Grand Colonial is such a beautiful hotel with a sophisticated yet cozy classic-European design. We stayed in a roomy king suit that overlooked the pool and had an incredible view of the ocean! As we walked along the hallways, it was fun to see the historic photos of the hotel. It’s La Jolla’s oldest original hotel and you can tell preserving its history is so important. Parking isn’t too bad and the staff is friendly and helpful if you need anything at all. The hotel also offered some fun amenities like an in-room massage, childcare, and bike rentals!
The location couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s a short walk to many amazing restaurants like Lena Craft Kitchen, WhiskNLadle, Trilogy Sanctuary, Bobboi Gelato, Burger Lounge, Puesto, and Live Beaming. Girard Avenue is also near by, which is kind of like the Rodeo Drive of San Diego with tons of shopping and upscale boutiques.
If you’re looking for some adventure, Torrey Pines State Reserve is just a short drive up the road. It’s a lovely state park with stunning beach views, trails, and guided nature walks on the weekend.
My absolute favorite part of the area, besides the food, was La Jolla Shores & La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Shores is a mile or two up the street and you can kayak, snorkel, and swim. La Jolla Cove is literally steps from the hotel. It has breathtaking views and adorable seals and sea lions! We enjoyed grabbing a sweatshirt each night and taking a seaside stroll as the sun set. You truly will not regret your stay here. It’s great for couples, families, and business trips, too!