Pet-friendly Beach Cottages with patios 100% of profit benefits the rescues
Bill & Nikki
- english, spanish, portuguese
About Bill & Nikki
Our family has managed coastal rentals in La Jolla for 20 years. Bill built his first apartments in the 1950's. Since then, our family has enjoyed providing homes and vacations for wonderful people.
Why Bill & Nikki chose La Jolla
This home has unique character and charm. It is a simple, no-frills setup at budget prices and with all the basics but nothing fancy. Those who love the charm of an older home will enjoy it.
What makes this Cottage unique
There is a crosswalk just on the corner that allows you faster, safer access to the beach. The cottage is super cute with lots of natural light and ventilation. Near by are dog-friendly restaurants as well as dog parks and beaches.The short stroll to the beach means you can catch every sunset. The hotel across the street can accommodate additional guests and there are other vacation rentals on the block if you happen to have a large group. The public pool is 4 blocks away. Grocery market is 3 blocks away.
Pool / Spa
Pets allowed - We are very "friendly-pet-friendly"We are very "friendly-pet-friendly"
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 24
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Was a great location for what we needed. Just a short walk to Busy Bee Bagel shop! and to the beach to take in the beautiful sunsets. It was conveniently located to La Jolla Cove, Mission Bay, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach. It was clean but could use some TLC/updating especially the bathroom and the window coverings. The bed is a Futon it was comfortable for a futon but very low to the ground. There was a mix up with getting the key but it was quickly rectified. Would stay again if we were to return to the area.
Hi Jerelyn. Thank you for the review. I appreciate the feedback about the bed. Isn't it the same height as a couch seat? I would think it has to be, but I never paid attention. This is the first complaint about it, so we will be sure to note it when we redecorate. We also brought new window coverings not too long ago and left them in the closet for later hemming. A renter either walked out with them or threw them out. We were hoping they'd turn up but they never did =(
I initially contacted the owner by VRBO's message system, once we arrived. After 2 hours of no response, I used the VRBO phone contact to ask about finding and accessing the place. I spoke w/Nikki about how to find & access the location. Once on the property & inside the cottage, things weren't quite as they seemed in the pics & reviews Pros: 3-4 minute walk to a beach; a refrigerator, oven/stove, dishes/silverware, cable tv; access to a washer/dryer. The cons: There's no heater, aside from a tiny space heater (meant for use under someone's desk, to warm their feet) not to warm a 200 sq ft cottage. Upon entry, we couldn't find the space heater because it was so small, it fit in a kitchen cabinet. When inspecting the bathroom, there was 1 roll of TP, when I asked Nikki about finding more (we stayed 5 nights), we were told theres no more included because there was no room to store "bulk" TP. (Even as there was a barely used closet, 7 foot tall barely used bathroom cabinet, an empty 10 drawer dresser, a small bathroom cabinet (w/a plywood "counter") & two night stands.) Who knew even a 4 pack of TP was so bulky. The water was slow to warm, in both the bathroom & kitchen, be it to wash hands, self, or dishes. Because the place looks like it was built in the 30's or 40's, it's evident there's little if any insulation and as So Cal was experiencing unseasonable temps, every morning it was chilly (mid-30's), not surprisingly the tiny space heater did little to warm the place. We had access to a hair dryer, but it can only be plugged in to a kitchen outlet for use. There was about 2 teaspoons of dish soap for use to wash dishes. The faucet in the kitchen clearly needed 2 new gaskets as did the shower head in the bathtub (we made sure the shower water from the leaky shower head & tubing didn't leak onto the bathroom floor by rolling the tube up over the shower head.) An old broken foam soap pump dispenser was filled with mostly water & leftover soap to use to wash hands in the bathroom. The private patio in front of the place was dilapidated as was the entry gate. Dead plants in planters, a ladder fully extended leaning on the cottage next door, a garden work station that really belonged in the trash, & 2 random gate doors were on the patio along with 3 chairs & 2 tables. Overall, it was hugely disappointing! I am not a 5-star only type vacationer, but when I pay hundreds of dollars to stay @ a place, heat, TP, & soap seem basic. Never again!
Hello January. I am sorry you were disappointed in Villa Solana our most popular Vacation Villa. You had no complaints during your stay, so this disparaging review was unexpected.
Upon reviewing records, I see that you did not follow the pre-check-in protocol. I also see that access info was emailed prior to your scheduled check-in and you checked in on time, not 2 hours late.
I explained that our cleaners stock TP and toiletries and could bring whatever you were missing, but you didn't reply. There was more hand soap in the cabinet. Dish soap and other needs would have been at your door in minutes, if requested. The water heater is tankless and very efficient but the cold water in the pipes of course must flow through before you get warm water. We have extra heaters but you made no mention of being cold, so I didn't know to send one. As for the dead plants in the corner, the dog pen, and the ladder left by the handyman, I didn't know they were there. I find it hard to believe these were problematic since it was too cold to use the patio anyway. In any case, any of the issues would have been remedied promptly if I'd known about it.
I am sorry you were so unsatisfied. It's sad when a person lacks appreciation for people and experiences and would choose to punish a person rather than give them a chance to help you out. I guess I am just a more appreciative person, so I don't truly understand your disappointment. As my favorite plaque says "If you're lucky enough to be at The Beach, You're lucky enough!" (especially if you get to stay for half the price of the Inn across the street!)
Unwelcoming and disappointing property
As a long time VRBO customer, this La Jolla property was by far my biggest rental disappointment. I called VRBO to report my quality and safety concerns. Overall I concluded that this property was in need of a thorough renovation, upgrade, and cleaning. I cannot imagine that a quick phone call to the owner would make this a suitable place for a visit. The interior was grim, tired, and worn. The owners substituted arcane procedures for effective management practices. The apartment was so unwelcoming I checked out a day early.
A note for those who might take this review seriously: Villa Solana is a budget rental. If it were upgraded, it wouldn't be cheap or kid/pet-friendly. The nightly rate is less than the hotel across the street which doesn't offer kitchens or private patios. Villa Solana is imperfect but it is adorable, bright and clean.
This guest had no complaints about the cleanliness of the home during her stay, other than the trash bins having some trash in them. She seemed to cause other problems deliberately (ignored very simple house rules) then made it impossible for us to fix them promptly. It seemed she just manufactured situations to try to earn a refund. Perhaps not coincidentally, the cleaners found a rolled-up dollar bill in the bathroom on her departure. Maybe she was not all there because of her personal habits. She certainly didn't seem reasonable. Other hosts should beware.
Location! Location! Location!
Nikki is an amazing host! Being a new artist to California, she was super helpful with any questions about the house and/or neighborhood. What a beautiful place to lay my head for a month! I never wanted to leave! A short walk to the beach, bars, and restaurants. My favorite part about Solana was the private patio where I spent mornings drinking coffee or painting all day. I hope to have the opportunity to stay at this magical place again. <3
Thank you so much, Dawn. It was a pleasure to have you for a month. It is always nice to meet those who "run away" to La Jolla to start a new life. I wish you the very best and hope to see you in the neighborhood when you find a more permanent space. Do keep in touch.
Best Spot in La Jolla!
Villa Solana was fantastic, close to tons of restaurants and only a 2 minute walk to Windansea Beach. It’s a quaint place, good for 1-2 people, very clean and has everything you need. It’s like a little hideaway with the jasmine wall out front and the patio gets beautiful sun through the day. La Jolla has many things to do for singles, couples or families. Nikki was very accommodating and helpful, she was there anytime I needed anything. I would highly recommend.
Walking and hiking paths just 2 blocks away are great for walkers, bicyclists and dog owners.