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Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   500 Pacific Coast Highway, 5th & PCH, Huntington Beach, CA 92648   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 hotels in Huntington Beach
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“Amazing hotel in a beautiful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I was looking for a fun venue to host my sister's bachelorette party, knowing that it would be a smaller, quieter kind of event. I spoke to the front desk and was very open about throwing a party, but not a college style keg party! They could not have been more helpful and even offered to decorate the room and make table reservations at several bars downtown. Having grown up pretty much down the street from the hotel, I knew the area pretty well and was very impressed with all aspects of the hotel. It is beautiful inside and out, and the friendliness of the staff can not be overstated. They helped me select the best room for the best amount of money, even by talking me out of a more expensive room because they thought something a little lower in cost would fit my needs more. The party was a huge success, my sister and our guests LOVED being there with our ocean front room. I would recommend this hotel to everyone, even people like me who live here!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, January 21, 2012
Dear SweetKeats,

Hope the wedding goes as well as your party did. The front desk staff loves doing stuff like this with people. It is kind of like we are the party planners. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments about the staff. I have already taken the liberty of hanging this review in our employee breakroom for everyone to see. Tell the bride good luck!! Any chance of them spending their honeymoon with us?? Just kidding. Thanks for staying with us.

Paul J. Frechette
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

This is the perfect spot for enjoining beach life. Right in the middle of the action, the hotel is very nice and confortable, great sunset views if you get a oceanfront room. I got a good package through luxury hotels, comprehensive of breakfast and valet parking ($36 a day!).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2012
Dear Marconap,

Thank you for the wonderful comments regarding your experience with us here at Shorebreak. Hope you had a chance to enjoy all of the local action during your stay. If you didn't, it just gives you another excuse to stay with us again :).

Paul J. Frechette
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

The Shorebreak Hotel is located right in my own city. But I actually seldom get to downtown HB, so when I saw it offered on Hotel Tonight for a nice rate, a friend and I decided to take a mini-vacation to check out the property.

As they say in real estate, "location, location, location". The Shorebreak couldn't have a better location; it's right across the street from the beach and pier, and right near the intersection of PCH and Main, with shops, dining and entertainment right outside the door. Despite that, you might have a hard time locating it, as it's situated on 3 floors above the ground-level retail. That gives it a nice feeling of privacy in the heart of the action.

The hotel has a surfer theme throughout, which is perfectly in tune with its location. The lobby area is nice and welcoming. Our room was a good size, with a large bathroom that had a walk-in shower. The bed was clean and very comfortable. There was a balcony, but it wasn't much use as it didn't have furniture and just overlooked the fairly non-descript courtyard (at night the courtyard came more alive with fire pits, but there weren't many people enjoying them at the time). There was a dock for the iPad, and the TV was a large flat screen; I wish, though, that it would have played DVDs. WiFi was available for a fee; it would have been nice had this been complimentary. There was a decent fitness center with cardio machines.

We didn't have to go far to enjoy good food and drink. In fact, we didn't have to leave the hotel. The hotel restaurant, Zimzala, has a daily happy hour from 3-7, and it was a great place to relax. We enjoyed fried chick peas, sweet/spicy calamari and sweet potato tots. We did leave the building for dinner, and enjoyed gourmet burgers across the street at 25 degrees.

As with other JDV hotels I've visited, the staff was great. They were helpful and personable. The Shorebreak seemed especially dog-friendly, and the various canine guests added a cool vibe to the place. I daresay they brought out the best in the human guests, as people just seemed friendly here. I'm glad for the evening spent in downtown Huntington Beach and would definitely visit the Shorebreak again and recommend it to my out-of-town guests.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, January 16, 2012
Dear TGP67,

What a great comprehensive review of our property! Thank you so much for the wonderful write up and for covering so many things including Zimzala. Zimzala is a hidden gem among the HB restaurant community. Most locals still don't know about us, even though we have been open for 2 1/2 years.

From the location, the restaurant, the staff and even that we are pet friendly. Thank you for mentioning all the aspects that make Shorebreak such a special place to stay.

