The Lodge at Torrey Pines feels like the kind of place that’s been around for at least a century. Designed in the classic early California Craftsman style, the timbered hotel features handsome woodwork, tiled fireplaces, and Mission furnishings. In truth, the Lodge -- the current version, anyway -- was built less than two decades ago, after a smaller inn in its place fell into disarray. Overlooking the glittering Pacific Ocean and the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, where guests have guaranteed tee times, the Lodge has become a top San Diego destination for well-heeled travelers. The beautifully landscaped property includes a pool, an excellent restaurant, and a luxury full-service spa. It's also within walking distance of the stunning Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel's secluded location means there isn't much in the way of dining and drinking options within walking distance.
Gorgeous guest rooms are spacious, starting at 500-square-foot for the hotel’s Signature rooms, which feature Stickley-style furniture in caramel leather and classic fabrics, hardwood floors, luxurious bathrooms with oversized tubs, and Craftsman accents like stained-glass lamps. Some Signature rooms have private patios or balconies, and all have views of a central courtyard with a botanical reserve. The Lodge’s Reserve rooms are slightly larger and have private patios or balconies with courtyard views. And the hotel’s Reserve rooms include tiled fireplaces, oversized soaking tubs, and golf course and ocean views (most but not all have balconies). If you’ve got deep pockets, the suites are to die for.
Guests can bring one dog under 50 lbs for an additional $75 a day.
Generously sized bathrooms feature marble floors with Craftsman tile inlays, large wood vanities with granite counters, a walk-in shower, an oversized tub, and the Lodge’s signature toiletries. Some feature lovely Arts and Crafts-style floral wallpaper.
Admirers of Craftsman style, in particular, will be awestruck at the Lodge’s grand lobby, from the timbered ceiling and gleaming woodwork to the handsome Mission-style furnishings and period-appropriate decorative accents. Though the hotel isn’t a historic Craftsman, it sure looks that way.
Overlooking the golf course, the hotel’s large pool is lined by chaises and cabanas with striped awnings.
Serene and luxurious, The Spa at Torrey Pines offers a full range of services, including facials, massages, and body skincare treatments.
The hotel’s fitness center is on the dated side but gets the job done with cardio equipment, strength-training machines, and free weights. Or skip the gym and take advantage of the hotel’s guaranteed tee times at the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, which hosts a yearly tournament on the PGA Tour and will host the U.S. Open in 2021.
Not a fan of golf? The Lodge has a croquet lawn -- no tee times needed.
A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a romantic special-occasion spot featuring seasonal California cuisine and live jazz. The intimate timbered restaurant features indoor-outdoor seating and overlooks the pool and the golf course’s 18th hole.
The casual bar at Lodge’s Grill at Torrey Pines features a lovely patio under a veranda and views of the golf course. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy a glass of rosé or a cold beer.
The Lodge isn’t too far from the on-ramp for Interstate 5 (known to locals as “The 5”). I-5 goes Downtown and also north along the coast. Other highways and roads connect east and west. The Lodge is located on Torrey Pines Road, which continues on to the Torrey Pines Natural State Reserve and Del Mar. The road then becomes Camino del Mar, and after Del Mar turns into the iconic Pacific Coast Highway 101 (some stretches of the highway were replaced by I-5.
There isn’t much within walking distance of the Lodge at Torrey Pines, but Torreyana Grille (10-minute walk) at the neighboring Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines serves regional, seasonal fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The spacious outdoor patio, with fire pits, lounge seating, and a glimpse of the ocean horizon, is a prime spot for lunch or sunset. Another option is Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa (5-minute drive), just a five-minute drive south. Set in an antique hacienda with adobe brick, the resort’s Mustangs & Burros serves creative Baja-inspired California cuisine. The dining room and outdoor patio both feature large fireplaces and a Latin guitarist performs live music most Sundays.
Just down the road, Estancia’s Trinitas Wine Bar (5-minute drive) is the only Southern California tasting room for Napa Valley winemaker Trinitas Cellar. The bar offers beer, craft cocktails, and the hotel’s own private label Single Barrel Jack Daniel’s, as well. Otherwise, the Hilton is a bit out of the way when it comes to bars. It’s halfway between La Jolla Village and Del Mar, though, which both have a variety of boozing options. In seaside La Jolla, locals and tourists alike hang out at The Spot (15-minute drive), a casual tavern with a fireplace that serves pub grub and drinks. It opened in 1915, making it the longest continuously running restaurant in La Jolla It’s a solid option for happy hour drinks or a late-night bite. In Del Mar, Jimmy O’s (15-minute drive) is a sports bar by day and nightclub with a DJ by night -- it’s unexpectedly popular. Warning, though: After the races at the nearby Del Mar Fairgrounds, the posh neighborhood’s bars get packed.v