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.
How to Get There
Hotel is beautiful and well manicured. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful.Room was not cleaned..They starting coming around at about 5 PM on Saturday nite...by that time we were ready for a nap.Also they charge a mandatory $25 per day convenience fee for the bottle of wine they put in the room, pool and coffee supplies (there is a keureg in the room)...None of which we used but still had to pay for.
Beautiful grounds with lovely landscaping; spacious rooms with quality amenities; friendly and helpful staff; large pool and spa area, tho' spa usage "fee" seems excessive, given the mandatory resort fee
Cute place with some history easy to get to from airport and short drive to seal cove area. Nice poor and food was good. Service was professional friendly and quick everywhere. Sorry I didn’t have time to try the spa.
From the moment you step onto the grounds, you feel welcomed! The grounds are gorgeous! We had breakfast in the Adobe every morning! Our server, Lisa, was AMAZING. She was so friendly, timely, and helpful. They have a great breakfast buffet deal that includes coffee and other drinks. Lisa always made sure we had coffee in our cups! We will back for a girl’s weekend getaway!
After debating the various solid options in La Jolla for weeks, my wife and I booked a prepaid rate, specially offered via their Instagram account for three nights. We were not disappointed with our decision and will be making special trips back to this incredible property whenever possible. The property itself is gorgeous, and while it’s massive in scope, it feels genuinely boutique and small because of the way it’s laid out. The location is also prime, unless you need beach/water views. Located approximately 15 minutes from La Jolla village, 10 from Torrey Pines, and across the street from UCSD visitors can easily get to where they need to quickly. There’s even a shuttle service (though it was booked solidly with wedding guests, so I would not count on that for transportation.)
Check-in was a breeze, with free bottles of water as well as flavored water dispensers. The lobby and arrival courtyard, like the rest of the property calm and relaxing. We stayed in a garden view room with a balcony on the third floor (which is really the same level as the lobby.) The room was spacious, with refreshed free water bottles each day, a sizable bathroom, comfy chair, and fantastic bath amenities.
While we did not work in the room, it would have been a nice space to do so. That said, the pride of this property is really the grounds. There were four or five different garden areas which felt almost private despite the hotel being busy with a conference and many weddings. So, there were multiple spaces to quietly relax, read, or eat a meal from the breakfast/lunch shop next to the lobby, which is exactly what we did each morning. Each area had tons of flowers and even some hummingbirds to drive home the paradise feel. We also ate one meal at one of the multiple restaurants on site, which was again relaxing but, in this case, not amazing. I’d say the food was ok, but the ambiance fantastic everywhere.
The gym, surprisingly small for the size of the property was still well appointed and looked out onto one of the garden terraces behind the pool, which made running on a treadmill slightly less terrible. The pool itself had tons of chairs with pool-side service at a reasonable price (plus great people watching.) Lastly, a special shout out to the valet, who were excellent. Unlike almost everywhere else on earth, our car was always waiting for us even when we’d call from our room and walk immediately out to the lobby.
In short, if you are looking to relax this is the place to do it!