Explore Our La Jolla Cove Hotel's Neighborhood

The Sun and Sand are Sublime

The Empress Hotel La Jolla is located in the heart of La Jolla, California, just 13 miles northwest of San Diego and the SDO-San Diego International Airport. Our La Jolla Cove hotel is ideally situated in the lovely enchanting village near beaches, the La Jolla Cove, spectacular shopping spots and the many delectable dining options in the area. World-class golf courses, including the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Mission Bay Golf Course (both 6 miles away) and the Presidio Hills Golf Course (10 miles away), as well as some of the best universities in the country, including the University of California San Diego, are just a short drive from the hotel. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is within walking distance. The Torrey Pines State Reserve is 5 miles away. Three miles from our hotel near La Jolla Cove are the Salk Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Scripps Research Institute is 5 miles away. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Illumina San Diego, and LPL Financial San Diego are all 6 miles from the hotel. Within 8 miles are the Shell Trading Gas and Power Company, Kyocera Communications and Qualcomm. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is 10 miles away, the Cubic Corporation is 11 miles away and Intuit is 15 miles from the hotel. In addition to the SDO-San Diego International Airport, there are 3 additional airports servicing the area: MYF-Montgomery Field is 11 miles away; OCN-Oceanside Municipal Airport is 32 miles away and the SNA-John Wayne (Orange County) Airport is 78 miles from the hotel.

Top Ten Things to Do in La Jolla

1. La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected.

2. Mount Soledad

Mount Soledad is a Veterans Memorial with one of the best views of the various areas of San Diego.

3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. This interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science.

4. Torrey Pines Golf Course

Torrey Pines Golf Coures includes 2 PGA golf courses and plays host to the PGA Tournament- Farmers Insurance Open.

5. University of California San Diego

Everyone will appreciate the vast green lawns of the University of California San Diego, a major university and home to the Mingei International Museum of World Art.

6. Children’s Pool

The Children’s Pool was originally designed as a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and now it is a main tourist and local attraction, as well as a great picture-taking area.

7. Girard Avenue and Prospect Street

Girard Avenue and Propect Street are fashionable streets in La Jolla that offer expensive shops, boutiques, art galleries and elegant restaurants.

8. La Jolla Caves

The La Jolla Caves consist of seven elongated fissures in the cliff walls that can be entered during low tide.

9. Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

MCASD (Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla) provides an unprecedented variety of exhibit space and a variety of experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibits and public programs.

10. La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse is the theater on the University of California San Diego campus.