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A small boutique in upscale La Jolla, attached to a Victoria's Secret
The Hotel Parisi feels like it's part of a shopping plaza: It's entrance is sandwiched between an enormous Victoria's Secret and a Quiksilver. But the hotel is charming, once you get inside: The lobby resembles the courtyard of a Tuscan villa, with a towering fountain reaching up to a skylight, a gas fireplace, lots of green decorative plants, and travertine tiles.
But because the hotel is so small, it lacks the features of La Valencia across the street (its lack of pool is a particular disadvantage). Families might appreciate the extra space Hotel Parisi's rooms afford, but if you can get a similar rate at La Valencia, it's often the better, more luxurious choice.
In the heart of upscale La Jolla and a 20-minute drive from downtown San Diego
Hotel Parisi is located in the heart of La Jolla, an affluent seaside community north of San Diego and home to restaurants, shops, mansions, a famous golf course, and coastal bluffs. The property is within walking distance of several beaches, including La Jolla Cove, a popular snorkeling spot with excellent water visibility, and Children's Pool Beach, known for being a haven for seals.
The hotel has 20 large, contemporary rooms, and 9 apartments with separate living rooms and kitchens.
The main building houses 20 large, contemporary rooms (starting at 425 square feet) with upscale amenities, like separate showers and bathtubs, Egyptian cotton linens, Frette Italian bathrobes, and turndown service. But nice as they are, the Deluxe Rooms -- outfitted with white bedspreads, peach walls, and dark wood furniture -- aren't quite stylish or special enough to be truly luxurious. The Junior suites are significantly more stylish, but they're still not on the same level as the suites at La Valencia. Nine apartments for extended stays are in a separate building across the street: Each features a separate living area with a dining table and a full kitchen, and they have the same services as the hotel rooms.
All rooms include:
A small fitness room and in-room spa services
An acclaimed American-Mediterranean restaurant with a popular happy hour
This 29-room boutique hotel is a charming, intimate option in downtown La Jolla, amid restaurants and shops and within walking distance of the beach. Its large, contemporary rooms and nice freebies (free Internet, a free breakfast buffet) make it a solid option, but for better views, a pool, and more luxurious rooms, go across the street to La Valencia.