Inn at Laguna Beach
What We Love
- Free evening wine receptions
- The amazing central Laguna Beach setting is steps from the beach
- Rooms are spacious and most overlook the ocean
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The property completed a renovation in May 2012
- Rooms that overlook the village of Laguna can pick up street noise
- The hotel manages to be romantic and a family fave
- Parking is $35 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Laguna Beach is a perfectly mixed beachfront cocktail that’s one part glam (courtesy of its location, just south of L.A., in ritzy Orange County) and one part boho (thanks to the artists and surfers who call the seaside community home). Shake it up and serve it in a gorgeous natural setting, complete with coastal bluffs and sandy coves – and it’s little wonder the residents don’t want to be anywhere else. And for visitors to this heavenly SoCal setting, the Inn at Laguna Beach is a perfect paradise in which to bed down.
Bed & Bath
All the spacious, beach-chic rooms are newly renovated with grass-weave beds fitted with comfy pillowtop mattresses and sliding plantation-style shutters over the windows and doors. They’ve got all the requisite mod cons: flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and tony bathroom amenities. Most rooms overlook the ocean (it’s worth the upgrade for the amazing panoramas), and many come with walk-out balconies, the better to enjoy the seaside setting.
The days here are spent living the SoCal life: In-room spa services are on offer. Or just kick back and laze the day away in a lounge chair by the pool. Nights start off with wine receptions in the airy lobby or sundowners with the surf gently lapping the shore below. Then head out to explore the area’s red-hot culinary scene.
How to Get There
I was born and raised in Manhattan and the first time I saw Laguna Beach in the 1990s, with the mountains and palm tress coming almost to the water, I fell in love with the view where the road from the freeway, Laguna Canyon Road (Broadway) hits Pacific Coast Highway (US 1). That's the view you'll see from The Inn at Laguna. Finally in 2007 I moved to nearby Dana Point, and this view is still one of my favorites in California.
Everything is expensive in Laguna, especially hotels, but The Inn is where I host out of town guests because, for Laguna, it's mid-range, yet right on the water, with a hilltop view of the entire town that rivals the view of Diamond Head from Waikiki, in my opinion. And much less built up than Waikiki.
The Inn's rooms are beautiful, especially in an ocean-view balcony, and the service is stellar. Wine and snacks are free nightly on the rooftop ocean deck, and if you're there on the first Thursday night of the month, it's an even nicer spread due to the monthly town-wide "Art Walk." The pool is cute, with a view, a great place for kids. The beach below the hotel is lovely. Down the rose-bush fragrant garden path of the hill a few steps is the hotel's associated restaurant, Las Brisas, one of the best restaurants in Laguna, high-end Mexican-American fusion, more ocean view.
From the Inn, you can walk for a mile or two in either direction on the beach or along the ocean-view, palm-laden cliffs along the water, with great restaurants big and small all along the way. C'est La Vie French restaurant, a block from the Inn, is a great breakfast spot.
From June to Labor Day, Laguna has a free trolley to take you from one end of town to the other and to neighboring areas. There is no need at all for a car in the area, none. The Laguna Trolley also runs from Friday at 4 pm until Sunday night at 9pm or later, all year round.
I gave the Inn at Laguna Beach four stars but it was a five star experience, let me explain. Rating anything is a subjective task and to do so you generally compare your experience with something else. At the price point we paid to stay at the Inn I must compare it to the other "resorts" in the area. I will compare the Inn with the Montage, the Ritz Carlton, and the Avaria where we have also stayed. On paper its an unfair comparison with the Inn bringing a knife to a gun fight. The Inn is not a resort and lacks much of what the other resorts offer. There is no spa, no "fancy" pool, no high end restaurant (in fact no restaurant at all), no concierge, no valet parking, no staff that bows and scrapes before you, no new and modern buildings, no pretense of ultra luxury.... but these amenities do not define the experience of staying at any of these properties. What really matters is how the hotel makes you feel and how happy you are staying there. We have never had a more enjoyable experience staying anywhere else, the Inn at Laguna Beach was wonderful, even magical. While staying at the Inn is not cheap, after our room rate, resort fee, and parking we payed around $700 per night. You can stay at one of the upscale resorts for that much... but.. our room faced the ocean with a balcony and getting a room at the other resorts for that amount will get you a regular room with no view at all. Ocean view rooms at the resorts are much pricier. What made the Inn so special was its view and the proximity to the water. We were about 100 yards from the water and 50 yards from our room to the sand. I can't describe how wonderful it was to go to sleep with the balcony doors open listening to the waves crash onto the beach with the cool ocean breeze blowing into the room. The Inn itself is an older property with a few rough edges but it was obvious that the management cares about this place and keeps it up to a very high standard. The room was not "fancy" but it was very comfortable, attractive, spotless, and maintained to a very high standard. The staff was friendly, helpful, and professional. They did not exhibit the snooty false friendliness you find in the high dollar resorts... something we find tiring after a short while. So in the end we had a five star experience here... but I only gave the Inn four stars. I had to deduct one star for one really irritating thing.. there are two underground parking garages. The parking is tight but not impossible.. but the real issue was getting into the parking garages. In one of the garages there is a big "lip" where you enter the garage from the street and it literally grinds the bottom of your car. My car is a normal sedan and should have no clearance problems.. but every time I entered the garage was accompanied by a loud scraping. This was no bueno... besides this I give this place high praise.
Beautiful place, comfortable rooms. We will come back for sure.
We came with our 3 & 6 year old. Magical place with great memories for kids and adults alike.
I suggest it for all my fellow moms... whether it be a staycation or home base from out of town.
My husband and I had a very pleasant stay at the Inn at Laguna Beach. It is in a great location right next to Main Beach: walked to restaurants, the Museum, shops. Forgot something important in the safety deposit box, and the general manager, Casey Graves, saw that it was returned to me, making me feel like a valued guest. No restaurant in the hotel, but you can order breakfast as room service. Hotel also offered a complimentary wine on the terrace and snacks everyday from 5-6 pm and coffee and cookies in the lobby during certain hours.
This hotel is as close to perfect as you could hope for. Staff constantly seek to give great service. Kudos to Peter for his service. Dedicated staff make all the difference. Ocean view well worth the extra cost. The ocean lulls you to sleep. Rooms are spacious and up to date