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San Diego Airport Hotels

If you are planning on flying into San Diego, you are very likely going to need a hotel. If convenience is important to you, then you are going to want a hotel near the airport. For some people, this creates a moment of indecision because there are always pros and cons to booking an airport hotel. 

As with any other city, you can expect to pay a little more for San Diego airport hotels. This will also be true for downtown hotels in a premier, metro area. Hotels near San Diego are coveted lodgings on prime real estate. It might not work out for the budget conscious traveler.

The Best San Diego Airport Hotels

Of course, there are plenty of upsides to booking San Diego International Airport hotels. San Diego Airport hotels with free shuttle rides to premier locations are just one of the upsides. You can save money on transportation. Another benefit is that San Diego hotels near airport access means you don’t have to spend another chunk of time traveling just after a long flight before you can set your bags down and get some rest. The time between leaving the airplane and entering your hotel is greatly reduced. 

Finally, hotels around the San Diego Airport, like La Jolla hotels on the beach, tend to be very nice and often cater to high-end business travelers and vacationers. You didn’t take a much anticipated trip to America’s Favorite City only to land in a cut-rate, subpar motel. You wanted the best that San Diego has to offer. And that is what you will get at the following hotels:

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina


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Whether it is for the 7 restaurants, water sports rentals, bicycle rentals, the 3 heated pools, the stunningly beautiful view of the marina, the free airport shuttle, or the coveted location on Harbor Island, this is the first hotel you want to check for availability for business or pleasure. 

  • The Sheraton’s Address: 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, California 92101
  • Phone: (619) 291-2900 

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island Hotel


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When you think Hilton, you tend to think business. At this hotel, you can also think about your dog as they are welcome, up to 75 lbs. This hotel is also located on Harbor Island and has an airport shuttle on demand. That means you will not have to be bound to a particular schedule other than your own. For San Diego hotels with jacuzzi in the room, check out the Gaslamp Quarter location.

  • The Airport Hilton’s Address: 1960 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, California 9210
  • Phone: (619) 291-6700

Ramada San Diego Airport


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Ramada San Diego Airport will be easier on the budget than others but it is still in a premium location. You have all the same access to the places you want to be and the things you want to do. The 24 hr laundry service is also a nice perk for the more active traveler. 

  • The Airport Ramada’s Address: 1403 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA, 92106
  • Phone: (619) 225-9461

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport


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This national chain is known for offering a clean room at an affordable price. Located in Old Town, it is convenient for visiting interesting places and taking the Old Town Trolley Tours. Check out the Old Town San Diego State Park while you’re at it. Don’t think of this as a cheap hotel near San Diego Airport. Think of it as affordable for its location.

  • The Holiday Inn Express Address: 1955 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA, 92110
  • Phone: (855) 797-6733

Wyndham San Diego Bayside


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This hotel features a business center that will nicely fit the bill when you have serious work to do. When you have serious play to do, conveniently rent a bike and visit the many, nearby attractions within easy walking, jogging, or pedaling distance. There are also excellent dining options within the hotel. You have everything you need for a great stay in San Diego. Oh, and feel free to bring a pet.

  • Wyndham Bayside’s Address: 1355 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA, 92101
  • Phone: (855) 516-1092

La Pensione Hotel


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Welcome to Little Italy. The La Pensione Hotel puts you right in the middle of it. The sidewalk cafes and shops will make you feel like you flew right past Sand Diego and landed in the heart of Europe. Don’t worry; no passport required. 

  • La Pensione Hotels’ Address: 606 West Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 236-8000

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport/Liberty Station


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Here are just some of the amenities: 

  • WIFI
  • Fitness center, 
  • 24 hour business center
  • Grocery shopping service
  • Airport shuttle
  • A real breakfast
  • Evening drinks and reception

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what awaits you at this hotel. Best of all the above amenities are free. While not the least expensive choice on the list, it is one of the best values. Whether for work or play, you get value for every penny you spend.

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton’s Address: 2576 Laning Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
  • Phone: (619) 222-0500

Hotel Republic San Diego


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This boutique establishment is uniquely positioned to be more than a convenient airport hotel. It is also a magical portal to downtown shopping, Gaslamp Quarter entertainment, and Little Italy dining. Of course, you can always stay in for the night and enjoy the comfortable room or the various fitness and dining facilities in the hotel. 

  • Hotel Republic’s Address: 421 West B St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone:  (619) 398-3100 

U.S. Grant Hotel


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This is another Luxury hotel by Marriott. It is conveniently located in the Gaslamp Quarter and has a 100 years of experience welcoming visitors to San Diego. Balboa Park and PETCO Park beckon you to look around and get immersed in the countless entertainment options in all directions. 

  • The U.S. Grant Hotel’s Address: 326 Broadway, San Diego, California 92101 
  • Phone: (619) 232-3121

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station


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Marriott is not just about business. Courtyard by Marriott is the perfect destination for a pleasure-filled San Diego vacation. Located along the waterfront at Liberty Station, you are just moments from the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and downtown. Hungry? You are within easy walking distance of dozens of shops and restaurants. There are not many San Diego airport hotels with free parking. But since so many activities are nearby, you don’t really need to rent a car.

  • The Courtyard by Marriott’s Address: 2592 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106
  • Phone: (619) 221-1900

The Pendry San Diego


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The Pendry is the very definition of Gaslamp Quarter luxury. This is a theme for many of the establishments in the area. It is a place to go when compromise is not on the menu. Think of the Pendry as a luxury cruise without the seasickness. 

  • The Pendry’s Address: 550 J St., San Diego, CA, 92101
  • Phone: (619) 738-7000

Kona Kai Resort & Spa


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This is beyond luxury territory. This is private beach territory. Yep, there is a Tiki bar and an adults-only pool. Do your own thing in a private cabana. Perhaps you just want to take it all in from your oversized balcony. It is not just a hotel. It is a resort and spa. Here, those words really mean something.

  • Kona Kai’s Address: 1551 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106
  • Phone: (619) 452-3138

The Pearl Hotel


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If you like to stay in hotels with an updated vintage Southern California motel look (think Ace Hotel in Palm Springs), you’ll love The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Once upon a time, this was a motel called Sportsmen’s Lodge. Now, this is just a taste of how they describe themselves:

The selection of 23 guest rooms are arrayed around the art moderne oyster-shaped pool and native plantings by Terremoto, which flows into onsite cocktail bar and restaurant Charles + Dinorah.

You will describe it in just one word: “Wow!”

  • The Pearl’s Address: 1410 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92106
  • Phone: (619) 226-6100

Things to See and Do near San Diego Airport (SAN)

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Once you unpack, there is plenty to do right in the same area of your hotel. Here are a few options to consider:



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Sloths, beluga whales, penguins, dolphins: Prepare to have an encounter with these amazing creatures most people only get to see on TV. A selfie with a sloth is not the only thing for which you will use your camera. There are rides and special events that will be a part of your forever memories from this once in a lifetime adventure. Of course, if you live in the area, you can experience it as many times as you like. SeaWorld is an adventure that never gets old.

  • Sea World’s Everyday Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Address: 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109
  • Phone: (619) 222-4732

San Diego Zoo


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You have seen it on the Discovery Channel and have been captivated by the many photo books it has inspired. Now, you can live the one and only San Diego Zoo experience for yourself. White-fluted bee-eaters have to be seen with your own eyes to be fully appreciated. South American green anacondas are the heaviest snakes in the world. If you want to see the living wonders of the world, you have to visit the greatest zoo in the world.

  • San Diego Zoo’s Everyday Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Address: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 231-1515

Seaport Village


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If you could travel back in time to 100 years ago, you would find a place a lot like Seaport Village. There are 54 unique shops, 4 fine dining restaurants on the waterfront, 13, casual restaurants, and so much more, all on a 14 acre time machine. We, Seaport Village is the next best thing.

  • Seaport Village’s Everyday Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Address: 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 530-0704

USS Midway Museum


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You already know how the gulf was won. The Gulf War was 30 years ago and a big part of that history is bound to the USS Midway aircraft carrier. It was the flagship of all carrier groups and flew more missions than any other. There were no fatalities. This stunning example of military mastery has never shirked its tour of duty. And that tour is yours to take when you visit this one of a kind museum. 

  • USS Midway’s Everyday Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Address: 910 N. Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101
  • Phone: (619) 544-9600


Your San Diego adventure begins the moment you leave the airport. There are more outdoor activities than you will have time to explore. The good news is that you don’t have to wait very long or go very far before arriving at your hotel. That hotel could be just a place to sleep at night while you enjoy the city during the day. Or it could be your main destination with one or two planned excursions while you are in town. Either way, the perfect room is already prepared and awaiting your arrival.

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About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.

About the banner photo: The photo of the airplane taking off from the airport behind a hotel is from Wikipedia.


Pet Friendly Hotels in San Diego

There are many great reasons to visit San Diego. If you have never been, you are in for a real treat. If you decide to come for a visit, you will be one of over 35 million who make the trip this year. San Diego is one of the top US destinations. Consider yourself in good company.

With so many annual visitors, you might guess that booking a hotel can be a challenge. It is a good thing that there are over 600 hotels in the area waiting to take your reservation. With so many visitors coming for some many reasons, it is a good thing the choices of accommodations are so numerous and diverse.

If you happen to be a travel enthusiast who also has a pet, you already know how challenging it can be to find accommodations, especially at a hotel at which humans would also enjoy. That challenge is compounded when the trip requires fast action with no time to properly plan. You can’t leave your dog at home unattended for a week. And you might not be able to find a kennel that can take on your pet with such short notice. If that is your situation, don’t let that stop you from making the trip to San Diego.

Best Dog Friendly Hotels in San Diego to Consider

You’re in luck. Pet friendly hotels in San Diego abound. Some cities are downright hostile to pets. In those places, it is hard to find a place to live that allows pets, let alone, pets in hotels. If you do find a rental that allows pets, there is usually a lot of red tape and extra expense. There are pet fees and even monthly pet rent on top of what you are already paying. These cities punish you for having a dog.

