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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

Bad choice staying at this hotel. The staff was terrible and the room was nothing special. We even went with a higher end room too. It was small and old and the deck was pitiful. I would probably have enjoyed the Marriott or Hilton better, maybe even a Holiday Inn. Never stay here.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Lisaevil
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

This hotel was wonderful for a get away for my husband and I. It was very quiet, very rarely saw other guests on site. The pool was wonderful with cabanas. Landscaping was great. Our room was upgraded to a court yard without our asking. Breakfast buffet in restaurant was very good also.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

We stayed here for a 4 day getaway and were very comfortable and pleased! We received a discounted rate from the hotels' website. It was our first time staying here and we were not disappointed. The gardens surrounding the hotel are some of the best I've seen in California and are meticulously maintained. The hotel is a Spanish Hacienda style and many rooms have small balconies that overlook the beautiful gardens. It is important to not that if you are looking for a view to the ocean it does not exist at this hotel. I felt the gardens made up for that though.
Also know that beach access is limited and should only be done as a HIKE (not for kids or elderly because it is a very steep hike). Nearby La Jolla Shores is a short drive and great for families, and Torre Pines State Beach is also beautiful.

The pool area of the hotel is really comfortable and has a spa resort feel and seems to encourage a relaxed atmosphere rather than a noisy kids area. Their were kids swimming but the soft music and decor seemed to encourage the parents to keep an eye out for misbehaving munchkins. The rooms were not huge but the furniture was nice and within the style of the rest of the hotel. The hotel was very clean and seemed newly appointed. The TV was an old tube style which was a small negative because of the size.
Whenever we encountered the cleaning and maintenance staff, they always smiled and warmly greeted you. I noticed many of them had earpiece walkie-talkies and I never heard them talking loudly while cleaning the rooms which was nice (pet peeve of mine).

A few of the only negatives were the AC in the room was really loud so we had to cool the room before we went to bed and leave it off at night. It was so loud you would need to raise the volume on the TV when it kicked on. One other faux paux was we tried to call the Concierge a few times on separate days and each time the phone was unanswered and went to voice-mail. luckily we know the area well, but this could improve. The only other annoyance was the parking is Valet only and $25 I believe, which was a bit steep. There is some street parking but it is very limited and you can not count on it to be available.

Other than those minor things the hotel felt very solid. The walls seemed thick and the pluming or other guests did not bother us at all. The restaurants looked amazing and I actually was disappointed we didn't get a chance to eat at one. There was a wedding in the courtyard the day we arrived and we enjoyed looking on for a bit. Looks like a great venue for it.

All in all we were very happy at Estancia, we even extended our stay another night and are looking forward to going again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank socallocals
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Reviewed September 27, 2009

Really enjoyed our weekend in San Diego. Hotel was great! Friendly service, excellent food and restaurant! Beautiful location. We have stayed here many times and really look forward to returning soon! Wonderful experience! Thank you!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Summertime1969
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Reviewed September 5, 2009

Over a week-long stay we certainly got to see all shades of the Estancia. There's good and bad of course, although the former outweighs the latter.

It's a pretty, sprawling, 3 storey complex spread over acres of massive, lush garden. There's a vey fine pool/jacuzzi area, with good poolside service for drinks and snacks.

Rooms at ground level are very dark and closed-in. Each has a little patio (with ONE chair - very useful for a party of two !). Rooms are all well-equiped, and housekeeping is excellent. However, our air-con (it was around 90 degrees all week) howled like a 747, and the fan seemed to have one speed - flat-out.

Probably better to go for a 1st or 2nd floor room with balcony, but there's still no view to be had. And it will cost you.

The lovely concierge ladies deserve a special mention. Pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Breakfast is a fairly reasonable $18 buffet (or rather expensive a la carte - plan on $35 a head), although there is a premium for the buffet at the weekend - to $23.95 - eggs must go up in price in La Jolla on Saturdays. The hotel does host a lot of conferences and meetings, and the buffet improves (though it gets much busier of course) when numbers are high. Dinner at Adobe (the main restaurant) is only OK, but very expensive. Best avoided.

Mustangs & Burros is a pretty little cantina/bar, with good snacks, cocktails, and a nice fireplace. Closes at 11pm sharp though (10 on Sundays) - they're earlier bedders in Southern California.

The Estancia is stuck in a decidely unscenic part of La Jolla (near UCSD, the Salk etc), and doesn't have a view in any direction, since it's hemmed in all sides. There isn't a shop or restaurant for miles. La Jolla is a $17 each-way cab ride, and San Diego will cost you $50 each way. A rental car is a must.

Parking is valet-only - bit of a pain, as each outing costs the inevitable tip, both ways. Since the car park is 100 yards from reception, why no self-park option ?

Others have complained of nickel-and-diming, and they are right. A $12 a day 'resort charge' gets you a sachet of DIY coffee and some (slow) Wi-Fi or LAN internet.

In summary, this is a very pretty hotel, with good leisure facilities, stuck in a featureless area of California. Your extras bill will mount up fast, and though it's clean, pretty and quiet ('cept for the air-con), there are surely better deals in other locations nearby.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled on business
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4  Thank RandRMold
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