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
Absolutely love Kimpton Hotels, but this location was beyond wonderful. The service is amazing and the hotel itself is so relaxed and offers a ton of perks (beach bikes, boards!). Roni at the front desk was an absolute gem and helped with places to go and what to do around town. SO sweet. Overall - great experience at a great hotel with great staff.
This was my first stay @ a Kimpton Hotel and it certainly will not be my last. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Paris the bartender was terrific and Cameron @ the front desk was very helpful when we checked out. The hotel itself is not very large but has everything you would need. It is very convenient to walking to almost everything in town. We had an ocean front room (please note that the ocean front rooms face the ocean but there is a street in between the hotel and the beach/ocean). You do have an excellent view and a very large balcony. It was quite relaxing sitting on the balcony in the evening "people watching" with the view of the beach/ocean. The hotel has valet parking which is convenient and not terribly expensive. The roasting of S'mores in the evening was a nice and different thing to do. We will definitely be back to a Kimpton Hotel!
This is our second stay at this hotel, and we cant say enough about it. They treat you like family you haven't seen in a while, and actually want to. From the valets to the front desk its “welcome, how are you” with enthusiasm and smiles. The front desk goes above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and welcomed. The hotel offers a number of amenities from s'mores to everything you need at the beach. The bar and restaurant has a great afternoon mixer and the breakfast is delicious ( plus more great service) I know i sound like an ad, but for my family and I its all about service. So when we receive above and beyond I sure am going to focus on it and comment on it. Thanks again everyone here. One last thing if you have the pleasure of being helped by Roni then you are in for a treat. She is just one example of good people doing a great job.
From beginning to end our stay was Fabulous! I called the day before arrival to let the hotel staff know it was my nephew’s 16th birthday. Mark was super helpful with answering my questions and said he would note the reservation advising staff it was my nephew’s birthday. When checking in, everyone on staff wished him a Happy Birthday. A nice gift and card was left in the room wishing him a Happy Birthday as well. He loved it! The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the entire staff were welcoming, helpful, fun, and full of energy. I’ve visited Huntington Beach many times and this was by far my favorite hotel. I will definitely be back!
Lovely hotel in Huntington Beach. Clean room though a bit small. Did not appreciate getting billed ‘erroneously’ for minibar which the hotel corrected after I called to dispute!
Convenient to all that Huntington Beach has to offer.