We stayed here for a group meeting, and I hope to go back on our own someday. The rooms are lovely - the Tower rooms are RIGHT on the beach, and beautifully appointed. If you like to go to sleep with the sound of the surf in your ears, this is the place (they provide earplugs for those who don't). Staff service couldn't be better - the concierge gave us a right-on restaurant suggestion, taxi for early-morning departure was arranged in advance and there ahead of time. The on-property restaurant isn't cheap (what hotel restaurant is) but the food is good with lots of healthy options. Can't comment on the spa but the fitness room was reasonably equipped, and a broken machine was fixed within 24 hours. Having a car makes the most sense, but downtown Laguna Beach is barely a mile away, if you are into walking, with lots of good restaurant choices there and closer to the hotel. A great place to stay!