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The Tides Laguna Beach Hotel Review: This self-proclaimed hotel/motel has the look and feel of a beachy apartment complex, complete with neatly trimmed greenery, covered parking spaces and a saltwater swimming pool that dominates the center of the building. The 21 tiny rooms keep things interesting with pastel accent walls, and some even feature furnished kitchenettes. However, don’t expect much beyond the bare-bones amenities such as TV with HBO and wireless Internet. Guests who like to travel with pets can bring them here for a nominal fee. Location plays a key factor in this hotel’s appeal, as it is situated a stone’s throw away from downtown Laguna Beach and its legendary shopping boutiques, art galleries and dining opportunities.