4.2 out of 5

"Basic room was at back of hotel near street, noisy. Paid for upgrade after first night to side of hotel w beach view. Old style hotel which could us ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in La Jolla awaits you at La Jolla Shores Hotel. You'll be 2.5 km (1.5 mi) from La Jolla Cove and 4.1 km (2.5 mi) from University of California-San Diego. Highlights at this beachfront hotel include in-room free WiFi, free Internet, and furnished balconies.

All 128 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy DVD players, coffee/tea makers, and free newspapers. Refrigerators and room service make in-room dining convenient. Pillowtop beds invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like bathrobes and free toiletries. Free local calls, in-room massages, and safes are also available.

At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the 2 outdoor tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool. Business travelers can take advantage of 4 meeting rooms and a conference center. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a spa tub. Full breakfast is available daily. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of a free area shuttle.

Attractions within a 20-minute drive of this 3-star La Jolla hotel include SeaWorld and University of San Diego.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Patio, Garden Area

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$170 per night

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Beachfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Beachfront

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Beachfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Beachside

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Kitchenette, Beachfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

La Jolla Shores Hotel ratings based on 28 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Close to beach

Basic room was at back of hotel near street, noisy. Paid for upgrade after first night to side of hotel w beach view. Old style hotel which could use an update

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

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5 out of 5

AWESOME experience and fantastic place!

Pros: LOCATION...It cannot be beat. Lots of families, but it is quite and peaceful as rooms are large. Hotel staff is very friendly and guest oriented.
Cons: Really nothing. The hotel built in 1970 has a great vibe on what lodging in America used to be. People who stay here are in for a real treat.
Location: Just around the corner is a street with many dining choices and a store to buy essential items. The food choices are many, but overall average.
You see the reviews and have an idea of what to expect. ANY negative review is totally wrong on La Jolla Shores. I have stayed all over the world and go to La Jolla every Fall. I booked through a travel service so I expected much less than what I got. We did not expect an Ocean view as we were booked in the patio garden area which was fine because we were not going to be in the room much. Courtney at the desk greeted us warmly and said if a problem with the room we can move with an upgrade to the ocean view. We got to the room and it was on the third floor OVERLOOKING the pool and Pacific! It was dated in a cool long forgotten "Americana" way....vaulted ceiling, LARGE, great two roomed bathroom and state of the art HD 4K 50" TV. The room also comes with a very easy to operate safe. The hotel is RIGHT on one of the BEST beaches in La Jolla! You simply walk out the pool area and onto the beach. It is very private access using your room key. The hotel is impeccably maintained and cleaned every morning. The grounds are manicured and beautiful. There is a tennis club next door and we played every day with hotel supplied racquets and balls. JUST around the corner is a street with a party/general store and many food choices. The hotel ALSO offers a free shuttle to most places you will need to get to including downtown La Jolla for dining. The staff at the hotel goes beyond to help and assist. Courtney at the front desk personally shows guest a tour of the resort!

Posted by , from Birmingham, Michigan on Nov 6, 2017

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5 out of 5
Hotel was excellent! Great views, nice hotel staff, good room, etc.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

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5 out of 5

Beautiful location (on the beach)

Love the style and location. Beautiful beach! Beds were a little hard.

Posted by , from AZ on Jun 3, 2017

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4 out of 5


We liked La Jolla Shores hotel. The location is ideal. The hotel is clean and nice. We will be back for another stay.

Posted by , from Tucson, AZ on Apr 21, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great beach

Friendly, accommodating staff. Have free hotel shuttle for shopping, dinner etc. Rooms were very comfortable and clean. Have private balconies.

Posted by , from Oroville CA on Mar 1, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great staff, excellent location.

We are frequent visitors to La Jolla and have walked past the hotel many times. This time we decided to stay and all we can say is wow! The front desk clerk Helen was awesome at check in and helped us out with our room issues. The beach staff was great as well. The only negatives were the bed, for this type of resort I would have expected a softer bed. The bed was quite hard. The other negative was the onsite Shores Resturant, food was subpar at best. Not worth what you pay for. We will definitely be back!

