La Jolla, San Diego

La Valencia Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • This updated 1926 hideaway exudes "Old Hollywood romance," says Lonely Planet
  • Great scenic location in La Jolla Village & walking distance from La Jolla Cove beach
  • One of Condé Nast Traveler's Top 25 Hotels in Southern California 2013
  • Indoor heated pool & three on-site dining options with ocean views and live music

"It wins for Old Hollywood romance" -- Lonely Planet

95% (130 Member Ratings)

"Loved the place. Good value as well."
Aug 29, 2013
long beach, California, United States


Map & Directions

The hotel is 20 minutes by taxi from San Diego International Airport. The hotel offers valet parking (charges apply) for those arriving by car and limited free street parking is available.

Rooms & Rates

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Described by Travel + Leisure as a "local institution," the pretty-in-pink La Valencia Hotel has been a hideaway in La Jolla for the Hollywood A-list since opening in 1926. Perched on a cliff above La Jolla Cove, the AAA 4-Diamond property is set among the shops and restaurants of the village and is one of the area's few hotels within walking distance of the beach. Oceanfront Scripps Park and a two-mile beach boardwalk are just next door for morning runs, and a mile of pristine beach awaits at La Jolla Shores, a five-minute drive away.

The hotel décor is reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with Spanish mosaics, peaceful courtyards and hand-painted murals. Days can be spent lounging by the heated outdoor pool, surrounded by old-fashioned wrought-iron loungers against a Pacific Ocean backdrop. The new fitness center is open 24 hours a day and golfers also have plenty of choices -- there are five golf courses within a 20-minute drive.

The hotel's newest addition, Café la Rue is inspired by the hotel’s 1940s Wing Howard murals of French country life and serves classic bistro food to match. People-watch over a coffee or feast on New American dishes such as wild salmon with Blue Lake beans on the seventh-floor terrace at the more formal THE MED restaurant. Adjacent is the cocktail bar La Sala, with panoramic cove views from the huge bay windows and live music (5-8 pm).

Admire ocean, village or tropical views from rooms and suites -- all of which have been updated. Standard rooms are tiny, and some face the road. Rooms in the 11-story Tower building are cozy and offer some of the best views; the Ocean Villas are especially impressive, with free non-alcoholic minibars. Some rooms also have extras such as a whirlpool tub, fireplace or private balcony, and the hotel can accommodate pets on request (deposit required).

From the press:
  • "Its 116 rooms are rather compact, but it wins for Old Hollywood romance" -- Lonely Planet
  • "The personal attention provided by the staff, as well as the plush robes and grand bathrooms, guarantee a pleasurable stay" -- Fodor's
  • "La Valencia is famous for its history and scenic location, but you won't be disappointed by the old-world standards of service and style" -- Frommer’s



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 15 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 30 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 30 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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130 Member Reviews
(95% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Loved the place. Good value as well.
sharon Aug 29, 2013 long beach, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: A beautiful hotel with great service. We appreciated the larger room so we could accommodate a roll away bed for my son. The special touches like the welcome cookies and candy and personal letter to my son was great. Will recommend this hotel to all my friends.
Susan May 06, 2013 Ladera Ranch, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: Enjoyed the experience and due to it being a special anniversary for us, they upgraded our room.
Clara Apr 30, 2013 San Jacinto, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: Service and value both very gool
Other Comments: Bathroom way too small. Construction making entrance unpleasent. Music too loud in lounge.
John Apr 30, 2013 Montecito, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: Incredible views, nice rooms, helpful staff. They are doing construction on the hotel but it did not impact me at all.
Albert Apr 29, 2013 Hermosa Beach, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: I upgrade the room to a full ocean view with a gorgeous balcony. It was fantastic!
Other Comments: The hotel was undergoing construction. It would have been nice to be informed of this before.
Jessica Apr 25, 2013 Napa, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: The hotel was beautiful and we were upgraded (at no extra cost) to a partial ocean view room which had 2 big windows with ocean views. The staff was extremely helpful and the grounds were lovely. The weather happened to be beautiful which made the whole weekend even more enjoyable. The location above La Jolla cove was perfect and we never needed our car during our 48 hour getaway. Fantastic restaurants and shops were just steps away.
Other Comments: The hotel will be even better by summer's end when a new restaurant will be finished which includes a beautiful outdoor courtyard. Currently there are construction noises Monday through Friday. It didn't impact our experience as we checked in Friday afternoon and out Sunday noon.
Lynette Apr 24, 2013 Santa Barbara, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: The hotel was great. the location was perfect. the service was amazing! They were doing some renovations, which is probably why the deal was offered in the 1st place, but it wasnt an eyesore, or a distraction at all.
Other Comments: no mini bar pricing kind of sucked. $10.37 for a bottle of water. I wouldve drank tap if i knew it cost that much.
jeremy Apr 24, 2013 whittier, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: My husband and I really enjoyed the beauty of this hotel. We were so very impressed with the quality of the food, the service, decor and the amenities.
Other Comments: Offer this hotel more often and others like it. If the La Valencia had not been offered on TravelZoo, my husband and I would have never thought to stay at this hotel. When we checked out of the hotel last Sunday, my husband and I realized that we spent over $600 at the hotel. I would assume it is worth it for other hotels at this level to offer deals like this one. Thank you TravelZoo
Linda Apr 23, 2013 La Canada, California, United States
Enjoyed Most: Rooms were nice. Would go back only if they tried to make the experience nice for me.
Other Comments: I gave this to my son for a gift. The room was nice but at 5:30 in the morning a lot of noise started in the area next to their room and the spanish man talking was very loud. They found out they were in a room next to an area being remodeled. They could not sleep. They both had taken a vacation day from work to relax and enjoy and they didn't. I am sure they could have put them in a room not next to where they were remodeling. It was not worth the money. They were very agitated.
Alda Apr 16, 2013 Murrieta, California, United States

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