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
I've stayed at Casa Laguna twice now and enjoyed both experiences. The property has so much character and charm, between the Spanish-Mediterranean style with the red tiled roofs and white washed buildings and the many fountains and lush landscaping. The contemporary style of the rooms complements the exterior. I love all the nooks and crannies awaiting discovering when meandering around the grounds. The service is very warm and perks like complimentary sangria upon check in and morning breakfast service add value to the reasonable rates. Thoughtful touches include beach baskets stocked with towels and written directions to find the beach. For light sleepers like myself, I'd recommend booking a room towards the back to hear less of the traffic sounds.
I stayed here for my birthday with my girlfriend. We took the bungalow suite- and it was definitely worth it. Kylie and Zaman took amazing care of us. Whether it was sending wine to the room, sangrias by the pool, helping us coordinate my birthday stay, or just seeing whatever it was we needed at the hotel. The couples massage and soak was incredible. Breakfast was extraordinary. Room was clean and organized- sheets and robes were so soft I bought a pair myself. Definitely returning to this magical place!
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.