La Jolla Travel Guide
One of the most frustrating things about being a fin-footed mammal, so we've heard, is being constantly confined to swimming in the ocean or sitting on large rocks. But what happens when you want to treat yourself for the day? Get a mani-pedi at the mall, or hop a plane to Mexico, or lounge for hours by a hotel pool?
ABC reported on an intrepid female sea lion who showed up yesterday at the Pantai Inn, an all-suites hotel on the Pacific Coast that calls itself "Balinese-themed." Well, we don't know much about what goes on at hotels in Bali, but here in the US, sea lions casually draping themselves on deck furniture isn't exactly the norm.
Apparently, an overnight front desk worker spotted the creature by the pool around 6:45am, and subsequently alerted his manager, as well as SeaWorld, which promptly sent officials to retrieve the animal. Though, not before the story spread to local news stations. The night shift worker told ABC:
"The sea lion was sleeping on our chair in the courtyard and looking pretty relaxed."
Designer Gulla Jonsdottir of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel fame is the woman behind the hotel’s transformation to casual, but elegant lodgings. La Jolla-based architect Claude-Anthony Marengo carried out Jonsdottir’s vision with a $4 million budget and a quick seven-month schedule to bring the hotel up to Kimpton standards. It now has a oversized sculptures and a wood fireplace in the lobby, and a pool deck with cabanas, fire pits, and a bar. For the ultimate ocean-viewing experience, guests can head to the Mediterranean-themed restaurant Cusp, located on the hotel’s 11th floor.
The 110, thoroughly modern rooms with their stone floors and woven grass wall coverings all have panoramic views of the Pacific coastline which can be seen from the glass-wall bathrooms. We especially like the freebies the Kimpton brand is well-known for like WiFi and minibar items(both when you sign up for the complimentary Kimpton InTouch loyalty membership program)and the evening wine hour (free for any guest).
Hotel La Jolla is in a great part of town as well, within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and art galleries, and just a short drive away to the area’s famous attractions—the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Balboa Park.
Starting rates begin at $229 per night.
[Photo: Kimpton Hotels]
If you're looking to get away for some sun, the San Diego Marriott La Jolla is trying to lure in summertime tourists with rates that start at $79 a night.
When you step into the lobby, it seems more upscale than other those at other Marriotts, which is fitting for the chi-chi neighborhood. But it looks like the rooms are the the same predictable Marriott hotel rooms. Our suspicions were confirmed on TripAdvisor.
Travelers come to La Jolla Cove Suites for an affordable hotel in tony La Jolla, but we come for the breakfast. The fifth-floor rooftop of the hotel is reserved for the most important meal of the day, and it's served alongside this gorgeous view of the ocean.
As you sip your guava juice and nibble on a bagel, you can look out over Scripps Park and La Jolla Cove, home to the cute blubbery seals. It's a perfect way to start the day. Best of all, the continental breakfast comes complimentary to all guests at the hotel.
When you hear about hotels going green, names of the big brands pop up, like Kimpton and The Westin. But little guys are leading the eco charge too, like the Hotel Parisi, inconspicuously tucked away above a Roxy/Quicksilver and a Victoria's Secret in tony La Jolla, California.
One of the 29-room boutique hotel's greenest accomplishments has been becoming the first and only hotel in the San Diego area to offset all of the electricity it consumes with wind power, according to hotel officials. It purchased 294,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits, thereby lessening its carbon footprint. To save more on electricity, the hotel installed a keycard-activated light system, which ensures that the lights are off when guests leave the room to go to the nearby coves.
Sorry Temecula Valley, try as we might, we aren’t blown away by most wine coming from your region. Maybe someday, but right now, we think a little more finesse is in order to play with California's big guns.
Nevertheless, we heart wine and want to stay in the loop of what’s new (without having to commit to buying a whole bottle without a little R&D) and find the best way to sip, swirl and swallow your way through any wine region is by spending some time in its tasting rooms. Timing-wise, we're on the heels of grape harvest and there's no better time to witness the action of what goes into picking and processing grapes to make the almighty elixir we call wine.
Personal preferences aside, Temecula Valley is a far more civilized experience than braving the always-packed tasting rooms of certain unnamed wine regions in Northern California. Just saying.
HotelMaven Courtney May recently tripped to the Estancia La Jolla, an hour north of San Diego, California. Her Flickr photostream has several shots of the hotel's exterior including this shot of the hotel's Mustangs and Burros bar.
We recently stayed on the 10th floor at the Hotel La Jolla. The view was definitely nice, but the 11th floor has a restaurant and can be noisy until midnight (that's if you happen to be in the room before midnight sick with the flu instead of partying it up downtown). So perhaps you'll want to stay between the 6th to 9th floors if you go.
The location is very convenient to either downtown La Jolla or to the university or shopping at UTC.
The room we had, however, was very basic, and not very big. But for $129 in La Jolla, one can't ask for much.
The restaurant also boasts a terrific view, and the food was good.
In a freak accident, one old lady hit three other elderly women in front of La Valencia Hotel in San Diego yesterday.
"Witnesses told us that the Mercedes driver became mad after she backed into a 2003 Ford Bronco, then put the car in drive, accelerated and hit the women," Sgt. Tom Carmody said.The San Diego Union Tribune
One woman was hospitalized with two broken legs while the other two women's injuries were less serious.
La Valencia has been a treasured La Jolla icon since 1926.