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“Enjoyable stay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Empress Hotel of La Jolla

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Empress Hotel of La Jolla
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in La Jolla
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pasadena, ca
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19 reviews
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“Enjoyable stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We enjoyed our stay in August 2014. The location is excellent and the hotel staff was accomodating. However, our sink had hair in it when we checked in and one of the arm chairs was stained thus not five stars.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you for sharing your recent experience with our online community. We're glad you found our staff to be friendly and our location to be convenient for your visit to La Jolla. While overall, it looks like you enjoyed many aspects of your stay with us, there appears to be some areas where we could have done more to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible and we apologize for this inconvenience. We are just beginning our room and public area renovation and we hope to once more be able to provide the high level of service you have come to expect the next time you are in La Jolla!

Sincerely,
John S Haerr
General Manager
Empress Hotel La Jolla
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Enjoyed our stay at the Empress. It's was pretty pricey, but I got a package that included valet parking, where some of the less expensive hotels parking was not included, so it didn't come out to be that much more expensive. When we checked out, I learned we were in "the only upgraded room" according to the guy at the front desk. Weird, I had no idea. So I guess if you want the more modern room, ask for 403! The location is what drew us here, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the beach. Comfy beds are important to us, and we slept great here!

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank msu_gal
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New jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My friends and I enjoyed everything about our stay except when my phone was stolen while checking in the night desk staff were not at all helpful. I showed them on my iPad iPhone Finder that the phone was located in their hotel and they did nothing. The next morning my finder showed the phone landing on Anza Drive in San Diego. I asked for the manager who gave me a hotel incident report to fill out (why wasn't that given the night before) and said he would check into the situation and get back to me WHICH HE NEVER did. I didn't expect the staff to knock on doors but their blasé attitude was unacceptable.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank bmarkNewJersey
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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,
On behalf of our entire staff, I want to apologize for the experience you have shared, particularly regarding your lost cell phone while in the Lobby. I want to assure you this is not a typical experience, and we understand your frustration. We are pleased to read that your stay with us was otherwise enjoyable and we thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

Sincerely,
John S Haerr
General Manager
Empress Hotel La Jolla
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This hotel had many excellent points. One, it has a great location in La Jolla with restaurants, shops and the beach in walking distance. The valet parking was fast. The front desk staff was very helpful and friendly.

However, the rooms are looking quite worn and dated. The property does not have a pool. The breakfast was just so-so, and the breakfast room attendant was not particularly friendly.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank dcnoble
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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear dcnoble,
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with our potential customers. We would like to thank you for choosing to stay at the Empress Hotel and we are very glad to see that overall you enjoyed your stay with us including the amenities we offer and our convenient location. I am pleased to see that you found our front desk staff to be very friendly and helpful and our valet service to be quick and easy. I am pleased to inform you that the Empress Hotel is undergoing a complete renovation of all guest rooms, breakfast patio, and the public areas, which we hope addresses your concerns.

Thank you once again for taking the time to share your recent experience and we look forward to the next time you return to our hotel property!

Sincerely,
John S Haerr
General Manager
Empress Hotel La Jolla
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

All staff was great, from the valet to maid to the breakfast host. We stayed in a 2 queen bed room with our teenagers. It was spacious, clean, and comfortable. We loved the large walk in shower. I was extremely happy with the breakfast choices and patio breakfast area. The room could be a little more accommodating for technology. It was hard to find outlets to charge our various devices. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review, July 25, 2014
Dear Dora T,
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience online. Looking at your comments, we are very excited to see that your stay with us in La Jolla was extremely delightful, and that our staff was both helpful and courteous in meeting all of your needs quickly and efficiently. We would also like to thank you for the kind comments you provided regarding the complimentary continental breakfast. Our technology is being improved with our upcoming renovation this fall, which includes adding multiple outlets and USB charging stations on the table tops of all furniture, and our enhanced HD TV fiber with free pay-per-view. We hope to see you the next time your travels return you to La Jolla, so that you can once again have a quiet and relaxing stay with us!

Sincerely,
John S Haerr
General Manager
Empress Hotel
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Madeira Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Location is excellent for a time of relaxation. You can walk or drive to many locations in the town of La Jolla. Quite time for your enjoyment of the area. I will tell all my friends, when in the area too stay at this hotel. For years my family and other friends have been enjoying the greatly held secret of privacy.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank Clint101
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Boulder City, Nevada
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131 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We recently had a mini family reunion in La Jolla, California and stayed at the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. It is a charming little hotel just a couple of short blocks off Prospect and Girard. It is walking distance from many good restaurants as well as walking distance from La Jolla Cove.

A curious situation arose when we discovered that the staff had assigned five of the six couples rooms directly across from the elevator. All but one couple requested different rooms due to the potential noise of people coming and going day and night. At these requests the staff immediately accommodated each couple.

We stayed in the King Deluxe room and were quite pleased with the spaciousness of the room which came with a love seat, a small table and two chairs, a large flat screen TV, and an easy-to-operate safe. The refrigerator was one of the smallest we have ever encountered in our travels. Our room had large bay windows that opened and let in the cool ocean breeze. We did not have a great view, but we could see a little bit of the ocean from the bay windows. The bathroom was very modern and appropriately stocked with all the expected amenities.

The Empress Hotel offered a complimentary continental breakfast which seemed a bit on the lean side to us so we walked one minute down Fay Avenue and went to the Cottage for breakfast. It is well worth it if you want the best breakfast in La Jolla.

I would recommend this hotel for your stay in La Jolla but be prepared for some of the limitations that are present when staying at a small hotel. We thought the $18/day price tag for parking was a little steep but parking is at a premium in La Jolla. There is no swimming pool at this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank Patty1123
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Empresss_GM, General Manager at Empress Hotel of La Jolla, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Patty1123,
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us as well as the online community and our potential customers. We are all very excited that you were able to enjoy your entire stay with us from our quiet, central location to all of the complimentary amenities we offer to our guests. We also would like to thank you for your kind comments regarding our friendly and helpful staff and we will be sure to recognize their efforts. We hope you choose us the next time you venture to La Jolla.

Sincerely,
John S Haerr
General Manager
Empress Hotel La Jolla
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Property: Empress Hotel of La Jolla
Address: 7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4309
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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 of La Jolla 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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