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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 1262 Reviews
Couple days vacation
Reviewed 14 hours ago

Amazing location! great costumer service!, Is the perfect place for few days, you can walk every where close the beach . Is a little gem in la jolla definitely i will come back again . Thank you !!!!!

Just Great
Reviewed 1 day ago

1st class hotel. My husband is in a wheelchair and this hotel is extremely compliant. Wish life was this easy. Highly recommend. The staff was extremely helpful and all in all it was a very positive experience.

Just OK
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was a little disappointed seeing how much we paid. We paid $75 for our dog, $30 to park, and the rooms were not cheap on top of that. Our pet fee was supposed to cover dog bowls and a bed, according to their website. I did not bring mine thinking they would provide these. The first night we arrived, I asked for a doggie bowl. They said they were busy but would bring one "as soon as possible." It's 8pm and my dog has not eaten since breakfast. We waited (and waited) so I had to use the tray from the fridge to feed her. I had no utensils to get the wet food out of the can. It was a mess. They never did provide a bowl or bed. Also, they first put us in a room next to where everyone ate their breakfast. Our windows faced the cafeteria. My husband made them switch rooms since that would have been loud and annoying. I am glad he did because the restaurant was right under the room and that night there was raging party in the restaurant. Super loud. I could hear it from our room across the hall. We tried to have a nice "fancy" birthday for my dog and I, but, as usual, our expensive hotel was just "okay". No pool either! And the restaurant SUCKED! Horrible food and service. They forgot our reservation in which my hubby wanted a birthday tiramisu for me. They forgot that also. The food tasted like it was a TV dinner. Really gross. Don't eat there. WAY OVER PRICED!

Excellent small hotel
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Empress Hotel is in a great location, a ten minute walk to La Jolla Cove. The staff are very friendly and professional. Very comfortable bed and pillows! This was my second stay, and I will return!

There are also great restaurants nearby in walking distance.

Lovely european style boutique hotel
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed at the Empress for 3 nights on a visit to La Jolla to take care of some family business. This is a city hotel without a pool or resort amenities and perfect for those looking for a location within walking distance of everything La Jolla has to offer. Charming, clean, friendly atmosphere. Our room with 2 queen beds was equipped with everything we needed including lots of storage. Helpful, friendly, accommodating staff. Well stocked cold breakfast buffet is included and you can eat in the "garden loggia" or take food back to your room. The Manhattan restaurant right in the hotel is great for a New York style steak and pasta dinner with live music Wednesday through Saturday -- we loved the Wednesday nite singer and piano player and sat at the bar for a couple of hours with terrific bartender, Gretchen.