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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
If you like character in a hotel (vs the vanilla 4 seasons chain), this is your place.
When checking in I asked if it might be possible to have a room with a view. KYRA at the front desk said she would do her best. And she did! We had a lovely, yes, relatively small, room. But it was light and cheerful.
The bathroom was clean and the amenities more than welcome. The in-room bar snacks and booze were unique, although expensive.
This lovely ocean side hotel tries very hard. It is not perfect and there are areas of wear and tear. One area of concern is the pool. It needs a deep clean. Or maybe even a new paint job. But overall I felt as though I was in the South of France.
NB The bartender by the pool/pool boy/man was very helpful, but I do resent the 20% gratuity that is automatically included in the bar tab.
Located in a great place but if you book a deal through Trip Advisor or American Express platinum, expect the worst room and the worst service. Just one example, housekeeping spilled an entire bottle of oil on my make up bag. Accidents happen to us all so I just asked that the send the bag to the laundry to try to clean it. It came back full of oil and they charged me for the laundry service. Amex guarantees an early check in if possible -- we got there at noon and then waited for our room until 4:15 -- there was no, let's see if we can have the room cleaned since you are with two kids and tired after traveling from the East Coast. There were no amenities. The room was very small, the bathroom was very small and when people are walking above you at a normal rate, it sounds like elephants. I love traveling and my kids and I are really not high maintenance folks -- but if you are going to bill yourself as such a high level hotel, then at least try to give the most basic level of service or lower your rates. The location will tempt you -- but really don't waste your time or money on this hotel -- even for a good deal.
My husband and I had an all around wonderful experience at this hotel. The hotel itself and the grounds are beautiful, and the staff was exceptional. They helped us pick out the best room for us. We stayed in the villas which is where I would stay again because they have large balconies with table and chairs. Some balconies look out over the ocean like ours did. We were in Villa #11. The main hotel is more vintage but completely updated and beautiful. We really wanted a balcony though and I don’t think those rooms had them.
Our room had a king bed, a gas fire place and a very comfy bed. The bathroom shower was fantastic—steam shower with great water pressure and two oversized shower heads. It also had a jetted tub and double sinks. Plenty of space for two to get ready at the same time.
The food we had at the hotel restaurants was also great and the bar has a nice happy hour. The hotel is located right in the middle of the beautiful town right at the cove. Several restaurants and shops right outside the door. Valet parking is included in the resort fee if you have a car. You can walk along the scenic coast for miles. We can’t wait to come again and stay at this hotel!
Great place to stay or just to have cup of coffee or a couple of martinis! Great views, people watching and a unique atmosphere. Also great for a Sunday brunch. Great food, service and quality. I alway return to those place that have generated valuable memories.
So we have had this west coast trip planned for a few months and it needed to end in San Diego. I booked here and started getting a bit nervous after a few questionable reviews. Old. Tired. Etc....
Don't believe it. If your destination is La Jolla, look no further. You only have a few options. Want a pool with a bar and lunch? Only spot. Want views? Ditto. Sure, there are some smaller, quaint places. But LV checks all the boxes. Beautiful room, comfy bed, stellar service. Met several couples at the bar at night that were staying at the Pantei Inn, a beautiful place, but needed to feel a little alive. So here they were.
Summary..... It's all about location, service, and quality. LvH checks all 3. And special props to Rob and Blake at the pool....you are treated like family from the minute you walk in.