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Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   647 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Formerly Vacation Village Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Oronoco, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Business turned vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I had scouted the internet relentlessly looking for a hotel located directly on the beach and yet affordable. I was concerned when I had checked in and was told that our room would be facing the main street. I had expressed this concern and was very pleasantly surprised with they upgraded us into a very nice 2 story apartment, facing the beach! Everyone would have LOVED to stay one or two more nights but our reservations to another hotel in San Diego could not be cancelled unfortunately. We felt very safe there and appreciated the valet parking, having someone there at all times. They offer beach towels, beach chairs and beach umbrella's. We did not get a chance to utilize their restaurant but it was inviting every time we walked by to the delicious smells.It is such a BEAUTIFUL setting!!

Room Tip: We stayed in "the loft", private balcony located behind two of their hotel buildings but w...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Sounds like you had a lot of much-needed rest and relaxation, Anne! That's what we aim for, so I'm thrilled that you loved your room and that fabulous view. We hope you'll keep us in mind for your next trip, but until then, thank you for the lovely review!

All the best,
Sean Castady
Assistant General Manager
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I needed to see and hear the ocean for one day during a long stretch of business travel and i could not have picked a better place! The staff was friendly, the valets were helpful, the DECK food and staff were excellent and the ROOM on the beach was perfect! I will be back!!

Room Tip: Room 109 on beach with the deck!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Nothing like an ocean view to melt your troubles away! I'm so glad you found us, and that you felt at home at our hotel. Thanks for sharing that, and keep us in mind next time you need a little sun!

Regards,
Sean Castady
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This hotel was so accommodating to us after dealing with four flight cancellations to get out of Washington DC due to a massive snow storm. Our trip included stays in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Disney and Laguna Beach. While all properties we stayed at were in the same category of expense and luxury, this property was by far the best experience.

Brian and the front desk staff was so welcoming and they created an environment that we were able to enjoy ourselves and truly relax. I have zero complaints and only hope that I find a way to make it back to this hotel.

Room Tip: One must get the oceanfront rooms.
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
The weather didn't cooperate, but we're glad you finally got a chance to soak up the sun! Thanks for getting away with us, and for taking the time to sing our praises. We can't wait to have you back again!

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Sean Castady
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My wife and I wanted a relaxing, romantic week on the beach. Being from the east coast, we knew very little about the best places to stay in California, let alone Laguna Beach. So, we surfed the internet, read the reviews and settled on The Pacific Edge Hotel with slight trepidation caused by a tiny percentage of not-so-great reviews. Jackpot! The whole experience was amazing. A beautiful, clean room with a king bed on the first floor, with a balcony literally hanging just 8 feet over the beach and the waves at high tide lapping within 6 feet of the building's foundation. Every night, we watched an amazing sunset over the water and, later, the breaking waves lulled us to sleep. Amazing maid and valet services. The hotel's restaurant, The Deck, was right on the beach and had a great staff, great food and great view. The hotel is within walking distance of everything. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It really was possibly the best vacation experience we've ever had, and we can't wait to stay there again. ** The only annoyance, and it was a small one, was the occasional smokers who apparently thought the "absolutely no smoking" signs placed prominently on the balcony handrails were merely a suggestion.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor in the Reef building, which is the closest to the water and down the be...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thanks for making us a part of your California getaway! You just can't beat these views and being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. It was a pleasure to make you feel at home, and to read your kind words. Keep us in mind next time you need a little sun!

Warm regards,
Sean Castady
Assistant General Manager
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My friend and I wanted to "run away from home" for a few days on our February break. She is a Principal and I am a high school teacher. We booked a room at the Pacific Edge in Laguna Beach.
The moment we walked into the lobby we were met with warmth, sincere friendliness, and lots of smiling faces. We were offered a fabulous upgrade and a complimentary bottle of wine and when we saw our room we knew we had made an awesome choice. EVERYTHING about our stay was perfect. The waves crashed right under our balcony and the sunsets were gorgeous! Nothing compares to being lulled to sleep by sound of waves.
Location, location, location! We were so close to all the best that Laguna has to offer so we walked everywhere. The "Deck" is a great place to eat with a friendly staff and another amazing view of the ocean.
Customer service is key to a good experience and this place "nailed it".
We vowed to make this our girl's retreat and we will visit often in the future.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Sounds like you two really did deserve a beach getaway! Between these beautiful views, a few bottles of wine and excellent company, it sounds like you two had a great time here in Laguna Beach. Thanks for making us a part of your trip, Meg, and keep us in mind when you two need a little time away from the kiddos!

