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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 1213 Reviews
Great location for downtown LaJolla and the needlepoint shop
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved the hotel. Very convenient for walking all over LaJolla downtown. They even provided a stitching room after hours for our stitching needs. It was used by many and appreciated.
Restaurant food was great and decent wine list.
I found the rooms very comfortable and the mattress was perfect. Small coffee maker(Starbucks Coffee), small refrigerator, and a safe. Linens were very soft. While I was there, the weather tended to be a bit misty/rainy and the hotel had provided umbrellas in each room.

Very good stay.
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice hotel, only a few blocks to the La Jolla Cove, and central to many shops and restaurants in the area. The included breakfast was also very good. Valet parking was convenient and prompt when the car was requested.

More than expected
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to celebrate my son Birthday, he had an amazing time, room was amazing. The front desk very friendly and make you feel special. very close to the the cove and other restaurants like Eddy's V . walking distance to many other restaurants and shops

Great value and accommodating and welcoming staff
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Empress is a delightful hotel in an excellent location within walking distance of both the bay and shops of La Jolla. It is especially good value--at a reasonable price that includes a very generous continental breakfast offered on their enclosed patio.
Only negative aspect was the carpets needed a little refreshing--both in the corridors and especially in our room where there were some stains that should have been removed.
Other than that, I highly recommend this property.

Loved La Jolla and the Empress Hotel
Reviewed 4 days ago

My son and I stayed here for 3 nights during springbreak. The Empress is in a great location for walking to the beach for sunsets, going out to dinner and exploring the town. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend the Empress!