This hotel is such a great find that I hate to tell anyone but I have used TA for years and have to pay back.
We stayed at the Empress for 5 nights in Feb. The location is so perfect. Walking distance to restaurants, bars, shopping and the most beautiful beach area. The staff is so helpful and most seemed to really love their job.
The rooms are a good size for 2. We had a king bed, small couch,
nice size table with 2 chairs. The bathroom was small but really great shower. Large closet with a safe, fridge, and plenty of room.
The free breakfast was very sparse but ok for a few days. The patio is nice to eat on but if the weather is not nice, the breakfast room itself is crowded and stuffy.
Valet was great. Worth the extra money.
Our favorite restaurants were the Cottage (breakfast and lunch - huge portions) and Karl Strauss Brewery.
We walked to the cove many mornings and watched swimmers (yes, in Feb. and it was cold), sea lions, seals, and birds. We took the dirt trail that starts behind the cave entrance over to a residential area. The views were unbelievable.
Can't wait to visit the La Jolla again.More
- Free Wifi