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Blue Lantern Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Dana Point B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Labor Day weekend was the third time we have stayed at this wonderful bed and breakfast in Dana Point, CA. Setting on a bluff overlooking the Dana Point harbor, each room has either a patio or balcony with fantastic views of not only the harbor but the blue Pacific.

Rooms are spacious and well appointed. A delightful breakfast is served each morning with wine and various snacks in the afternoon. The staff, without exception, are very helpful providing suggestions for restaurants and other attractions. We look forward to our next stay!

Room Tip: Try to get a third floor room. They provide the best views.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Very friendly and comfortable small hotel in great location. We stayed here for 3 nights as part of a longer trip in USA, the hotel is just over 1 hour from LAX so an ideal first stop. Very pleasant walking trails around the hotel and harbour, and within a short drive of other locations such as Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove, etc. Good breakfast, we had different 'specials' each day (frittata, pancakes, etc). Excellent restaurants nearby. Would definitely recommend for short stays as part of a west coast tour.

Room Tip: Stayed in a tower room with balcony, very spacious with great views, teenage children had Pacific Ed...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank RichieG
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We loved our stay at the Blue Lantern Inn. A beautiful destination when driving from Los Angeles for a change of pace. Our room was large with comfortable beds and an enormous bathroom with a perfect showerhead. We enjoyed taking walks directly from the Inn, there were several food options in walking distance and there's a trail with fabulous views of the harbor.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank velocitytime
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went here for our anniversary, wanting somewhere special. It was everything we had hoped for and more. The rooms were very nice and very clean. They had a fireplace and also a jazzuzi tub AND ALSO A Jacuzzi tub. Even had soda in the frig to take. The view of the harbor and ocean was absolutely spectacular. It was so peaceful and relaxing to sit out on our patio. You could see all the activities in the harbor and we had our binoculars hoping to see a pod of dolphin or even a whale, but never did. The staff was very nice and helpful. They had a full breakfast in the morning and a wine reception with lots of appetizers in the afternoon. Couldn't ask for anything more.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Don't get me wrong, this is a perfectly decent and comfortable place to stay, but for us (a well-travelled retired British couple who stayed four nights) it simply didn't live up to its not inconsiderable Tripadvisor billing. Or to put it more bluntly, it wasn't worth the money, in our view. Yes, the location is superb and the views are delightful but really, that's out of the hands of the owners/management...

On the plus side: the bed was very comfortable; towels and bedding were good quality; public areas (indoor and outdoor) were spacious and well-kept; the free parking was welcome; and all the staff were friendly and helpful. The flavoured water/cookies/wine & cheese are nice touches.

But..and this is what drags down our overall rating...the whole place (including our room and bathroom) had a vaguely shabby and outdated feel in terms of decor, furniture and maintenance. If the intention is for 'shabby chic' then it misses by a country mile. And the 'signature' breakfast was hugely disappointing, some mornings being little better than we had in a motel lobby elsewhere on our trip.

A nice enough place but not good enough to justify the rates.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed at 6 hotels on our 2 week trip. I can't say enough about Blue Lantern! I liked it better than the Montage in Dana Point! The view spectacular. We had balcony with the Pacific Edge room. The room was beautiful along with the view. It had a fireplace too! Frig in room to use also with soft drinks. I thought the Happy Hour with wine and appetizers was really nice. Breakfast also was varied. Coffee and tea available all the time. Cookies and flavored water during the afternoon. They are always doing something. A video library to watch dvd's in room too! Pleasant staff also. As for worn furniture I think it's antique like and not the typical old motel type furniture that some reviews made it seem to be. Parking is right there and the wonderful views. Close enough to drive down to the harbor. Walking distance to restaurants. I did not try the delli the street over but my son said they had good sandwiches. I really hope I can go back to the BL again because it's now my dream spot for vacation! I think I've convinced two friends also about going to visit the BL with my pictures from our balcony!
Our room overlooked Cannon's Restaurant (which I didn't care much for) but as for noise they had nothing going on mid week as for noise. Though they closed by 10 pm during the week. But if you ask they will tell you if anything is going on when you want to book.
I wish I could give this place 10 stars! Liked it that much! Loved the bed too - comfortable mattress.

Room Tip: Get the pacific edge room with balcony on 2nd floor or top floor. Private balcony is nice.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Brannie
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

During a recent visit to the LA area I met up with a girlfriend and we stayed 2 nights at the Blue Lantern Inn. We had a very comfortable room with a partial ocean view, 2 queen beds and a fireplace. Our little balcony on the third floor was nice for a view of the harbor. Wine and cheese in the afternoon was a welcome treat. Great video library available - we got take out and did a chick flick movie night. Staff was helpful with instructions and special breakfast for my gluten free friend. Can order a pot of coffee to be delivered to your room in the morning - so nice!
Went by bus to Laguna Beach on a rainy day for some shopping. Duet in Laguna Beach was a great clothing shopping find. Loads of store for browsing.
Had lunch at the Harbor below the inn and walked the beach.
Nice Inn. Even though the Inn was full and there were lots of guests in the morning at the breakfast - most other times we did not see many people.

Room Tip: Select rooms with partial ocean view.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank dznr
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Address: 34343 Street of the Blue Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Dana Point
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Dana Point
Price Range: $257 - $274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Lantern Inn - A Four Sisters Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious inn was featured in Conde Nast Traveler and features fabulous views of the Pacific from just about every window of this four diamond bed and breakfast inn -- dramatically located on a bluff above the Dana Point Yacht Harbor. Blue Lantern Inn's guests savor a delicious breakfast in the morning and wine and hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon. Other amenities include on site spa treatments, a fitness center, two meeting rooms and bicycles for exploring the beautiful coastline. ... more   less 
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