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Inn at Laguna Beach, California - Hotel Review

Laguna Is For Lovers

By Monica Galvan

Inn at Laguna Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean
The beachfront Inn at Laguna Beach

Ocean breezes, lush foliage, fine dining ... Laguna Beach was made for romantics. Miraculously untouched by the region's urban sprawl, this famed "artist haven" is a quaint beach town that has neither the grime nor the glitz of its neighboring SoCal coastal destinations. It maintains its allure because of its size and setting: a small community sheltered by its surrounding natural beauty.

Embodying the Laguna Beach vibe, the Inn at Laguna Beach welcomes guests to a relaxing getaway fashioned with a humble dedication to excellence. Resting on a seaside cliff, lush with desert landscaping, the Inn's best feature is its location. Stepping out of the hotel, you'll find miles of Pacific surf on one side and dozens of unique galleries, shops and cafés on the other. Truly offering the best of both worlds, the Inn is a serene beachfront refuge.

As charming and intimate as the town itself, the Inn has only 70 rooms, whose thoughtful adornments pamper guests without being pretentious. Accommodations are bright and airy, with tasteful touches such as crown molding, plantation shutters and nautical-themed artwork. We feel it is definitely worth splurging for an ocean view room, offering arguably some of the best views in Southern California. Many rooms also come with balconies or poolside patios, which allow for private respite in the mild outdoor climate.

Charming guest room at the Inn at Laguna Beach The lobby at the Inn at Laguna Beach in California
Charming guest room
The lobby

We particularly liked the triple-sheet beds with pillow-top mattresses and down duvets, although they make getting up in the morning a bit of a challenge. But not to worry, a member of the very friendly staff will deliver your complimentary continental breakfast right to your door. Or opt to take breakfast on the Pacific Terrace, where you can soak up some more sun and enjoy panoramic ocean views. As for amenities, each room comes with a TV, VCR, CD player (including a few classical CDs), ceiling fan, honor bar, refrigerator, cotton robes and hair dryer. A cute touch is the folding chairs and umbrellas in your closet, ready when you are for your visit to the beach.

While there isn't a restaurant or spa onsite, there are 2,000 thousand square-feet of meeting space, including the village view conference room and the ocean view Pacific Room and Terrace. The Inn is also well situated for outside activities, as it's located right along the cliffside path where locals walk, run and watch pelicans and marine life at play. Stroll down the trail for a game of basketball or volleyball at the seaside park, or see what you can find in the tide pools. Of course, when you visit Laguna Beach, it's almost mandatory to visit the numerous area art galleries. In addition to the memories and tranquility that you'll take with you when you leave, maybe you'll find the perfect piece for your collection in this idyllic sun-kissed sanctuary.

Inn at Laguna Beach
211 North Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
800-544-4479, 949-497-9972

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