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Empress Hotel
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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El Segundo, California
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“Really like this place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Located in the heart of La Jolla Village and within walking distance of lots of restaurants, shops and entertainment. $150 a night for a deluxe king room, free breakfast ad free valet parking. The rooms were really nice and the staff was very friendly. Bed was turned down every night with a couple pieces of chocoloate on the pillow. Nice touch. They do have a restaurant. We didn't eat there, but they had live entertainment at night and that was a lot of fun. The only negative is that there isn't a pool. But who goes to La Jolla for the pools? La Jolla has beautiful beaches. Will definitely stay there again when we go back to La Jolla. We had a great meal and a beautiful view at the Crab Catcher.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

We were pleased with our stay at the Empress. An easy walk to the beach, lots of good restaurants, and easy access to all the attractions in San Diego and vacinity. Our favorite restaurant was The Cottage just one block away... we ate there most mornings for breakfast and it's excellent. There is breakfast at the hotel, but not great and we have some family members who are gluten-free which makes it a challenge. We were planning to stay 5 nights. Unfortunately, our youngest child had to be admitted to the hospital, forcing us to extend our stay. The hotel was excellent about letting us stay - they had rooms available, but they also made it possible for us to stay in the SAME room. That made a difficult time a bit less stressful!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

Awesome hotel, not busy at all during labor day, which made it very easy to come and go without dealing with the crowds. Location is perfect, you can walk to everthing: the cove, restaurants, shops, etc. Room was great, and breakfast was decent. Valet parking was helpful as well because it would be a nightmare to try to find parking during the busy holiday around town. Overall it was a pleasure to stay here. We will definitely be back. Much thanks to all the workers they were superb! - Josh L.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed at the Empress Hotel August 9-12 while in town for a wedding. Rooms were very nice, even had turn down service. Bathroom and shower were awesome. Beds were super comfortable. Location was great, easy walk to the beach, shopping and dining. Front desk was extremely helpful. Continental breakfast was better than most. They had a waffle station, boiled eggs, yogurt, cereal, assorted breads, meats and cheeses. Plenty of juices and coffee. Only 2 areas that I was disappointed....air condition did not seem to be very cool. It was unseasonably hot during the days and I am use to having the room cooler especially at night. A ceiling fan in the room would have helped. The other was no free parking. $20 per day to valet. There was a Best Western a little closer to the beach I might try if I visit again but this place is still very nice and a good place to stay. I paid about $209.00 per night.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

Charming hotel in downtown La Jolla with great access to downtown shops and restaurants. Rooms were spacious and very quiet. We booked the Empress Suite and were quite pleased with the layout of the room. The Continental breakfast is an added bonus ! The only issue is the parking... Valet parking is necessary as finding a parking spot in downtown La Jolla is practically impossible !
Overall great experience !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

This was my second stay at The Empress Hotel, and the staff was very warm and welcoming (Jason and the other front desk crew). The location is great, and I even had a lovely ocean view room with sitting area on the top floor. The rates were very reasonable for the prime location. The rooms were quiet and the bed was comfortable. The rooms aren't brand new, and the elevator is a little slow...but if you're on vacation it adds to the charm of a more boutique, oceanside hotel. The workout room is small and minimal, but there are tons of yoga, pilates, and gyms right across the street if you want exercise. Must try The Cottage for breakfast and George's for lunch or dinner, both just steps away. Would stay here again!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Torrance, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

I had the great pleasure of staying at the Empress Hotel in beautiful downtown La Jolla. The hotel was impressive, the room was comfortable, fresh and well appointed. From the moment I walked in the staff made me feel welcome and this continued until my speedy check out. There is a free continential breakfast that is above the ordinary. You can fresh make your own waffles, as well as the wide array of fruits, danish, eggs, cereals, juices and coffee. I will definitely stay at the Empress again when I am in La Jolla.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Empress Hotel

Property: Empress Hotel
Address: 7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Formerly Empress Hotel of La Jolla)
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Family Hotel in La Jolla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Empress Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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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