We visited the Grande Colonial for a family reunion and 80th birthday celebration for my mother. We found the elegant old building charming, the location stunning, and the attentive service heartwarming. La Jolla Village is the place for a vacation in San Diego County. The hotel is just one block from a scenic craggy stretch of coastline, with spectacular wildlife your neighbors: lazy harbor seals, graceful pelicans, and ubiquitous seagulls. Miles of wide beaches are within a few minutes’ drive. The Village is an antidote to car-oriented Southern California with its small streets and numerous shops and superb restaurants within an easy walk. People with mobility limitations should make use of the complimentary “London Taxi” service offered by the hotel; your driver will be friendly, attentive, and genuinely happy to provide you with the service that you need. And tight parking in La Jolla Village makes this service very welcome alternative to driving, even if you have a car available. The rooms are comfortable and quite roomy for such a historic hotel. The staff seemed genuinely happy to accommodate the various requests of our party, which ranged in ages from 24 to 87. They made one of the conference rooms available as our “hang-out” space, bringing us tea and serving us our breakfast there. This made the hotel perfect for this family event; even the one rainy day during our stay was not a problem, because the room allowed us to turn it into “family game day.” The lobby is fairly small, so if you will need such space, it’s probably worth arranging for in advance. The breakfasts were gourmet-quality, and ordering off of the varied menu was a welcome change from hotel breakfast buffets. Many thanks to the Grande Colonial and its staff for helping us create a perfect family event.