Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
San Diego , California
Tel: 858 777 6620
Concierge.com's insider take:
A shining example of early 20th-century California architecture, this 170-room hotel was meticulously modeled after the Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, a pair of classic Arts and Crafts structures built in 1907 and 1908. Its construction is said to be so faithful to the Craftsman tradition that guests will be unable to find even a single nail used on the property. The Lodge's exterior of shingle, sandstone, and clinker-brick complements the pines, wild grasses, and sandstone bluffs of its ocean-view location north of downtown La Jolla. It's all quite grandmore so after being renovated and reopened in 2002yet it's still homey: Both the common areas and the rooms are earth-toned, with exposed posts and beams, rich leather couches, Stickley furniture, and Tiffany lamps (some real, some not). Even the smallest guest rooms are comfortably large; those on the west side face the manicured golf course, while those with eastern exposures look out onto a somewhat unkempt-looking natural landscape that includes the namesake Torrey pines. Requisite resort-style amenities, a pool with classical music piped in underwater, beach cabanas (in summer), and a full day spa please the families, romantic couples, businessmen, and golfers who stay here. It's notoriously tough to get a tee time at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, home of the 2008 U.S. Open, but the Lodge reserves 20 a day for its guests.