The Best Hotels in La Jolla, California, for Every Traveler

La Jolla Riviera Inn is located near beautiful La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier
La Jolla Riviera Inn is located near beautiful La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier | © Apostolis Giontzis / Alamy Stock Photo
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31 December 2020

Book a hotel in the San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla to explore an upscale Californian seaside town. You’ll find a pleasing range of accommodation styles, from luxe golf resorts to budget-friendly beach hostels.

There’s plenty to do in La Jolla (pronounced la hoya). Lovers of the great outdoors will feel particularly at home hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve or lazing on the beach. The beautiful Pacific Ocean is visible at every turn as you drive along the coast; stop and explore a tide pool, go surfing or try sea kayaking. Culture lovers can shop and dine in artsy La Jolla Village, while manicured greens attract golfers the world over.

Pantai Inn

The Pantai Inn, a luxury boutique hotel, is nestled on the La Jolla coastline. It offers visitors both amazing ocean views and touches of exotic Bali. You’ll have easy access to beaches and the quaint village of La Jolla for shopping and dining. As you stroll the gardens of the inn, you’ll encounter relaxing fountains and, in the evening, you can sit around one of the fire pits.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Empress Hotel

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The Empress Hotel is a larger boutique in quaint La Jolla village. It offers a signature beach concierge service so you can pick up gear for a trip to the nearby shores. The hotel offers a bar and restaurant, business center and charging stations for e-vehicles. Rooms include traditional hotel-size rooms as well as suites, including one with a whirlpool spa tub.

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La Jolla Riviera Inn

The La Jolla Riviera Inn, located near La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier, offers both apartment-style and traditional hotel rooms. Relax by the outdoor pool before heading to the beach or the attractions of San Diego which are all within easy driving distance. Additional amenities include a concierge service, on-site laundry, and self-parking for a fee.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
Smoke-free property

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

The Estancia, located close to the University of California San Diego campus, offers luxury accommodations in a lush garden setting. There’s also on-site dining and a relaxing bar, an event space, plus a spa and wellness program. As you stroll the lawns and gardens, stop to enjoy an outdoor game or sign up for a yoga class. Refresh in the heated saltwater pool or the whirlpool, or work out in the executive fitness center. The resort offers self-parking and e-vehicle chargers.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

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  • La Valencia Hotel

    Opened in 1926 as Los Apartmentos de Sevilla, La Valencia Hotel is a historic retreat that earned the moniker the Pink Lady of La Jolla. Over the years it’s been a hideaway for Hollywood stars, particularly during the Golden Age. Now it houses a collection of stylish rooms, suites and villas, many of which have spectacular views of the expansive coastline. Guests can dine at one of three restaurants or take advantage of the cabana service as they unwind by the palm-lined outdoor pool and take in sparkling ocean views.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    The Lodge at Torrey Pines

    Overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course, this upscale retreat is made for the keen golfer. Guests can tackle two 18-holers, both of which are edged by the Pacific Ocean. There’s also plenty to do here if a day on the greens isn’t your thing. Head to the Grill for wood-fired dishes accompanied by local craft beers or flagship restaurant AR Valentien for fine regional cuisine under a quaint wood-beamed ceiling. There’s also a luxurious spa that uses eco-friendly, marine and botanical-based products.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    La Jolla Shores Hotel

    Located in La Jolla Shores, this vacation hotel has been a family favorite for years. You’ll be right on the beach and can enjoy surfing and kayaking or just relax on the sand with the complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas provided by the hotel. Indoor and outdoor dining brings your favorite seafood to your table, while 19 of the guest rooms have kitchenettes. When you’re looking for something to do, take a dip in the heated pool, play tennis or use the free shuttle which takes you around the local area.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    California Dreams Hostel

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    Embrace the Californian surfer lifestyle with a stay at this Pacific Beach hostel. Surf lessons and rentals are available, while the communal spirit of beach life is found in the common areas. Discuss the best breaks with your fellow guests over a cup of tea or coffee during the complimentary breakfast, and return from a day on the waves to dormitory-style sleeping in air-conditioned comfort, or go private with one of the simple two-person rooms.

    These recommendations were updated on December 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.