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7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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  • 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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#3 of 23 hotels in La Jolla
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.7
Value
4.4
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
Wifi
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Vending machine
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Safe
Iron
Laptop safe
Microwave
Refrigerator
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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robbyg346 wrote a review Sep 17
United States149 contributions33 helpful votes
Spent several nights at the Empress Hotel, great location right in downtown La Jolla. Everything else about the hotel is very adequate, there is absolutely nothing wrong with anything at the hotel, everything was in working condition & clean, just nothing more than the bare bones. Don't be expecting a welcome drink, someone to help with your bags, etc. I was pleasantly surprised that I could park on street instead of paying for valet, was able to save some money there and that my room had a slight water view. Also know that you have to specifically request housekeeping if staying less than 3 nights. Given that I got a good rate I was perfectly satisfied, but if I had paid much more I would have felt it was lacking.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Great Provider wrote a review Sep 17
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed two nights end of September with my daughter. Hotel is clean and is in the heart of where you want to be. We checked out and left a purse in a drawer. Over a week later we realized the purse was missing. Called the hotel and they had it in the lost and found closet. I want to thank the manager Albert who was super helpful. We will definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Adam W wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
I stayed with my wife and 2 kids (5 & 7) and we loved the hotel. Really convenient car parking at the hotel, smooth check in/check out experience and nice clean twin room. Lots of restaurants, cafes, bars, beaches in walking distance so we wish we had stayed longer!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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shahichowdhury wrote a review Aug 2022
hollywood2 contributions
Front desk was very nice friendly. Perfect size of the room of my family. Comfortable bedding, clean bed sheets, pillow in room. Amenities was enough for us. Restaurant conveniently located inside the hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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galdaldoc wrote a review Aug 2022
florida85 contributions28 helpful votes
We loved this hotel. Our room was very comfortable and very quiet. The staff was helpful and it was easy to have them valet our car. We got it promptly each time we called for it. The hotel's location is perfect: we walked all over the area where there are many shops & restaurants. Also close to the beach and the terrific Museum of Contemporary Art which is huge and a gem. We would happily stay there again.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Di2101 wrote a review Jul 2022
51 contributions39 helpful votes
The Empress is in an excellent location, just a few blocks from the La Jolla Cove and near many restaurants and shops. The staff is extremely nice and responsive. There is underground parking for $24/day ($28/day valet). The driveway to the garage is quite steep. We asked to leave our car in the garage for a couple of hours after checkout and were told we could leave it there all day! The room was not luxurious but was comfortable and clean; the bed was excellent--the shower water pressure could have been better. The carpet in the hallways definitely needs to be replaced, and dishes from room service need to be picked up from the hallway more promptly. There is an Italian restaurant in the hotel called The Manhattan; we did not eat there but it looked inviting and had live music one evening when we walked by. Probably the biggest downside of the Empress is the lack of outdoor space such as a garden or patio. There are times during a vacation when you just want to rest for an hour or two, and it seemed a shame to be in a hotel room when the weather was so perfect.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: We could see the ocean from our 4th floor room
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Tour750127 - couple from Seattle wrote a review Jul 2022
Tacoma, Washington2 contributions2 helpful votes
Room and hotel as advertised. Comfortable! We had zero issues parking on the street, no charge after 6pm otherwise 2hour parking. Had a space available next to the hotel each night. Must move by 10am weekdays as parking is enforced by the city. Walking to the beach was several blocks but very doable. Good location for safety, quiet and relaxing. Borrowed beach towels and sand chairs from the hotel. Friendly service. Must request cleaning service, we stayed 6 nights, needed service after 3 nights, no issues!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Todd T wrote a review Jul 2022
Carlisle, Massachusetts1 contribution
Check-in: Staff were super friendly. We arrived early and it was easy to drop off luggage and explore downtown La Jolla. Room: Room was super clean. Furniture was new and modern, with no signs of wear. No stains or odor in the room. Well-insulated walls with no noise from adjoining rooms. Beds were excellent with many pillow types for all sleepers. Shower was great with strong water pressure. Nice towels and robes. Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi was very strong, with speeds better than most hotels that I have recently visited.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Marc D wrote a review Jun 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This hotel needs a serious update. Stains on the carpets, filthy windows, stains on the furniture and more. Lots of dust throughout the room when we arrived. Housekeeping will not clean your room unless you stay more than three nights. Basically, no hotel services whatsoever. Just a person or two working the reception desk and some housekeepers. Way less than a four star hotel. Actually, way less than a three star hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Look for another hotel
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Frank D wrote a review Jun 2022
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Clean and convenient. Walking distance to food and shopping. Small boutique hotel. Friendly staff. Limited, yet adequate parking. Booked this hotel to visit family in La Jolla and the San Diego area. Met all of our needs. Would recommend
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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PRICE RANGE
$236 - $340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
empress hotel la jolla, empress la jolla
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Empress Hotel - A Greystone Hotel
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSan DiegoLa Jolla
NUMBER OF ROOMS
73
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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), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (0.1 miles), and Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church (0.2 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, The Cottage La Jolla, and NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar.
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.