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
We stayed at the Estancia when our daughter got married there 12 years ago. Last weekend we stayed again to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Every staff I interacted with was so friendly and helpful. The site is still amazingly beautiful.
Beautiful, spacious hotel on large property. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable. The bed and linens were delightful. The bathroom had plenty of lighting and there was a spacious closet. The restaurant was lovely. I really liked the motif; casual and comfortable. I would go back again to enjoy the resort.
We went here for our anniversary recently, we are local and have visited this property before. While the property is lovely, the experience this time around was poor and officially ruined our only 24 hour get away for our anniversary.
We had spa treatments and there is a mens and womens side for privacy purposes. There were lesbians on the female side, which I typically fully support. However, these two were making out all over the spa.. in the hot tub, steam room, and showers fully nude, making obscene noises and making everyone else uncomftorable to the point where none of us could use the facilities that the spa provided. Everyone just wanted out of the space. Management was aware, but nothing was done directing them to stop or ask them to leave. So the rest of us did.
We also purchased the "offers" that they advertise. For example, $100 dinning credit is $80, $40 breakfast credit is $25 and so on. Seems like great deals if you are staying the weekend. BUT... when we went to check out, the staffs knowledge on how to properly apply the credits and justify charges on our bill was beyond difficult. We spent over 1 hour at the counter talking to three different people we were passed off to to try to figure out the bill. We thought we were being organized and efficient, when in fact it cost us alot more trouble an made us late to our twins 10th birthday party. We were only there 24 hours, that was alot to put up with in that window of time when 8 of them we were sleeping.