La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla

La Valencia

The gorgeous La Valencia hotel.

During my recent weekend in San Diego, I had the absolute pleasure of spending the second part on the beach in La Jolla, in an ocean villa at La Valencia. After spending the night downtown at the lovely, artsy US Grant, my friend Christy picked me up so we could head to the beach. Since I live in Las Vegas, I look forward to any glimpse of the ocean with a ridiculous amount of excitement. And nothing says “California” like the pink stucco and terracotta of La Valencia. When we pulled up to the distinct palm-tree lined arches of the historic hotel, I knew it was going to be a wonderful day!

La Valencia, nicknamed the “Pink Lady,” was built in 1926 and not surprisingly has welcomed many Hollywood stars looking for a little getaway. Its famous pool overlooking the Pacific was quite a scene (although we preferred the hot tub!), and the service stellar.

La Valencia pool


The ocean villas were down these stairs from the pool area, in an addition built in 2000. The villas are of various sizes but all have a patio overlooking the ocean and stunning views.


La Valencia

The villas themselves were gorgeous as well — and just remote enough. They were very old-school chic California: not an exorbitant amount of space, patios filled with multi-colored flowers, views of the turquoise ocean. We loved it!

La Valencia


La Jolla is known for the seals that bask in the sun on the rocks on its coastline. This little guy was waiting in our room.

 La Valencia


The bathrooms were gorgeous — including the shower, which with the switch of a button turned into a spa-worthy steam room.

La Valencia


We stayed too long in the hot tub to catch the full sunset, but we did catch the very end of it. Nothing grabs me like watching the sun set over the ocean — a wonderful addiction I earned during my year living on the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

La Valencia


I was a guest of La Valencia, but all opinions are my own.

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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. That’s one beautiful sunset picture. I love it !

  2. What a beautiful getaway. That bed looks amazingly comfortable. 🙂

  3. So jealous of your sunset relax times… what a great end to a day

  4. So pretty!! It’s just not a trip to Cali if you don’t get to see the ocean!

  5. We must have driven right by each other!
    That looks gorgeous!

  6. What a great place to relax!

  7. Ooo what a beautiful place! I love hearing about new spots. How fun!

  8. What a gorgeous place, it looks so old school California. At least what I imagine that to look like growing up in cold Canada.

  9. I’m noticing a pattern. You staying at incredible places 🙂

  10. Oh my gosh, I love the seal in the room! What a great touch!

  11. Oh, gosh, I would so love to stay at La Valencia! No kids, just the husband…that would be so great. It looks like I would be instagraming all day if I was there.

  12. An oceanview patio in La Jolla sounds like perfection.

  13. How come you get to stay at such nice digs? Huh? Huh? Tell me!! 🙂

  14. Makes me wanna go on a weekend get-a-way!

  15. Amazing pictures and review of the hotel. Would love to stay there and enjoy that shower and comfy looking bed. 🙂

  16. You get to enjoy such nice places…

  17. Oh how I miss the peacefulness of PCH and the waves. That hotel sounds amazing as I would suspect it would. Love the shower. And yes, our California stucco has a special vibe and just make you feel like grabbing a long board and doing it!

  18. That place looks dreamy!

  19. Beautiful place! I want that little seal guy!

  20. OOOH this looks haute! I have to check it out!

  21. Sounds fabulous! I must check this place out next time I’m in San Diego,

  22. Super cute place, and I love the little seal! What a great touch!

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