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“Clean, comfy, fantastic location” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn by the Sea
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7830 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Ranked #16 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Joliet, IL
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Clean, comfy, fantastic location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

This hotel is located within walking distance of everything -- beach, shops, restaurants. Traffic is light and pedestrian-friendly. The room was big, clean and comfortable. We could see a sliver of ocean from our balcony. The complimentary breakfast buffet was very good, hot and cold items and great coffee. The pool was clean and heated. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

We were nervous after reading some reviews here, but we had a fantastic stay here. Upon checking in, we were told that we had been upgraded to an ocean view balcony room... at no extra cost! That was a great surprise.

The room was clean, view was fabulous, and the price couldn't be beat. Continental Breakfast was fabulous, pool was fine, and my children loved the glass elevator. Location is ideal, walking distance to the beach. We walked down to see the seals every night of our stay, our kids thought that was the best ever. Parking is easy and close-by.

We had a great stay here, and highly recommend!

  • Stayed January 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

When we arrived in the evening a nice lady from the front desk checked us in. But the room was not nice at all! We had a room at the first floor right beside the service rooms. Great! The toilet was not working (could not flush) and the room smelled very badly. At the front desk the nightshift boy just arrived. So we told him that we would like a new room because for this price we don't accept this. Furiously he looked for a new room and did not understand not why wanted to change and was very unfriendly. The new room was on the second floor village view and much better. Oceanview is only possible in the highest floor on the right side. Else you will see directly in the next building.
The rooms are not very sound proof. You hear the other guests very well in the other rooms. Also the elevator next door is loud in the night. The breakfast is ok (3 different toasts, Omlets, caffee, milk, joghurt, ...).
Parking is NOT included and 12USD/day. I would not recommend this hotel!
So there are many nice little hotels at the beaches. Try to check goggle maps to find them. Tip: scrippsinn.com‎

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2010

The person who called the Inn by the Sea a "cockroach hotel". Is wrong about everything. The hotel is approximately 3 blocks from the Pacific Ocean. It is not more than six blocks to the most distant restaurant in downtown La Village. It is not more than five blocks from EVERY chic boutique in downtown La Jolla. We've stayed at this hotel every year since 2007. In 2007, we stayed at this hotel for 5 weeks.

Having lived in the village of La Jolla for 5 years, we were able to find the ocean we could always see from our different hotel rooms. One half of the hotel faces the ocean, the other half faces the village of La Jolla, which has buildings and other streets.

It may be that the "cockroach" reviewer was drunk during his/her entire stay in this hotel, but it is more likely that they were in the wrong hotel. This is a 3.5 star hotel. We will stay there again in April of 2010
Finally, the only "cockroach" associated with this hotel is the person who wrote that damning review of an otherwise excellent hotel. Having also had the be

  • Stayed April 2009, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2009

I think I could smell new carpet in the halls of the hotel. The lobby, halls, rooms, everything had an almost brand new appearance. After that, it gets a bit confusing. The lady who checked us in was almost curt and not terribly friendly. Other folks at the front desk were fine. We stayed over the xmas holidays and got a fairly cheap rate, along with an upgrade to a partial ocean view room on the 5th floor. We had 2 rooms since I am travelling with teens. The rooms would be very small for 4 people (as would most hotel rooms).

The fifth floor is called the 'penthouse'. Great, but I would expect a little more from a room in the 'penthouse'. Like glasses instead of cheap (2) 4 ounce plastic cups in each room. Or perhaps a refrigerator. Or microwave. Or TV bigger than 19". The buffet breakfast is ok, but nothing special, and the breakfast room is small and can get crowded. The free internet does not function at all on the 5th floor. Parking is another $12/ night (you won't find free or easy parking anywhere in La Jolla). The outdoor pool is ALWAYS in the shade - it was supposedly heated but we never tried it. They had (1) computer and printer in the lobby for free guest use.

I like this place and would stay again. We had previously stayed here a couple of times about 12 years ago back when I worked for the Best Western chain (I no longer do). Ignore the other reviews claiming the place is a urine smelling dump.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2009

We are currently staying at the Inn by the Sea and honestly I was terrified to book here after the last two reviews. I decided to give it a try due to it's location near our family that live in La Jolla. We booked a ground floor room with a AAA discount which made the room very affordable. When we arrived we had been upgraded to a 5tth floor balcony room facing the ocean. Our room is clean, spacious and we watched the sun set over the ocean today. The front desk staff were professional and very helpful. We were so pleased we booked a second room for some family members. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for two reasons. The location is excellent and the price cannot be beat. We are very happy with our stay and hope to extend the stay if all goes well with our visit.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Walking distance from the ocean, newly remodelled reception, reasonably priced. We use it whenever we are in La Jolla.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7830 Fay Avenue, 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 ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#12 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 132
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