Fodor's Expert Review Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, California, 92037, USA

With its rambling California mission–style architecture and brilliant gardens, this resort on what once was a famous equestrian ranch exudes rustic elegance. A bottle of wine, beach sandals, and unlimited bottled water welcome guests into rooms with marble baths, plush bedding, and robes; many rooms have private patios or balconies that face garden courtyards. Pet-friendly rooms have private lawns for four-legged friends and include pet-packages with grain-free munchies and plush beds. The resort offers a pool with cabanas and chaise longues, multiple spaces for outdoor dining, and a spa that features indulgent sessions. Slightly removed from downtown La Jolla, there are plenty of in-house dining options set around an antique hacienda with adobe brick. A favorite is the resort’s Mustangs & Burros serving Baja-California cuisine, followed by Greenfinch Restaurant & Bar with a Southwestern flair. Tucked within the nine acres are secret gardens where weekend yoga is held, and an outdoor games library where you can make your move under a starry sky. The Torrey Pines Golf Course is less than 1 mile from the hotel, but if walking isn't on the agenda, a free shuttle is available on demand.

PROS

  • Grab-and-go items from Blend Cafe
  • Stunning manicured gardens
  • Complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles of hotel

CONS

  • Mandatory $35 resort fees
  • Not centrally located
  • Sound of heavy doors echoes between rooms

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Pet Friendly
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 858-550–1000

HOTEL DETAILS

210 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted