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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


Just wonderful!

The Empress is a gem! Seamus, Larry, Sarah, Tita, Ryan, Sarah, Antonio are the core staff: that make the Empress the warm welcoming and outstanding boutique hotel. From the moment you arrive until the time that you leave—there is a detail that doesn’t go unhandled. The hotel is well maintained, the rooms are lovely and well maintained and in the heart of LaJolla. It is my go to hotel; and has been for 25 years.

Amazing European Experience in La Jolla

From the moment I booked this hotel the staff, mainly Shamiss, was professional, courteous and exceeded my expectations! The Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the city, making the best restaurants, coffee shops and stores in easy walking distance. The hotel does not have a pool, but who need that with some of the best beaches in America a short drive away? The rooms are spacious with top quality linens and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in; include my own at home! The color palette of the rooms and common areas are classic beach calm, and for an old building it feel fresh and "current". The daily breakfast, offered in an open air patio, is tasty and fresh and well maintained by the staff. The valet service and front desk staff are so helpful, weather recommending places to see and eat or providing beach supplies at no extra charge, they treated us like friends and family, not just customers. The European charm made this stay to sunny SOCO one of our best yet!


Very impressed. Lots of detailed amenities to make stay comfortable - even an umbrella in wardrobe! Room very attractive with mood lighting and comfy bed. Excellent linens. Cannot agree with previous negative reviews about breakfast. It is described as continental which it is. Cereals, breads, pastries, fruit all served in charming terrace surrounded by water features. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, happy to recommend.