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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 #16 of 23 hotels in La Jolla
San Francisco, California
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“Family Trip To San Diego”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Since I relied on this board when making my decision to book a room at this hotel I decided it was important that I also leave a review of our stay. The best think about this hotel is the view. Our room, 244, had a great view of the cove and the park. The hotel is in a good location for walking to nearby shops and restaurants.

Our room was a two-story suite in the terraced part of the hotel. There are several stairs up to the room so be prepared to do some walking as parking is not always available in the upper lot (happened to us twice during our four night stay). The room was very spacious and had a full kitchen, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The room had a musty smell and really needed to be updated. There was ample closet space; however not very many hangers so most of our clothes went into the dressers. The beds were comfortable and the linens clean. The sofa sleeper bed needed to be replaced as the mattress was flimsy and was higher on one end. Our kids decided to sleep on the sofa bed so they could enjoy the view.

Our biggest end disappointment was the lack of attention that was paid to the patio. While we enjoyed the view from our sliding glass door, we were not able to enjoy actually using the patio because everything was covered in bird poop. We understand there will be some as it is next to the ocean; however, it was never cleaned during our stay and was unusable.

We also had a problem with having enough hot water to get through a shower. We ended up turning the water off half way through to save the hot water.

They provided a breakfast in the morning, but we did not take advantage of it. It looked like several people were enjoying it on the patio.

If you stay in the upper rooms, parking is provided in a small lot on the street behind the rooms. Twice we were it able to get parking as it was filled. Parking is $20 per night. I would like to see security checking the back gates more often as the gates were open a lot.

The pool area was nice. We just used it for tanning; however there were lots of children enjoying the pool and hot tub. They have grills on the pool deck for guests to use. The deck chairs were very colorful and clean.

I think this is a good place to stay if you are looking for a place to stay that is convenient and family friendly. Do not expect it to be fancy or modern. It reminded us of motels in beach towns like Santa Cruz. You hear a lot of noise from surrounding rooms and traffic. You also hear the seals - but in our opinion, that is a plus!

The hotel provided a nice map of the local area. There were cookies in our room to welcome us. The staff was helpful. I think they are trying to make the hotel a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Dear SFBadgerGirl,

Thank you for your very thorough review of your recent stay here at La Jolla Cove Suites. I am happy to hear that you find your room to be spacious and comfortable and were able to enjoy the pool and additional amenities that we have to offer. I thank you for informing me of the lack of attention paid to your patio area, rest assured I have passed your comments along to our housekeeping department. Thank you again for staying with us and we hope to welcome you back soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

It is a solid hotel (not plush) in a superior location. We were on the 5th floor - towards to the north corner - had a fabulous view of the sea lions and water activity during the day and lights up the coast at night. Our one-bedroom suite (recently redecorated) was well worth the reasonable room rate and provided plenty of space for our family of four.

Room Tip: The ocean view was key.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Dear gwenn7863,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the fabulous views. Thank you for choosing La Jolla Cove Suites and we hope to see you again soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Got here in March of 2013 for a home base between the beach Legoland and San Diego zoo. First night there was a a Saturday and didn't get much sleep. Walls are thin heard teenagers running around at night and any and all toilet flush or faucet turn on. The other nights were a lot less noisy. One thing I wish I knew before I booked it. Is that there is no traditional California beach to hang out on. La jolla is a cove with rocky beaches. It's nice but not what we expected. Overall a good home base. Room was average. View was great

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Dear Briant2331,

Thank you for your review and comments, we do appreciate them. It was nice to hear that you found our hotel an ideal home base for your travels through southern California and we hope we will see you again in the near future.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We travelled from the UK and had booked a suite here for my neice's wedding on March 16th and would be staying here for a week. The staff were extremely unhelpful. When we had booked the room, we were told that we would have a group rate as there were others staying there who were attending the wedding. They denied any knowledge of this even though we had the person's name who we had spoken to (she was conveniently in a meeting). They were also informed that my parents have mobility problems and would need a room with no stairs to climb as they have walkers. My brother, sister-in-law and I went up in the lift, the carpet was absolutely filthy. We walked along a corridor and came to a flight of stairs !!! We asked a member of staff who was passing where the room was and he pointed to another flight of stairs to a suite that was located at the back of the 'hotel'. This made up our minds, we turned around and went back to reception and told them that we would definitely not be staying there and the person who had been in a so-called meeting was standing there. We refused to pay anything then walked out and went to the Best Western Inn by the Sea where there were other rooms booked. This was the best move ever. What a fantastic place and just for starters, there were no stairs to climb and the lifts were spotless. All I can say it, thank goodness there were stairs at this place, otherwise we would have been stuck in this place with a wall for a view !!! La Jolla Cove Suites .... you did us a huge favour !!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
I was the manager on duty who assisted you when you arrived. Your money was immediately refunded and your reservation was canceled with no issue. We truly regret that here was a miscommunication our part concerning a room with no stairs and we sincerely apologize. I am pleased to hear that you were able to find accommodations elsewhere that better fit your needs.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed at the hotel during a business trip. The view is incredible but the hotel has seen better days and could be modernized. It was clean though! We had multiple trouble with our access card, but the staff was mostly very friendly and tried to help us as good as they could. The security guy was super friendly and helpful!

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Dear Paul,
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the wonderful view and superb location that La Jolla Cove Suites has to offer. I thank you for your lovely comments regarding our staff and security. Perhaps on your return visit, you might consider trying one of our newly renovated deluxe suites that offer some of the best views in our hotel. We thank you again for staying with us and hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Whittier, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This hotel should be labeled a "motel". It is run down. The "free" breakfast is far from a breakfast. It is loud. I would not recommend staying here. It is a great location. However, the hotel need to make a capital investment to update the rooms, provide a better breakfast offering.... Find another place to stay...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
I apologize that you did not enjoy your recent stay at La Jolla Cove Suites. The hotel continually works on updating the property to ensure that our guests not only enjoy the wonderful location, but also modern and comfortable rooms. We serve a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast on our rooftop with Belgium waffles, hot and cold cereals, bagels, muffins, fresh fruit, assortments of juices, coffees and teas. Our guests generally rave about the breakfast, however if you are expecting a restaurant style breakfast, such as an omelet with sausage or bacon, our staff will be happy to recommend great local restaurants. I would love to speak with you in detail regarding your recent stay here. Please feel free to contact me at bhazel@lajollacove.com or you may call our direct line at (858)459-2621 and ask to speak to me.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed here for a weekend in March. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. Had room in the annexe on the 6th Floor. Room was fine, but it did not have WiFi access as "this side of the hotel" hasn't been done yet. This meant I had to go to the breakfast room on the 5th Floor to send and receive emails and book local attractions. This does not seem difficult to sort out and should be done immediately. Other than that it is a nice hotel in a good location. There is some noise from the sea lions on the nearby beach, but this is kind of charming. Great beachfront walks and local restaurants. This is an expensive area and expect to pay 20% more in local restaurants than in many other US locations. Personally I think that's worth it, but it's up to you. Great local wildlife - eagles, sea lions, seals, pelicans and you should go whale watching - it's amazing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bianca H, Assistant Guest Services Manager at La Jolla Cove Suites, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thank you for your review of your recent stay at La Jolla Cove Suites. I apologize for the miscommunication, but we do offer complimentary wireless internet throughout our entire property. I am glad to hear that you were able to enjoy the beautiful wild life that La Jolla has to offer and that you took advantage of the fact that the whales are currently migrating, so it’s the best time for whale watching. We thank you again for staying with us and hope to see you again soon!
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#15 Business Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Jolla Cove Suites 2.5*
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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