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Pantai Inn
3.5 of 5 Inn   |   1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 La Jolla B&B and Inns
Peoria, Arizona
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“Can't wait to return! 10 stars!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We just returned from 4 nights in a 2 bedroom suite, number 201. Now I have stayed at great places all over the county and a few in other countries, but this is by far the best of everything. No expense was spared in turning this oceanfront oasis into a luxury destination with the highest quality everything! Large LED televisions 3 total, gas range and high end appliances in the kitchen. The bathroom has a rain shower and totally clean. The carpets are so clean that you can walk barefoot without any concern. The turndown service includes free Eclipse chocolate bars that sell for $4 a piece and are the best chocolates you have ever had. My kids wanted extra bars and they were given them, they were so happy with that. The breakfast had quality food, almond milk, fruit, organic coffee and tea, the best muffins and pastries you could imagine as well as bagels and cream cheese. The staff is what sets this place over the edge, you feel important here, and they go out of their way to make you feel important. This was paradise, stay here, spend he extra money you will be glad you did! The beds are so wonderful, feels like your sleeping on air. This is what every hotel should be like. The pics are great but don't do it justice.

Room Tip: Room 201 was awesome, we had 5 people in there and there was so much space.
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shane P, General Manager at Pantai Inn, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Lynneraz,

Thank you for your wonderful words about the Pantai Inn. I know our staff is very appreciative to hear such a glowing review. The staff does in fact feel that each of our guests is important. This is meant to be a relaxing getaway but at the same time you should feel like you are home. We hope that it came across during your stay. Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Shane Pappas
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Great location next to Shell Beach & Scripps Park. Shopping & plenty of restaurants for all budgets & tastes within minutes walking around downtown La Jolla. The place is a mix of restored cottages, bungalows & town homes about 11 units in all.

We stayed in floor level 1 bedroom cottage with sweeping views of park & ocean. It included a living room with gas fireplace & a 55' screen above it! A full modern granite top kitchen, GE appliances & formal dining area, a big plus if you are staying for more than a few days & don't want to eat out constantly. A separate bedroom with its own 55' HDTV a very modern bath Balinese style. As a matter of fact the Balinese influence is everywhere the decorative tile, mahogany wood, copper fixtures & artwork. A filtered water system, security safe, docking stations, complimentary wifi & parking were appreaciated. The last two you typically pay dearly at resorts & parking is at a premium around here.

There is a nice inner courtyard to relax & unwind with modern heaters for the chilly nights. That is also where you can enjoy the complimentary buffet breakfast of teas, coffees, juice, pastries, fruit & Greek yogurt. Nice!

No need of a pool or fitness center since you have the beach & oceanfront for jogging & cycling:)

Last but not least was great staff! All of them very helpful. Turndown service was superb with a the gourmet chocolates another treat. Karen one of the housekeeping gals, very thorough & pleasant!

If North San Diego is your destination La Jolla & Pantai Inn definitely deserve your consideration.
We will be back!

Room Tip: The 2 Cottages are right on the front of the property have the full ocean view but are also right of...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shane P, General Manager at Pantai Inn, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Socratesa,

Thank you so much for the ringing endorsement. I don't think that I could have said it any better myself. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Pantai. Keren was very excited and appreciative to read your wonderful comments. Thank you again for taking the time to review our property on Tripadvisor and we look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Shane Pappas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed in the one bedroom full ocean view and WOW. We saw dolphins every day from the front window. It was really nice having the patio all to ourselves with all the people going by looking envious. It was really spacious, it was nice having the gas fireplace to take the chill out in the evening. It was just a gorgeous place, attention to detail in every aspect. Hope to be back soon. There were no issues with car alarms, car doors opening or closing.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room with the patio directly facing the ocean. The time of year we stayed we didn...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This place caught my eye by just driving by about 4 months ago. This week, my boyfriend booked a half oceanview room to surprise me for my birthday. We loved it. The staff are super nice and the entire property has such an eclectic ambiance. The rooms are amazing as they come with a fully equped nice kitchen, nice TV's, super comfy bed, awesome shower, etc. etc. It's a great place for families or couples. Great location - walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars, etc. The place is still expanding. I can't wait till they add the spa and return - hopefully for more than one night.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shane P, General Manager at Pantai Inn, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Missly,

On behalf of the staff here at Pantai we once again wish you a Happy Birthday! We hope that we were able to make it a special one. Keep in touch with us so that we can provide you with information on our expansion as we know you and many others are eagerly anticipating the addition of the spa to our already amazing property. We hope that you come visit us again soon.

