Grande Colonial La Jolla

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910 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA, 92037
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With a fantastic bar, a relaxing lobby and prime location, experience the charms of this vintage boutique hotel when you stay at Grande Colonial La Jolla.
Todd Sarouhan
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Grande Colonial La Jolla
Prices starting at $249 / night
Grande Colonial La Jolla
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A Tour Through the Grande Colonial La Jolla from a Guest’s Perspective

Entrance to the Grande Colonial La JollaMore Lobby Seating at the Grande Colonial La Jolla

There’s something extra special to me about staying at a boutique hotel. And in my opinion, if you can stay by the shores of La Jolla, you absolutely must!

Luckily, the Grande Colonial La Jolla delivers on both of these promises in spades.

Adjacent to some of Southern California’s most picturesque bluffs and beaches, Grande Colonial La Jolla allows guests to relax in unparalleled comfort.

Providing guests with exceptional lodging and service since 1913, Grande Colonial La Jolla is a classic boutique hotel with all the modern amenities our guests expect.

Some of the Many Stores in La Jolla Village
Some of the Many Stores in La Jolla Village

Located in the Heart of La Jolla

One of San Diego’s most upscale suburbs, La Jolla is a village with a multitude of offerings. In their spare time, guests can spend time lounging in one of the local sidewalk cafes or taking in the artistic genius of some of California’s most innovative artists in one of La Jolla’s many galleries.

La Jolla is also a shopper’s paradise with enough fashionable boutiques and stores to keep you occupied for hours.

Of course, one of La Jolla’s greatest strengths is its pristine, world-class beaches that attract both tourists and locals alike. Boasting white sand and deep blue water, the San Diego area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in America, and many beaches are home to an abundance of sea creatures, such as harbor seals and sea lions.

Since the San Diego area enjoys a nearly perfect year-round temperature and plentiful sunshine, you can enjoy the beach essentially 365 days a year.

Nine Ten Restaurant Seating at the Grande Colonial La Jolla
Nine Ten Restaurant Seating at the Grande Colonial La Jolla

Tons of Amenities at the Grande Colonial La Jolla

The Grande Colonial La Jolla offers a variety of amenities and services to ensure that every guest has a memorable stay. From dining in the award-winning NINE-TEN restaurant to relaxing by the heated swimming pool, guests can enjoy a range of experiences.

The Grande Colonial offers the following amenities:

  • Unlimited high-speed internet access
  • In-room spa & massage services
  • Use of hotel shuttle, bicycles, and golf carts
  • 10% discount on NINE-TEN food and beverages
  • Room service from NINE-TEN
  • Paid valet parking
  • Business services (ex: use of Chromebooks, copy and fax services, 24-hour airline check-in and boarding pass printing)
  • HD TVs with complete HD channel lineup (includes HBO)

They also offer a host of concierge services to all their guests. The AAA Four-Diamond-rated staff is here to help you make the most of your stay in San Diego.

Grande Colonial La Jolla is listed as one of our top picks for the Best Hotels on the Beach.

Local Tips
Head over to NINE-TEN Restaurant
Experience the ultimate convenience and enjoyment at NINE-TEN Restaurant. Located inside the Grande Colonial La Jolla with direct lobby access, it's the perfect spot to dine or grab a drink!

My Guest Experience and Personal Recommendations

There’s lots to love about the Grande Colonial La Jolla. Here, I’ll share some of my favorite aspects of this hotel from my perspective as a guest.

Deck at Grande Colonial La Jolla
Deck at Grande Colonial La Jolla

An Excellent Location by the Sea

The hotel is inside La Jolla Village, and in my opinion, you can’t ask for a better location.

For one, you’re close enough to the coast to smell that ocean breeze right from your room, and the property’s seaside views are excellent. It’s close enough to walk to some of La Jolla’s most famous beaches, including La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool.

For another, the restaurants and stores of La Jolla Village are some of the best in San Diego, and they’re only steps away.

Bar at Nine Ten Restaurant at the Grande Colonial La Jolla
Bar at Nine Ten Restaurant at the Grande Colonial La Jolla

Cool Off at the Bar

The hotel’s NINE-TEN restaurant has plenty of accolades to its name, but I really enjoyed spending time at the bar too.

The NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar is a fun hangout spot, whether you pop by to rest your feet between activities or you’re relaxing with a drink at the end of a long day exploring La Jolla.

Lobby Entrance of the Grande Colonial La Jolla
Lobby Entrance of the Grande Colonial La Jolla

A Lobby Worth Visiting

The hotel’s lobby is nice and relaxing. If you have some downtime, I suggest kicking back here, as it’s very easy to relax in the chill atmosphere.

Grande Colonial La Jolla
Prices starting at $249 / night

Todd tours a 4-star hotel on the shores of La Jolla Cove, the Grande Colonial La Jolla. This beachside escape dates back to 1913 and combines luxury hotel amenities and an exclusive boutique atmosphere. Be sure to visit Nine-Ten restaurant and bar for some of La Jolla's finest cocktails and cuisine.

