The Empress Hotel epitomizes the feeling and spirit of La Jolla. The little beach town is a beautiful part of Southern California to begin with and when you add a stay at the Empress, it can't get much better. Arriving at the hotel is like walking through the front door of a family member's home, the staff is always so warm and friendly. The rooms are beautifully decorated even down to the smallest detail. The rubber ducky next to the jacuzzi tub is my favorite! With great shops, restaurants, and gorgeous beaches steps from my room, I don't think twice about where I'm going to stay when I visit the San Diego area.