Sea Lodge on La Jolla Shores Hotel

, La Jolla, United States
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Sea Lodge on La Jolla Shores Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 128

8110 Camino del Oro - La Jolla - California - 92037 - United States Hotel Website | 8584547126
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Reviews - Sea Lodge on La Jolla Shores Hotel

6/10
Could Be Better
Submitted by: Gloria Green in 22/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
The room was nice. The view and rap-around balcony was great. The restaurant service was horrible and seemed inexperienced. It took forever to be waited on and served anything, even bread. They ran out of iced tea??? We were offered free dessert but wasted so much time in the restaurant, we asked for it to be delivered to our room, which they did. The front desk staff were polite and obliging.
10/10
Wedding was perfect!
Submitted by: Leigh Ann Knierim in 07/04/05
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We had an opportunity to visit the Sea Lodge on La Jolla Shores Beach in September as my youngest sister was getting married in San Diego, CA. Based on a recommendation from her wedding coordinator, she had chosen the Sea Lodge as the site for her wedding ceremony and reception and had reserved rooms for my whole family here. We found the accommodations and services at this establishment to be superior. Throughout our whole visit, the hotel staff was incredibly accommodating and the food was excellent. I was so happy with our hotel room and the beautiful view of the beach. We definitely came back to the East Coast feeling very pampered and spoiled. Thank you, Sea Lodge, for making our vacation and my sister's wedding so perfect.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Sea Lodge on La Jolla Shores Hotel

Great!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I can't believe anyone would have anything bad to say about this hotel. (except that it was just a bit pricey at $169 a night, including breakfast + taxes).

We had a great time, despite the torrential downpours that you may have heard about. We are from the Boston area, so not much stops us. There was always the pool, which was nicely heated, along with the hot tub. (hot tub was a bit small, but no one was there in mid-february) Since we have small children (ages 4 and 6) we requested a room next to the pool. That way, we could just open the slider anytime we wanted and take a dip. Mommy and daddy even had a chance to enjoy the hot tub sans children, albeit at 7 am for only about 15 minutes (until young kiddies called us from the half-open slider to get us to settle a channel dispute.)

Highlights of the hotel were: nice, clean room, great view, close proximity to beach and a few restaurants, fabulous buffet breakfast, great early bird dinner specials (5pm-6:30), great staff, great pool, convenient on-street parking (for people who don't want to pay to park), and internet access in lobby. we were not able to take advantage of the playground next door due to flooding. Next time, hubby will take surfing lessons from the nearby surf shop (7am daily). He wasn't able to do it this time because of high surf and yucky runoff. a lot of people recommended Piatti's, which didn't disappoint. The hamburger place was also recommended (name escapes me).

We liked that the hotel was in a quiet neighborhood, rather than the more busy downtown area. Will definitely come back again!

Not the friendliest place

from denver303
When I arrived at the hotel, I was told by the FOS Brad that I needed to pay $7 a night for parking. I explained that I was told and also on the website it had the info of free parking. He told me to come back with written info stating free parking. My immediate arrival was soured by being talked to so defiantly. I then later told him the brochures on the desk stated free parking and he said "it doesn't matter"...as he was comping my ticket. Yet, he made a point of making it matter when I checked in. I encountered others at the Front Desk that were kind of apathetic or passe about being in the hospitality industry. There was one friendly Front Desk person that I did encounter.

My room - I felt my room was pretty nice...it appeared to have new furniture and I thought it was roomey. It was a Garden room. The hotel had low occupancy but I was put by someone - even though 90% of the rooms are empty on the first floor - I could see this as I am walking through the courtyard. I heard everything through those walls. I could make out every conversation of the next room...I know this is something the hotel would have a problem changing so I just ignored it. ..and this did not affect my rating of the review. The rooms have lovely windows and that prevents a lot of the soundproofing.

The first 6 days of my stay, the pool and hot tub were closed. This upset me the most, I would never have stayed here if I did not have a pool. The date of reopening kept being changed and since I had a prepaid reservation, I could not move. When the pool did reopen, it was too cold. They said it would take a day to warm up but it was still too cold.

I thought the hotel was absolutely lovely in its appearance and you can not beat the location. My tot loved the playground nextdoor. There are some cheap alternatives for eating like at Rudy's or Jeff's Burgers. I went to Osteria Romantica in walking distance and got sick all night long...I had the calamari. Rudys had good cinnamon rolls but the service was kind of slacking. It only takes a couple of days to realize the nicer restaurants in walking distance like Piattis and Osteria have great ambiance but food is not so great...I am shocked that the locals frequent the places so much. My favorite dining experience was at the Fish Market in Del Mar ( 10 minute drive). We did our grocery shopping at the Shores Market which has almost everything and is in walking distance. I really enjoyed the convenience of everything.

