La Valencia Hotel Review

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1132 Prospect St. , La Jolla CA 92037
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Editor’s Review of La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel is a vintage gem -- THE vintage gem -- of La Jolla, Calif., just outside of San Diego. Also known as The Pink Lady, La Valencia Hotel opened in 1926, welcoming the likes of locals, celebrities and most importantly, families.

Today, it continues the tradition, offering comfortable accommodations, onsite restaurants with kids' menus and a unique outdoor swimming pool. You won't find a kid's club, game room or plethora of perks for children, but the surrounding area lends itself to family-friendly fun, with La Colla Cove (one of the most amazing attractions in La Jolla and the surrounding area) and a quiet, non-congested boardwalk just a short walk from the hotel. Also within perfect view of the property is an oddly
... more shaped tree (technically a Monterey Cypress tree) in the water (you can't miss it), one of which is said to have inspired Dr. Seuss, who once lived in this quaint coastal town. The area used to have many of the trees, but only one still stands.

And the beauty of La Valencia Hotel isn't just its appearance and accommodations, but also the fact that it's far enough from the hustle and bustle of San Diego, yet close enough that its popular attractions, notably SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, are just a short drive away.
Our Editor Loves
  • Vintage elegance
  • Outdoor swimming pool and bar
  • Short walk to beach and boardwalk
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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La Valencia Hotel has 112 rooms, suites and Ocean Villas, all of which feature a simply, but pleasant, yesteryear charm. Most of them are decorated in khaki, gold and white palettes, with wooden, Victorian era-like furniture.

Rooms offer one king or two queen beds, outfitted with Egyptian cotton linens and down comforters. They're suitable for families of up to four. You can request a rollaway bed for a fifth guest ($25 per night), or a crib (free of charge), but this could be a tight squeeze; rooms range from 250 to 450 square feet in size. They also include LCD TV's, Keurig machines, irons and ironing boards, and plush bathrobes. Bathrooms are exceptionally spacious (particularly in rooms with two queen beds), with large sink areas and shower and tub combinations. Many rooms also feature small private balconies (they only provide standing room, but request one that faces La Jolla Cove) and Whirlpool tubs.

For more space, request one of the hotel's suites, which range from 450 to 1,000 square feet in size. You can also sleep up to five people in these units -- there's a king bed in a separate bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living area, as well as the option to utilize a rollaway bed or crib. Many of them also offer separate tubs and showers, small balconies with ocean views and mini-bars. For even more space, request a suite with connecting capabilities; several of them open to ocean-facing rooms.

If you're traveling with a large group during your vacation and/or want a truly luxurious stay, consider an Ocean Villa. Aesthetically, the villas are really unique. They create a village-like atmosphere on the property, and even if you don't stay in one, be sure to stroll the walkways and perfectly groomed gardens around them. Inside, you'll find fireplaces (in most of them), beamed ceilings, Italian marble floors and gorgeous granite accents.

Additionally, the hotel offers a La Valencia Suite, which has an oceanfront location, large refrigerator, indoor and outdoor fireplace and a separate entrance for room and butler service.


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