Why Cormorant Boutique Hotel is the Most Exciting New Property in La Jolla

La Jolla is a charming, one-of-a-kind Southern California beach destination, and the recently debuted Cormorant Boutique Hotel is the newest, most exciting addition to this village’s accommodations. Though the building housing the hotel has stood on the corner of Prospect Street and Girard Avenue since the 1940s, a complete renovation and rebranding has infused new life into this neighborhood landmark.

Boasting 26 unique rooms with retro style and modern amenities, a chic rooftop bar and lounge, and an on-site market with a storied past, Cormorant in La Jolla makes the perfect base for those looking to savor the town’s distinct charm. If you’re planning a visit, here are a few reasons why our eye-catching property should be your home away from home.

Bold, Retro-Inspired Design

A standout among La Jolla boutique hotels, Cormorant fits in with the town’s timeless personality, while nodding to more contemporary aesthetic sensibilities. As you enter the lobby, you’re greeted by classic midcentury modern design with Art Deco touches. You’ll notice the “cormorant” theme right away—this design choice draws on beloved local wildlife, as these majestic birds can be found nesting in the La Jolla bluffs just a stone’s throw away.

In your comfortable room, you’ll notice sand-colored woodwork, dramatic lighting, and a soothing neutral color palette. Step outside onto your custom trellised balcony to get spellbinding views of the Pacific Ocean stretching out before you. This is a highly sought-after amenity, as there are a limited number of hotels in La Jolla with ocean views! Brew a fresh cup of coffee from your in-room Nespresso maker, pull up a chair on your balcony, and simply take it all in.

Birdseye Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

A rooftop bar in La Jolla is a rare thing indeed. Cormorant’s fourth-floor dining concept boasts everything you’d want in a rooftop experience: 360-degree palm-studded ocean views, comfortable shaded seating, and a menu of small bites and craft cocktails from Chef Luciano Scagliarini (previously of Edgewater Grill and Pier Café in San Diego).

Getting to this hotspot is part of the fun—you’ll enter through a discreet alleyway decked out in a pop-art mural and a living plant wall. Gather with friends over refreshing drinks and watch the sunset, a nightly tradition for locals and tourists alike.

Prospect Market

At its heart, La Jolla is a tight-knit seaside community proud of its traditions. In the 1940s, Prospect Market was the only market in the vicinity, and it served as a staple of the community for decades. Now, it’s been converted to an upscale grab-and-go marketplace, where you can pick up everything from fresh juice and snacks to flowers and souvenirs. Planning a picnic? Snag a charcuterie board to enjoy alfresco or buy and assortment of snacks and goodies to take to the beach.

Unbeatable Location in the Heart of La Jolla Village

There’s a wide array of attractions within walking distance of this La Jolla boutique hotel. Grabbing a coffee, a bite to eat, or something sweet is never hard, given Cormorant’s central location in the heart of the village.

Check out Living Room Café, a favorite hangout serving fresh coffee, sandwiches, and even wine. Just across the street from the hotel, you’ll find Olive and Basil, focusing on Mediterranean cuisine, and Cherrywine Modern Asian Cuisine, a favorite of sushi lovers. When you have a sweet tooth, Bobboi Natural Gelato answers the call with fresh gelato in a huge variety of flavors.

Any trip to La Jolla should include a trip to local beaches—that goes without saying! Luckily, there are several located walking distance from the hotel. Arrive at famous La Jolla Cove in just five minutes and set up a blanket on the beachfront. Or dip your toes in the water at Boomer Beach, just around the corner. Even more sun and sand await at Shell Beach, just four minutes away on foot. From this rugged shoreline you can get excellent views of Seal Rock just offshore. Finally, head down to Children’s Pool Beach, with an ample beachfront and a scenic walkway overlooking the sands.


Looking for La Jolla hotels with balconies and ocean views? Stay at the recently debuted Cormorant Boutique Hotel, blending retro charm with modern amenities.