Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hotel Review-The Hilton Torrey Pines

Date of Travel: June 2006

My wife and I spent 5 nights in La Jolla California at the Hilton Torrey Pines. The Hotel is situated next to the Torrey Pine State Park as well as the Torrey Pines Championship Golf Course which has hosted such notable tournaments as the U.S. Amateur Championship and the PGA and US Open Championships. The course is open to the public and guests of the Hilton Torrey Pines receive priority tee times if made in advance.

The hotel is large and should be considered a resort/conference hotel. It has several large meeting and dining rooms which makes it a convention and business conference destination. Due to the proximity to the Golf Course and beautiful grounds, it is also a wedding destination. There was at least one convention and one wedding taking place there during our stay which made it a bit crowded. So I would recommend to have a travel specialist like myself call ahead to find out if nay major events are planned during the times that you are thinking of traveling to the Hotel.

The rooms were very nice and roomy considering we were in a standard room. Our room was on the top floor which afforded us views of the golf course and even a distant view of the Pacific Ocean. The rooms were also very clean and well kept during our stay. The hotel staff left a bit to be desired and we witnessed several front desk screw ups where the solution seemed to always be a coupon for free drinks in their lounge.

The pool area was nice but extremely crowded and chairs were hard to come by. They had a pool side grill that was hardly open at the times advertised.

The restaurant was good, but very overpriced for what you get which seemed to be on par for the whole hotel. It was pricey considering the level of service received. The bright spot was that it was next door to the Torrey Pines Lodge and Spa and guests of the Hilton were able to use the spa and even charge the services to their room and was a short walk from the room to the spa.

We enjoyed La Jolla tremendously and will go back, but probably try one of the other 4 or 5 star hotels instead.

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