Having just left the excellent Sheraton downtown for a more convieniently placed hotel we had high expectations for the Sheraton La Jolla. We arrived in the evening, check in was perfunctory and not the most friendly I've experienced. Assigned room 412 in B-block. The hotel is a 2 story motel style affair, with plenty of parking right by the room blocks.
The room was of an adequate size with the standard bed and fixtures/fittings. The problem was the smell! The corridor smelled funny but the waft as we opened the door was overpowering. The room also overlooked the car park, not a big deal as it's not a drag strip, with the (noisy) airconditioning on, it was hard to hear anything outside anyway. Also, the bathroom door had a notch cut into it so it could swing past the toilet. As it was late we decided to stick it out and change rooms in the morning.
After looking at a two further rooms in the morning (one in the smelly B-Block), we were upgraded to a courtyard view in C Block which was much more pleasant. The only difference was the view, I don't know what the price differential was, so I can't comment on whether it would be worth it. It had a different more modern and quieter aircon unit, and the bathroom door didn't have a notch cut into it (yes, the bathrooms really are quite small!).
Unfortunately the room changing games kinda soured us on the place for the first few days of the visit, although the front desk girl was most pleasant and accommodating. Over time we came to like the room and hotel generally, it is convieniently located with free parking, the rooms are comfortable and well furnished (although not well lit), the fitness centre is decent and the centre courtyard and pool area is beautiful.
However, the business centre charges approx $1 a min for use of a sole computer terminal, there's the chance of ending up in the B block, and the airconditioners are hard get to work to your liking (instructions in the guest book please!!). Be aware if you're staying over Christmas the hotel restaurant closes, however, it's not a big issue as TGI Fridays on the adjacent mall was open.
Although we liked it enough in the end, there are better hotels in the San Diego area for the same money so we probably won't use it again. If you're a Starwood fan, then try to get a courtyard room away from B-block and all should be well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome awaits you at the Sheraton La Jolla, a resort-style hotel on 7.5 acres of tropical beauty. Located less than a mile from University of San Diego, La Jolla VA Hospital, Salk Institute. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton La Jolla
- La Jolla Sheraton