That is not the case in San Diego. Dog friendly hotels in San Diego are not hard to find. That said, with over 600 hotels from which to choose, you could use a hand narrowing down the choices. You don’t want to just show up and hope to luck your way into one of the dog friendly hotels in San Diego CA. A better plan is to start with a guide to the best dog friendly hotels in San Diego. Here are a few that should get you started:

Manchester Grand Hyatt

dog-friendly hyatt in downtown san diego
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San Diego dog friendly hotels are not that hard to find as long as you know exactly where to look. It also checks the box for being one of the better cheap dog friendly hotels in San Diego for families on a budget. That particular hat trick of being dog friendly, waterfront, and inexpensive is hard to find. So be sure to book early. The pet fee is only $100 for five nights. That covers two dogs with a combined weight of 75lbs. Your pet is not only welcome to come with you on the patios, but also in the restaurant where they will get their own special treat.


Hotel Indigo San Diego

Dogs in front of Hotel Indigo.
Dogs wait in front of Hotel Indigo. IG photo by @cooper_and_lizzie.

This is one of the best hotels for pets in San Diego. It has everything you need for both you and your pets to have a comfy stay. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, Hotel Indigo is close to several pet friendly restaurants including Breakfast Republic and the Ballpark.

Your room can accommodate two dogs of any size. Cats are also okay. It is okay for them to be in the room unattended so long as they are well-behaved. The hotel will provide pet beds and bowls, not to mention complementary food and water. There are no extra charges for pets in this pet friendly hotel.

Staypineapple at Hotel Z

A dog staying at the Staypineapple Hotel in San Diego
The classic doggie bed at Staypineapple Hotel. IG photo by @aryaandcookiethebostonterrier.

This hotel is also in the Gaslamp Quarter and is in the heart of all the action. They provide accommodations for your dog and take great care of you as well. The rooms are affordable. Did you forget to bring waste bags? No worries. Staypineapple has you covered. Your dog might not care about those complementary waste bags. But they will love all the belly-rubbing attention from the staff.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

You can’t bring pets into just any Sheraton. But for a modest nightly fee, you can bring a dog up to 40lbs to this one. While you can’t leave your dog unattended, there are plenty of places in the area where you can bring your dog. To get to the Sheraton, you will not have far to go from the airport. This is one of the better pet friendly hotels near San Diego airport, especially if you are there for pleasure as opposed to business. When you stay at this hotel, plan to take your dog with you wherever you go. A good time will be had by all.

Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Pet-friendly Kimpton Solomar hotel in San Diego
The Kimpton Solomar Hotel in San Diego is pet-friendly. IG photo by @khris_bajis.

Kimpton properties are known for being pet friendly. The rooms are said to be “quirky” in the best kind of way. It is the place to be when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooftop is a great place to relax and take a swim. You can also get comfortable in the fitness center.

The Palomar location is one of the great pet friendly hotels in downtown San Diego. As always, your dog is an honored guest. What makes this hotel so special is that you have no limits, bring any kind of pet you want including birds and reptiles. Don’t worry about weighing your pet before you come, If it fits through the door, it is welcome at the hotel. As a pet lover, you can’t go wrong with a Kimpton.

The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina

This is a great place to stay if you are longing for a touch of luxury and chic. It is yet another pet friendly hotel in downtown San Diego. Expect a luxury experience for your pet as well as yourself. They can expect treats and a comfortable bed of their own.

At the Keating, you are right in the heart of the city and the thick of the action. If your dog is a city dog, he will enjoy the walks on the downtown sidewalks as well as a run in the nearby parks.

Omni San Diego Hotel

There is nothing wrong with loving dogs and luxury. Enjoy both in full measure at the Omni San Diego Hotel. The views of the high-rise metropolis are stunning. The aptly named Petco Park is nearby. That makes this the perfect destination for sports fans. While there is a size restriction, dogs are very welcome. You will be provided information about nearby places where you can go with your dog so you don’t have to guess.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Dog-friendly Loews Hotel in Coronado
The dog-friendly Loews Hotel in Coronado. IG photo by: @loewscoronado.

When you are at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, you’re on a 15 acre peninsula. Enjoy the 4 restaurants, 3 bars, fitness center, lounge, pool, spa, and more. You will also have access to Coronado Bay’s dog beach with activities for your best friend such as dog surfing. After a long day of surfing, your dog can unwind with you at the bar.

Hotel Del Coronado

Think of Hotel Del Coronado as a luxury vacation for your dog (up to 2 with 40lbs limit) where well-behaved humans can also stay. After a few days of fun, sun, and sand, your dog will enjoy a spa day at the groomers. You can leave them in the room if you want to give your dog a break from humans for a while. There are two beaches. When your best friend is with you, be sure to choose the dog beach less than a mile away.

Hotel Marisol Coronado

This sophisticated hotel is in a restored building from 1926. It has a number of cultural influences and touches including a Mediterranean-style courtyard. The Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park is nearby, as is the inviting beach. The one catch is there is, at this time, only one room designated for dogs. Just be sure to book early.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

These are upscale accommodations for you and your dogs. Feel free to bring them both. Enjoy the generously sized rooms with separate seating areas. If fitness is your thing, you will be happy to hear about the heated swimming pool, tennis courts and gym. If it is more about the dining experience, you have your choice of formal or casual restaurants.

Empress Hotel

Empress Hotel San Diego
The Empress in La Jolla is wedding-friendly and pet-friendly! IG photo by @happyendingsphoto.

You are going to love the value. When you bring up to 2 dogs not exceeding 65lbs each, the Empress includes a pet package with dog beds, bowls, treats, and more. There is a modest pet fee. But it will not break the bank. If you would like to book a dog walker for 30 minutes a day, you have that option.

La Valencia Hotel La Jolla

La Jolla's dog-friendly La Valencia Hotel
Celebrities (and their dogs) love the La Valencia. IG photo by @marcin_iskra_p.

Don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or two and their dogs. This hotel has been the choice for many. Expect a welcome kit with all the usual supplies, plus one or two you might not expect. There will be a leash and VIP dog collar as well. There is a $50 per night fee for your two pets, dog or cat up to 40 lbs each.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Dog-friendly Estancia Hotel in San Diego
The Estancia in La Jolla loves dogs! IG photo courtesy of @estancialajolla.

The Del Mar North Beach joins many other open spaces near this hacienda resort. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa welcomes both you and your pet to its 10 acres of paradise. The world class pool, spa, and whirlpool help to seal the deal. This is a nice change of pace if you have had your fill of corporate-looking hotels.

Embassy Suites San Diego

Embassy Suites in San Diego
The Embassy Suites are pet-friendly. IG photo by @embassysuites_sd.

The Embassy Suites is a fantastic hotel at any location. If you are a frequent patron of the hotel, you know what to expect. You will get that, plus the benefit of being in one of La Jolla’s finest places to stay. Naturally, because you are in San Diego, your dog is welcome to join you. The dog friendly beach and nearby park beckons.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego/Del Mar

The Doubletree in Del Mar
Bring your dog to the Doubletree in Del Mar. IG photo by @doubletreedelmar.

The DoubleTree is another one of those national chain hotels where you have likely lodged in the past. But it is different in San Diego. It is the same upscale room and service with which you are familiar. You might choose this hotel because you have reward points to use. You get the added reward of your dog being welcome to stay with you. Your dog will love the treats and attention from the staff. Both you and your dog will love easy access to Torrey Pines State Beach.

The Dana on Mission Bay

Dogs at the Dana Hotel in Mission Bay

Looking for pet friendly hotels in San Diego Mission Bay? Welcome to The Dana on Mission Bay. This is a California Riviera waterfront property. It manages to be both upscale and casual. Along with the usual amenities for this level of hotel, you will have access to a private marina, watersports, and bicycle rentals. You and your dog will have plenty to do when you stay at the Dana.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Dog-friendly Kona Kai hotel in San Diego
Kona Kai on Shelter Island is dog-friendly. IG photo courtesy of @konakairesortsd.

This high-end, Noble House resort is ape about dogs. You will have access to the hotel’s private beach, pool, and jacuzzi. Besides the in-house restaurant, they offer a doggy dining service. You can also take advantage of the mobile grooming service. Your dog will want to look her best when she accompanies you during the night out on the town.

Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Central

Pet-friendly Residence Inn Marriott in San Diego
The Residence Inn Marriott is pet-friendly. IG photo by @thismytaste.

The resident in by Marriott is close to many popular attractions. It is one of the pet friendly hotels in San Diego near Seaworld. While too far to walk, it is an easy Uber ride away. This is another national chain where you can both use your points and bring your dog. Whether for business or pleasure, you can’t go wrong with the pet-loving staff at this hotel.


Too many times, a family has to pass on travel opportunities because they have a pet. Even if you can find a kennel, they are often too expensive. You can try to find someone to take care of your pets. But that would involve finding someone you trust enough to leave with a key and access to your home.

Your dog is not the problem. It is the places that don’t accommodate pets that are the problem. The solution is to book your next trip to San Diego. It is the capital city of puppy love.

About the author: David Johnson is a professional writer whose relationship with La Jolla started with a family vacation at a young age. A former professional musician, he enjoys creating music in his free time.


San Diego Hotel Del Coronado

The Best Hotels with Jacuzzi Hot Tubs in Room in San Diego

Now’s the time that nearly everyone is experiencing pandemic fatigue. While it feels never-ending, we can’t shut ourselves inside our homes forever. It’s important to be safe but to do your best to have some fun while you’re at it. 

One way to do this is to get a fancy hotel for a night or two. Not only does it change your atmosphere, it will give you a sense that you are doing something different. It is completely possible to be safe as far as COVID-19 goes and achieve the feeling that you are outside of the environment you’re used to.

A great way to push this feeling even further is to look into hotels with jacuzzi in room in San Diego. With public hot tubs closed or unsafe, booking a room with a hot tub inside is a great way to relax with your significant other during a romantic getaway. 

