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Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla Offers Great Packages

September 12, 2012 | By | Reply More


This garibaldi, the California state fish, was presented to Birch Aquarium at the opening of Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla. The hotel offers a package that includes admission to the Aquarium.

I walk past it several times a week, but I still stop and stare at the chic boutique hotel on the corner of La Jolla Shores Drive and Torrey Pines Road. I became so accustomed to it being a construction site that it’s hard to believe it’s up-and-running. In addition to being visually stunning, Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla offers great money-saving packages.

OEX staff greeted guests at the opening of the newly renovated hotel.

At the official opening on August 23, I was surprised – and glad – to hear that Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla would be partnering with nearby OEX Dive and Kayak Center and Birch Aquarium at Scripps in order to introduce guests to La Jolla Shores’ marine experiences. The hotel is a short stroll to La Jolla Shores Beach, which is a hotbed of surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and kayaking activity.

Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla Offers Great Packages

The Birch Aquarium Package, valid now through February 5, 2013, includes two tickets to the Aquarium, a playful plush goldfish, deluxe accommodation, morning coffee and tea service in the living room, hosted evening wine reception, and 24-hour access to the in-house fitness room. And here’s the really cool part: five percent of the room rate will be donated to the Aquarium for the adopt-a-fish program.

The public spaces were still a work-in-progress when I did a hard hat tour of the hotel in June, so it was quite a shock to see the elegant lobby, inviting pool deck, cozy “Hiatus” garden-level lounge, and the 11th floor Cusp Dining & Drinks in their finished state. Each is beautifully designed and adds a cache that didn’t exist before Kimpton took over an existing 40 year old hotel and did a $4 million renovation. All 110 bedrooms offer a balcony or patio, and rooms on the fifth floor and above have a panoramic ocean view.

If you hurry, you can also take advantage of Hotel La Jolla’s Hang Ten package: $10 off the best available rate, $10 off parking, a $10 credit at Cusp, a $10 credit at Hiatus, and 10% off any adventure at OEX. This deal is available through October 31, 2012.

I was a tad anxious the first time I recommended Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla to a reader and greatly relieved when Briana wrote to say “the Kimpton is a great new modern hotel and the staff was super friendly.”

Cusp Dining & Drinks,on the 11th floor, offers a panoramic ocean view and innovative Mediterranean cuisine.

I’d like to add that Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla is a welcome addition to the La Jolla Shores community. I look forward to regularly enjoying drinks around the fire pits in Hiatus and watching the sunset from Cusp Dining & Drinks while supping on great Mediterranean fare.

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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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