Blue Lantern Inn, A Four Sisters Inn
What We Love
- Beach cruisers, beach chairs and sand pails are free upon request
- Each of the 29 rooms is equipped with a fireplace and jetted tub
- Free wine and hors d'oeuvres from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and freshly baked cookies from 3 in the lobby
- Partial ocean views from the balconies of the Pacific Edge Rooms
What To Know
- If you’re in search of a more secluded beach, drive over to West Street in Laguna. There are lots of stairs to navigate, but the peace is worth it
- Hearty morning breakfast with lovely quiches, bacon and cereals can be delivered to your door for an additonal $5 per person
- Turn-down service is available upon request
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This Nantucket-style inn was built in 1990, and it has the cozy, relaxed vibe of a classic English bed and breakfast. The amenities are more up-to-date than at your average B&B, though, with free WiFi throughout the property and an iPod docking station in each room. Harbor-view rooms offer sweeping vistas of the standup-paddleboarders and yachts out at sea. The communal areas, especially the library, bustle during the nightly wine happy hour, where there are cheese plates to nosh on before dinnertime.
Bed and Bath
The Blue Lantern takes special care to make your room feel like home. Soft light flows in through the white shutters, making for an airy, beachy feel. Instead of travel-size toiletries, full-size bottles of soap and lotions sit near the sink; the shampoos and conditioners are from Gilchrist & Soames. In the guestrooms there’s plenty of room to lounge in the wicker chairs near the gas fireplace after a long hike on the coastal trails.
Outside the inn’s front door is a lovely gazebo that overlooks Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. After watching the locals cruise around on their standup paddleboards, you might be inspired to rent one and do the same. Take advantage of the proximity to the oceanfront with free beach chairs and sand pails, or go for a ride on one of the inn’s free cruiser bikes. When it’s time to unwind, book a pumpkin enzyme facial or deep tissue massage at the on-site spa.
In the Area
Dana Point is known for being one of California’s premier beach towns, so be sure to partake of some of the water sports in the area. You can arrange a dive at Beach Cities Scuba, or take a standup-paddleboarding lesson or rent a kayak at Westwind Sailing Center. After you’ve rinsed off, dine at Tavern on the Coast, where you’ll find such dishes as tender braised beef short ribs on faro, and duck confit atop some perfect polenta, prepared by an alum of Thomas Keller’s kitchens. Or if you’re heading out for a picnic in Doheny State Beach, stock up on sandwiches at Tutor & Spunky’s, next door to the inn.
How to Get There
Gorgeous all around. Wonderful setting and the most incredible views of the harbor and ocean. I stayed here the night before my wedding and got ready there the next morning - it was the best place to be to relax and unwind before the hustle and bustle. The staff were incredibly pleasant and phenomenal to work with. There was one weird payment thing over a mistaken $0.20 undercharge - it seemed like a whole lot of hassle to go through over 20 cents, but I wasn't going to be bothered about anything on my wedding day so rolled with it. Warm breakfast was great. The staff allowed us to take some photos in the lobby setting and even helped me with my dress a bit. After seeing the place, one of my vendors who met me at the hotel even stayed at the Inn a few weeks later for her own personal staycation!
Beautiful views, attentive front desk staff. Our king bed was in need of being replaced, i kept rolling into the middle. Breakfast, get there early. As it wasn't replenished when we arrived at 9am. The choices were slim at that point.
We stayed here for one night and we had a great time. The views are spectacular and the service, food and everything else was wonderful. Everything is also very close by for a stroll in town. We also enjoyed their complimentary wine in the afternoon and breakfast.
We stayed here for 2 nights in March.
It was a nice little hotel on the top of the cliffs looking over Dana Point.
Very friendly staff and wine and cheese hour at 5 is a great touch as well.
Recommend if staying in the area.
The Blue Lantern sits in a beautiful spot overlooking the Dana Point harbor. It is attractive and in great shape. Rooms are spacious and in very good shape, if not the high end of luxury. People were very nice, and there is a good friendly vibe from a lot of people hanging around the comfortable lobby from having a happy hour and breakfast. The happy hour is nothing to write home about but you can get some cheese, crackers and fruit to tide you over. Breakfast was done very well; almost too well.
Had a great view from our balcony even though it wasn't the high end view room; was perfectly satisfied with it.
Should be noted that there is not an easy way to walk from the hotel to the Marina. We did it each day, but was for the exercise. Drove down the only time we wanted to go to bars/restaurants there in the evening.
Only issues: the shower in our bathroom didn't have much pressure and wasn't really upscale. Also, our room was large but had curious lack of furniture--two upholstered chairs, but no sofa or desk, although either/both could have fit.
Would definitely recommend for intersection of good quality and price; I will be looking into their affiliated Inns next time I go to Sonoma.