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Laguna Cliffs Inn

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   475 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Formerly By the Sea Inn)
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Ranked #6 of 22 hotels in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overcharged for what it is. No amenities, no coffee, no lobby to speak of. Balcony was though a backdoor over a back alley, I had to call the front desk to find it. Just a repainted motel. Old bathrooms, the whole room smelled musty. No turn-down service Bed was comfortable, location ok, but walk up the hill. This worked out... More

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San Diego
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just returned from a 3-day stay at Laguna Cliffs Inn (our 2nd visit here) and while the upstairs room was very nice our stay wasn't as good as last time. The new owners have seen fit to remove most of the amenities that we really enjoyed during our December 2013 stay. Now they offer Croughnuts in the morning (yuck!!)... More

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Arroyo Grande, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a rather unpleasant experience and abrupt departure from the Art Hotel in Laguna Beach, I found the Laguna Cliffs Inn about a 1/2 mile away, closer to the center of town. It was a Saturday afternoon and I had no reservation. They had one room left and I was able to secure it at a reasonable price. The room... More

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Upland, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Laguna Cliffs. The staff was extremely welcoming and friendly! In the morning, coffee and "croughnuts" (cross between doughnuts and croissants) are provided , and then freshly baked cookies in the afternoon. Beds are comfortable with quality bedding and pillows. Our rooms had Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves and mini-refrigerators. This is an older hotel that has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice, clean, spacious room with nice furniture, comfortable bed and several soft, comfortable pillows, and a sitting area with table and chairs. Also on the first floor where our room was located, the terrace has small tables and chairs with beautiful landscaping and a feeling of privacy to enjoy sitting outside with your morning coffee. Once we brought carry... More

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North Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very nice hotel, small, friendly and accommodating. Rooms are clean, quiet and loved the patio area to sit outside our rooms. The pool is very small, but the beach is so close, it didn't matter. Walking distance from cute shops and restaurants.

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Chandler, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked in April based on picture Claims ocean view Breakfast Welcome basket Steps to beach All not true There was no bkfst just croughnuts for first 6 No basket No ocean view just a view of parking lot and wires Impossible to see ocean and you pay more for ocean view Steps to beach not 2 1/2 blocks plus 75... More

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deer park,ny
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were booked into this hotel because our original hotel was overbooked. All I have to say about that is thank you! This inn was the best place my husband and I stayed during our 12 day trip down the California coast. The room was beautifully furnished and everyone who worked there was as pleasant as the weather! We had... More

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the Hotel is not very attractive from the outside, you can rest assured that you will have a warm welcome (Janie was very helpful in recommending and booking restaurants) and a nice room with very comfortable beds. The location is perfect to get to the park and sea (definitely consider this place to watch the fireworks on Independence day!).... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first I was disappointed because we didn't have the view pictured online but this hotel is a good deal for the money and because of the proximity to the park, beach and walking trails, we ended up happy with the whole experience. Love the cliffs! Just steps away. And the personnel tried very hard to make sure we were... More

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Address: 475 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Formerly By the Sea Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Laguna Cliffs Inn 2.5*
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As vast as the area’s beaches, trails and art galleries, the pleasures at Laguna Cliffs Inn are virtually endless. Stay steps from the beach in a hotel that boasts an open-air design facing the ocean for a peaceful, picturesque experience. While here, enjoy the convenience of complimentary Wi-Fi and our heated pool and spa, as well as in-room breakfast and a welcome basket. ... more   less 
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