On a sunny Friday afternoon, after we had inched our way through heavy traffic to get to the Inn at Laguna Beach, we were dismayed to see that there was apparently no off street parking available. Having no other choice, we parked near the reception area, and were greeted by the bellman, who welcomed us to the hotel. One of the ladies serving at the front desk immediately went in search of a parking spot in one of the two underground parking lots, found a recently vacated one, and held it for us while we completed check-in. Needless to say, we were very grateful for her help.
We had splurged, by reserving a king sized room with an ocean view. This million dollar view was worth every penny. From the wall to wall windows, we could see down to the far end of the village and in the opposite direction to a rocky point jutting over the sea. The room was spacious, and not only included the king sized bed, but also a couch, coffee table and extremely comfortable chair. The room also came with a desk, two bedside tables and a chest of drawers, plus a mini-bar. A large closet accommodated all of our clothes and suitcases. There was plenty of counter space and storage under the bathroom sink, too. The shower and toilet were in their own enclosure, and the whole area was lined with travertine marble.
We spent many happy hours,often until nightfall, looking out to sea from our perch. When we did tear ourselves away, we enjoyed walking along the pathway lining the coast, and admiring the many plants in bloom; the surfers, and a group of painters trying to capture the exquisite views.
The Inn is well placed within the town, so that there is easy access to the beach,shops, galleries and restaurants. Once there, the use of a car is not needed, unless one wants to explore the great shops and galleries further along the Coast Highway, or explore Newport Beach or the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, both of which are an easy drive away. Las Brisas Restaurant, with its fantastic location, good food and outside bar is a quick two minute walk away.
All in all, the Inn is very well maintained; the continental breakfast for $15.00 is certainly enough for two people, and the staff are friendly and helpful. We will return, and next time stay longer!