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La Jolla Cove Suites
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1155 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Ranked #18 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“location, location, location!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

Having driven into LaJolla without a reservation, we checked out a historic hotel $250+/night. Although the room was elegant, there was only a stretch the neck view of the Pacific. Looking out I spotted a bright pink hotel below and on the water. What I found was a step into the 60's! The neat and clean room was an efficiency, refrig,stove etc. and it had a balcony overlooking the Pacific, the park and the beautiful cliff walk. I was able to negotiate a rate of $159/night which included a rooftop breakfast! We were able to easily walk to the many fine restaurants and the staff was delightful, friendly and helpful. For my money a glass of wine on the balcony beats elegant linens and marble sinks for twice the price. WARNING!! you MUST request a balcony room overlooking the Pacific, otherwise you willmbe diappointed

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Rancho Cucamonga,CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

I remember our first trip to Calif., and seeing my first view of the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla in 1957. The La Jolla Cove Suites rekindled the joy of that memory. The Cove Suites are clean, comfortable, welcoming and offer views that are breath-taking. The great staff is courteous beyond compare. The rooms and property are impecable and are truly reminiscent of a by-gone era. The location is perfect and lends itself to strolling along the beach and wandering into the village area. If you are looking for luxury in a ultra plush, modern hotel, this isn't your kind of place. But if you value service and cleanliness, and if you are a bit "old school" and have a hankering for nostalgia, then the La Jolla Cove Suites truly is a find and it will make you smile. A special thank you to Tracy White for sharing photos sent to The Cove Suites from long time hotel patrons! This place is a jewel!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Novelty, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

After checking out of a below par facility in Pacific beach we found ourselves looking at a suite in the La Jolla Cove Suites. We couldn't have beem more pleased! The spacious corner unit on the fifth floor was beautiful! The view was breathtaking! The place was extremely clean and very confortable place to call home for two weeks. We will certainly return and hope to stay longer. Conpetent, friendly staff and lovely surroundings.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

i spent a lot of time and energy working with this property to host all of my wedding guests at this property, despite the disturbing reviews. i chose to overlook the reviews as i was initially having a very positive experience interacting with the hotel. it turned very ugly, very quickly.

where do i start?

1. the vast majority of rooms do not have internet access. i am not saying that you have to pay for it; i am saying that there is absolutely no internet access. the only rooms that have internet access are the "full suites."

2. just know what to expect. the furniture, colors, fixtures, appliances, etc. in all of the rooms but the full suites are very dated and look it (and sometimes smell it). the full suites are half-updated (the furniture) and half-not (the fixtures, appliances, etc.).

3. if you have to stay here, stay in a full suite.

4. the location is incredible although you will realistically get some noise from the street below.

5. parking is $15.

6. the continental breakfast is free and offers an incredible view from the top of the building...but it's hard to call it a breakfast. there was no staff there at all. nothing was fresh from what i could tell (i.e. grocery store-bought bagels out of a plastic bag).

7. the rooms are spacious.

8. there is no restaurant on-site (but of course a lot of good restaurants nearby).

9. consistent with a lot of the reviews, the location is spectacular but the property itself leaves plenty to be desired. as long as you set your expectations to an appropriate level, you will have an ok experience but please do not go into your vacation expecting a luxury experience. this is a 2-star hotel with a 4 or 5-star location.

now to the reserving a room block experience:

10. the person i dealt with was very pleasant but all decisions were made by the general manager--that seems to be where the problems started. we had negotiated a rate for a particular kind of room and the rate was a nice discount versus the best rate available on the website. i was a lot more interested in other types of rooms and asked whether i could receive a similar % or $ discount on those room categories...

at the time (and several days thereafter) that i sent the email requesting rates on the other room category, the internet rate for the room category was $202. they came back to me and offered $225 as a group rate. yes, you read that right, not only was it not a discount but it was significantly above the rate on the website that allowed for full cancellation rights without penalty.

i obviously pushed back as that was complete nonsense. guess what happened then? the $202 rate online magically jumped to $239 and then they "generously" offered a group rate of $202--the previous online rate. unethical to the least, wouldn't you say?

this hotel does not do business the right way. you can't say that i didn't warn you.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, February 6, 2011
La Jolla Cove Suites is family owned and operated, and has been in business for 52 years. We have wonderful employees who are dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service to our guests. When we receive constructive criticism we give it the utmost respect and consideration. We always strive to deliver a quality experience.

Our deluxe one bedroom suites (full suites), and all of our terrace suites have complimentary wireless internet access. In addition; we have a business center with complimentary wireless internet access, computers, and a printer. The business center is a very quiet, comfortable room, which is open for extended hours and is available to all guests. Complimentary wireless internet services are also available on our rooftop, as well as at the pool and BBQ areas.

Our deluxe continental breakfast is offered to all guests daily on our oceanfront rooftop. The breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, muffins, bagels, English muffins, a variety of fresh fruits, coffee, lattes, mochas, hot chocolate (with marshmallows), and a selection of Tazo teas.

Sometimes we negotiate a special rate for a specific room type, however that discount percentage will not be offered for other room types. As is standard in the travel industry, room rates change often as they are based on supply & demand (for example, much like the airline industry). Our deluxe one bedroom suite is a very popular room type and often sells out.

I apologize for offering such a technical response, however these issues are very industry specific and therefore, require some explanation.
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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

I booked this hotel based on a recommendation of a friend who lives in La Jolla who correctly described the hotel as in the center of all the action. After booking the hotel i checked trip adviser and was nervous about soem of the negative comments, then i remembered an old proverb " believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.
The hotel stafff was excellent and very courteous, the rooms clean and with great ocean views. The mornign breakfast is what you expect from any cahin that offers a quick start in the morning. The parking fee of $15.00 is nominal and again what you would expect from any hotel.
If you like having great shops and restaurants within walking distance this is the place.

Just make sure if you are traveling with internet crazed children that you request a room with internet service.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vashon Washington, USA
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

Don't believe the gripes. I loved staying here. You just can't be a high maintenance, uptight traveler to stay here. It may be LJ, but baby just think of the hotel as an old Vegas showgirl who's lost her looks as the years roll by. She's still charming and hospitable!

I came for the La Jolla Rough Water Swim and stayed a couple nights on the fifth floor facing the Cove. The continental breakfast on the roof deck, the amazing views, nice staff, and that fab hot tub will have you forgiving the funky pink stucco and outdated furnishings. Kitchenettes were big and Jonathan's market isn't too far to fill the fridge. Parking is a breeze. You just can't go wrong for the location factor. The couch/sofabed is a nightmare though, just sleep on the couch if you're splitting rooms. It can be noisy on the street on the nights preceding events, like the Swim, when all you heard from 3 a.m. on was truck "reverse warning beeps." Just book it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

WE luv it there...have stayed there 3 times....the view is out of this world....can't beat it....we stay for the location and the view. The staff are great....the rooms are ok..but we wouldn't stay anywhere else because of the location!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1155 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Jolla Cove Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The closest ocean front vintage boutique property in La Jolla with guestrooms, full suites with kitchenettes & cottages, most with ocean views ! Only 220 feet from world renown La Jolla Cove's beach, walk to the Cove to snorkel, dive, swim or surf. Watch the sea lions or catch a west coast sunset all from your private ocean front guestroom balcony. Within walking distance to world class shops and restaurants.Guests can also enjoy our heated saltwater pool,or relax in our spa under the stars in the evening after a bike ride along the coast. Start your morning off with continental breakfast on the rooftop with magnificent vista views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Southern California coastline. A most memorable experience in a breathtaking location! ... more   less 
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