Near the end of our December California Coast road trip, we were more than ready to kick back and cool our heels. Never having been to La Jolla before, and not planning ahead, we'd first passed through La Jolla after a short stop and then tried to find a sweet spot in San Diego.
Later that same afternoon we'd given up on San Diego and back-tracked to La Jolla. We'd actually spotted La Valencia ("La V") while first passing through, having lunch and resting up on the patio at Cody's restaurant across Girard Ave (La Valencia is at Prospect & Girard).
When we stepped through the front entrance at La Valencia it felt as though we'd walked into a dream. If you've stayed at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in Saint Pete Beach, Florida, you'll know the feeling. This classic hotel (I think it's the same soft shade of pink as the Don CeSar!) makes the most of its unique character, architectural charm and graceful ambiance. Staff were brilliant at check-in and throughout our stay. On departure, we did find a little communication problem with the quoted rate we'd received on arrival for our "Ocean Villa" suite, but our stay was so sweet it was really a non-issue.
Without a reservation, we were happy to find they had an Ocean Villa available, as we were looking forward to a suite with a balcony or patio. La Valencia's Ocean Villas are the newest part of the property. All have gorgeous, private patios. Ours had a view of the ocean and was only about 10 steps from the pool area. The Villa was an exquisitely comfortable and private little oasis that let us relax and explore La Jolla after a few days on the road.
La V's La Sala Lobby Lounge was our favourite spot in the hotel. Lots of fun for a glass of wine and a light bite. We started our evenings there. Live entertainment was great. Breakfast in the Mediterranean Room was an awesome way to begin our day. Try the Huevos Rancheros!
If you're looking for the absolutely ideal location to discover La Jolla on foot, you've found it here. La V is within easy walking distance of the most incredible ocean-front vistas, the best restaurants and enough boutique shopping to wear you out.
We did walk into several other surrounding hotel properties, just to give them the once-over while we were exploring. We left all of them so happy with our choice at La Valencia.
- 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