We stayed here for one night in March, the first day of our 9 day vacation in San Diego. It was dark when we got there so we didn't realize how close it was to everything. Our rate included internet and valet parking, breakfast, and a $50 gift certificate for the restaurant.
We checked in at around 6:30pm. There was a very elderly fellow at check in. He was courteous, not overly friendly, kind of comical, actually, he moved very slowly. There was no one to help us with our luggage. We were able to get someone to park the car in valet, but he had to be called - either it's a family run operation or they don't have much staff in the slow season. There were apples at the front desk.
The room was very nice, well appointed, updated bathroom, felt very boutique style. There was a fridge in the closet. It was cozy, comfy, and clean. We had two queen beds in our room. There is a large window, but no balcony, our view was overlooking a parking area on the street. There is a desk and a small table. The beds were comfortable and the linens felt nice. The towels were a little on the rough side. The rooms are very quiet, I didn't hear any noise from adjoining rooms (it wasn't busy so not sure if the rooms were occupied or not).
We went downstairs to Manhattan for dinner (using our gift card). It was candlelight dining with the kids. It wasn't very busy, we were seated at a booth in an empty section of the restaurant, near a huge 360 degree fish tank. It's one of those restaurants where they leave you alone a lot, expecting you to enjoy your dinner and go through all courses of dishes. The overall experience was enjoyable, but at the beginning I was getting tired of waiting and kept trying to find the waiter, I was tired after a long day of travelling, and wasn't really up to entertaining the kids for that long. We ordered some appetizers and one entree for the kids to share (fettucini alfredo). Most of the food was delicious, the kids really loved the fettucini and we had to order another serving for them. We shared dessert - it was really good. The $50 gift certificate didn't go very far. The kids spent most of the time watching the fish in the big tank - particularly a funny eel looking fish that kept swimming in and out of a little cave, backing in like he was parking. It was an enjoyable family time. There isn't much around to do or see in the evening within walking distance of the hotel.
In the morning we went to the breakfast room for breakfast - it was mostly continental style, and it was good and sufficient for our needs. There is patio seating and indoor seating. It was cool and overcast and a little foggy but we decided to eat outdoor on the patio. It was nice.
We checked out and got the car back from valet easily, spent the day touring the beach area in La Jolla, then headed to Oceanside, where we were spending the week.
Overall I really enjoyed our stay. La Jolla is a beautiful location in San Diego, and I would definitely want to spend more time there. I would also consider returning to this hotel. It was a great start to our vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Empress Hotel is a traditionally elegant European-style boutique hotel, known for its warm hospitality, superior accommodations and attentive service. Located right in the heart of La Jolla Village. Within walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach, and wedding sites. All guestrooms include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Empress Hotel La Jolla
- Empress La Jolla