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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Ranked #8 of 24 hotels in La Jolla
Los Angeles, California
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27 hotel reviews
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“Great amenities and pool service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

This is a great hotel to relax. The landscape is beautiful. The pool is very nice but be aware there are a number of kids around the pool area (this does not bother me but I'm sure it will influence on the decision of many people who reads this review). Hotel restaurants are good and fairly priced.

Service is not at the same level you'd expect from large hotel chains. Whatever you request will get eventually done... so relax and enjoy. You will leave with fond memories of your stay!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thank you for this excellent review! We truly appreciate the time you took to provide your comments and feedback. We apologize if our service did not meet or exceed your expectations. Please note that we are looking into this issue further. We look forward to your return, and hope to see you and your family soon!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

This hotel is beautiful, very nicely laid out, great landscaping, nice pool. I paid the extra $40.00 and was upgraded to a one bedroom suite, which was very luxurious. Clean, nice staff, across the street from UCSD. You receive a coupon for one free margarita in the mexican restaurant, which was very good, as were the chips and guacamole.

Our room had a very nice large entryway, good size living room and dining room and a separate bedroom. It was very quiet, and overlooked a large grassy area. We were able to watch a beautiful wedding from our balcony.

We had breakfast at their restaurant (forgot the name, but not the mexican restaurant), which was outstanding.

The only negative is the location. You must drive to the main action in La Jolla, but this makes it a nice, peaceful respite upon your return.

I'd definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. We know our location is a bit out of town, however there is so much to do right there we feel you do not need to leave! Please join us again soon for a dip in the pool or a stroll through the grounds. We hope to see you soon!
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Forestville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Estancia leaves little to want for. The grounds are beautiful,rooms great, bar and restaurants top of the line. From the the moment you are greeted by the parkig crew, the bell service, front desk you are spoiled. Our dinner in the wine tasting room was sooo goood.
Cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 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
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you for such a phenomenal review! It is heart warming to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon. Join us for a drink at Mustangs & Burros! We look forward to your return.
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This hotel is on the small side as far as the pool and grounds are concerned. It definitely does not have a huge resort feel, which can be nice depending on who you're traveling with. We traveled with our kids this time to go water skiing in Mission Bay in San Diego and we all enjoyed the trip. There was never a problem finding chairs by the pool, but after a short period at the pool the kids were done. Most times when traveling with kids we stay in condos or bigger hotels with multiple pools/slides but after staying a few times in Mission Bay area when they were smaller we found most of those hotels to be pretty run down. This time we opted to stay 5 minutes outside of Mission Bay area and we were very happy with the choice.

The room and bathroom were very nice, we didn't feel cramped at all. We had a tiny balcony and chair that viewed the grassy area where they hold weddings. One negative was the weddings taking place made it awkward to walk around the grounds- we didn't want to intrude, but the grounds were so pretty we wanted to explore them the first night we were there.

We ordered food by the pool one day for lunch, and I thought the prices were reasonable and the food quantity was good. Most vacations we never order food by the pool because the prices are insane and they give you a tiny appetizer size portion.

The Mustang and Burros restaurant patio is so pretty- my husband and I went there both nights we stayed. The first night we went to use our complimentary margarita card they gave us at check-in. It turned out to be one of the negatives- which is weird. The margarita tasted like gatorade with margarita mix to top it off- couldn't taste any tequila. It was fluorescent colored so I really do think it was gatorade. The server looked a little annoyed we weren't ordering food as well so it was a bit of a negative. I'm glad we went back the next night though for happy hour. Our drinks were much better quality and the appetizer special was great as well. The prices were great and we loved the ambiance on the patio. The hostesses were very nice both times, and the service the 2nd time was great- so maybe the first server was just having a bad day.

Overall the hotel grounds are beautiful- it has a very intimate feel. I would love to come stay again- especially with just my husband, but I would bring the kids back as well. Any time I plan on going to the San Diego area, this will be my hotel of choice.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you for this excellent review! We apologize for the inconsistencies you encountered during your stay, and are pleased to hear you still had a wonderful time. Come back soon and take your kids to the San Diego Zoo or get a relaxing Swedish Massage in our World-Class Spa. We hope to see you and your family soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

My husband and I found this hotel on Snique Away and decided to stay for a couple of nights before a wedding in Hermosa Beach. For starters, the valet guys are awesome! They are extremely helpful and informative and quick to give good service. If you drive to the hotel, you don't have a choice but to valet which is an added $20/night or so.
Other than that, the service was mediocre at best. I rarely saw the front desk people smile and housekeeping is extremely slow to respond to requests. They even ended up with a shirt of mine (i think on accident) and didn't return until i called and then took hours to bring to us.
The slow service might have something to do with the confusing maze like set up of the rooms and layout itself.
Rooms are very nice. Comfy beds and nice shower. We had a tiny balcony but there are some bigger ones.
The salt water pool and hot tub are great! But if you want to have a good time at the pool; this is not the hotel for you. It was absolutely silent-no music- no bar. can call for service there if you'd like.
The location itself is not ideal. It is in a beautiful part of la jolla but you cannot walk anywhere but to glider/black beach which is a great place if you want to hike and privately surf but be aware that it is nudist. It is a short 10 min drive into downtown la jolla or to del mar but if you want to walk to restaurants/shops, it's better to stay in downtown la jolla instead.
There are 3 restaurants on site but all serve the same menu which is wierd. I recommend the chips and salsa (put a great spice on the chips) and the ravioli dish. We didn't order room service so can't comment on that.
The gym didn't have much to offer. I have heard the spa is the best in all la jolla although I didn't indulge :(
All in all, i was pleased since we got a good deal but would not pay the full price they demand. I instead would stay downtown.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are elated to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. We apologize for the miscommunication regarding parking. You can self park as well, next time please ask and we will show you how! We know our location is a little bit out of town, and we think it's great! There is so much to do at the resort, that we feel you never need to leave. Take a dip in the jacuzzi or get a facial at the spa, or even a margarita at Mustangs & Burros. Please join us again soon, we would love to see you!
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is a very nice hotel. It is located between the UCSD campus and the ocean so it is very convenient for meetings at UCSD. It is very quiet which I like. That also makes it a less stressful environment than some other hotels in the area. That said, some people will not like its isolation in terms of things to do and restaurants. But generally, one needs to get in a car to do anything in the San Diego, La Jolla, area.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
Thank you for such a wonderful review! We truly appreciate the time you took to provide us you thoughts and comments. We look forward to your return, and hope that you'll join us for breakfast at Adobe El Restaurante or a glass of wine at the wine bar! We hope to see you soon!
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Everyone on the staff was very helpful.... from Gabby ,Brett, who were very knowledgeable about restaurants in the area to Zach, Chris, and Ray, the bell hops, where very helpful and again very knowledgeable about the area... I love this place!!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Thank you for a phenomenal review! Gabby, Brett, Zach, Chris and Ray will all be recognized for their efforts. We could not be more pleased at how much you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to your return!
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Address: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#7 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#8 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A California-coastal rancho setting on 10 acres conveniently located between the two quaint seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar and adjacent to world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa offers a range of upscale accommodations from charming rancho style deluxe rooms to expansive suites with world-class facilities and exceptional service. ... more   less 
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