The Ayres Hotel in at 12850 Seal Beach Blvd in Seal Beach, California is a great boutique hotel located right at the 405 and Seal Beach Blvd. Everything about this hotel is excellent from the rooms, to the service, to the location. I have stayed at this hotel probably a dozen times over the past 4 years, always for business travel but I would stay here for personal travel, too.
Description & Amenities: Small, 3 story boutique hotel decorated in a French/European style. Rooms are very spacious with large bathrooms and the most comfortable beds that I think I have ever slept in anywhere! Even better than my home bed (yes, that's kinda sad!). I stayed in a king-sized room complete with poster bed, desk, sofa, coffee table, TV amoire, refrigerator, coffee machine, microwave and hairdryer. The rooms are all in excellent shape with minimal signs of wear. The bathroom area is tiled and includes granite countertops. Lighting in all rooms is ample, a welcome change from many other hotels. Air-conditioning units keep the rooms comfortable and are relatively quiet. High-speed Internet access is free, although not entirely reliable (I've had problems with not being able to connect from time-to-time). The hotel has implemented conservation methods including your standard "rehang your towels if you will reuse" to having to use your room key to activate the room's lighting.
Dining facilities - There is no restaurant at the hotel but a small eating area is available for breakfast, which is provided. Breakfast is continental but includes some hot items like scrambled eggs, sausage and french toast or pancakes. There are restaurants right behind the hotel (fast food type) and across the street (sit down) and a variety of others just down Seal Beach Blvd (including an In & Out Burger at Seal Beach and Pacific Coast Highway...about 2 miles away). Every Monday - Thursday there is a complimentary happy hour with hors d'ouvres and drinks, including wine and beer.
The hotel common area is relatively small but there is a really nice outdoor patio area complete with fireplace with plenty of tables. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool and small fitness center.
Location: The hotel is conveniently located about 20 minutes from Santa Ana airport in Orange county. It's literally at the corner of Highway 405 and Seal Beach Blvd. Convenient access to Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach areas, including only a few miles away from the Pacific Coast Highway. Traffic on the side roads in this area tends to not be too bad. The local area is safe. I never feel uncomfortable traveling alone and having to stay at this hotel. There are lots of restaurants and shopping nearby, much within walking distance. For business travelers - there is also a gas station about 1/4 mile away making it easy to refill the rental car tank before dropping off at the airport.
Cost: The hotel room rate is very reasonable. Granted, I get a special rate through my company, but I think the regular rate is still pretty good. Considering you get free high-speed Internet access and complimentary breakfast & happy hour, it's a bargain.
I hope this gives you a good feel for what to expect when you stay at the Ayres. In my opinion, it is the best hotel in the Seal Beach/ Huntington Beach/Long Beach area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Ayres Hotel Seal Beach! Whether you’re here for a short business visit or a long, relaxing retreat, you’ll find all of the luxurious, European-inspired guest rooms at Ayres Hotel Seal Beach are impeccably appointed with a full suite of complimentary amenities including our signature, triple sheeted Ayres Dream Sleeper beds, flat screen TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, well lit work desks and WiFi, iHomes, hairdryers, and curved shower rods. And every morning you will start your day right with our complimentary full American breakfast.Our unique Seal Beach, CA location means you can discover the many distinct shops, art galleries, gift stores, and dining attractions on Main Street. Close by is the city of Long Beach, offering an array of entertainment venues including the Queen Mary or the Aquarium of the Pacific. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayres Seal Beach
- Seal Beach Ayres Hotel