My wife and I stayed here 2 or 3 times some number of years ago until the valet parking smashed our car. Their insurance paid for the damage, but it was still a major hassle and we've avoided the place in our yearly visit to La Jolla until now when we decided to give them another try. And we were glad we did. The location is perfect (so long as you don't want to be right on the waterfront) and the rooms have been upgraded, but not the price. Given that the choices in La Jolla are expensive fancy places and somewhat rundown motel-like places (that aren't cheap, either, with very small rooms), the only decent choices in the middle are BW Inn by the Sea and Empress. The rooms here are now nicer, the place quieter (fewer kids), and the afternoon cookies were a nice treat, so overall, it's the best choice for mid-tier hotel in La Jolla. We'll certainly be back again next year.