We stayed for two nights Aug 1-3 and had booked thru the hotel website. We paid for an ocean view room and boy did we get it! We checked in early (1:00) and asked specifically for a room on floors 7-9....we got one on the 8th floor and the view was spectacular. What we liked about it over maybe one of the hotels directly on the beach (like The Shores at La Jolla) was that it gives a panoamic view of La Jolla, including the ocean. One of the most beautiful things about La Jolla is the actual town and hills so we felt like we got the best of both worlds. The room was extremely clean, large, comfortable and lovely. Not contemporary, but lovely. They are actually going to undergo a renovation to contemporary in the fall. The staff was friendly and helpful. Loved the free shuttle service. We did not hear the outside traffic from our room, unless we were outside on the balcony.
We are beach people - primarily Mexican carribean (Riviera Maya, Cozumel, etc) so have pretty high beach standards. If you are looking for a pristine white beach don't go to The Shores beach, which is walking distance from the hotel (also where The Shores La Jolla hotel is). It was a very crowded, hard-packed sand beach. Apparently the tide pretty much comes all the way up at night so its really just not that pretty or comfortable. Though there are some nice little outdoor restaurants/cafes down there. Instead of trying one of the other La Jolla beaches (which the shuttle would take you to), we actually went over to Coronado for our second day. A great choice. I heard WindAndSea beach was better. We just decided we wanted to see the world-famous Coronado and also one of the local shop owners suggested we would like it better.
Note - the hotel has free beach chairs to use.....get one as you will want one. They also offer free towels - they are small so get about 3 per person.
- Go to The Marine Room one night for a cocktail (walking distance...like 2 blocks). Go when it is dark. I've never seen anything like it - spectacular. It literally sits on the beach and has flood lights shining out that light up the ocean and at high tide the waves crash against the windows. The night we were there the water was literally a couple of feet up - it was like being in a snowglobe. Amazing. We could even see stingrays in the water (they are attracted to the light)
-Clay's for breakfast was yummy but pricey. Great view though - same as the one from our room.
Bottom line - we would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel with upscale decor and high end bedding and amenities. All non-smoking rooms, glass balconies, small gym, heated pool, walking distance to beach and La Jolla Shores shops and restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Jolla Shores
- At The Shores La Jolla