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“For the Price and the Location” 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
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“For the Price and the Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I haven't stayed at a motor hotel in about twenty-five years, but I took a risk on this one, because the location can't be beat. It's an old sixties place, kept up as well as possible. There's a slight odor of cigarette smoke left over from decades ago, and the a/c is like a swamp cooler, but the location is perfect--just above Main Beach. The walls are decorated in murals and original art, lending a charm and a realistic quality to this place that is rare and oddly comforting. Had a great night and a comfortable stay.

Room Tip: Call Gail. Ask for a room with a view or a room for your pet. :)
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gail D, Public Relations Manager at Art Hotel - Laguna Beach, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - and yes, we are dated, but do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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Rating summary
  • 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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English first
New York City, New York, USA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Spent a week at this amazing hotel!!! Prices are very reasonable, the service is amazing!
Gail is a woman who makes you feel welcome as soon as you park your car and come to the
front desk!!! My lights would not go off in my car- Gail to the rescue!!! I was loaded with
groceries to put in my refrigerator - Gail to the rescue!!!! She also tells you what is where in the
area with many brochures to give out!!! The pool is wonderful and you cannot beat the
location of this hotel. A 7 minute drive to the beach - I felt so much at home at this hidden treasure of a hotel!!! Also, my room was
very clean, and also cleaned each and every morning! internet in the lobby!! What more
could a girl ask for?? I would rate the staff, hotel, location and Gail a 10++++++. Don't miss staying here - a super treat!!!!

Room Tip: I had a room on the second floor with a balcony facing the pool - could not have been happier!!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Gail D, Public Relations Manager at Art Hotel - Laguna Beach, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - we do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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Nevada City, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed here at the Art hotel for 3 nights while in town for the Pagent of the Masters. The place is nicely appointed with most all regular hotel amenities and them some. It is close to downtown with all of the Laguna coves and beaches north of Main beach within walking distance. Main Beach is only 1 mile and the city tram picks you up just accross the street from the hotel. Gail was very accommadating with our need to check in after 10:00 pm as we drove 9 hours to get there. I have visited Laguna Beach at least a hundred times over the years and I think this is the best hotel in Laguna Beach at it's price point. It is a small property (28 rooms) compared to some of the other area hostelries and is quaint in its own right. Off season rate are even more affordable. Will definately be back.

Room Tip: Small balcanies afford a view of the ocean if you want a room with a view or are a smoker.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - we do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We were looking for a less-expensive option to stay in Laguna Beach for "Pageant of the Masters." I've stayed at both the Holiday Inn and the Best Western Plus previously and both options were quite expensive for their summer weekend rates. I did some searching, and found the Art Hotel. We took a chance and stayed there, and thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

The woman at the front desk was very welcoming. She gave us a lot of information on Laguna Beach and the best route to take to the Pageant. There is a cute gift shop on site and there are lots of brochures and maps available for visitors.

Our room was older and could use a little updating. The bed was very comfortable, however, and we slept well.

The pool looked nice. We didn't get a chance to try it out.

The continental breakfast was just enough for us. There were juices available, individually-wrapped pastries and breakfast bars.

There was ample (free) parking in the underground lot.

This is a family-run hotel, so be sure to call the office ahead of time if you're going to be checking in late at night.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gail D, Public Relations Manager at Art Hotel - Laguna Beach, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - we do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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Durham, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Described as the “best value in Laguna Beach” and I would whole-heartedly agree. I was expecting something very small and basic considering the price we had paid but was delighted with our room. The hotel is located about a mile from the centre but there is a free shuttle service stop nearby. Really enjoyed our stay and the warm welcome we received from Gail and Robert. It is an old property, more of a motel and far from the most luxurious. However, it represents excellent value and I would happily stay at the Art Hotel again if we returned to Laguna Beach.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gail D, Public Relations Manager at Art Hotel - Laguna Beach, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - we do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Stayed one night and the accommodations were very good. Room 206 is a king at the rear of the property and very quiet. Although the property is dated, the room was well appointed, roomy and clean. We loved the underground parking as well as the proximity to the shuttle stop to downtown. Our only issue was no hot water. I mentioned this to the front desk a couple hours after checking in (there was a repair guy in the lobby who was already responding to another complaint). The next morning, still no hot water so cold showers were in order. Upon checkout, I spoke to Gail, the owner, and Gail indicated that they were purchasing a new water heater and since it was the weekend, they couldn't get one until Monday. She offered a full refund, however, since it was a nice stay otherwise, we agreed to a smaller discount. I feel that Gail did her best in an unfortunate situation. We would stay a the Art Hotel again should we be in Laguna Beach. It's nice to be able to work with an owner who is willing to make things right.

Room Tip: Quiet rooms away from traffic and pool are 205 thru 208. There is an elevator in the lobby to the s...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - we do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Art Hotel is not the newest of hotels, and it looks it. Having said that, it is well maintained, and clean. Just goes to show that just because something is dated, it does not mean that it does not have to be well presented.

Air-con is a little loud, but it works and that's all that matters in a Californian summer.

The location is a good walk from the centre of town.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gail D, Public Relations Manager at Art Hotel - Laguna Beach, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for staying at the Art Hotel - and yes, we are dated, but do our best to keep it clean and comfortable. We welcome you back anytime.
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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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