Surf And Sand Resort
What We Love
- The location: walking distance to all attractions and just steps to the sea
- Fresh from a $3 million revamp
- Casual vibe at Splashes on the Beach, the hotel’s seaside alfresco restaurant
What To Know
- A $15 daily resort fee covers everything from the fitness club to beach towels
- The hotel is 20 minutes from the Orange County airport
- Valet parking is available for an additional $30 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Laguna Beach was the hangout for the hip Hollywood set of the 1950s. Now stylishly redone, Surf and Sand blends this Golden Age glamour with bungalow-style beach appeal. Right on 500 feet of Laguna Beach’s premier sandy beach, the hotel tumbles down a hill to the water. Sometimes described as its own sun-drenched village, Surf and Sand feels intimate and secluded despite its prime address in the center of town.
Bed and Bath
Private, oceanfront balconies grace all 167 guestrooms, which are divided between the spacious Tower block overlooking the beach; the Seaview wing, which has views of the lounger-dotted pool and the ocean beyond; and the Surfside section, just a beachball toss from the sand. Interiors capture the spirit of beach life in a palette of ocean-blue and white, bleached wood and plantation shutters, and an abundance of original artwork gives a nod to Laguna Beach’s artsy reputation. Spacious and simple bathrooms have separate tubs and showers, plus double vanities (in Tower Rooms) and luxe products by Philosophy.
Foodie favorite Splashes by the Sea serves fresh, summertime dishes such as sweet corn ravioli, diver scallops and asparagus risotto with mascarpone against a sea-and-sunset backdrop, while the lively bar hosts a local crowd and a Sunset Happy Hour (try the handcrafted Tropical Mist). For a different sort of pampering, head to the Aquaterra Spa and indulge in a full body revival with the Summer Berry Bliss, a homemade treatment that includes a strawberry sugar scrub, an oatmeal wrap, a massage and an aloe berry eye treatment. The huge fitness center encourages cardio effort, as does mingling with the beautiful crowd at the cabana- and lounger-dotted beachside pool.
In the Area
Get in step with the beach town’s artistic vibe and hip village mood with a walk down Gallery Row. Here, ateliers and galleries abound (contemporary gallery Peter Blake is a favorite), and the first Thursday of the month is reserved for the festive Art Walk, when the galleries stay open late. Cafés, restaurants and bars dot this walkable city — don’t miss the lobster truffle risotto and a sweet cocktail on the rooftop of K’ya Bistro Bar. Bibliophiles will want to linger at old-school bookstore Laguna Beach Books, while more adventurous types can go in search of whales (in season) and dolphins from a high-tech catamaran with Capt. Dave’s Whale and Dolphin Safari. For an easy daytrip, take a drive to Crystal Cove State Park, the quintessential California beach adventure, with crashing waves, three miles of beach and 2,500 acres of backcountry.
How to Get There
We arrived at 12:30 and they said they would rush housekeeping. At 3:30 they still hadn't finished making up the room. No apology, no offer of even a bottle of water while we waited. We booked four rooms for three nights and the hotel could care less about our satisfaction. When we finally got the room which was an Ocean Front room there was no air conditioning and the room was hot as hell. They said we should leave our door open for half an hour to get some air. I haven't been to a decent hotel in 30 years that doesn't have air conditioning. Clearly the management is not interested in guest service and the owners have not reinvested anything to improve an old worn out facility. If you have a choice you can do a lot better than Sand and Surf in Laguna. I'm sure there are plenty of better options of hotels that at least have air conditioning and care about service.
This was my second stay at this hotel and it was as great of an experience as the first. The view was over the pool and ocean. I couldn't have been more pleased by sleeping to the sounds of the crashing Pacific ocean.
From check in to room service to restaurant staff, everyone was welcoming, professional and friendly. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.
The oceanfront rooms are worth it (at least during nice weather) - the view was magical and really shaped our experience. We loved being able to go back and forth between our room, the beach & the pool so easily - the close proximity made the beach front experience more intimate and effortless. We also loved eating breakfast on our balcony while watching fish and seals swim along the shore. Even though we are from a nearby beach town, we still felt like we were on vacation and wish we could've stayed longer. In addition, all staff we had interactions with were attentive, knowledgeable and professional. We really appreciated the corner room which expanded our ocean view, as well as the complimentary chocolates and wine for the special occasion. A great anniversary staycation overall. We will be back.