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La Valencia

La Jolla, California

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Why Stay At La Valencia

With its blend of Hollywood history and jaw-dropping views, La Valencia embodies the old-school elegance of La Jolla, San Diego's tony enclave tucked against a cove.

The Scoop

Its nickname has long been the Pink Lady, but La Jolla's La Valencia is anything but fussy. With its Mediterranean elegance, sweeping views, and steps-from-the-beach location, the hotel has been a local institution since it opened in 1926, when it attracted Hollywood types as well as World War II soldiers waiting to ship out. Today, the rosy hotel evokes two distinct eras: the compact hallways, black-and-white silver-screen-star photos, and petite chandeliers recall a bygone sensibility, but the property also offers a front-row seat to San Diego's posh enclave La Jolla, with bakeries, bookstores, and a Cartier boutique just across from the entrance. Recent additions are a brand new business center as well as fitness room for the health conscious. Many of the 112 tropically themed rooms feature balconies and all are outfitted with resort amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, high-end coffee makers, private bars and deluxe bath toiletries.

Insider Tips

Want to watch the waves lap the shore over dinner? Sit back at on-site signature La Sala Lounge's 7th floor terrace for al fresco dining on nouvelle American cuisine.

Design inspired by the hotel's own mid-20th century murals portraying French bohemian life and debuting its comfy albeit elegant European village style this fall is Café la Rue.

Awards and Recognitions

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Winner
- Four Diamond Award AAA

Preferred Airport

Arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN) which is approximately 14 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 25 and 40 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, California, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Center
  • Concierge Services
  • Business Center
  • Complimentary Shoe Shine
In-Room Amenities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • DSL Data Ports
  • Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Coffee Makers
  • Private Bars
  • Bath Robes
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • In-room Safes
  • Irons + Ironing Boards
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Bar + Lounge
  • 24 Hour In-Room Dining
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Why We Love La Jolla

While technically part of San Diego, La Jolla (pronounced la HOY-a) feels a little un-southern California: there's sun and sand, but no sprawl. The walkable streets in the Cove area are lined with shops, art galleries, and some of the best restaurants in San Diego.

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Local Scene: The Cottage, a little bungalow with a white fence and patio seating, serves an indulgent breakfast: fluffy oatmeal pancakes, crabcakes Benedict, or brioche French toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese and strawberry compote.
7702 Fay Ave.
1-858-454-8409
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Breakfast for two $30.

Best Beach: Across the street from La Valencia, La Jolla Cove is a prime spot for snorkeling: it has calm waters and visibility of up to 30 feet. Rent gear from San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours, and you might spot yellowtail, rockfish, or the state fish, the orange garibaldi
2158 Avenida de la Playa.
1-858-454-1010
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Snorkeling gear from $20.

Where to Eat: At California Modern, on the ground floor of George's at the Cove, Chef Trey Foshee focuses on fresh and local cuisine, such as Pacific swordfish with chanterelles and charred lemon. And you can't miss the ocean views.
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla.
1-858-454-4244
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Dinner for two $100.

Where to Shop: Warwick's on Girard Avenue claims to be the oldest continuously running, family-owned bookshop in the U.S. The shop specializes in signed first editions (a recent batch: Diane Keaton's new memoir), old-school fancy pens, and quirky, artisanal gifts such as decoupage.
7812 Girard Ave.
1-858-454-0347
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Where to Drink: At Asian-fusion bar Roppongi, try the Ginger Mojito or the Spicy Thai Margarita—Sauza Hornitos tequila, triple sec, red Thai chiles, and fresh lime. 875 Prospect St. 1-858-551-5252
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Drinks for two $25.
Gentle surf and deep-blue Pacific waters.

Gentle surf and deep-blue Pacific waters.

Why Go Now

September 15-20, 2013
San Diego Restaurant Week
This beloved semi-annual event features mouth-watering prix fixe menus from 180 of San Diego's finest restaurants.

November 1-2, 2013
San Diego Beer Week
Hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego's award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs.

November 20-24, 2013
10th San Diego Wine and Food Festival
Wine and food enthusiasts gather for this five-day event, the region's largest wine and culinary extravaganza, held at several venues throughout downtown San Diego.

November 27 - December 1, 2013
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Festival
A jazz celebration that lasts throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, the festival features world-class bands at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley.

La Valencia

La Jolla, California

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