I have to give this motel 4 stars due to the price (I paid $70 online) and the location. It is in one of the most gorgeous and charming parts of Southern California (in my opinion, of course): La Jolla Village (and close to Del Mar, another beauty). So purely for location, I would give it high ranks. I am glad I read the TripAdvisor reviews because they are what motivated me to stay here, rather than where I usually stay in San Diego.
The motel is right off a main road in La Jolla Village, and it's a winding road you travel to get there. I enjoyed the drive as it was a gem waiting to be found. Nearby is a Von's that is open until 1am, and a 7-11 down the street from the motel. It is on a busy stretch and cars whiz by constantly but at nighttime, you don't hear the cars at all.
I arrived around midnight and the area was completely dead quiet. The motel was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The lobby closes at 11pm so I had to ring the buzzer and a nice clerk promptly came out and checked me in. He was pleasant and efficient. The checkout is 12pm so that's very convenient and I definitely needed the extra time.
Parking is free and the parking area is a touch cramped in the front of the motel. I could see it getting full but there appeared to be some street parking as well. I did think to myself that I wouldn't want a first floor room as it would have to be quite noisy.
I had a room on the top floor so the noise level was definitely diminished. I was also behind the laundry facilities so it blocked the noise from the parking area. The walls are thin but I did not hear any of the people in the rooms next to me. I only know they are thin because I could hear housekeeping vacuuming in a room nearby, and I could hear rolling luggage and rolling garbage cans outside my door. The morning noise is a little loud and you can definitely get woken up by people exiting and housekeeping doing their job (which they do a good job of). So if you are a light sleeper, I'd advise ear plugs for the morning.
The room size was sufficient for 2 people. There was a desk with two chairs and a clean Queen bed that was fine. Bathroom was spacious. You don't get too many amenities - just towels, iron, blow dryer, soap and shampoo. WiFi was free and good.
I had a good experience here and La Jolla is a great place. I would definitely come here again.
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