La Jolla

Empress Hotel La Jolla

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The art galleries and upscale shops along Prospect Street are a two-minute walk from the hotel
  • A 12-minute stroll brings you to the craggy shoreline of La Jolla Cove, a popular spot for seals
  • A member-favorite spot heralded by past guests for its central location, large rooms, cleanliness and friendly staff
  • Stay with confidence — read more about the hotel’s enhanced safety and cleaning procedures

Enjoyed This
"Everything was perfect."
2 Mar, 2021 - Valley Village, CA, USA
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The affluent seaside community of La Jolla is a quintessential California town. Filled with sunny days and coastal views, this San Diego neighborhood has everything from surfing to seals to shopping. The Empress Hotel La Jolla offers comfortable 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 can be found throughout. All rooms have a mini-fridge and microwave, and Wi-Fi is 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 marveling at the collections and exhibits.

If it's views of Mother Nature you’re after, a less-than-15-minute stroll 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.

The hotel's Manhattan Restaurant of La Jolla serves up traditional Italian fare and is available for room service.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Cot available upon request: free of charge.
Extra beds are not available.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
US$20 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at US$25 plus tax per pet per night.
Maximum weight: 20 kg.

Fees: Valet service fee: US$28 plus tax per day.

Valet parking includes in and out privileges.

Additional details: Due to local and state guidelines some amenities and services may be limited or closed during your visit; please contact the hotel for more details.

  • The fitness center is closed
  • Housekeeping services by request only (automatic stayover cleaning services are not available)
  • The on-site restaurant is open for take-out and room service only until local guidelines allow for in person dining

Our hearts go out to everyone during these unprecedented times. As you make your travel plans rest assured that your safety and wellbeing is our top priority.

Enhanced housekeeping measures are in place for the safety of our guests and staff. Additional focus on high-traffic areas and on high-touch items in guest rooms is ongoing. Reduced-contact check-in, hand sanitizing stations and banners encouraging social distancing are examples, and we continue to monitor and add new recommendations.

Public areas are cleaned and sanitized regularly. In the guest rooms, collateral has been removed and all high-touch areas have been sanitized before your stay. Electrostatic sprayers are frequently utilized in all areas of the property to provide complete assurance that the safety of our employees and guests is our #1 priority. When you are ready, we will be waiting to welcome you with the warmth of hospitality.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(68 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Empress Hotel, La Jolla (CA) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Everything was perfect.
Igor 02 Mar, 2021 Valley Village, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Easy to find, excellent front desk service, nice clean rooms
Ashley 01 Mar, 2021 Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
I bought the Travelzoo coupon just to have a little staycation on my days off. The man that checked me in was super friendly and very helpful. I had never really walked around this area of La Jolla, and he had some suggestions for dinner and recommended the Manhattan, which is the restaurant inside the hotel. He said they had outdoor seating on the second floor. I ended up not going to the Manhattan, but from the menu, it looks delicious. There were plenty of places to eat around the hotel. The room was spacious, nicely decorated, and most importantly, CLEAN. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was nice and clean as well. The deal was so good and definitely worth more than what I paid.
Karren 27 Feb, 2021 Chula Vista, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was very clean - the host was very accommodating, the location was perfect
Other Comments
They had a super charger for our TESLA!!!!!!!!!
Victoria 26 Feb, 2021 Yorba Linda, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
We took our dog with us. He had a great time walking all over the place . We liked the location, just blocks from the ocean. Lots of restaurants and shops within walking distance. We will return!
Lonny 20 Feb, 2021 Downey, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Times of covid!
Other Comments
Lovely room: design, art, color palate, surfaces, bedding/towels. Refrigerator/microwave, Starbucks and easy coffee maker, ample hangers, 2 luggage racks. Distant view of ocean but otherwise rooftops.
julie 18 Feb, 2021 Oxnard, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
LOVE THE eMPRESS, HAVE STAYED MANY TIMES SINCE THE 90'S. Dog friendly, best rate with Travel Zoo, free parking and wine. We ordered room service dinner and that was wonderful. Great location for exploring La Jolla.
Other Comments
Very polite and helpful staff.
connie 18 Feb, 2021 Riverside, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
In searching for a short but nice Valentine's Day getaway, I came across this fantastic TravelZoo offer featuring the Empress hotel in La Jolla. We enjoyed ourselves very much and found this gem to be a real hidden treasure. Very clean and stylish, the Empress is conveniently located to restaurants and shopping and the beautiful coastline of La Jolla. The staff is very accommodating and gracious and made us feel very welcomed and appreciated.
Tamara 16 Feb, 2021 canyon lake, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Excellent location, close to cove and great restaurants. Staff is friendly and helpful. We are definitely going to return. Try the Manhattan Restaurant while there. Fabulous!
Orr 16 Feb, 2021 Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Greatly enjoyed the location, could walk everywhere downtown La Jolla. Due to COVID, it was all very subdued and ghost town like, but we had a great time. They gave us a very nice, higher level corner room with a lovely ocean view.
Linda 14 Feb, 2021 Carlsbad, CA, USA

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