My wife and I will be celebrating her 57th b/d in SD in October. We want to stay at a great hotel with good food. I kind of like to split a trip and stay at two hotels during our trip. We were thinking about Hotel Del Coronado and Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe for 3 nights each.
What about the food there. The RV has a sister hotel in La Jolla called La Valencia. Could it be better. We like to dine at our hotel but we are not against going outside the hotel to another restaurant off the premises. Thanks.
I love the Del Coronado! We always visit the hotel when we visit SD -- it's a given. I've only eaten at the more casual restaurant facing the ocean, on the patio. (They also play live piano music, I believe, and there's a lovely bar, and a sushi-making stand). The portions are pretty big - I love the seafood sampler (for 2), with crab, oysters, etc. We went once for my mom's birthday, and they put a candle in her dessert of choice -- she had a NY cheesecake that was the best ny cheesecake we've tasted on the west coast. :)
you wil have more dining options if you stay in La Jolla. Rancho Santa Fe is quite isolated from the rest of civilization. The best place to eat in RSF is Mille Fleurs and quite frankly, although the food is good, you can get more interesting and creative food in SD. The food at La Valencia is not that good but b/c it's in La Jolla, you will have lots of good dining options, some within walking distance.
For a great hotel w/ great food, I would strongly recommend The Lodge at Torrey Pines. AR Valentien is the house restaraunt and has excellent food. Plus, you are not that far from La Jolla and a stone's throw away from the freeway where you can access the rest of the county.
Have stayed at RV; our bungalow was great, the quiet was wonderful, the food was lacking. You aren't far from Mille Fleurs though which is very good and I think my opinion of it is a bit higher than Daantaat's. You are also relatively close to two other excellent restaurants, Market and Addison. I do agree with him though on Lodge/AR Valentin as an option; both are very good.
My wife took me to lunch at Rancho Valencia several months ago. Beautiful surroundings! Great service Hefty prices. Fair to slightly better than average food, but really nothing special.
If you do the Hotel del, take the ferry across the bay and bop around downtown SD. Great places are located in Little Italy, which is just a few blocks from the ferry dock (although, with the ferry schedule, you might best be looking at lunch.)
The L'Auberge in Del Mar is a delightful hotel a block from the ocean. There are also several good restaurants within walking distance as well as their own excellent restaurant. If you have a car you're a short drive to some great restaurants including Market, Arterra and Winesellar Brasserie.