The Best San Diego Hotels With Jacuzzi Hot Tubs in Room

You can pretend you’re wealthier than you are. San Diego is home to some amazing hotels and many of them have luxurious rooms with hot tubs inside. Here are some of your options for booking hotels with jacuzzi in room in San Diego for a relaxing romantic break in the city

Pacific Terrace Hotel

PACIFIC TERRACE HOTEL in Pacific Beach, California

The Pacific Terrace Hotel is a luxury beachfront establishment that is not only one of the  San Diego hotels with jacuzzi in room. It has spacious marble bathrooms. Pacific Terrace is located in a great area near the San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines State Beach, and the party capital of Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel has wooden furniture, tapestries, and tropical décor. Coupled with the sea breezed, you’ll feel like you are on vacation even if you’re close to home.


Hotel Iris

Hotel Iris in San Diego, California

The Hotel Iris offers a jacuzzi Suite, which features a 2-person spa bath and other amenities. There is free Wi-Fi in the room, a make-up table, premium bedding, and standard hotel appliances like a refrigerator, microwave, a coffee maker, and a flat-screen TV.  Hotel Iris is located in the Mission Valley neighborhood, only minutes from most of San Diego’s attractions. You’ll be able to get to the city’s destinations and neighborhoods quite easily.

Found Hotel San Diego

Found Hotel in San Diego, California

Equipped with a spa bath in the room, the Found Hotel offers King Rooms with amazing amenities. Located in Little Italy, you’ll be a short walk from romantic restaurants and places to have cocktail or craft beer at Ballast Point or Mikkeller. 

With individually-decorated rooms with wood-flooring, free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, and an on-site garden. A great location, awesome amenities, and luxurious surroundings, the Found Hotel is a great place to get a hot tub room.

Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast


When you bed & breakfast you might not think of elegance, but maybe you should. The Hillcrest House is elegant and romantic. Their Grand King Spa Suite has a fireplace, a private balcony, and a large spacious area to hang out. 

This establishment goes the full mile with plush robes, a lighted make-up

 mirror, a great restaurant, and afternoon refreshments. It isn’t far from Downtown, but away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Hillcrest House is a great option for a getaway with a hot tub room and elegant quarters.

1906 Lodge

1906 Lodge in San Diego, California

A romantic hotel on the beautiful Coronado Island, the 1906 Lodge has Hotels with private jacuzzi in room in San Diego that’s within walking distance to the beach. The location is a quiet environment, with access to shops, restaurants, and art galleries not far away. The lodge was built in the year 1906 with a rich history and authentic style. 

It is a unique destination that has individually-designed guestrooms. Many have a hot tub, a fireplace, a private balcony and entrance, even a wet bar. Staying at Lodge 1906 is comfortable, relaxing, boutique, and very lovely.

Tower 23 Hotel

Tower 23 Hotel in Pacific Beach, California

A two minute walk from the Pacific Beach pier, Tower 23 Hotel combines minimalist design and sophistication to create large suites. The neighborhood is vibrant, with bars and restaurants, surfing, fishing, and golfing nearby. The Sanctuary Suite is one of the San Diego hotels with jacuzzi hot tubes in room. It has a sofa bed and in-room spa services that will surely delight you and your partner. Not only is it a great location in Pacific Beach, the luxury available at Tower 23 Hotel is enchanting. 

Solamar San Diego

Solamar San Diego

A boutique hotel in a remarkable location, the Solamar Hotel enables you to explore the city easily. There are more than 100 restaurants and entertainment areas within five miles. Not only does the hotel have a rooftop pool and comfortable rooms, their Virtuoso Suite comes with a hot tub, a King-sized bed, and two flat-screen TVs. Solamar’s Spanish influence is perfect to enjoy the atmosphere of San Diego.

The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina

The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina in downtown San Diego, CA

One of the most unique hotels in San Diego is the Keating Hotel. The 130-year-old landmark is in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The perfectly located hotel was designed by Pininfarina, who makes Maserati and Ferrari. Their lofts and suites provide intimate and personalized experiences. The Keating is so luxurious that just about all their hotels in San Diego with jacuzzi inside room.

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Another elegant hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Hilton has in-room jet tubs in their Whirlpool Suites. With King beds, amazing city views, and free Wi-Fi, the Hilton is equipped with a gym and pool in addition to the jacuzzi tub. You can’t go wrong with the Hilton.

Old Town Inn

Old Town Inn in San Diego, California

Located in San Diego’s Old Town, the Inn is a family-owned establishment that provides King Bed Suites with granite countertops, walk-in showers, fireplaces, and a jacuzzi tub. If you are looking to take it slow in Old Town, the Inn will provide a quiet refuge from the city. Here you can relax and refresh yourself in San Diego hotels with jacuzzi in room.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego – Mission Valley

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Also located in Mission Valley, the Holiday Inn Express & Sites is one of the cheap hotels in San Diego with jacuzzi in room. It features modern amenities. These include an outdoor pool, a gym, a 24-hour shop, and a fantastic free breakfast. Like the Hotel Iris, it is close to all of San Diego’s best attractions. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, look into the Holiday Inn’s Jacuzzi Suite for San Diego hotels with jacuzzi in room.

San Diego is an amazing place to book a boutique hotel that offers the ultimate relaxation of having a hot tub inside the room. It creates a romantic getaway that will change your mindset when it comes to pandemic fatigue. You deserve a break and hotels with jacuzzi in room in San Diego provide relaxation and an environment of elegant leisure. Do you need to get away? There are many San Diego hotels to choose from. Take the plunge and treat yourself.

About the author: Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and travel blogger who has written for a variety of publications including The Slovenia Times, AI Time Journal, Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and more.

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San Diego AirBNB Favorites Of The Rich And Famous

When it comes time to plan a vacation, especially one to Southern California or La Jolla, there’s always the preemptive San Diego Air BNB search, without a max budget set, looking for a sneak peek into the vacation options of the rich and famous – those traveling without a budget. If you spend any time exploring the greater region thinking, what Air BNB should I stay in San Diego, you’re sure to find some incredible homes by the beach in just a few clicks. 

We’ve rounded up some of the best luxury Air BNBs in all of San Diego, not just La Jolla. We only set one rule, nothing can cost less than $15,000 per week!

La Jolla Black Gold Resort




Sunset Pointe

    • Sunset Pointe in the Birdrock neighborhood is known best for its 100+ feet of private coastline with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean from nearly every room in the home. A one week stay at the Sunset Pointe San Diego Air BNB is about $15,000




Rancho Sante Fe Private Resort

    • If crowds near the beach aren’t your thing, head East to the famous Rancho Sante Fe and book this estate. Located around the corner from Bill Gates’ horse ranch … that he bought from Jenny Craig. To call names like that your neighbors, you’ll need to shell out around $25,000 for one week living the high life at this Rancho Sante Fe Air BNB.





Celebrity Estate in La Jolla

    • When the La Jolla rec center is busy with basketball instead of pickleball just skip down the coast to this mansion and get your own private rooftop court. This Air BNB estate in La Jolla has a rooftop count, an oceanfront view, and 8 bedrooms. To set up your own rooftop Wimbledon and have a room for each contestant you’ll be forking over $17,000 for a week on the cliffs. 




Oceanfront Luxury Estate in La Jolla

    • Being able to hit the surf moments after finishing your morning espresso has never been so easy at this Oceanfront Luxury Estate in La Jolla. Staying right on the surf in your San Diego Air BNB can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially with the $24,000 per week price tag at this place. 




Encinitas Retreat

    • Encinitas, in North County San Diego, hosts this incredible Encinitas Retreat with endless ocean views day and night. Come catch some rays, waves, and vibes of the relaxing north county for a cool $15,000 per week for this North Country Air BNB.




Rancho Sante Fe Private Family Resort

    • Relaxation, tranquility, and silence run rampant at this gorgeous Rancho Sante Fe Private Family Resort. Situated on a 2-acre property you can fill the seven bedrooms with friends and family to enjoy peace by the pool. The price for a week among the elites of Rancho Sante Fe at this home costs around $15,000. 




San Diego Dream Home

    • Located in Carmel Valley near the Golden Triangle, this mansion has nine bedrooms a massive kitchen and incredible sunset views across the valley towards the Pacific Ocean. Upon checkout, your bill for a week’s stay at this San Diego Air BNB is about $20,000. 




The Grand Del Mar

    • The Grand Del Mar, one of the finest hotels in the world, also has private standalone villas so you can stay on the grounds of the hotel but feel like you have your own house. If want to stay a short walk from where superstar athletes like Lebron James and San Diego native Reggie Bush got married make sure you can afford the $23,000 per week price tag. 




Five Acre Estate in Rancho Sante Fe

    • This Five Acre Private Estate in Rancho Sante Fe boasts your own private tennis court and pool with waterslide for about $25,000 per week. Stroll the grounds day and night for sunset views over the lush acreage in one of the most relaxing hidden estates in all of Southern California. 




Windsor Villa

    • Getting close to the action in Pacific Beach while living enjoying the high life won’t come cheap. Check out the Windsor Villa Pacific Beach Air BNB this summer for about $15,000 per week. This mansion offers multiple levels with expansive ocean views and a pool. 




Sea Glass in La Jolla

    • Sea Glass in La Jolla costs about $18,000 per week and includes your own fire-lit outdoor tv room and panoramic ocean views from your cliffside patio. La Jolla Air BNB’s this nice don’t come available often thanks to the views and access to downtown La Jolla in just a few minutes drive.  


How to Have a Relaxing Staycation Without Ever Leaving the Hotel

There are times when you want to get away from everything and just relax, replenish, and rejuvenate. While you could very well retreat to your room, there are a lot of distractions that disrupt your peace. If you’ve got a few extra bucks, however, you could find a nearby hotel in La Jolla, CA and have the time of your life without ever having to leave the premises. 

Choose the Right Hotel Room

If you plan on spending a better part of your time in the hotel room you want to splurge a bit to choose something that’s comfortable and ideal for relaxation and entertainment. Fortunately, with hotel directories and websites online, you can get a real look at what each of the rooms has to offer. You’ll at least want a comfortable bed, a seating area, a television, a nice sized bathroom, and basic amenities like a microwave and mini-fridge. If you have more to spare, you can find hotel rooms and resorts in La Jolla with everything from a bedroom suite, living room, a fully-stocked (fridge, stove, microwave, pots, pans, utensils) eat-in kitchen, jacuzzi bathrooms, massage showers, and much more. 

