I was torn between a 4 or 5 review, but ultimately the staff at The Lodge forced my hand.
First, the not so great: Rooms are clean and well appointed, but smallish. Also, lacking some of the modern-day necessities (adequate outlets, bath exhaust fan). A.R. Valentien was disappointing. Tasting menu was so-so, wine list was so-so, wait staff was barely so-so... just not what one would expect from the upper-end dining option at a 5-star facility.
Now the great: Can't beat the climate. Makes the beautiful golf course, pool area, and views even more spectacular! All common areas were kept immaculately clean. The spa was great - on par with what one expects nowadays in these types of hotels. Central location allowed for quick rides to Del Mar, Legoland, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo.
Finally, the fantastic: The staff at The Lodge is what forces you to give it a 5 star rating. Attentive and proactive, every request is anticipated and delivered with urgency and a pleasant attitude. Faced with the dilemma of packing several oversized stuffed animals (won by the kids at Sea World), the concierge stepped in and offered to have the items packed and shipped home. What a relief! Tickets to all of the area attractions were available (at a discount) at the gift shop, so no lines at the ticket offices!
Overall, a great stay. One I will be happy to repeat in the not too distant future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guests are greeted at The Lodge's porte-cochère by doormen attired in kilted Scottish Dress. Inside are 170 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of meeting space, spa, 2 restaurants, and expansive public rooms with fireplaces, comfortable leather chairs and amazing views of the Torrey Pines and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Behind The Lodge is a heated pool with cabanas, whirlpool, croquet lawn, and a large terrace with chaise lounges for basking in the Southern California sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Torrey Pines Hotel La Jolla
- Hotel At Torrey Pines
- Resort At Torrey Pines
- Lodge San Diego
- Lodge Torrey Pines
- Inn Torrey Pines