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“The Shorebreak was great and the dog loved it.” 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“The Shorebreak was great and the dog loved it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

We arrived in Huntington Beach pulling a sidecar rigged Harley in an enclosed trailer and wanted a place near the ocean allowing a big long-haired shepherd and the trailer. Although the trailer was too high to fit in the parking lot the staff bent over backwards and arranged to allow parking it in a safe location at their delivery dock for the night. The room was delightful and the staff assisted our needs in every way except for finding the dog agent for Cody. He really wants to star in a movie. The sidecar is for Cody.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2010
Dear lakefivehenry and Cody,

Our staff has been working diligently to find Cody an agent (just kidding). Thank you for the kind words regarding our staff here at Shorebreak. We are all dog lovers here and it makes our job that much easier when a dog like Cody visits. I actually remember him. Just tell Cody that everyone at the desk says hi and we hope to see all of you in the near future.

Loves of Puppy love from the Joie De Vivre and the Shorebreak!

Paul Frechette
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

Just got back from a trip along the southern California coast. Absolutely loved being so close to the beach (it is across the street, along the Pacific Coast Highway). I thought the staff was young and surprisingly attentive and very accommodating. Breakfast at the hotel restaurant was really good and our server gave incredible service--just the right touch of attentive, but not annoying. Parking your car is expensive at this hotel (valet) and the room rates are pretty steep, the internet is extra, there is no pool and the fan running in the bathroom 24/7 can be completely distracting without shutting the bathroom door all time... but once you're there you tend to forget all of that and just enjoy. Great beach location and plenty of things to do very near the hotel. Great beach vibe.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2010
Dear BeautifulWorld08,

Just wanted to send a personal thank you for the comments submitted regarding your experience at Shorebreak. I will be sure to share your positive comments to the staff. Our young and eager staff is definitely one of a kind. They all work extrememly hard for each and every guest. We are currently looking into the fan issue and will get that fixed immediately.

It's nice to know you had a wonderful time. We hope to see you again very soon.

Paul Frechette
Hotel Manager
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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

Great design, rooms are spacious, location is perfect - you could take a cab from the airport & not need a car at all. Everything is in walking distance. Staff is very friendly & accommodating. Single suggestion I have is pay per view movies. We didn't want to hit the bars every night & it would have been nice to relax & watch a movie in our room. Only option right now is renting a DVD player from the front desk for $20 or taking a 10 min drive to a theater. The Lather bamboo body products in the rooms are great. Subtle scent, really nice. Sheets high threadcount & pillows heavenly!

  • Stayed November 2010
    • 4 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2010
Dear 2Ns,

We just wanted to express our thanks for posting a review on tripadvisor. We appreciate your comments regarding the location and positive attitude of the staff. Shorebreak is placed in an ideal location but it is our staff that sets us apart.

You took the time to mention that you would have preferred to stay in one night and watch a pay-per-view movie. We are currently looking for an idealistic solution and hopefully will have the service sometime in 2011.

Joie De Vivre Hospitality and Shorebreak would like to thank you for the business. We hope to see you again soon at another one of our properties.

Paul Frechette
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Huntington beach is beautiful, no matter where you stay you will enjoy the people, scenery and nightlife. I can honestly say that this is one of my favourite hotels to stay in. The staff were great, the rooms immaculate. we had a view overlooking the beach and boardwalk.... gorgeous. The bathroom was awesome!!! It had a double person walk in tiled shower, a monster sized bathtub... and the bed... I'm still wishing i could get a nights sleep like i did there! The hotel is relatively small but well decorated with local work from artists, very nice. They have a patio with fire pits outside so you can enjoy a quiet night or you can hit the town! The nightlife is great! fresh seafood at the bars, cheap drinks, and great espressos!!! the hotel is situated three minute walk to the main strip. Cant wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2010, 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2010
Dear cella420,

Many thanks for the great review of our hotel. It seemed like your stay went well. We celebrate here at the hotel when we see a review like this. This is exactly what we strive for in every guest experience. On behalf of the Shorebreak Hotel and Joie De Vivre Hospitality thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon.

Paul Frechette
Hotel Manager
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

I was in Huntington Beach on business and chose the Shorebreak because of its proximity to the beach. Good call on my part! The location cannot be beat if you want to be close to the beach and close to good shopping and food.

I shared a room with a co-worker so we could stay in budget. The room was clean and a nice size. The bathroom is cool but there is no tub. It only has a large shower with a 1/2 glass wall so there is no privacy, which wasn't a big deal. We had a view of the pier from our room so I really enjoyed that.

We had a drink at the hotel restaurant one night and I wasn't very impressed. Although it's a nice place, it was kind of boring and the hostess was a dud. The service was mearly ok. The drinks were good, but pricey. We LOVED eating at the Sugar Shack. I highly recommend that.

