Newly renovated, The Empress Hotel is designed for classic California beach living with touches of European style and deluxe amenities. When you enter the lobby you are greeted by rich navy blue walls with dark wood arched doorways, trim, and crown molding contrasting gleaming cream-colored marble floors. Plush navy blue couches, and patterned cream and navy blue chairs beckon you to sit and relax in the room’s tranquil comfort. Bold beach colors of deep blue, mustard yellow, and turquoise mix with light hues of cream and white, and combine with dark wood furnishings throughout the entire hotel for an elegant nautical vibe. From the lobby to the meeting rooms, restaurant, and common spaces you’ll find this La Jolla haven to be a scaled up version of a summer beach house in the Hamptons.
Inspired by La Jolla beaches, the interior of each of the guestrooms and suites utilizes a nature-inspired color scheme. Sand colored walls, deep blues, and rich greens are inspired by the crashing waves; yellow, orange, and red accents are reminiscent of a gorgeous San Diego sunset. Beautiful beach inspired paintings decorate the walls of each room from a surfer gazing out to the open ocean to a lounging couple enjoying an evening sunset. Rooms provide only the best accommodations with plush beds, chairs, and sofas as well as top-of-the-line amenities while offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean or La Jolla Village.
There are several guestroom and suite options from which to choose, ensuring you will find the perfect fit whether you’re a solo business traveler or a vacationing family. Standard guestrooms have one queen bed with a sleeper sofa, two queen beds, or one king bed with a sleeper sofa. All bathrooms have upgraded finishes, glass showers, luxurious towels and robes, and complimentary spa products. Each of the suites have a bedroom and separate living room with two chairs and a sleeper sofa. They also include a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub and wet bar.
In-room electronics in both guestrooms and suites include 37” plasma screen televisions with pay-per-view selections and video games, clock radios, gourmet coffee/tea makers, private refrigerators, and wall safes. They all include a desk with an ergonomic chair, two bedside tables, and either a small seating area in guestrooms, or separate living room area in the suites. For those who need additional services such as wake-up calls, rollaway beds, or express check in/out, the 24-hour professional concierge services are happy to assist you in any way possible.
In keeping with the theme of a luxurious boutique hotel, a complimentary continental breakfast is offered every morning. Enjoy the comforts of this breakfast room, which feature dark wood cabinetry and marble countertops. Choose your seating at either the indoor dark wood tables with matching chairs, or patio seating with open floor to ceiling windows, dark wood tables and wicker chairs. Just beyond this area is a smaller outdoor patio featuring plush grey patio furniture, a small water fountain, and an array of potted plants. It is the perfect space to read your complimentary morning newspaper, or utilize the free Wi-Fi while enjoying your breakfast.
For lunch or dinner head down to the Manhattan of La Jolla, the hotel restaurant, for some of the best Italian food in the Village. Happy Hour is every day prior to the dinner hour. Dine on delicious pastas, seafood, and steaks Thursday through Saturday evenings when they feature live music. For a special treat, order the Caesar salad to start; they prepare it table-side. Follow it with Manhattan’s homemade eggplant parmigiana for a true Italian experience. Listen to the soothing sounds of live piano music after a long day, have a relaxing evening cocktail, or enjoy a full meal; the Manhattan of La Jolla can satisfy all your needs when leaving the hotel simply feels out of the question.
For those who are planning a business trip or need space to host a special occasion, the Empress Hotel offers two event rooms that can be set up in any way necessary. Audio and visual equipment is available upon request; if you need extra assistance, there are professional meeting planners available to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. There are also business center, fitness center, and guest laundry facilities on-site making sure you enjoy all the comforts of home during your stay.
San Diego is known as America’s Finest City, and the La Jolla neighborhood one of the reasons. Sitting atop a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, it offers picturesque views that lure tourists and locals alike to its upscale village charm. The streets are lined with boutique shops and galleries, it has an array of fine dining restaurants, and it sports a set of diverse beaches including La Jolla Shores, Windansea, and Seal Beach. La Jolla is also a cultural haven boasting museums and excellent nightlife with live music venues, theaters, dance troupes, and other arts performances.
The Empress Hotel is minutes from La Jolla’s world class Torrey Pines Golf Course that hosts the Farmers Insurance Open every year. If this public course is good enough for the likes of Tiger Woods and hometown golf pro Phil Mickelson, you know it will make for a challenging afternoon. Vacationing thrill seekers should check out La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Glider Port where you can launch off the cliffs and hang glide or paraglide in tandem over the stunning Pacific Ocean.
A great place to take the kids for a fun day in La Jolla is the Birch Aquarium showcasing some of La Jolla Shores’ most unique sea-creatures; it even offers three tide pools where visitors can interact with and touch the marine animals. Whether you are looking for adventurous, cultural, kid-friendly, or sports activities, you can find it all in the beautiful neighborhood of La Jolla.
The Empress Hotel offers several packages and special offers throughout the year such as the Romance Package that features a bottle of champagne and rose petals. The Pet-Friendly Package is perfect for those traveling with their four-legged companions, offering a special bed and milk bones for them. You can also get discount packages such as the Internet Loyalty Package, which gives you 10% off when you book through their website, or the Advance Purchase Package, which offers you 15% off for booking 30 days in advance. Some of the packages are year round while others change with the seasons, be sure you check out their website before you plan your trip to see what deals could be in store for you.