My wife and I stayed here last year. It was my wife's first trip to California and I had only to been to California once before for a very short stay. This hotel was close to where we needed to be, otherwise I don't know if I would have selected Huntington Beach as our location, not knowing the area. As it turned out, we loved it and were glad to be there. The hotel is clean and the pool area is very nice. The restaurant served quality food and the Sunday brunch was incredible. We were upgraded to a corner suite and it was a great room with wrap around balcony and a 2nd balcony. The only down side, were views of a some sort of factory or plant, but it in no way spoiled our room. There are other rooms that are on the side of the hotel, but I would request one that is directly in front of the hotel, as they offer nearly 180 degree ocean views.
We go to Mexico a lot, so this hotel offered a different beach experience than the resort type beaches. The photos on the website give the impression that the hotel is right on the beach, but what you don't see is the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) b/w the hotel and the beach. This was only a minor inconvenience. Crossing the PCH was not a challenge and there are stop walks on either end of the hotel. The beach is a city beach with parking on the street. We enjoyed the more bustling vibe of the beach, compared to the more sedate resort beaches. We rented bikes from the hotel and rode to Newport Beach. It's an easy and enjoyable ride.
The pool area was quiet, but not too quiet. There were some guided pool area "activities" which I found to be amusing, as I had not seen that before at a hotel in America. Beach gear was easy to borrow, and there were activities that could be purchased. We didn't bring our kids on this trip, but I think we could easily keep them entertained at the pool and beach areas. Plus there is shopping and the pier is close by.
Before arriving at the hotel, we spent the day in LA proper, and I can honestly say that we will probably not be doing any more sight seeing in LA (LA proper that is). Huntington Beach and neighboring Newport Beach were much more our style, laid back and relaxed. Overall, we really enjoyed the hotel, and would definitely stay there again.
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March 25, 2013
Dear Jeff A,
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Thank you for your kind words and excellent review. We agree that LA and Orange County are two different animals although just next to each other. You, however, nailed it when you hit upon our friendly and laid back atmosphere...and proximity to our wonderful downtwon for shopping and dining options (when you're not too stuffed by our endless brunch buffet!). That makes us your perfect beachside getaway, no passports required!
Soon the view will be different too as the electrical power plant you could see off in the distance will be radically altered to blend in with our surroundings (no more towers or exposed structure). While we can't wait for that day to come, it is nice to know that for Huntington Beach (and our coastal neighbors) clean and affordable power is avaiable for us when demand rises. Recently the power company presented its final plans to the city and coastal commission for approval...and their committment to our environment (and sightline) is to be commended.
We all look forward to your return and next time, by all means...bring the kids! We have a wonderful activities menu all planned for the kick off to summer (and complimentary too) along with plenty of beach options thru Waterfront Adventures directly in front of the hotel on the sand. Hurry back, we'll be ready!
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The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
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