Posted by , from Avondale, AZ on Jun 30, 2016

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1 out of 5

Not Kid Friendly, Gross Hotel

Pros: The beach is great. There is a park right next door on the beach that my kids loved.
Cons: Basically everything. The cleanliness and customer service was horrific.
Location: The location is amazing. Right on the beach and blocks from great restaurants and shops.
My husband, three young kids and I showed up at this hotel after spending three days at Disneyland. We were dirty. We were tired. My three year old was sick and crying. We got stuck in traffic and we just wanted a room to go to bed in. Our room was mysteriously not ready at 7 pm when we checked in. The clerk was visibly disgusted by us. When we got to our room, it was gross. There were literally brown spots on the white comforter- right on top of the bed. The beds were crumpled, it looked like someone had been in our room before us and switched rooms and the bedding hadn't been changed. The carpets were deep down dirty. I called to complain about the bedding and they sent someone up to change it on one bed. Then- when I went to bed after all my kids were finally asleep I realized all the bedding was feather. I should have checked. I had requested no feathers when I booked the room. Construction noise starting at 7 am on Saturday morning literally ten feet outside our door. It was incredibly loud, and woke everyone up. The noise was loud enough we had to actually leave the room- you couldn't stand to be in it. The clerk certainly never warned us about that. On the night of our second stay, I killed a huge spider that crawled on my daughters pillow while she was sleeping. When we were leaving the hotel, it took the bellhop 45 minutes to come help us get our stuff.

Posted by , from Rocklin, CA on May 24, 2016

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5 out of 5

Relaxing and breath-taking view hotel by the beach

Pros: By the beach, nice amenities, great restaurant, friendly and helpful staff, and most of all - the view from our room.
Cons: The $20 per night parking fee, I feel, should have been included in the price.
Location: beach, scuba training, snorkel gear, great variety of restaurants, Kayaks for rent, and bicycles for rent are all within walking distance.
My wife and I stayed at the hotel for spring break. We loved the ocean view and area. The fog would be there in the morning making it chilly but great for our brisk morning walks along the shore. The fog burned off at noon and was a beautiful 72 degrees. The beach was not over crowded yet had plenty of friendly sun bathers to people watch through the restaurant windows. The breakfast waffle had lots of fresh fruit and was absolutely delicious. The hot tub and pool was a great break from the salt water. The room was always cleaned and replenished when we would come back from our excursions to the city. The balconies were relaxing and spacious. The bed was very comfortable and inviting. It rained one of the days we were there and the front desk had umbrellas we could borrow. They were big enough for both of us.

Posted by , from Grand Rapids on Apr 27, 2016

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3 out of 5

Perfect location!

Pros: Location! Location! Location!
Cons: Overall the hotel was somewhat dated but was clean - just older. Outside road construction going on, but that wasn't their fault.
Location: The beach, the Cove and a little touristy area a couple blocks away that had some great restaurants. The hotel's shuttle service is a great perk!
Was in the La Jolla area for a family wedding and chose this Hotel based on proximity to wedding venue. It was a great choice. Hotel was right on the beach very close to the Cove.

Posted by , from Wisconsin on Nov 18, 2015

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Property Features

Enjoy the umbrellas and sun loungers for a relaxing day at the beach. After a day at the beach, enjoy amenities at La Jolla Shores Hotel like an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and outdoor tennis courts. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. This beach hotel also offers a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness center. For a fee, parking is available. This 3-star La Jolla hotel is smoke free.

  • 128 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 3 conference rooms
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Wedding services available
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 2
  • Free area shuttle
  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (19.8 km / 12.3 mi)
  • Train station: San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station (8.7 km / 5.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle within 5 mi
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

La Jolla Shores Hotel offers 128 air-conditioned accommodations with DVD players and safes. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily.

La Jolla Shores Hotel has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Among hotel facilities are an outdoor heated swimming pool and spa tub. The complimentary fitness center is equipped with cardio and strength-training equipment, including treadmills and stair climbers. Tennis lessons are provided nearby. Between the hotel and the beach, a palm-lined walking/jogging trail runs north one mile to Scripp's Pier. Beach equipment, including sun loungers/chaise longues, towels and umbrellas is provided.

The ocean waters off La Jolla are renowned for excellent surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Local vendors rent equipment and offer lessons (surcharge).

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Tennis lessons on site
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Playground on site
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Spa Services

  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Parking height restrictions apply


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 15 and USD 17 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 22.00 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.