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“Wonderful ocean retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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Surf & Sand Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651   |  
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Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Menlo Park
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful ocean retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The views from this hotel are incredible with the ocean waves breaking right below you. The weather was perfect with clouds that lit up the sky during the sunsets and the islands clearly visible. Combine that with the comfortable rooms and great restaurant right on the beach, you can't help but fall in love with this place. A great vacation for the price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Super hotel all services first class. Views stunning just above the ocean and very relaxing. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Not to far from Laguna Beach town centre - excellent local restaurants close by though hotel restaurant is also excellent. One of the best hotels we have stayed in - we'll be back !!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Lovely hotel, great room, but beware of hidden costs, such a charge to use the leisure facilities....! Cost of breakfast requires a bank loan....better hotels, offering better value...Parking fees are outrageous, so look for alternative parking. my hidden fees came to over $400 just for 6 days....!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
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7 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

sitting on the deck looking at the paddleboarders paddle by and the birds drift in the wind sooo relaxing. Rooms still great. Had a massage also great. You get a paper at your door in the morning --but you do have to go to the lobby for coffee in the morning -- that is ok no old beat up coffee maker like many places have. Next trip I hope I can stay longer

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We had a king room in the main tower and enjoyed the spectacular view and sounds of the surf. We had an excellent dinner and breakfast at Splashes. Special thanks to Emil the night manager for taking care of a special request. We will look forward to a return visit to this lovely property.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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143 reviews 143 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This hotel is right on the ocean with spectacular views. The rooms are beautifully furnished with the bed facing out toward the ocean. The terrace was large and watching the sunset was close to perfection. There is no AC in the rooms, but there is a ceiling fan. The room was very hot in the late afternoon with the sun streaming in but cooled off quickly once the sun set. Not sure what it would be like in the summer heat. We did need to sleep with the terrace sliding door open and the ocean was deafening. It didn't bother me (the hotel provides ear plugs) but it did keep my husband from sleeping.

The major problem with the hotel is also the reason why it is so special. It is literally built into the cliff from the road to the beach below. This means that there are steps everywhere. In fact our room required 2 flights of steps or an elevator with only one flight of steps. I am told that one of the buildings has an elevator throughout but it doesn't take you all the way to the beach. If you can't do steps then you might want to go elsewhere. It could be a real workout. Moreover, because of the location this hotel is not a spacious resort that you might be used to. There is a very beautiful beach with free umbrellas and chairs, but no loungers. The pool area is small and it feels cramped especially if there are a lot of kids running around.The chairs are piled on top of each other and it gets very hot during the mid afternoon. The food poolside was great.

THe restaurant is lovely and the food was not exceptional but certainly better than any of the other restaurants in the area.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

from Kimberly @ the Front Desk to Michael (Bell Captain)....every employee on site was friendly and knowledgeable about the area....we are a family of 3 (adults)...37yr ....26 yr....60 yr....something for everyone...we hung out at the pool and had snacks....VERY GOOD....drinks
REEEEALLLY GOOD....definitely 5 Star service....we had dinner at SPLASHES there and we each enjoyed our meal and Pepe (waiter)...beautiful spot right on the beach...we had a balcony room over the ocean and slept with the doors open...we all slept in.....happy ZZZZZZZZZ's....we will go back next summer to do it again

Room Tip: same as mine....oceanview balcony
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Surf & Sand Resort

Address: 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Surf & Sand Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf & Sand Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and holder of AAA’s Four-Diamond Award, lies on California's Laguna Beach shoreline where the waves of the Pacific meet 500 feet of pristine sand.All 151 guest rooms and 16 suites at Surf & Sand command spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort also houses Splashes Restaurant, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired coastal menu by Executive Chef David Fune; the intimate Aquaterra Spa; 10,000-square-feet of meeting space and wedding venues with stunning ocean views. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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