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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Ranked #9 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Reviewed October 20, 2007

My second stay - both times on tense business in off season.

The grounds are the best part of the hotel - flowers, candles, fire pits, saline pool with fireplace, mineral hot tub. The spa is good.

The rooms were quiet (and I am a light sleeper); I had a courtyard view. The decor is relaxed, the bed comfortable.

The staff was young and pleasant and attractive, and some (especially
the bar tender) were very competent. I suspect the UCSD across the street provides much of the staff. There seems to be no concierge, and the front desk was vague on directions, but it is hard to go wrong in La Jolla.

The wine bar has excellent small plates. I had my main meal at lunch in La Jolla and wine and Kobe beef or seared tuna in the evening.

If you can relax and enjoy the gardens and not worry about the expense it is a great place.

If you expect top efficiency and low prices - stay someplace other than La Jolla. This is Southern California - you are right above a surfer beach and next to a glider port.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 19, 2007

Well, all in all the experience at Estancia was OK. The grounds are beautiful and well kept and the staff was very helpful. However, there are a few negative things that I think are worth mentioning. The room and bathroom were nice, but there is no soundproofing. I was up half the night listening to the guy next door snore!! We had upgraded to the Estates room, which I thought would be great. We were on the first floor and there was only room for one person to sit outside on the tiny patio. The restaurant Adobe was VERY disappointing. The dinner was expensive and really not good. We had the breakfast buffet and the scrambled eggs were watery and everything else was dried up, not tasty, and TERRIBLE. I would not recommend this hotel.

Stayed: October 2007
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Reviewed October 18, 2007

The Estancia is a very comfortable, beautifully decorated, low-key hotel. It is exceptionally well-located if business or pleasure take you to the University of California-San Diego, which is across the street. The hotel is deceptively large, which can make for waits at the front desk. Staff are friendly and try to be helpful, although I couldn't get an internet connection problem resolved (ethernet cables provided by the hotel didn't fit the connection provided, and wireless reception was too weak in my room to support anything but basic email service). Also, the front desk was uninformed on the various reasonably-priced airport shuttle services that operate out of SAN - all the info they had was for high-end limo services. I booked a shuttle trip to the airport myself for $25. (Cab fare is $50 one way, and the hotel does not offer a shuttle).

The room rates at this hotel are probably worth it if the hotel is your vacation destination, or if you intend to avail yourself of the spa's services (also very pricey). The rooms are quite nice, and the bathroom is among the nicest I've seen. But for a business trip, it was overpriced, especially with the internet problems I experienced.

The food was quite good, both at the restaurant and at a catered event.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 25, 2007

I just want everyone to know that this hotel is directly across the street from UCSD. Eleanor Rosevelt (ERC) College. You can park your car at the College in their parking garage on weekends and holidays for FREE! Save the high price this hotel charges for parking! (I still don't understand why they charge for parking, their rates are so high, it should be included in the nitely rate. Just another way to make more money from us I guess). Also, since our daughter just started at UCSD, we mentioned this to the hotel and got a great discount. We paid only $210 a night. So if you book, mention this and save!
We will probably book here again when we come to pick my daughter up in June, just for the convienence. Hope this helps you decide if you should stay here.
Overall thoughts on this hotel was that we really enjoyed our stay here. This place took us away from everyday stress and hurdles. It felt like you were in a whole nother world. Nicely landscaped, nice warm pool, big soft towels, nice and soft King bed, etc etc. You won't be disapointed!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2007

This is far from a budget hotel, but you can have a great time for a little more money. This is a review of the hotel only and not the spa, which, though it looks great, we didn't try.

We went over the Labor Day weekend and the price for the room on Sunday was $275. It was really great but one of the few without a balcony. so we upgraded the next day, which actually ended up being cheaper than the first one because it was a monday. Rooms have the standard amenities: stocked mini-fridge, safe, TV with a Gamecube, writing desk. But really nice stuff: a spacious bureau/dresser, closet with comfy bathrobes, a giant lounge chair with a worn leather ottoman, a fancy alarm clock replete with environmental sound effects. The bed was a queen (in both rooms), really puffy and comfortable with an extra blanket at the bottom. The rooms are smallish but comfortable, but really the main area is ruled by the bed.

The second room (which took some finagling but we were sitting at the bar drinking beers so, whatever - just make sure you get them to move you if you don't like it) had a balcony with a cloth lounge chair, facing a really charming courtyard, where hummingbirds hovered and a fountain bubbled.

The bathrooms have a great shower, and are decorated with care to make them look like a welcoming spa. The toilet is separated by a big rustic wooden door, in the same style as all other doors in the room.

