Ratings based on 554 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.5 out of 5
93% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler from LA

Couldn't believe it was an Expedia VIP hotel.

Posted Aug 23, 2014
We were initially very excited to stay in this hotel. As a final trip before the birth of our baby, we splurged on a really fancy room for the weekend. They gave us a significantly cheaper room (without telling us about the switch) next to a kitchen that smelled bad. We asked to move but were told the room we paid for was sold out for the night. They said they would give us breakfast credits "for our troubles" but even ended up going back on that deal and charging our credit card for it after we left. Ruined our trip for sure.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from columbus, ohio

Beautiful view but not the friendliest of staff

Posted Aug 22, 2014
This hotel has beautiful views from the common areas.. But most rooms have a pool view or no view at all and are still $400 to $500 per night. The staff was a bit rude in the common bar area, if you do not have a dinner reservation they will not help you with getting drinks.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Beautiful hotel, rooms on the small side.

Posted Aug 20, 2014
Great location, Beautiful hotel, great staff. Enjoyed our stay!
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Richland, WA

Beautiful old hotel, but small room & 1 bad night

Posted Aug 19, 2014
Pros: see above
Cons: see above
Location: Shopping, but pricey of course, the Zoo, Scripps Aquarium, kayaking or sailing, fine dining, but can be very pricey, seals and pelicans, bay swimming.
Husband and I looking for classy way to celebrate our big anniversary. Pleasantly surprised by champagne and chocolate strawberries with congrats note on arrival, but disappointed by tiny room. Not enough space for both of us to walk around foot of bed. Tiny bathroom with low shower head and not 2 as advertised. Very loud AC blower in middle of room, unable to access TV shows menu on remote, sporadically slow and sometimes unavailable free Wi-Fi. Pluses were beautiful hotel, pool, gardens, restaurants, well-kept grounds, gorgeous vistas of the ocean and most of the staff who were very friendly and helpful. However on what should have been our perfect anniversary night dinner at the hotel restaurant things went from bad to worse. We called to make a reservation and were told it wasn't necessary. When we went down, maitre'd told us reservation was needed, they were short staffed and it would be a 20-30 minute wait. That was fine, we waited in their beautiful comfortable lobby while staff hurried by us with food orders. 20, 30 then 40 minutes passed. Tried hard to catch eye of maitre'd but he carefully ignored us. One word of reassurance or just an update would have kept us a bit longer, but when none came we got up and left and did find a very nice Italian restaurant down the road to celebrate. So a partly pleasant experience in a beautiful city but for what we paid, not completely worth it. Did complain at check out and they took off few days of overpriced parking
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Dallas, TX

Beautiful hotel with wonderful staff - great views

Posted Aug 14, 2014
Cons: it would be nice to have a robe hook in the bathroom
Everyone went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. We would certainly stay here again.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Business Travelers
by A verified traveler

Fabulous hotel

Posted Aug 13, 2014
Only negative .... Internet connection wasn't working properly.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Delaware, Ohio

In the heart of everything.

Posted Jul 28, 2014
Four beautiful days of pure luxury. Not an inexpensive location but worth every cent. We will return.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great hotel, great history

Posted Jul 27, 2014
Pros: Quaint
Excellent, wonderful place, in the middle of the tourist area, near everything
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

My favorite hotel!

Posted Jul 23, 2014
I love this place! Wish I could afford to stay every time I visit my daughter at Sdsu. Will defiantly stay for all special occasions! Restaurants and shops out front and ocean in back! Perfect !
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Kansas City, MO

Beautiful hotel, great location - nice for couples

Posted Jul 22, 2014
Pros: -Beautiful hotel grounds -Great staff -Great location next to lots of shops and restaurants
Cons: -Parking could be improved by including daily valet in the cost
Location: -Shops and restaurants -Oceanside parks -Tours (kayaks, caves)
La Valencia Hotel is a beautiful hotel in a good location. The grounds of the hotel are covered in flowers so it always looks nice and the hotel room had a nice decor. I was able to see the ocean from the hotel room, there was a great park right next to it, and it was surrounded by a lot of shops and restaurants. The hotel restaurant was good and usually had live music. Nice pool area that includes a bar. The staff was nice and always helpful. There were only two real down-sides. There isn't a great sand-beach within walking distance, it's really rocky near the ocean here (but there are kayak tours and sea lions all over the place). And the biggest down-side would be the parking. Just like most places in Southern California, parking is either expensive, inconvenient, or both. The hotel itself does not have a parking lot, so you can either park on the street, which is rarely free, or you will have to use their daily valet service, which costs extra... but I can't complain about the valets as they were great people. Overall, a great, romantic place in a good location. Just be prepared to spend lots of money.