La Valencia occupies the perfect spot in La Jolla. Its location at the heart of the action and right across a small park from the ocean make it incomparable. Almost everything about the property lives up to that location. It’s a rambling building with multiple floors and wings, staggered down the hillside with a string of bungalows at the foot.
The pool is set in a beautiful location mid hillside, surrounded by luxuriant foliage and partly shaded; the water is warm and inviting.
All of the service worked very well for us. The room service, the waiters, the barman were all good and attentive. There is a terrace which overlooks the pool and gardens which is ideal for drinks or tapas. These are served with style.
We were upgraded to a sea-view bungalow, which was an unexpected bonus. This was a wonderful room and the bathroom was huge, with tub, shower and built-in steam facilities.
A few things weren’t perfect. The restaurant was a great location, but the menu was rather unexciting and pricey. The lounge area ended bar-service very early, leaving only the Whalers bar for a drink, which is fine if you like a fairly loud environment. If you don’t then you are out of options. The lounge should be open until at least 11pm for bar service.
The elevators are annoying. It’s a two stage process to get 5 floors from top to bottom of the cliff. This is unavoidable due to the layout of the property, but the two small elevators that you need to travel in are really ancient, slow to move and even slower to come when called. The alternative is a lot of steps outdoors, which may be good for the health, but not always practical, in evening shoes for example.
In summary, a hotel of generally high standard, but lacking just a few touches to make it excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Valencia Hotel is more than a La Jolla landmark, it's an icon. La V continues to host celebrities, politicians, special celebrations,and romantic getaways since 1926. Located steps from the tidepools and sandstone cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, La V is the perfect blend of location and luxury. The hotel's historical Mediterranean influenced architecture and decor, including beautiful courtyards, hand painted murals and exquisite Spanish mosaics, evoke old-world charm in this one of a kind coastal destination. Choose from 114 luxury guest rooms, suites and Villas, some with fireplaces, stunning ocean views, tropical California landscaping, or picturesque La Jolla village. Offering two distinctive restaurants: Cafe la Rue Bistro & Bar or THE MED Ocean View Restaurant. Enjoy premium libations in La Sala Lounge or plan a special event in unique indoor and outdoor ocean view event locations. La Valencia is the premier location to escape, relax and unwind. Experience the beauty of Southern California in San Diego's most elegant and classic luxury hotel and become a part of La Valencia's exceptional legacy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Valencia Jolla
- Hotel La Valencia
- La Valencia La Jolla