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Best Overall: Pantai Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"A luxury, boutique accommodation option loved for its excellent service and picturesque oceanfront location."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Empress Hotel - A Greystone Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"For those traveling with four-legged family members, the hotel also allows one pet per room."
Best Budget: The Shoal La Jolla Beach – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Rooms include a California king bed, a 55” TV, free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities."
Best for Families: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Fun activities at the Kids’ Club give you the chance to enjoy some grown-up time."
Best Luxury: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Chauffeured car service within a five-mile radius gives you easy access to some of La Jolla’s best attractions."
Best for Romance: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"A popular choice for romantic getaways due to its secluded location on the edge of Torrey Pines Golf Course."
Best for Business: Grande Colonial La Jolla – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Rooms and suites at the AAA Four Diamond hotel overlook leafy garden courtyards or La Jolla Village itself."
"Originally built as a private residence in 1913 and is now recognized as a fine example of Cubist architecture."
Best Overall: Pantai Inn
The Pantai Inn is a luxury, boutique accommodation option loved for its excellent service and picturesque oceanfront location. It overlooks Seal Rock and puts you within a five-minute walk of La Jolla Cove. The entire hotel is inspired by Balinese culture and design, from the original Indonesian artwork in the guestrooms to the traditional sculptures in the landscaped gardens. Spend idyllic afternoons lounging in the sea-view courtyard, with its hibiscus bushes, water features, and fire pit.
Suites at Pantai Inn offer between one and three bedrooms. Some have full kitchens, others have fireplaces, wet bars, and/or private patios; but all options include free Wi-Fi and a complimentary deluxe breakfast. If you’re planning on an extended stay, consider booking one of the self-sufficient Pantai Cottages, which offer a full kitchen and a separate living room.
Optional extras range from in-room spa treatments to tours by helicopter, sailing yacht, or a luxury car. There are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance and parking is included.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Empress Hotel - A Greystone Hotel
The Empress Hotel is another highly ranked boutique option, set further back from the ocean but surrounded by trendy cafés and restaurants. Rooms and shared spaces exude Southern California’s coastal style, while standard in-room amenities include a mini-fridge, a microwave, free Wi-Fi and a 37” TV.
For the most luxurious stay, upgrade to a Spa Suite with a separate living room, wet bar, and whirlpool spa tub. All rates include a continental breakfast and afternoon cookies.
The complimentary Beach Concierge service gives you free use of the hotel’s beach chairs, boogie boards, umbrellas, towels, and more. After a full day of sand and sunshine, head to on-site Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant for dinner.
Here, you can enjoy classic Italian seafood and pasta. The adjoining bar offers an extended happy hour on weeknights and live music on weekends. Other facilities include a fitness room, wellness offerings, and two event spaces for meetings or private functions.
For those traveling with four-legged family members, the hotel also allows one pet per room.
Best Budget: The Shoal La Jolla Beach
The Shoal La Jolla Beach is situated a short drive south of La Jolla Cove, and an easy walk from Windansea Beach. With rooms available from $102, it’s one of the most affordable quality accommodation options in the area. Standard King Rooms include a California king bed, a 55” TV, free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities. If you’re traveling with family or friends, you can book a room with two Queen beds and a pull-out sofa bed for a small additional fee. Accessible rooms are also available upon request.
Grab a complimentary beach chair and towel and spend the day at the beach, or unwind by the heated pool instead. In the evening, the fire pit is a great place to meet and share stories with your fellow guests.
Other useful amenities include a guest laundry and business center, while parking is available free of charge. Although there’s no restaurant on-site, there are several popular, wallet-friendly options nearby serving a variety of cuisines from Mexican to Chinese.
Best for Families: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
A landmark resort located on the beachfront near La Jolla Shores Park, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club has been a favorite choice for families for more than 80 years. Highlights include direct access to a private beach (complete with umbrellas, loungers, and barbecue grills), and 12 championship tennis courts.
Kids also love the heated outdoor pool and children’s playground; while fun activities at the Kids’ Club give you the chance to enjoy some grown-up time on the golf course or the massage table. Junior tennis and swimming lessons are also offered.
