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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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“Historic Charm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GrandeColonial, General Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thanks, RowerPower, for taking the time to post your feedback about your recent visit to the Grande Colonial. With each renovation, we go to great lengths to enhance the feel of the hotels’ still intact turn-of-the-century architecture while blending it with refined, contemporary sophistication. I appreciate your recognition of that. With respect to the swimming pool, we like to think of it as just a place to dip your toes before diving into the Pacific Ocean just a block away. I am sorry to hear that you did not receive cocktail service while sitting at the pool. Our NINE-TEN servers should be roving the pool and terrace providing poolside libations for those basking in the sun. I will follow up on that immediately. Meanwhile, thank you for choosing to stay with us this visit. I do hope you will be back.
Terry Underwood, General Manager
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We arrived Thursday May 2nd to a warm welcome at the Grand Colonial La Jolla. We had a room with two double beds and the rooms was nice, well kept, and most importantly had good beds/mattresses. The valet service was great for our comings and goings and we highly recommend this hotel for this area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GrandeColonial, General Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear JeffL.
I am delighted to hear your positive comments about your visit to the Grande Colonial last weekend. Coming all the way from Calgary, Canada, I hope your visit was more than memorable. I also hope you arrived early enough on Thursday to enjoy the 85 degree weather we experienced...although it was even nicer on Friday reaching 91 degrees! I do appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. Hope to see you again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

From start to finish, the staff were amazingly helpful. Our room was in the Garden building, on the first floor. There was a walkway on either side of the suite and we felt very overlooked. The suite was clean and nicely appointed. Unfortunately you could hear every footstep from the upstairs suite. It had no view to speak of.

The restaurant and bar were very busy, we ate in the bar. Service and food and drinks were great.

If we were to return to the area we may consider staying there again, but not in the separate buildings.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GrandeColonial, General Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Dear Ednacloud -
Thanks for the review you did of your recent stay at the Grande Colonial. I especially appreciate your recognition of us as a historic hotel, as 2013 marks our Centennial anniversary as the oldest original hotel in La Jolla. Needless to say, it's an exciting year for our property. I realize you were not as enamored with our Garden Suites. They are great for those looking for a little more privacy and extra space and for those in need of a kitchen and/or fireplace. Our main building would probably suit your needs best on a future trip, offering either views of the La Jolla Village or, better yet, views of the Pacific. We look forward to having you back.
Terrence Underwood, General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We stayed in April at the Little Hotel by the Sea - a part of the Grande Colonial hotel. We had a gorgeous second floor suite - which was perfect for two adults and one child. The small kitchen with refridgerator was perfect for our needs.

The location is perfect for walking to the Children's Beach in La Jolla and the seaside prominade. Walking to restuarants and the little town is super easy.

The 3 for 2 night promotion at this hotel enabled us to stay at an upgraded property - which was great. Also - just FYI: the Cottage restaurant for breakfast was lovely. As was Mission Coffee.

And Prep Kitchen has a wonderful happy hour - for brussel sprouts, mixed gem lettuce salad and pattas bravas. My 7 year old liked the burger and fries. (avoid the calamari).

Enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GrandeColonial, General Manager at The Grande Colonial La Jolla, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear UtahSara:
Thanks for your kind words about your recent trip to La Jolla. I'm so glad you chose to stay in our Little Hotel by the Sea wing. The 8 suites in that building are ideal for families traveling with children, as they do offer full kitchens/kitchenettes (and the complimentary snacks we provide are usually a big hit with the little ones...not to mention being only a hop-skip-and-jump away from seeing the seals at the Children's Pool). Hope you'll be back again soon. Thank you again.
Terrence Underwood, General Manager
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Silver Spring MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I'm staying in a garden view room, on the second floor. When I booked, I had no idea I wasn't in the main hotel. I can see some ocean and sunset out my window. The room has a fridge stocked with complimentary water, Coke and Diet Coke. Gas fireplace too, which is a lovely addition. The staff service is impeccable. It doesn't hurt that they have an awesome restaurant on property, as well (Nine Ten). I'd stay here again, happily.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We have stayed at The Grande Colonial before and we were not disappointed during our last visit. Our room was well appointed with a comfortable bed, nice bath and small kitchen area. The location of the hotel is in the heart of La Jolla and within walking distance to everything. One block from the beach and walking trails and close to all the shops and restaurants one could ever want. We will be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Excellent location - downtown La Jolla. I stayed the first time at the Grande Colonial. The hotel looks great but the rooms are old and the carpet is grubby. Make sure that you don't get a room which face the village. Those rooms are quite noisy. For sure, there are better options in La Jolla for the same price. 3 stars

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#3 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Business 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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