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
Overall the hotel was a good one. Location was great to the beach and SIO and the shuttle was very handy. The valets & drivers were very friendly and accommodating for our larger group. Big kudos to this group as they were by far the friendliest staff at the hotel.
Updates could be made to the lobby and definitely the elevators could use an up-do. Rooms were very nice and clean. Hallways though could use better lighting and maybe some wind screens in the open areas of the hallways. The biggest problem our group had was one of the mornings we had no hot water in the bathrooms and cold showers.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel and with a few updates and staff training could definitely give is 5 stars.
I stayed as a part of business meeting in a near by property. Looking at where the meeting was, the Hotel La Jolla was a great deal. A short walk to the ocean and to a number of very good restaurants. As a number of other reviews commented, parking is not cheap. But then parking in La Jolla is tight. We Ubered from the airport and around town. Their top floor restaurant looked nice, but we only had drinks and watched the sun go down. We received a free beer/wine coupon for each night we were there. My room was well appointed, large flat screen, ocean view, two balconies, modern shower and a desk I could work from. There is traffic noise, but the sound machine masked it.
I’m writing this review as I sit in a room on the 9th floor unable to sleep due to noise from the floor above. Never ending movement, items dropping on the floor, doors, etc! After checking with the front desk multiple times, they kept telling me that there was not a service area above me. Also, was told there was nothing they could do. Regardless, this hotel fails in its primary purpose - to provide a good nights sleep! As I sit with a migraine induced from lack of sleep at this hotel, I ask you to avoid it.
We stayed at this hotel in December 2018. For the nightly rate, two stars really is generous. If not located in La Jolla, and with some of the rooms having a nice view, this is a 1-star hotel. Examples of the problems:
1) No self-parking, and they extort $37 to valet park. $37. Valet service is unreliable (sometimes completely absent). $37 is absurd. All they do is slow you down by making you get out, and then they drive your car 15 or 20 feet over to the parking lot that's right in front of the hotel. It's a useless 'service' designed to generate revenue for the hotel. And again, $37.
2) Front desk staff, at best, impersonal. At worst, outright rude. You say "hello, how are you doing?" and they say "what do you want?"
3) 'Cusp' restaurant: pretty good food, absolutely STUNNING views, but really sketchy service. To make every table a view table, the restaurant is long and skinny. If you're seated in the half of the room furthest from the kitchen and bar, you're not going to see your waitperson very often. Service attitude: indifferent. They don't want to be there, and they don't really care that you are.
4) This problem only applies in the winter months, but the 'hallways' are absolutely freezing. The hotel only has one side (the view side), so across the hall from the rooms is an open space, and there is a serious draft issue. You'll freeze getting from the elevator to your room, and vice versa.
5) Street noise: for our room, and apparently about half the rooms, you're going to have some serious street noise. The hotel knows this, so there are 'sound machines' in each room to mask the exterior sounds. Not a complete solution, and definitely not a solution if you want to sleep in a quiet environment.
6) Decor: about 90 percent looks like it's from the 1970's - not a recent attempt at retro decor, but more like they haven't updated since the actual 1970's. The other 10 percent looks really modern, and the collision between the two just doesn't work. It screams: we have location and view, so we don't need to make the place look good.
1) The view (available only on the higher floors).
2) Pretty good food in restaurant 'Cusp' (but sketchy service)
3) The location- close to most of what you want to do in La Jolla
Bottom line: The positives just aren't enough to offset the serious negatives. Find somewhere else to stay.
I stayed at this hotel for a business retreat and the experience was great. The staff was extremely friendly and accomodating. I was originally scheduled to stay 3 nights but my flight was canceled and I had to fly in the next morning. The Hotel La Jolla staff was super accommodating and let me cancel my first night stay because of my flight cancellation and allowed me to check-in early the morning I flew in!