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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Casa Laguna Inn And Spa
- Casa Laguna Hotel Laguna Beach
- Laguna Inn
- Casa Laguna Beach