My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in early October. We had a Palisade King room, 4th floor, facing the golf course and the ocean. It was right above the croquet green, which does double duty for outdoor weddings or dinners. I attended a nearby meeting. That was the main purpose of our stay in La Jolla.
The view was beautiful. We had a balcony. It looked out onto the Torrey Pines golf course (a public course, not directly affiliated with the hotel). Just beyond that, there is the ocean. There are said to be beautiful sunsets. But, while we were there, we were unlucky. There was cloud cover over the ocean each night that muted the color. But, the whole place overall is beautiful and scenic.
The room was striking. It consisted of rich wood and somewhat dark accent colors. With the outside light from golf course and ocean side entering the room, it did not seem excessively dark. The bathroom is gorgeous with a nice walk-in shower and separate tub. This came as no surprise. It is an AAA 5 diamond rated hotel. Everything is beautiful and first class.
We are not golfers, but I am sure that most people who travel to this hotel come, at least in part, for that purpose. There are a number of hiking and walking trails on the nearby Torrey Pines State Reserve for the non-golfers. You can walk down to the ocean on a number of different trails. The terrain is interesting. It is rugged with scrub brush in many places. You also have some of the red colored clay that adds color, especially in the late evening sun. But, you also have the trees, including the unique Torrey Pine, for which the place is named. So, it has some foliage that is desert like, but also enough greenery so that it does not look barren. Hiking the trails was very fun. There are some beautiful vistas overlooking the ocean and the bluffs to the north and south of the park.
We ate a few times at The Grill. That is their more casual restaurant. The food was really good, especially the “Drugstore hamburger.” You gotta try that if you like burgers. The high end restaurant, A.R. Valentien, is said to be excellent, but we did not try it on this trip.
The hotel has its own parking garage. You can valet for $27 per night, or self-park for $22. We did valet service the first night, then self-parked the rest of the time. The garage is small enough that it is easy and close to just walk there, and very easy to go in and out at will. All of the staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful.
The location of the hotel is very peaceful. Although the road on which it lies, North Torrey Pines Road, is fairly busy, we never heard road noise at all. I am not sure if that is the case for rooms closer to the road. Facing the ocean, it was always quiet and peaceful. It is a beautiful place. Of course, you pay up for a AAA 5 diamond level place. But, it makes for a memorable and scenic place to stay.
Go for a Palisade King room if you can afford it. The view is worth paying up for.
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