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seductive and relaxing
Stayed at the Lodge last weekend as a wedding invitee. We were pleasantly surprised as our expectations were exceeded on many counts.
The room was large and comfortable. Although it didn't face the ocean, the interior garden was exquisite.
The architecture and design are clearly the result of passionate ownership by arts and crafts connoisseurs. The texture, design and craftmanship are impressive in their precision. We thought this precision could be overwhelming due to its museum-quality purity. However, its intimacy grew on us over our 3 day stay making us dred stays at more "corporate" style hotels, however impressive they may be. Its small, warm and personal style was addictive.
AR Valentin is both interesting and extremely relaxing as the top restaurant. The Grill was ok. The spa was a work of art (a must for fans of artist/architect Charles Rennie MacIntosh). The pool was near empty and a place to loll for hours (we don't golf). Hikes to the nearby State Park were spectacular.
All in all, a superior 3 day weekend for those seeking superior design, intimate non-corporate atmosphere on a relaxing seaside mesa.
We will return.
We had great service and the spa was lovely. AR Valentine was not too professional in service, but the manager was kind enough to hear out our concerens. A very quiet and restful place. You should try it.
Disappointed in the "5 star" Hotel
My husband and I planned a romantic stay at Torrey Pines for our 34th anniversary. We chose the standard room on their golf package. Since this was a weekend stay, August 6th and 7th, we were scheduled a golf tee time for Friday before we checked in. This was fine because we felt it would be less busy. The golf course is beautiful and we would not have been able to get a tee time without taking the golf package. By 5pm we were ready to check in. The Valet area was packed, so we left the car and went directly to reception. I did not find the reception clerk overly friendly but we finally concluded check-in and our car still was in line to be taken car of so we escorted ourselves to our room after catching a hotel employee and asking him where the elevators were located. (They are not near registration) The bell man did bring our bags to our room in about 15 minutes. During this time I sat in a chair by the window to read and noticed the lamp was broken, the light fixture was just hanging. The room itself was adequate size w/ a lovely bed and comforter. The bathroom was equally nice with double sinks, and large shower tub, and separate enclosed toilet. Lots of towels and toiletries which is always a plus with the added amenities of robes, hairdryer iron and coffeemaker. I forgot to mention another nice touch, a lovely bottle of sparking brut wine greeted us upon arrival in our room. We then starting fiddling with the wet bar for some goodies to go along with the wine. After removing several items from the cabinet, the wet bar key broke off in the lock and we could not open it for the rest of the night. Luckily we had already removed our goodies. The view from our room was less than adequate since this room did not have a balcony and looked out on a landscaped grassy area. This was a little disappointing especially when I saw a man sitting on his deck peering into our windows. Closed curtains. We called reception to inform of the broken light and key. Turn down service was wonderful and the housekeeper was delightful. She even gave us extra chocolates. Dinner at the Grill was great and our waiter and busboy were very solicitious. They had a jazz quitarist performing and that made the dinner very romantic. The next day while we were in the shower housekeeping knocked on the door and requested to clean the room. We asked them to come back after 10:30. Went to breakfast. and returned at 11:30, room still not done. Left, and informed desk again about broken items. returned at 2:45, room still not done. Took a shower to wash off sand and housekeeping arrives. Asked them to return in 10 minutes. Half hour later they have not arrived, went to pool, return at 5pm and find that room has finally been cleaned. Also new bulb has been put in lamp which now works but still has hanging light fixture. Lock has been totally removed from wetbar. Dinner that night at AJ Valentien was excellent, outstanding. Reservations are recommended to get a good table. My husband had initially called down to see if a jacket was required and they said it was recommended. When we arrived 95% of the men did not have jackets. The airconditioner did not appear to be running at optimal performance. We checked out Sunday via TV and picked up our own car in the garage since it was closer for us to go directly to garage than go down to registration. The TV's in this five star hotel leave much to be desired. The quality and selection is rather poor. To sum up, the room was very comfortable and tasteful, the service inconsistent, the restaurants were great, the outdoor ambiance and golf course (although public) was fantastic but I don't feel it was worth the $530.00 a night we paid for the standard golf package. Would I return again? Probably, but next time might try the Hilton.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a beautiful hotel with an outstanding service. We stayed there for two nights and I have to say that everything was perfect.
