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Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2510 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651   |  
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Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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RSM, CA
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“One Of Our Favorites!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2005

Being the romantic that I am, whenever Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, my wife's birthday, sometimes even my birthday is looming, I embark on a extensive search for just the right getaway. My wife and I enjoy B&Bs, but certainly don't mind the high density hotel stays of Vegas or San Diego. We tend to want the best value but we're ecstatic to have a stay that includes a spa tub, nice views, a fireplace, breakfast and nearby attractions. Hence, I made plans for our wedding anniversary for Sunday, November 20, 2005 at Casa Laguna.

While we travel by car for most getaways and enjoy drives of 4, 5 or 6 hours, I made the reservations for Casa Laguna when gas had topped out at about $3 a gallon in "The OC", so the short 15-20 minute ride from our home in South OC was a snap. However, once in Laguna, and specifically Casa Laguna, it felt like we could have been somewhere in the Mediterranean coast of Italy!

Anyway, to the review... the Casa Laguna met most all of our expectations. We were delighted with our two-person tub (usually my #1 amenity of importance), our extremely cozy king bed, the ocean view patio, the ocean view pool and the delectable omelette and quiche the chef prepared for us. I would have to rate all these important amenities at a 4 1/2 out of five stars. Honestly, the only expectation that wasn't met was the "fireplace". I expected a simple flick-the-switch gas unit... it was a heater with a fake flame. Yes, there was ambience... but unfortunately it was somewhat "Pixar-esque" ambience.

In summary, my wife and I had a marvelous time at Casa Laguna. Expect the best tub, bed, views, pool and breakfast... but don't allow yourself to get too excited about the fake fireplace and the moderate road noise (we didn't mind that... it's Southern California on PCH, for Pete's sake!).

Steve and Shelly Jones

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2005

Our oceanview room on the upper level was the size of what you would find in a typical European hotel, small, with a tiny bathroom and stall shower. There was a small fake flaming fireplace, which was a little too kitschy. The oceanview is only from the landing or the window by the door. You have to be sitting/laying on the bed to see the oceanview from inside the room since there is no sitting area. The terraced grounds are beautiful with areas to relax in seclusion if you choose. The full breakfast and evening cheese/wine service was excellent. No noise in our room from Pacific Coast Hwy., but it is VERY noisey by the pool area and outside patios. It really ruins the ambiance. The biggest drawback was the price of $210 a night for a Fri/Sat. It's a nice B&B, but given the small room/bath and traffic noise, it is just not worth that price. B&B's used to be a less expensive alternative to a hotel, but alas, it seems, no more. Would not return.

  • Stayed November 2005, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LagunaInnkeeper, Innkeeper-Proprietor at Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, responded to this review, November 30, 2009
We always welcome comments from guests who have experienced Casa Laguna and pay particular attention to the ones where our guests felt we did not live up to our reputation of great service and hospitality. Through our many years of inn keeping, we have come to recognize that even with all our efforts to provide the best experience possible, there will be times when it will be impossible to satisfy some guests. We always strive to see how we can improve the Casa Laguna experience and will look hard into sometimes harsh criticisms to find what can be learned from them.

I understand that all the awards and media attention our complimentary gourmet breakfast has gathered over the years create expectations sometimes hard to meet. We take that challenge to heart and constantly monitor the quality of our offerings and welcome constructive criticism on improving it. But, more than the outside recognition, it is the daily kudos from satisfied guests that allow me to feel very proud of what our chefs serve every day.

Ingardia is the largest provider of produce, seafood, and groceries in Orange County. Their clients include well-known Orange County restaurants such as Watermarc Grill, 230 Forest, Mark’s, Antonello Restorante, and Anaheim’s famous White House. They also service the widely respected Laguna Culinary Arts facility here in Laguna Beach. As for our chef’s appearance, it is true that, like many of the world’s top chefs, Chef Josh Roberts has tattoos and sometimes sports a five o’clock shadow. All of our chefs show up each day properly groomed and neatly dressed in freshly washed uniforms.

As mentioned before, like almost all properties in Laguna Beach, we are located on Coast Highway, a four lanes street. Traffic noise, which dies at night and will not start only until the next morning, is only a problem for a handful of our guests who are more sensitive to noise. To those, we always recommend a room or a suite located further back on the property.

