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Best Hotels for Families in La Jolla

La Jolla is a family-friendly town, so it's not surprising that the majority of its hotels and motels accommodate visitors with children. Whether you're planning a family vacation here in La Jolla, or entertaining family or friends from out of town, you'll find just the right home away from home to suit your needs.

Many families enjoy staying right on the beach and return year after year to sister hotels La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club or La Jolla Shores Hotel. Located next to each other, the hotels are just a short walk or drive north of La Jolla Village.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club offers private memberships but is also a resort hotel and destination. It offers a private beach, with many beach activities, 14 championship tennis courts, a tennis shop, and all the amenities of a first-class hotel: suites with full kitchens, catering, and massage services. In addition to the outdoor swimming pool and the beach, the hotel includes a wading pool and playground with sand croquet, tetherball, swings and climbing structures. In the summer, the Beach & Tennis Club offers tennis and swimming lessons for children and activities such as arts and crafts, field trips, and complimentary chairs, umbrellas and sand toys for the beach.

Nearby, the La Jolla Shores Hotel sits overlooking one of the best swimming beaches in the San Diego area. The hotel includes 128 guest rooms, many with kitchenettes, and beachside dining at The Shores Restaurant. Children eight and under can eat breakfast free at the restaurant, which also includes special breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for young diners. Activities for the whole family include tennis and tennis lessons, swimming, ping pong and nightly beach barbecues.

Both the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and the La Jolla Shores Hotel are located near Birch Aquarium and Torrey Pines State Reserve, for families interested in learning more about local sea and plant life. They are also close to UCSD, which offers weekend tours, if you have children who are considering attending the university.

Another family-friendly hotel located right in the middle of the action in La Jolla Village is The Pink Lady La Valencia. A celebrity magnet for decades, the iconic hotel is also known for its outstanding service, elegant surroundings, and great food. The hotel includes 112 guest rooms, suites and ocean villas and can accommodate families by offering adjoining rooms and rollaway beds and cribs. The Mediterranean Room restaurant caters to adults and children and the hotel also offers in-room dining, with special children's menus. Childcare services are also available.

If you prefer family-friendly hotels and motels that are also a good value, you'll find several in La Jolla. These include Best Western Inn by the Sea on Fay Avenue, La Jolla Village Lodge on Silverado and Holiday Inn Express and La Jolla Beach Travelodge, both on La Jolla Boulevard near Wind'nsea Beach. These hotels are all conveniently located, close to beaches and activities in both La Jolla and San Diego. They include swimming pools, complimentary breakfasts, laundry services, and rooms with microwaves, refrigerators and extra beds or cribs if you need them.

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