Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

9700 North Torrey Pines Road | La Jolla, CA 92037 [See Map]
#17 in Best San Diego Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 957 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 210 rooms, 3 floors
Primary View(s) Neighborhood
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples

U.S. News Review

The Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa can easily be judged by its cover: The hacienda-style property sits on 10 acres of well-manicured gardens. The property's 210 rooms keep up luxury appearances, boasting Turkish cotton linens, luxe bath products and private furnished balconies. Recent travelers describe this La Jolla hotel as stunning and praise the in-house spa for its long list of treatments and additional facilities, such as the Eucalyptus steam room and the saltwater whirlpool. Mustangs & Burros, treats diners to savory Southwestern cuisine, and the Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar makes a great spot for an evening drink. The hotel is a 15-mile drive north of San Diego proper, meaning that this may not be the best choice for sightseers.

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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure

“Tucked into a quiet San Diego neighborhood minutes from the beach and SeaWorld, the Estancia La Jolla attracts business travelers as well as those looking to explore the great outdoors.”


“This Spanish-flavored retreat romances its guests with ten manicured acres of lush foliage broken up by stone paths, grassy courtyards, and luxe hacienda-style accommodations. Inviting rooms feature wingback reading chairs, Italian linens, plush robes, and small balconies with courtyard or pool views.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Condé Nast Traveler

“Mustangs & Burros, open for lunch and dinner, serves inventive cuisine that blends fresh-off-the-boat San Diego seafood with traditional flavors such as mahi mahi with sweet corn polenta. The after-dinner crowd … strolls across the rose garden to the Mustangs & Burros bar, where drinks are served alfresco in front of a roaring fire.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 957 guests have reviewed the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 957 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The resort's 10 carefully manicured acres lie across the street from the University of California-San Diego, and the property is less than 2 miles south of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course. The hotel is 5 miles north of the boutiques and restaurants in La Jolla’s downtown — as well as the popular sea lion-spotting destination, La Jolla Cove.

  • 3 miles north of La Jolla Shores beach and 10 miles south of Del Mar beach
  • Around 15 miles north of San Diego International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($25)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Warm yellow headboards, chairs and throw pillows accentuate the sunny, airy atmosphere in the spacious rooms. Plush terry bathrobes, Turkish cotton linens and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities are luxe touches.

  • 37-inch flat-screen TV with select premium channels and on-demand movies
  • Hospitality services fee of $22 daily includes Wi-Fi access, custom-blended coffee and bottled water in room, plus other services

Standard room size:

395 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Adobe El Restaurante serves a mix of seafood, sandwiches and market-fresh fare for breakfast and lunch, with the option to dine on the restaurant's balcony. Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar offers wine pairings with entrees as well as cheese and chocolate wine flights. Mustangs & Burros has happy hour specials with select drinks and small plates depending on the day of the week.

  • Adobe El Restaurante's weekend breakfast buffet is popular among locals and guests alike
  • Room service available 24 hours

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


Lounge chairs, sun beds and cabanas surround the large saltwater pool and whirlpool. The Pool Bar & Grill serves healthy fare from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

  • Pool open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sun beds rent for $75 per day, cabanas for $100
  • Sunscreen and other pool amenities are available for purchase in the spa
  • Children younger than 14 are not permitted in whirlpool

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


Estancia La Jolla's spa includes nine treatment rooms and two private bungalows: one for nail services and a couples bungalow with a private deck, fireplace and soaking tub.

  • Spa is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
  • Locker rooms include eucalyptus steam rooms and outside rain showers and saltwater whirlpools

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Cribs are available upon request and the concierge can arrange babysitting services. Adobe El Restaurante has high chairs and a children's menu.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The 820-square-foot fitness center offers cardio and weight machines as well as free weights. Yoga devotees will especially appreciate the stretching area and yoga mats available.

  • Fitness center open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Filtered water and chilled towels on hand for post-workout cool-downs
  • Concierge can arrange private yoga sessions upon request

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The hotel's meeting planners can coordinate corporate retreats and team-building activites, including on-site golf clinics hosted by pros from the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Venues range from Trinitas Wine Bar to the La Jolla Ballroom.

  • 22,190 square feet of conference space
  • Event planners can help organize catering and A/V services

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel welcomes a maximum of two dogs per room, up to 50 pounds each, for a $150 nonrefundable fee. A pet bed and food and water bowls will be provided in the room, and clean-up bags are available from housekeeping.

  • Dogs are not allowed in the spa or on the pool deck, and cannot be left unattended anywhere on hotel property, including the rooms.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The hotel partners with San Diego Golf Events to arrange tee times at local courses, including Torrey Pines South golf course and La Costa Champions Course.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


Planners can help couples arrange their full schedule of events at the hotel, from bridal showers to post-wedding brunches. Outdoor venues such as the Olive Lawn and Garden Courtyard are lush backdrops for ceremonies.

  • The bridal party can prepare for the big day in a bridal suite with such catered treats as mimosas, sandwiches and fresh fruit

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

9700 North Torrey Pines Road | La Jolla, CA 92037 [See Full Map]