Hotel La Jolla and Cusp Opening Wednesday

After several months of major renovations, Hotel La Jolla and its top floor restaurant will open Wednesday in La Jolla.

After seven months of renovations, Hotel La Jolla will open on Wednesday to travelers and diners looking for something new in La Jolla. Hotel La Jolla is accepting restaurant and room reservations starting Wednesday. The local hotel on Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores Boulevard underwent $4 million in property renovations.

Probably the most anticipated addition to Hotel La Jolla, is the transformation of into a totally new dining experience – Cusp Dining & Drinks. The 11-floor restaurant with floor to ceiling views of the Pacific has a new look and taste. Those that dined at Clay’s will not recognize the space – just that amazing 280-degree view. Kimpton, the property manager, completely stripped down the restaurant space and built it up with simple and natural décor that mirrors the menu with coastal Mediterranean cuisine.

Mark Spears, general manager of Cusp, said the restaurant with nearly 90 seats will focus on the entire experience now. Every table has a view and every seat the wave-shaped bar faces the ocean. And the menu was also completely revamped.

Spears said the lunch and dinner menus starts with sharable plates, has beautifully crafted drinks by a mixologist Nate Howell and fresh menu items including salads, paninis and entrees. Some of his favorite dishes are the octopus salad and hanger steak. He also noted that Cusp has a children’s menu for little ones. Appetizers start at $7, flatbreads start at $11 and all entrees are under $30.

Chef Lockhart created a menu focused on local, in-season ingredients. Lockhart, a Southern California native, left his latest gig at W Hollywood’s Delphine Eatery & Bar to join the Cusp team. He even competed in the IKA/World Culinary Olympics in Germany.

While Cusp is serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is not the only space to grab a bite to eat on site. Kimpton’s also created a brand new poolside lounge called Hiatus. The outdoor space includes a full bar, tapas and sandwhich menu. This space is perfect for drinks before dinner, post dinner drinks, or even drinks after work to escape traffic along La Jolla Parkway.

Cusp's hours are:

  • Breakfast: 7 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: Starts at 5 p.m.
  • Happy Hour Monday through Friday: 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Brunch on Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hiatus's hours are:

  • Daily: Noon to midnight
  • Happy Hour Monday through Friday: 4 to 7 p.m.

For reservations call 858-551-3620.

In addition to Cusp, everything on the ground floor was resigned. Even the driveway, which will feature firepots, a 12-foot sculpture, and stacked valet entrance, is new.

The lobby will be open with natural light flowing in from large glass walls, a fireplace and casual seating areas off of the front desk.

The outdoor pool deck and lounge will feature a redesigned pool steps for wading into the water, cabanas and fire pits.

The gym will have new cardio equipment, weights and even hula-hoops.

Even the guest rooms underwent a few upgrades. Marine colors, shapes and materials were used in the casual hotel designs.

Hotel La Jolla features 110 guest rooms, pool, patio bar, ballroom space, gym, business center and restaurant.

Hotel La Jolla is a Kimpton Hotel, owned by Westpoint Capital Partners and La Jolla-based Cove Equity Group.


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