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What We Love

  • A charming boutique hotel three blocks from the shore, with breakfast and a suite optionSipping fine wine over classic Italian cuisine at Manhattan of La Jolla
  • Starting the day with complimentary deluxe continental breakfast
  • Adopting the laid-back Cali lifestyle with in-room spa services

What To Know

  • Free WiFi is strong
  • Within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the beach
  • Valet service is $28 per day
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A room or suite at a perfectly located, European-inspired gem, minutes from popular San Diego sights – includes complimentary valet parking

The Lowdown

You’ve heard of southern hospitality, but what about southern-Californian hospitality? Get acquainted with the second at Empress Hotel, a top La Jolla stay and Certificate of Excellence winner on TripAdvisor. This comfortable, European-inspired base offers newly renovated accommodations that feature spacious floor plans, upgraded furnishings and gourmet coffees and teas. Waiting for you just beyond your bedroom each morning is complimentary continental breakfast, the perfect way to start your day before hitting the beach or exploring town.
Later on, nosh on classic Italian cuisine at the restaurant, or knock back a glass of fine wine. Then, head out, perhaps on a bike that you rented through the concierge or in a convertible with the top down (when in California…). Empress is just a few miles from SeaWorld, as well as the Torrey Pines golf course, a local favorite; if you’re down for a longer drive, you can head into the city’s center or the Gaslamp Quarter District, each of which houses a bounty of shops, restaurants and bars. But if you’re looking to find joy in La Jolla itself, ditch the wheels, and stick to Empress’ own vicinity. Just three blocks from the front door, you’ll find one of the most beloved shores in the state.


 Newly renovated, with upgraded furnishings, the spacious Empress Hotel rooms and suites are luxury La Jolla escapes, complete with 37-in. flat-screen TVs, cozy bathrobes and slippers and gourmet coffees and teas. Waved flooring, sea-inspired palettes and coastal artwork reference the spirit of Southern California, putting you in a laid-back mood the minute you step in the door.Superior rooms offer your choice of one king, one queen or two queen beds, while Empress suites guarantee one king-sized bed, plus a larger bathroom, a spacious work station and a queen-sized sleeper sofa.  


 Manhattan of La Jolla serves classic Italian fare in the heart of California. From the fresh Caesar salads, made tableside, to the fine wines from the extensive list, this go-to spot’s menu strikes the perfect balance of European and American coastal. Pick from a selection of al-dente pastas, steaks and fresh seafood. And don’t miss the piano player on weekends, or happy hour on weeknights. 


 The “jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla offers a heavenly blend of SoCal and Mediterranean vibes, making it a quintessential Pacific Coast beach town. Find a wide array of boutiques, cafés, restaurants, galleries and museums, plus abundant outdoor activities; surf the waves, kayak the Pacific, bike the trails and explore the cove, where you can experience a protected sanctuary of marine life and stunning ocean views. Empress is also just minutes from SeaWorld and the Torrey Pines golf course, with the sunny Pacific shoreline even closer – just three blocks away.

How to Get There

Empress Hotel
7766 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States


4.5 Very Good 1022 Reviews
Great hotel in LaJolla, CA
Reviewed 3 days ago

The staff were exceptional, from checking, valet to cleaning very friendly and personable. Beds were very comfortable. Great location within walking distance to everything in LaJolla. Would stay there again!

Outstanding Customer Service!
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed at the Empress Hotel for a week as my husband was here on a work course. Customer Services Representative Ryan Fohre went above and beyond to make our stay, which turned into a surprise family reunion, a wonderful and memorable occasion! He deserves a raise, or at least a bonus!!

We cannot say enough about Ryan, and the staff in general, at the Empress. We look forward to staying here again and would recommend this hotel to anyone, without hesitation !!

The McKays

Great to be back!
Reviewed 1 week ago

After being away for a long period of time it was wonderful to be back at the Empress! Seamus welcomed me back with the charm I remembered the Empress is known for and had the chance to meet new members of their team. The remodeled rooms are wonderful! And with Sara still there as the head of housekeeping, as are so many of her team, thus the high standard of perfection continues in maintaining of the rooms. It is a wonderful location right in LaJolla; central to great shops and food. Breakfast is included; and, this is a pet friendly location. Looking forward to my return trips; the updated Empress is special!

Empress-ive hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Room was quite nice with plenty of space. Bed average. Desk employees extremely friendly and helpful. Answered questions regarding the area. Hotel in good location; walking distance to everything in La Jolla.

Very nice location, but ...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've stayed at the Empress multiple times. It's in a great location in La Jolla, within a short walk of nice restaurants, coffee shops, and a longer walk to the beach. The rooms are fine (big enough, comfortable enough beds, etc). The front desk staff are very nice and helpful. But the furnishings are kind of tired, and the free continental breakfast is not worth having (e.g., no cereal that is healthy, all of it has too much sugar). It's not inexpensive, either. So maybe look elsewhere for something less expensive, or on the breach.