Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- Like all Kimpton hotels, Hotel La Jolla is very pet friendly
- Nightly lobby wine happy hour
- Free shuttle service offered to overnight guests within a five mile radius of the hotel
- Yoga mats in every room
What To Know
- Valet parking is the only option, and it's $30 a night (but $14 for Hybrids)
- No bathtubs or full-length mirrors in the rooms
- Pool is small but warm. No Jacuzzi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Boho, beachy high-rise hotel with friendly staff and rooftop farm-to-table restaurant with Pacific views
There’s a beachy, Midcentury sophistication to the lobby. Bask in front of the large stone fireplace on a ’70s retro half-moon leather couch next to wood slab and curvaceous golden tables. Vintage black-and-white surf photos decorate the outdoor halls, and all rooms face west. The Kimpton Group’s ubiquitous outdoor patio/lounge/bar/pool and firepits provide a romantic atmosphere; go for housemade potato chips, a signature cocktail and local tips from the bartender.
Bed and Bath
Calm prevails in taupe rooms and bathrooms with a view; low-rise platform beds evoke an Asian feeling, and the mattresses are fitted with soft Frette linens. Other perks include plenty of desk and drawer space, 42-inch plasma TVs and a small outside patio with table and chairs. Bathrooms are tiny but sleek, with two-sided glass showers and amenities from C.O. Bigelow in support of the nonprofit Dress for Success.
The California lifestyle demands that one stay in shape, so grab a Hula Hoop from the lobby or a free bicycle; pump iron in the fitness center, or walk (or run) along the nearby beach and pier. Indulge in an in-room spa treatment to soothe your muscles. The 11th-floor Cusp restaurant has a menu of delights that includes roasted quinoa and yellowtail ceviche, tangy Caesar salad, perfectly prepared fish entrees and housemade gelatos and sorbets.
In the Area
The village of La Jolla beckons shoppers, but don’t miss the La Jolla Children’s Pool (which hosts a harbor seal colony in a protected cove) or the awesome 360-degree views from Mount Soledad and its veterans memorial. Hang-glide or kayak the coves (wetsuit suggested). Seeking distractions of a different sort? The awesome Geisel Library celebrates all things Dr. Seuss, La Jolla Playhouse has top-notch theater, the jellyfish are mesmerizing at the Birch Aquarium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla features cutting-edge exhibitions.
How to Get There
During our 7-night stay, housekeeping did not clean our room TWICE. We left the room at around 1pm, did not leave the ‘do not disturb’ sign out, and told the front desk that our room could be cleaned before heading out for the day on both occasions.
We were visiting UCSD and needed a place for an overnight. I was surprised when I walked into the room that this is a a Hilton brand hotel. The hotel is dated. The elevator old, noisy and in need of a facelift.
Their description of a “peekaboo” shower means a window through to the room with an automatic/power blind. Weird.
The beds were comfortable but the chair and ottoman in the room were stained. The power cord contraption to charge phones etc had a cake of sticky dust on it. The rest of room was clean but the whole thing just felt old and dated.
The walls are paper thin and I could hear the conversations next door clear as day at 1am that we had to turn on the rickety sounding fan to provide some white noise.
The lobby is the only area that matches the “chic boutique” description provided by the hotel. But it still feels dated despite having undergone some sort of renovation.
We also went to the restaurant, Cusp, on the 11th floor for breakfast. The view was really nice and I can see how perhaps at night, the bar and restaurant might have some life. However the breakfast food offerings were “meh”. I had the eggs on wilted arugula with tomatoes and mozzarella. It was only ok. The sourdough underneath was soggy and the flavors of the whole thing-underwhelming. My husbands omelette was “mediocre at best”. Service was very good though.
If you need an overnight for a place to crash, this is ok. Yet, you won’t get a good night sleep as you can hear your neighbors. I wouldn’t come here for a family vacation as you can’t walk to the beach with little ones (too far) and it isn’t a luxury hotel if that is what you want for your vacation.
That said, the location was unbeatable—ten min drive to UCSD and less than that to La Jolla Village.
My room was located on the 10th floor under the top floor restaurant/bar. The hostess was wearing high heels. The sound of her walking back and forth with heels was noisy. Plus the cleaning crew for the restaurant above my room would come in late at night/until early morning disturbing my sleep by moving chairs and table across the floor. Simple solution=Hostess wears rubber soul shoes, Pads on the bar chairs legs, or clean between 10-11 p.m.