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“Rustic & quirky”

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Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages
Ranked #2 of 4 La Jolla B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

We stayed 3 nights in the 2b/2b Ocean Ridge cottage and are still a little mystified by the glowingreviews on Tripadvisor. First off we like to stay at rustic and quirky places but for the price (just over $300 per night with taxes) this was more than anticipated. The inside definitely looks better than the outside and was surprisingly clean for its age. The beds were very comfortable. The dishwasher had a sign saying it was out of order and appeared to have been there a long time and the disposal in the kitchen did not work. We only had breakfast at the cottage (coffee, cereal, danish, etc.) so the kitchen was not much concern for us but might be if you wanted to cook meals. The toilet seat fell off in one bathroom. The other bathroom next to the kitchen and living room had a folding door that was hard to close and offered little privacy. Since there is no A/C the windows were open and it was very noisey in the morning. The parking was difficult with only 3 spaces and the street parking was rarely available. The location was very good for the beach but a long walk to restaurants and shops in town.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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1308wcolumbia, Owner at Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2011

Thanks so much for your review, which compliments our comfortable beds and cleanliness. We take pride in these facts. For any Trip Advisor reviewer, not just for our property, it is so appreciated by us to report any defects immediately to the manager, such as the unforeseen items which you experienced in your cottage. We have a maintenance person on call who will repair the needed items within the hour. We like to know about these facts, so they are corrected for the next guest, rather than waiting and reporting it on Trip Advisor. Just to correct some facts, we have 5 parking spaces rather than the mentioned 3, Although I am sorry that you did not experience it, but we are on a quiet part of La Jolla with little street traffic. Thanks again for your interest in Redwood Hollow.

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Reviewed May 5, 2011

We stayed with our two young kids over spring break.

On the plus side: The location is great and we had a wonderful time seeing the sites of San Diego and going to the beach. Our cottage (La Jolla Haven) was spacious - plenty of room for 4 (could've easily held a couple more). The beds were clean and comfy. The reservation and check in process was very easy, courteous and prompt. Overall convenient and reasonable lodging for a family of 4 at this pricepoint.

Some cons: Our cottage was a street level, and we disliked the sheer lace curtains over the windows - it felt like anybody walking by on the street could look into the cottage as we relaxed in our PJ's at night. The kitchen was very dated, and while we made it work for family meals for a week, it could really use a major facelift. The entire cottage is made of wood and we found termite shavings on the floor in the kitchen every day (we swept them up daily)! The bathroom also needs remodeling - it was dusty and in need of new paint at a minimum. Water temperature in the shower fluctuated drastically every time water was used elsewhere in the cottage - be careful if you have young kids. Lots of aging dust catchers and tchotchkes throughout the cottage.

Overall we give it a qualified thumbs up. It worked for us and we would consider returning again - perhaps staying in another cottage. However, it is definitely not the place for the travelor who is looking for modern amenities.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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1308wcolumbia, Owner at Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2011

Thank you so much for writing a constructive and favorable review about Redwood Hollow. We appreciate it. We certainly will welcome you back with our "return guest" discount policy.
When something is malfunctioning in our cottages, we like to learn about it immediately, so that we can respond and repair it ASAP.
The last part of this review is extremely pertinent and I would like to emphasize what the reviewer said. Our policy in preserving the integrity of these historically designated redwood cottages is not to gentrify them. They were meant to be casual and "beachy" from the getgo. The cottages are probably the last existing colony of early 20th century beach cottages in La Jolla. The kitchens and bathrooms date from the that era. We try to inform our potential guests that the cottages are not sliding glass door condos, nor a Marriott Hotel. What we offer is quiet, space, gardens, and a beach and village close location. Thanks again for the review, and we will certainly take your constructive advice.

