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La Jolla Lodging By Location

November 17, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Where you stay in La Jolla will influence your vacation more than any other factor, so I want to make sure you find just the right hotel, motel, B&B, or resort.
Before you make a decision, check out the deals offered by the Booking.com and HotelCombined “reservation boxes” on this site. You may be surprised to find that La Jolla has inexpensive places to stay, as well as luxury hotels, suites, and spas.

What follows below is a listing of local accommodation, grouped by neighborhood. I’ll follow up with details on the various places as time permits. In the meantime, check out this map of places to stay in La Jolla.

North Torrey Pines Road
This is a great area if you want to play golf or watch a tournament at the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course. However, both of these luxury resorts sit atop sandstone cliffs, making them a poor choice for beach-goers. A car is a must here because a taxi into the village for shopping and dining costs about $20 each way.

Near the University of California San Diego
Easy access to UCSD is the big draw for these three hotels. Estancia is isolated on North Torrey Pines Road, but the Sheraton and the Residence Inn are within walking distance of places to eat and a couple of shopping centers, including a movie theatre, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc.

East of I-5, On La Jolla Village Drive
By definition, these places are not in La Jolla, but they are close enough to be of interest. The Embassy Suites and the Marriott are across the street from University Towne Center. Having said that, travelers don’t come to La Jolla to spend time in a mall, so you’ll need a car if you stay in this area.

  • Embassy Suites – San Diego
  • Marriott – San Diego La Jolla
  • Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

La Jolla Shores
Now we’re getting to the fun stuff. I walk on La Jolla Shores Beach several times a week and never tire of watching surfers, kayakers, and kids digging holes in the sand. In addition to the beach, the Shores has its own little restaurant row and a handful of kayak rental places and beachy stores. In a previous post I wrote in more detail about the difference between The Shores and The Village.

The Village
La Jolla’s heart has it all: charm and personality, myriad dining options, great shopping, the postcard-perfect La Jolla Cove, a world-class art museum, a seal colony, fantastic ocean views…and almost enough parking for the folks who want to enjoy our little seaside community. In fact, in this neighborhood, being car-less has its advantages.

La Jolla Boulevard
South of the Village, a few motels provide budget lodgings within walking distance of the beach. This area (south of Nautilus Street) also includes places to eat. The number 30 bus provides a connection to the village and beyond.

  • Holiday Inn Express
  • La Jolla Beach Travelodge

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About the Author ()

I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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  1. W. M. says:

    LOVED the Lodge at Torrey Pines..it was so pretty, the grounds were gorgeous!
    If interested, readers can use my discount ($210 as opposed to $400/night!) available for the next few days: http://www.jetsetter.com/invite/pressmemberdiscountedit

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