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 actually celebrated my parent's 60th wedding anniversary in a private room of the restaurant at this beautiful hotel. Kimpton's have always been one of our favorite chains because it doesn't treat you like it's a chain hotel. Service here is what we hoped for . . . everyone from the valet to the front desk to the restaurant service was top notch and super friendly. In dealing with Shannon with our party arrangements, she was so kind and always in good communication. Highly recommend for any celebrations!
Because the party was at night, we booked two standard rooms. This is a beach, tourist destination and on a holiday weekend, the value wasn't really that great. The various taxes add about 30% more to the cost. I wish they offered "locals" rates but nonetheless, we enjoyed our stay. The standard room is pretty basic. There are wonderful smelling toiletries in the shower in large pump containers and bathrobes in the closet. The bathroom and shower are large but sadly, the bed was very small - a double size which my husband and I found way too small. Unfortunately, by the time we went to bed, it was too late to request a feather pillow as the ones on the bed were super hard. A coffee maker is available on request but we just got the free coffee downstairs. The rooms are located corridor style and are quiet unless a loud guest walks by.
Another great perk is the location. Just across PCH and near Main Street it is close enough to enjoy the pier and activities, but far enough to not hear the noise. There are several restaurants located very nearby and bikes are available in the lobby. This would appear to be a pet-friendly hotel so be advised to check in advance if dog allergies are an issue.
We stayed here for a couple night for an event. The hotel is located in a great location close to the beach. The staff was very helpful and did a good job pointing out all the hotel had to offer. A very
This hotel has a nice vibe and feels like you're staying in a concierge apartment building. The lobby area is wide open with indoor outdoor areas, couches inside and out, games, tables, and nice art. Their water station is always full, and they serve coffee in the A.M. Dog friendly and it was nice to see the dogs wandering around with that owners all the time. Awesome staff. Would love to come back here! Also so close to the beach. 🌊🌅🌴
We loved our stay at the Kimpton. We are a family of 4. When we first arrived Leo and Chandra really took care of us. They made us feel welcome and were super friendly.
I loved the decor and the little signs. The artwork was fantastic.
We loved the little touches like tea and water by the lobby.
Kids loved the rock climbing wall, corn hole and connect 4.
It was steps away from the beach and we got sand toys and towels. If we didn't have the kids we would've definitely taken advantage of the wine hour at 5pm and the bicycles they let us borrow for free.
I cannot say enough about this hotel. Would come back for sure!
Fabulous location, fun atmosphere with a terrific staff! Walking distance to lots of restaurants and bars - across the street from ocean!! Great fire pits - complimentary coffee in the morning and beer and wine in the afternoon. Complimentary bike rentals for the bike path - ping pong tables and other things to do