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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
Pacific Northwest
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We stayed at the surf and sand for a girls weekend and it could not have been better. We had originally looked at the Ritz Carlton but it was fairly booked, so glad it was because the surf and sand is better. It is right on the beach, every room has an amazing view and its easy to walk to the town of laguna. The other nice aspect is that isn't overwhelmingly large and industrial like the Ritz can feel sometimes. I would recommend this as the best place to stay if you want to be right on the ocean!

Room Tip: all of the rooms are great as they all have views!
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was always one of my favorite places. You are right on the beach, and through the open doors the balcony you hear the waves. What a wonderful sound to lull you to sleep!
During our recent stay I found the housekeeping to be outstanding. Our toiletries, bedside items etc. were arranged and organized without misplacing anything. All in all, a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Manhattan Beach, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

By far, this has been one of the best places I have ever stayed while vacationing. The service here is outstanding and everything is elegant and beautiful. It's in a great location and everything was just perfect. You will pay more here than you would any where else in Laguna, but it is SO worth it. Turn down service everynight is amazing. I was a bit nervous being from Texas that there was no air conditioning in any of the rooms! BUT, none was needed. We just cracked the balcony doors open a bit and listened to the waves at night while the breeze blew in. I would highly recommend this resort! AND they have an amazing spa too!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

this hotel is gorgeous the pics on trip advisor don't do it justice I need upload some, the beach and views, the pool and resteraunt, bar are gorgeous, really friendly staff and rooms were spacious imaculatley clean and really nice loved our stay here, it is very expensive but I loved it.:)

Room Tip: we stayed on floor 9 top of the surf and our room was gorgeous, quiet and light/airy I would def ask...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Amazing! The Surf and Sand is a beautiful hotel. It is a bit pricey, however, we had an ocean view room and it was just amazing to hear the ocean waves throughout the day and wake up to them in the morning. The service was excellent and the staff were very courteous.

I would definitely go back to this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were placed on the bottom floor of one of the buildings, with our terrace opening out onto the pool area, and immediately asked to change rooms as it was noisy with the kids at the pool. Also, our door opened out onto a corridor that was essentially the service hallway - ice was thrown onto the floor and left to melt, dirty stains, etc. Not a pretty sight.

The rooms were comfortable and clean but not memorable in any way. Service was ok but we didn't feel that the staff were that genuine. Also, it was annoying to only have valet as we went in and out quite often.

Room Tip: Get a higher floor to avoid the service corridor
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Beach, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We live in Laguna Beach, California, in a great ocean view home. Recently we replaced our lower level floors with wood flooring. We moved to the Surf and Sand for just over a week.

While there are wonderful hotels in Laguna, including the famous Montage, we find that the Surf and Sand has the best views, rooms, restaurants and location.

This property is in the heart of town, yet it seems like you are isolated. The hotel sits right on the ocean wall, and all rooms face the Pacific. The decor is light, wide shuttered windows, marble baths. Leave the shutters open at night and feel the breeze and listen to the waves hit the beach.

Service is great. Had room service quite a few times. Varied menu, loved everything. The pool has a glass fence around it to cut the breeze, but allow the view of the ocean. Always warm, regardless of the season.

One of the highlights of the property is that you walk out the front of the hotel, and can immediately enjoy the village. Restaurants abound, shopping, and strolling. Art galleries aplenty.

Come visit. You will enjoy!

Room Tip: All rooms face the Pacific. There isn't a bad one.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 Business 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:
The Surf And Sand Hotel Laguna Beach
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