The Lodge at Torrey Pines Review

Whether you are on holiday, attending a business convention, or planning a wedding, the romantic seaside village of La Jolla welcomes you with open arms. Only 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an ideal vacation spot. 

Unique in its warm, welcoming atmosphere, the lodge is nestled within the green landscape of the La Jolla bluffs, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Accommodations 

All rooms and suites at Torrey Pines are accented with warm wood features in a luxurious demeanor. The rooms range from 500 to 600 square feet and start at  $350, but can go as high as $800/night during peak season. 

The Signature Rooms have either a king size bed or two queens, flourished in Egyptian cotton linens and indulgent duvets. All rooms have either a patio or balcony overlooking the beautiful botanical reserve courtyard.  These rooms include a walk-in closet, a Keurig coffee maker, mini bar, HD television, lighted makeup mirror, and other complimentary services.  The Reserve Rooms are 50 feet larger, have one king size bed, and also a balcony or patio with the courtyard views.

The Palisades Room is the most spacious option without reserving a suite.  You will enjoy the stunning views of the golf course and California coastline on your balcony, and if it gets chilly you can cozy up in front of your own fireplace. These rooms also have the option of a king size bed or two queen beds.

The six luxury suite options range from 800 to 2,500 square feet and start at $1,800.

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The Thorsen Suite is the smallest of the suites, but still extremely spacious.  It overlooks the 18th hole of the lodge’s world-renowned golf course and the coastline. Guests will indulge in the room’s king size bed, enjoy an oversized fireplace in their own living room, and a second fireplace on the 400-square foot balcony. The bathroom is the epitome of luxury, with a third fireplace, a sofa, double sinks, expansive shower, and Jacuzzi.

The Robinson Suite is slightly larger than the Thorsen, and from your private patio, you can walk out onto the 18th green.  It also includes a living room area with a massive gas fireplace, perfect for a comforting retreat after a long day.

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The Mackinson Suite is 1,100 square feet of splendor. Sit on your balcony end revel in the breathtaking ocean views while also overlooking the green below.  The suite includes a bedroom and adjoining parlor, both with fireplaces and 60-inch flat screen televisions. The bathroom also has double sinks, a walk-in shower, and stand-alone soaking tub.

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The Palisade Suite, like the others, offers sweeping views of the 18th green and the sparkling Pacific on a private balcony. Sized the same as the Mackinson, the difference here is that the parlor includes a sofa with a pull-out bed.

The largest suites are The Blacker Suite and The Gamble Suite–both 2,500 square feet in size. The main difference between the two is that the Gamble Suite is on the bottom floor and the Blacker Suite is above.  They both have a Presidential Parlor, one and a half baths, a full kitchen, and two gas fireplaces. Both suites give guests the option of booking with an adjoining bedroom that also has a bathroom, fireplace, and balcony, overlooking the manicured grounds and the ocean.

Amenities

By far, the biggest attraction of this spectacular resort is its world famous golf course.  The Torrey Pines Golf Course has 36 holes, and the South Course hosted the Mens 2008 U.S. Open

It is 7,698 yards with a par of 72. The North Course is 7,258 yards with the same par. What makes the course so alluring for the professional and leisurely golfer alike is the breathtaking views.  Located on top of the La Jolla bluffs, the course dazzles all who visit. The hotel offers special deals on stay and play packages, so make sure to check those out before you plan your trip.

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After a strenuous round of golf, make your way over to The Spa at Torrey Pines. The spa uses nature-inspired remedies, heavily influenced by the local environment. Choose from massage, facials, water therapies, body masks, wraps, or exfoliating treatments, and more.  Whatever you choose, guests of the spa get to enjoy all spa facilities for the day.  Visit the fitness room, sauna, herbal-infused steam room, relaxation room with a fireplace, aromatherapy inhalation rooms, or take a guided nature walk through the reserve.  You could also finish your day with a dip in the expansive pool or whirlpool, and then sit around the outdoor firepits and gaze at the stars.

The resort also includes its own library.  Make sure to visit Scripps to enjoy their pool table, an array of books and board games, as well as a large, big screen TV.

Only three miles away is the La Jolla Shores, a wide, mile-long beach.  If you plan to visit the beach often, take advantage of The Lodge at Torrey Pines Beach Program to be supplied with complimentary luxury car service to and from the beach, towels, beach chairs and toys.

Food & Drinks

Savor delicious, locally sourced cuisine at either of the resort’s restaurants.

Sip a regional craft beer and nosh on seasonal fare at The Grill at Torrey Pines. Open daily from 6:00 am- 10:00 pm, it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite. Dine outside on the newly renovated patio and listen closely for the sound of crashing waves.

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Make sure to save room for dinner at A.R. Valentien, a restaurant that prides itself on preparing only the freshest Californian cuisine. The same masculine yet warm and inviting ambiance that is seen throughout the resort also encaptures the restaurant and bar.  Dark wood, soft lighting, warm leather, and comforting colors make A.R. Valentien truly welcoming. Enjoy indoor-outdoor seating depending on your mood, but I must advise to take advantage of their Bloody Mary and Bellini bar and to sip it outside, overlooking the grounds.

Both restaurants only serve food and cocktails until 10:00 pm, so if you are looking for more lively nightlife, remember that downtown San Diego is only a 20 minute Uber drive away!

THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES
11480 NORTH TORREY PINES ROAD
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA 92037


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