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Hotel La Jolla, A Kimpton Hotel Hotel Review: Although this condo high-rise building might not look the picture of beachside vacation dreams from the outside, it’s only four blocks from the beach and offers a stylish place to rest your head. Hotel La Jolla upped its cool factor when it was taken over by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which enhanced the style and added a nice selection of extras, including a hosted evening wine bar. Guest rooms are large with private balconies (more views!) and decorated in soothing earth tones. The Pacific Ocean vistas from eleventh-floor Cusp restaurant are simply spectacular, and the pool area features fire pits and the outdoor Hiatus bar. This great place for sunset cocktails as master mixologist Nate Howell has created an enticing menu of scintillating sippers. Then head for epicurean adventure guided by chef Donald Lockhart whose menu includes gourmet flatbreads, housemade pastas and coastal Mediterranean dishes.