Grande Colonial Hotel

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Situated in the seaside Village of La Jolla and commanding views of the California coastline, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel.

This Four Diamond property boasts 93 guest rooms and suites, all of which are non-smoking and feature free high-speed Internet access; HD TVs with full HD channel lineup including HBO; Keurig single serving coffee makers; complimentary in-room bottled water; twice daily housekeeping service and evening turn-down service; complimentary access to Digital News Service; convenience charging outlets at nightstand and desk; speakerphone and cordless phone; Gilchrist & Soames bath and body products; and room service from NINE-TEN Restaurant, to name just a few.

Our 18 residential-style, extended-stay suites are located in two adjacent wings:  the Little Hotel by the Sea and Garden Terrace wings.  Interior design reflects comfortable residential style with full kitchens in each unit and some with fireplaces.  Select suites also feature fireplaces, oversized soaking tubs and showers with adjustable body jets and rain shower-heads.

Onsite is the award-winning, and newly renovated, Zagat-rated restaurant, NINE-TEN. No secret to the media spotlight, NINE-TEN boasts nationally acclaimed chefs, “Evolving California Cuisine” and a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list.  

The Grande Colonial also offers 2,319 square feet of indoor meeting space, some with ocean views, and outdoor space of nearly 3,000 square feet.  Accommodating up to 120 guests for meetings, and social events, the hotel caters to those who expect the highest levels of hospitality and service.  Our intimate size ensures personalized attention for every guest, at every touch point. 

With its ideal location, gracious service, and environment of extraordinary comfort, the Grande Colonial provides the ideal destination for vacation or business travelers to La Jolla, California.

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Things We Love

Our Location

Nestled in the heart of the seaside Village of La Jolla, the Grande Colonial is just 15 minutes north of San Diego and the International Airport. Within walking distance are hundreds of shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants renowned to La Jolla. The La Jolla Cove and sea caves, known world-wide for scuba diving, snorkeling and ocean kayaking, are also just steps away, as is the Children's Pool, where the sea lions and seals frolic. Guests seeking diversion outside La Jolla are close to championship golf courses, the Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Balboa Park, and Old Town Historic Park.

Our History

La Jolla’s Grande Colonial hotel is the seaside town’s oldest original hotel. All the while, the hotel has played its part as host, gracefully watching over the Village for more than 100 years, providing guests and residents with a valuable sense of history and community in this enchanted place called “the Jewel of the Sea.” The Colonial Apartments and Hotel, as it was known when it opened on February 1st, 1913, was the talk of the town and a foundation for the community. The original white, wood-framed Colonial Apartments and Hotel, was designed by Richard Requa who was the master architect of the California Exposition in Balboa Park. George Bane, who became sole owner of the Colonial in 1920, realized the tourist potential of the seaside town and decided to give the Colonial a whole new look. In 1925, he commissioned architect Frank Stevenson to design a hotel that would “rival anything in the West.” The existing building was moved to the rear of the property and a new, four-story building was erected in its place. Completed in 1928 and boasting 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms, the new Colonial Hotel had the first sprinkler system west of the Mississippi, which included fire doors that still exist in the structure. The La Jolla Drugstore, next door to the Colonial, was soon woven into its history. In 1926, the store was purchased by Kansas native Silas O. Putnam, and moved inside the Colonial’s main building when it opened in 1928. After he bought the drugstore and moved it to its new home, he added an ice cream parlor on the sidewalk that served up chocolate sodas and banana splits. Well loved by the townspeople, the pharmacist employed by Putnam, was also the father of Gregory Peck. Peck, who grew up in La Jolla, eventually left for Hollywood and became a movie star. Later on, the Colonial was a temporary home to some of Hollywood’s up and coming stars that were performing at the La Jolla Playhouse, founded by Peck. Charlton Heston, Dorothy McGuire, Groucho Marx, Jane Wyatt, Eve Arden, Pat O’Brien, David Niven and many other celebrities occupied the hotel well into the late 1950s. During the World War II years, the Colonial became home to many of the “top brass” from nearby Camp Callan. At night, the hotel’s sunroom was partitioned to create accommodations for single servicemen. Throughout the next several decades, ownership of the Colonial changed hands. But in July of 1998, three partners purchased the hotel, soon after changing its name to the Grande Colonial. These partners continue to own the property today and are committed to continuing the Colonial’s distinguished tradition of being one of the most elegant boutique hotels in California. Just as the hotel envisioned by George Bane, the Grande Colonial La Jolla, is a classic European-style hotel that rivals anything in the West. The staff strives to preserve the heritage laid down by the hotel’s founders more than 100 years ago by providing the most gracious experience in resort and business accommodations.

