La Valencia – La Jolla Hotel Deal Stay Longer, Spend Less
Now through June 30, 15-20% off two nights, 20-25% off three nights or more.
Discount is dependent on dates and accommodation selection. Blackout dates apply.
La Valencia, with its pink exterior, is almost synonymous with La Jolla. The luxury hotel has occupied a prominent place on Prospect Street since 1926 when it was a popular hideaway for Hollywood celebrities.
“La V” also plays an important role in the La Jolla community, and locals – like me – feel somewhat territorial about it. Over the years, I’ve been relieved that the renovations that have kept La Valencia up-to-date have managed to preserve its Spanish colonial design and old world ambience.
La Sala at La Valencia – the gracious living room with the drop-dead gorgeous ocean view – is the “happy place” I travel to during yoga, and I’m just not sure what I’d do if someone took a wrecking ball to it. In fact, when I heard recently that new alterations were in the works, I kind of got my back up that no one had consulted with me.
Over lunch, General Manager Mark Dibella put my fears to rest. He told me that La Valencia’s guest rooms have already been refurbished, and the newly-designed entryway and patio will be completed by July. The entry colonnade is being rebuilt for safety reasons and the patio is getting a pergola.
The major remodel of the Whaling Bar and Café La Rue, which eliminates the bar and expands the bistro, will be finished by Labor Day. Many La Jollans were horrified when it was announced that their beloved Whaling Bar was on the chopping block but, having seen the plans, I think they will love the more contemporary-European look of the new Café La Rue. A sidewalk entrance from Prospect Street and java from a popular local source could very well make this La Jolla’s next go-to spot.
The former Sky Room Restaurant on the 10th-floor is slated to become two luxurious one-bedroom suites by the end of this year. I’m already jealous of the guests who get to wake up to the panorama from this perch.
The biggest surprise? “We’re building a spa with eight treatment rooms.”
Since the spa won’t open until spring 2014, I’ll tell you about it later. In the meantime, hurry and take advantage of the La Valencia – La Jolla Hotel Deal…because it really is a good deal.