Sincerely,

Shane Pappas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What a great find. We stayed three nights and were so impressed with our one bedroom appartment. Staff were friendly and location is great, walking distance to everything. We stayed in room 204 and loved it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shane P, General Manager at Pantai Inn, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Hi DonnaMarie,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on Trip Advisor. I love that you enjoyed your accommodations and your stay at Pantai. If you are ever in the La Jolla area again please give me a call and I will be happy to create a new reservation for you. We appreciate you staying with us at the Pantai Inn.

Have a wonderful day!

- Shane Pappas
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Danville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed here for a mini-honeymoon right after our wedding (our honeymoon is not until December). The location of the hotel is perfect since is in downtown La Jolla and within walking distance to a lot of shops and restaurants. We arrived and were greeting by the friendly receptionist. The check-in process was easy and the receptionist even showed us around the room. We had a 1-bedroom suite with a full kitchen. The furnishings were nice and we especially liked the fireplace and large flat screen tvs (2 tvs total - 1 in bedroom and 1 in living room). We also liked the complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, and wireless internet. My only complaint would be the size of the bathroom. The bathroom was EXTREMELY small and the toilet practically was in the shower. There was no bathtub and every time we took a shower, the water leaked all over the floor because there is no shower pan and the floor is not slanted. The bathroom fixtures were very nice, especially the multiple showerheads. My other complaint would be that there is no "do not disturb" sign. We wanted to sleep in and the housekeeping lady came by every day around 10am asking if we wanted service. It would have been nice to have a sign so she would not wake us up.

Overall, the hotel is very nice and the location is ideal. The staff is friendly and the hotel is clean. We would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed here for one Thursday night in mid October 2012 and it was one of the best all around lodging experiences we’ve had (and we’ve stayed in some nice places). It was my wife’s birthday and she decided to bring homemade scones for the front desk and ask for an upgrade. What the heck, it was worth a shot. Amanda at the desk couldn’t have been nicer (as was everyone there including the gardener who keeps things looking great). She gave us their best suite, 208. Check out the pictures, it’s awesome. You’ve got your own giant porch overlooking the Pacific, which is right across the street. When you tire of that, the large living room has a full-length picture window and two big couches to sit and gaze. Also in that room is an eating table with four chairs, a big working gas fireplace, a gorgeous flat screen TV and a Murphy bed which folds down from the wall. Everything is new and spotless. Then you have the lovely bathroom with hand painted ceiling and a medieval style shower, a full kitchen with brand new appliances, and a cozy bedroom with a four-poster queen size and another flat screen.
You’re in between La Jolla Cove to the north and the Children’s Pool with its seals to the south. We walked up the steps to eat at the restaurant 9-10 which is gourmet with a capitol G, but there are twenty other restaurants up there to suit any taste. Of course you have free parking so you can cruise anywhere.
I’d recommend this room to anybody. If you’ve got a special occasion, say a wedding with a group from out of town, this suite could comfortably sleep five. A word of advice: this area is world famous and fills up with people during the day on weekends and holidays. They all leave after sunset though and you’ve got the waves and the seals to lull you to sleep. I hope to return someday.

Room Tip: 208. Bring treats and try for an upgrade.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pantai Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exceptional boutique hotel masterfully blends Bali's old-world charm, kingly comforts, and cutting-edge technologies. Reminiscent of the tranquil retreats of the Indonesian island, Pantai Inn offers the essence of Bali with richly appointed suites and ocean views. No two rooms are alike, each decorated with custom furnishings, art, wood and stone carvings, all hand-chosen and imported from Bali. Most notably, Pantai Inn exudes the purest form of luxury. This paradise is your gateway to experience Bali's most revered traits...the highest standards of genuine, friendly and welcoming hospitality service. ... more   less 
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