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
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
Very nice boutique hotel. Remodeled on the inside with a very hip yet warm feel. Staff was great and the bar/restaurant on the top floor was really fun very easy to walk to a variety of restaurants and the beach
While i would love to talk about the stunning views (and they are superb), i must warm travelers that the hotel La Jolla falls short when it comes to a quiet sleeping environment. The street noise comes through the glass doors and made it very difficult for me to sleep. Upon inspection, i noticed the windows were single ply. Compounding the issue was that our room didn’t come with a do not disturb sign so we had housekeepers coming by starting at 8:15 am. Last but not inconsequential, the doors slam shut and we heard our neighbors coming in and out which also kept us awake.
If this hotel went through a major renovation to fix it’s noise problem, i would definitely try it out again. Otherwise, i I’m sad to say i won’t be staying here again.
I have read other reviews and agree that the staff was very nice and obliging. The problem is the aging of the hotel. It reminds me of staying at the old MGM Grand in the late 70's in Vegas. What you do not get... No free parking! $37.00 a night valet; they had an empty lot! I had to park 2 blocks away from hotel in residential area and shuttle luggage, bags and grandson back and forth. They were kind enough to let me load and unload at arrival and checkout. No Bell assistance! Also no free wireless. $12.00 a day minimum. The thermostat in the room didn't work properly so when the evening fog rolled in we were cold. Oh the extra blankets in room? Non existent. The hotel view from the CUSP restaurant is very nice. But I would not stay at this hotel until some upgrades and parking issues are resolved.
This hotel is cute and trendy. I liked the view of the sunset from the restaurant and bar. The pool area and outdoor lounge were very nice, but needed a bartender. The hotel staff was friendly and accommodating. Perfect location close to the downtown and to the facility we used for our training.
Small, clean hotel with minimal amenities. Small pool & area w/no service. No vending/snack shop/late room service. Close to restaurants. Great staff. Fridge in room not worth the rate. Marriott next time