Most players will know Torrey Pines as host to the Buick Farmers Insurance Open and as the site of Tiger’s 2008 win at the second municipal course to host the U.S. Open. But a little less well-known is The Lodge at Torrey Pines, located adjacent to the Torrey Pines Golf Course with a view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. A mere 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego in La Jolla, California, The Lodge is easily accessible from the San Diego International Airport. Doormen in traditional kilted Scottish attire welcome guests to the Lodge, which features two restaurants, a full-service spa, pool, and 36 holes of golf right outside the door. The Lodge sits on six and one half acres and, for you architecture buffs, was built in 2002 to replace a 1960’s era motel on the site and modeled after the Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California, the craftsman style of architecture practiced by Greene & Greene in Southern California in the early 1900s. Picture shingles, sandstone and brick, with rich dark woodwork.

The Lodge features 170 guest rooms and 8 suites, ranging from 470 to 2,500 square feet. Our Palisade Room offered a good-sized deck and a view across the croquet lawn to the 18th green of the South Course, with the Pacific Ocean farther off on the horizon. The Lodge is consistent in its craftsman design throughout, including artwork and wallpaper, some of which looks like something that might be found at your grandmother’s house. Dark wood is a dominant theme, accented by fireplaces, leather chairs, muted colors and dimmed lighting via the omnipresent stained glass.

We took advantage of The Lodge’s two restaurants, A.R. Valentien and the Grill & Bar, where we enjoyed excellent service and food. Aside from playing golf, eating, and sleeping, we made sure to squeeze in some time at The Spa at Torrey Pines. The 9,500 square foot indoor spa features a handful of rooms for massages and special treatments. It’s a simple spa, and not surprisingly is accessible without any additional fee for all guests, regardless of whether they are having treatments or not. And if you still have time left over, there is a croquet lawn, outdoor pool and hot tub.

This isn’t a bright, shiny glass and chrome accented hotel, and there is no DJ spinning electronic dance music in a nightclub stocked with supermodels. The Lodge is designed to look and feel like a comfortable (albeit grand) residence, as opposed to the crisp lines of a contemporary Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons. At The Lodge at Torrey Pines you’ll get a very high level of service, good food, and the ability to sleep soundly in your room knowing your confirmed tee time awaits.

SCORE
89
GRADE
B+
Service
95
Accommodations
93
Fitness Center
84
Spa
84
Pro Shop
96
Food
90
Integration
85
Value
87

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95/ A

SERVICE

Don’t let the laid-back San Diego sunshine lull you into thinking that service at the Lodge at Torrey Pines has an overly relaxed vibe. Quite to the contrary, the hotel staff was among the best that we’ve encountered, from the first bellman we met to the front desk staff to restaurant waiters. The team was extremely polite and pleasant and seamlessly worked together to provide a high level of attention. Not everything went right on the trip, but the way that the staff responded to the problems was exemplary.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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