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
Came for the weekend with my girlfriend, what a treat. Traffic driving from LA on a Friday evening was bit of a nightmare but once we arrived the rest was smooth sailing. Checkin was pretty easy, quaint room, outdoor seating for enjoying the sunset, pool, and super close to the beach and great food.
I booked one night hoping to stay 2 if I liked it.
I ended up leaving after one night to stay at another hotel.
The positive: the decor, the charm of an old hispanic B&B, the nice coffee tble books
The negative: the noise from the road, the small size of the rooms, the lack of service and personnel that seemed to care and to know, the very limited breakfast (fritata and not nice croissant), the lack of black tea and hot water (no boiler in the hotel), too expensive for the limited service and space.
We were intrigued with Casa Laguna after reading about it in the LA Times and we were not disappointed. We were treated with such care from the moment we arrived at this beautiful getaway that reminded us of Greece and another couple we spoke with of Italy. Either way you can’t lose. We arrived early and while waiting for our room we sipped on their delicious sangria at a courtyard table with tiles and greenery and water fountains. If you can picture this, you can picture the rest of our experience, just lovely all the way around.