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La Jolla Hotels with World Class Restaurants

La Jolla is blessed with many outstanding hotels from the elegant Pink Lady, La Valencia, to the historic Grande Colonial. Both have been attracting visitors for decades. What many visitors don't realize is that many of the premier La Jolla hotels are also home to several cutting-edge, award-winning restaurants.

The Empress Hotel is a small, charming boutique hotel on Fay Avenue near Prospect. It offers a variety of accommodations from traditional queen bed sized guest rooms to large suites with wet bars and Jacuzzis. All rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, 27-inch flat screen televisions and refrigerators. The hotel also includes Manhattan of La Jolla, a gourmet restaurant serving a classic Italian menu of pastas, steaks, seafood and salads. Manhattan is open every night for dinner and every weekday except Monday for lunch and happy hour. With big, private New York-style booths, live music Thursday through Saturday nights, and a fine selection of wines and cocktails, Manhattan has been consistently voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by readers of the local newspaper. The hotel also offers many special packages throughout the year and is pet friendly.

The Grande Colonial on Prospect is celebrating its 100th birthday throughout 2013 with many special promotions. Opened in 1913, the Colonial is the oldest original hotel in La Jolla. It includes 93 guest rooms and suites, all with televisions and some with kitchens and fireplaces. During its first years, the Colonial housed the La Jolla Drugstore, where the pharmacist was the father of actor Gregory Peck, who grew up in La Jolla. The drugstore was purchased by a Kansas transplant, George Putnam, who added an ice cream and soda shop on the sidewalk outside. After the soda shop closed in 1960, much to the sadness of La Jollans, the space occupied by the drugstore became the popular Putnam's Grille. Today, it has been transformed into the award-winning restaurant, NINE-TEN. Led by chef Jason Knibb, NINE-TEN features evolving California cuisine, based on a farm-to-table philosophy, emphasizing fresh produce and seafood. NINE-TEN is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for Sunday brunch. You can also reserve the restaurant for private events. During 2013, the restaurant is offering many specials and the chance to sample classic "throw back" cocktails from the last 10 decades.

If you like to dine with a bird's eye view of the coastline, then you'll enjoy Cusp at Hotel La Jolla on La Jolla Shores Road. Cusp is located on the 11th floor of the hotel. While you're savoring the Mediterranean-style menu, you'll have a sweeping view of the La Jolla coastline. Cusp is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chef is Donald Lockhart, who grew up in Southern California and relies on locally grown produce, fish and meats for his diversified menu. The hotel, which includes 110 rooms, all with televisions and balconies, is very family and pet-friendly. In the evenings, they host a poolside wine tasting event.

For the ultimate in elegant but understated luxury, few hotels and dining rooms can beat the <>Pink Lady on Prospect Street. Since it first opened in 1926, the graceful Spanish walls of restaurant La Valencia have welcomed visitors from around the world, including more than a few celebrities. Among local La Jolla residents, La Valencia is also a popular place to gather for fine dining and Sunday brunch. The hotel includes 112 guest rooms, suites and villas and is also a favorite wedding and honeymoon location. Its main restaurant is the Mediterranean Room, which includes three separate dining areas a casual courtyard patio, the main dining room and an ocean view terrace. True to its name, the restaurant features food from Mediterranean cuisines, including Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Greece, Italy and southern France. La Valencia also includes La Sala (meaning living room) Lobby Lounge. It is located just inside the hotel's lobby and features cocktails and appetizers, cozy couches and chairs, Spanish mosaics, live music and a beautiful view of La Jolla Cove.

La Jolla hotels offer the ideal setting for vacationers looking for a place to dine, shop, play and stay. For other popular hotels in La Jolla, as well as nearby restaurants, check out our online La Jolla Blue Book directory.

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