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Experience La Jolla San Diego

Beyond the beaches and shops of La Jolla there is an abundance of fun family sights, outdoor activities, historic landmarks, world-class golf, and much more, all just minutes away by car! Utilize our "Empress Hotel Beach Concierge" service to seize the beach vibe at any time during your stay, in addition to our complimentary services we have created Exclusive Wellness Offerings by partnering with local businesses to bring you more savings this trip!

Located minutes from San Diego famous locations

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La Jolla Beaches

Relax on pristine sand, take long sunset walks, or grab a surfboard and hit the waves at La Jolla's scenic beaches.

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Downtown La Jolla

Stroll through this friendly Southern California village where you can check out boutique shops and enjoy memorable meals while out on the town.

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La Jolla Golf

Enjoy a spectacular round of golf by the Pacific Ocean at the world famous Torrey Pines Golf Course or at any of the numerous courses near La Jolla, California.

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San Diego Zoo

Get wild at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals and naturalistic exhibits - from Africa to the Arctic. Meet lions, cheetahs, koalas and the playful giant pandas.

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SeaWorld San Diego

Explore the wonders of the ocean at this family-friendly attraction that offers everything from dolphin shows to the famous Shamu.

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Gaslamp Quarter

Shop, play, eat, and dance at the Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego. The historic Gaslamp Quarter district offers the most exciting entertainment, shopping, dining and nightlife scene in San Diego

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Old Town San Diego

History is waiting for you with over 17 historic points of interest and the finest in professional theatre, museums, artisans, galleries and shops all within easy walking distance with free live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, period attire docents providing tours and more

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USS Midway Museum

Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America's longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace.

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New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

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The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The Conrad is the permanent home of La Jolla Music Society hosting world-class performances. Located in La Jolla 2 blocks from the Empress Hotel. After the show, come for dinner and wine in our onsite piano bar and restaurant.

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Little Italy

This historic downtown neighborhood is a favorite local hang out, with lots of popular restaurants, shops, and galleries. Check out the Saturday Farmers' Market or annual Festa street fair in October.

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Seaport Village Shopping

Edging San Diego Bay, Seaport Village is San Diego's waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment marketplace. Stop at over 70 unique shops and restaurants and enjoy local live music.

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Balboa Park

A landscape of art and culture, Balboa Park is an urban playground with beautiful gardens, trails, plazas, museums and attractions such as the San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Zoo.

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Petco Park

With its magnificent architecture, amazing sightlines and breathtaking views of San Diego, Petco Park is a classic open-air ballpark and home of the hard-hitting San Diego Padres.


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  • Great experience

    "Great location. Walking distance to the cove and village. Having a valet which was really convenient. Very clean hotel. Great friendly staff. Shames was very very Nice and helpful. My experience was great."
    -Sadi M

  • Empress Saved our Anniversary Trip, Thank you!!

    "My husband and I visited La Jolla for our 20th anniversary. Our Air BnB reservation fell through in a very bad way, and we had to find a hotel for the next six nights, STAT. While my husband was dealing with Air BnB, I set out to search for something in the same area so we could..."

  • The Room Even Had A Piano

    "Came to La Jolla for a quick weekend trip from Los Angeles. Read all the good reviews and decided to give The Empress a try. Glad I did. The hotel is on the corner of Fay and Silverado in the heart of La Jolla Village, within easy walking distance of all the Village stores and restaurants and La Jolla Cove."

  • Amazing European Experience in La Jolla

    "From the moment I booked this hotel the staff, mainly Shamiss, was professional, courteous and exceeded my expectations! The Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the city, making the best restaurants, coffee shops and stores in easy walking distance..."

  • Lovely historic hotel close to everything in La Jolla.

    "This is a gorgeous renovated hotel right in the middle of La Jolla. Parking is not available but they do have curbside valet and there is a parking garage over the road. We were lucky to be there on a Sunday so we were able to park free on the road until the morning. They have the yummiest cookies at check-in"-Vivienne N