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Empress Hotel La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 08/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#3 of 24 hotels in La Jolla
Travelers' Choice
GreenLeaders Silver level
Experience the Jewel of Southern California at the Empress Hotel, a Boutique hotel in the heart of La Jolla Village. Stroll to La Jolla Cove and take in stunning sunsets and breathtaking coastline views. La Jolla Village is home to fabulous restaurants, galleries and shops all steps from the Lobby of this Upscale Boutique Hotel. The Empress La Jolla is a short drive away from popular San Diego attractions such as The Gaslamp, Old Town and Seaport Village. Family travel to San Diego Zoo, Sea World and Legoland can begin here in large rooms with two beds, a short drive to attractions and a block from the Sea Lions at Children's Beach. Business Travel is also made easy at Empress Hotel with Complimentary WiFi and a Business Center just minutes from UCSD, Scripps Medical, Bio-Med Companies and UTC Westfield Center. The Empress Hotel La Jolla is the perfect location to embark on an unforgettable vacation or business trip.Check our website for special packages.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Paid private parking on-site
Secured parking
Complimentary instant cofffee
Vending machine
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Laptop safe
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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mynameisD wrote a review Jan 16
Portland, Oregon696 contributions93 helpful votes
This was an excellent stay... The check in was friendly and helpful, with lots of information regarding the parking garage. Anthony was a great desk clerk, friendly and a wealth of information regarding restaurants and staying an extra day. We ate at the fish restaurant (El Pescador Fish Market ) Anthony recommended and it was wonderful The room was lovely, we were so surprised and grateful as we had been traveling all day with a pet. The pet fee was only 20.00 dollars and you would have never known you were in a pet room. Felt like we were in a small suite. Thank you so much !!! Such a lovely, clean and well equipped room, with a mini fridge, microwave, safe, large closet, extra couch and chair. The bathroom was really large and we loved the shower area.This room made us choose to stay a second day and catch up on some rest. The hotel garage is around the back but a gate comes down at 11 PM and they have camera's in the garage as well and you can enter the hotel from the garage area. The fee is 26.00 dollars a day to use the garage. But folks you may pay more than that keeping the meters fed or for parking at restaurants. The lobby was decorated very nicely for the Christmas holiday and the maid staff was very friendly as well. They were not serving the morning breakfast due to covid and didn't offer anything in a to go bag. However, there are many places in walking distance like The Brick and Bell ( had really good breakfast sandwiches) or Girards Bakery.. And the living room has really good coffee and mexican hot choc. We can't thank you enough for such a lovely stay. We got married here in 2005 and this is the first time we have been able to visit since then. You certainly helped make it a wonderful memory.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Second Floor was lovely ....
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TrippyDD wrote a review Dec 2021
Alexandria, Virginia48 contributions15 helpful votes
We've visited the area several times and were curious about the Empress. It did not disappoint. The building is in the middle of everything, walking distance from the beach area, and just the right size. Our room was in pretty good shape, very comfortable and equipped with a microwave and fridge. The heat did not work in our room but we were quickly given a portable heater that worked very well. We had good luck finding street parking nearby, but that may not be true during busier seasons. One odd thing was that some of the staff did not wear masks despite a local rule that requires them indoors due to Covid.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tamra L wrote a review Dec 2021
San Diego, California21 contributions6 helpful votes
We booked a weekend "get away" to enjoy a concert at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center on a Saturday night and found ourselves in a sweet European-style hotel. Overall, the staff was friendly and willing to go the extra distance to make our stay pleasant. While unable to provide room-service for in-room dining during the pandemic, the manager stocks a food & personal care kiosk in the lobby where we put together a little breakfast nosh before taking off for the day to explore the town. It is in a good central location. Restaurants, shops, and the beach are an easily walkable distance from the hotel.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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ScottEP wrote a review Jul 2021
El Paso, Texas535 contributions143 helpful votes
Our fourth stay here came after pandemic re-opening. It was not as good as previously. You still can't beat the great location for walking around the village and to the beach. We had excellent service from friendly staffers, too. The room A/C wasn't able to cool the room adequately. We called and were brought two fans, which helped tremendously for comfort. The complimentary breakfast is gone, but at least the lovely patio is still open. The fitness room was sub-par and not serviced. Still comfy bed , clean room, and everything else works well.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: higher floors have better views
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Olena P wrote a review Jul 2021
Campbell, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed for one night only - it was a business trip for my husband, but for me - just a leisure visit. Antony was very welcoming and let me check in much earlier than 4 pm! I was so happy to be in the room right when arrived, around noon. He also shared bottled water and toothpaste kits. Everything we asked for. I asked for the late check out and was able to stay until 1 pm. I left earlier though. Larry was very helpful as well. The location is very convenient - I walked to La Jolla Cove and snorkeled there. I used beach towels from the hotel which was nice. I paid for the valet parking the first day, but I parked for $5 the second day in a public parking lot, down the street. Overall, very pleasant trip.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
$133 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Empress Hotel La Jolla
Which popular attractions are close to Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Nearby attractions include Children's Pool (0.2 miles), Tijon (0.2 miles), and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Yes, paid private parking on-site, paid public parking nearby, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bobboi Natural Gelato, NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar, and Girard Gourmet.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Empress Hotel La Jolla located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of La Jolla.
Are pets allowed at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Empress Hotel La Jolla offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Empress Hotel La Jolla?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.