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Inn by the Sea
Ranked #13 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2012

A reservation was made several months in advance for myself, my wife and the 2 friends we were travelling with. We had chosen 2 upper floor rooms rather than ground floor rooms in the hope that we might have a reasonable view of the surrounding area. On checking in we were surprised to be allocated 2 ground floor rooms. It was explained that the hotel was full and these were the only rooms vacant. Our room was at the rear of the hotel looking on to the car park and the back of a restaurant. The room was also next to the hotels rear entrance and was rather noisy on the Saturday evening. Our friends room was at the front of the hotel, again looking onto parked vehicles that were only a few feet from their room. On the first evening a large SUV was parked in front of their room leaving them with no view whatsoever. As a result of the hotel being full, the breakfast area was very crowded. My wife described it as being like a rugby scrum. On the plus side, the hotel is in a convienient location and is reasonably priced for La Jolla. I would probably stay there again if I could be assured that I would be allocated an upper floor rather than a ground floor room.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

I had a friend visiting me and she wanted to see San Diego. We checked in after spending a whole day of sightseeing in the San Diego area. I chose this place to stay because I wanted to ditch my car so we can both have a few drinks and enjoy some nightlife! -thinking downtown San Diego area is too busy for us and we are too old for Pacific Beach, Mission Beach area.

It turned out to be the perfect place since it is walking distance to downtown La Jolla and we were able to do just that! When we woke up the next morning, I couldn't believe the great ocean view from our room! We also enjoyed the free breakfast at the poolside and decided to take a stroll along the shore to see the seals (the famous Children's pool area), which was one of the highlights of our trip!
I am so glad that we chose this hotel to stay!
It was not so expensive and turned out to be a perfect mini-vacation for myself as well!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

A spacious well appointed hotel with a variety of rooms close to the beach and restaurants of the most delightful californian resort of La Jolla. Helpful staff adequate breakfast and small pool. most rooms have balconies and some ocean views - well worth the extra. On a good sunny day this resort with beaches, wildlife and plenty of shops is hard to beat.

Room Tip: Pay extra for the room with ocean views
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We only got to stay for one night but wish we could stay longer. The hotel is in a great location being only 2 blocks from the sea and 5 mins walk into La Joila.

The room was spacious and well presented. It had a generous balcony overlooking the pool area. Coffee machine and water provided. Also Free WiFi. A buffet breakfast is included which is taken in the breakfast room by the pool. A reasonable choice of fruit, cereals, pastries etc. Nice to sit by the pool with your food.

The check in staff were very helpful and friendly and made everything so easy. Even recommending we save a few $ by parking on the street as we were leaving fairly early.

This is a good value hotel in the lovely village of La Joila.

Room Tip: Try and get an ocean view room. It's a beautiful setting. Two hours parking is free on the stree...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Inn by the Sea offers free wifi and a computer free of use in the lobby. They also furnish a free breakfast, free in room bottles and USA delivered to your room free of charge. 2 blocks from the ocean some rooms have great ocean views. Great service and a great value.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Vanh33
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

La Jolla Village is a popular area with both tourists and local high-end shoppers and diners. You won’t find major chain hotels or huge resorts in the Village (although you can certainly find them in surrounding areas); this is the domain of small, exclusive and pricey boutique-style hotels. If you’re determined to stay in the Village but are concerned about the damage to your wallet, you might think about this hotel.

In many aspects, you do get what you pay for at this Best Western Plus. There’s no pretense here of being a luxury property, and you shouldn’t expect it. However, I’ve stayed here several times on business and I’ve always found the staff to be pleasant, and the rooms to be large, clean and functional. The complimentary breakfast is fine (I’ve certainly had worse), and the location is great – you’re within walking distance to art galleries, fashionable boutiques, and a wide array of excellent dining options, not to mention Casa Beach, a tiny cove where harbor seals love to sun themselves.

So if value is important to you – even in an area like La Jolla Village – the Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea is worthy of your consideration.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Thank BruinDan
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The hotel is well located, just off the main street in La Jolla and about 5 minutes walk from the coast. Check in was relatively quick and parking is available in an underground lot.

My room was well appointed with a balcony and overlooked the pool area which closed at 10pm. The coffee maker was very welcome.

Continental breakfast was served in a room by the pool and was off a good quality.

Overall I was very impressed by this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank StevieB3052
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Additional Information about Inn by the Sea

Address: 7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4283 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn by the Sea)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#11 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range: $172 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the sand-swept landscapes and inspired Pacific views of the Inn by the Sea at La Jolla in San Diego, California. Here at our hotel in downtown La Jolla, you’ll find lovely guest rooms, complete with balconies offering coastal breezes and inspired views. Surrounded by beaches, dining options, local culture, and chic boutiques, this Southern California mecca is the premier destination for travelers to the La Jolla and San Diego areas. Take advantage of comfortable, spacious guest accommodations from the hotel that boasts a location in “The Heart of the Village.” Take in the salty breezes as you soak up the California sunshine in one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations. Spend a day exploring local culture, and later on, as the sun goes down, dine at one of our vibrant local restaurants. From morning until evening, La Jolla Village is brimming with all things California. From our perfect location just three blocks from the ocean, to our spacious accommodations designed for vacation comfort to the fullest, The Inn by the Sea at La Jolla is your California travel destination. ... more   less 
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Best Western Plus Inn By The Sea Hotel La Jolla
Best Western La Jolla
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