La Valencia Hotel
What We Love
- Elegant Old World style
- La Jolla’s beaches, shops and galleries are steps away
- Lush landscaping bursts with bougainvillea and palm trees
- Sweeping Pacific views
What To Know
- Attracts a mix of leisure and business guests, as well as families
- The public areas can become busy with tourists
- There is no spa, but in-room treatments are available
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With its eclectic Mediterranean-style architecture and an unforgettable pink hue, La V (as the loyal staff calls it) has long been a beacon of sunny luxury. Strolling across the cool tile beneath intricately painted wooden beam ceilings, it’s easy to forget that you’re just steps away from La Jolla instead of tucked away at a hidden estate along Spain’s balmy shores. They say that frequent visits from the Hollywood elite are what cemented the hotel’s reputation as a quintessential California getaway, but the real stars of this show are the views. In the airy lobby bar, an attractive crowd takes the hotel’s Mediterranean style to heart, leisurely sipping cocktails at tables and sofas scattered among nooks affording long looks out over the green lawn to the crashing breakers below.
Bed & Bath
The hotel’s 112 rooms and suites uphold the Mediterranean vibe but have their own style with antique furnishings playing off of Spanish mosaics, plantation shutters and exposed white fir beams. Views in Traditional Rooms extend out over the lush gardens or La Jolla, while Deluxe Ocean-Facing Room do just that, making the waves of La Jolla Cove and the Pacific the focal point. Come sunset, the Ocean-Facing Rooms’ neutral tones are bathed in more vibrant orange and pink glow, gradually matching the dusky pink exterior. Ocean Villas magnify the resort’s airy aesthetic with oceanfront patios, brightly upholstered furnishings and a fireplace for heating things up after dark.
Executive Chef Daniel Barron whips up delicious dishes such as wild king salmon with butterball potatoes, dill creme, blue lake beans. The restaurant’s two separate dining areas, a sun-splashed patio and a more elegant dining room, all offer the stunning views the resort is known for, making for a delightful dinner. Also on site? A pool and full-service gym.
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Stayed one night in this hotel And I was mildly impressed but not completely. The decor in our room was rather dated the whole hotel I believe is being upgraded/reconstructed and not too soon in my opinion. We drank in the bar prior to going out and the service was good . I am not saying we had a bad visit it Just didn’t live up to the hype that my friend gave it as he had stayed a number of times previously. The view from our bedroom was good overlooking the pool and we also have a sight of the sea. Value for money? I’ve got to say no. Would I stay again, only after the refurbishment.
I always make time for a drink here when I’m visiting La Jolla. You can’t beat the view and the staff is amazing. They have a full bar and speciality cocktails. They tend to have a heavy pour so that’s a bonus.
Loved our stay....everyone was so kind and helpful...can’t wait to go back! Perfect location in the Cove...close to numerous excellent restaurants. Like going to someone’s warm, inviting mansion! The fee for valet parking is included in the resort fee...sweet!
Great location for La Jolla and really nice hotel. Rooms are ok a bit cramped but overall hotel is very nice decor, pool is a good size. Food in hotel restaurant we had vegetarian menu as Dod was very average and bland - taste less.
Easy to explore La jolla from here. Make sure you explore central La Jolla as there is a lot more to it than you realise !
I will agree that the rooms could use a bit of redecorating but I can overlook that because the hotel's charm makes up for it. Located on a "main drag" Prospect Street, the hotel is within walking distance for many good places to eat or visit in the La Jolla area. I've never been a fan of valet parking (I can park my car by myself) but there is no other choice. The valet service is fast. There is short term parking in front of the hotel while you unload but then the valet will whisk the car away. Check in was fast and courteous. Now the sticky point is the SLOOOOWWWW elevator, and there is only one! At the end of my hall, there's a glass surrounded patio where one can sit and watch the day begin and drink a cup of coffee! Again, overlooking the few shortcomings, the hotel is wonderful. Eat on the patio but watch out for "Bob" the seagull. He is a fixture at the hotel and has been known to swipe food if you don't keep an eye on him! Seagulls are protected species in California. Don't hold it against Bob, though! My family was renting a home in La Jolla but I chose NOT to stay because I want peace and quiet 15 minutes away!