It’s also true that we are not on the beach, something we make very clear on our website and when presenting Casa Laguna to prospective guests. Still, we agree with our many guests who feel that the thousand steps to Victoria Beach or Moss Beach, arguably two of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County and favorites of locals, are well worth the 5 to 10 minute walk.

In conclusion, I sincerely regret that he did not offer us the option to rectify the situation for them. We would have done all we can to satisfy him.

Francois Leclair
Innkeeper-Proprietor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2005

My husband, I and teenage daughter stayed in the Cottage for two nights as part of our Californian trip. On check in we were made very welcome by Bud or Bob (?). It had taken us quite some time to get to Laguna and when we arrived we were very tired, entremely hungry and after 2.5 hours in the car did not want to go out to dinner. Bud told us where we could get food from, even rang up to see if we could get a delivery, and sorted us out with a bottle of cold wine and orange juice for my daughter. It is a beautiful setting and has a very relaxing atmosphere. The cottage itself is wonderful and the shower, jacuzzi bath and king size bed are fabulous. The afternoon cheese and wine is great and they don't appear to mind how many times you go back and was really enjoyable sat around the pool. The breakfast was the best we had on the whole of our hotel stays and the fruit crepes are too die for!!!! - the standard of food and wine plus the choice is fantastic. The only thing that spoilt it for me was the sound of the road. People have written saying that you cannot hear the road once you are inside, well I am sorry you can and in fact you can hear it lying in bed inside the Cottage. It depends on how sensitive you are to traffic noise and of course it is quieter at night. However, if it hadn't been for the road then for me this place would be Paradise! Overall, this is a fabulous place, a wonderful oasis and the staff are really helpful. However, I do think this place is probably more suited to couple/honeymooners etc than family orientated and probably not suitable at all for people with small children or single people. Would return if we got the chance.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2005

Stayed here for my first Mother's Day, with our 2 month old daughter. Everything was wonderful. Our room was lovely and the kitchenette (with fridge) was great for storing bottles and baby supplies! The balcony overlooking the ocean made for some nice moments, and walking down to the beach was wonderful. The staff were very helpful with restaurant recommendations. Breakfast was excellent! and so nice to be able to bring it back to our room so we could enjoy it even with a fussy baby.

The wine/cheese hour gave us a nice chance to relax in the sun. Oh, and the HUGE whirlpool tub - a Mother's Day gift in itself!

Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2005

The staff and atmosphere were both very pleasant. And although it sits on a busy road, you don't really hear the traffic. They have a delightful pool and are within a 10 minute walk to a very beautiful beach. The room was small, but there was enough room for my wife and I to unpack and unwind. There was a fireplace (gas) and TV with DVD player. Free movies at the front desk. The view from our room was spectacular, over looking the ocean and we caught the sunset.

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santa monica, ca
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2005

My husband and I spent our honeymoon here. I don't know what the Scottsdale reviewer was complaining about--the front desk staff were totally helpful, the gourmet breakfast was amazing. The rooms are small, but who hangs out in their rooms when there is an amazing pool and the ocean right there!? Also, the beds have wonderful fluffly down duvets and featherbeds, and our unit (the Crystal Cove room) had a 2-person jacuzzi bathtub and a private patio as well. Also, if you're reasonably fit, you can stroll into town on the street above the inn in about a 1/2 hour, which, if you're on vacation, should be somewhat of a treat!
parking was not an issue for us at all--plenty of spaces were avaliable. Though there were quite a few couples and even families there, everyone left us alone when we wanted to be--we really had privacy and peace and quiet.

If you've got some money, this is a total value, considering you get breakfast, can grab a bagel for lunch from the buffet, and have a wine and cheese snack in the evening. Try some fish tacos at La Sirena or Wahoo's for a cheap, great dinner...

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2510 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Laguna Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Laguna Inn & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover an unforgettable ocean view getaway at our historic bed and breakfast in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California. Our inn features a wide variety of beautifully appointed guest rooms with luxurious eco-friendly linens, flat-panel HDTV, and ambiance fireplaces. Some rooms have jetted spa tubs. We're known for our full gourmet breakfasts, chosen from a menu of delectable entrees. A variety of soothing massage services are available in our on-site spa. Always rated among the top Laguna Beach hotels, our bed and breakfast in is just minutes from beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, and Laguna's famous art galleries and summer art festivals. All rooms limited to one or two persons regardless of age or relationship. Not recommended for families/children/groups. We are a green inn and a member of the slow foods movement, and our property is a registered wildlife refuge. ... more   less 
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