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Amanda Berrill · Married on 09/14/2019
We had an incredible wedding weekend at Estancia. The grounds are stunning, the staff is so helpful, and the actual wedding was a gorgeous, perfect, rowdy party. They anticipated our needs and went above & beyond for our stay. Riley was so incredibly helpful during the entire planning process; she was so kind to make some exceptions and throw in some extras for us. Thank you Estancia for an unforgettable weekend!Sent on 09/26/2019
Megan · Married on 05/05/2018
We had the most amazing wedding at Estancia! Five star venue with five star food and service. We toured 12 different venues in the San Diego area and fell in love with Estancia as soon as we set foot on the property. Our event manager Brenna Myers was an absolute joy to work with. We planned our wedding from across the country so there was a ton of back and forth, and Brenna handled every call and email exchange with a smile. She gave us the confidence that every request and wedding detail would be handled with care, and Estancia did not disappoint. We had shuttle busses coming for pre-wedding events on Thursday and Friday, used a number of different spaces throughout the property all day Saturday and had a magical brunch on the Olive Lawn on Sunday. The food throughout the weekend was outstanding! Estancia prides themselves on their cuisine and it definitely delivered. There were so many logistics for all of our events considering that most of our guests were flying in from New York, but Brenna and the entire Estancia staff didn’t miss a beat and execution from their end was flawless. We cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was at Estancia!Sent on 07/08/2018
Michelle · Married on 02/04/2017
Location and Venue: You CANNOT BEAT getting married in La Jolla! Even though we lived in the area, we cannot believe how fortunate we were to be married in that location. The entire property is BEAUTIFUL and PICTURESQUE. There are many spots on the property to get perfect pictures of the happy couple.Sent on 04/10/2017
The spaces at the Estancia are perfect for a wedding reception. We were in the newly renovated Grande Ballroom, which had plenty of space for our 120 guests at tables and dancing. The seats, tables, table-settings, room décor, and beautiful NEW wood flooring are ALL AMAZING!!
Dinner: Our guests were thrilled with the dinner at the Estancia. The most favorite item was the Street Taco bar, of which almost every guest got seconds (or thirds). For appetizers, we strongly recommended the bacon wrapped sirloin and the red, white, and blue salad. We served our dinner at stations, and every member of the Estancia team was polite and responsive to all our guests.
Service: The events team at the Estancia are WONDERFUL to work with, specifically Brenna. She was so friendly, prompt, and accommodating through the entire planning process. The entire Estancia team was incredible and accommodating to every request we had.
Hotel Accommodations: Most of our out-of-town guests stayed at the Estancia and loved it. The rooms are CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. The property is BEAUTIFUL and SERENE. Even though it is more expensive than staying at a budget hotel, it is worth it to create a luxury experience of your entire wedding weekend.
Price: While normally Estancia is on the very pricey end, we received an amazing deal for our February 4th date. If you want to have your wedding/reception at the Estancia (and trust us you do!), try planning for a January/February wedding when they have fantastic special offers!
We strongly recommend that you consider the Estancia for your wedding and/or reception!
Korie · Married on 09/03/2016
Estancia La Jolla captured my heart when I visited their with my then boyfriend for a weekend getaway. Spending time at the pool under the cabanas with a Sangrita signature cocktail was one of our favorite past times while we were dating. The beauty of it's property and the professionalism of their staff is what always drew me to the property for business and pleasure and made me want to send my clients there for their own wedding.
As a wedding planner in San Diego for the past 12 years, I always enjoyed the calmness and beauty it provided me and my brides and grooms so when Rich Younger my husband popped the question, there was no other property that I could see us saying "I do" at then at Estancia where my heart had always been.
My husband and I were married at Estancia on January 27, 2018 and from the moment I signed the contract with them, I was amazed that being on the client side of the coin was as amazing as being on the colleague side.
Brenna Meyers in the Senior Events Manager role is exquisite. Her attention to detail and the calm sense in her demeanor is something that deserves high praise. In my mind, she IS Estancia and everything that I love about the property shines through the way she presents herself and the way she takes ownership of every situation, every bride, every time and my wedding was no exception. She is there to guide you, inform you, treat you like a VIP and simply listen to the needs and wants and vision of her clients and she was my right hand girl throughout the entire planning process. Every bride should have a Brenna in their planning process to ease the stress and be informed of every decision and every detail.
My wedding day at Estancia was everything that I have ever dreamed of and I see a lot of weddings there. Thank you Karla for doing my contract and for answering all of my questions throughout!
