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“The Pines are Fine but not Grand” 4 of 5 stars
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037   |  
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Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Venice, Italy
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“The Pines are Fine but not Grand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Flew down for a one day lunch in La Jolla. Uber'd from airport and down to lunch then back to airport. Hotel tries hard to be an old coastal gal in the Pines but cheap construction (you hear every door open/shut and TVs above and below) remind you this is a neuvo redux of a once classic. Now unfortunately, poorly executed construction priorities.

Still there is much magic to discover in any endeavor near the Lodge.

Room Tip: Balcony's are great, just don't open your door at 630am to sign kum by ah, the lawn care for...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Our room overlooked the golf course and ocean. It was simply gorgeous. It is a very tranquil location.The bed was very comfortable. We had a large bathroom with a separate shower and separate bathtub.
The halls and room are dark because of the craftsman style. I didn't like the darkness initially, but found it to have a calming effect.
Breakfast in Valentins was very good. I booked under the platinum amex program. I found it to be a good value for what was included.

Room Tip: A room overlooking the golf course and ocean may be worth the cost.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We've stayed at this hotel before to less than much fanfare, but we decided to stay here again since we were in the area (La Jolla left an impression on us). There was a little mix up at the beginning (making us call the hotel in the turnaround just outside for a rate we were quoted), but the room and halls seemed to be updated and we loved the smells in the room and out on the balcony. It was extremely peaceful. The rest of the stay we spent enjoying the town even more as well as driving up to Laguna Beach, but throughout it all, the hotel was perfect in accommodating us and providing a relaxing area to enjoy the scenery and relax. We highly recommend staying here if you're in the area (even if you're not a golfer, which we definitely weren't).

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had chosen this hotel for our 20th anniversary because it offered a challenging golf course and a spa, with an incredible vista, but we were pleasantly surprised how much more this hotel had to offer. The owners of the hotel are lovers of Craftsman era architecture, particularly Greene & Greene, and The Lodge at Torrey Pines is the reflection of the 10 years it took for them to collect everything from the art to the lamps and the design of the furniture, down to the art nouveau designs inlaid on the bed frames, the stained glass doors, the elevator doors -- the list is endless.

Added to this incredible venue is the level of service offered at this hotel. It is their goal to make a guest's experience pleasant. We did not encounter one unhappy employee -- and if they were unhappy, you would never know it from the genuine warmth that is extended from those who work there.

Unlike many hotels, instead of attempting to foist off their worst rooms on unsuspecting guests, they gave us one of their best, since it was our anniversary, and the view was breathtaking, overlooking the 18th hole, as well as the ocean.

The food at all the restaurants was wonderful, down to the quesadillas poolside. One person of note, Perry, in the Grill. His smiling face greeted us every morning and his buoyant spirit was nearly contagious. It would be hard to leave a breakfast served by Perry and not go out and spread his cheer throughout the world. A must try in the grill is the homemade root beer that they get locally. What a treat! I felt as if I really should have had this at the pool, with a scoop of ice cream in it!

I went to their spa for treatments more time than I will admit. Every treatment I had was excellent. All of their masseuses and aesthetitians were of the highest quality. The spa is spotlessly clean. If you place a towel in a basket, it is quietly gone, nearly instantly. The décor is in keeping with the period architecture and is done in an art deco/art nouveau manner, which works. The only recommendations I would make to improve the spa are aesthetic changes. Instead of having doors that open into the spa to welcome you, even though you can see the desk, you have to open this side door and zig-zag back to the front desk. Had they just had two doors that opened into the spa, it would beckon people to wander in, down the stairs and to look into their offerings.

The other item on my wish list for their spa is more spa area to relax, such as a quiet courtyard with a fountain, to which a guest could go before or after a treatment, so that a spa guest could keep their day a spa experience, rather than having to walk to the pool, only to have the joyous shouts of little ones shatter one's quiet composure. They do have a beautiful quiet room with a fireplace, but to me (an avid spa-goer), this seems more of like the waiting room for the treatments, not really some place I could spend the day, because the light is low and it's somewhat hard to read in there. When I go to a spa, I like to spend the day there, and limit my exposure the jarring realities of life. Again, I need to emphasize, this is not a complaint, just a wishlist item for improvement. The spa is immaculate, beautiful, and the treatments are excellent. Most of all, the spa is quiet. It offers what many other spas do not, peace and quiet. I appreciate that.

Many times, when returning from vacations, we are harried and for whatever reason, didn't feel like we'd been on vacation. When we returned from such an exemplary experience, we were rested and rejuvenated and ready to face whatever life throws our way -- until we can return to our safe haven!

Room Tip: 427 is one of the best rooms in the hotel. It is more expensive, but truly worth it. The view is t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stayed at Torrey Pines last week....fantastic .... Hotel is comfortable, friendly, unpretentious, luxurious without being too over the top....Valenines is wonderful...lemon ricotta pancakes we fabulous ... .access to golf course is simple and convenient.....

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Texas
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I like Estancia a bit better but I'm not a golfer. If someone in your group plays golf, this place must be just about heaven. You can walk out onto the course and play right next to the Pacific, while the rest of the group can swim and walk directly into the Torrey Pines Nature Park and Preserve. There's a great network of trails down to the beach and a hard surface trail for bikers and hiking that goes up north along the beach.
The food was good at breakfast; we didn't eat here for dinner. This lodge was built very recently to simulate an older historic property, and I don't mind the Craftsman/Art Deco theme, but it's just a very nice modern place to stay in a great location.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Excellent quiet nicely appointed accommodations. Outstanding service from everyone (Room Service, Bellman, Valet, Front Desk, Concierge, Housekeeping, Engineering). the chef made us special and wonderful blueberry pancakes every morning. I would not hesitate to return. My only suggestion would be a major upgrade of shower-head.

Room Tip: I had a very nice patio with a garden view and would request an ocean view next time.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#1 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Lodge at Torrey Pines 5*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests are greeted at The Lodge's porte-cochère by doormen attired in kilted Scottish Dress. Inside are 170 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, spa, 2 restaurants, and expansive public rooms with fireplaces, comfortable leather chairs and amazing views of the Torrey Pines and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Behind The Lodge is a heated pool with cabanas, whirlpool, croquet lawn, and a large terrace with chaise lounges for basking in the Southern California sun. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Lodge At Torrey Pines Hotel La Jolla
Hotel At Torrey Pines
Resort At Torrey Pines
Lodge San Diego
Lodge Torrey Pines
Inn Torrey Pines

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