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“Updated Lobby, But that's it”
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Inn by the Sea
Ranked #13 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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Puyallup, Washington
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42 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Updated Lobby, But that's it”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Hotel is in a Great Location, in the heart of the city and within walking distance to most attractions. The Lobby is Very modern with a Large Clear TV, the rest of the hotel is very dated, the TV in the room was a nice new Flat Screen with terrible reception, again it looks like the modernization stops at the Lobby. The Complimentary Continental Breakfast was above average.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights and we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel itself was well kept and clean compared to other Best Westerns we've stayed at in other cities.
The room was spacious and large and had a balcony as well, although our view of the street wasn't the greatest. The room's decor does leave a bit to be desired.The washroom was big as well with counter space and large mirrors for the ladies. The beds were very comfortable but not the pillows. They were extremely high and gave me a stiff neck in the morning.
We were pleasantly surprised to find 2 complimentary bottles of water daily, unlike other Best Westerns like the one we stayed at later that week in Monterey. They charged 3-5 dollars for a bottle of water! Ridiculous! It's the little things that we as guests notice and appreciate!
Breakfast was a great plus! Definitely enough to get you started on your day.
Since we stayed during low season we paid a price that I thought was fair. I wouldn't want to pay more though.

Room Tip: Don't get your hopes up when you get a room on the 4th floor although the level is called "...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great location close to beaches, stores and restaurants. Nicely decorated lobby and rooms. Our room had a balcony with an ocean view. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast area by the pool was very pleasant. Amazing value for the location.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brawley, California, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Always a nice place to stay while in San Diego, Convient to many locations of interest and excellent places to eat. Nice to be able to walk the village and not needing to find new parking locations for each venue. Easy access to the coast and parks where there are many events held that are most interesting to attend. When visiting relatives this is the perfect location to stay and not become the annoying guest in the house leaving everyone to their own private space...We enjoy this location very much.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the sea view room, when we arrived it was 3 am so we ask the front dwsk for a room deal, they gave us usd 140 + tax and usd 12 for parking. When we saw the lobby we thought that the room will be as nice but our expectation were too high. The room was old style with an old green carpet. Nevertheless we stayed here for 2 nights and no complaint whatsoever. One more thing, dont be fooled by the sea view room, u anly get to see a quater of it since it was blocked by another building in front. So dont bother getting the view might as well get the standard room for only usd 100!
I hope they will renovate soon! Cheers!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 4, 2013

stayed here for a 4 nights for a wedding & thought it was amazing!
I didnt pay so I dont know if that made it better but I am pretty sure its good value for La Jolla
I had read not great reviews so was suprised with how great it was! - lovely staff - found me a US plug to use when mine broke & were very helpful with directions
breakfast was fine (I am from NZ so was expecting sugary food...)
free wifi was awesome!
bathroom great & everything clean & tidy!
tv reception not great but didnt care
everything in La Jolla is walking distance so it was perfect!

Room Tip: I was on the 4th floor & could see the sea
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Property: 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 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Business Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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