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Finding a place to stay in La Jolla

If you are visiting La Jolla, you won't be disappointed in the variety and quality of accommodations. Whether you're here for a quick business trip, a special event, or an extended vacation, you'll be able to find just the right lodgings for your needs here in La Jolla. La Jolla accommodations include upscale resorts, historic hotels, cozy bed and breakfast inns, and conveniently located motels. While in La Jolla, you can choose to stay near the ocean and the downtown Village area or slightly outside of town, but still close to all the major attractions in La Jolla and San Diego.

If your needs are practical, you can choose from several motels in and around La Jolla. Many are located within walking distance of La Jolla shops, restaurants and the oceanfront. If you don't mind slightly longer walks up or down the coast, or short drives, you can also stay at several motels south of La Jolla near Bird Rock and Windansea Beach, north closer to Del Mar, or east, near University City and several major shopping centers and restaurants.

If a resort or spa vacation is what you have in mind, you can check into several luxurious getaways in La Jolla. These include the Hyatt Regency, the Marriott Hotel, the Hilton, the Estancia Hotel and Spa, the Lodge at Torrey Pines and the La Jolla Shores Hotel. At these resort hotels, you'll be treated to all the pampering you need, from poolside massages to beauty and rejuvenating treatments. You'll also enjoy fine dining at La Jolla's resort hotels, which feature some of the best restaurants and chefs in the San Diego area.

If you're a golf or tennis enthusiast, La Jolla offers two great hotels that will put you right next to the action. The Lodge at Torrey Pines offers all the conveniences of a luxury resort and is located adjacent to the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. The La Jolla Shores Hotel is next to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and located right on one of San Diego's finest beaches. With a wide grassy picnic area and gentle surf, La Jolla Shores Beach is perfect for the entire family.

If cozy and romantic appeals to you, check into one of several bed and breakfast inns in La Jolla. The Bed and Breakfast Inn in La Jolla, for example, is located just steps from the La Jolla Cove and offers several charming rooms with fireplaces. For the business traveler, the smaller La Jolla inns can seem more like a comfortable home away from home and yet still offer convenient locations and amenities.

If you like to immerse yourself in La Jolla's history and culture, you'll love its fine old hotels, including the well-known Grande Colonial and La Valencia. Both are located in the heart of La Jolla Village near shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries.

The Grande Colonial opened in 1913, making it La Jolla's oldest original hotel. Overlooking the ocean, it was designed by architect Richard Requa, who also designed many of the buildings in San Diego's Balboa Park.

During the 1920s, the hotel acquired the popular drugstore next door, moving it into the hotel with an ice cream parlor out front on the sidewalk. Both the sidewalk cafe and the hotel became a popular gathering place for locals and visiting celebrities. The drugstore pharmacist was Gregory Peck, Sr., the father of actor Gregory Peck, who was born and grew up in La Jolla and later founded the La Jolla Playhouse. Today the Grande Colonial is still a popular gathering place for visitors to La Jolla. The hotel prides itself on its unique combination of modern amenities and old-fashioned, European elegance. It also includes the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant.

La Jolla's other famous historic hotel is La Valencia, a gracious Spanish-style structure overlooking the ocean. Also known as the Pink Lady, La Valencia first opened its doors in 1926. As with the Grande Colonial, La Valencia quickly became popular with many celebrities, especially those who were performing at the La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to Gregory Peck, they included Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer, Joseph Cotton, Richard Basehart, Charlton Heston, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Jones, Lorne Green, and David Niven. La Jolla author Raymond Chandler often hung out in the hotel's Whaling Bar and used La Valencia as a backdrop for his mystery thriller, "Playback." Today the Pink Lady still attracts visitors from around the world, but locals love it for lunches and Sunday brunches and the 180-degree view from the top floor Sky Room restaurant. La Valencia is also a very popular location for weddings and other joyful celebrations.

But why wait for someone else's special event, when you can create your own here in La Jolla? Whether you choose a La Jolla hotel accommodation that is historic or contemporary, simple or luxurious, in the heart of the Village or nearby, you'll always find something special in your visit to La Jolla.

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