremly friendly and professional and I give my hats off to management for hiring a great group of people.
The price difference is about $100 between the La Valencia and the Grande Colonial and it should be. The La Valencia is much more amenitized and the pool is at a whole step up in class with full water views and in ground spa and ping pong and a full bar and waitress service right there poolside.
However, the charm of the Grande Colonial is something that should be taken in like a breath of fresh air and not forgotten too quickly. To go back in time when things were more simple and not so crazy is very refreshing....I will go back.