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“The Shorebreak Exceeded our Expectations!” 5 of 5 stars
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Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   500 Pacific Coast Highway, 5th & PCH, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (Formerly Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Huntington Beach
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El Dorado Hills, California
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2 reviews
“The Shorebreak Exceeded our Expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We were able to find a great deal on Kayak and after reading all the reviews for The Shorebreak we booked a room for one night~So happy we did! We took the advise of another traveler and joined The Joy of Life Club. Upon arrival, we were informed that they had upgraded our room and offered us free Internet... We loved everything about the hotel and can't wait to return! Zimzala Restaurant was fabulous and their Pork Chop is the best we've ever had... This a must if you are in Huntington. They even have a Doggie menu! Thank you to all the staff at the hotel~you are all top notch!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 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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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear kunk5,

It is very obvious that you did your homework before you came to Huntington Beach. Kayak, Joy of Life Club, etc. Next time I would suggest booking direct because we have a best rate match guarantee. Isn't the port chop amazing? I typically do not eat pork, but I always make an exception for the Zimzala pork chop.

Thank you so much for staying with us and posting about your experience. Hope to see you again here at Shorebreak.

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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San Francisco, California
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48 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you're looking for a hip hotel with a fantastic beachfront location, then this is the place for you.
If you're looking for a hotel where you can stroll out in the morning, grab a coffee from the nearby Starbuck's and walk over to the HB pier and watch the morning surfers, then this is definitely the hotel for you.

Rooms vary with Oceanfront rooms having the beds placed so they are facing the ocean which is an amazing way to wake up each morning (Huntington Beach is literally located on the other side of the street about 50 yards away.) The city view rooms are a more affordable price point but their views are of the surrounding residential homes and sadly, these views leave much to be desired. Just keep the sheer curtains closed. The worst rooms are the ones with a city view but also next to their AC - there is a constant hum in the room that would make sleeping impossible if you ask me. I got this room once and immediately told them to give me another room and they did.

Breakfast at their restaurant Zimbala is delicious but I am puzzled by why it is always empty in the mornings. I think their food is better than the brunch options on main st. I tried those places and thought they were average. Plus you don't have to queue a ridiculously long time at Zimbala for a table either.

Staff are young, friendly and try to please. If there is a negative, I would say it is the rather high parking fees. If you 're only staying 1 night, save yourself the $ and grab a spot in the surrounding streets. Even the metered spots are free in the evenings and early mornings.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Dear Hopping-along ,

As a frequent stayer here at the Shorebreak, thank you so much for posting a comprehensive review of our hotel and room types. For any curious traveler coming to our hotel, this review definitely gives them some great advice regarding room types parking and local services. I too am a fan of our breakfasts and they do have the best breakfast menu in the area. It is nice to see a frequent guest like yourself agrees with me.

Thanks once again for staying with us.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed at the Shorebreak on one of the "Snique Away" promotions. The hotel lived up to it's billing with a very Surf-vibe. The staff were wonderful and the evening wine-hour was great as well. Would stay there again if I ever return to the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Dear andyillinois,

We appreciate the review you submitted to this website. Snique Away is a large provider of business for us here at the Shorebreak. Hopefully you were able to also give them some positive feedback regarding your stay here. Thank you so much for giving us some praise and we hope to see you out here on the west coast again really soon.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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New York, New York
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The location of the hotel is perfect and you couldn't get any closer to the beach unless you actually slept on the beach.
This is a very cool hotel with a total surf vibe which makes you feel like surfing, even if you don't :)
Valet drivers were very helpful with directions and always welcomed us back. Front desk staff worked to get us a good upgrade at a nominal price, which was worth it. Get the room with views of the beach since that is why you're staying there.
Cocktail hour from 5p-6p daily which was very enjoyable. Didn't go to the restaurant/bar but it was very busy so next time we'll go for sure.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

This was a great location and our room had a nice big verandah to watch the sunset from. The free glass of wine each night was also a nice touch. The lack of free wifi was a let down. Especially as we used wifi to book the room. Car parking was also not included. For the price it was a little disappointing.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear Coctailqueen,

Just wanted to send a quick thank you for your short review of the hotel. We appreciate the feedback. I will be sure to let the staff know about your wonderful comments.