The resort boasts three unique beachfront dining options. For a family-friendly menu and alfresco seating, choose The Shores Restaurant. For an award-winning fine dining experience, opt for the acclaimed restaurant The Marine Room.
In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of floor plans to choose from. One- and Two-Bedroom Suites are particularly great for self-sufficient families, with a full kitchen, separate living room, and dining area. Best of all, there’s no resort fee. Complimentary perks include Wi-Fi and parking.
Best Luxury: The Lodge at Torrey Pines
For the most luxurious stay in La Jolla, book The Lodge at Torrey Pines. This AAA Five-Diamond Resort overlooks the ocean and the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. It charms with elegant Craftsman architecture and immaculately kept grounds, while reviewers say the service is impeccable.
No matter which room or suite you choose, you’ll be treated to Egyptian cotton linens, a granite and marble bathroom, a Keurig coffeemaker, and a gourmet mini-bar. Some also spoil with a private patio and fireplace.
Many visitors come to play on the resort’s 36-hole championship golf course. However, there are plenty of other ways to spend your time – in the heated pool or hot tub, perhaps, or in the full-service spa.
Chauffeured car service within a five-mile radius gives you easy access to some of La Jolla’s best attractions and on-site activities range from yoga classes to guided hikes.
Fine-dining restaurant A.R. Valentien serves exquisite regional dishes; while The Grill at Torrey Pines offers wood-fired dishes and local craft beers.
Best for Romance: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
A popular choice for romantic getaways due to its secluded location on the edge of Torrey Pines Golf Course, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa boasts hacienda-style architecture and lush tropical gardens.
Reconnect with each other in a private cabana by the heated saltwater pool, or spend a luxurious afternoon enjoying treatments for two in the private couples’ spa bungalow.
If you’d like to explore the surrounding area, make good use of the complimentary shuttle to anywhere within a five-mile radius.
The hotel has several romantic options for dining and drinking. Share coastal small plates and craft cocktails by the fireplace at Mustangs & Burros, or sign up for a cheese and charcuterie pairing at Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar.
All rooms and suites spoil with terry bathrobes, a Keurig coffeemaker, and a 55” Smart TV. Estate Suites are particularly suited to special anniversaries or honeymoon stays, with an extra-large soaking tub and a private balcony or patio.
The hotel offers a choice of romantic indoor and outdoor wedding venues and an on-site chapel.
Best for Business: Grande Colonial La Jolla
Grande Colonial La Jolla is a convenient pick for those traveling to Southern California on business. It’s centrally located in the La Jolla neighborhood, while also putting you within a 20-minute drive of companies in downtown San Diego.
Although it has an interesting history dating back to 1913, the building has been completely renovated and offers a full list of modern amenities. For corporate guests, these include meeting space for up to 120 delegates, professional event planning, and catering services, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
Rooms and suites at the AAA Four-Diamond hotel overlook leafy garden courtyards or La Jolla Village itself. Find the energy for an evening brainstorming session with the help of the Keurig coffeemaker, unwind in front of the HD TV, then get a good night’s sleep on the Serta iComfort Eurotop mattress.
Whether you’re dining solo or entertaining potential clients, NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar is a reliable choice that pairs farm-to-table cuisine with an impressive wine selection. Room service and private dining rooms are also available.
Best B&B: The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla
Those with a taste for one-of-a-kind B&Bs will love The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla. A listed Historical Site, it was originally built as a private residence in 1913 and is now recognized as a fine example of Cubist architecture.
Its gardens were designed by the horticulturalist responsible for San Diego’s Balboa Park Gardens, and each of its 15 rooms and suites are uniquely themed and decorated. Choose the Holiday suite, for example, for a wood-burning fireplace and sipping sherry; or Irving Gill for ocean views and European antiques.
Although rooms in the front historical section of the B&B are exclusively for adult guests, those in the annex can accommodate children and pets.
Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated every morning to a complimentary, three-course breakfast. Start with the gourmet continental buffet, then tuck into a Chef’s selection entrée followed by a mouthwatering breakfast dessert. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets can all be catered for. The B&B also hosts an afternoon wine and cheese reception.