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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Home away from home. If you want to experience an authentic beach cottage experience, this is the place to stay. They provide a welcome basket of oatmeal, hot chocolate, cookies, tea, coffee; it's well-stocked with cooking supplies, dishes, beach towels and even boogie boards. The gardens are lush and beautiful. Beds super comfortable. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2011

In several visits to Redwood Hollow, we've stayed in at least 3 different cottages. Each is unique. Your cottage is down a twisty path in a lush, secluded, welcoming garden spilling over with flowers and greenery, making you feel that you are the only ones there. The staff are very friendly and helpful if you need them, but unobtrusive. The kitchen in each cottage has an eclectic collection of tools and supplies with many extras, plus a basket of treats. Probably the most reasonably-priced retreat in La Jolla, Redwood Hollow is surrounded by attractive homes and quiet businesses we admire as we stroll to La Jolla's gentle cliffs, sparkling beaches and coves; and then enjoy our favorite eateries, parks -- and this time we drove a memorably pretty 5 miles up the coast to the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Fascinating! Girard Gourmet and The Cottage, both in easy walking distance, are our favorite spots to eat. Oh, I wish we could be there tomorrow!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

My husband, my adult son and I stayed at Redwood Hollow in January. We reserved one of the larger two bedroom, two bath cottages. Initially, I have to admit, that I was a bit put off by the "fragrance" of our cottage, but then realized that it is the typical scent of a redwood paneled cabin. It's very possible, since January is not peak vacation time, that it had been tightly closed up for some time. We opened the windows wide, let the sun shine in, lit a few scented candles and the place was transformed! By the second day we were in love with our little cottage by the sea. The beach was stunning and just a few minutes walk from the front door in one direction. A short walk in the opposite direction offers the most amazing restaurants and shoppes. The gardens surrounding the cottages were charming, despite the fact that it was still technically winter. The cottage itself was immaculately clean, which is no small feat considering the age of the buildings. Once we stocked our kitchen with food we felt completely at home. There were a couple of "inconveniences" that I should mention; A nonfunctional dishwasher, and one bathroom that needed to be used "selectively"because of a fussy toilet. But, unless you have a large party of people, or young children, neither of these things should be an issue. Our cottage was right on the street, but was so quiet at night that we could still hear the ocean. We happened to meet the owner, only on the day before we left; a very nice man. Other than that, we were left to our privacy. We will definitely be returning to Redwood Hollow. Our stay was absolutely wonderful!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

My wife and I would like to thank Redwood Hollow for having such a wonderful place to stay in La Jolla. This was our second stay at Redwood Hollow Cottages and it felt like I returned home. I thought the Sea Gate cottage was great when we were there last time and now, after staying in the Westeria cottage, I'm thinking my goal might be to stay in each one of the cottages at one time or another.

We enjoy coming to La Jolla to visit family and, staying at Redwood Hollow Cottages, makes the visit even better.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2010

We were a group of 5 college roommates celebrating 42 years of friendship and our 60th birthdays! I honestly can't think of a more perfect place to do so than the Redwood Hollow Cottages in La Jolla. Our 'weekend home' was the Hidden Haven, a very spacious cottage with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, huge living room with dining area and a lovely and secluded patio. It really was perfect for our group. We loved all the special and thoughtful touches-from the basket of breakfast goodies, popcorn, cookies, coffee and tea to the gracious welcome letter with all of our names on top to the detailed info about the surrounding area along with lots of fun and interesting reading material-the list goes on and on. The manager, Michelle was just lovely, so kind and an absolute delight to work with! We loved our cottage experience so much that we plan to make it a yearly event....at the Hidden Haven, Redwood Cottages, of course!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages

Address: 256 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4672
Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in La Jolla
Price Range: $151 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Redwood Hollow - La Jolla Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Redwood Hollow Cottages is a historic garden oasis 400 feet from a sandy beach in La Jolla Village. We have studios, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom separate cottages. Most have full kitchens, and some have wood burning fireplaces. All cottages have individual Internet connections and their own Wi-Fi reception. We are in a quiet residential location set on 1/2 acre of gardens. The Village with shops and restaurants is four blocks away. We welcome you to our charming hotel alternative in America's Riviera. ... more   less 
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