Thank you again SO much!!!
Korie + RichSent on 02/07/2018
Kathy · Married on 06/26/2015
Our daughter's wedding was just last Friday but I couldn't wait to write a review. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa far exceeded our expectations!! Brenna Myers is the Catering Manager and from the very beginning of our dealings with her she quickly responded to all requests and emails. Brenna was a joy to work with!! From finding a date to flexing with our needs and desires, Brenna went the extra mile to make things happen.Sent on 07/02/2015
Every detail of our celebration received attention from every member of the catering staff. The hotel staff was equally exceptional-from front desk, to bellmen and pool servers. Everyone's demeanor was pleasant and kind. This was very important to my husband and myself since we had many guests staying at the hotel.
AND I can't say enough about the quality of the food at the reception. My brother was the Pastor for the ceremony and has done 100's of weddings. He told me it was the best wedding food he had ever had and I'd have to agree. The appetizers as well as entrees were hot and magnificent. This was a very pleasant surprise since I had been at so many weddings where the event space was lovely but the food was cold and bad. Servers were very attentive and bartenders were professional.
I really am grateful for Estancia's attention to detail and great customer service. This wedding was what my daughter called "the best night of my life." Thank you Estancia, it was in no small part because of you.
Stephanie · Married on 08/31/2014
Imagine this: You're driving up a gorgeous green drive way to the valet, you take a deep breath and feeling of a calmness and relaxation come over you. That's what it is like to come to Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.Sent on 10/21/2014
After physically visiting 49 venues - yes, I typed that correctly 49 venues - Estancia was going to be my LAST tour, no matter what it was like, I was going to choose between the 50 venues I went to.
When my mother and I drove up the very first time, it was amazing. We were greeted by courteous Valet, lush green landscape, and a beautiful fountain. Within 10 minutes of being on the property my mother and I looked at each other and said this was it - deposit down, contract signed, DONE!
Once our contract was signed, I was introduced to the amazing, talented, and professional Brenna. Brenna helped us every step of the way with whatever crazy, insane, questions/ requests I had. Brenna of course was introduced as the Catering Manager, but by the end of my wedding, Brenna truly became my confidant, supporter, and friend. There were many emails I send to Brenna in a tizzy over the drama that was going on, she was able to support me and give me some compromising solutions to make things a little easier! Brenna really is the heart and soul of Estancia and the reason my wedding went off smoothly!
Fast Forward to the Tasting:
#1- The food here for a wedding is FANTASTIC! I've been to plenty of weddings and know that it's really difficult to mass produce food for lots of people at one time. Normally something doesn't taste the same as it did in the tasting. Well, I'll tell you PEOPLE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE FOOD - 4 MONTHS LATER! The beef short rib and salmon are delicious and the lamb pops we had as appetizers were the crowd favorite! (I'm told there was a line at the kitchen door waiting for them to come out!).
The grounds speak for themselves - it's just amazing and the absolutely perfect place to have a weekend wedding.
Jim and Esther · Married on 10/20/2013
We received nothing but the best of everything from the Estancia. Brenna, the valet guys, the front desk, service staff during lunch, Felipe at Mustang & Burros, everyone we met at the hotel was super professional and friendly. We had our ceremony and lunch on the Olive Lawn, which affords an intimate, private setting surrounded by the beautiful plantings and buildings. This place has a total "Santa Barbara/Montecito" ambiance tucked away across from UCSD. Like another reviewer, Ray, Sean, and the other guys on the valet team work their butts off and set the great tone for everything else at the Estancia! J&ESent on 10/22/2013
Courtney · Married on 08/31/2013
So beautiful! So accommodating! Beautiful lush greenery with a spanish feel. Very tranquil and pleasant. Brenna was amazing. She was very responsive and patient and nothing but joy to work with the whole time. Perfect setting for a dream day.Sent on 10/01/2013
Adrianna · Married on 03/17/2013
We had a lovely, serene wedding at Estancia and will always be grateful for the charming setting and terrific service.Sent on 03/29/2013
We chose the venue based on the beautiful landscaping and intimate feel. We were thrilled to work with Adrienne Almario, who managed the event perfectly and is a tremendous resource for event styling and logistics. Adrienne is extremely professional, responsive, and thoughtful, and she answered our many questions patiently and thoroughly. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of event coordination and catering and addressed all the details of our wedding perfectly. Adrienne is a lovely person and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Estancia created a wonderful event and made our wedding party and guests feel at home. We used three locations for our 40-person wedding: the Olive Lawn for the ceremony, the Caretakers Lawn for the cocktail reception, and the Hacienda Lawn for dinner. The catering staff transitioned from one location to another seamlessly, and they were all gracious, conscientious, and attentive. Miguel led the catering team and made the team’s hard work look effortless. The entire catering team was terrific. We are especially fond of Lydia, who served us at our tasting and at our wedding. She was a friendly, warm, and familiar face during our event.
