The Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla

910 Prospect Street | La Jolla, CA 92037 [See Map]
#4 in Best San Diego Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 865 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 93 rooms, 5 floors
Primary View(s) Neighborhood, Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Though it might be the oldest hotel in La Jolla, The Grande Colonial Hotel hides its age well. Guests describe the accommodations here as immaculate with a nature-inspired color palate, down bedding and modern amenities such as LCD televisions, iPod docking stations and complimentary Internet access. The property also includes an outdoor pool, and the on-site restaurant, NINE-TEN, receives rave reviews for its award-winning farm-to-table cuisine. But according to recent visitors, it was The Grande Colonial's charm that convinced them to return in the future. Guests say that the customer service here was fantastic, and the ambiance felt relaxed, comfortable and unique. You'll find The Grande Colonial Hotel on Prospect Street, just a few blocks from the shore.

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Critic Reviews


“Each room is different. In some rooms golden-hued carpeting and bedcovers set against aquamarine walls reflect the sunlit scenery; other set a handsome tone with ochre, gold and brown palette.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional


“With a central location in La Jolla, a heated outdoor pool, and an array of great services — including in-room massages, and daily turndown — this upscale historic boutique is a solid pick for a relaxing coastal getaway.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Fodor's Choice

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 865 guests have reviewed the The Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 865 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Pool

Location & Parking

This historic hotel is a La Jolla landmark and is set right on one of the main streets of the classic coastal resort town. It is just one block south of the beach, three blocks southwest of Scripps Park and and within walking distance of many restaurants and shops.

  • Around 12 miles south of hiking trails and expansive beach access at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
  • About 13 miles north of downtown San Diego and the airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($28)
  • 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

The hotel offers standard hotel rooms as well as extended stay suites, which are ideal for those traveling with families or staying longer for business. Standard rooms feature views of the ocean, La Jolla village or the hotel courtyard. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, goose-down comforters and Keurig coffee makers.

  • Suites come with fireplaces and kitchenettes
  • Complimentary Internet access

Standard room size:

300 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


NINE-TEN is the hotel's signature restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a strong focus on farm-to-table cuisine that uses local produce and fresh seafood. The hotel's wine cellar is a Wine Spectator award winner.

  • Most of the herbs and vegetables used in the kitchen are grown on-site in the hydroponic vertical garden
  • In-room dining from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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


The hotel's heated outdoor pool is small in size, but offers views of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Limited cushioned lounge chairs surrond pool area

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


There is no spa but in-room spa services are available. Massages account for the majority of the treatments offered, but scrubs and body treatments can also be booked.

Services offered:

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


The concierge can assist with booking babysitting services and children's activities.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs



The Grande Colonial Hotel has 5,000 square feet of meeting space with both indoor and outdoor venues available for use.

  • On-site planning staff
  • Catering provded by NINE-TEN restaurant

Number of meeting rooms:

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



The concierge can arrange tee times at Torrey Pines Golf Course, about 6 miles north, as well as other local golf courses.

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


The hotel's meeting venues double as wedding locales, though the Garden Courtyard is certainly the standout among the selections.

  • Catering is from NINE-TEN restaurant
  • Packages available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

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

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The Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla

910 Prospect Street | La Jolla, CA 92037 [See Full Map]