Stay Close To Fun

Obviously, you aren’t going to spend your entire vacation out of the sun’s rays, especially in San Diego, so make sure you have activities within walking distance. Whether you decide to stay right in the village at a hotel like La Valencia or stay downtown near the Gaslamp, don’t stay east of the 5. A relaxing staycation that is a success excludes two things, traffic and driving. If you can spend your days near the beach and evenings near a spa you won’t regret the extra costs of a hotel near the action. 

Order Out

If room service is a bit too pricey for your staycation budget you can scale back a bit and order out. You still don’t have to cook anything, but can get anything your heart desires. Especially with new food delivery directories where you can get anything from burgers and fries to desserts from popular bakeries and restaurants in the La Jolla area. 

Spa Services

There are some high-end hotels and resorts that offer their customers spa services for an additional fee. These services can include anything from massages to facials done in the comfort of your hotel room. If you need to get some kinks rubbed out your back or would like to nourish your skin, call up spa services and schedule an appointment. If a spa day is at the top of your list, check out our guide to the best La Jolla has to offer! 

Lounge at the Beach

Maybe you were fortunate enough to reserve a room at one of La Jolla’s beachside resorts or hotels. Instead of having to worry about crowds or getting a decent spot on the shore, you can lounge outdoors of the resort for the perfect view of the water and catch a tan. Bring a good book out there with you and just enjoy some time listening to the sounds of nature. Some resorts even have outdoor services for their customers you can take advantage of like getting food and drinks sent over to your area. 

Patios and Balconies

Another plus to reserving a room at a beachside resort or hotel is that many of the rooms have outdoor patio or balcony spaces you can use. If you’re not interested in lounging on the shore, you can easily step outside and enjoy the view from your room. Many of these outdoor areas have comfortable furniture for you to relax on. You can enjoy a glass of wine, read a book, have a meal, or just sit back and enjoy the view. 

When you need to get away but don’t have the money to spend on a full-on vacation consider taking a staycation. Even without setting foot outside the hotel you’ll find that you can have an amazing time in your room. You’ll come home a few days later feeling at ease. 

Relax Like A Local

Check out some of our best local stories on ways to kick back and enjoy La Jolla for all its perks.

5 La Jolla Hotels That Won’t Break the Bank

La Jolla is known for its fine dining, beautiful beaches, and five-star hotels; but staying here for more than a few days can definitely start to add up! If you’re heading to the Village or La Jolla Cove with family or just want to stay in a more low-key spot, we’ve found a few La Jolla hotels that won’t break the bank. Though rates aren’t guaranteed, these places are typically more affordable than other hotels in the area; however, it’s always a good idea to call the hotel ahead of time to double check the rates.

Cormorant La Jolla (Opening Soon!)

1110 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037

The La Jolla Inn has recently come under new ownership and is being remodeled and rebranded as Cormorant La Jolla, a Boutique Hotel! The Cormorant is looking to fill a boutique hotel niche in the Village, advertising itself as ‘low-key luxury,’ and is set to open sometime in 2019. Guests will enjoy expansive coastal views from their ocean-view balcony rooms and rooftop sitting area, with easy access to nearby shopping, dining, recreation, and attractions along historic Prospect Street. Stay tuned for more details!

The Shoal at La Jolla Beach

6750 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla 92037

After a massive multi-million dollar renovation of the La Jolla Travelodge, The Shoal at La Jolla Beach announced its grand opening last December as one of La Jolla’s newest boutique hotels. Originally built in 1956, this latest renovation is the most extensive upgrade in the property’s history. Completely transformed from a traditional Travelodge to a luxurious boutique hotel, The Shoal is primed for both business travelers and vacationers. Rebuilt from the hotel’s original structural bones, The Shoal was redesigned with a focus on environmental sustainability and upscale comfort.

The Sands of La Jolla

5417 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla 92037

The Sands of La Jolla is a family-owned and operated boutique hotel that recently remodeled all of its rooms and suites. Though it’s a bit closer to the Bird Rock neighborhood, it’s easily walkable to downtown La Jolla and is just a few minutes’ walk from nearby La Jolla beaches like Windansea Beach (surfers love it because it’s also close to Tourmaline, a surfing hotspot). All rooms have balconies or patio, and there’s a heated pool and outdoor lounge onsite. Rates stay between $93 and $129, depending on availability. Check the website for more information.

La Jolla Village Lodge

1141 Silverado St, La Jolla 92037

At the edge of downtown La Jolla and tucked away in the business district, this 30-room 1950s-era motel was recently restored in period mid-century style with custom-built tables and chairs, teak headboards and new mattresses. Rooms have kitchenettes and the motel’s roof deck gives long-distance views. There’s a continental breakfast in the lobby each morning, as well as free parking onsite. Rates are usually between $110 and $139, again depending on which site you book through and whether or not it’s a weekend. Check website for more info.

Sheraton La Jolla

3299 Holiday Ct., La Jolla 92037

The Sheraton is not located in downtown La Jolla, but is directly next to The Shoppes at La Jolla Village Square and is about a ten or fifteen minute drive to the downtown area. This hotel is nice in that it’s a bit more spacious than the hotels directly in the Village, and features several acres of tropical garden-like area with a koi pond. They have two fine dining restaurants on site, as well as a heated pool and Fitness Center. There are 252 rooms, so there’s a better chance you’ll be able to reserve one here if the others are sold out! Rates are usually much cheaper than those in downtown La Jolla, and hover between $99 and $110. Check their website for more info.

Whether you’re staying next to La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines, or La Jolla Shores, there’s a Southern California hotel for you! For more information on hotels and where to stay in La Jolla, including luxury hotels (like La Valencia and Estancia La Jolla) head to our Hotels Page.

La Jolla Hotels Guide

With its world-class beaches, luxurious hotels, and renowned fine dining, La Jolla is a truly one-of-a-kind weekend getaway destination. While you’re here, explore a variety of boutiques, cafés, la jolla restaurants, galleries, and museums, and enjoy a number of outdoor activities. And at the end of a long day, allow yourself some much-needed R&R at a gorgeous local hotel right here in La Jolla. This is your complete guide to La Jolla hotels, from quaint B&Bs to luxurious coastline resorts!

La Valencia

1132 Prospect St, La Jolla
Affectionately known as “The Pink Lady”, La Valencia has been an icon of elegance and grandeur in La Jolla since it was built in 1926. Sitting on the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the resort’s Mediterranean architecture still enchants visitors today as it did during its heyday as a Hollywood hideaway.

La Valencia embodies a distinct vintage, historical charm that you won’t find in many other contemporary hotels. From the red tiled floor to the painted ceiling and, of course, the exterior pink paint, La V remains unmistakably regal. Inside, guests are treated to charming rooms with ocean views; upgrade to a larger suite for more privacy and even better panoramas. La Valencia is a local icon and a fantastic option for a romantic getaway or a San Diego staycation.

La Jolla Shores Hotel

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla
The La Jolla Shores Hotel shares the same beach as its sibling hotel (LJBTC) and thus offers many of the same incredible amenities, including stunning views.. If you’re dreaming of waking up to the sound of crashing waves, taking a leisurely walk along the sand with a cup of coffee, or sipping a cocktail on the beach as the sun sets, then the La Jolla Shores Hotel is the destination for you!

Some rooms have kitchenettes, great for saving a few bucks on breakfast so you can splurge on dinner. The beach is just steps away from most of the rooms, and a pool and spa occupy some prime real estate right on the sand in front of the hotel. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for a beachfront getaway!

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla
Want to stay right on the beach? Look no further than the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, one of the few San Diego hotels that are literally right on the sand. Built in 1935, this luxurious spot has its own private beach complete with lounge chairs, water service, and even nightly s’mores roasting!

Rooms range from street view to ocean view 3-bedroom suites, and many have kitchenettes (great for families with kids). The Marine Room restaurant is right next door, one of San Diego’s finest oceanfront restaurants (read about their High Tide Dinner here!). Kayaks and water sport toys are all available for rent right on the beach, and tennis, sparkling pools, and gorgeous grounds all make this a serious destination resort.

Grande Colonial Hotel

910 Prospect St, La Jolla
The Grande Colonial opened back in 1913 when La Jolla was still a sleepy little beach town and rooms went for $25 to $50 a month. Over the years, the hotel has gone through multiple updates, and now has clearly found its place as one of the most elegant ocean view luxury hotels in San Diego.

With traditional furnishings and decor, The Grande Colonial looks like something out of a magazine. Rooms are updated and upscale, and Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar on the first floor is a local favorite, helmed by an award-winning chef and boasting fresh local California cuisine. The beach is an easy walk down the street, and its downtown La Jolla location means there is plenty to do during your stay; from exploring the local La Jolla nightlife to checking out one of the art galleries and museums.

9700 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla
The beautifully adorned adobe buildings and rustic setting at Estancia gives way to spacious stone courtyards, bubbling water fountains, outdoor fireplaces, and an air of understated elegance. Located next to the Torrey Pines Golf Course, this particular resort boasts gorgeous views and a relaxing ambiance; perfect for a couples’ weekend getaway.

Rooms are tastefully done with contemporary tones and upscale furnishings, and the grounds are truly exceptional. The popular spa is a destination in and of itself, and several restaurants throughout the property offer different types of food for all tastes. What we love most about the Estancia La Jolla is its unique approach to luxury; calm, quiet relaxation is the order of the day here, and although it doesn’t boast ocean views or a bustling downtown scene, you will no doubt leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead!

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla
Set amongst the pines, The Lodge at Torrey Pines looks more like something you would find at Lake Tahoe than oceanfront San Diego! An upscale Craftsman-style resort with excellent restaurants, a fabulous pool, and full-service spa, the Lodge is a great getaway for golf lovers and vacationers alike. Located right at the 18th hole of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, this is a fantastic option for those looking to spend their weekend time out on the course.