The Sea Lodge is the best location in San Diego for the beach enjoyment and it is as if they know it so much that they do not go the extra mile in making the guest feel important. After being in La Jolla for 8 days, I realized it is more of a place for locals....I think my future beach vacations will be in destinations where they cater to tourists like Myrtle Beach. I can get the exclusion I want without paying a hefty price and a lot to do for tourists.

If you come here for a weekend away, I really believe you will enjoy it.if you have kids. I think if I were coming without children, I might check out the La Estancia a mile up the road...However, the Sea Lodge does have the BEST LOCATION without a doubt. If the ammenties were open and I felt a more hospitable environment, I would have easily given this hotel a 4 or 5 star rating. I was in room 106 and if you ask for a garden room, it was nicely remodeled inside.

Disgusting room

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have just looked at this site several months after returning from the Sea Lodge and felt that I had to comment after seeing the report from 4th August 2004, which said the rooms were wonderful.
My family was there at the same time and our room (partial ocean view overlooking the park) was dreadful. We are not the sort of people who expect Four Seasons standard but we expect better than this.
The room was dark, dreary and badly in need of decoration. The carpet was filthy. Perhaps the worst part was the state of the balcony, which looked as if it had not been cleaned in weeks.
The general upkeep of the place is also poor. The elevators look as if they belong in a rundown block of apartments.
This place is in a beautiful spot but check out the rooms carefully before you go.

Great Spot

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Sea Lodge in January and it was great. Unfortunately the weather was horrible, but we still had a wonderful time and will be returning. The rooms are large and were very clean. The hotel is on one of the best beaches, especially for children.

Fantastic spot

from Pukeko
If you want to be in the hustle and bustle of San Diego, go elsewhere, but if you want a relaxing seaside holiday, this is the place to go. The hotel sit directly on the beach, but also has a fantastic pool, which we would lie beside each afternoon after our sightseeing with a margarita from the bar. The rooms are well appointed, our family of Mum, Dad and two teenagers, had ample room. There is a lovely little village a few minutes walk down the street, with pleanty of options for dining, and a huge park next door, which gets packed out with locals picnicing each night. The beach is lovely, we went walking along the beach and sat and people watched. We loved this hotel, and was the highlight of our SoCal holiday, I can unreservedly recommend this hotel as a great family hotel, clean, great pool and very well managed.

The Sea Lodge Is Back on Top!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our family has had its reunion at the Sea Lodge on 3 different occasions. Two years ago the place was slipping badly. Thanks to new management - no relation of mine - the Sea Lodge is back on top and doing an outstanding job. Previous reports of stained carpets, dirty rooms, sea gulls "doing their business" on the decks, etc. are simply not true. New carpeting, refrigerators in all rooms, a greatly improved restaurant, bird control devices, and a very friendly and helpful staff make this an outstanding place for a family visit. I stress family because I think the Sea Lodge really has a family environment. If you are looking to avoid children, their parents and grandparents, ping pong games in the court yard and lots of happy people having fun then you should go somewhere else. On the other hand, if this sort of thing and the best beach in La Jolla are a draw for you then this is the right place!

Suggestions for improvement: Bring back the Sea Lodge sweatshirts which were an annual "must purchase", and upgrade and expand the exercise room.

ll LOVE it!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was VERY concerned about my family’s 5-day vacation at the Sea Lodge after reading some of the reviews posted on this site. We did not experience ANY of the negative issues mentioned in the reviews. The Sea Lodge isn’t for everyone, but it was perfect for our family. If you’re looking for a “Four Seasons” kind of a place, stay at the Four Seasons, not the Sea Lodge. The five-star rating I have given this property is based on how much we enjoyed our stay and how well the property fit our needs and budget, not as a reflection of the “luxuriousness” of the place – on that scale I would give it 2.5 to 3 stars.

STRENGTHS
Location – The property is on the beach. It took us less than a minute to get from our room to the ocean (my kids loved to time themselves). It is also walking distance to a few good restaurants and shops (not the kind of shops for which La Jolla is famous – those are a 5-10 minute drive away – but shops where you can buy/rent beach stuff along with a convenience store that sells a little of everything including beer and wine).

Family-friendly place – I felt free to allow my kids to be kids. They did not behave like wild animals, but we’ve stayed at 5-star places before, and the guests/staff want little kids to act like short adults. Not so here. It seemed that most of the rooms were filled with families with kids, so it was a very pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. If you’re an old fart who gets annoyed by laughing children, then you may want to stay elsewhere.

