Only if a hotel is on the sand, could it beat this spot. Laguna Shores is actually a timeshare, converted from kitchenette rentals years ago. There are rentals available when an owner doesn't show up or puts it in the rental pool. There are one bedrooms, plus large and small studios. Its a collection of several 2-story buildings. The 1-bedroom and large studios are fairly roomy and have full kitchens. The units are clean and the staff surely love working here. There is a pool and hot spa. The ocean views from the Cliff Drive-fronting units are spectacular. These overlook Cliff Dr., Heisler Park - and the ocean. That's it. The park has many walkways, picnic tables & BBQs and several stairways down to the beautiful beach and tidepools. And views of Laguna's famous cove shoreline down to Main Beach and beyond. There is a small ampitheater directly across in the park that features musicians in the warmer months. Oh, and sunset or its colors (depending on the month).
Walk 3 minutes through the park (unless you linger for some Kodak moments) to Las Brisas for their week-day brunch or happy hour - and more views. A bit beyond, wind your way to Main Beach and Laguna's downtown and the world is yours. Besides the Whole Foods in town, there is a Von's Pavillions a couple blocks in the other direction and a short, scenic drive to Trader Joes at Newport Coast's center. Plus more great restaurants there. You hardly need groceries in Laguna, or a car unless you want to sightsee or golf or use it as a base for inspecting the other ocean-front towns nearby. We live in nearby San Clemente - a great little beach town, but still enjoy a stay in Laguna Beach...there's nothing like it.
Sure, its not the Ritz - but - when you are perched on practically the edge of the ocean and can walk to Laguna's village - its a great find. We love going there (and we have stayed at the Ritz.) (We like that, too.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled atop ocean front cliffs in the heart of Laguna Beach, is Laguna Shores resort. With sweeping Pacific Ocean views, charming courtyards, private gardens, and ideal location amongst art museums and historic dining establishments, this resort is a Southern California jewel. Laguna Shores provides the ultimate vacation experience in one of California's premiere beach communities. Laguna Beach's vast treasures are within walking distance from the resort along Pacific Coast Highway. As Marco Sassone, artist, said, "Laguna Beach is a paradise, an inexhaustible source of inspiration." Laguna Shores provides a welcoming atmosphere complimented by the resort's hospitable guest services team. Resort guests enjoy "The Good Life," a perfect blend of active play and total relaxation with a variety of activities including swimming, golf, cycling, hiking, kayaking, shopping, boating, stimulating art exhibits, spas and much more. Nearby, guests may enjoy Main Beach, the Sawdust Festival, Festival of Arts, Laguna Canyon's winery and nature preserve, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Culinary Arts, Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, Disneyland and California Adventure, Knott's Berry Farm, and Orange County's Great Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Laguna Shores Hotel Laguna Beach