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
- 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
The value and room was very nice. The staff "Peter" in particular was very helpful and pleasant. Some things are just out of the front desks control. I did pay the $15 for parking when I was told I wouldn't have to. The sheets and pillow cases were clean BUT they had a very strong smell of bleach. Southern California doesn't get much rain normally but because the pool was being worked on...they had plastic over the entire area. The sound of the rain on that all night and the blowing from the wind sounded as if we were in a constant hurricane all night. We would have driven home that night just 10 miles down the road to San Clemente but the roads were flooded and the kids were already tucked in with the babysitter for the night
We had a wonderful stay from the moment we arrived to check in until we checked out. Very pleasant staff, our room was spotless clean, simple but very nice, a comfortable bed, soft towels, and we even had a view. It was an easy walk into downtown Laguna. The price was reasonable. We will be back!
Beachy atmosphere with very friendly staff; made to feel welcome and wanted. Short walking distance to town and coast. A little shop worn but fits with beach motif. Only disappointment was the booking procedure. The entire pool area and some roof work was occurring during our stay. This was not mentioned on the website, from which I booked. But to their credit I was adequately compensated with no hassle. I would go back when all is shipshape.
The staff was so welcoming. Peter went out of his way to help us out. Could not have asked for anything better. Highly recommend the Laguna Beach House. Clean room and beautiful views. Thank you. Ilene
It rained all weekend but we still enjoyed the solitude. The sound of the surf, the rain drops, a stocked minibar, and super comfy mattress had us relaxed almost immediately. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to unplug. Even if it’s only 36 hours.