I had never stayed at La Valencia before, and to be honest, had been put off by some of the reviews that said it needed upgrades. On previous trips, we'd stayed at the Grande Colonial, but it was fully booked this time. I'd heard that there'd been a recent refurbishment of La Valencia and thought I'd give it a try, because I always enjoy visiting historic hotels.
There was some construction going on to renovate the entrance and restaurant, so when I arrived I was a bit worried. But once I stepped into the lobby and saw the gorgeous cocktail lounge with its ocean view, and was greeted with such warmth at the front desk, I knew this was going to be a nice stay. Then, to top it off ... they upgraded me to an ocean-view suite in the newly renovated wing that was once the Cabrillo Hotel.
That suite: what a splendid view! Spacious. Comfortable. A bathroom with both a shower and a bath/jacuzzi. (I had Room 204.)
I truly felt this was a luxury experience. I know others have complained that the regular rooms were small, so if you can afford it, I highly recommend upgrading to one of the oceanview suites.
Valets were quick and helpful with the car. In the cocktail lounge, I enjoyed a martini and oysters, surrounded by the glory of old La Jolla. I dined in the restaurant for breakfast -- and surprise surprise, they served cappuccino that could rival cafes in Italy (and I admit it, I'm a coffee snob.)
This hotel completely exceeded my expectations. Would come back in a second.
- 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