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!
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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