The food was delicious and well prepared, and the bartenders did a terrific job creating a signature cocktail for us. We have eaten dinner twice at Estancia’s Mustang & Burros and breakfast once at Estancia’s Adobe El Restaurante, and we had great meals all three times.
We stayed at Estancia on our wedding night. The room was lovely and well appointed.
We want to give a special shout-out to the valet team, who are some of the friendliest and most personable guys around!
brigid · Married on 09/15/2012
Estancia is a wonderful place to get married. I really enjoyed the whole experience, and everyone (from the valet to the waiters, etc) really made you feel like you owned the place on the day of your wedding. The setting was amazing, and the whole wedding was absolutely gorgeous.Sent on 10/10/2012
Pam · Married on 05/12/2012
My daughter was married at the beautiful Estancia Hotel in May. The wonderful Adrienne Almario was our event manager. Everything was perfect: the setting was gorgeous; the food delicious; the service impeccable. The staff, guided by Adrienne, were gracious, friendly, and patient. Nothing was left to chance, every detail was addressed. Adrienne always made me feel like my daughter's wedding was her top priority. Thank you to the staff at the Estancia for making my daughter's wedding magical. Pam S.Sent on 06/10/2012
Laura · Married on 04/08/2011
Gorgeous venue with a professional staff. A hidden gemSent on 06/18/2012
Natacha · Married on 02/22/2009
Working with Erica Davis at Estancia was an absolute joy. She and all the Estancia staff are extremely professional and go out of their way to make sure your needs are met. They worked with us till the end, making it so easy for us to make last minute changes. My wedding at Estancia was an absolute dream and it went so smoothly! I recommend this place to anyone and everyone.Sent on 03/15/2009
Denise · Married on 05/07/2016
We got married last May at the Estancia and it was just great. The staff was wonderful and so easy to work with! They really know how to treat their customers/couples. The grounds are beautiful and so are the ballrooms. We were extremely happy that we chose the Estancia!Sent on 02/21/2017
Rita · Married on 11/06/2010
We loved Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Our wedding was truly magical because of this amazing venue. My husband and I planned a destination wedding to San Diego, CA and choose Estancia on the recommendation of our wedding planner, Melissa Barrad. We couldn't have picked a more perfect venue. Our family and friends are still talking about our wedding and Estancia. The grounds were spectacular. We had our ceremony on the Olive Lawn and the reception in the Adobe Restaurant.Sent on 11/20/2010
The staff was professional and so helpful. We had a brunch the day following our wedding on the same lawn.
A friend of mine also treated me to a massage at their spa. It was amazing! I highly recommend taking advantage of the spa while you are there.
We will return to Estancia in the years to come. It is truly a magical place.
Brooke · Married on 08/08/2008
Estancia has THE BEST service! I felt like a total princess the day of my wedding. They pay attention to even the smallest detail.Sent on 09/03/2008
Haylee · Married on 10/14/2017
The moment we walked into Estancia, we knew that it would be a dream venue for our wedding. The whole resort feels like a world away from the San Diego beach that it’s next to. We toured the gardens and ballrooms and suddenly the wedding vision came to life. The planning process was seamless and we enjoyed and looked forward to having our meetings with our coordinator, Brenna Meyers. Brenna is an asset to the Estancia team, she worked so well with our vendors and always made us feel valued. Most of our guests stayed at the resort, but even the ones who didn’t were wowed by the venue, service and welcome that they received. The food is fantastic, the service was incredible, and the accommodations they made for us were above and beyond.Sent on 12/05/2017
User1747698 · 2+ years ago
The Estancia is just as gorgeous as it looks in the photos. We got married on the Olive Lawn and it was perfect for the size and ambiance of our wedding. I also appreciated that the onsite coordinator placed all of my wedding party in the same wing of the hotel. We felt like we had the place to ourselves even though there were plenty of other hotel guests that weekend. I got a pre-wedding massage at the hotel's spa and it was literally the best massage I've ever had. I took off one star for quality of service because the food was great during the tasting, but not as good on the actual wedding day. That being said, I have no regrets and I highly recommend the hotel.Sent on 02/17/2013
Amy · Married on 10/12/2013
I loved getting married at Estancia! Even though my wedding weekend was packed with other weddings, we never got the feeling that we were just one more wedding. The service was attentive and caring, and the spaces are gorgeous! Estancia was very flexible with our requests and in the end, I had the perfect day! Brenna was especially great and so helpful throughout the planning. We look forward to celebrating anniversaries at this beautiful venue!Sent on 11/21/2013
Billy · Married on 08/24/2013
Service is what sets Estancia apart from others. And by service, its not just the staff working the wedding (although Brenna Myers was absolutely outstanding!!), but everyone at the entire hotel. The valet are very attentive and always offer up a bottle of water. The front desk reception workers are uber friendly. Even the grounds crew and maid service would greet you with a smile.Sent on 09/11/2013
As for our wedding, we had quite a production. 170 guests with ceremony onsite out on the main lawn, and reception in the large ballroom. We chose the venue after looking at 8 other San Diego/La Jolla locations. It stood out for its beauty and service. The ceremony felt like we were in some magical garden. The ballroom was beautifully decorated. And the staff as mentioned above went above and beyond. All of our guests were thoroughly impressed and entertained. They also loved the hotel and said just walking through the doors brought about a sense of calmness and relaxation.