Customer service, attention to detail, and panoramic views of the golf course and the Pacific Ocean make The Lodge a true one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy fine dining at A.R. Valentien, or spend the day strolling through the grounds and experiencing everything the on-site Spa has to offer (massages, facials, etc.). 170 guest rooms and suites are sprinkled throughout the grounds, and downtown La Jolla is just a few minutes’ drive away.


Empress Hotel La Jolla

7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla
For a bit more bang for your buck, the Empress Hotel is a great (pet-friendly) option for families. This comfortable, European-inspired base offers newly renovated accommodations that feature spacious floor plans, upgraded furnishings, and gourmet coffees and teas. Waiting for you just beyond your bedroom each morning is a complimentary continental breakfast, the perfect way to start your day before hitting the beach or exploring downtown.

Manhattan of La Jolla, the hotels’ on-site restaurant, serves classic Italian fare in the heart of California. From the fresh Caesar salads, made tableside, to the fine wines from the extensive list, this go-to spot’s menu strikes the perfect balance of European and American coastal. Pick from a selection of al-dente pastas, steaks and fresh seafood, and don’t miss the piano player on weekends! Situated right in downtown La Jolla, its location makes it a breeze to explore everything the Village has to offer – including restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

Hotel La Jolla

7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla
Nestled among the palms a few blocks away from La Jolla Shores beach, this boutique hotel is a fun escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown La Jolla. The hotel is also minutes from La Jolla Village, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of California, San Diego.

Rooms here are casually chic and come with balconies, many of which overlook the Pacific Ocean. Choose a suite for a living area with sofa and gorgeous ocean views from three balconies. Cusp Dining & Drinks, the 11th-floor restaurant, and lounge, boasts a California coastal menu and expensive wine list (and a great ocean view!). Their outdoor poolside lounge, Hiatus, is a fun way to spend the day or a nice spot for an evening cocktail. Other perks include the on-site fitness center, outdoor pool, and complimentary bikes for exploring the city.

For more things to do in La Jolla, check out our La Jolla Cove and San Diego guides!

Comparing San Diego and San Francisco Travel Experiences

The state of California is not simply a popular destination for vacationers within the United States. Millions of tourists from around the world come here every year for business and pleasure. There are many factors that play a role in this popularity. The fact that there are so many terrific cities to explore does have something to do with it. San Diego and San Francisco are definitely two of the cities that make this list of attractions. There are great reasons to choose either of these cities and also things to watch out for.

It doesn’t matter whether you are visiting San Diego for work or for vacation. You will discover attractions that are central to this city. Some of these include outdoor activities, restaurants, and shopping experiences. The same can be said about those going up north. Whether you’re sightseeing or overseeing condominium kitchen remodeling in San Francisco, the City by the Bay is sure to impress.

What San Diego Offers Travelers

Warm weather and sandy beaches are a part of the appeal for San Diego. There are many other attractions and excursions available here. A day trip to Tijuana, the San Diego Zoo, and the Mission San Diego de Alcala are just three of the popular things to do in the city. Those with kids may want to consider driving north to Carlsbad and visiting LEGOLAND California, since it’s only a 40-minute drive. Scheduling sightseeing tours will help you explore further.

Along with the terrific things in San Diego tourists need to be aware of things that could negatively impact their trips. Traffic is an example in this category to consider for those renting vehicles. Trolleys and public transportation provide shortcuts to getting around the city. If you are considering your budget when finding accommodations, the city hotel tax may be of interest to you. Not every travel guide will show you hidden treasures, so plan to get out and explore on your own for things to do.

What San Francisco Offers Travelers

If you are planning on visiting San Francisco you are like more than 26 million other travelers this year according to San Francisco Travel. This number is actually up 2.6% from last year’s visitors to the city. The city offers vacationers and tourists a lot to see and to do. It doesn’t matter whether you explore the wharf area or visit Alcatraz Island. You will discover things that are central to the area like tasty sourdough bowls of chowder or soup. The rolling hills of roadways and the most crooked street are attractions that vacationers love.

Traffic and smog are among the top things that may affect your experience while in the city. These don’t, however, have a big impact on most travelers. It is important to plan ahead when it comes to visiting popular locations and attractions. Since so many people come here some of these will be quite crowded. This is the case no matter what time of year you plan to travel. Homelessness is another issue that can be seen in many portions of the city. This doesn’t prevent vacationers from coming each year.

If you’re traveling to both San Diego and San Francisco, there is a way to fit in all of your top attractions. You may opt to fly into one city over the other on your trip. Depending on the length of your trip this may be a way to see the differences between Southern California vs. Northern California. This is an 8+ hour drive that is filled with scenic beauty and sights only seen in this amazing state. You will be able to embrace what makes it unique and interesting to tourists.

La Jolla Hotels on The Beach

3 Beachfront La Jolla Shores Hotels to Book for Your Next Vacation

Looking for a quintessential Southern California experience? Look no further than the beach! Home to some of the best beaches in San Diego, La Jolla’s specialty are seaside B&Bs and quaint cottages. While there are some great hotels in the Village (Redwood Hollow Cottages, Pantai Inn), the more relaxed vibe of La Jolla Shores comes with its own set of incredible lodgings.

Here are our picks for a beachfront stay at La Jolla Shores!

La Jolla Shores Hotel

Tucked away on a quiet street directly on the ocean, La Jolla Shores Hotel’s hacienda-style rooms and vibe create a welcoming, friendly atmosphere that is perfect for a weekend beach getaway. The Hotel was built starting in 1967 by the Kellogg family (of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and The Marine Room fame) and officially opened in 1970. Guest rooms feature unparalleled views of the Pacific coastline, and most rooms offer a balcony and full kitchenette. The property is just steps away from the sand and conveniently located next to Kellogg Park; complete with a playground and plenty of room for active little ones.

The Shores Restaurant and The Marine Room are your two main dining options here; both are world-renowned for their incredible cuisine. Enjoy the open-air patio and more laid-back feel of the Shores Restaurant or enjoy an upscale fine dining experience on the water at the French-inspired Marine Room, where you’ll get to see waves crashing up against the windows while you eat. Pro-tip: the High Tide Dinner and Breakfasts are e a one-of-a-kind experience at the Marine Room! Do try and book one if it happens to coincide with your stay.


La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

Originally opened in 1927 (as the La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club), the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club is one of the most historic hotels in La Jolla and definitely has a resort feel. Complete with one, two, and three-bedroom suites; outdoor pool; private beach with full food and beverage service plus barbecues and umbrellas; 12 championship tennis courts; a nine-hole golf course; children’s playground; a spa, and tons of other amenities, this is the perfect place for an extended vacation with the entire family. You’ll still have access to The Shores Restaurant and the Marine Room, as well as Club Dining, which is the resort’s exclusive members/guests-only restaurant.

Explore the rest of La Jolla Shores during your stay, which is just a few minutes’ walk out your door. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and activities in the neighborhood; including, of course, water activities like kayaking and paddle boarding!

Hotel La Jolla

If casual chic is your thing, you’ll love this boutique hotel! Located a few blocks away from The Shores, Hotel La Jolla is a bit further from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown La Jolla Shores; but most suites still have a beautiful ocean view! The spot boasts an outdoor pool lounge, a fitness center, outdoor pool, and complimentary bikes for exploring the city. The rest of La Jolla is at your fingertips; the Village is just a few minutes’ drive (or bike ride) and you’re still close to everything the Shores has to offer. Their onsite restaurant, CUSP, is located on the 11th floor and boasts killer ocean views – a perfect spot for enjoying a drink and watching the sunset.


As the hotel is now owned by Hilton as part of their CURIO Collection, the resort has gotten an upgrade in recent years and all of the rooms are refurbished; complete with balconies and water views. That coupled with a lush outdoor area surrounded by palm trees and foliage lend this cute spot a tropical, laid-back vibe; you’ll forget that you’re just minutes away from a bustling city! It’s the perfect destination for a couples’ weekend getaway or fun family trip.



Historic La Jolla Hotels: Experience Hollywood Glam in San Diego

La Jolla has been a resort town for decades, attracting visitors from all over the country with its allure of sparkling ocean waters and essentially perfect climate. In 1894, the railroad line was extended to La Jolla from the heart of San Diego, making access to its beaches even easier for locals and visitors.

Here are the stories behind three incredible historic La Jolla hotels – when you stay at one of these beauties, you’ll be experiencing a decadent part of the Village’s incredible history.

La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia’s iconic pink hues and Spanish flair became a part of La Jolla’s history in 1926, when it first opened its doors as an apartment hotel. While its first name, Los Apartmentos de Sevilla, was not widely used, the new locale was designed to integrate the finest elements of various styles of the Spanish school of architecture.

Officially named La Valencia in 1928, the iconic hotel survived the Depression and quickly became a favorite among locals and Hollywood stars alike. And during World War II, because of La Jolla’s proximity to San Diego, La Valencia Hotel was very much a part of the war effort – locals spent long hours perched in the windswept tower scanning the skies and seas for enemy planes or ships.

The pool was built in 1950 with the gym, sauna, putting green and shuffleboard court put in shortly afterwards. The owner acquired Hotel Cabrillo (located next door) a few years later, increasing the number of guest rooms to 100. The old Hotel Cabrillo actually still stands today as the hotel’s West Wing.

The Hotel Cabrillo was designed by famous architect Irving Gill and constructed in 1908 under the supervision of James A. Wilson. When When it opened in 1909, it was considered a landmark achievement; with commanding ocean views and luxurious accommodations, it was the first hotel on the Pacific Ocean north of the Hotel Del Coronado. Four steam and motor trains stopped near the hotel each day, making it an easy destination for guests until it was bought by La Valencia in 1956.

Hollywood Glam

Notable actors of the time were known to stay at La Valencia and gather for glamorous parties: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer, Joseph Cotton, Richard Basehart, Charlton Heston, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Jones, Lorne Green, David Niven and many others to numerous to mention over that seventeen year period.

The Grande Colonial

The Grande Colonial is La Jolla’s oldest original hotel. The original Colonial Apartments and Hotel, as it was known when it opened in 1913, was designed by Richard Requa, the master architect of the California Exposition in Balboa Park. That old Colonial Hotel, a wood framed structure located on the corner of Prospect and Jenner streets, was moved down the street to the rear of the lot – where it still stands and is used today.

