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Inn by the Sea

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Reviewed 14 October 2016

I have stayed several times at this hotel and always was very happy with the staff (very friendly) An overall great experience every time I have been there. They are no longer Best Western and have since renovated the rooms . The beds are very good and housekeeping takes good care in cleaning the room every day. The location is...

Thank Alice T
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel for two nights. Not only was the room not clean and outdated, but the sheets were filled with sand. To make our stay even less pleasant, the staff was less than helpful and very rude! They really did not care to help. Upon check out, there was an issue with the bill. The hotel manager, Sheldon,...

Thank Marissa O
Stockton, California
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We just returned from a three night stay at the Inn. The room was really nice and the balcony was outstanding (with a huge sliding door). This is a boutique hotel and is very nicely decorated and is quite clean and quiet. They have a nice, secluded pool and plenty of areas to sit in around the pool and also...

Thank JRonaldT
Finksburg, Maryland
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights this month for a family wedding in the area. We had a room on the third floor with a view of the ocean--albeit looking across a parking lot, streets and roof tops. The dumpster truck came very early right below our balcony, not great. For the most part the room was good sized and comfortable. Our...

Thank Tom G
Santa Ana, California
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We went to Inn by the Sea as part of a wedding and were not disappointed. Rooms were great and overlooked the ocean! There is a parking lot behind the hotel. They don't serve meals, but there are so many small restaurants within a block or two that it wasn't a problem!

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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights here during a north to south drive of California. Lovely room, 2 queen beds, soooo comfy! Think memory foam toppers. Nice touch having plug sockets on bedside lamps. ( didn't help us though as had European adapters that didn't fit with the stem of the light. ) Nice balcony, looked over the parking lot but it was...

Thank Tri3
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Comfortable room with good lighting and a refrigerator. Not much parking in front, parking is accessible through the back alley and also underground. Hotel is close to high-end shopping, great food, and two blocks from the ocean. Has vending machines and coffee in the breakfast room, but no breakfasts. Friendly desk clerks and staff. Enjoyed the National Geographic gallery and...

Thank Cr1717
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We visited for 3 nights in September 2016 and it is a comfortable hotel without being special. The rooms are spacious and well equipped but the bathroom was dated, with very little water power in the shower. One problem we had was that we wanted a hotel with breakfast - our booking included a continental breakfast. However there is no...

2Thank rob1london
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I decided to stay here centrally located between Petco Park and Del Mar. We were able to check in when we got there. The room was nice and clean on the first floor, surprisingly quiet. Fairly easy to get to, got back late from the game and there was one parking space left.(extra charge) Wasn't happy to...

1Thank Gerrie M
Reviewed 26 September 2016

La Jolla is a walking town and this is a great central location. The rooms were clean and the staff is friendly. There is a refrigerator but no microwave. The room did not have a comfortable chair to watch TV. There is a balcony but it is impossible to sit out in the evening due to the harsh lighting in...

1Thank WestOceanDrive

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Inn by the Sea

Address: 7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4283 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn by the Sea)
Region: United States > California > San Diego > La Jolla
Price Range: $206 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 132
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Inn By The Sea Hotel La Jolla
Best Western La Jolla
La Jolla Best Western
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in La Jolla
#4 On the Beach Hotel in La Jolla
#11 Romantic Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Family Hotel in La Jolla
#13 Business Hotel in La Jolla
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“Ask for a room with water view... beautiful sunsets!”
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