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“Want beach, food, fun, friendly staff and free wine at 5...stay here!” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #3 of 16 Hotels in Huntington Beach
NYC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Want beach, food, fun, friendly staff and free wine at 5...stay here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

Talk about across the street from a great, relaxed, amazing beach. This is a very laid back, nice, trendy surf hotel next to a ton of fun bars and great surf stores. Highly recommend if you want to get away from LA and enjoy a more laid back pace.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, September 6, 2012
Dear Scott K,

Thanks for the shout out to Shorebreak by posting such a nice review of the property. We really appreciate the fact that you chose us and sure hope to see you again at another one of our JDV Collection Properties.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is a great hotel. It's about a nice as a 4 star can get.

Great location
Clean rooms
Well appointed rooms
Great restaurant, close to many more
Friendly staff
Well run - the attitude of the staff and managers showed through
Close to the beach

Would stay at again, no question

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Dear Mark987155019,

What a small world? I have a very close friend who lived in Dubai a few years back working logistics at the Asian Games. Just wanted to send a quick thank you for all the kinds words you gave the hotel and its staff. It is true that management preaches fun to the staff. If we are not having a good time at what we do than what are we here for? We really appreciate the post and hope you will recommend us to your friends and family for future stays.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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amsterdam
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Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

rooms was great, wel decorated and well kept. Spacious too! Hotel has a great kitchen, but there are lots of other places to eat & drink in the aera. Close to beach, great staff, we will definitely stay here again when in CA. Better: we look forward to staying in another JDV hotel. We LOVED it. Doesn't have a pool but beach is right across the street!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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, August 27, 2012
Dear mvm1,

How's the weather in Amsterdam this time of the year? Hope it is not as hot as it was when you were here.

Thank you so much for posting about your experience here at Shorebreak. I hope the rest of your extended vacation was just as good. In fact, I hope you decided to try another one of the JDV Collection Hotels. They all have their own flare. It was a pleasure to serve you.

Paul J. Frechette
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We recently stayed at the Shorebreak in Huntington beach. We loved the modern, hip decor and friendly staff. EVERY staff member had full knowledge of the hotel and surrounding area. They recommended several activities for us to engage in. Our private bathroom was probably the coolest bathroom we have ever used. The location was near everything! They offered towels for free to use at the beach. Great place to bring your dog (really wish we had ours with us!) as they had "yappy hour" and treats at the front desk. Speaking of treats at the front desk, they had awesome taffy at the front desk for humans that we grabbed each time we walked by! Would definitely stay there again and looking into their other hotels in other cities.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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, August 21, 2012
Dear khobama,

So your the one stealing our taffy! Just playing. I also love how you mentioned that they were for "humans" because we do also have doggy treats on the front desk too and those are not for humans, but from time to time they do not pay attention to what they are grabbing. It is kind of funny to watch.

Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding the hotel and the staff. You really should try one of our other hotels around the country. The JDv Collection is one of the most unique hotels chains I have ever seen and that is what drew my interest as a Hotel Manager. Hope to see you again really soon.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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London, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Firstly, I'm definitely a travel diva. I'm super picky and have been very disappointed in many luxury hotels. This was really one of the best travel experiences I've had. (And, I travel a lot!)

And okay, yes Kelly Slater was the first person we ran into in the lobby ;) Extra bonus points.

The Shorebreak is hip, surfer chic and thought through to every detail. From the gorgeous ocean art in every corner to the the salt water orange creamsicle taffy at the front desk - to Zimzala the rad bar and restaurant. Everything is a 10 out of 10.

Make sure you go to happy hour - its awesome.

Our room was fantastic, the service great, staff so friendly. You can't beat the location.

Shorebreak is really the kind of place you never want to leave. We will definitely be back.

My only qualm is that we only stayed for two nights!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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, August 21, 2012
Dear Diana C,

Didn't you know that Kelly Slater is our lobby ambassador? I am just kidding, but it is common to see a lot of action sports athletes staying at our hotel. They seem to love the vibe. We appreciate your kind comments about the hotel and restaurant. Zimzala is definitely the place to be for happy hour. In fact we have won several local awards including top 10 restaurants on the OC two years running. I will be sure to post you compliments for the entire staff to see. Thank you so much.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My experience at the Shorebreak makes me want to come back to Huntington Beach - with family rather than business next time, and definitely to stay at the Shorebreak. Paul Frechette the assistant manager, and Jill and Laurence at reception provided remarkable service. Breakfast menu, food, and again, a great service attitude, in a beautiful setting leaves me with the best impression of the Shorebreak and a loyal seeker of Joie de Vivre Hotels.

Room Tip: Fabulous ocean/beach front and view rooms. City views for a quieter stay.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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, August 21, 2012
Dear Sharon,

Oh my gosh, I actually got mentioned in a review! I am so happy about that. Thank you so much for this wonderful review. It is always nice to hear that you are doing a great job. I will be sure to let Laurant and Jill know what an awesome job they did in taking care of you. Please do not be a stranger, you will always have a home with us here at Shorebreak.

Paul J. Frechette
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

A very nice and friendly hotel located right on the beach. Fantastic location, lots to see and do in the area.

The room was very plush and well layed out. Plenty of room and bathroom was bigger than my garden (almost!!).

If this is one of your options, you won't be disappointed.

No need to add any pictures, there's plenty already.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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, August 16, 2012
Dear in-viator ,

Just wanted to say thank you for the kind words regarding our hotel. Being from the UK it seems you tried to get away during the Olympics. We sure hope everything worked out during your long trip of the west coast. On behalf of the Shorebreak and JDV Collection, thank you so much for choosing us and please keep us in mind the next time you travel out to the US.

Paul J. Frechette
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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 Romantic Hotel in Huntington Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Huntington Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Huntington Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 157
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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