I chose this hotel as it was top-rated on TripAdvisor. I was somewhat disappointed for several reasons. Firstly, I was put in room 211, which is right next to the breakfast room, and the window looks directly out onto the breakfast patio - therefore I couldn't open my curtains with the bathroom light on in the morning, and even with the windows shut could hear people talking outside by 7am, as well as the clatter of breakfast next door. The a/c seemed to have been shut down for the winter - it couldn't maintain 70F - so it would have been nice to have been able to open the windows. I could also hear music from the bar downstairs til around 11:30. Aside from that, the hot tap and shower took a good 30 seconds to run hot, and the shower was very weak. I complained about the room and was moved to the 3rd floor for the second night. This was better, but the shower pressure was even weaker, and with the windows open I could still hear people having breakfast on the patio by around 7 as I was still on the same side of the building. The breakfast was pretty poor - some pastries, cereal and okay fruit juice.
This review sounds bad, and I don't mean to say that this was a crap hotel - it really wasn't - but if I don't get a good night's sleep then IMO a hotel deserves a poor rating, since even a cheap motel will give you a good night's sleep. At least the receptionist that I spoke to to change rooms was understanding, but I don't know why they put people in room 211 in the first place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience California comfort at our charming boutique hotel in the scenic village of La Jolla, California. Situated just steps from the San Diego Area's famous sandy beaches and downtown La Jolla, while also being only minutes from popular attractions like SeaWorld and Torrey Pines golf course, our hotel is the perfect location to embark on an unforgettable vacation or business trip. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Empress Hotel La Jolla
- Empress La Jolla