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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 1130 Reviews
Great Staff, Great food, Great Location & the Valets are a dream team.
Reviewed 6 days ago

WOW! Loved this place. Rooms are spacious; I needed a fan (I run hot) and one was delivered instantly! Everyone, consistently, was friendly and happy to help with anything. One phone call for my car and my car was waiting when I arrived downstairs. Wish we could have stayed longer. 6 nights were not enough

Lovely room, excellent location
Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose this hotel based on the recommendation of Fay's Needlenook in La Jolla, a needlepoint store I go to regularly. The hotel is clean and bright. Lights are very important to me in the rooms and this room had more than enough lights. The bathroom was well appointed with a robe and slippers. The towels were AMAZING, soft and fluffy, unlike a lot of hotel towels that have been bleached to scratchy threads. The bed was heavenly with plenty of pillows. There was a couch and a chair with an ottoman. A fridge and microwave are in the closet. They serve breakfast on the second floor which was appreciated and had good choices including fresh waffles. The turn down service includes chocolates on the pillow. Cookies are baked and available in the lobby as are apples. The location is just a couple of blocks from the beach.

Two issues that aren't deal breakers but could be nice improvements: one, please go green. Don't take towels that are hanging and let guests decline housekeeping. It's overkill. Two, have some suggested running routes. Runners love it when they have a hotel hand them some ideas of places to go and distances. Sure, we can figure it out on our own but it's wonderful if someone takes the time and just tells you some ideas.

Only issue with my room was you couldn't put the AC on high because they vent rattled so badly you had to constantly get up and hit the grate to make it stop.

Weekend away with friends for wedding
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an Awesome place! Affordable and centrally located within the village of LaJolla. Completely recommend! Would stay there again in a heartbeat. Great customer service and friendly laid back atmosphere. Continental breakfast was included which was perfect.

Clean, friendly, great location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night while in town for a wedding. It is a block from where the reception was held and a few blocks from the beach. The hotel was clean and well appointed. The friendly staff greeted us with warm cookies and were able to get us an early check-in so we could get ready for the wedding. The bed was clean and comfy and the bathroom was nicely decorated. We appreciated the complimentary breakfast as we had to get to the airport early. I wish we could’ve stayed longer!

Great location, friendly, accommodating staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have stayed here twice recently and love everything about the hotel. On our first night, there was a bit too much street noise and a squeaky flagpole. The staff was very happy to move us to a new room. I'd go for the king bed as the rooms are much larger. The breakfast is continental but very satisfactory. The staff is so friendly!