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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I arrived Thursday evening to begin festivities for our wedding, and my husband and I had the best stay! Valet was polite and prompt throughout the weekend. Rochelle at the front desk was so sweet and helpful with questions and how to navigate all the amenities that the hotel had to offer. Gracie helped make our stay even better knowing it was our wedding and added details to our room to make it special. Also, we wanted to give a big thank you to Thomas and the whole in room service dining team for the amazing breakfast while we were getting ready. You can't beat the ocean front suite, and the room size was perfect for a couple or a relaxing weekend get away. We enjoyed drinks and desserts at Pacific Hideaway and as locals will be back to enjoy the cozy atmosphere the whole hotel has to offer. Thank you again everyone!
Great service from Isaiah who helped us check in. Had a quick overnight stay with the family and he really accommodated our need for extra space. You can tell that Kimpton takes great pride in training their people on customer service. We really enjoyed our stay!
This place is the bomb! We (sis, mom and I) showed up way early but tried to see if we could check in or if they could hold our stuff so we could enjoy the beach. Rochelle was able to find us a room, upgraded us to an ocean front. We were celebrating my mom's 78 birthday, so this was a treat!
Rochelle overheard us mentioning this and later in the day we get a knock at the door. A bottle of champagne, some choc strawberries and a sweet birthday note from Rochelle and the front office staff!!
This place is also pet friendly, so we are enjoying all of the critters around!
Thank you for making this weekend very special for us!