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“Only worth staying at if you want to be able to walk to the beach” 2 of 5 stars
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985 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651   |  
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Ranked #14 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Las Vegas
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Only worth staying at if you want to be able to walk to the beach”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My girlfriend and I took a recent vacation to Cali that was unexpectedly extended due to car problems. We stumbled upon this hotel by chance. It was the first hotel we came across when we entered into Lugana Beach and we saw that it was only a block from the beach. The rate for a Monday was only $99 so we decided to stay there. The hotel was very old so we didn't expect much.

When we entered our room Ie saw that it was somewhat smaller than average. The bathroom and shower were very small. The room had a queen bed, small refrigerator, table, and two chairs. The walls had been freshly painted (possibly from a remodel) and everything seemed cleaned. It wasn't until later in the night when I went to turn the heater on that I noticed that there was no ac/heater system installed in the room. There was only a small portable plug-in heater/fan in the room (it actually worked quite well). I then went to call the front desk and saw that the room had no phone, or even phone lines installed. At this point, I was not surprised to see that their was no clock in the room either.

Our room was towards the front of the hotel which borders PCH. The walls looked thick but I woke up in the middle of the night from road noise (didn't bother my girlfriend's sleep). Just outside of the room's entry door was a hallway balcony with two sitting chairs where you could sit and watch traffic. We saw that positioned throughout the hotels courtyard were potted plants. The grounds grass and schrubbery were immaculately maintained. There was a soda machine, ice maker, and coffe maker near the office. The pool was a nice size (up tp 7 feet deep) and also heated. No jacuzzi though.

In the morning we walked down a steep hill from the hotel and numerous stairs as we descended into a cliff to the beach. There was about 200 yards of beach where we were at and it was bordered on both sides by rocks (similar to a reef). The back drop was the cliff itself behind us. There were only about 30 other people on the beach. We saw that there were snorkerlers in the water, a couple of professional photographers taking pictures (one of a couple poising), and a fisherman on the nearby rocks, it had the feel of a private beach. I don't know the name of the beach but it definitely is a best kept secret.

We were aware that there were better rooms available at the hotel with a view, kitchen, or balcony but at much higher rates. Some of the rooms are 3 month rentals and possibly longer. I don't think the hotel quality would have improved if we spent more money on a better room and if we were willing to do so we would probably be staying somewhere else. Although our room had no ac controls, telephone (hence no room service), or clock we found that we did not need these items anyway. The weather was comfortable at about 75 degrees during our stay and at night the heater fan worked quite well. Also, I used my cell phone to make calls and also as an alarm clock.

My girlfriend and I talked in depth about this hotel and we both reached the same conclusion. Despite its many short comings, the distance to such a remarkable beach made up for it. Ordinarily when we are on vacation we don't spend much time in the hotel room anyway. We found this hotel to be clean and we felt safe in it. We would stay here again and recommend it to a friend however, if you want luxury and to be pampered your better off staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

We had an ocean view suite with a balcony in the front of the room with a table and chairs. We had a couple chairs and table in the room along with a refrigerato and microwave. We stayed on a Monday night and it was only $129. It is and older remodel hotel. The bed was comfortable and it was worth the money. It is a quick walk to the beach. The grounds at the hotel are very charming.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2008

This hotel has a great location just steps from the beach and a large heated pool. But for $200 a night we got a room in desperate need of renovation, a "kitchenette" stuffed into a closet with the smell of leaking gas. No phone, no clock, no view and a refrigerator next to the bed instead of a night stand (it couln't fit into the closet) There were a few people appearing to live there and kids running around in their diapers in the courtyard. What a wierd experience!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — room quality
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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missouri
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2008

I've stayed at his motel for many years. I am 42 with 4 children and i own a business. This is not a fancy hotel if that is what you are looking for...however, there is a great little coffee shop just across the street that we go and get early morning java and head down the street to Shaws Cove and sit on the beach and watch the sun come up....every room has a beautiful view of the ocean and it is very old and nostalgic.....we don't spend our day's in the room, so room luxury is not what we love...we love the smell of jasmine in the courtyard and the beautiful views and the great coffee and short jaunt to the beach.....I could afford to stay in any place in Laguna, but this cute little place is our special place and will continue to stay there every year that we go.

  • Liked — the views and the proximaty to the beach
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Minnetonka
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2007

The outside grounds were gorgeous and it even had a swimming pool, BUT everything else was below standards. The room had 2 queen beds (which were actually comfortable if you could get past looking at the falling apart box spring), lots of pillows, a 'dining' table and chairs which blocked the main door from opening all the way, a crammed fridge beyond that, which was not in the "kitchen" (which smelled of pure gas if you were able to even get the door open), and a very dinky bathroom. It seemed, quite frankly, like it was the "Bates Motel" from Hitchcock. Still the old-fashioned keys with your room number on it for all to see even. The paint was so thick on everything that it was sticky, and you could not even close the bathroom door. The windows seemed to be in place by sticky bad caulking. It turned out that people actually "live" at this place, and our neighbor liked to sit out on her 'porch' and screech on the phone for all to hear. It was truly miserable. The tv didn't work properly the first night we were there either - we only got the Animal Planet and Cartoon Network! The ONLY saving grace was that we did not spend much time in the room and a beautiful beach was a block's walk away.

  • Liked — Walking distance to beach
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 985 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
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Ranked #14 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Number of rooms: 22
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