Our room overlooked the ocean and the golf courts; it was very spacious and had a balcony. The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in and the bathroom is very large, with a wonderful shower and excellent bath amenities. The staff there is very friendly and helpful, like you expect in a 5 star hotel. There were only a few "negative" aspects: the television doesn't face the bed, even though in its place there is a nice fireplace; the lights are very low, which of course creates a nice and romantic atmosphere, but if you are trying to read or to find something you lost can be a bit annoying. The most negative aspect was the internet access in the room: you spend about 10 dollars for the day, but there is no way you can easily navigate: I had only to do a few things in Internet and it took me almost the whole afternoon, which is really frustrating when you would like to enjoy San Diego instead.
I would definitely return there if I ever had the occasion.
Not my favorite hotel in Southern California
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a beautiful building, and the restaurant is incredible, absolutely wonderful, but for the money, I feel that their guest rooms don't quite measure up to 5 stars.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable, but not luxurious. The bathrooms are also a decent size, but no big fluffy towels or rugs, not enough lighting. Maid service was not great; it was a little intrusive. The do not disturb sign turned out to be a pine cone on a rope hidden in the closet! Wish we had found it earlier! Room was not exceptionally clean.
If you stay, come for the spa, the restaurant, and the golf course, not for the rooms.
Fabulous and classy
Spent our 20th wedding anniversary and it was just fabulous. If you like over the top ostentatious surroundings then maybe you might be a bit dissapointed. If, however you like top not service, beautiful, classy and understated elegance, then this is the place for you. Of course the golf is outstanding and room service was terrific. The spa was on the small side, but it was a wonderful restfull experience. One tip to share, as soon as know that you might want to go into town, let them know. They will take you in their mercedes "S" for a ride. Believe me, this is not the tacky limo's you sometimes see in Vegas. It was soo nice.
One more thing, if you are celebrating something special, make sure you let them know. We received all kinds of extras and just about everyone knew that it was our anniversary. This is a very special place!
Special Time at the Lodge
Just returned from a 6 night stay and had a great time. Everything was really nice. All of the staff at the lodge were so friendly and took care of any needs we had. They have a car that will take you to Del Mar or La Jolla for free and pick you up at a set time that was helpful so you did not need to deal with parking. Golf was so much fun and beautiful - North and South course - great value for what you get, also enjoyed playing with some local folks and getting information about the area.
We loved the craftsman style resort, and felt that it was quite special to be able to stay in such a lodge that architecturally says "California" and has such beauty and interest. I also enjoyed the casual atmosphere and truthfully did not want to leave!
Very different from your typical resort with warm wood tones and very cozy, comfortable beds. (although the spa is totally different with more marble and light tones also very nice). Hope to see you there in the future, we plan on going back soon!
PS - Before going I did read other reviews about jets overhead - there are some fighter jets that will pass overhead anywhere from on occasion during the weekdays, to maybe 6 times a day but we thought they were pretty cool and did not detract from our visit.
