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“Fabulous view, needs an update” 4 of 5 stars
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Surf & Sand Resort
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fabulous view, needs an update”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This boutique hotel has one of the best locations in Laguna Beach. If you can get a room in the Tower Building, ocean front, you'll be set with an ocean front view right on the water. Some hotels boast ocean fronts or ocean views when all you see is a speck of blue-the Surf and Sand fulfills it's promise if you get a room in the Tower Building.
The rooms are lovely although every time we go there they seem to be in need of a bit of an update.
The hotel has a pretty good restaurant but you'd be better off going into town and eating at 230 Forest Avenue.
I love this place. It isn't perfect but has a lot of charm, has a fantastic ocean view, and it's not an overpriced giant chain hotel where the price of the extravagant entry way to the hotel is built into the price of your room.

Room Tip: Tower building, ocean front. The corner rooms (north side) in the Tower Building are wonderful. You...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Your rooms are literally, right on the water. Updated and modern boutique hotel, I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The lobby is small and modern. The staff was very helpful and very nice. Rooms were very large with full ocean views. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Philosophy branded shampoo's and soaps in the bathroom, which was a first for me. I would definitely recommend to stay here..but if not would go back for lunch or dinner in the "on beach" restaurants.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Menlo Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The views from this hotel are incredible with the ocean waves breaking right below you. The weather was perfect with clouds that lit up the sky during the sunsets and the islands clearly visible. Combine that with the comfortable rooms and great restaurant right on the beach, you can't help but fall in love with this place. A great vacation for the price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Super hotel all services first class. Views stunning just above the ocean and very relaxing. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Not to far from Laguna Beach town centre - excellent local restaurants close by though hotel restaurant is also excellent. One of the best hotels we have stayed in - we'll be back !!

Room Tip: try to get a sea view to listen to the ocean
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Lovely hotel, great room, but beware of hidden costs, such a charge to use the leisure facilities....! Cost of breakfast requires a bank loan....better hotels, offering better value...Parking fees are outrageous, so look for alternative parking. my hidden fees came to over $400 just for 6 days....!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

sitting on the deck looking at the paddleboarders paddle by and the birds drift in the wind sooo relaxing. Rooms still great. Had a massage also great. You get a paper at your door in the morning --but you do have to go to the lobby for coffee in the morning -- that is ok no old beat up coffee maker like many places have. Next trip I hope I can stay longer

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a king room in the main tower and enjoyed the spectacular view and sounds of the surf. We had an excellent dinner and breakfast at Splashes. Special thanks to Emil the night manager for taking care of a special request. We will look forward to a return visit to this lovely property.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: Surf & Sand Resort
Address: 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Laguna Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Surf & Sand Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf & Sand Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and holder of AAA’s Four-Diamond Award, lies on California's Laguna Beach shoreline where the waves of the Pacific meet 500 feet of pristine sand.All 151 guest rooms and 16 suites at Surf & Sand command spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort also houses Splashes Restaurant, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired coastal menu by Executive Chef David Fune; the intimate Aquaterra Spa; 10,000-square-feet of meeting space and wedding venues with stunning ocean views. ... more   less 
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