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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
Came to La Jolla for the weekend to celebrate birthday. Beautiful hotel with excellent service and friendly staff. Beautiful room and took advantage of breakfast package. Lovely setting of restaurant and excellent food. Our server, Lisa was terrific with excellent service and warm welcoming personality. Will be back as a great place to escape the summer desert heat of Palm Springs
We had a great time at the Estancia in La Jolla. We stayed the night for our 30th anniversary and really felt like we escaped. We enjoyed the happy hour and Mustangs and Mules and loved relaxing by the pool. We will return.
I spent two nights at the hotel. The room was spacious, clean, and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was spacious and clean. The shower was excellent. Water pressure was very good. I experienced one of the restaurants for breakfast. It was empty and quiet. Food was nice. Staff was excellent.
The architecture is nice, Spanish style. The gardens are beautiful. Despite of how big the hotel is, it does not look massive. It is exclusive. It is an elegant hotel.
I experienced three issues. The bathroom sink did not drain. The coffee shop staff was not well trained. They melted a quiche in the microwave. The seats and tables at the pool were not clean.
Came to La Jolla for a wedding the next day. While the bride and groom were not having their wedding here, they were staying here and posted this as one of the hotels they recommended. Also, as a member of Discovery Loyalty and having stayed at the Bacara in Santa Monica, we thought the Estancia would offer similar amenities and quality. Furthermore, as a Tesla owner, this is where one of the supercharge stations is located and we needed to charge the car after driving 3+ hours from Los Angeles in typical SoCal traffic.
Unfortunately, our stay was truly disappointing as the room is dated and kind of gross from what we expected (is that a dead bug carcass in the roll up shade on the entry door????) We decided not to make a big deal about it, because we were only staying one night. However, the walls are thin (likely due to being old and needs to be updated/remodeled/something). For most of the evening, our neighbors were rowdy young adults? (We heard them pop a champagne bottle around 1030pm). We called the front desk to complain around 1130pm as to how loud they were even over the A/C and the tv being on. They sent security which was great.. but after security left, the guests next door were complaining about security telling them quiet down and continued to talk and laugh loudly (we ended up recording their conversation through the walls on our phone- that’s how loud they were or how NOT insulated the walls are). Had to call the front desk again, now being almost midnight, to request a room change. However, the hotel is sold out. The front desk is great as they have tried to be as accommodating as possible, and they have sent security out to address the issue again (hence, the two stars). Now, the talking has continued but a little quieter but then has gotten loud again as the ladies next door are now saying they’re being ‘discriminated against’. (now we’ve given up), and it sounds like some of the guests have moved into the courtyard and is currently loud out there as well. We are keeping the tv on to drown out the neighbors for most of the night hoping everyone will just eventually go to sleep or go away.
There is also an occasional whirring noise coming from the walls.. it is weird and disturbing but again, this place is old.. and needs remodeling... major remodeling... If the idea was to keep the ‘charm’ of the hotel by keeping things the way they are.. honestly, all of this isn’t ‘charming’. It’s just sad.
At this time, I can NOT recommend this hotel despite how great the front desk/security was during this incident (I hope Estancia pays them well). They truly need to update/remodel this section of the hotel which might have helped with the noise problem by making sure the walls are insulated or not charge these prices. We have no problems paying for amenities that are deserving (for example, we love staying at the Shangri-La hotels around the world) but this was just disappointing all around. Our experience with this hotel is that it is not fit to be a part of the Meritage Collection or really any luxury collection. This has just been ‘ghetto.’
everything was perfect ..from the room with the balcony, the food, the staff etc..
excellent all the way around. very happy and would love to stay there again. Thought the hotel was in a nice out of the way spot