Laguna Beach House
What We Love
- Coffee at daybreak, a nightly wine hour and late night milk and cookies keep you refreshed
- The property is within walking distance of some of California’s best beaches, hiking, shopping and dining
- Dogs are welcome — no fee required
- The 36 deluxe guestrooms imitate classic California beach cottages (think crisp white shutters that let in natural light, surfboards propped against the walls for decor, wicker armchairs and multicolor pillows)
What To Know
- The property recently underwent a $1.5 million makeover
- No restaurant on-site means you need to walk to the nearby downtown to get some grub
- The firepit is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- The raid-worthy minibar is stocked with unexpected treats, including beef and buffalo jerky from Tanka (dedicated to preserving Native American culture), local beer from Cismontane Brewing Company (based in Rancho Margarita) and Coca-Cola from Mexico (where they use real sugar instead of corn syrup)
- A $10 resort fee per night will be collected by the hotel upon check-in
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Fresh from a $1.5 million makeover, this laid-back hotel immerses guests in Southern California surf culture without sacrificing creature comforts. The 36 deluxe guestrooms imitate classic California beach cottages (think crisp white shutters that let in natural light, surfboards propped against the walls for decor, wicker armchairs and multicolor pillows). A rooftop pool strung with patio lights and surrounded by striped chaise longues completes the coastal summer home effect. Coffee in the morning, a wine hour in the evening and milk and cookies at night mean you’re never far from a treat. After the sunset wine hour, move the party to the firepit, which is open until 11 every night. And don’t forget to raid the minibar for bonfire snacks — it’s stocked with unexpected treats, including beef and buffalo jerky from Tanka (a snack company dedicated to preserving Native American culture), beer from Cismontane Brewing Company (based in Rancho Margarita) and Mexican Coca-Cola (the good stuff, made with real sugar instead of corn syrup).
In the Area
Laguna Beach was a hub for Californian artists long before Lauren Conrad and the gang made the shore a household name on the MTV reality show. Although the pristine surf and diverse tidal pools are where you’ll want to spend your time, it’s worth taking a break from the sun to visit the city’s numerous art galleries, including the Laguna Art Museum. The gallery, founded in 1918 by a group of local artists, showcases California art dating back to the 19th century. Right next door is Len Wood’s Indian Territory gallery, which features an extensive collection of Native American art, including Navajo rugs, jewelry and blankets. Fuel up after gallery hopping at the Big Fish Tavern; the bar and restaurant was once called Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, and that’s exactly what you should get (the curry-seared rare ahi and the lobster mac and cheese are good bets). Save room for dessert at Gelato Paradiso; master Sicilian ice cream makers trained the shop’s employees, who serve small-batch artisanal scoops of Italian staples, including pistachio, stracciatella and panna cotta.
How to Get There
Was traveling for a short time after a business trip in Los Angeles and chose Laguna Beach as the perfect distance away from the busy city. The Laguna Beach House was so great!! Lobby had a super cool California vibration to it and you can see there was care and attention to every detail inside. My personal favorite was the matchbox collection on the coffee table. Karl at the front desk was very warm and welcoming at check-in and made sure to let me know all of his favorite restaurants (Carmelita's and Taco Loco) in the area. Also made sure I knew the time of sunset so I would not miss the magical view from Heisler Park.
My room was just as pretty as the lobby. Very bright, clean bathroom & comfortable beds. I am embarrassed so say I almost got stuck on the bed after one nap but was able to fight the urge and made it out to the beach which was less than 3 minutes walk away.
The jacuzzi was not available one morning, I called the front desk and they informed me that it was being cleaned and would only be a few hours. It was back up and running only 2 hours later. So it was nice and fresh by the afternoon. Which allowed me more time to sleep-in before relaxing in the hot tub. There was a beautiful fire pit also located in the pool area that was a wonderful touch to the entire feeling of the hotel.
They also have a complimentary wine hour and fresh cookies that I was definitely not shy about. My thanks to Shayan for her fun conversation (and several glasses of white wine) during wine hour.
A lovely medium sized hotel, perfectly located in Laguna. Everything in walking distance, restaurants, Cafés, beaches, shops; great personell, like staying with friends 😊 very enjoyable, thank you for a great experience
The hotel has such a relaxing comfortable vibe it made us feel very at home. The rooms were clean and hotel just had the cutest decor. Staff was extremely helpful and will to do what it took to make our stay great.
After staying at the Laguna Beach house 3 or 4 times a year over the last couple of decades, I’m sad to say I truly must down grade the star level I have given to it in the past.
Our stay was booked (months in advance) for April 28, 2019, checking out May 1, 2019 (we never made it to May 1, 2019). Upon check in, we were told that our room wasn’t ready at this time but they would be more then willing to call when it is. We left to enjoy the sites only to be called and tell us our room was ready about 15 minutes after our initial inquiry (1st failure to communicate).
We checked in and settled down, we unpacked and got ready for our long-awaited vacation in room 201. We stayed in that room many times before and have always been satisfied (although the shower has a slanted ceiling which makes for taking a shower for tall people a bit of a challenge). Everything went as planned on Sunday, except for the Wi-Fi was not working. After about a half hour of troubleshooting my computer, I decided to call downstairs and find out if it was down. Sure enough, they said the Wi-Fi was down and they are expecting a part to repair it on Monday (2nd failure to communicate). This is not this first time something needed to be repaired here over a weekend, it seems that nothing ever gets repaired over the weekend, you always have to wait until Monday. We settle in for the night.
We woke up Monday, only to find the Jacuzzi drained and someone using a grinder on it. We just used the Jacuzzi on Sunday and it was full, clean and working fine. After going downstairs to the lobby, I asked about it only to find out it was down for repairs (3rd failure to communicate). This was obviously a scheduled repair and not an emergency repair. This was our 3rd stay here in a row (3 strikes) in 2 years where the Jacuzzi (and/or pool area) was not working and available to us to use. All three times no one mentions that the jacuzzi/pool area will not be available during our stay nor did they say anything about the Wi-Fi (which was known at check in).
I can go on, but I think you get point. We ended up checking out and moving to a hotel that had fully functioning amenities.
In closing, this hotel has an attitude not to communicate to its guests about issues going on at the hotel which is unacceptable to me. I don’t plan on staying there in the future and will start staying at one of the many other hotels in the area that have a more consistent experience.
We stayed at the hotell for one night and it was a pleasure! Clean and comfortable room (perhaps a little too many furniture in it) and a nice balcony with sea view. No breakfast other than coffee and yoghurt, but that was all what we wanted anyway!
Very good parking under the hotel (street level). Very nice and friendly staff made our stay very nice.