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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
Fountain Valley, California
1 review
“Shorebreak Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I love love love this hotel! The staff is so amazing. I upgraded from a standard room to a suite for just $15! BTW the suite has a huggggeee tub and a double head shower (AMAZING!) It was absolutely worth it! This hotel is steps away from the beach, amazing restaurants, and downtown hb. I celebrated my 22nd birthday and had a few friends in our room with no complaints! The staff, from the front desk to valet to management, was amazing. Hand down would stay here over and over again. Thank you Shorebreak Hotel for an amazing experience!

  • Stayed December 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, December 19, 2012
Dear Gloria K,

Happy Birthday from all of us here at the Shorebreak. Turning 22 can be a lack luster B-day, especially after your 21st, but in this case it sounds like you had a blast. It is an honor to be a part of that. We are all about celebrating here at Shorebreak and encourage people to have social gatherings as long as it does not disturb other guests. In your case, you were fine. It is nice to know the staff treated you well. Inoticed you are from Fountain Valley. It is so important to us to show how much we appreciate the support of people who live locally. Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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Toukley, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This was the best hotel i have stayed at by far. Its in a really great location and one street away from main street. Loved the rooms they were very clean and nicely detailed to suit the theme, felt very relaxed and cosy. The bathroom is nicer than my one at home and very spacious. The staff were very friendly and helpfull, made friends with them after sitting at the bar drinking for 5 hrs one afternoon and they recommended places to eat in the area, what they like on their menu and much more. Ate dinner at Zimzala restaurant it was really nice and the atmosphere was happy! Love the wine tasting in the lobby and the fact that it is a pet friendly hotel and area with dog treats at the front desk and a 'Yappy hour' for dogs on the patio. The hotel does deals with the taxi company to get to disneyland and back for cheaper than a meter which the front desk organises. Would not stay anywhere else if i was in the area. absolutly loved this hotel and everything about it.

  • Stayed November 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, December 19, 2012
Dear Lozzzy89,

The best hotel you have ever stayed at?? What a compliment! Believe me when I say that when we read your review, everyone here was doing a "happy dance". The biggest thrill we get as hotel employees is when some says something like this about the place you work at. Our room and restaurant employees work so hard everyday and it all pays off when someone like you has such unbelievable comments about your experience here. Thank you so much from the entire family here at Shorebreak and I hope to see some more of your fellow Australians soon.

Paul J. Frechette
Assistant General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

The Shorebreak is a cute hotel right near the beach, very centrally located in Huntington Beach. We stayed for 5 nights in late October.

The highlights - wonderful themed rooms. Each has a little picture on the door with a character and some sand - hard to describe but very charming. Inside your room, there are little touches such as photos and lamps that confirm you are truly beachside. The rooms are spacious and quiet. The bed was very comfortable (we had a queen size, I believe). The shower is modern and has lots of space for you to dry out your beach wear. The staff were very friendly and helpful and I loved that the hotel was pet friendly. We didn't travel with pets but enjoyed meeting some dogs in the lobby. The interior, outdoor courtyard was perfect for relaxing in the sun or snuggling up to a fire pit at night. The daily lobby wine tastings were lovely and the surfing video and condition reports really added to the whole experience. The location was also fantastic - walking distance to all the Huntington Beach highlights and an easy drive down the coast.

The lowlights - none. We never wanted to leave and would gladly stay again. Worth every penny.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Dear mollee22,

What a wonderfully detailed account of your experience with us over you 5 days here. I love how you mentioned all the little details we work on a daily basis to enhance our guest's experiences. You know, we are a hotel and you never technically have to leave. just extend your stay next time for a little longer.

It was a honor to serve you and we really appreciate all the wonderful comment you made about things like us being dog friendly, the pictures on the doors, wine hour (my favorite) and the beds.

We hope to see you again soon and you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

Paul J. Frechette
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California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Truly loved this hotel from the moment we walked in. Front desk staff was very welcoming and accommodating. Room was beautiful and clean. Bathrooms are amazing. Bed was comfortable. Best night's sleep I've had in months. I really appreciate their attention to detail when it comes to design and comfort.

The hotel is more than just dog friendly. They are dog lovers, obvious by the welcome dog treat at check in to the doggy menu at the restaurant (outside patio section) to the bean bag dog-bed sized cushions in the rooms to the respectful way the staff addresses the dogs themselves.

The location is absolutely ideal with easy access to the beach, boardwalk, shops, restaurants, etc. There are so many options that you never feel like you're stuck in a tourist trap. In fact, you feel like you are a guest in a warm community of locals that are sharing their haunts and other treasures of their town.

The hotel met and then exceeded our expectations and I am happy to write this review in thanks. We stayed at the hotel on Thanksgiving, for one night, but are planning on returning with the rest of our family soon. Can’t wait!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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, November 26, 2012
Dear VacayZuka ,

If I was to write a marketing description about how we want every guest to feel when they stay at Shorebreak, I would use the exact words used in your review of our hotel. I huge thank you for the wonderful review you posted. We appreciate all the comments, but most importantly the ones about the people who work here. They all work so hard at making people feel at home, especially during the holidays. Can't wait to see you with your family next time you come. Happy Thanksgiving!

Paul J. Frechette
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Huntington Beach, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Especially if you like Huntington Beach!
Right there by the pier, awesome rooms, great looking, and so much more!
But the great part is that they treat you so good! Not just a customer filling a room!
They care about you and their hotel! It's more than the Motel 6, BUT do you want class or mess?
This place is sweet! Just look at the pics and then it's even better in person! Waking up and looking out at the ocean and pier! AWESOME!
Don't hesitate to go here!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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, November 26, 2012
Dear hbsurfer1,

Your screen name is probably the best of all time. Go HB! Thanks for the kind comments about the hotel. Obviously your a local and it is so important to our success that the community supports us. Much appreciated my friend.

Paul J. Frechette
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Everett, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I thought the boutique hotel was adorable and appreciated edgy decor with great location close to HB pier. Loved they are pet friendly. Staff very caring about our 11pm check-in after all day event. However.... we were put in a room where the elevator kept clanking all night with every entry or exit. My BF got no sleep and said would not spend another night in the hotel. To be fair after complaining to staff was compensated $50.00 for trouble and not charged the additional night for cancelling after offering to switch rooms. Very fair. Stay here... just get a quiet room away from the elevator!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, November 26, 2012
Dear Julie W,

Much gratitude for submitting a review of your experience here at Shorebreak. I was so happy to hear that you guys had a great time with the exception of the elevator noise. Our Engineering team did have a third party come out to take a look at the elevators because of this review. It seems all has been taken care of. I am glad the front desk was able to compensate you for your troubles. Please accept my sincere apology and we sure hope to see you again in the near future.

Paul J. Frechette
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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

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 Joie de Vivre 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
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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 Romantic Hotel in Huntington Beach
#2 On the Beach 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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