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“LOVE LOVE LOVE” 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
Certificate of Excellence
Springfield, Missouri
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“LOVE LOVE LOVE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I can't say enough how much I loved this hotel.

First and foremost, you just cannot ask for a better location. It is directly across the street from one of the best beaches in the country.

Inside the hotel, there is a great surfer chic vibe. There is art made from wetsuits, great surfing photography, and even surfing videos playing on one of the walls in the lobby.

The restaurant just off of the lobby, Zimzala, is a really great place to just chill. For every night that you decline room service, you get a gift card to use in the restaurant. This was a nice environmental touch. Daily in the lobby, there is a complimentary wine hour, which we took advantage of a couple times even though we aren't big wine drinkers. It was always nice to take a glass out to the fire pit courtyard area. Close to the end of our stay, there must have been a youth soccer tournament in the area or something because there were a lot of children running wild in the courtyard, which substantially hindered our enjoyment. Most of the time though, we felt really relaxed and laid back.

The shower in the room is large and AMAZING for getting rid of all that sand you can't help but bring back with you from the beach. Nothing in the hotel is overly fancy or stuffy, which we liked, as we are pretty casual people. That said, everything was clean and modern.

Another little bonus is that you can check out beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, etc. from the front desk in the morning (quickly before they are all checked out!) for free.

The only downside of the hotel for me was that there is no pool. However, a pool isn't strictly necessary when you are a two minute walk from the ocean.

We had a fantastic stay at the Shorebreak, and can't wait to return!

Room Tip: If you can swing the extra money, try to get a room with an ocean view. Gorgeous!
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  • Stayed September 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, Front Office Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear GoChicaGo5,

Thank you for all the awesome comments, we LOVE to hear that we made your stay fantastic and that you will return to visit again soon. You are right about the location, as I grew up in Huntington Beach I tend to take the great beach we have for advantage, but it is an awesome beach and there is always something going on here. We do get comments about not having a pool but as you commented we do have the world’s biggest pool just over the road. I am glad that you were able to make use of our complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas. Don’t forget we have beach volleyballs as well if you ever want to start a game. We look forward to your return and thanks again for spread the love about Shorebreak!

Helen Berkley
Front Office 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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Brighton, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We were visting my son and hoped for someplace where we could have a more intimate gathering than a restaurant. The interior courtyard of the Shorebreak with its "intimate fireplace pits" (there are 3; each separated by landscaping to create privacy) was perfect for relaxing with wine and cheese, while getting a chance to catch up. The hotel staff was attentive but not intrusive. (We were saddened when the gas was turned off at 10:00 p.m. but we were able to stay until ready to leave.) Our room was lovely with an amazing bathroom that held all the amenities of a spa. The beds were comfortable and the room simply, but elegrantly furnished. The only minus was that our room was directly over the hotel outside area of the restaurant so the sounds of chairs being dragged occasionally took some getting used to. Be SURE to use the valet for parking since there is no overnight parking in HB. ($27 + tip for the valet; $40.00 for the penalty of parking on your own overnight!)

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is NOT over the restaurant area!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, Front Office Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Dear Kathy P,

I am pleased that you chose our hotel to stay when visiting your son and you found that our deck was the perfect location to catch up. The fireplace pits are one of my favorite features of our hotel, not many hotels can boast that they have their own fire pits. You can even roast marshmallows and make gooey delicious s’mores, yum. I’m glad you enjoyed your room; I do believe our bathrooms are pretty extraordinary, much larger than most hotels have. I’m sorry that you could hear the noise from the restaurant in your room, we do know that we have rooms that are above this area and do try to be considerate in any noises that are made. I hope we will see you at the hotel in the near future.

Helen Berkley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Room number: 448

Room Description:
City courtyard 1 king bed 295 sqft 37 hdtv flatscreen ipod alarm wireless internet

Even though the room says that it has wifi, it doesnt! wifi signal is always weak. you do have cable Internet in the room, but they charge you around 14.99 for 24 hrs.

