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Hotel La Jolla, A Kimpton Hotel - Review

The Jewel of La Jolla

La Jolla beach outside Hotel La Jolla in California
Sunny La Jolla Beach, California

La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) means "jewel" in Spanish and never was a Southern California beach community so aptly named. The retired admirals and army brass whose mansions dot the surrounding hills are enamored of the near-mystical ocean sunsets, as well as the great dining, upscale shopping and art galleries. To capture the town's essence, a few nights at Hotel La Jolla is ideal.

Hotel La Jolla is a contemporary, eleven-story medium-rise located four short blocks from the ocean. Besides being a perfect choice for those who like the beach in small doses, the La Jolla boasts a restaurant on the top floor, Cusp. Located on the eleventh floor, it is a true destination restaurant serving upscale Mediterranean fare. The ambiance oozes romance with a 360-degree panoramic view of La Jolla. Drinks at dusk are especially memorable as the entire space glows with the burnt oranges and reds of the spectacular sunsets, lighting up every table.

A guest room at Hotel La Jolla in California
A rendering of the new outdoor lounge at Hotel La Jolla in Southern California
A guest room
New outdoor lounge

Each guest room seems surprisingly oversized. Perhaps it's because of the private balconies with views of the gorgeous La Jolla beach or the hotel's soothing gardens. The fully-renovated rooms and suites feature chic furnishings, high-end bedding, upscale bath amenities and sleek, modern décor. All rooms include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a mini refrigerator and an iPod docking station.

Amenities for wellness buffs are boundless. The fitness center offers the latest in cardio equipment, weight machines, and free weights. There is a small outdoor heated pool, and in-room spa services are available upon request, including signature facials, massages and body treatments. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for those who enjoy reading on the beach.

Hotel La Jolla is a laid-back retreat where guests can vegetate on their private balconies and enjoy a lovely view of one of California's prime beach areas. You'll become enamored with La Jolla's delights just like the admirals and generals have been — especially the great dining, endless art galleries and shopping, mystical ocean sunsets, and last (but not least) the signs on each street proclaiming "NO SHOUTING HERE."

Hotel La Jolla, A Kimpton Hotel
7955 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
800 666-0261 | Reserve with Expedia for the best rate!


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