A bit off the beaten path in La Jolla and not near the beach. Hence no views. We were given a room without a balcony or patio, even though we had reserved such. The clerk put us looking over the parking lot. The rooms on the outside of the hotel have awful views compared to the rooms with the inner courtyards. I requested a room change and it was promptly granted since we didn't get what we reserved. We were then moved to the back of the property, ground floor with a small patio. The hotel has focused all their landscaping efforts on the inner courtyards which are gorgeous. Our view if you will was of a tall hedge and numerous staff and a few guests that walked by and looked in our room from the sidewalk. Granted it was far better than the third floor room overlooking the parking lot, but NOTHING in comparison to the room on the inner courtyard. The staff are exceedingly pleasant and nice. I'm guessing with the college next door they have a good pool to choose from.
This is also a very quiet hotel. Don't come hear expecting a hopping nightlife.
While you might get a good daily room rate, they have a daily service fee of something like $12 (covers the pool, workout room, internet, blah, blah, blah) and on top of that they only allow for valet parking, so you've now just upped your daily bill another $30. Of course, then you're tipping two or three times a day to get your car so the cost continues upward. Granted there is plenty of parking and who knows why they only allow valet, but my guess is it's all about revenue. For those of you who don't want to pay and are willing to walk a block, at the next street (Salk) there appears to be plenty of parking. You'll park next to the Salk Institute, walk through their parking lot, cross the street and enter Estancia. Pretty simple if you have some mobility.
We found the rooms well appointed, but a bit on the small side. The majority of rooms appear to all be the same size. Oddly, there were no wine glasses in either room we had. I suppose we could have requested them, but in a hotel of this quality it seems like you would have wine glasses.
La Jolla has a quaint and artsy downtown area and there are a couple of equally upscale hotels. We found ourselves downtown more than we were at Estancia which is about a 10 minute drive north towards Torrey Pines golf course. If you're going to golf all day and then head to the hotel, Estancia is a nice location. They claim to have a lovely spa, but the prices were far more than we are willing to pay. In this economy too many spas offer incredible specials if one only makes a few inquiries.
We ate breakfast in the hotel, which we thought was good and not as overpriced as some hotel breakfasts can be. On the weekends they serve an excellent buffet. Dinner was mediocre at best. We loved the waiter Marcus, but the food was dull and overcooked, especially the pork chop which Marcus recommended. The salads we saw served looked excellent so in retrospect we should have stuck to an entree salad and wine. The desserts were not good, heavy and gelatanous. Again, for a hotel dining room we thought the prices weren't too bad, but the dinner quality just wasn't there especially given the excellent rated and reviewed restaurants in La Jolla. We particularly enjoy George's at the Cove, Manhattan and Osteria (Italian). You won't go wrong with any of these and the food is far better.
Housekeeping was excellent and again incredibly polite and pleasant. While we enjoyed our stay, I think the rooms are overpriced if you compare other similar quality hotels with beach/downtown access and views. My guess is that had we been in a room in the inner courtyard or overlooking the pool area we would have been far better satisfied. Switching rooms was a drag and then to watch staff and guests walking by on the sidewalk at the rear of the hotel looking as anyone would into open rooms, just didn't cut it. The $40 plus per day in added fees is also simply unacceptable.
- 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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- Estancia La Jolla Hotel And Spa
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