La Jolla, San Diego

Empress Hotel of La Jolla

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Why We Love It

  • Sophisticated rooms that come with mini-fridge and microwave – plus a free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi is always free
  • The art galleries and upscale shops along Prospect Street are a two-minute walk north of the hotel
  • A twelve minute walk brings you to the craggy shoreline of La Jolla Cove, a popular spot for seals
  • Dine on traditional Italian fare at the hotel’s restaurant Manhattan of La Jolla

“Elegant, attentive and centrally located” --


Map & Directions

The Empress La Jolla is approximately 20 minutes from San Diego International Airport. . A taxi is approximately $55 plus tip. A SuperShuttle shared ride service starts at $29 plus tip for the first passenger.

Rooms & Rates

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The affluent seaside community of La Jolla is a quintessential California town. Filled with sunshine and coastal views, this San Diego neighborhood has everything from surfing to seals to shopping. The Empress La Jolla offers sophisticated accommodations within walking distance of the beach, shops and eateries of the tony town.

The five-story building has retro charm from the outside, with the name emblazoned in throwback script at the top of the beige and white striped building. Inside, the hotel has an up-to-date décor emphasizing the proximity to the Pacific with shades of sand and teal. Framed photographs of seaside vistas are sprinkled throughout. All rooms have a mini-fridge and microwave – plus a free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi are included in the nightly rate.

Just a two-minute walk from the hotel brings you to the middle of Prospect Street lined with art galleries, boutiques and cafes. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla outpost is also here, and modern art lovers could spend a day marvelling at the collections and exhibits.

If its views of Mother Nature you’re after, a 12-minute walk brings you to the craggy shoreline of La Jolla Cove, a popular spot for seals and sea lions to splash and play in their natural environment.

When you’ve just about worn out your eyes from all the visual intake, head back to the hotel for a traditional Italian meal at the on-site restaurant, Manhattan of La Jolla. This traditional restaurant falls under the “they don’t make them like they used to” category with Caesar salad prepared tableside and red sauce classics like Chicken Parmesan on the menu. 

If you plan on having a car here, the hotel only offers valet parking at a steep $18 per day. On-street parking, although sometimes hard to find, is a much less expensive option.

From the press:
  • “Elegant, attentive and centrally located” --



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


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

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


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


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer


  • 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: 11am

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: 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 checkout.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 18 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per accommodation, per stay
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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