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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Grande Colonial La Jolla

October 24, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Stay in business long enough, and you are bound to pick up a ghost or two. Such is the case with Grande Colonial La Jolla. We explored the alleged hauntings at La Jolla last year, you can find the full report here. The spirit of Groucho Marx, tiny jumping Abe Lincolns, a mysterious hair brushing, and ringing telephone are all de rigeur for the spirit world at this historic beach hotel. 

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla Completes $12 Million Dollar Renovation

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Makeover. Facelift. Renovation. Freshening Up. Nip and Tuck. Whatever you want to call it, Hyatt Regency La Jolla has had some expensive work done. The resort has recently invested $12 million into its guestrooms. Set on 11 prime acres in La Jolla, CA, the luxurious hotel boasts the 417 updated guestrooms, as well a 32,000 square foot Sports Club and spa, gourmet restaurant row, and 32,000 square feet of function space.

The top-to-bottom improvements included the redesign of bathrooms and bedrooms with a contemporary, coastal chic aesthetic accented in colors of blues, greys, and yellows. The rooms feature new lighting fixtures and furnishings including chairs, ottomans, headboards and TV stands. The sleek bathrooms feature all new fixtures and finishes including glass mosaic tiles and white porcelain sinks with stainless steel faucets and hardware.

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Image of the Day: La Valencia

January 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

La Valencia Hotel has been a destination to remember since its opening in 1926 in La Jolla. Guests can relax by the outdoor pool with the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop.

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Posted in: La Jolla, CA

Is Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla Haunted?

September 25, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grande Colonial Hotel La JollaGrande Colonial Hotel La Jolla recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Everyone knows you don't get to that age without a few skeletons in the closet. Or in the case of the luxury hotel, ghosts in the guest rooms. For years, tales of ghost sightings and paranormal happenings have been reported by guests and staff alike. The good news is that the otherwordly happenings have always been about people having fun.

One room in the hotel is popular with those craving privacy, as it has a private entrance. Late night phone calls have been known to come from this room when it is unoccupied. There's never anyone on the other end, and when employees go to check the room, the phone is off the hook and the room is empty and the windows are locked. Some have speculated that the activity is the spirit of regular visitor Groucho Marx returning for a visit. The legendary comedian was known for late night hijinks at the hotel. Other sightings include a couple in formal attire seen in the hallway, a young woman in a guest room, several small Abraham Lincolns jumping around in a room, and a woman in white who brushed a young guest's hair. 

Many supernatural stories take place in the hotel's kitchen. Activities include stoves that turn on spontaneously, cabinets that open and close by themselves, and frying pans that move around. During remodeling the reports increased, but the new restaurant Nine-Ten seems to have sent most of the ghosts elsewhere. Guests of the North Annex, which is above the bakery, have reported loud voices, heavy footsteps, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and closed for no reason—all after the bakery has closed. The noises have been attributed to two young women who used to live in the apartment that is now the bakery.

Interested in reading more Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla ghost stories. Here's a full report

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Happy 100th Birthday Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla!

May 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


Grand Colonial Hotel La Jolla


Happy 100th Birthday Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla!  The oldest hotel is La Jolla is celebrating its centennial this year. As part of the year-long Centennial celebration, the hotel will offer:

• A Time Capsule Contest

• Specials and packages for overnight guests

• Centennial merchandise for sale

• Throw-back cocktail menus at NINE-TEN Restaurant

• Weekly social media contests on Facebook 

• A historic video montage, which can be seen on the hotel's YouTube Channel.



History buffs will enjoy a special booklet prepared by the hotel. The booklet highlights five chapters of the hotel's history:

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•La Jolla: A Jewel from the Start

•A Landmark for La Jolla

•Putnam’s Legacy

•Hollywood and the Hotel

•Guests or Ghosts?

The Grand Colonial may be 100, but it doesn't look its age. The hotel features a five-story main building and three adjacent private buildings, all encompassing guest rooms and suites updated with every contemporary comfort. Also offered are 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space - most with ocean views - for weddings, meetings and special events. The award-winning ZAGAT-rated NINE-TEN Restaurant is a La Jolla dining landmark - boasting nationally acclaimed chefs, "Evolving California Cuisine" and a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list.


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A To-Die-For Breakfast in San Diego at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

August 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Colonial Hotel La JollaBreakfast fans, it doesn't get much better than this. Fresh, homemade pastries and breakfast breads, salmon smoked right in the restaurant kitchen, authentic New England maple syrup, fresh-made smoothies and juice drinks... NINE-TEN, celebrating its 10th year as one of San Diego's first (and finest) farm-to-table restaurants, has a killer breakfast and brunch spread. And when you book the "San Diego Bed and Breakfast" package at the Grand Colonial Hotel La Jolla, you'll get breakfast for two included with your room. (Rates from $229 based on availability.)

So you're not the breakfast type? Sleep in (and savor those ocean views) because you can get an extra night on the house. The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is letting you stay three nights but pay for only two with a special package.

Located only a short distance away from beautiful Torrey Pines State Park, The Grande Colonial also has its share of picture-perfect California coast nearby, with Blacks Beach, Windansea Beach, and La Jolla Cove all within close range of the hotel.