Ratings based on 770 Verified Reviews

4.5 out of 5
92% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Old style boutique hotel

Posted Jun 9, 2017
Pros: The location - walking distance to everything - restaurants, bars, shops and the ocean.
Cons: new TV's. The outdoor area by the lobby lounge needs to be cleaned up. currently it looks tired. Could be a good area for drinks.
Location: Location is very good. Shopping, Bars and restaurants next door. The La Jolla cove is a five minute walk. Bike tours available.
Room was okay. Partial seaview. Good location. The amenities were okay not modern. The outdoor area by the pool balcony area was a bit dirty and lacked any atmosphere. The restaurant was good for lunch but lacked atmosphere for dinner. The hotel needs a bit of modernising in the general public areas. Safe area and plenty of places to visit for dining out. Overall the staff were helpful.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 13, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
While I am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our staff and our location, I am very sorry to hear that we did not exceed your expectations. I very much appreciate you bringing to my attention all of your comments, as it is only through this kind of constructive feedback that we can continue to improve. I will be following up immediately to address all of your concerns. Thank you and I do hope you will give us another opportunity in the future. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

amazing!

Posted May 3, 2017
Everything about this hotel was top notch, starting with the staff and their accommodating and friendly demeanour. They all seemed to go the distance to ensure comfort. We will definitely return. The area itself is awesome. Outstanding food choices and amazing service. La Jolla is a gorgeous spot with unique scenery.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 8, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
I am delighted to read about your recent experience while staying at the Grande Colonial. I am so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed our location here in the Village of La Jolla. But most importantly, thank you very much for the recognition of our staff. We strive to provide a team that is warm, gracious and genuinely friendly and I'm so happy that came through during your visit. I hope you will have the chance to visit us again. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

NICE hotel near everything

Posted May 2, 2017
NICE older hotel. Great location, close to beach, restaurants, etc. Very friendly staff
Comment from Hotel Management
May 2, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
Thanks so much for the 5-Star rating. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Come back and see us again soon. Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Nevada

A great place to stay

Posted Apr 26, 2017
Location: The hotel is steps to the coast where you can enjoy watching waves, seals or the sunset. There are upscale dining options a block away.
We have stayed at the Grande Colonial several times. The location can't be beat -- ocean views, steps to the coast and walking distance to La Jolla shops and restaurants. The rooms are comfortable and staff (and especially the valets) are friendly and helpful.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 28, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
Dear Eric: I am so delighted to hear from a repeat guest here on Expedia. Thank you very much for your continued support and loyalty. I know that you have many choices of where to stay here in La Jolla and I thank you for choosing us. While our prime location speaks for itself, I appreciate very much your recognition of our staff. We strive to provide a team that is warm, gracious and genuinely-friendly and it sounds as if that came through during your most recent stay. Hope to see you back soon. Thank you again. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Cons: Staff too chatty at entrance.
We love this hotel; charming, close to shops and restaurants. A bit of old world elegance.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 25, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
Thank you very much for the 5-Star rating. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are an historic hotel and, while we are constantly making updates and improvements, we are committed to preserving our historic charm (and old world elegance). Thank you for your recognition of that. And thank you for bringing to my attention your experience with our front entrance staff. I will be sure to follow up on that right away. Hope to see you back again soon. Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

location, location, location

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Downtown La Jolla with views. Was perfect location and hotel for our 25th anniversary get-away. Arrived a little early, so checked our bags and strolled around the shopping district (i.e. across the street). Room was perfect with a great view of the Children's pool (currently off limits to swimmers but full of sea lions enjoying the sand and surf). Staff was attentive and friendly. Hotel combines classical feel with modern amenities.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 25, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
As they say, "location, location, location"! And indeed ours is the best, walking distance to the very best of what La Jolla is so famous for...shopping, dining, entertainment and miles of wonderful beaches. I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed everything while celebrating your 25th Anniversary. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and for choosing to celebrate this special occasion with us. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Michigan

Great place

Posted Apr 20, 2017
The Grande Colonial is a wonderful place, in the perfect location in La Jolla.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 25, 2017 by Terry Underwood, Hotel Management
Dear Ken: On behalf of my entire staff, thank you very much for the kind words you shared about your recent stay with us. It is our number one priority to ensure that all of our guests leave with lasting, positive memories and it sounds like we did just that for you. I appreciate very much you sharing your feedback for others to read. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great Location

Posted Apr 18, 2017
Lovely old hotel nicely refurbished. Block to ocean some rooms have views. Excellent staff. Short walk to restaurants. Small but pretty pool.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 21, 2017 by Terrence Underwood, General Manager, Hotel Management
I am very happy to read the comments about your recent stay with us. It sounds as if we did exactly what we strive to do each and every day: provide friendly service, top-notch accommodations and facilities and a location that can't be beat. Thank you very much for your recognition of that. We hope to see you back soon. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Beautifully restored colonial

Posted Apr 6, 2017
This was a short overnight stay. so I didn't take full use of all the amenities. What I did experience was very engaging and helpful staff, and a carefully and beautifully decorated hotel. My room was warm and inviting and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel location is in the heart of La Jolla and walkable to anything you to do in the Village area. Great restaurants are plenty. I marked it as 4 stars only because of the lack of self parking. They have no on premises lot. You either have to street park - 2hr parking 8am-6pm, find a public parking garage, or valet. They're valet is $10 for 0-4 hrs or $30 for longer. Factor that in when assessing your nightly cost.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 10, 2017 by Terrence Underwood, Hotel Management
Dear Sunnie: Thank you so much for providing such comprehensive feedback about your recent visit. I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our hotel and, particularly, our location. We are indeed situated perfectly in the Village, walking distance to all there is to see and do in the area. But as you mention, our true hallmark is our staff. We take great pride in our service delivery and I'm so thrilled to see that reflected in your review. I am sorry that parking was not more convenient. The next time you visit, you may wish to book a reservation from our TripAdvisor profile page, as we do periodically offer free valet parking from that Special Offers link. I hope you will have the opportunity to take advantage of that and stay with us again. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Apr 6, 2017
This hotel is centrally located in La Jolla. Ocean views from some rooms. The hotel Is older but they've updated it and it's very clean. The pool is small but it's just perfect. Our two boys had a blast.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 10, 2017 by Terrence Underwood, Hotel Management
Thank you very much for providing such positive feedback about your recent visit. We are indeed an historic hotel but we are committed to making constant improvements to the property to keep it updated and modernized. Thanks for your recognition of that. Hope to see you and your boys back soon. Sincerely, Terrence Underwood, General Manager