Our World-Class Dining

An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. Led by award-winning Chef Jason Knibb, NINE-TEN’s regional cuisine places an emphasis on produce from local artisan farmers. The restaurant showcases the unique seasonal style of cooking with menus dictated by the local harvest. The menu is created daily to take advantage of fresh produce discovered during daily excursions to local providers including Crow’s Pass and Chino Farms. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Chef Knibb, San Diego’s Chef of the Year, has been at the helm of NINE-TEN’s kitchen since 2003. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, he has trained under some of this country's most celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck and Roy Yamaguchi and Hans Rockenwagner. Partnering with him is Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo III. Both are recognized names in national culinary circles, having amassed many awards and accolades for their style and cuisine, including: a “very good to excellent” rating by Zagat®; Gayot’s Top 10 Molecular Restaurants in the U.S.; and a Rising Star Chef nod from StarChefs (one of only 2 chefs in San Diego to be recognized for this coveted honor). Jason was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown. Together, the two chefs create a synergy that stays true to NINE-TEN’s regional cuisine. The warm ambiance of NINE-TEN is enhanced with a refreshing color scheme with infusions of emerald green and light wood, providing the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. The restaurant’s main focal point is the vibrant and locally-inspired ocean and fauna wall panorama created by acclaimed artist, Dana Montlack. In addition to the main dining room, dining is also available on the sidewalk patio situated on lively Prospect Street where people-watching becomes a pastime. Al fresco ocean-view dining is offered on an outdoor terrace with peeks of the Pacific Ocean. NINE-TEN takes great pride in its enthusiastic and spirited service, while still being gracious and unassuming. The staff is exceptionally well trained and educated on the food and preparation methods, as well as wine selections and pairings. Today, the restaurant continues to celebrate nearly two decades as one of San Diego’s first ‘farm-to-table’ restaurants, receiving consistent acclaim for its cuisine, its chefs and its commitment to sustainability.

Village View King

One king bed with views of La Jolla Village. Sleeps 2. Size from 310 to 455 square feet.

Village View Queen/Queen

Two queen beds with views of La Jolla Village. Sleeps 4. Size from 310 to 455 square feet.

Ocean-View King

One king bed and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Sleeps 2. Size from 265 to 357 square feet.

Garden View Junior Suite with Fireplace and Kitchenette

Junior suite with kitchen, one king bed, sofa sleeper, and views of Garden Courtyard. Sleeps 4. Size from 385 to 390 square feet. Located in adjacent Garden Terrace wing.

Ocean-View Junior Suite

Spacious junior suite with one king bed, sleeper sofa, and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Sleeps 2 to 4. Size from 401 to 534 square feet.

Garden View Family Suite with Kitchen

Spacious 2 bedroom/2 bathroom suite with one king bed, one queen bed, and sofa sleeper. Sleeps 4-6. 800 square feet. Located in adjacent Garden Terrace wing.


    Wedding Facilities
    Walk To Shops
    Walk To Restaurants
    Smoke Free
    Room Service
    Room Keurig
    Premium Bedding
    Non Smoking Rooms
    Near Public Transit
    Multi Lingual Staff
    Modern In Room T V
    Meeting Facilities
    Laundry Service
    In Room Coffee
    Free Wi Fi
    Free Bottled Water
    Daily Housekeeping
    Air Conditioning
    24hour Service

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