This is the best spot in the OC -- friendly people, quaint shops, good food. Beautiful hills lead up to the coast and a wonderful walking beach with tide pools.
The hotel is beautiful. It's laid out very well with outdoor space for taking in the views at every turn.
The service is really wonderful.
We stayed in the oceanfront three-story building. The balconies gave us absolutely stunning sunset views. A great wine/cheese shop down the street gave us the rest. The rooms are so close to the water that apparently some guests complain about the ocean noise. But we slept great both nights.
The rooms are a bit outdated -- especially considering the price per night. The carpet was a little worn, and the bathrooms were nothing special. There did not seem to be any air conditioning, so I would imagine that it could get very warm in the summer.
The restaurant has amazing food -- We are in the restaurant business and regularly seek out good chefs. This was top-notch.
One day, the coffee shop wasn't open until after 9am, which was a little annoying. They didn't offer an explanation.
- 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 Ron Fougeray; the intimate Aquaterra Spa; 10,000-square-feet of meeting space and wedding venues with stunning ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Surf And Sand Hotel Laguna Beach
- Surf And Sand Hotel
- Surf Sand Hotel
- Surf And Sand Resort