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“Definitely different!” 4 of 5 stars
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Art Hotel - Laguna Beach
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1404 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651   |  
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Ranked #13 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Beaconsfield, Bucks
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Definitely different!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was the most individual of the hotels we stayed in during our road trip, found through internet hotel booking site. As others have said, it would benefit from some updating, but it it served our needs well. We were tired from much driving, so were happy to just 'blob out' by the pool for a couple of days - even though its next to the main road, there wasn't as much noise as we feared. Pool has several seating options for those wishing to bake and those wishing for shade - which was nice. The owner kindly accommodated a slightly later checkout for us.
Our only negative was the so-called breakfast included in the price. A piece of fruit, cling-filmed small Danish pastry and a cereal bar, with a small bottle of OJ or water - wasn't really breakfast. The gentleman who booked us in described it more accurately as something to keep you going until the next meal.
Definitely an interesting alternative to the usual chain hotels and motels.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chandler
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

We found the Art Hotel through an internet search. Telephoned and spoke to owner. We travel with a pet and needed accommodations. Could not believe that the room was only $99 and have NO pet fees. This wonderfully designed hotel is noted for locate art work on building and in rooms (check it's web site). While located at the north coast highway, it is an easy walk 1 mile to center of all Laguna Beach activity. Along the walk are restaurants, shops, and art galleries. There is a wonderful outlook to the ocean across the street and many by-passes to the beach. When you reach the center beach access is easy to the boardwalk. If you want something light for breakfast, you can get fruit and pastries in the lobby. Some coffee in the room. We recommend going out if you want breakfast. The Cottage Restaurant a few blocks south is great! Ate there each morning. The hotel has parking and heated swimming pool (but you have the ocean). The room is clean, however we noticed that it did need some minor maintenance in the bathroom. We loved it. Our kitty loved it. We would return.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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exeter
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was a very different but quirky hotel. The hotel rooms were large in size albeit old fashioned. However Gail and the staff were so helpful and Gail did tell us some nice places to visit. Laguna beach is a fantastic place and we would definately return not only to the resort but to the Art Hotel. Lovely few days.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

A great place to stay just outside of Laguna. A slightly alternative feel and friendly people. Definately recommended for a different type of stay. Crescent beach just across the road with free on site parking at the hotel too. Could not ask for more.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

our stay in general was absolutely fabulous thanks to this hotel.
Don't get me wrong, do not expect a contemporary hotel as it is not at all!
Rooms are big but very out of date and not very clean I am afraid... HOWEVER, the rest was amazing! Location is perfect because you can walk to an amazing beach, in my opinion the best beach I've visited in the west coast! North Laguna is much quieter and peaceful than centre or south, you get this free cute shuttle to the centre so you don't need to use the car at all!
I have to thank as well Gail, the hotel manager, she was very helpful and lovely!
I would def recommend this hotel to everyone, even though the rooms are not great but location and the beach are just incredible!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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227 hotel reviews
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311 helpful votes 311 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

A mile north of central Laguna Beach though this didn't matter as there were free trolleys running into town regular. The room we had was a good size and the beds were reasonably comfy with a plethora of pillows. We stayed upstairs and there was a lift that worked until reception closed; otherwise you have to walk a flight of stairs. There was a decent guest laundry, and the swimming pool was fine - from 3 and a half feet deep to four feet may not suit everybody. There was also a hot tub. The swimming pool area had no loungers just sofas and chairs but was nice for eating breakfast outside as our room had no verandah or outside seats.
Our room seemed to have had better days. The TV was, to be frank, rubbish but who really cares, as it was summer. The shower was weak and varied in temperature. The AC wasn't very strong. Unfortunately our window didn't work properly, and in order to get air we had to leave it open all the time we stayed (4 nights). We did report the problem but nothing was done while we there. The staff were friendly and helpful but in avery laid back and vague way. The Art aspect was very kitsch - that is a friendly way to describe it. Overall I get the feeling that the hotel is in decline mode - nothing is really being kept up to par; it might once have been good but it needs refurbishing for it to survive

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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gailDC51, Owner at Art Hotel - Laguna Beach, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Pool seats can have longer cushions in order to become "Lounge Chairs".
I am concentrating on artists to add significant atmosphere to each room.
Most of my guests chat with me more if the are irritated in any way, it is easier
to explain the vision, the future direction, how the seating works by the pool;
a/c, windows.
I believe you were in Room # 208; window is resolved; all a/c units checked & cleaned
by an AC expert, not just housekeeping...
and finally "new" flatscreen TV's in ALL rooms- since Thanksgiving.
Happy New Year! ...and thank you for your business; I take your comments very
seriously; by the way did you get "peace & rest" because that is my ultimate goal!
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Pahrump, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Across the coast hwy. On the north end of Laguna. Clean pleasant surroundings, friendly staff, a view of the ocean means you are on The street and its waaaaay off in the distance through trees flags and buildings. They offer a light continental style breakfast. Local artists have painted murals and rooms are decorated with their artwork as well. Cute statuaryandplants abound. FREE parking garage tucked under this small quaint establishment.

Room Tip: We were in 113. Above the street with a nice view of the Pacific, though very distant. I would ask...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1404 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Art Hotel - Laguna Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This affordable hotel is only a skip away from the downtown shops and galleries. Located a stroll from Crescent Bay and Beach. It offers 1 or 2 bed accommodations with microwave, fridge, WIFI, free parking and heated pool & a Jacuzzi. This hotel boasts of being the closet to the gorgeous Crystal Cove State Park, Crescent Bay Park and Pelican Hills Golf Course. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Inn Laguna Beach
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