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What's Nearby

Beach
La Jolla Cove
5 min Walk
Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
11 min Walk
Belmont Park
Belmont Park
14 min Drive
Shopping
UTC Mall
14 min Drive
Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park
15 min Drive
Park Hiking
Torrey Pines State Reserve
15 min Drive
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego
18 min Drive
Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego
25 min Drive
Embarcadero
Del Mar Fairgrounds
27 min Drive
Balboa Park
Balboa Park
30 min Drive
Gaslamp District
Gaslamp Quarter
32 min Drive
Embarcadero
Embarcadero
32 min Drive
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
33 min Drive
Beach
Coronado Beach
22 min Drive
Grande Colonial La Jolla
Prices starting at $249 / night

Things to Know Before Arrival

Neighborhood La Jolla
Enjoy surfing the waves, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and beach bonfires. Or walk to the charming boutiques and sidewalk cafés in the village in La Jolla, San Diego.
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Pet Policy
Only Service Animals are Welcome
Resort Fee
$20.00 Includes: Beach towels, Health club access, Fitness center access, Fitness/yoga classes, Sporting facilities or equipment, Nearby fitness center access, Business center/computer access, Internet access (may be limited), Phone calls (may be limited), Faxes, In-room coffee, Lending library access, Wired Internet access (may be limited) and WiFi access (may be limited)
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby
Breakfast
Not Included
Property Size
93 Rooms

Property Amenities

Bar on Property
Bar on Property
Boutique Hotel
Boutique Hotel
Business Center
Business Center
Concierge Desk
Concierge Desk
Conference Center
Conference Center
Couples Friendly
Couples Friendly
EV Charger
EV Charger
Family Friendly
Family Friendly
Fitness Room
Fitness Room
Golf Nearby
Golf Nearby
Hotel Near Beach
Hotel Near Beach
Laundry
Laundry
Museum Nearby
Museum Nearby
Onsite Cafe
Onsite Cafe
Pool
Pool
Restaurant on Property
Restaurant on Property
Safe Deposit Box
Safe Deposit Box

Parking

Valet Parking
Valet Parking
EV Charging Station
EV Charging Station
$30 / day for Valet Parking

Room Amenities

Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Crib
Crib
Daily Maid Service
Daily Maid Service
Fan
Fan
Flat Screen TV
Flat Screen TV
Handicapped Accessible
Handicapped Accessible
Iron
Iron
Mini Fridge
Mini Fridge
No Smoking
No Smoking
Phone in Room
Phone in Room
Pull Out Bed
Pull Out Bed
Roll Away Bed
Roll Away Bed
Room Service
Room Service
Safe Deposit Box in Rooms
Safe Deposit Box in Rooms
Getting Around
SAN Airport
SAN Airport
- 30 min Drive
Trolley
Trolley Station
- 32 min Drive
Cruise Port
Cruise Port
- 31 min Drive
This Month's Forecast
63°F / 73°F
Partly Cloudy in June
Jul
67°F / 77°F
Sunny in July
Aug
69°F / 79°F
Sunny in August
Sep
67°F / 79°F
Sunny in September

Rooms & Rates

Junior Suite Oceanview at Grande Colonial La Jolla

With a wide variety of hotel room options, the Grande Colonial has the right fit for just about everyone.

Grande Colonial La Jolla
Prices starting at $249 / night
Colonial King

The Colonial King room features one king bed with a view of La Jolla Village. The room size varies from 310 to 350 square feet. This room is perfect for 1 or 2 people.

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Grande Queen Queen

This room comes with two queen beds and has enough room for a roll out bed to be brought in if needed. It sleeps from 4 to 5 people.

It features a walk in shower with a designer vanity. These rooms are located in the main building or adjacent Colonial Suites building.

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Garden King Junior Suite

These spacious junior suites are located in the Garden Terrace wing. They are spacious residential-style studios with approximately 390 square feet.

There are complimentary in-room drinks provided. The bathrooms have either a bathtub or a walk-in shower with side jets depending on the room.

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Garden King Studio

The Garden King Studio is a residently style studio with a kitchenette and a fireplace. These rooms are located in the Garden Terrace wing.

These rooms are designed for longer stays and sleeps up to 2 people. The rooms are 385 square feet.

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Colonial Queen Queen

The Colonial Queen Queen rooms come with two queen beds and can sleep up to 4 people. There are beautiful views of La Jolla Village and the rooms are from 322 to 350 square feet.

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King Suite

The King Suites are large elegant one bedroom suites. They are 529 square feet and can sleep from 2 to 4 people. The Grand bathroom has a walk-in shower, marble floors and countertops and vanity mirror.

These rooms are only accessible by stairs with no elevator access.

