Our family of 4, two adults and two college age sons, just enjoyed a great stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. I was there for a short business meeting with a small group (less than 25) and the meeting room and food services were excellent. The only problem with our meeting room was that it offered a beautiful view of Hole #1 on Torrey Pines South and the Pacific Ocean beyond - what a distraction!
Our family enjoyed two connecting rooms, one with 2 queen beds for my over 6' sons, and one room with a king bed for the parents. Both rooms were quite ample, with a reading chair and ottoman, a work table, DirecTV, minibar and fridge, wireless internet and a small patio for relaxing. Each bathroom was spacious, with a single sink but plenty of marble countertop space for two and their toiletries, a shower bath, and a water closet.
The hotel includes a full-service spa, a partially shaded pool area, croquet and bocce ball recreation area, and two restaurants, one for fine dining and one for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner. The casual restaurant, simply called the Grill, offers outdoor dining with a great view of the golfers teeing off on either the South or the North course at Torrey Pines. With the comfortable temperatures and low humidity, the outdoor dining at the grill quickly became our favorite spot for breakfast or lunch during the day. We sampled Valentien's only for weekend brunch on their outdoor deck - excellent.
I can't say enough about the genuine warmth, hospitality, attentiveness and experience of the staff. Our concierge, Lisa Marie, could not have been more helpful in selecting restaurants that suited our taste buds and the style of dining we wanted. Matthew was the first person to greet us upon our arrival, learned our names, took care of our luggage, transportation and golf bags, and by the end of the visit, we were comparing notes on our Tennessee Titans and his San Diego Chargers as we left!
Now, for golf. Expect magnificent golf with no resort frills, since this is one of the municipal courses of the City of San Diego. The Lodge has reserved preferred morning tee times on either the North or South course. Booking through the Lodge, greens fees are slightly higher than the pro shop non-resident rates. Twilight rates begin at 3PM during the summer and are substantially discounted from the daily rates. The courses get busy in late afternoon as a result; these lower rates are only available directly through the golf pro shop at Torrey Pines, not the Lodge.
The practice area is functional but definitely subpar in comparison to the rest of the golf. Expect rubber mats, credit card ball dispensers and chipping and sand areas that bear no resemblance to the actual courses.
- 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