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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Terrific location an easy walk to shops, restaurants, and the beach. The staff is very friendly and helpful; they seemed honestly eager to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The room was large and comfortable with free bottled water replenished daily and fast, free wifi. The complimentary breakfast was better than average with lots of variety and decent quality...

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Middleton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This is my 3rd stay at the Empress, & it is my choice when lucky enough to visit La Jolla. I have stayed at other hotels , but this is the best deal & without compromises . Location within 5 minute walk from La Jolla Cove , Prospect St & great restaurants . Immaculate rooms , friendly staff. Thanks again...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear wengengirl, We are happy to read that this was your third stay with us! We are a good value for the dollar especially when one considers our Wi-Fi and our expanded continental breakfast are included in the price of the room. I appreciate your mention of our associates as it is our goal for all guests to experience exceptional...

Toronto
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was thoroughly impressed by the quality of the service from the staff here. Everyone was so friendly and attentive. From the front desk staff, to the valet, to the housekeepers. The room is comfortable and clean. And the location is perfect for easy access to restaurants, shops, and the coast.

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear sabuadas, I appreciate your mention of the quality of service that your received during your stay with us! We are happy that you enjoyed your room and the amenities that we provide. Our location is one that cannot be beat as we are central to everything that La Jolla has to offer. Thanks for staying with us! Kind Regards...

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Terrific location, within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and the "boardwalk " overlooking the coast. The hotel staff was friendly and most helpful. Our room had a large king-sized bed with sitting area and a sea view. The Manhattan restaurant, located in the hotel, had live entertainment , a piano bar , a varied menu and a very efficient...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear ABP21, I am glad that you enjoyed our location which is central to everything that La Jolla has to offer. I appreciate your mention of our associates as it is our goal for all guests to experience exceptional service. I am happy that you enjoyed your room and the amenities that we provide. The Manhattan Restaurant is a great...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

OK this place is a gem. My husband and I stayed for 4 wonderful nights here (extra discount on their website when you stay that long!) and I can't say enough great things about it. Found it through reviews on Tripadvisor. For starters, Seamus at reception should get a bonus -- he was thoughtful, helpful with restaurant choices, running routes...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear KimD, We appreciate your recent four night stay with us! We are happy that you found us through Trip Advisor. I appreciate your mention on our associate Seamus and are glad that he was able to accommodate your room type for you. Our morning breakfast has something for everyone and is a good way to start ones day. There...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent option to stay in La Jolla! We had a great experience, large room, lovely staff, continental breakfast included and fabulous location. Next time in San Diego I'll stay there again , for sure!!

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Ana Lila D, Thank you for your recent stay with us! We are happy that you liked your room and the amenities that we provide. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards and Safe Travels, Joel Majors General Manager

Pasadena, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 5 story, 75 room hotel, is well located, just 1 block off Prospect, the main shopping/restaurant avenue in downtown La Jolla. The staff are uniformly helpful and extremely helpful, our 2 queen bed room, while not overly large, was excellently laid out, making efficient use of every square foot. Towels galore in the somewhat small in the bathroom, with...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear mlwFortLee_NJ, Thank you for your recent stay with us! Our location is central to everything that La Jolla has to offer. I appreciate your mention of our associates as it is our goal for all guests to experience exceptional service. I am glad that you like your room and the amenities that we provide. I am glad that you...

Salem, Missouri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything about our stay was lovely-the room, the willingness of the staff, the weather! We stayed on the 5 th floor and had a nice view. There is no pool, so this hotel is best suited for couples, business people, or other adults. There is a pretty restaurant with a fun piano bar. Continental breakfast is included and had nice...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear jcsachs, Thank you for your recent stay with us! We are happy that you enjoyed your room and the amenities that we provide. We are especially happy that you enjoyed our expanded continental breakfast. Thanks for recommending us to your friends and family. Come back and see us again soon! Kind Regards and Safe Travels, Joel Majors General Manager

Trabuco Canyon, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this for a one night starvation based on all the great reviews from others. We were not disappointed. The rooms were cozy, and the staff was excellent. When we pulled up to the front/valet area, the guys told us we could park for free in the regular spaces until 9:00 the next morning. That saved us $28. Everyone...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guests, We are happy that you booked our hotel for a one night staycation based on our reviews on Trip Advisor. I am glad that you liked your room and the amenities that we provide. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Kind Regards and Safe Travels, Joel Majors General Manager

london
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A genuine find of a hotel in an otherwise expensive but exquisite location. From the moment we arrived to our leaving after 3 perfect nights, the staff were genuinely helpful and encouraging. Spacious and well appointed room especially the comfy bed, microwave, mini fridge and coffee making in the room. We had one brilliant day of renting and riding bikes...

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Joel M, General Manager at Empress Hotel, responded to this review

Dear californian1inlondon, We are happy to read that we exceeded your expectations! We are happy that you enjoyed your three nights with us! I am glad that you liked your room and the amenities that we provide to our guests. Thank you for staying with us! Kind Regards and Safe Travels, Joel Majors General Manager

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Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
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  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Empress Hotel is a traditionally elegant European-style boutique hotel, known for its warm hospitality, superior accommodations and attentive service. Located right in the heart of La Jolla Village. Within walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach, and wedding sites. All guestrooms include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and wireless internet. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Empress Hotel

Address: 7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Formerly Empress Hotel of La Jolla)
Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Price Range: RM968 - RM1,369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Empress Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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Also Known As:
Empress Hotel La Jolla
Empress La Jolla
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in La Jolla
#2 Spa Hotel in La Jolla
#3 Green Hotel in La Jolla
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#5 Family Hotel in La Jolla
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“The breakfast room is on the 2nd floor, so rooms off that hallway may have more hallway noise than others.”
eileeninseattle, 25 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Higher is better. We were on the third floor overlooking some ugly roofs of the nearby apartments.”
mikeeA5157CW, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Fifth floor has a view of the water in the distance”
barbarabL4810BQ, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“we liked our top/5th floor room. No one above - partial view of ocean.”
Rateyjane, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Spa suite was a real treat.”
AKREdinburgh, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
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