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Montage Laguna Beach

California - Hotel Review

Bluffside Bliss

by Alain Gayot

Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, California
Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach Hotel Review

At first glance, as one approaches it from the Pacific Coast Highway, Montage Laguna Beach seems to be a property that's surprisingly small for the luxurious boutique resort experience it promises. Once you enter the main lobby and get the grand view through the window, it's an entirely different matter.

The welcoming guest room at Montage Laguna Beach in California
A beautiful ocean view at Montage Laguna Beach in California
Welcoming guest room
A beautiful ocean view

This classic Craftsman-style resort, situated on a bluff in Laguna, is a work of art that impresses at every turn. The grounds are impeccable, beautifully maintained and landscaped so that they retain that picture-perfect yet organic California beach look and feel — an atmosphere that's particularly coveted by the marrying crowd, since there is only one wedding per day. The sense of the idyllic extends to the immaculate beach, pocketed with cunning coves both north and south along the shoreline.

Spa Montage at Montage Laguna Beach in California
Studio restaurant at Montage Lagune Beach in California
Spa Montage
Studio restaurant

We stayed in an oceanview suite, great for families or larger parties. The separate sitting room was gracious and the intimate fireplace a perfect complement for cool, pristine interiors and handsome furnishings (that guests can purchase) in keeping with the Craftsman style. Everything we required was within reach, including unbelievable cuisine. Studio has been selected as one of our Top 40 Restaurants for seven consecutive years, while The Loft, boasting a marvelous cheese sommelier, is one of Southern California's best-kept dining secrets. More opportunities for relaxation and leisure come in the form of an ocean view pool, a lap pool and Spa Montage.

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
866-271-6953 | Reserve with Expedia for the best rate!

Read our 2013 Annual Restaurant Issue to find out which restaurants made our list of the Top 40 in the U.S.


Montage's fine dining restaurant was named one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. in our 2013 Annual Restaurant Issue. Craig Strong's modern French-California cooking riffs on seasonal ingredients ranging from foraged wild mushrooms to locally caught fish. His exceptional pastry skills also continue to impress, as does the wine list with its 2,500 selections.

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