My husband and I just spent one night at Estancia (July 1st-2nd). My expectations were just ‘so-so’ after reading some of these reviews but we turned out to be REALLY impressed! Unless you are accustomed to full-on celebrity treatment and are already living a life of 5 star service, you will absolutely love this place! Yes, they do charge a weird $17 parking fee and $9 hospitality fee, but other than that we had absolutely no complaints.
The sprawling grounds were gorgeous and lushly landscaped, the Mustangs Bar and Grill had a live mariachi band which we enjoyed as we had tapas and margaritas outside by the fireplace, and every staff member we encountered was so friendly and helpful. The rooms and common areas were immaculately clean and furnished in a sort of 'Pottery Barn hacienda style'. The pool area felt very luxurious with the cabanas and palm trees and even though it was hopping with kids on a holiday weekend, it was still a totally relaxing environment.
As resorts go in terms of beautiful SoCal getaways, I would compare the Estancia to the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna. No, the Estancia isn't right on the ocean, but it’s significantly cheaper and you can drive to a number of beaches in less than 5 minutes. Make sure to check out the Torrey Pines State Beach - amazing cliffs, clean sand and rolling waves - great for swimming and sunbathing. Then in the town of La Jolla there are the Cove beaches which are fun for snorkeling, kayaking, looking at sea life in the tide pools, and great pictures. We definitely recommend it!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Estancia La Jolla Hotel La Jolla
- Estancia La Jolla Hotel And Spa