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“A comfortable flashback to simpler times” 4 of 5 stars
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La Jolla Shores Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Formerly Sea Lodge Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A comfortable flashback to simpler times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I have stayed at the La JOlla Shores a dozen or so times -- it has become one of my favorite places. There is nothing fancy about the hotel -- it has a very 1960's motorcourt kind of look and feel BUT the staff are helpful and non-intrusive. The rooms are comfortable and serviceable (love the refigerator!) but not posh. Hotel has a pool, hot tub, and fitness center. For early risers (like eastcoasters wide awake at 4AM) there is a complimentary coffee bar in the lobby. Restuarant has good food and a quicky, genuinely retro bar. The entire facility is authentic. So what makes it my favorite place? The VIEW! The hotel is the only hotel in the La Jolla area that is directly on the beach! It is so much fun to sit on the patio and watch surfers, paddlers, and become a part of laid-back beach life. The hotel is right in the LJS village and there are tons of small charming restuarants. A half hour walk including the cliffside coast walk route tales you to the Village of La Jolla. I am always here for business -- one of these days I am coming just for a holiday.

Room Tip: If you go don't settle for any room without an ocean view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Pizza for two under $20 dollars room service? You got it! Beach, view of the ocean, good service? You got it! Pool, block away from great restaurants? You got it! No complaints? You got it! Parking garage was a little pricey at 19 dollars a day but I found the convenience could not be beat. Weekend parking can be a challenge in La Jolla, so I appreciated the convenience. All day parking means you can leave your car in the garage after check out and just hang out with family or friends with no hassles.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chugiak, Alaska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We truly loved the location of this hotel...right on a beautiful beach. The weather was not overly nice but it would have been great fun on a sunny day. The layout and design is beautiful, and the amenities are nice. My only complaint is that the walls were paper thin...so much so that we could hear the person in the room next to us coughing all night. Lots of traffic noise as well. It did put a damper on our stay.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Fremont, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My Marine son and I enjoyed almost a week away..he is stationed in San Diego, but felt like he was on vacation too! Amazed how driving just a few miles away can seem like a world away! Really nice hotel - easy to find and just minutes from most things. Their restaurant there is awesome too, with tables right on the oceanside! We relaxed and caught up as we sat and ate and watched the endless waves wash on shore! Relaxing and fun! The room was large and comfortable and had everything we needed in it. Definitely going back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Only one night, but it was New Years, and it included dinner and breakfast. That's only one day a year, but it gave me a good view of the place and the food facilities. The hotel is RIGHT ON the Pacific. In fact, our bed was likely not more than 100 feet from the gentle waves. Very nice. The hotel is a tiny bit worn...but the excellent and generous details, great food and very friendly and helpful people make it an excellent place. The beach on New Years was an incredible sight. Dolphin racing past, surfers, kayakers, long distance swimmers, "frogpeople" (there's an underwater park just offshore), happy walkers streaming up the beach...hang gliders to the North, hot aiir baloons, famous Black's Beach (clothing optional) up the shore, charming downtown La Jolla just down the shore, Scripps Institute...yikes. The New Years Eve dinner in the restaurant was really delicious and special...same for breakfast the next morning. Nice little shopping area with beachgoods and food, about 2 blocks away. We had a great time and that was in about 18 hours total.

Room Tip: Ocean view are right on the water...worth the extra dough. The mid- level rooms face the park next...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I stayed at the La Jolla Shores hotel for a business trip. The room was nothing to write home about. I had an interior room with fairly mediocre-to-shabby furnishings. However, the location of the hotel is fabulous since it's right on the beach. The service was also excellent. There was a power outage in the entire area when I arrived (unexpected meeting between an errant truck and an utility pole), and the staff went out of their way to accommodate their guests.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Stayed at the La Jolla Shores Hotel for 6 days over the Christmas holiday. The location is really great, with direct access to the beach and lots of attractions close by in La Jolla. From here it only took about 15 minutes to get to downtown San Diego. There are several good restaurants within walking distance, and if you go into La Jolla village (5 minute drive) there are lots more. Staff was excellent and made us feel at home. They brought us cookies and milk on Christmas, which was a big hit with the kids. View was very nice (even though we weren't facing the beach, we had a nice view up the coast, and the park next door). Pool area was very nice. They offer in room DVD players with a complimentary library of movies to check out, which was a hit with our kids. Parking is very convenient, although pricey. Restaurant is good, but also a little pricey, however we didn't mind with so may options close by. Great overall experience!

Room Tip: Rooms with a "coastal view" were very nice...view was good. Honestly, the neighborhood is...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Formerly Sea Lodge Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Jolla Shores Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 128
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