I do apologize for the issues with charging for the internet and parking. The wifi and parking fees are right in line with the comparable hotels in the area and we do our best to match or offer a lower price to draw guests to stay with us. We do our best to post this on our website and on all publications. It is also attached to our comfirmation, which is sent to every guest who books directly through our website.

Sincere apologies,

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Fort Worth, Texas
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We booked the Shorebreak over the internet because it touted a great location in Huntington Beach, Ca overlooking the pier. We actually had trouble driving up to it because the entrance is kind of tucked away which ended up adding to it's privacy. Valet parking was the first thing we encountered but other reviews had convinced me to accept this as part of the package in southern California. What helped me with the price was how courteous and professional the valet system was at the Shorebreak. I never had to wait for my car and it one of the very few systems I felt was worth the money. The hotel is a stylish upscale surfer motif. Our room had a nice HD flat screen TV next to a cloth covered bean bag chair! Front desk was always accessible and very friendly, housekeeping was outstanding, security good. Location was perfect for shopping, dining and there is even a brand name pharmacy around the corner. And the pier/beach was across the street, it doesn't get anymore convenient than that. But when it is all said and done, I think it the service, all aspects of service, is what I'll remember and recommend it for.

Room Tip: Ocean view is the way to go, nice balcony, but a longer walk from the elevator.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
To jackie049,

A sincere thank you from the staff and valet for your awesome comments about the staff here at Shorebreak. We try so hard every day to building relationships with our guests and it seems we have won you over. AWESOME! Deepest gratitude for the high praises of the staff here at the hotel and in valet. I will be spreading the joy.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Austin, Texas
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62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place has it all. The staff at check in were so nice and helpful. The hotel is decorated in young, surfer motif and accents. There is photographic art everywhere, which we loved. There are so many little touches that make this place fun and cool, like the pictures of surfers in a bubble frame with sand inside on every door. We had a room with a balcony view of the ocean. Our bathroom was the best part of the room. It has a large walk-in shower (no door - just a glass half-wall), super huge garden tub, sleek stream lined facilities. We had a large screen TV in our room with HD cable. There is a happy hour in the lobby. The restaurant / bar that is part of the hotel has really great, first-class food. We loved sitting in the outdoor lounge in the center of the hotel that had fire pits and sandy areas. Very cool. The hotel is perfectly placed across from the main pier. There is shopping and restaurants and sushi bars all along the street of the hotel. We loved this hotel and will definitely be back. The only problem of sorts that we had was the parking. On the day that we arrived it was raining, so the hotel valet had moved below the hotel in general parking. We arrived at about midnight with our rental car and parked as we thought we were supposed to do in general parking below the hotel. I guess what we were really supposed to do was to valet park it below with the valet who had moved their operation below (although the valet folks didn't say anything and we didn't understand the procedure). When we went to leave in the car, we were charged for two days (arriving shortly before midnight and leaving at 9 a.m the next morning) which was $40. We worked it out and were reimbursed, but it was not a good surprise.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear 3skippingtown,

What an awesome review of the hotel, minus the parking. I just wanted to thank you for posting a review of your travels to Shorebreak. It appears you had a great time, including at Zimzala the hotel restaurant, which by the way I would agree that it has first class food. I will be sure to post your comments for all the restaurant employees to see.

I do apologize for the parking challenges. It was nice to know we were able to take care of you immediately.

Thanks again,

Paul J, Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Address: 500 Pacific Coast Highway, 5th & PCH, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (Formerly Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel)
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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:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Huntington Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Huntington Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Huntington Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Huntington Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton 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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