What a dissappointment - certainly not worthy of a 5 Star rating
My husband and I stayed for the Valentine weekend and had a great time but not as a result of staying at this resort and spa. We always stay at 5 star resorts and have for years both here and abroad. We expected the service of a 5 star. The minute we checked in we found the front desk person not very friendly. We had brought champagne with us and asked the front desk to send up a bucket of ice. Our room was not ready so we went to the spa for a massage. We were told that the room key would be delivered to the spa. 2 hours later we were done at the spa and their was no room key delivered. We had to ask the spa to call for it and ask someone to bring it to us. We also asked the Spa attendant to remind them to deliver an ice bucket to our room. When we arrrived in our room we found no ice bucket. So we decided to give up on asking for it and we would use the mini-fridge in the room to chill the champagne. The key provided to open the mini-fridge would not work. We tried many times to use it and it would not work. I called downstairs and asked for a new key to be brought up to us and again asked for a ice bucket. Within a few minutes a key had been delivered, but no ice bucket. After asking again for the ice this bell hop went and got us ice. By this time it was almost 6:00 and decided that we did not want to go out of the hotel for dinner so we called the concierge desk and asked them to call the restaurant that we booked for dinner and change it to the next evening. The concierge said she would call us back and let us know if this was ok. No one ever called us back from the concierge desk - ever. We ordered in room service for dinner as it was raining very hard and didn't want to go out in the weather. The next day we went to the concierge and told her what had happened the night before. She did not apologize she did tell us though that the town car that the hotel has available for guest was not available on Sundays. She did call a taxi for us and while we were waiting outside the valet parking attendant asked if we were waiting for the town car. We told him they do not use it on Sundays and he said not true it is running tonight. Either he was wrong or the concierge did not know what she was talking about. Here was the most annoying thing about the weekend. They do not provide a sign to hang on your door for maid service. Instead the maids knock at the door at various hours of the day and night. We found this to be very intrusive. We would leave our room for breakfast ceom back a few hours later and they would not have come and clean the room. Instead it appeared that every time we came back they would knock. This was not good. It was a relaxing weekend overall except everytime they knocked on the door. The staff really needs some training to be a 5 star. We ordered in breakfast one morning to watch a movie and when room service arrived the young man asked me what movie we were watching. We told him and he continued to talk about the movie that we had just paid $10 to see. He did not have a clue that all we wanted was the meal delivered as quietly as possible and for him to leave. Instead he engaged in conversation about the movie since he saw it before. It was things like this that made us feel that this hotel is really over priced and overated. Overall, this hotel lacks really in service. The rooms are ok, clean and neat, light bulbs were burned out and the vent over the tub when wet drips rust onto the towels. You would expect more for the money. The grounds are pretty but we would never return...I was really dissappointed as we had never been to La Jolla and expected it to be more of a resort...I guess the mistake we made was not going back to Bacara in Santa Barbara where we spent our Valentines the previous year. The Lodge could take a lesson from the service at Bacara...that would be money well spent.
Unique property with flawless design, location, service
At least once a year I treat myself to a stay at the Lodge. It is a unique treat.
The owners must have spent a bazillion dollars on the building. It is true Craftsman design and construction. I applaud them for having the guts to stick to the Style as it would have been much cheaper to create a tinker-toy Hotel with compromises that would have appealed to average tastes.
The complaints about the rooms are really complaints about the Craftsman ethos. It is like staying at the Madonna Inn and complaining about kitch. I hate to see a property as excellent and unique as this one punished for being true to its Mission. Pardon my pun.
The rooms are huge, impeccably decorated with the highest quality furnishings. The baths are very large with seperate soaking tub and shower. All the usual upscale amenities are provided. The rooms are funished in dark woods but the task lighting is excellent and carefully thought out.
Both resturants are the best in their catagory, Valentines being 5 star.
The gym is top notch with great cardio, weight machines and even free weights. Its huge and loaded with amenities. As if that were not enough guests have FREE access to the spa across the hall. It could not be more lux. Waterfall showers, Marble Steam Rooms, TV and rest areas with juices and snacks. The attendant ran to get me a xxl robe without me even asking.
The location is otherworldly and the resort is designed to take full advantage of it.
The attention to detail is everywhere. The stained glass entry is breathtaking in its beauty. It is metaphor for the understated perfection that permeates the Hotel.
All areas of service are polished but friendly, perhaps a bit of attitude at the front desk, but that speck is offset by the ocean of overall great service.
I can't wait for my next stay.