Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- California-Spanish rancho design
- Prime location near beaches and shopping in downtown La Jolla
- Fireside dining on the patio of Mustangs & Burros
- Swanky spa with top-notch treatments
- Private spaces for lounging, plus gardens and fountains, throughout the property
What To Know
- Not a party scene; better for couples or a girlfriend getaway
- No minibars in rooms
- The beach is a 10-minute drive from the hotel; Downtown San Diego is a 20-minute drive
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Originally a thoroughbred training farm, the sprawling Estancia La Jolla reflects early-California style with its red adobe-tile roof, low-slung whitewashed buildings, brick-and-tile fireplaces and wrought-iron artwork. Old school charm permeates the property, which rambles over 10 acres of lush gardens.
Bed & Bath
While the 210-room hotel has up-to-date amenities, the rancho-style design pays homage to the area’s 19th-century equestrian heritage. Guestrooms favor subtle hues of beige and white with bursts of burnt orange and are outfitted with 100% Turkish cotton linens; many rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens.
The property is full of private spaces that encourage lazy afternoons in the company of citrus trees, birds of paradise and gurgling fountains. Happy guests lounge in the cabanas that ring the pool while sipping Bloody Marys and margaritas. Then there’s the blissed out spa with outdoor rain showers, steam rooms and a roster of all-natural products. At night, Mustangs & Burros’s patio is the place to be for sangria; fresh, chunky guacamole; and homemade chips spiced with chili powder. Relax on overstuffed chairs and pillow-adorned banquettes while tucking into pork short rib with Butcher’s Brewing Double Shaka Imperial IPA glaze and an ahi tower layered with mango, avocado, sea beans and plantain chips.
In the Area
Visit La Jolla Cove by kayak and explore the crystal-clear waters where divers, sea lions and bright orange garibaldi fish gather. A short walk takes you to the Torrey Pines Gliderport for a hang-gliding lesson — or a gourmet lunch as you watch the skydancers play in the updrafts above the sea. Golf at the famous oceanfront Torrey Pines course, where world-class tournaments like the U.S. Open are held. The calm La Jolla Shores are perfect for a surfing or stand-up paddle class with Surf Diva.