The owner of the property, George Bane, chose to build a new hotel out of concrete that would “rival anything in the west.” Completed in 1928 and boasting 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms, it was the first fireproof hotel to be built west of the Mississippi.

Fun fact: when it first opened, the Grande Colonial was only charging its guests $1 per night!

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

The Club originally opened in 1927 as the La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club; in 1935, Frederick William Kellogg (known as F.W. Kellogg) purchased the property with visions of an oceanfront resort that would attract people from all over the country.

Kellogg broadened the Club’s appeal by changing the emphasis to that of an exclusive oceanfront tennis resort. He built four tennis courts and a swimming pool, and promptly renamed the resort the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. To attract out-of-town guests, he constructed the “Beach Club Apartments” at the south end of the property.

After his death in 1940, his son William Scripps Kellogg (known as W.S. Kellogg) took over the hotel’s management. Under his watch, the resort quickly became a vacation destination.

Up until the early 1980s, W.S. Kellogg was still a familiar sight at the Club, taking children for rides on the beach in a 1915 Packard, known affectionately as the “Old Black Goose.” Children who rode in the convertible became members of the Old Black Goose Club, swearing an oath to never become litterbugs. Today, locals will often see W.S. Kellogg’s grandson behind the wheel – and children still take the oath after each ride, patrolling the grounds to pick up litter!

The historic La Jolla hotels were what drew the Hollywood stars to its shores by the mid-1930s. Initially, celebrities simply came to La Jolla for relaxation and retreat; but by the 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood stars began creating and producing plays at The Summer Playhouse, located in the auditorium of La Jolla High School – which is today known as the incredible La Jolla Playhouse!

5 Incredible Airbnbs in La Jolla That Will Blow Your Mind

The hotels in La Jolla are tough to beat – beautiful, luxurious, and panoramic views for miles. But there is something to be said for the unique, home-away-from-home aspect of an Airbnb in La Jolla; especially when they are as jaw-dropping as some of the rentals we found in the heart of the Village!

Not staying in a hotel definitely doesn’t mean you have to lose the luxe aspect of your vacation (or staycation). Here are 5 of the most breathtaking La Jolla Airbnbs – from mini castles to cliffside mansions.

Castle in the Hills

Where else in San Diego can you – literally – stay in a castle? Well, technically it’s a villa; but its Mexican oak doors, walnut wood floors, hand-chiseled Mexican Cantera stone and antique tiles imported from Spain say otherwise. Multiple gardens and fountains will remind you of old Europe, and the master suite opens to an authentic loggia and garden. Vaulted ceilings and Moorish-style domes complete the pretty much perfect picture. The aptly named “Villa Country Club” is a vacation in La Jolla done right!

Dreamy Ocean Views

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, another one comes along. This unbelievable 4-bedroom villa has panoramas from every room in the house – especially the cliffside infinity pool. This is seriously an Airbnb unlike anything we’ve seen in La Jolla, and boasts 3 levels and 6,000 square feet of pure luxury.

The property includes an elevator, spacious decks, outdoor BBQ area and fire pit, and of course, the vanishing edge pool and spa. Even the four-car garage has floor to ceiling windows! Come for the views, stay for the…views?

Mid-Century Modern Charmer

This historically-designated 5-bedroom, 3-bath is full of Mid-Century Modern flair, complete with redwood walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Unique and architecturally stunning, this gem is definitely for the history buffs! Built in 1951 and sitting on a whopping 26,000-acre lot, the house features Roche Bobois, Ligne Roset, Baughman, and BDI furniture. It has a huge upper deck with ocean views and is just five minutes away from one of the most beautiful hikes in La Jolla – the Coast Walk!

Ultra-Modern Beach House

Ever wanted to stay in an award-winning house? Now’s your chance! This amazing 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath modern mansion was featured in the Winter 2015 edition of California Homes magazine and seriously lives up to its name. A huge glass wall separates the inside living area from the outside front patio and completely retracts, so you can fully experience the beautiful weather La Jolla offers year round!

Plenty of modern art, decor, and furniture give it a unique vibe, and all the luxurious creature comforts (especially the bathtub next to the floor-to-ceiling window on the second floor) are enough to make us never want to leave! It’s also located right in La Jolla Shores, which is chock-full of incredible restaurants and great water activities.

Tropical Oasis

Hiking and outdoor aficionados, this one is for you! “Casa del Mar” is a 4-bed, 5-bath, 6,000 sq-ft modern oasis surrounded by trees and landscaping near the golf course. A garden-like outdoor patio and jacuzzi sits on one level while an outdoor living space (complete with a fire pit and couches) occupies another, this is definitely a space for enjoying Mother Nature – there are even stairs down to grass and a small garden area.

The interior features its own set of interesting features; black cabinets paired with wood floors and some epic modern art combine to create an eclectic getaway.

Booked your stay and looking for things to do? Check out the top things to do in and around La Jolla here.

7 Hotel Bars in La Jolla (That Even Locals Will Love)

In a world-class tourist destination like La Jolla, we have to have fantastic hotels—and what’s a hotel without its bar? While San Diego is known for our craft beer, we also excel in craft (and classic) cocktails. Give these La Jolla hotel bars a shot whether you’re just in town for the week or a longtime local!

Mustangs & Burros

Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla is an outdoor restaurant with a fantastic bar. It not only has a seasonal drink menu with excellent wines (including some house wines!) and local beers but also a rotating cocktail selection. We’ll recommend The Local and the Smoked Orange based on the most current drink menu on their website, but chances are you can’t go wrong with any cocktail you order. The gorgeous outdoor patio can get a little chilly in the winter, so bring an extra jacket for your legs, but you’re good the rest of the year. Try to tour the botanic gardens at the hotel while you’re there!


Nine-Ten is the Grande Colonial’s restaurant and bar, named after its location at 910 Prospect Street. A luxurious interior makes for a great dinner date or drinks, or a fantastic vacation locale. The Nine-Ten bar has not only a stellar wine and beer offering, but an impressive cocktail list featuring several in-house specials. Do yourself a favor and get their Half-Baked Chocolate Cake with whipped cream or Harissa Grilled Shrimp Toast available on the bar menu. For cocktails, we recommend the fresh 910 Spritz or fruitier Victor’s Secret.


The Grill at Torrey Pines

Stop by The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for a relaxing drink or dinner. With a great sunset view, five warm fire pits, and an artistic trellis, this outdoor venue of the nicer hotel bars in the roundup. Catch some live music Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm after a long day at the nearby Torrey Pines Golf Course. The bar has an extensive list of local beers and a rotating selection of cocktails with seasonal specials, as well as a fantastic wine list.

Manhattan of La Jolla

The Manhattan of La Jolla lounge at the Empress Hotel embodies the feeling of an old New York nightclub where one might hear jazz classics like Clooney and Martin perform. With a brick interior and snowy white tablecloths, this makes for a great dinner date or just drinks. While you’re there, enjoy live music four evenings a week (Wednesday to Thursday 7 – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 – 11 pm). For a true New York feeling, we recommend the Park Avenue Martini, which is Blue Ice vodka and Grappi chocolate liqueur.

La Sala

Nestled inside the picturesque La Valencia is La Sala lounge. Recently remodeled with a gorgeous interior and lots of space to socialize and relax, it also sports a great view of La Jolla Cove. Sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne or some tapas with friends and watch the sunset. The bar has an extensive wine and beer menu, along with hand-mixed cocktails. Check out Local’s Hour from 3 – 7 pm daily for $5 Red and/or White Glass of Wine, Draft Beer, Well Drinks, $7 Martinis, and $5 Food Specials. As far as recommendations go, we’ve heard the Berry Mojito and Dark & Stormy are worth a try.


Shores Restaurant

While all of these hotel bars are great, The Shores Restaurant at La Jolla Shores Hotel is perfect for drinks by the beach! Catch Happy Hour at The Shores from 4 – 6 pm every day except Saturday. We recommend the Shores Sangria (pictured above) or the Sun and Sand with monkey shoulder scotch whiskey, sweet vermouth, luxardo, and blood orange. The Shores Restaurant is also fantastic for dinner.


Enjoy a glass of champagne or minty mojito poolside at Hiatus at Hotel La Jolla, a boutique hotel by Hilton. Don’t worry about the chill of the evening or hard metal pool chairs, as they have a gorgeous collection of woven wicker chairs with cushions and firepits for warmth. Hiatus is open for relaxing and mingling from 4 – 10 pm Friday through Saturday and 4 – 9 pm Thursday and Sunday.


Best Restaurants in La Jolla Hotels

Best Restaurants in La Jolla Hotels

When you’re on vacation, you’re ready to relax and have planning made easy. By staying at a hotel with great dining at your fingertips, this comfort is easy to achieve. If you’re a local, enjoying a good meal at a restaurant in a La Jolla hotel can make you feel as if you’re on vacation yourself. Here are a few of our top picks for hotels with top-notch dining.



This all-inclusive resort in La Jolla’s Torrey Pines region offers not just one, but two restaurant options: the Adobe El Restaurante and Mustangs & Burros. Adobe El Restaurante, nestled on a second story patio that overlooks a large green courtyard, is their primary lunch location.

Sip on wine, and enjoy fresh sourdough with garlic butter from the bread basket while you wait for your main course, such as salmon nicoise salad, to arrive.

Mustangs & Burros, the main dinner venue just southwest on the property, is mostly outdoors. With a magnificent fireplace, well-designed seating and a beautiful patio roofing, it’s got character that will transport you to another country. The food is magnificent, the menu offering a variety of options such as Mustang’s angus burger and coriander crusted ahi.



The Nine-Ten restaurant at the Grande Colonial is award-winning on many levels. Its head chef Jason Knibb has received countless honors like “Best Chef in San Diego” and asked onto prestigious culinary shows such as “Iron Chef”. Enjoy his culinary creations at outdoor seating on Prospect Street, prime for people watching day or night, or sit inside to soak up the dim lighting and ambience of dinner time.