Warm regards,
Bill Tremper, General Manager
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Upland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for the weekend to get away from work. We wanted an ocean view room with a balcony so we could sit and read all day.

Stacie at the front desk was wonderful. She gave us a warm welcome, answered all our questions, and gave great advice for local restaurants.

We stayed in the Surf building. NOTE: The Surf building is adjacent to the restaurant, The Deck, so if restaurant noise bothers you, stay in one of the other buildings. The noise didn't bother us at all. It was nice to hear the sounds of people laughing and socializing, and on Saturday there was a wedding so we had a free soundtrack. The restaurant closes at 10, so after that, all you hear are the waves on the beach. : )

The bed is very comfortable, shower had great water pressure, and they provide lovely toiletries. The only challenge was Saturday night, an outlet in our room started sparking at 2:00am. I called the front desk knowing that they wouldn't be able to take care of it until the next day, but the woman who answered apologized and thanked me for letting her know.

Very friendly staff, classic beach decor, and steps from the beach: all you need for a perfect beach getaway!

Recommended for: young couples, families, friends traveling together

Tip #1 When you arrive, pull around to valet (turn on Cleo, then right on Sleepy Hollow) It's easy to walk up to the lobby and then valet can start unloading your bags. You can park in the lot right in front, but pulling out into traffic can take a long time. Best to just go to valet.

Tip #2: Again, if you think restaurant noise will bother you, don't stay in the Surf building.

Tip #3: Make a pilgrimage to The Orange Inn, a restaurant that's been in Laguna since the 1930's. It's right next to the hotel. You can eat there or get your food to go. I recommend the cinnamon roll - especially if you can get one fresh out of the oven.

Tip #4: DO try to eat at The Deck during your stay. It's great for OC people watching.

Room Tip: 601 is a corner room. Amazing ocean/beach view, but near the restaurant. As soon as the restaurant c...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Sounds like the perfect getaway! Thanks for making us a part of it, and for taking the time to share these wonderful tips—they'll definitely come in handy for our future guests! We can't wait to welcome you back, Elle. Until then, let us know if we can do anything to make your next trip even better!

Regards,
Bill Tremper, General Manager
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Barrie, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We spent 10 days last summer on a road trip off the Pacific Coast and stayed 2 nights in Laguna Beach at this hotel. Location is great and views are fabulous, deck restaurant has great views as well. The fodd was nothing special and the rooms were run down, definitely not what I woud expect for the cost of the place. I would invest my money eslewhere next time. Bathroom was one star roadside motel caliper. Over priced by far!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bill T, Manager at Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
We want all of our guests to feel welcome, so we're sorry you feel this way. However, we're currently completing the necessary renovations, and we're confident that you'll be amazed when they're finished. Still, we wish we could have resolved this during your stay, and we want to make this right. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you'd like to discuss this further—we know we can do better than this.

Best,
Bill Tremper, General Manager
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Address: 647 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Formerly Vacation Village Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#11 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine the cool ocean breeze brushing up against your cheek. Admire the views of the deep, blue, Pacific Ocean from the balconies overlooking the waves of one of our oceanfront rooms. Enjoy convenient sunning, surfing and swimming as the sand is just steps from your room. Pacific Edge Hotel is not only steps away from the sand of the California coast, but also steps away from everything that Laguna Beach has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance of both Laguna Village and the shops and galleries along the South Coast Highway. In addition to your holiday and vacation needs, we are known for being an ideal destination for groups, social events, and wedding. Our magnificent Villa offers a prime, one-of-kind event space, suitable for the most important and precious events. We look forward to you joining us for your next leisure or business stay. ... more   less 
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