TV always loses signal.

room was new i think and the setup was cute.

great location. 5 mins walking to the beach. many stores around.

valet is $27. unprofessional and rude service.
i told the valet staff that we want to valet, and he said OK and asked me where i parked. there was a Mercedes waiting behind us. he ran directly to the mercedes and opened the door for them. on his way back he asked us if we could turn off the engine and dropped our key in the front.
yes i know we drive a Toyota but that doesnt mean we can be treated unequally!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Helen B, Front Office Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear ShanshanHuang

I am sorry to hear that your stay with us was less than satisfactory. We definitely do not want any of our guests to feel that they are not being treated equally. I have spoken with the valet manager and let him know of your comments and he will be following up with his staff and ensure that they are retrained if necessary.

As for the internet, I know how frustrating it can be when you want to get online but the signal is not cooperating. We absolutely do not want our guests to struggle on accessing one of our basic services. This is something that our engineering department is looking into with all our rooms.

I am glad that you found the location of our property great; it is really handy to have a beach and Main St. just around the corner from us. Our hotel is a boutique hotel and each of our rooms are slightly different is design and set up. I do hope you will come back and stay with us again.

Helen Berkley
Front Office Manager
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Windsor Canada
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

great location,close to main street but far enough away.Lots of places to eat nearby, lots of interesting shops,beach is huge and if you have a oceanview you can watch the surfers as early as 6 a.m.Parking is expensive but that seems to be par for the course.No pool but there is the ocean if you don't mind 65* water.this is a surfer hotel,town ,area,mindset,so if your not comfortable with young dudes and their attitude this may not be the place,but otherwise it is a very cool town well run and controlled, upscale and downscale at the same time.On tuesdays they have a street fair on mainstreet which offers some great people watching times and interesting food and shops..All in all the Shorebreak is the best place in downtown Huntington.

Room Tip: Look for a package that includes valet parking and internet use,those charges can really jump up you...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helen B, Front Office Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Dear dblosole,

You got it right, it is a “surfer, hotel, town, area, mindset”, HB is known as Surf City USA and we do get many surfers at our beach. Maybe next time you stay with us you will be one of those out there at 6am catching some prime waves. I love people watching and always interested in new foods, and for sure our street fair brings out a variety of both, glad you were here to experience it. Hope to see you again soon.

Helen Berkley
Front Office Manager
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We absolutely enjoyed our stay here at Huntington Beach. The employees were awesome, courteous, and extremely helpful! The facility was excellent and the location was perfect. We were so glad to have found this place to stay for 2 nights.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helen B, Front Office Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear Pia D,

I am so happy that you found our place as well! You got to experience what the Shorebreak Hotel has to offer and and our awesome employees. Thank you for the great comments about them, they all love to hear them. I hope that next time you find yourself on the west coast that we will be seeing you here.

Helen Berkley
Front Office Manager
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Colton, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Took my husband there for an overnight stay for his Birthday. This was our first time there and I can say this will not be our last. The staff was super friendly but very professional. The whole place was super clear, upscale decor but totally laid back atmosphere. The room was nicely decorated with small details such as "How to enjoy your stay at Huntington Beach" hand wriiten and tacked to the wall full of funny quips.The bed was super comfy, the room quiet and there was even two bean bag chairs to watch tv on. And they are dog friendly. Can't get any better than that.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Helen B, Front Office Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Dear Kathy B,

Happy Birthday to Mr. B, what a great treat for you both. Thanks for the great comments about our staff and hotel. Glad you found enjoyment from our “How to enjoy your stay at Huntington Beach”, it still makes me laugh and has some great tips that I hope you followed. I am delighted to hear that you will be back we will be sure to provide you with some more witticism.

Helen Berkley
Front Office Manager
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Los Angeles, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Didja ever stay someplace where the staff acted inattentive, snobby, rude, lazy or invisible?

Well, how good are you at superlative antonyms?

From the moment we arrived, to the moment we left, everyone at Shorebreak helped us feel right at home. In fact, BETTER than right at home, because nobody ever seems to be having a bad day.

This made me ask the restaurant manager, "Who gets to administer the Happy Pills around here?"

Well then write me a prescription, too.

Because that's exactly what Shorebreak is: A prescription for happiness.

The room: compact and nice. The restaurant: outstanding. The decor: easygoing. The live music: relaxing. The attitude: Oh-SoCal.

They even stock Square One organic vodka at the bar. (C'mon...are you guys trying to compete with heaven??)

We're coming back. And next time, we're bringing our dog.

Why should humans have all the fun?

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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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
#1 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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