We attend the art shows and Pageant of the Masters every year, and we've stayed at this hotel for about 10 years now. Formerly America's Best Inn, the current owners have gathered a funky, eclectic, sometimes strange mix of art both inside the rooms and around the hotel, but it fits the area. Staff is always friendly and attentive, rooms are clean. We stay in 210, I think it is, with a small balcony where we can see a glimpse of the ocean.
What we LOVE is the location! We're not paying an arm and a leg for the prime beach properties (all the more to spend at the art shows), but it is just across the street from the northernmost stop for the free summer festival trams. We park our car in the underground lot when we arrive and would never have to get it out again until we leave. Just a walk across PCH and we're at the tram stop!
They have done away with the continental breakfast, but that's okay. Rooms have a small fridge so we grab stuff at the convenience store across the street.
Bonus tip: There is a small Chinese restaurant across PCH and down a block or two - very unassuming. Somehow we missed it for 9 years and just found it this year. It was amazing!
- 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