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
We were in Laguna Beach on business and the company that hired us put us up here. This is a smaller, older property undergoing renovation (almost finished) that is on the beach side of the Pacific Coast Hwy (but not quite "on the beach"). There's a beach-side "surfer" decor, with lots of whites and light pastels, and surfing decorations (we found it pleasant, though we did note some minor "cutting corners" with the new furnishings).
We had a 2nd floor "coastal view" room which did offer views of the ocean, though there were some buildings directly behind the property.
Our room was pretty quiet, with little road or property noise (a pleasant surprise). Water pressure was adequate, temperature excellent (shower water could get positively toasty if I wanted it that way), though the bathtub stopper was disabled so only showering was possible. Bedding was comfortable.
Parking is on-property and mostly under cover, a real plus in busy Laguna Beach. There is no food available but many dining options are available within a short walk. However they did have pre-made yogurt parfaits in the morning (along with coffee), and fresh-baked cookies (with milk) in the early evening.
Renovation was still under way when we were there, with the pool area closed. They comped us the "resort fee" (though they tried to charge us for it anyway on check-out until we reminded it was supposed to have been comped).
Over-all we were quite satisfied with this property: a little quirky, a little incomplete compared to some other properties, but our stay was quite restful and pleasant.
Short stay with my husband, the hotel was clean, check in was welcoming and even offered us wine. The room was comfortable, and the partial ocean view was awesome. We definitely plan on returning hopefully for a longer stay!
I wanted to visit Laguna Beach so fired up Google to look for hotels. This place was picked on price and proximity to the beach and little else. It turned out to be the best random decision I've made on a trip in a long time!
Parking in the car park under the hotel was easy. The reception staff were fantastic - super friendly, helpful, and informative. I'm so grateful, it makes such a difference to get a warm welcome like this. I was given a complimentary glass of wine too - gets things off on the right step.
The room was lovely... set back from the pool, fire pit and hot tub area, it was bright and spacious. A comfortable table and seating area by the door, a lovely big comfortable bed, modern TV and cable, bathroom, and a lovely basin in a wash area.
The beach is just 5-10 walk down a gentle hill. It's a lovely little town and community and I'd enjoy spending more time there. That evening, back at the hotel, I made use of the fire pit to keep warm in the November evening air, and then the hot tub which was lovely and warm too. Reception provided milk and cookies that evening - also very welcome and a nice touch.
I really enjoyed my stay. I wasn't expecting something so accommodating given how I'd made my choices and was really just looking for a bed with convenient access to the beach and town. This place delivered in spades! I will definitely come back here for another visit to Laguna Beach!
A massive thank you to the staff and management for being so friendly and helpful. Probably the most positive experience of my whole visit to the USA for the past two months. Thank you!
A perfect little self-enclosed hideaway in Laguna Beach. Steps from the stunning Heisler park and beaches, and a short 5 to 10 minute walk down the hill into town. Rooms spacious and contemporary, very nice and accommodating staff.
I surprise my future wife w/a get-a-way birthday trip to Laguna Beach House and she love it there!! She even love the fact that we can see the ocean from our patio view. Also love the wine complimentary.