Though first-time visitors in La Jolla gravitate toward the more famous La Valencia, second-timers of pick this thoughtfully restored 1913 inn in a relatively quiet section of La Jolla's main street. Each rooms is different. In some rooms golden-hued carpeting and bedcovers set against aquamarine walls reflect the sunlit scenery; others set a handsome tone with an ochre, gold, and brown palette. All rooms are outfitted with goose down comforters and pillows and soft robes. Several have ocean views, but ask for one away from the condo tower blocking much of the scenery. Our favorites are the gracious suites with window seats that overlook the Scripps Park's palms and the sea. Relax in the brick courtyard and small pool tucked in a courtyard, and sip cocktails in the antique-filled lobby before dining at the hotel's superb Nine-Ten restaurant (also reviewed on this website) one of San Diego's finest. For stays of one week or more, the Grande Colonial's intimate Little Hotel by the Sea and Garden Terrace offer apartment-like suites with living rooms, kitchens, and a separate entrance.
- Frommer's Staff