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
This is a great place to host a business meeting. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and the food is excellent. The hotel is unique in its layout with gardens to enjoy and many places to sit and relax in the wonderful San Diego weather.
Great place to stay, I will go back for a longer visit for fun and not having to visit family who is a patient at Scripps Hospital. The Resort was beautiful, as were the Botanical gardens..
Also excellent staff.
While the beds were comfortable, and service was good, nothing topped our experience in Trinitas, the wine bar. Grace was interactive, personable, knowledgeable, and funny. She had applicable knowledge about the wine, the resort's crafted spirits, the available craft brews and where the breweries were located. She also was knowledgable about places to eat and things to do in the area. Our entire vacation was made better by her assistance in planning and willingness to communicate.
I wish I had checked out the Trip Advisor reviews prior to our stay. Only writing this to help the next guy.
Our bar was set high having just stayed at the amazing Balboa Bay Resort. In Newport Beach. We assumed Estancia would be good due to it being part of the Meritage group. We were wrong. My fave thing about our stay here was the comp Langtry Chardonnay. Otherwise it was a disappointment. Rooms are below average. Has a horrible stench when you walk in. Must be the carpet which needs to be replaced. The bathrooms are ok but noticed black mold or something behind the sink. Food very average. Too expensive for what we got. Grounds are pretty but overall everything has a dated look. So much promise here just needs a huge overall. We could only tolerate it here for 1 night. Feel slightly deceived from the pics. Btw I complained about the room smell & black stains & was shown a diff room which was a duplicate if the first. C’est domage. Only dmall rooms here. They need to combine em for a more comfy stays. Not a huge fan of the pillows. I had to ask for slippers. Had I read these reviews & not the booklet I would have stayed elsewhere. Hopefully these comments prompt someone 2 make the needed change. My man has signed a petition to rename Estancia to AverageStayCia.
Wow. Probably one of the most beautiful hotels we’ve stayed at. We arrived Friday morning and left Sunday afternoon. The place is so beautiful that there were three weddings that weekend.
Highly recommend the buffet in the morning. It was delicious and there were so many options to choose from. Healthy juices, exotic fruits and anything you can imagine for breakfast. The lady making fresh omelettes and chilaquiles was very nice and overall the staff was super friendly.
We will definitely come back to this gem.