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The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ green is what separates it from other Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels. That’s green as in golfing green — it sits right up against the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course, which has seen play from such big-name golfers as Tiger Woods. And green as is outdoor scenery, too; Torrey Pines State Reserve is just north of the San Diego hotel. The Lodge at Torrey Pines is in the tony town of La Jolla, though it’s closer to the equally posh Del Mar neighborhood.
Another standout feature is the luxury hotel’s distinctive Craftsman-style architecture, with wing-like rooflines, shingle and sandstone-bluff exteriors, clinker-brick masonry, rich Brazilian cherry woodwork and natural stone surfaces. The tranquil environment and Craftsman design make the hotel a quiet retreat with a rustic feel. In addition, the hotel is home to San Diego County’s only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, A.R. Valentien, and its only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa, the Spa at Torrey Pines.