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Empress Hotel of La Jolla 3.0

La Jolla, San Diego, California

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  • Walking distance to beach, shops, and restaurants
  • Spacious, modern rooms with microwaves, mini-fridges, and premium cable
  • Italian restaurant on-site with live piano music on weekends
  • Small fitness center
  • Free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pets welcome for a fee


  • No beach access
  • No pool or spa
  • Valet parking only
  • Fitness center is small
  • Some rooms get exterior noise

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Empress Hotel of La Jolla is a mid-range property within walking distance of the beach, shops, and plenty of restaurants. Its 73 rooms are modern and spacious, with microwaves, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels. There’s an Italian restaurant on-site, and a free continental breakfast is provided. On the down side, there’s no pool or spa at the hotel, and the fitness center is small and has limited equipment. Travelers looking for those features may prefer the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, with its outdoor pool and modern fitness center, though it's not near the beach. 

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Sophisticated hotel popular with business and leisure travelers

Guests driving up to Empress Hotel of La Jolla are greeted outside the tan-and-white-striped building by valets, and this is the only type of parking available. The lobby has dark-blue walls and wooden columns plus blue fabric couches and chairs. Fresh floral centerpieces on tables add a classy vibe to the space. The on-site restaurant, Manhattan of La Jolla, has a romantic vibe, with low lighting, brick walls, white table linens, and large oil portraits on the walls. On the weekends, guests can hear live piano music from one of the leather booths. A large, covered patio provides a space to enjoy breakfast in the open air, while outside, cushioned patio furniture offers a place to relax in the sun. The property attracts a mix of business travelers and tourists. 


In a tony, residential area of La Jolla

The hotel is located in a tony, residential area of La Jolla. It’s a short walk to touristy Prospect Street, which is lined with shops and restaurants. The Museum of Contemporary Art is within a five-minute walk, while La Jolla cove is an 11-minute walk. Torrey Pines Golf Course is less than a 25-minute drive, and San Diego International Airport takes around 40 minutes to reach by car.


Spacious, modern rooms with lots of amenities 

Rooms at the hotel are modern, with tan walls, wave-patterned carpeting, and tall white leather headboards that brush the ceiling. Teal accents, including bolster pillows, painted tray ceilings, and bed runners, add attractive pops of color. Plantation shutters and photos of the ocean add a seaside vibe. All rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee, plus thoughtful touches such as free bottles of water and turndown service with pillow chocolates. Bathrooms have walk-in showers and magnifying mirrors. Suites are available with whirlpool tubs. 


Pet-friendly property with free continental breakfast, on-site Italian restaurant, and valet parking

Empress Hotel of La Jolla provides a free continental breakfast with cereal, bagels, hardboiled eggs, and make-your-own waffles. There’s also a cozy Italian restaurant on-site with a selection of wine and regular piano performances. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for guests’ use, and two meeting rooms can be rented out for private events. Pets are allowed for a fee, and there's valet parking (but no self-parking) for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego 92037-4309, United States

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