Shorebreak, a Kimpton Hotel
What We Love
- SoCal's lovely weather
- Location on The Strand, a hip shopping district, and near Main Street and the Pacific Coast Highway
- "The Deck" an interior courtyard with cozy firepits
- Most rooms have full or partial views of the Pacific Ocean
- Just 20 minutes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport and a half-hour drive from Disneyland
What To Know
- Watersports equipment can be booked through hotel’s “beach butlers”
- This is an extremely dog-friendly hotel
- Noise from the Pacific Coast Highway is audible in some rooms
- A $25 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Parking On Site
Opened in 2009, Shorebreak, a Kimpton hotel, fits right in with its sun-kissed surroundings. Shorebreak sits on The Strand, a hip promenade of beach-centric shops, restaurants and bars, and along Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA, a coastal destination straight out of The Endless Summer that abuts miles of sandy beachfront. The 157 guestrooms start on the small side, but each opens to a private terrace or balcony that overlooks “The Deck,” an interior courtyard, or the beach. Rooms are bathed in sunshine, highlighting an airy color palate with understated motifs of surfboards and ocean artwork. Public spaces carry on the surfer-chic mood. “The Deck” is a chill outdoor lounge space with three firepits, and the hotel’s Zimzala — surfer slang for a free spirit content with the sand between their toes — serves coastal Mediterranean cuisine, like Moroccan chicken tagine or Carlsbad mussels. The restaurant also has a “living room” lounge, a semi-exhibition kitchen and an outdoor patio space. At Zimzala’s bar, the relaxed happy hour stretches from 3 to 7 p.m. every day — plenty of time to drink in those glorious SoCal sunsets.
In the Area
Do as the Southern Californians do. At Shorebreak there are on-site fitness facilities and a yoga studio, and when you’re ready to head out, one of the hotel’s “beach butlers” will arrange for bicycles, kites or surfboards. Not only is the Shorebreak extremely pet-friendly, but one of the few beaches in the area where dogs can run free, appropriately nicknamed Dog Beach, is less than a mile down the coast. If the cozy firepits of the hotel’s courtyard aren’t enough for you, Huntington Beach is one of the few beaches in the region with firepits open for public use. Wood can be purchased from local grocery stores; arrive early to snag one of these popular beach bonfire spots. Huntington Beach is also home to the International Surfing Museum, where you can see one of Duke Kahanamoku’s original hardwood surfboards, the camera used to film The Endless Summer, and vintage photos and posters. Luckily, from a stay at Shorebreak, you’re stationed on the beach but within easy day-trip distance to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm or Catalina Island and more family-friendly attractions just inland.
How to Get There
We had a great stay at Shorebreak. Reception staff were excellent, giving us a couple of room options when we arrived early for check in, a room overlooking the side street that was available immediately, or a top floor overlooking the courtyard but would take a little time to clean which was absolutely fine.
The room was very well furnished, clean and well maintained, with a massive bathroom (perhaps slightly to the detriment of the bedroom size). The room was exceedingly quiet with very efficient a/c.
Wine hour was nice (as at all Kimpton’s) which was nice to enjoy in the courtyard.
My only frustration was that there was no swimming pool, a shame that there wasn’t a rooftop one with a bar area.
We self parked in the car park on 6th street that was a far more acceptable cost when staying for 5 days.
This is truly a dog friendly hotel, often being able to hear the odd yap from the courtyard when you had your patio door open.
As a regular business traveller in the UK with IHG, the Kimpton brand was relatively unknown to me. Travelling West Coast in the USA, and wanting to stay around Huntington, we thought we should give it a try.
We were met by enthusiasm at the front desk and made to feel very welcome. The hotel has a bright airy feel to it and not a typically stuffy hotel that I’m used to staying in.
Some really nice touches, drinks reception, fire pits with s’mores bikes to borrow and more - all complimentary.
If you’re new to Kimpton, search social media for “Kimpton secret password”. It’s a fun thing that this brand uses. Quoting the password unlocks some fun treats, which could be an upgrade.
The hotel has a real “feel good” factor about it. I’m still smiling at the experience.
Nice hotel, great room, big bath, fantastic team. We’ll be back!
Lovely hotel! Amazing staff! Everything is designed for make your pet be confortable... excellent rooms , everything is new, big rooms with a balcony! The have wine hour, the breakfast is wonderful! Excellent location! My favorite hotel at huntington beach!
We stayed for two nights as part of a road trip. Fabulous welcome at reception sorry I hope I got the name correct think it was Chandra? Made us feel very welcome and very informative. We were brought some little treats as we were celebrating a special anniversary and all the staff went out of their way to look after us very well. Awesome room, fabulous bathroom and lovely little quiet courtyard space at the back of the hotel. Thanks for making our stay so special.
My fiancé and I stayed here for 3 nights in May and it was incredible. The hotel and room were very clean and the front desk staff was very helpful. The hotel was right across the street from the pier. Savy at the front desk was awesome- he checked us in and remembered us and would recommend things for us to do every day. The wine and beer happy hour from 5-6 was incredible and we had S'mores every night around the courtyard fire pits. The hotel has a surfer vibe and we loved the decor. We used to stay at Hyatt but we will definitely be back to Kimpton Shorebreak next time we come to Huntington Beach!