Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Privacy is king at the sprawling hotel with terraces climbing up the Laguna hills
- The cozy terracotta-tiled spa features a saltwater hot tub and an array of treatments
- Romantic, old-world ambience enhanced by lush landscaping and killer ocean views
What To Know
- European breakfast buffet is served daily
- The location is south of the Laguna Beach strand, but there aren’t many bars or restaurants within walking distance so you may want to rent a car
- It’s a couple’s retreat where guests tend to keep to themselves and turn in early
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Originally built in the 1920s, the intimate 22-room property charms with the sepia feel of a Spanish posada, from the sunset-viewing tower to the painted tiled floors and stained glass windows. The views of the ocean bring to mind the Costa Brava, especially when viewed from the pool deck or one of the many tiled terraces. The inn’s multi-level open spaces, lush landscaping and scattered water features provide a serene retreat from the sand and surf.
Bed and Bath
The property’s labyrinthine layout of terraces, staircases and arches ensure that the rooms feel private. Each has its own character, layout, local artists’ works, and a unique feature like a cozy window seat or canvas hammock. All guests are assured at least 200 square feet of space, Cowshed bath products, and a queen- or king-size bed covered with fine linens. The deluxe rooms and above all have coastline vistas, and the Cottage has a large claw-foot spa tub perfectly placed for watching the sun set.
Make an appointment for a spa treatment, and you get exclusive access to the cozy terracotta-tiled spa. Or, schedule your deep tissue massage for the terrace that sits a few levels above the small heated pool, and then end with some cucumber water or iced tea on tap on the pool deck and a soak in the saltwater hot tub that’s reservation-only.
In the Area
Beach-hopping is a way of life in Laguna Beach, which has some of Southern California’s best stretches of sand, starting up at Monument Point and Crescent Bay’s seal-bedecked island down to Treasure Island Park’s sweet seclusion. The area has plenty of perfect engagement photo shoot backdrops, but the ultimate is Victoria Street Beach with its Rapunzel-esque tower and rock jetties creating oceanic waterfalls. It’s a short walk from the inn, but the town’s other attractions require a car ride, like all of the art galleries and the Laguna Art Museum, worth a visit for its free West Coast-culled collection.
How to Get There
My girlfriend and I visited Casa Laguna a few weekends ago and it was a trip we will never forget. We started our weekend escorted by Zaman, the general manager, with sangria (definitely recommend) to our stunning room with an ocean view patio. We settled in and headed to the pool, which feels like that of an oasis. We spent our weekend relaxing, enjoying an AMAZING continental breakfast (with the best made-to-order crepes) and lounging poolside.
Also, we brought our french bulldog, Betty, who had a blast as well! Our room was stocked with a dog bowl and doggy bag for her to use. It was great having her accompany us and enhanced the experience for all of us!
More than anything, I can not emphasize enough the level of service we received and the charm of the property. The attention to detail, between the interior design and the poolside amenities, was a clear indicator of the pride the staff takes in Casa Laguna. It had the luxuries of a resort and the charm and warmth of a boutique hotel. I would recommend this hotel to a friend (and have!) and look forward to our next stay at Casa Laguna.
My girlfriend found this place only due to the original hotel we made reservations at was not at all what we were expecting. Did some research and could not have been more pleased with her new selection. The Spanish style roofing, tiles, and fountains everywhere were my favorite part of the decor. We missed breakfast both days, but the bacon smelt good and coffee was provided even after the serve times!
The two guys at the front desk already spoke to us on the phone so they knew we were unhappy at the first location. So they (David & Erfan) made our whole weekend better by upgrading our reservation to the Mission Suite, which included a separate living room with a fireplace and a private patio. Left with a nice touch of a bottle of champagne😍
We enjoyed the pool (heated to 82!) with bar and food service, all seating/lounge areas, and they allowed us to have couples portraits taken there! We loved all the greenery and the views were the perfect background. We experienced “the soak” which is a reservation only outside tub they freshly fill, that over looks the ocean, kind of like a hot tub. 45 minutes was the perfect amount of time and def do it at sunset! Oh and they provided MORE champagne 😉
Lastly, we made reservations for couples massage. Both of the women in charge of the spa were polite and welcoming. We ended up having to change the original timing, and it was no problem at all.
Overall this experience was very much needed and we WILL be back for more relaxing times at Casa Laguna!!! Thank you to all the staff for being so warm and sincere!
About a mile or so from the center of town. Not a difficult walk but the traffic is merciless and there is no sidewalk in places. Botanical setting with modest size room. A bit shabby but comfortable. Big shower with hot water. Reasonable number of electric outlets with very slow wifi. Breakfast with the same offerings each morning. Tasty but ultimately boring after a few days. Parking in back is up a steeply inclined street with little room to maneuver in a long narrow motor court. Overall, the price was “reasonable” for this highly overpriced town. The highway traffic is fast and furious and the road noise is very loud if you have a room so directed. The noise is not noticeable with double doors and windows closed. Not a bad place but we will try a different hotel next time. The management was friendly but ultimately disinterested and never even asked if we liked our stay. Perhaps they assumed we did.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel and loved our experience. They took time to make us feel special: welcome cocktail, delicious breakfast, warm chocolate chip cookies in the evening, fresh fruit water and great staff. Z and George really stood out and made our experience great. You could tell they cared about their guests. The hotel is right off Hwy 101 but Z made certain he found a room that would accommodate my light sleeping husband. Overall great time at Casa Laguna - would visit again!
So we went down (2 miles south of main beach) for a tour in anticipation of our next stay ..... short story - WOW - my wife loves Moroccan decor and this property was renovated and decorated by Martin Lawrence Bullard. The property IS just across the PCH from the ocean but still has nice views. Where we stayed was stairs to the beach and a walk into town, BUT, twice the price. We look forward to staying at this beautiful property on our next trip.