We were in Laguna beach for a four-day weekend getaway to see our daughter & son-in-law, and this Spanish-villa themed boutique hotel was, for the most part, a great find and a very nice part of our getaway. First of all, I can't say enough good things about the service here. Everyone we met and dealt with from the people at the front desk, to the maids in the hallway, to the wonderful young woman at the breakfast nook was as pleasant and accommodating as we had ever found, anywhere. Honestly.
The relatively small size of our tiny little room (308) made us and our two suitcases along with the rooms portable air conditioner on the floor a little too cramped for our liking, and didn't leave us any room to do something as simple as just sit and read for awhile (we resorted to lying on the bed to do our reading.) Since we didn't spend a lot of times in our room, it wasn't a serious drawback for us, only a minor inconvenience. That being said, the Queen-size bed was very, very comfortable, and made for a great nights sleep. Pillows...a little too firm for both of our tastes, but we adapted quickly. The shower/bathroom was very nice and comfortable too. When we arrived, we were asked to pay an additional $12/day fee that included breakfast for 2 each day, free WiFi & parking in the private lot, that was a bit of a surprise (I thought it was all included), but we figured was a good value for those services.
Breakfast was a delight with fresh fruit each day, eggs, bacon, french toast, bagels, great coffee and even an outdoor cafe with a very european feel to it. The young woman working the self-serve breakfast buffet was such a pleasure to talk with, and very accommodating too.
Conversation and the live music from the small bar/lounge are drifted up the open stairs to our third floor room each night, but gratefully seemed to fade away by 10:00 or so.
We had a wonderful dinner one evening in the street-level restaurant (K'Ya?), and would definitely recommend you try it. With a reasonably priced a-la carte menu, my wife and I LOVED the delicious salads as wall as the braised short rib, and the Chicken Marsala entrees. Perfectly prepared. Veggies cost extra. All desserts are just $4, & we shared a creme brulee sprinkled with fresh berries that was just perfect! (Just be careful of the rather pricey mixed drinks, as the bar bill adds up very quickly.).
Parking is rather tight in the small lot across the main street, but certainly do-able (If we rented anything larger than our 'standard' Dodge 200, I'm afraid we might have needed a can opener and some vaseline just to get in and out of our car each day.) Fortunately, there was always a space in the lot, and no dings on our car doors when we left. We were all in the same boat, & everyone seemed to be respectful & careful parkers.
Next time we'd ask for a room larger than room 308, more like our daughter and son-in-laws room on the first floor, which we all agreed was a little more spacious and comfortable, but we'd definitely stay here again because of the friendly and accommodating staff, great food, & nice location. Two thumbs up!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel La Casa del Camino quickly became the cat's meow for the former Hollywood elite when it opened in 1929, making it a perfect coastal destination. This historic, Mediterranean-style boutique hotel features the beach in its backyard and is located in the heart of the Laguna Beach Hip District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Casa Del Camino Hotel Laguna Beach