My only slight knock is on value. We knew the place was going to be on the pricey side and that was fine. It was well worth it. I also know that there is an annoying wedding surcharge with every site/vendor. It got to the point where I thought of not telling vendors it was for a wedding because it felt like everyone added 10-20% to their normal rates. Its just that there were some charges that I thought should have been included with our package rather than added as an extra fee. Some examples include uplighting for the ballroom ($600+), copper chargers for each seat ($3.00 per setting), kids meals (chicken fingers and fries) that cost $45 when you include the tax and 22% service. Fortunately I was able to get them to include the cost of kids beverages instead of having to pay an additional $30 per child for those!
All that said, Estancia was worth the price and the value is good and I would definitely recommend as a great venue. Thanks for making the entire weekend so special!
Miranda · Married on 05/16/2009
The staff was so wonderful! We felt like a king and queen all weekend. Everyone was very helpful. It really is such a beautiful location too. We got so many compliments from our guests. They absolutely loved the venue. We had our ceremony/cocktails in the courtyard and reception in the smaller ballroom. It couldn't have been more perfect :) I love that they provide the garden suite to get ready in. And all the food was so good! Very gourmet and they accommodated our all vegetarian preference. The only downside is that it is fairly pricey (at least for us using the courtyard for only 100people) but it really is worth every penny.Sent on 07/01/2009
Michelle · Married on 09/10/2005
Beautiful! Beautiful Property!Sent on 08/18/2008
They have a great spa so you can treat the girls and yourself to manis/pedis the day before and so Bride & Groom can get a massage the morning of the wedding. The food is amazing and so is the attentive staff! I also had out-of-town guests stay here. Best place to stay and have your ceremony and reception. Several outdoor options for your ceremony and/or reception. Meticulous landscaping. Nice small setting, but I believe they can accomodate up to 200-250 for the ceremony & reception. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
Turath · Married on 03/31/2012
Estancia La Jolla was a dream wedding venue come true for me. It is rather expensive which is why I gave three stars for value and we had to have a day time wedding in order to be able to afford it, but in the end, it was worth every penny. Our honeymoon suite was beautiful! Many of our guests said the venue was beautiful. We were married on the Olive lawn, and it was just perfect.Sent on 04/05/2012
I · Married on 05/22/2011
Initially had some imajor ssues with the original event coordinator assigned to my wedding in terms of getting basic details correct (date of an additional event that we requested, menu selections, number of tables, number of guests) as well as poor timeliness of her responses. However, once another coordinator was assigned, the wedding planning process went much more smoothly. In the end, the wedding went very well. The grounds are beautiful and I am glad we chose the Estancia for our wedding.Sent on 06/01/2011
Kim · Married on 01/15/2006
We loved the venue because it was simply a stunning setting for a wedding, and one of the only places large enough that we looked at. However, during the year of planning, we worked with 3 catering managers and several pieces of critical information kept getting lost along the way. For example, despite several very clear assertions about our preferences for alcohol service (basic liquor, do not refill wine glasses on the table, etc), they ended up serving and charging for top shelf liquor and refilling wine glasses on the table without being asked! We were very disappointed with this. Other than that, it was beautiful and a perfect setting.Sent on 07/31/2008