I’d like to introduce my charming new neighbor: Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel, moved in across the street last summer, and is a wonderful addition to our area.
My friends and I walk over for drinks in Hiatus, their cozy patio lounge, and dine in Cusp on the 11th floor. I’ve lived in La Jolla, San Diego’s favorite coastal community, for most of my life, and I’ve never known a hotel to be so warmly received by the local population.
If you’ve been following La Jolla Travel Information for a while, you know that Kimpton acquired an existing hotel in 2011 and completely reconfigured the property. For what seemed like forever, heavy equipment and men on scaffolds were de rigueur. I attended a hard-hat media tour in June 2012, and it looked to me like they needed another six months, but – voila! – the hotel opened with great fanfare in August.
The boutique property offers 110 chic guest rooms (each with a balcony or patio), a small (but stylish) swimming pool, Cusp Dining & Drinks, Hiatus, a fitness room, an ocean view (above the fifth floor), and easy proximity to La Jolla Shores Beach. Even better: the hotel is eco-, family-, and pet-friendly.
Hotel La Jolla is such a good neighbor that they’ve formed a partnership with nearby Surf Diva and Birch Aquarium at Scripps to make it easy for guests to learn about the surrounding marine environment.
The village area of La Jolla (think galleries, shops, and restaurants) is less than a mile away. The La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool, where seals and sea lions hang out, are adjacent to the village. The Torrey Pines Golf Course, Torrey Pines Glider Port, and University of California San Diego (UCSD) are within a few miles.
Cusp Dining & Drinks, located on the top floor of the hotel, offers coastal Mediterranean cuisine from Chef Donald Lockhart. Here the emphasis is on fresh seafood, such as grilled salmon crusted in Moroccan spices or halibut roasted to perfection. Rustic flatbreads from the pizza oven and savory sides complement the house made pastas and entrées.
What could be better than a new neighbor that serves creative cocktails, offers delicious meals, and forms great friendships in the community?