We tried the room service, which was the only time we ate at the hotel - it's 5 minutes' drive from La Jolla where delicious restaurants abound. It was fantastic but expensive: their version of eggs benedict with this crispy spiced ham, coffee, an excellent screwdriver and bloody mary.

Some things sucked about the hotel and here they are: some idiot broke a glass in the pool, so the entire pool was drained, which took all of the second day, so the pool was off-limits. Not really their fault, but sad and inconvenient, since it was a nice saline pool. Since the pool was closed, the pool bar closed at 3, so we had to hurry and order while we were waiting to be moved to the new room. (The wait, by the way, seemed excessively long, especially since the first "balcony" room they moved us to was 237. DO NOT let them put you in 237 - unless you get a really good deal).

The main bar, Mustangs & Burros, was okay the first night, but the bartender didn't know how to make the signature drinks that were on the hotel menu. He was however, a nice guy, whereas we noticed, the cocktail waitress could have been a little more accomodating to late-arriving guests wanting a nightcap. The layout of Mustangs & Burros is awesome and very comfortable, especially the cushioned wall couch. It's an open-air terrace with a large fireplace, plus a comfy indoor section which houses the bar.

The third bar, Bodega, we didn't try, but it looked really nice and features a large selection of wines. It also has a standard bar where you can get whatever you want.

Beach access: there's a walking trail to the beach, but once you get to the trail head you have to walk down a really long, really steep road to get to Black's Beach, which is at the bottom of the cliffs. I tried to walk it from the hotel. My girlfriend was smart to drive because you're going to have to walk anyway. The beach is really dramatic and has really decent surfing and boogie boarding.

All-in-all, this hotel is a good deal if you want to get away and stay near La Jolla in relative luxury. Great rooms, really nice people and awesome grounds. I'm sure for those interested in the spa it opens up lots of new dimensions. We looked around to try to find a relatively good deal in the area. La Jolla properties are expensive and as they go, I thought this one was reasonable.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2007

This is our third stay in La Jolla, and our first at the Estancia. Our family of 4 stayed for 3 nights at the Estancia in two connecting rooms. It is a beautiful hotel in a quiet area of La Jolla, located directly between UCSD on one side and the Salk Institute on the other. The rooms are large, with comfortable beds, and nice linens, robes and towels. The bathrooms are roomy, with the toilet in its own seperate room. The toiletries are high quality. The rooms were very clean with attractive furnishings.

We found he clock radio amusing, as it had several sounds, including waterfalls, sunrise, night, ocean, and brook - - an appropriate feature for a spa.

The hotel grounds are gorgeous. The pool is great and there is an excellent fitness center. We did not use the spa, but hear it's very good.

We tried the Adobe restaurant for breakfast, dinner and late night desserts. It has very good food which is nicely presented, but with typical hotel prices.

We used the "internet room" which is a small room located by the Caretakers Cottage (which is the hotel shop) which provides 3 computers and printing for guests.

The car valet service is very fast, and we never waited more than 5 minutes for our car to be brought to us. Self-parking is also available.

We had the Escape Package, which eliminated the incidental fees that some reviewers find bothersome.

Service is very attentive without being overbearing.

As mentioned, the hotel is in a "quiet" area of La Jolla. There are no restaurants or amentities in the area at all. Cab service is available from the hotel to town and other areas. A car is otherwise necessary anytime you plan to leave the hotel.

By far, the best hotel in La Jolla, and one of the best hotels around.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

My friend and I stayed here for 5 nights in late August. We were mostly looking to relax, and had to reroute our entire vacation last minute (due to Hurricane Dean) and ended up in La Jolla.
When we booked our trip The Estancia represented that it is within reasonable walking distance to downtown and a beach. Not true. A pleasant resort if you're really looking to relax and stay put, but not easy access to other sights.
More notes: (I'll use my favorite "sandwich" technique)

Pros: Beautiful grounds, especially when candlelit at night.
Relaxing pool area and nice spa.

Cons: Front desk staff and bell boys not helpful, and not very friendly. Seemed young and unprofessional. Alyssa from the front desk was the only exception. And Joe, the bartender! He was great.
Parking fee for guests was ridiculous.
Restaurants had very limited menus, and overpriced. There were no vegetarian options, and when I had things made at the chef's discretion, they were VERY mediocre.

Pros: The Wine Bar, and Mustangs and Burros at night. Except that they sure close down early...even on the weekends. 10pm??

Hope this helps the next traveler. I did notice a lot of families there over the weekend, and I do think it's a nice option if you're bringing kids. Just tell them to mind their manners by the pool!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
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Address: 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-1102
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range: $263 - $485 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A California-coastal rancho setting on 10 acres conveniently located between the two quaint seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar and adjacent to world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa offers a range of upscale accommodations from charming rancho style deluxe rooms to expansive suites with world-class facilities and exceptional service. ... more   less 
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