Rooms – Unlike the little cracker box rooms at other places, the rooms were good sized. Regarding the previous reviewers’ comments about the dated room décor, either I am a hillbilly or they have updated the rooms – nothing fancy, but new carpet, marble counters and a clean comfortable bed. A few of the reviews mentioned thin walls and hearing the neighbors. The only time this was an issue was when a few of our neighbors sat out on their balcony talking until about 2:00 am. I could have easily remedied this by closing the glass door, but the positive (the sound of the crashing waves) outweighed the negative (conversation about Aunt Martha’s gallstones).

The Shores Restaurant – It was exceptionally convenient to have the restaurant onsite. GREAT view of the beach/ocean. Our room package included two coupons daily for the breakfast buffet. The food on the buffet was good – not great, but good. It wasn’t worth the $13 they charged, but since it was part of the package, we ate there every morning. Two of our kids (8 & 6) went with us – they charged about $6 for each of them to eat at the buffet – and we brought back bagels/cream cheese/fruit for our 18 yr old, so a family of 5 had a decent breakfast for under $20 w/ tip - can’t beat that. We also ordered lunch from there several times and ate it on the beach – the kids loved that.

Staff – We found the staff to be very friendly, accommodating and informative. We had an issue with our air conditioner, but it was addressed immediately.

WEAKNESSES
The only real weakness is the lack of “polish and sophistication” you may expect to find at a beachfront hotel in La Jolla. However, if the tore the place down and built something new and shiny, I doubt I could have afforded to stay there. This “weakness” also added to the relaxed and unpretentious ambiance.

SUGGESTIONS
We originally reserved a “partial ocean view” room. I asked to see the room along with an oceanfront room before we actually checked in. The view from the partial ocean view room was great, but I thought the street noise might be a concern. We walked into the oceanfront room and my wife and kids let me know that there was no going back – the room was GREAT. We also checked out an oceanfront room with a kitchenette, but decided against it – it was a little more room and only $20/ night more, but we knew there was no way in hell that we were going to cook.

We were told our partial ocean view room was $319/night. I asked for a AAA discount and they said they could do it for $259 for two of the nights (Wed & Thurs), but Fri & Sat would be $319. The oceanfront room was $429 ($349 with the discount) and they ended up giving us the discounted rate for all 4 nights and they never asked to see the AAA card.

We had planned to go to Sea World and the Wild Animal Park, but we had such a great time on the beach, we decided to just hang out and relax. The savings from this far exceeded the cost of upgrading the room.

We LOVED the Sea Lodge and we plan on making it an annual event. If you are a grumpy person who doesn’t like children, or if you’re a pretentious princess who demands travertine instead of Saltillo, do us ALL a favor by staying elsewhere.

Sea Lodge was just that!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Sea Lodge was comfortable and enjoyable. It was just as the title states. a sea lodge and nothing more. We would probably go back if we ever visit that area of California again. The beach was close by and we had an ocean side room, but the beach had so much sea weed that it dampened my enjoyment of the area. The staff was nice and accomodations were adequate. We visited this area in early June 2004.

Great for families

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked a room at the Sea Lodge for 12 nights. After reading the reviews, I was also nervous on what I would find. I am pleased to say that it was nothing like what I had read about. The staff are wonderful, the room was better than expected, and the location was awesome. We had no problems with the room, in fact even my children loved it. They had ping pong tables set up in the courtyard, they had a pool for all ages, and of course the ocean was steps away. Next to the hotel was a small park with a play area. We did not eat in the hotel restaurant but within walking distance are some awesome eating establishments that were priced great for families. The blueberry pancakes at Rudys, the hamburgers at Jeff's and the Cheese Shop had excellent sandwiches. Forget about having to load up the kids to go eat anywhere, everything is within walking distance. I very much enjoyed this hotel, and will certainly return in the future.

Great Spot!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Thanks to hotwire we were very happy with our long weekend at the Sea Lodge. We were scared after reading all the horrible reviews, but relieved after seeing the hotel. It was wonderful being so close to the water. The rooms were great with a large Sony TV, VCR, and electric safe. Lot's of extra towels and free parking. I hope we select this on hotwire the next time we're in San Diego.

Top Local Tips for La Jolla

When to go Go off season. We were one week before the local spring break and practically had the place to ourselves Monday - Friday.

When to Go Go anytime other than June, when the fog sits over the City for an entire month.

Can be gloomy in late spring & early summer The beach in La Jolla (all of San Diego) can be gloomy (cloudy, foggy) in during May & June. I've been told that July - September are the best for maximizing sunny days.

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