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
It was great to be back! Laguna Beach House is my choice to stay every time I come to Orange County. Once I walk in, I'm at home! The rooms are fresh and light in appearance and cleanliness; the staff is always accommodating (Annette, it was awesome seeing you again!). I just cannot say enough about it! Oh, and did I mention the morning coffee/yogurt, the early evening wine and especially the milk and freshly baked cookies! Home away from home....doesn't get any better than this!
Really great location, friendly and helpful staff, lovely decor. The milk and cookies in the afternoon, and the wine in the evening was a lovely touch. Huge rooms, would definitely go back, loved the area.
Loved the place! Loved the location!! Really nice decorated rooms with wonderful staff. Would definitely stay there again and recommend to others, Loved that you could walk to the beach, restaurants, shops and galleries.