The only odd thing was having 2 long distance calls placed from our room that were not placed by us. It was kind of creepy to think that someone (staff?) made long distance calls from our room when we weren't there. Nothing was stolen but that was still creepy. The charges were removed with no questions.

Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2010
Dear chispa_c,

We were glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay here at the Shorebreak. Its nice to know the location was more than satisfying.

I have taken the time to share the comments about your experience in the bar with the restaurant manager. Although we do not know specifically who served you, we are taking the time to share this review with each of the servers to ensure this does not happen again.

As for the phone call issue on your bill, please do not be alarmed. I have done some investigating and it seems we had two rooms on the same night get their lines crossed. This is not a problem we have had in the past, but it was an easy fix. After running a key report on the two room doors the report showed no one being in your room during the time of the call. Please accept my humble apology for the error. The problem has already been resolved. My maintenance staff is more than confident that this will not happen again.

Although you enjoyed your stay, we as a management team are not completely satisfied that you were not satisfied. We need to do a better job at serving our clients and making sure our systems are in order. Thank you for the honest feedback.

Paul Frechette
Hotel Manager
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

We loved how close the hotel was to everything that we wanted to do. After we parked the car we never left until we checked out. There was a Catholic church walking distance which was important to us. The restaurant at the hotel was very good and the service was great, even when our 2 year old kept pushing some of the cushions. The proximity to the beach is perhaps the best part about the hotel...we made several trips back and forth as needed for our little one to take her naps, etc.

The only downside was that I had a booked a courtyard view room with two queen beds and they gave us a handicap accessible room that did not have a tub (which was important for us to bathe our daughter). The hotel staff did switch us to a different room but it was right across from a noisy door (but thankfully we could not hear it through to our room). The view also was to the back of a antique shop, rather than complaining again, I sacrificed the courtyard view for the tub. We loved the tub and used it many times throughout our stay :)

For those who are eco-conscious-I did notice that they still use some traditional non energy efficient lights int he room, which did not seem very eco-conscious, but I guess having a large tub is not either.

The service from hotel staff, restaurant was awesome, however the reason I gave it three stars is because they did not clean our room till 1:30 PM and our daughter was already asleep in the stroller, so we had to wait another 45+ minutes while they cleaned our room.

Overall though this is a GREAT hotel ...like I said our family loved how close it was to everything and we hope to come back soon.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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pfrechette42, Manager at Shorebreak Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2010
Dear MamadeEloise,

I just got done reviewing your comments regarding your recent stay here at the Shorebreak. I sure hope you and your 2 year old had a wonderful time here. The restaurant manager would also like to thank you for the great comments you made about the food and service.

I am sorry to hear that you had a less than perfect experience with the location of your room. Although we have a handful of rooms that do not have a great view, I hope the staff was accomodating to your needs. It seems like the bathtub was a good option for you. We train our staff to do whatever is in there means to take care of our guests. Please accept my apology for not having exactly what you needed. As a side note, since we are still a young hotel we are in the process of getting the Hotel up to "Green" standards. The light bulb issue is a project we are currently working on. Over the next year you should also see some small changes such as recycling bins in all the guest rooms and recycled paper being used for all our menus.

Again, we appreciate your candid feedback. We use this constructive feedback to better ourselves and train our staff.

Paul Frechette
Hotel Manager
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Nova Scotia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

My husband and I just got back from a wonderful 4-night stay at Shorebreak. We really can't say enough good things about this hotel.

Our pleasant experience started two days before we even arrived in California. The concierge (TJ, I believe) called us at home in Canada to ask if there was anything he could do for us in preparation of our arrival. Definitely a nice touch - one I've never experienced before.

The hotel itself is very "sufter chic". It's a great blend of retro/funky/modern/charming. The decor is cool, and there was some great artwork in the gallery on the bottom floor. The room istelf was very comfortable and extremely clean, with a huge bathroom. The beds and linens were extremely comfortable. We didn't have an ocean view room - our balcony overlooked the terrace and it was still nice.

While we didn't eat in the Zimzala restaurant, we did have a drink there one evening and it was lovely. The menu looked great, and we'll definitely make a point to eat there next time.

Once of the coolest features of this hotel is their daily "wine hour". From 5:00 - 6:00 each evening guests are treated to complimentary California wines. Be sure to take a glass out onto the terrace and sit around one of the fire pits.

The service we recieved was incredible - from the front desk staff to the valet parkers. I really can't recommend this hotel enough. I can't wait to have the opportunity to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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 Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2010
Dear kudle,

Just wanted to send a quick thanks out for the wonderful review you posted. TJ is definitely one of our best employees and it means a lot to him that you recognized him in your review. I wanted to mention that our wine hour is one of our most popular guest amenities here at the Hotel. It gives everyone a chance to relax after a long day at the beach or at work.

Thank you so much for staying at one of our Joie De Vivre Properties. We appreciate your business and hope to see you at another one of our properties in the near future.

Paul Frechette
Hotel 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 Romantic Hotel in Huntington Beach
#1 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 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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