The hotel is set in tony La Jolla, but it's not in the hopping, touristy downtown. It would be a good base for business travelers, since the Marriott is right in the middle of the business district. Though it is right near big shopping mall Westfield UTC. But if you want to see the seals on Casa Beach or shop the boutiques in downtown, you better have a car and cough up the $20-a-day hotel parking fee.
Nevertheless, it's hard to get a room in a La Jolla hotel for under 100 bucks. So if you want to vacay in the tony town, use the promotion code "ADV" when booking. The $79-and-up sale goes through June 30.