Business Spotlight: Live like a Royal at Empress Hotel in La Jolla


“Many La Jollans have friends and family coming to town who need a local hotel to stay in, and we’d like them to consider The Empress Hotel as an extension of their own home for their visitors,” said Joel Majors, general manager.

The Empress on Fay Avenue in the Village Center of La Jolla always had a lot to offer, but now this boutique hotel has even more — owners recently completed a $2 million renovation project of the 73 spacious guest rooms. The all-new décor features a turquoise-and-beige color scheme that reflects La Jolla’s spectacular beach and Cove scene, which is all just a short, walk away.

All rooms are calming and relaxing, said Majors, enabling guests to slow their pace and enjoy the peaceful ambience of The Empress and its lovely neighborhood right in the heart of La Jolla’s historic Village.

The smoke-free, pet-friendly rooms feature plantation shutters, plush bedding, soft spa-like bathrobes and bathroom amenities. Every guest room comes equipped with Wi-Fi, a 37-inch flat screen TV, small refrigerator and microwave.

Guests may dine in The Empress’ on-site restaurant or have meals delivered to their rooms. An on-site bar and lounge are also available. In the morning, a deluxe complimentary breakfast with gourmet coffee and a newspaper awaits hotel guests.

The Empress offers 24-hour concierge service, two meeting rooms, laundry facilities, a fitness center and dry-cleaning service. Rooms are ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant.

Because La Jolla is such a walkable community, it’s easy for guests to stroll the picturesque surroundings and visit the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and other galleries. Walking to La Jolla’s restaurants, cafés, designer and specialty boutique shops is just part of the Village charms — the pace is easy going without the need for a car.

For those visitors who want to experience some of San Diego’s other famous attractions, like the internationally famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Old Town and Gaslamp District, it’s an easy drive.

Clientele from all points on the globe have stayed at The Empress Hotel, according to Major, who added that group rates are available for wedding parties, anniversaries, graduations and other special events.

••• The Empress Hotel is at 7766 Fay Ave., La Jolla. Reservations at (855) 678-4042 and

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