The lunch menu is light and refreshing, ensuring you’re satisfied without feeling overly full. When it comes to the dinner menu, there are a variety of enticing 3 and 5 course meals that are prepared to the finest of quality. The 3-course dinner with wine pairings is ideal for those who value wine that’s been exquisitely selected for each course. For chocolate lovers in particular, the Banyuls M. Chapoutier dessert wine served with the half-baked chocolate cake combination is an absolute must.

La Jolla Shores Hotel

Have a beach getaway, even if for only an hour or two, at the Shores Restaurant within the La Jolla Shores Hotel. Situated directly on the beach, it offers magnificent views. Home to a wonderful culinary team, it also offers incredibly well-made food.

Likely due to its seaside location, there’s a plethora of exciting seafood options. Try their flavor-packed shrimp tacos served with guacamole or dive into savory muscles. (The plate comes with a large crostini that becomes dangerously close to heaven when dipped into the muscle bowl’s superb broth.)

Interested in Booking?

Perhaps you want to do more than just dine at these locations, you’re interested in making a room reservation. Learn more about the hotel accommodations themselves at our blog: La Jolla’s Top 5 Hotels: Why to Book Now.

Why to Try Happy Hour at The Shores Restaurant

Beachside Happy Hour at La Jolla Shores Hotel

Love a good drink and nice nosh in the late afternoon? La Jolla, California, certainly does; it’s why there are so many great happy hours in this coastal town. Many folks know about spots in the heart of La Jolla’s downtown village, but there’s a hidden gem right on the beach nearby.


The La Jolla Shores Hotel has a restaurant directly on the sand that overlooks the Pacific, the Shores Restaurant. It’s safe to say that this view cannot be beat. I went to experience this seaside ambience and see if the food and drinks are as good as the location itself.

For Liquid Libations

The happy hour drinks menu is solid. Whether you’re in the mood for a crisp and light cocktail or something more full-bodied, there’s a great variety to choose from. I started off with their $7 Bubbly on the Bay, a blanc de blanc straight from France. When asked if I enjoyed it, the answer was an easy, “Oui!”


After sampling the restaurant’s cuisine, I enjoyed a second drink, this time opting for a gin martini – with an olive rather a twist (also $7). Served extra chilled in a small glass, it packed a punch that had the ocean looking extra lovely.

Something you can Sink your Teeth into

Percy, the head chef who creates this restaurant’s inspired menus, is proud to have happy hour be a time for people to relax and simply enjoy themselves. This fun, colorful atmosphere is reflected in the variety of dishes on the happy hour menu. When he said the Ahi Poke Tuna was a guest favorite that he, himself, likes to sample just about every day; I had to try it.

The dish did not disappoint. The choice ahi is incredibly succulent, each tender bite light yet undeniably satisfying. The soft ahi pieces are mixed with chopped cucumber and avocado, which are then molded to form a cake topped with colorful greens. Beneath this, Percy and his culinary team masterfully spread a cream sauce and lay out a side of thickly sliced, baked potato pieces. It’s easy to understand why this dish is a continual crowd favorite.

Another popular dish? The Beer Battered Baja Fish Tacos. On the happy hour menu, you can get two of these Southern California favorites for just $10. If you’re feeling peckish for more, you can also order the regular menu tacos and get 3 for $15.75. This also allows you a few more protein options, as well, such as citrus grilled mahi mahi or the chipotle shrimp.

It was a tough choice, but something about the chipotle shrimp sounded wonderfully appetizing. I’m not sure what was happier upon the plate’s arrivals, my stomach or eyes.

The three corn tortillas were heartily packed with shrimp, shaved cabbages and cilantro crema. Tubs of salsa fresca and ripe guacamole on the side allow for customizing your own preferred ratio of sides. After drizzling my first taco with the lightly spiced, tomato-rich salsa and adding a large scoop of gauc, I tucked in. All I can say is that the cilantro crema (which comes on all of the taco options) is a game changer for this Mexican-inspired food. Savory and power-packed without adding the typical heaviness of a white cream sauce, it alone has me ready to come back to the La Jolla Shores Hotel.

No Need to Panic about Parking or Reservations

During the height of summer and peak seasons, people flocking to the beach can make for tough parking. However, don’t let that deter you from checking out this fantastic spot. Restaurant guests get great deals on parking their vehicles in the underground parking garage. If you park and get your ticket validated, you’ll receive $5 off your bill; that’s a free hour right there. Each hour after is a discounted rate, costing $3 for 2 hours, $10 for 3 hours and so on. So if you only pop in for a drink or a meal that lasts under 60 minutes, there’ll be no cost for parking at all.

Reservation-wise, this place is such a local secret that one doesn’t typically need any reservations. To be sure, it’s always safe to book them though and is recommended for holiday events such as Easter Brunch and Mother’s Day Brunch.

Make a Day out of It

The La Jolla Shores Hotel & Shores Restaurant is located at 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037.

With the beach and plethora of nearby activities, there’s an incredible amount to do in this area. We recommend coming for the cuisine, drink and the day. We already have the planned itinerary for you to do so at La Jolla Shores: Make a Day out of it!

7 Top Tips for the Ultimate La Jolla Staycation

Staycation Vacation: 7 Top Tips for the Ultimate La Jolla Staycation

Everyone needs to take a break from the madness of day-to-day life. Sometimes, however, you want to escape without all the time and planning it takes to visit far-off places takes.


The beauty La Jolla? You can feel a million miles away without having to go far at all. If you’re ready to start making your dream of vacationing a reality, we’ve put together top tips to simplify the process.

Decide the vibe.

What kind of trip are you imagining? Once you know the experience you desire, it’s easy to select the hotel that will offer the right accommodations. For example, if you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort where everything, from the food and pool to spa and workout facilities, is at your fingertips, we recommend the Estancia Hotel & Spa.

Once you enter the premises, there’s no need for you to run around town for anything else. If you’re dream vacation is on a far off continent, La Jolla has hotels that make you feel as if you’ve teleported. Stay at the Pantai Inn to feel like you’re in Bali or book a suite at La Valencia for a European-styled vacation.


Pick your beaches.

If you’re looking to relax in this neck of the woods, it’s fair to assume you’ll be visiting the beach. Each one in La Jolla has a different atmosphere, so, to cater the trip to your own personality, check out which ones appeal to you at our Beaches Directory.


What to pack.

Bathing Suit. Sandals. Sunscreen. Good walking shoes. Sunglasses. Jacket (for some surprising cool nights and mornings). A good book.

What to leave behind.

Work. It’s time for a well-deserved break!

Check out local offers.

You may already planning to hit a certain restaurant or try a specific activity like kayaking. Why not check out a site that may offer a discount? Head to our partners over at La Jolla Deals to see what exclusive offers are available.

Book entertainment.

If you’re interested in seeing a show or concert, look in advance to make sure your seat(s) is reserved ahead of time. Learn more about the local venues, like La Jolla Playhouse, and what they have to offer at our Entertainment Page.

Last but not least, transport.

At some hotels, paying for a parking spot can add up to a good chunk of change. If you’re coming from nearby anyhow and not planning to drive once in staycation mode, check out how much it would cost to travel by taxi or Uber. If it does indeed cost a lot less, save that money for afternoon drinks or a night at the Comedy Store!

The Best Reasons to Stay and Visit in La Jolla

Staying in La Jolla

La Jolla has so much to offer, and the best way to soak in everything is to stay in the heart of it. Each hotel and inn here caters to a unique experience and, with all the great options, there are a variety of amenities and aspects each hotel has to offer.


“Envision staying somewhere worthy of a celebrity?”

Profiles on our site are here to help. By giving you detailed reviews and real deal tips, we want to help you feel confident in choosing from the top spots in La Jolla. Read on to see some of the hotel genres this seaside town offers.

• Business-Oriented Hotels:

Perhaps you travel for business often and have gathered points doing so through global companies like Marriott. Continue to earn rewards and book yourself into the highly rated Marriott location in UTC, which offers other business friendly spots like the Embassy Suites.

• Boutique Hotels:

Maybe you prefer to stay in a local spot that has a design and flavor particularly unique to La Jolla. For all those who like to do so while being able to stroll to local shops and restaurants will be interested in spots like La Valencia Hotel Grande.

• Resorts & Spas:

Hard work merits well-deserved break time. Booking into all-inclusive resorts like Estancia means you never even have to leave your hotel. Spa services, pools and hand-crafted meals are all within easy reach here.


• Vacation & Seasonal Rentals:

La Jolla has an incredibly extensive choice of vacation rentals for nightly, weekly and seasonal stays, which is especially ideal for large groups and families. By having your own place to cook and get cozy, you can truly settle in to enjoy the La Jolla lifestyle.

• Jaw-dropping Mansions:

Envision staying somewhere worthy of a celebrity? La Jolla has incredibly mansions that are available for nightly, weekly and even monthly stays. Live up this town in style and with incredible amounts of space, space that you can use for anything from family gatherings to glass-clinking parties.

• Cost Conscious Spots:

There are plenty of folks, especially those of a younger generation, who are looking to put their money into activities and food rather than the hotel room they plan to spend little time in. Don’t worry; there are budget friendly spots in La Jolla like the La Jolla Biltmore Motel and La Jolla Village Lodge that won’t put big dents in your wallet.

Coronado: A Beautiful Beach Attraction Near La Jolla


You may have heard of the Hotel Del. It’s legendary for its role in films like Marilyn Monroe’s Some Like it Hot. Hotel Del is short for Hotel Del Coronado, the island that rests one bridge (or boat ride!) away from San Diego’s downtown. With more miles of coastline than square land itself, this place is ideal for bicycle riding, walking and, of course, sun bathing. It’s a place like no other.


The Hotel Del Coronado

This hotel isn’t simply a place to stay; it’s a place to shop, spa, dine and enjoy a cocktail on one of the large patios that overlook the ocean. It was originally created to be the center of Coronado, to make Coronado a beach resort town…which it essentially did.

The most famous of famous celebrities have stayed on these premises, often renting out the exclusive villas. Some famous names that have stayed here include Jimmy Carter, Babe Ruth, Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali and Emma Stone. (As you may have noticed, this has been a popular spot for presidents. Eleven presidents have stayed here so far!)

