From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The hacienda-style Estancia sprawls along the bluffs north of La Jolla. Setting the Spanish Mission mood are red-tile roofs, faux-adobe walls, and 210 rooms and suites set around arcaded courtyards. Interiors are equally invitingan eye-pleasing array of apricot, avocado, and pumpkin hues set against Mexican reproduction antiques and Indonesian wicker. The Adobe restaurant blends fresh-off-the-boat San Diego seafood with traditional ranchero dishes such as grilled rib-eye steak. The after-dinner crowd adjourns to The Library for a quiet Cognac or strolls across the rose garden to the Mustangs & Burros bar, where drinks are served alfresco in front of a roaring fire and accompanied by a flamenco guitarist. The Spa at Estancia offers citrus body scrubs and outdoor massages.2005 Hot List
When to go: Steer clear of late spring and early summer, when fog often shrouds the shore.
Which room to book: Which room to book: Any on the north side overlooking the pool and spa
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessibleSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›