Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton, is one of the La Jolla hotels that is oven overlooked. The boutique property with clean, contemporary rooms typically offers good value for especially since it’s a short walk to one of San Diego’s best beaches.
A quieter residential location off to the side of a major intersection has its benefits as freeway access for sightseeing is easier from here than La Jolla’s popular Village neighborhood.
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Best Price: Hilton Honors Discount
The best way to book Hotel La Jolla is by using the Hilton Honors discount. Hilton Honors is free to join.
WHAT I LOVE
- It’s a good option when beachfront hotels price high during peak season because you can walk to La Jolla Shores Beach
- Guest rooms feel newer than other hotels in the neighborhood
- Excellent in-house restaurant with happy hour
- Panoramic views from higher rooms
- Furnished balconies or patios
- Hilton Honors Digital Key access
GOOD TO KNOW
- Location near a major intersection equals easy access to San Diego sightseeing (we didn’t hear street noise during our stay in a deluxe ocean view room)
- It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the beach and 5 minutes to reach the La Jolla Shores shops and restaurants
- No bathtubs
- No spa
- Pets are not permitted
- Valet parking only
- You’ll see it rated as three stars online due to limited facilities but it is on the higher end of that category
Why Stay in La Jolla Shores?
La Jolla Shores is a quieter residential neighborhood, so there is less hustle and bustle though tourists head to the beach here in summer.
A gas station, Starbucks, and Subway are available next door to the hotel, but most people walk into the La Jolla Shores business district, which starts on Avenida de la Playa, a 5-minute walk from the hotel lobby. Here, find some of La Jolla’s best restaurants, cute surf shops, water sports rentals, and more. Birch Aquarium is just up the street.
The 52 freeway begins at the intersection of Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores Drive, where Hotel La Jolla is located. This small freeway leads to the I-5, our main coastal artery, and the I-15 further inland, which takes you to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, wine tasting in Temecula, and elsewhere.
See also: Guide to La Jolla Shores
Hotel La Jolla Rooms and Suites
Hotel La Jolla re-opened after Kimpton renovated the property in 2012. The guest rooms and common spaces were refreshed. A handful of things like the small elevator and sort of tired outdoor, covered walkways from the elevator to the rooms signal that it wasn’t rebuilt from the ground up. Kimpton sold Hotel La Jolla to Hilton. You’ll see it rated as three stars online, but it is a very nice three stars.
Each of the 110 guest rooms and suites at Hotel La Jolla has furnished balconies or patios overlooking the ocean or city. Amenities include 42″ televisions, WiFi, in-room coffee, ironing boards, in-room safe, and more. A selection of accessible rooms is also available.
Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Ocean View Rooms
Options include king rooms and double queen rooms and they range between 385–415 square feet. In addition to the amenities listed above, these rooms have workspace and a chair and ottoman.
These two categories of rooms are the same, except that the Deluxe Ocean View has a panoramic view of the La Jolla Shores neighborhood and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
We’ve stayed in this room type and it’s typically priced only slightly higher than non-view rooms.
One-Bedroom King Suites
These two-room suites are 900 square feet with three furnished balconies, 1.5 bathrooms and a sofa bed in the living room. It’s an excellent arrangement for families who need more space.
Cusp Dining and Drinks Restaurant
CUSP Dining and Drinks is open nearly all-day and provides in-room dining. It’s a place that La Jolla residents like, too, for happy hour (limited seating) or a nice dinner with a view.
It’s known for Coastal Mediterranean cuisine and the cozy windows at the table where couples sit next to each other to enjoy the view. Try the flatbreads, ceviche, and craft cocktails (some with hand-shaped ice).
Outdoor Pool and Hiatus Lounge
A more casual lounge, Hiatus, serves cocktails adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool in the late afternoon through the evening. It may close during inclement weather, however.
A small fitness center is available for guest use, however, I’d highly recommend a jog on the beach instead.
Book Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
I believe that the best way to book this hotel is by using the Hilton Honors discount. Then, you can manage the reservation through the app and use the Digital Key.
- 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).
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