The Ultimate Activities

With so much beach, it’s natural that many of the favorite activities involve the water and adjacent sand. Here are the top activities we personally recommend trying:


Rent a 4 Wheeler:

We don’t mean the one person 4 wheeler you coasts sand dunes in; we’re talking about a 4-wheeled contraption that seats 4 people. Each person, 2 in front and 2 in back, pedals to propel the group forward in this 4 person bike. Having done it with both family and friends, we can attest that it is both fun and, because of how much you must work together, a true bonding experience.

Take a boat ride:

If you want to visit and to ride a boat, you can kill two birds with one stone by taking a boat over from the mainland. The Hornblower sends out cruises directly to and from San Diego’s harbor. Learn more about cruise opportunities at our Dinner Cruises Page and Sunset Cruises Page.

Go for a gondola ride:

Imagine yourself in far away Italy by taking a gondola ride with your significant other. It’s a wonderfully romantic way to spent an hour.

Try stand-up paddle boarding:

The waters are calm enough around the Hotel Del that you can, on many days, coast out onto the ocean, no experience needed.

Hit Coronado Brewery:

If you enjoy beer, especially craft beer, this is a must stop. Go in for a tasting and grab some great food at the same time.

Stroll the residential streets:

The houses here are all incredibly beautiful and unique. Simply walking the roads near the heart of the town will have you basking in many types of architecture and incredibly well-tended gardens.

Getting Hitched?

Coronado is a very popular spot for those looking to tie the knot, the Hotel Del in particular. So don’t be surprised to walk along the beach and find yourself hearing two love birds saying their “I dos”!

The U.S. Navy

The top employer of the entire island is the proud United States Navy. You’ll see handsome young men and women in uniform and certain areas exclusive for those enlisted. Many highly acclaimed commanders, captains and admirals have come from this island, making it an important place in U.S. military history.

To be amongst them in action? Run along Silver Strand State Beach early enough and you may find yourself warming up with the navy!

While You’re in the Area

As you already had to go through downtown San Diego to get here, it may be the perfect day to combine visiting the Gaslamp Quarter, as well. You can spend the day soaking in the beach activities of Coronado, and then explore the nightlife of or watch a baseball game in downtown. Learn more about what the area has to offer at our San Diego Downtown & Gaslamp Page.

La Jolla’s Top 5 Hotels: Why to Book Now!

Book at one of La Jolla’s Top 5 Hotels

You already know La Jolla has a lot to offer. Now, you’re trying to decide which hotel here will maximize your experience. With all the great options, it can be hard to pick. We’ve narrowed it down to the top 5. Here’s why they made the list:


Grande Colonial

Built in 1913, the seaside Grande Colonial is the oldest hotel in all La Jolla. Its rich history can be felt the moment you walk in. You’ll see the original fire doors on each level and black and white pictures showcasing natives and their lifestyles over the last 100 years. And don’t be surprised to see faces you recognize.

For example, legendary actor Gregory Peck has roots here. His father was the much loved pharmacist of the popular pharmacy next to the hotel. His son, Gregory, grew up to co-found the famous La Jolla Playhouse.



Whenever his Hollywood friends came to town, he hosted them here at the Grande Colonial, enabling them to take in the seaside between performances at the Playhouse. Experience this historic landmark for yourself, whether for a trip based in business or pleasure. Its six meeting and conference rooms are the perfect place for productive gatherings. The glass windows and doors allow the sunlight to stream in on the gold and blue decor. Windows face to the streets of the lovely La Jolla Village or the ocean itself; there’s truly no inspiration like the waves of the Pacific.

Interestingly, the original hotel building is not through the main doors you walk into now. The original was put on wheels rolled slightly down the hill; it’s been housing guests at that location ever since the new front building was constructed. Just behind here are two buildings that house suites and open to an inner Spanish-style courtyard.



Because this holds the ambassador suite, named for the Ambassador to Italy who was a co-owner of the hotel, its often the room to host brides getting ready for their big day or CEOs of influential companies; these suites are truly the perfect venue for wedding parties, family reunions and corporate retreats.

For the ultimate business retreat experience, the Loft room at the top is the perfect meeting spot. It holds food and drink amenities, a television screen for opening PowerPoint presentations, and an attached patio that opens out to overlook the ocean.

Its difficult to determine what one loves best about this hotel, the fact you can hear stairs creak with history and see original flooring still strong after 100 years…or the restaurant. The Nine-Ten restaurant is not simply good; its nationally acclaimed.


The head chef, Jason Knibb, has received many awards and honors, just a few being named “Best Chef in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, deemed “Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs and was even asked to be on the famous show, Iron Chef. Each meal there is exquisite, so much so that it deserved its very own blog. Prepare to have your mouth watering. Imagine yourself ordering with our blog: Nine-Ten Restaurant: Why it’s a Ten Every Time.

Pantai Inn

The Pantai Inn allows you to visit Bali without even leaving the country. This calm, meditative space gives guests the chance to truly rejuvenate. Walk into the main lobby and find refreshing, fruit-filled water, robust coffee and treats to enjoy on the outside patio overlooking the ocean spread before you.


For a more exclusive experience, head to your own luxury villa or suite and enjoy the view of the ocean from your private space. Each accommodation incorporates art and decor from Bali with modern luxuries, the South Shore Villas offering a slightly more upscale space than the more casual North Shores Villa accommodations. No matter which villa you stay in, the atmosphere truly comes alive at night; the bonfire pits are set alight and their glow creates a magical end to your day.

La Valencia

Nestled in the heart of the La Jolla Village is the grand, pale pink beauty that is La Valencia. Walk past the outdoor patio and be welcomed inside by the charming, understated decadence of the main floor. This European-inspired hotel has beauty and amenities that make you never want to leave.


Whether you’re staying in their Village, Vintage or Classic accommodations, enjoy the hand painted murals, fresh flowers and outdoor seating with dream-like ocean view. When you find yourself desiring a gourmet meal or a good drink, head to their Cafe la Rue bistro or La Sala lounge with live music. Enjoy an all-inclusive stay by having spa treatment inside your very own room or grab a towel and stroll down to La Jolla Cove to enjoy the water. After you’ve taken in the sand and sea lions, head back towards the hotel and savor the surrounding downtown. With countless shops, art galleries and one-of-a-kind jewelry shops, you can be sure of constant delights and surprises.

Estancia Hotel & Spa

When one thinks of Estancia, one has immediate images of fresh flowers, deep-tissue massages and relaxation. Whether you’re traveling from afar or seeking a staycation, this is the place to go for an all-inclusive getaway.


With all the amenities they have to offer, you truly never have to venture outside of the resort. Take a break from the stress of day-to-day duties through massage, facial, manicure and pedicure treatments of the acclaimed spa. Step into the steam room and wade into the saltwater whirlpool for deep cleansing and rejuvenating. And don’t worry about sitting about all day. If you like to move around, its easy to break a sweat with their pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

Planning a corporate retreat? Combine business and pleasure by alternating between work and play. With high speed internet, daily newspapers and dry cleaning services, you can have your cake and eat it, too. This can be literal if were talking wedding cake; Estancia is a high-demand wedding venue. Brides, grooms and their family & friends praise it for its personalization, organization and true care and attention that lead to unforgettable wedding celebrations.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

If you relish golf, this is the ultimate hotel for you. It overlooks the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, where stars like Tiger Woods have played some of their most historic games. This hotel takes this timeless sport and pairs it with amenities that take things to a whole new level. And if golf doesn’t tickle your fancy, no problem.

Theres more than enough entertainment with the the spa, dining and accommodation perks. The Northern European feel of this resort evokes feelings of Ireland and Scotland; you’ll be greeted by doormen in traditional Scottish kilts and looks at the rolling green hills while seated by large mantels and fireplaces. Whether you’re here for a wedding, corporate retreat or staycation, its an appropriate place to cheers with Guinness or cheers with whiskey!

How to Travel the World Without Leaving La Jolla

How to Travel the World Without Leaving La Jolla

Don’t you wish you could teleport? Hop to England one moment, taking tea and savoring a scone, and then jump to Bali, laying in the sun and gazing at the sea, next? In La Jolla, you can travel the world…without having to deal with passport and airport drama.

The winding, hilly streets and villas here have a European feel that place you outside the U.S., while the restaurants can take you just about anywhere in the world. With our list, you can “teleport” to the many of your dream destinations.


Enjoy Tea like  the Queen Herself

Hop across the pond by coming into Mary’s English Kitchen. This tea time is the real deal British experience. Savor the scones, delight in the carefully cut sandwiches and sip on the tea. You and your company will feel like the royal family members themselves!


Stay at the Pantai Inn

Journey to the tropical paradise of Bali by coming to stay at the Pantai Inn. This venue is right along the coast, so when you stroll out onto the balcony of your private villa, you’ll be greeted by the sound and sight of the beautiful ocean.


Osteria Romantica

Strolling around the curving, tight-knit lanes of La Jolla’s downtown village feels like Europe already. Really have your brain believing in teleportation by dining at Osteria Romantica. This venue is run by folks straight from Italy, so you’re enjoying cuisine true to Italian culture. It’s not only food (and tiramisu!) though, it’s the culture and tangible vibe that make you want to cry out, “Bonissimo!”

Spice Things Up at Spice and Rice

Travel to Thailand without the time difference at Spice and Rice, located conveniently on Girard Avenue. The staff are known from being incredibly nice and attentive, making helpful recommendations such as their famous Panang Duck Curry. Because the owners are from Thailand, there’s very authentic feel to the food and restaurant culture. It’s also good to note a deal they offer: By checking in on Yelp, they offer you a free scoop of their decadent coconut ice cream!

The Taco Stand

Hit Mexico without having to cross the border. The Taco Stand offers fantastic Mexican food that’ll have you planning your second visit soon after. It’s a very local loved spot for a reason. Part of what sets it apart is the incredibly fresh ingredients. Some of the top favorites here are the Surf n Turf Burrito, Baja Fish Tacos and Carne Asada Fries. And to end it on a sweet note? Order their churros. Delicioso!