First of all, let me say that I didn't stay at this hotel. I was there for my cousin's wedding, so I cannot really comment on the rooms, but on the common areas of the hotel.
This is certainly a classic: located in the very heart of artsy Laguna Beach, just a few steps south of the main beach. As you can guess, location is unbeatable and you can go walk from here to anywhere in town (which is, of course, a rarity in Orange County). From most places in the hotel you get an outstanding view of the Pacific.
Seeing the pictures you'll find in the corridors, you can already guess the hotel's name predates the twentieth century, but the actual construction is from the 40s or so. It shows.
The hotel certainly looks tired: a main ballroom with stained carpets and brick walls which have been painted and repainted all over. The bathrooms serving the Laguna Room are small, with scraped tiles and suspicious looking plumbing. I didn't see any kind of swimming pool, either.
In conclusion, this hotel should cater to a crowd willing to spend their days dozing at the beach, walking over to the gallerias and stores of Laguna and forgetting a bit about the busy and hurried suburban life of the surroundings. It is a reminder of a time gone by, but its central location and air of nostalgia compensate for an old timey vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Historic Hotel Laguna in Downtown Laguna Beach offers all the modern luxuries of today with the historical charm of yesteryear. We have 2 on-property restaurants, the OceanView Bar offering the latest entertainment and weekend nightlife, an exclusive Beach Club, and an array of banquet services and meeting space. We also offer spa and beauty services and massage services (beach front or in the privacy of your guestroom). We are conveniently located within walking distance of all the summer pageants, festivals and the downtown Laguna Beach shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Laguna Hotel Beach