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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

by Lauren Dana Ellman
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Calling all serenity seekers: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is the perfect place for you. This SoCal resort — near San Diego's swanky La Jolla neighborhood — is famous for its luxe accommodations, Mission-style architecture, full-service spa, and gorgeous grounds. Keep reading to learn more about this one-of-a-kind oasis. 

What You Need to Know

The Look of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 

It's All in the Details

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa occupies 10 manicured acres of flora- and art-filled gardens, courtyards, and walking paths — as well as a greenery-flanked saltwater pool and expansive lawn. Design lovers will appreciate the terracotta hues, colorful tilework, iron accents, and wooden finishes found throughout the property.

Additionally, each of the 210 guest rooms and suites features a warm color palette, cozy chairs, luxe linens, and large windows to let in natural light. Some accommodations offer private patios and views of the surrounding gardens, courtyards, and pool. Splurge on a suite to enjoy all of these amenities, along with the addition of a deep soaking tub. 

The Vibe at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 

With its sprawling gardens and facilities (including the spa, heated saltwater swimming pool, and multiple drinking and dining options), Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa has a relaxing resort-like vibe — that is, sans the crowds. What's more, the property offers plenty of room to roam, while helpful staff members are on hand to provide warm, hospitable service. As such, guests are often spread out between the pool, lawn (where morning yoga takes place each weekend), spa, and outdoor fireplaces. Depending on the time of day, some groups flank to the lobby to mingle, while others can be seen grabbing a bite (or a cocktail) at one of the on-site eateries.

Who Will Love Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Couples and families with older children searching for some true R&R will especially love it here.  

Who Might Not Love Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Young children may be bored here, as there aren't any kid-specific amenities. Plus, they won't necessarily appreciate the tranquil ambiance.

Best Amenity at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

It's a tie between the heated saltwater swimming pool (which offers plenty of lounge chairs, as well as premium daybeds and cabanas) and the spa. Here, you'll find nine treatment rooms, including a couples one complete with a private deck and outdoor soaking tub for two. There's also a eucalyptus steam room, two saltwater whirlpools, a meditation garden, and indoor and outdoor lounges.

Money Matters

What's Included at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Your stay includes access to the pool, fitness center, on-site drinking and dining venues, and weekend morning yoga.

Fees & Extra Costs You Should Know About at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

The $39 nightly resort fee (not including taxes) includes all of the above, plus in-room coffee and tea, wifi, fitness center access, two bottles of water, discounts on local attractions, unlimited toll-free and local phone calls, and one enhancement upgrade with a spa treatment. As part of the resort fee, kids can eat free for dinner with an adult entree purchase at the on-site Mustangs & Burros. 

Meanwhile, valet parking is available for an extra $45 per night, while self-parking costs $35 per night. Guests can also rent cabanas and daybeds by the pool for an additional cost (albeit a well-worth-it one). 

How to Get a Deal at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa offers discounts to AAA members. You can also check out their current packages and offers by clicking here.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, which is located right across from the University of California, San Diego campus, offers guests easy access to the destination's top outdoor attractions. These include Torrey Pines State Reserve, Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla Cove, Black's Beach, and La Jolla Shores. Arts and culture enthusiasts can also visit the Salk Institute, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). 

Nearest Airport to Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

San Diego International Airport is about 14 miles away (approx. 25 minutes by car). 

Nearest Public Transportation to Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Public bus transit is easily accessible in downtown La Jolla.

The Bottom Line

For a relaxing stay near San Diego's top sights, look no further than the idyllic Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.

It's All in the Details