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
Nice property, stylishly decorated. Great reception staff. Very welcoming. Rooms were well appointed and very comfortable. Housekeeping could be a little more meticulous, but overall a very nice property.
Every detail was properly organized and well executed. Food and service were both amazing, add a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean a Sunset we could not have chosen a better destination for our Command Holiday Party!
The hotel was extremely basic - what you would expect of a Hampton Inn. The website, app and pictures advertise a higher end hotel and experience; it just is not that. It would be acceptable if the price was appropriate to what you are getting, but it is not a $300/night hotel. I could even justify the price if the location was prime, but there is nothing walking distance except a shell gas station, Starbucks and Subway. It is not walking distance to the beach either. Quite honestly, it was an overall disappointing stay. It was for other people as well, which I overheard multiple other guests canceling their stay because they were underwhelmed.
Check in and check out were quick and easy.
Our room was spacious and clean, comfortable bed. Small balcony but good view.
The pool area is nice and it wasn’t busy.
Nice views from the restaurant and bar as well, but didn’t eat much here so not sure what the food is like, I only had a dessert one evening which was nice.
The hotel is a bit further back from beach than I had hoped (didn’t check the map) when booking but you can still walk there, I wouldn’t bother walking to the cove area, that’s further and along a busy road, just get a taxi or drive if you have a car, we walked one day and in the heat it wasn’t pleasant. Uber’s are really easy to get here, although they always seem to get confused about where the hotel is when returning, the entrance is close to the gas station and can be missed. The valet were always outside the hotel and friendly but we didn’t have a car with us.
The rooms are nice and have a good view. Welcoming was alright. The restaurant was below the quality which I would expect from such a hotel. There was little variation on the breakfast, quite average food provided. Staff was not really helpful. The conference rooms were small and the projector low in brightness.