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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
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“Great for business and pleasure -- rare combination.”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I feel almost guilty calling this venue a 'hotel' in that it is very unique and far from the ordinary. Ask for a little information about the estate when you check in, but you will understand why there is a very SUBTLE equestrian theme surrounding the entire space which is refreshing. The rooms are comfortable, and private which I appreciate. Despite my room being connected to a large open quad area, I never dealt with any noise. Professionally the employees at Estancia are fantastic to work with and very helpful and eager. As a coordinator, that is something I can appreciate.If you are looking for a hire rise hotel atmosphere avoid this place, if you are looking for something much more quiet and unique, visit the Estancia.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for a terrific review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you appreciate our grounds. We think our equestrian theme is something rare and special as well! We hope that you can join us again for a bite in our Mustangs and Burros restaurant. We look forward to your return soon!
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

As a meeting planner, I come into contact with a lot of hotel properties and conference services staff. Based on my recent experience at Estancia, it is a great place for a meeting. September 2012, our company hosted a three day leadership meeting for 45 people at Estancia. The setting is beautiful, the grounds well maintained, and we felt like we were away from everything. The conference rooms and chairs were comfortable. Food offered at the buffet was varied, plentiful and delicious. The conference services staff did a fabulous job. My primary contact, Summer Shoemaker, was superb. She helped me with everything before and during the meeting -- rooming list, signage, reception details and AV requirements. The catering manager noticed that I was working through lunch and offered to get me a boxed lunch! The AV manager met me every morning before the meeting to make sure the equipement worked properly. Everyone exceeded my expectations. I could not have asked for better service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for a fantastic review! We are elated to hear that you and your team were so comfortable at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. We truly have some amazing team members and can assure you that Summer will be recognized for her efforts. We look forward to your return whether it be for business or pleasure, and we hope to see you soon!
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We had a TravelZoo deal for an upgraded room for two nights which was pretty good, but when we called to make the reservation, they didn't have any of those rooms left. They offered us a higher upgrade for another $50 Plus a night. There is also a $17 per day charge for a lot of things that are usually included in nice hotels. The room was ok and the grounds are very pretty. We used the pool, jacuzzi and fitness room as well as the restaurants. The breakfast was pretty good (expensive) and the dinner was very expensive.

The service was quite good and we were within walking distance of the beach (which was nice). We hiked down the hillside from the paragliding area and it was pretty steep but fun. The beach is clothing optional which can be good or bad.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, however wish it could have been better. We understand that our resort fee is sometimes misunderstood. We hope that you'll join us again for a drink in our wine bar or a massage in our spa. We look forward to your return soon!
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had a birthday celebration at the estancia, i loved the hacienda style hotel very relaxing but was disappointed by the food: plain menu, small quantity, pricey for a simple basic lunch. Service was friendly and professional. I would consider going back to the estancia for a drink and appetizers by the fireplace. Still lovely place to spend a week end.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thank you for your review! We apologize if we did not live up to your expectations. We hope that you'll join us again, so we may make up for the issues you faced last time. We can assure you that the dinning issues you encountered are not the norm, and we hope to be able to show you that upon your return. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Granada Hills, CA
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Super good deal through Travel Zoo = package including welcome glass(es) of champagne, bottle of wine (sparkling is a good choice) and choice of free appetizer or dessert. The nachos were great and come reccomended - not your everyday bland ones. Super nice, professional and polite check-in and valet staff with a sense of humor. Always complimentary bottled water when we went out to sight-see and left at the end of our stay. Beautiful grounds and facilities. Located in a nice/interesting area for exploring without having to go to San Diego. Would love to go back again for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear how much you and your spouse enjoyed your stay. We appreciate the time you took to provide your comments and feedback. We hope that you'll join us again soon for a bite at Mustangs and Burros or a dip in the pool. We look forward to your return!
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed here the weekend of 9/21 for our anniversary. We bought a voucher on Travelzoo, for 2 nights, free valet parking and a credit to the Bodega Wine Bar. The hotel itself was a bit hard to find, we drove right by it at least once, and we actually overheard another guest complaining about the same thing when we were checking out. On the voucher, it said the room said it was an 'upgraded' room, but to be honest, we weren't that impressed. It was fine, don't get me wrong, but I would never have paid full price for that room. Not to mention, the pillows on the bed were horrible- flat and worn out. Anyway, we had a great breakfast/brunch at the Adobe restaurant, food was delicious. Everyone on the property that we came in contact with was extremely professional, hospitable, helpful, etc. and the property itself is really pretty. We both had massages at the spa and enjoyed them very much. The biggest complaint was about our service at the Bodega Wine Bar. With our voucher, we received a free bottle of wine and an appetizer. It wasn't really that busy when we got there, but there were no clean tables to sit at and it took forever for us to get service. There was a bunch of food on the floor under our table, and it hadn't been cleaned off yet, and when the waiter finally came over to take our order, my husband asked for a napkin to clean off the area under his feet. Instead of the waiter coming back to clean it himself, he actually handed the napkin to my husband and let him do it! We picked our bottle of wine and free appetizer and the wine was so terrible it was almost undrinkable. The appetizer was good, and we wanted to order a salad to share once we realized it wouldn't be enough food. Took forever (once again) to get him to take our order, and even longer (another 30 minutes!) to get our salad. Once it arrived, it was wrong. Not the salad we ordered. Didn't bother sending it back- we were hungry and just wanted to get out of there. Other patrons around us were also commenting on the poor service, and another commented on the terrible 'free' bottle of wine. Overall, not a great experience there. However, the rest of the service at the hotel was great, as I mentioned before, but I don't know that I would choose this place again if I were in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thank you for your review! We apologize if we were unable to live up to your expectations, and we can assure you the issues you encountered are being addressed. We hope that you'll join us again soon, and that we can make up for the challenges you faced. We look forward to see you again soon!
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed at La Estancia weekend of 9/21. Hotel has great grounds, convenient restaurants and is located close enough to La Jolla Cove for a short drive. The room was clean, spacious, offered a fruit tray upon arrival. Enjoyed a massage at the spa which was also clean and the masseuse was professional and did a great job. This was my first stay at the hotel, which I found online and I would stay here again, and also recommend to friends!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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EstanciaHotelManager, Manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are elated to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to your return. We hope that you'll join us again soon for a massage at our spa, or a margarita at Mustangs and Burros!
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Property: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
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 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#6 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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