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 free night stay for this hotel and they went ahead and charged our card for $31 for parking and a resort fee of nearly $40. Nobody ever said anything about the resort fee and considering this means $70+ extra in charges it's NOT a free night stay. It also took 3 calls to get them to fix a problem in the room.
Everything about this hotel is great! Location, staff, rooms, just the place to stay if you want a really cool place to stay when you are visiting Huntington Beach! Close to main street which has lots of restaurants and stores and minutes from the pier.. would recommend to anyone and also pet friendly which is a plus if traveling with your pet
Had a surprise birthday party here in the South Swell Room for my husband's 50th and it was perfect! Food was great and the staff were awesome. The place is so unique and not like every other hotel. Highly recommend!
Stayed here for a weekend getaway for Valentine's Day weekend. Brought along our dog... I really love the pet policy, no extra fees. Right when we arrived the valet guys opened the door. They charge $35 for valet but you can take your car in & out as much as you want. It's easy with the text option, car would be ready in 3-4 min.
We arrived an hour before check in. Luckily, our room was ready. They advised us that we could rent out bikes, chairs, beach towels. They have wine & s'mores happy hour at 5-6pm. Very pet friendly hotel. Front desk provided great customer service. They said they would have a treat in our room. Sure enough we had wine & chocolate covered strawberries. Booked a deluxe king room, the tub was huge. The balcony was facing the street. Room was clean & spacious. When we checked out & wanted to have our car in valet longer they offered to hold our luggage. Definitely enjoyed our stay!
It is quite a walk to the dog beach about 25-30 minutes but our dog loved it! There is 7-11, CVS & plenty of restaurants to eat around the hotel.
We live in Thousand Oaks and were evacuated. We were looking for a dog-friendly hotel and a friend mentioned the Kimpton Shorebreak. We were excited because we stayed at the Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara the week before with our pet and it was glorious. The Shorebreak did not disappoint. What we really like is the friendly and helpful staff. They are efficient, accommodating but never pushy. The Shorebreak is in a wonderful location, is dog-friendly, there is a great restaurant on property, and a cocktail hour every evening. We highly recommend Kimpton and will look for the brand now wherever we travel.