The Grande Colonial Hotel has always been one of my favorite places in La Jolla. I like the historic ambiance, and a recent upgrade has added a polished, luxurious feel.
Full disclosure: of all the hotels in San Diego’s favorite coastal community, my husband and I chose the charming Grande Colonial – then the Colonial Inn – for our wedding reception.
Located in a prime spot on Prospect Street, the hotel is comprised of four adjacent buildings offering a total of 93 rooms and suites. More than half of these have ocean views. Painted an inviting creamy color with blue awnings, the complex has long been a popular La Jolla landmark.
Originally two apartment hotels built in 1913 and 1926, the Grande Colonial’s spacious rooms come with old world touches such as the original black and white tile bathroom floors – as well as modern noise-abating dual-glazed windows. The Garden Terrace building and the Little Hotel By the Sea offer kitchens and some two bedroom, two bathroom suites that are ideal for travelers staying for an extended time.
Insider tip #1: if it’s available, reserve the Ambassador Suite (#235) in the Little Hotel By the Sea. Named for one of the hotel’s owners who was the ambassador to Italy, it’s an ideal spot for honeymooning. This part of the hotel also has its own deck with a view of the ocean and the seal colony at The Children’s Pool.
Tip #2 Call the hotel directly to see what special packages they might be able to offer when you’re visiting.
The Grande Colonial’s Nine-Ten Restaurant serves award-winning cuisine and is open for all meals seven days a week. The hotel also has a heated pool, a colorful garden courtyard, and an elegant lounge.
The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla*** will take place on May 19 and The Grande Colonial Hotel is offering a special package for anyone traveling to San Diego to attend this event. In fact, they frequently provide support to La Jolla’s not-for-profit organizations, and this is much appreciated by our community.
***The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla is one of our community’s favorite annual events, and I’ll tell you more about it in my next post.
Photo credit: ADAMS HANSEN STOCK PHOTOS.