La Jolla, California
$$$$

Perched high on La Jolla’s coastal bluffs, La Valencia reigned as one of the chicest hotels in SoCal for much of its 88-year span. But time started to get the best of the property: Outdated carpeting plagued the once-hip rooms, and the lobby looked worn. Now, with a change in ownership and a $10 million renovation, La Valencia has traded its stuffy ways for the nonchalance of a Hollywood retreat, without a touch of pretension (you won’t find a single VIP cabana at its pool). Gone are the old wooden shutters and 8-foot-high hedges that kept the property feeling dark and unwelcoming. The exterior got a fresh coat of its signature (and still delightfully kitschy) cotton-candy pink paint, while all 112 rooms were modernized. The old Whaling Bar reopened as a French art deco–style bistro, called Café la Rue, which is decorated with vintage murals of France.

Last Reviewed
791 2015

Address

1132 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA

Contact

858/454-0771

La Valencia

La Jolla, California
$$$$

Perched high on La Jolla’s coastal bluffs, La Valencia reigned as one of the chicest hotels in SoCal for much of its 88-year span. But time started to get the best of the property: Outdated carpeting plagued the once-hip rooms, and the lobby looked worn. Now, with a change in ownership and a $10 million renovation, La Valencia has traded its stuffy ways for the nonchalance of a Hollywood retreat, without a touch of pretension (you won’t find a single VIP cabana at its pool). Gone are the old wooden shutters and 8-foot-high hedges that kept the property feeling dark and unwelcoming. The exterior got a fresh coat of its signature (and still delightfully kitschy) cotton-candy pink paint, while all 112 rooms were modernized. The old Whaling Bar reopened as a French art deco–style bistro, called Café la Rue, which is decorated with vintage murals of France.

Last Reviewed
August 2015

Address

1132 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA

Contact

858/454-0771