The Grande Colonial proved to be the best hotel we stayed at during our California road trip - It exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. It is a heritage hotel so has loads of character.
We had a Garden Terrace Suite which is a short walk from the main hotel (it used to be an adjoining hotel). The Suite had a small kitchenette, a complimentary tray of snacks and soft drinks in the fridge (these were all refreshed daily).
The bed was good and the bathroom very well equipped. Housekeeping did a great job and all the staff were friendly and helpful.
The location is good, right in amongst the shops and restaurants of La Jolla and only 2 minutes from the beach.
If you want to save the $25 per night valet charge there is ample street parking around - but this might be hard to get during the peak season.
If you want a nice cosy hotel room which feels like a home then this is the place to stay - if you like the umber cool urban design of the big hotel chains then this is probably not for you.