My friend & I stayed 1 night when we were going to the Pageant of the Masters. I picked this hotel because of price, so I was expecting something basic. Most hotels were much more expensive. The location is about 10 blocks north of the Pageant, plus the free trolley picks up & drops off right across the street. It is also about 1-1/2 blocks to Crescent Bay.
The rooms were OK and clean, but had those "under the window" a/c units, so it was noisy when it kicked on. It didn't bother me, but my friend is a light sleeper. The mattresses were almost too firm, so if you want something softer, you may want to inquire if they have any in other rooms. The pillows were very disappointing. Flat as pancakes. I am used to fluffy down pillows. Next time I will bring my own.
The place is charming and reminiscent of days gone by. The pool area is nice - tables, chairs, love seats, umbrellas. There is art everywhere, thus the name. Art for sale, murals on the walls, even lapping water painted around the pool.
The owner, Gail, is fantastic. There is a small fridge in the office with water & juice. She has pastries available in the morning. If you ask her she will tell you all about which beaches to see, etc. She even let us keep our car parked there after checkout while we explored the city.
We would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This affordable hotel is only a skip away from the downtown shops and galleries. Located a stroll from Crescent Bay and Beach. It offers 1 or 2 bed accommodations with microwave, fridge, WIFI, free parking and heated pool, & a talented artist in every room, besides around the entire property. Randy Morgan Gallery is also now on the property. Randy created to bas-relief murals around the pool area in 2016. This hotel boasts of being the closet to the gorgeous Crystal Cove State Park, Crescent Bay Park and Pelican Hills Golf Course. "Free" Trolley is available every week-end: 4-11PM Friday, 11AM-11PM Saturday, 11AM-8PM SUNDAY. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Inn Laguna Beach
- Art Laguna Beach