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Beautiful grounds and Spanish-Colonial-style architecture
If Estancia La Jolla has an outstanding feature, it's the grounds: Beautifully tended lawns, lemon trees, native plants, fountains and flowers surround Spanish-Colonial-style buildings. In the mid-20th century, the land was part of an estate where young thoroughbreds were trained, and the hotel strove to preserve that history with rancho-inspired decor and subtle equestrian details -- doors that resemble barn doors, and equestrian blankets on the beds as throws.
The lobby embraces the rancho theme with a barn-style vaulted wood ceiling, fireplace with a wood beam mantel, terracotta tile floors and ironwork details. The hotel is even bringing in a natural feel with a "Sophisticated California" color palette of gold and navy in 2013 renovations, which touches on guestrooms, the spa, and pool area.
The pool is large and has plenty of lounge chairs, the lively restaurants have great ambiance, and La Jolla's top attractions -- Torrey Pines State Beach, the Torrey Pines Golf Course -- are a short drive away.
In affluent La Jolla, 10 minutes from the beach
La Jolla is an affluent seaside community north of San Diego, home to restaurants, shops, mansions, a famous golf course, coastal bluffs, and a beautiful beach. Estancia La Jolla is right next to the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the UC San Diego campus, and is a short drive from the downtown area and the beach.
Large rooms with decor inspired by the hotel's history as a ranch -- but no iPod docks, and some rooms have tube TVs
After the beautiful grounds and public spaces, the rooms are though perfectly comfortable. The decor and color scheme is in keeping with the hotel's equestrian theme, and the beds are luxurious, with 350-thread-count Italian linens.
The ground-floor rooms, with large windows overlooking the public areas, are less private, so make sure to book a room on the higher floors.
All rooms include:
The restaurants are lively, with great ambiance
This 210-room hotel in picturesque La Jolla has lovely grounds and Spanish Colonial-style architecture. But rooms, though large, sometimes lack high-tech amenities such as flat-screen TVs. Construction, while the hotel is trying to keep it minimal, may bother some. The hotel has more charm than other hotels in its price range in this upscale seaside community, and should have even more by the time renovations are complete.