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“Somewhere In Time...” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Laguna
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   425 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651   |  
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Ranked #19 of 21 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Salt Lake City, Utah
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Somewhere In Time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

When you get to the hotel, it's so surreal. Even the town, it's almost as if you are stepping back in time. I love old hotels and I have stayed here on a number of occasions. This particular trip was with a friend but I have been with my husband and on my own. They have two restaurants in the hotel and the food is superb. They bring in live musicians on the weekends, which was a nice touch. The rooms are not large compared to some other hotels but back in the day, they needed every inch. They have a small elevator that was added later but I prefer to walk down the stairway and "listen" to the voices of the past. The beach is just feet from the back of the hotel and they have cordoned off about 50 feet for hotel guests only. I enjoy walking through the town. They have a little bit of everything but my two favorite aspects of Laguna are the art and the boardwalk. I have gone at all different times of year and I just wish I could live there. It's an incredible feeling and the hotel does their utmost to make the experience one you won't forget.

Room Tip: Ocean view and Ocean/garden view rooms are the most expensive for a reason. I prefer the ocean/gard...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Ok....who wouldn't like staying on the water? 5 stars for location and the restaurant!

No AC and I live in San Diego...we do need ac and those of us that aren't cheap use it! I spent the night awake as it was too hot to sleep!

285.00 for the one night....bathroom is so small....toilet bowl isn't even updated, no counter space AT ALL, shower fills with water and so does the sink.

Windows open up on both sides but the center doesn't, no child SAFETY as you could either jump or just fall out of the window!! Amazing that is legal since Ca. Is the most litigious state!

Also, had to leave the drapes open or we would have really been suffocating....so had to deal with the outside lights ALL night!

I guess if it was 90.00 a night I could justify staying there although to me, it isn't even worth the discomfort for that price!

Also, my room on the 2nd floor was over the valet parking so....noisy for hours and the beach water sound was great but there was an annoying fountain that felt like it was next to my bed!!

Normally fountains are relaxing but with everything else it was just another disturbing thing!

Room Tip: Don't stay here
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We are locals and have stayed here a couple of times. The hotel is 50's retro and has some great features. The down side is its very noisy especially in the late night and early morning hours. Maintenance is also an issue. They really need to have a better maintenance plan.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We're from Las Vegas looking forward to some relaxing time by the beach .i was going with my family to see the pageant of the masters and spend some time together . this time of year in Laguna is very busy ,but with the help the front desk ( Pam ) our whole trip worked out perfect. We had four rooms and a lot of people to deal with . The hotel was very nice ,rooms could use a little updating but all were very clean , Thanks for everything

Room Tip: Try garden ocean or ocean or coast view south side
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

PROS: The location was excellent, right next to the beach and downtown Laguna Beach. Parked the car once and walked everywhere. Only a short walk to the Pageant of the Masters venue.

CONS: The hotel's lobby bathroom was nicer than the hotel room. Very outdated. There was no A/C, the ceiling fan was inadequate, and room faced the P.C.H. (main road). Had to sleep with the windows open and every drunk & large vehicle that passed by woke us up. DO NOT GET A ROOM THAT FACES THE MAIN ROAD.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are single and looking for a place with a bed, toilet, and a TV... This is your place. If you are looking for anything more than that, spend the extra money and stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: DO NOT GET A ROOM THAT FACES THE MAIN ROAD, the noise is horrible and you will not sleep.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed here for 9 nights and never got a decent nights sleep. The windows and doors are thin and old and let in the noise. Twice woken at 4.00 am by drunken people shouting outside our room. One went to bed with the tv on high volume and fell into a drunken sleep so we could not get to sleep. Staff indifferent to the problems, do not stay here until they replace the doors and windows to get some sound insulation.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The location is the best. Right in the heart of downtown. You can walk everywhere. The staff is very attentive. George at the from desk was very helpful with recommendations for dining a cigar lounge and sightseeing. The bar and restaurant has a spectacular ocean view. I love the historic aspect of it, the decor and the rooms were very clean. I highly recommend this location. The price was also good.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 425 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Laguna 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Historic Hotel Laguna in Downtown Laguna Beach offers all the modern luxuries of today with the historical charm of yesteryear. We have 2 on-property restaurants, the OceanView Bar offering the latest entertainment and weekend nightlife, an exclusive Beach Club, and an array of banquet services and meeting space. We also offer spa and beauty services and massage services (beach front or in the privacy of your guestroom). We are conveniently located within walking distance of all the summer pageants, festivals and the downtown Laguna Beach shops. ... more   less 
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