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Ocean-view King

The Ocean-view King room sleeps two people and has a king bed with a view of the ocean. The size of the room is 350 square feet and it has a walk-in shower. The rooms are located in the main building.

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Ocean-view Queen Queen

This room has two queen beds and sleeps up to 4 people. The rooms vary from 321 to 357 square feet. The rooms have a view of the ocean and are located in the main building.

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Ocean-view Grande King

The Ocean-view Grande King rooms have scenic ocean views and they sleep up to 3 people. There is room for a roll-in bed upon request.

This 423 square foot room is located in the main building and it features a walk-in shower with stone countertops and a large walk-in closet.

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Ocean-view Grande Queen Queen

This room comes with two queen beds and it can sleep up to five people. There are beautiful ocean views and the rooms have a lot of natural light. At 473 square feet the rooms are large enough to allow for a roll-in bed.

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Ocean-view King Junior Suite

The Ocean-view King Junior Suite has one king bed with a sitting area and expansive views of the ocean. This room can sleep up to 3 people with the option of a roll-in bed.

The rooms vary in size from 401 to 534 square feet and all have a walk-in closet and a sofa sleeper with a memory foam mattress.

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Grande Ocean-view King Junior Suite

This is a premium room with an expansive ocean view. The floor plan is open and it is completely surrounded by windows allowing for a lot of natural light.

This room features a king bed with a twin sized sleeper sofa. The rooms are located in the Colonial Suites wing next to the main building.

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Ocean-view Suite Queen Queen

This one bedroom suite comes with a beautiful ocean view with two queen beds. This large room at 721 square feet can sleep up to 5 people that includes a sofa sleeper with a memory foam mattress. In addition to the ocean views there are also views of the outdoor pool.

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Grande Colonial La Jolla
Prices starting at $249 / night

Plan an Incredible Stay With These Things to Do

Explore the beaches and attractions of La Jolla, or make the most of hotel amenities. However and wherever you prefer to spend your time as a hotel guest, use our recommendations of nearby activities to plan your trip.

Pathway Around the Grande Colonial La Jolla
Pathway Around the Grande Colonial La Jolla

Amenities and Other On-Site Services

Seeking relaxation on hotel grounds? Let the staff treat you to some excellent experiences.

Get an In-Room Massage

You don’t even have to leave your room to enjoy exceptional spa services. At the Grande Colonial, hotel masseuses will come right to your door to provide you with a soothing massage.

Hit the Fitness Center

Don’t miss a workout no matter where you are! Guests of the Grande Colonial get daily passes to a fitness center just a brief walk from the hotel.

Tours and Bike Rides

The concierge of the Grande Colonial La Jolla is ready to help out with any booking needs.

Not only can you book tours through the front desk, including sailing, scuba diving, and sightseeing tours, but you can also make reservations for special experiences like deep sea fishing and riding in a hot air balloon.

The hotel also has its own bikes which are available to guests for rental.

Activities Around the Hotel

La Jolla, as well as the rest of the surrounding San Diego area, is home to some of Southern California’s most interesting attractions and entertainment venues. The Grande Colonial La Jolla staff will be more than happy to help you learn more about local attractions.

The Beach and Swimmers at La Jolla Cove
The Beach and Swimmers at La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

Home to numerous sea lions and seals, La Jolla Cove has consistently been ranked as one of the best beaches in the United States by companies and organizations such as TripAdvisor.

This La Jolla beach is ideal for families, offering a separate swimming area for children known as the Children’s Pool. The pool is surrounded by a sea wall that offers spectacular views of both the beach and the village.

I also enjoy snorkeling while at La Jolla, which has impressive views both above and under the water. Take a peek below the waves on the La Jolla: 2.5-Hour Kayak and Snorkel Tour. And don’t forget a Go City San Diego pass to save extra on beach gear rentals when using our discount code, GVSD5OFF!

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego at La Jolla

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is a modern art museum locate in La Jolla, about a 5 minute walk from the Grande Colonial.

It focuses on post-World War II art, hosts temporary exhibitions, and offers educational programs for all ages.

Sleeping Hippo at the San Diego Zoo
Sleeping Hippo at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Boasting more than 650 species and subspecies of animals, the San Diego Zoo is one of America’s top tourist attractions. It is also one of the few zoos in the world that have successfully bred the giant panda. The Zoo sees more than 4 million visitors each year.

Famous Statue at El Prado inside Balboa Park
Famous Statue at El Prado inside Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Featuring more than 1200 acres of natural vegetation zones, gardens, museums, and other recreational facilities, Balboa Park is the oldest park in the United States dedicated solely to recreational use. There are also numerous gift shops and restaurants as well. The park is also home to the San Diego Zoo.

Killer Whale at Seaworld San Diego
Killer Whale at Seaworld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

One of the city’s top attractions, SeaWorld San Diego allows visitors to experience the majesty of marine life up close.

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