Paul J. Frechette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

We (Two adults, one teenager, and our dog) came here for one night during the week. First time we took our dog on a trip with us and everything was great. Watched the sunset, checked in, and found a free parking space for our car across the street from the hotel. Parking was $34 bucks for one night, didn't want to spend that much, so I asked a police officer about parking, he directed me across the street, and it was free, if you can find a space. Had dinner at the restauant in the hotel, it was excellent, my daughter liked the Pretzel sticks, wife and I liked the calamari, and we all split the flatiron steak. Everything was excellent, btw it was "relaxed" hour so the drinks and appertizers were specially priced. After dinner, purchased a smores kit from the front desk, sat by the fire pits, and made the smores. We walked half a block to downtown Huntington Beach and the pier area, and had a great time. Would definitely return to the hotel as well as the restaurant. One issue, not really a problem for us was that my daughter couldn't connect to the WiFi, told the front desk at checkout, and they said they would look into it.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, January 2, 2012
Dear 3inCA,

Wow! In one night your family and doggy experience everything Shorebreak has to offer. Thank you for the wonderful comments regarding the staff and restaurant. The flat iron steak is my favorite meal in Zimzala too.

Happy New Year to you and your family and we hope to see you very soon in the near future. Who knows maybe summer time, that way you guys can get some surf lessons and enjoy the beach.

Paul J. Frechette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We are a young couple in early 30s who booked the Shorebreak to be at Huntington beach for our California dreams honeymoon in 2011. Being that we were looking for a high end surf hotel with access to beach, we hit jackpot.

We booked the oceanview suite with incredible balcony to check out the morning surfers north of the pier. Shorebreak had just hosted the US Open surfing competition and was fully booked by Nike and celebrities alike. Apparently its incredible location and amnesties made it a perfect lodging destination. We checked in right after a Victoria's secret model left and it was in pristine condition.

A few noteworthy details:

* excellent concierge and customer service (e.g. Book reservations for restaurants, wine tastings, and provide mapquest printouts for road trips).
*Surprise champagne and breakfast for the newlyweds!
* pet friendly
* access to tides and swell forecasts posted everyday in lobby
* free wine cocktail hour everyday 5-7
* restaurants within 0-5 minute walking distance includes sushi, Irish pubs, Italian, breakfast, burger joints, etc
* shopping in strip all day and night includes surf shops, forever 21, etc
* Friday and Saturday street markets with bands and vendors
* surfing lesson and board lessons via concierge or walk to
* beachfront acess to excellent surf points
* 10 minutes to Newport beach, 20 to laguna beach (both south) or 1 hour Malibu and hollywood (north).

Drawbacks:
* mandatory valet parking $20-25 per day
* no smoking in balcony
* cold and windy mornings and evenings - bring wetsuit and sweatshirts

Hints:

*Rent a car to drive around and it was fabulous. Very expensive to rent a car, was about 700 for the week not including gas or insurance. You need to book a hatchback or SUV months ahead during peak season of you want to brig your board along. This price reflects a midsole sedan.
*My hubby woke up every morning to surf at hightide (7-9am) while I watched via balcony with coffee I hand. Too cold to sit in beach to watch. And we're from Canada!!


Overall it was a California dream!!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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utah, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011 via mobile

Classy, modern hotel across The street from the beach and Huntington Beach Pier. Rooms with deck overlooking Pacific ocean. Generous sized bathrooms complete with quality bathing products and plush towels. Staff eager to help, genuinely friendly and gracious.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

I have to agree with the other reviews here. This is the place to be with the location. Right across the street from the beach, Duke's, pier, the main street with all the restaurants and bars. The hotel is very nice, modern and sleek. The rooms are a nice size but if traveling with little kids just be aware our room didn't have a bath just a huge standing shower. I believe they do have rooms with baths so just ask them. The food and the bar area was pretty good stuff. Only thing missing is no swimming pool and does lack kid friendly stuff but the staff are very welcoming to kids and pets. The valet parking is $24 for the night and cheaper than regular parking.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, December 24, 2011
Dear yjkim70,

Thank you so much for posting a review of your experience with us here at the Shorebreak. You were absolutely correct when you mentioned that we do have large tubs in most of our rooms. I am sorry you did not have one. The tubs are located in certain room types and it does help to request one at the time of the reservation. It was a pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again really soon.

Happy Holidays!

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Address: 500 Pacific Coast Highway, 5th & PCH, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Huntington Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Huntington Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Huntington Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Huntington Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Huntington Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ultimate Southern California beach experience with a contemporary twist. Shorebreak Hotel combines the relaxed, sun-drenched spirit of the Orange County coastline with edgy modern accents. The only hotel located near the iconic intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Shorebreak situates you at the center of eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment…all within earshot of crashing ocean waves. A singular boutique hotel experience. ... more   less 
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