We stayed at the Lodge for three nights over a holiday. The Craftsman / Art Nouveau style is beautiful and well thought-out. There are amazing details everywhere you look; genuine tiger's eye and lapis inlay on the lobby counters, mosaics on the public restroom floors, a copper-hood fireplace in the bar, period woodworking and repro Tiffany lamps and glass.
The Lodge is golf-oriented, and likely best for couples and adults. There is a nice pool, but even that feels somewhat adult; and there's not much else for small kids to do on the grounds.
Best part of staying at the Lodge, other than golf and the stunning location: hiking in the state preserve that dips down to the beach, right next door; don't forget bottled water. Easy drives into both Del Mar (dinner at Jake's on the beach -- make a reservation!) and to La Jolla, for shopping and the Cove; rent a kayak or spot marine life from shore - barking sea lions, pelicans, cormorants and more.
We also visited Birch Aquarium at Scripps; and stopped by the Gliderport up the road to watch parasailers jump off the cliff and soar above our heads. There's also a nice -- and mostly empty -- gym at the Lodge, with top-notch equipment.
Brett, the concierge, gave excellent suggestions, including a casual dinner one night at Urban Plates in Del Mar Heights; $10 for a heaping plate of farm-fresh fare, with inventive vegetarian salads and scrumptious soups. The eatery is in an upscale mall, but has a fun, industrial vibe.
Our only snafu was at check-in; somehow our request for a "high-floor room" -- acknowledged weeks earlier by email -- had turned into a ground-floor room, with every other room in our "class" already sold out by the time we arrived (four hours before official check-in time).
After much back-and-forth, the Manager did find us a top-floor room with a balcony (happiness!) which, in retrospect, was likely only available due to an absurdly noisy family next door, who were in residence for our entire visit, left their adjoining balcony door open 24/7 and never put their screeching, pounding toddlers to bed before midnight.
To be fair, we were offered the chance to move after the first night, but to a lower floor; but seduced by our top-floor, open-air balcony, we foolishly wavered and stayed. As the best part of the courtyard is the peace and tranquility of the stunning pine forest, it was a bummer.
Other than that, our room was big and nicely furnished, and the beds were very comfortable!
Likewise, the staff at the Lodge were amazing; across the board, they exhibited enthusiasm and a genuine demeanor, from check-in to the valets, bellhops, waitresses etc. Everyone was unfailingly polite and friendly, and always eager to help. For a tourist area, that's rare indeed.
- 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