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La Jolla Shores Hotel: Win-Win For Parents And Kids

La Jolla Shores beach is our favorite because La Jolla Girl can play here all day long, in any weather. During our stay at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, it was a rare cloudy week in September. She had a blast anyway.

Beachfront Location

The La Jolla Shores Hotel is right on the beach. Falling asleep to the light sounds of waves crashing and waking up to ocean breezes is a great way to spend a holiday. The beach itself is flat with nice sand and the waves break relatively slowly (usually), making it a perfect family beach. Surfers stay away from swimmers, to the right of the hotel. There are plenty of lifeguards around to keep beachgoers safe and the hotel can provide you with towels, chairs and umbrellas.

Surf Diva can teach ages 5 and above how to surf and they’ll even supply all the gear. La Jolla Kayak can take you on an ocean tour of our caves. All of this can be easily coordinated during your stay.

Stay Dry at Kellogg Park

Take a break from the beach by walking a few steps to Kellogg Park, which has a big playground and a huge grassy area that’s perfect for picnics. This is the view of Kellogg Park from our hotel room on a Sunday afternoon. On weekdays, there aren’t nearly this many people.

Kellogg Park La Jolla Shores
Parents can join in the numerous outdoor fitness classes that take place here. Ask the front desk for details.

The Eco-friendy Rooms

We stayed in a lovely corner room that faced the beach and Kellogg Park. It had a huge balcony where we lounged and ate a few meals. La Jolla Girl got a kick out of watching the seagulls perch on the balcony railing. With the sweet ambient noises (waves, birds and kids playing), we felt like we were truly on a beach vacation, even though we were a few miles from home. It’s hard not relax here. Here is a photo of the Coastline Double room.

The rooms are very practical for families. Our room also had:

  • A sizable refrigerator that was perfect for storing leftovers and snacks.
  • A bath and shower combo with powerful, water efficient fixtures.
  • Eco-friendly amenities, with the soap having a hole in the center to cut back on waste.
  • Energy Star rated appliances.
  • Recycling cans in the rooms.
  • Air conditioning, though we didn’t need it.
  • Free WiFi.
  • In-room Starbucks coffee. In-room coffee can make or break a stay for me when traveling with La Jolla Girl.

The one thing I would note is that there was a shutter window in our bathroom that let in some noise. Our room was located next to The Shores Restaurant and there was a wedding going on. We could hear the noise but they are required to quiet down at a certain time, which for us was around 9:30pm. It didn’t affect our sleep. If you have a baby or kids that are noise sensitive, you may want to request a room away from the restaurant.

The Shores Restaurant

I live in La Jolla and really need to dine here more often. The view is spectacular. From our table, we could see the sandcastles we built earlier in the day. Every meal we ate here was noteworthy and it got to the point where La Jolla Girl wouldn’t eat anywhere else. This is the tomato bisque, which I could have lapped up a gallon of.

The Shoes Restaurant Tomato Bisque
They have a nice kids menu and guests of the hotel under age 8 ate free during our stay, with a coupon from the front desk. We enjoyed the continental breakfast buffet each morning and happy hour one evening in the bar area, where there were select drinks and appetizers for $6 each. Sitting in an elevated booth while enjoying the view and watching sports on the bar TV is not a bad way to spend a casual evening. Can you believe that this is the view from a table inside the main restaurant?

You can’t go wrong with whatever dining option you choose here. It is always nice to have an awesome restaurant providing the room service menu.


In addition to the beach and playground, the hotel has complimentary shuttle service within the La Jolla area. You’ll likely take advantage of this to see and shop in downtown La Jolla. The hotel has a small swimming pool and jacuzzi. We never used them as we parked ourselves on the beach. There are tennis courts and lessons available as well.

Within walking distance is Avenida de la Playa, which is where some of my favorite restaurants in town. Grab sandwiches from the Cheese Shop to enjoy at Kellogg Park or the beach. Make a reservation for Italian food at either Piatti or Osteria Romantica. Go a little bit early and pop into the shops. If you forget diapers or other necessities (there’s not a gift shop in the hotel), there’s a small convenience stores here too. For specialty drugstore items, you may need to venture into downtown La Jolla.

Final Thoughts

I can see parking your family at La Jolla Shores Hotel and never leaving the area.

La Jolla Shores Hotel
To pry your kids out of here, you’d better be taking them to the Sea World, Zoo, Legoland or some place they’re going to want to go. Otherwise, you might be in trouble or need to dial up a babysitter (which can be arranged through the hotel too).

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*Our stay was provided by The La Jolla Shores Hotel

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