Last Updated on October 9, 2023

Laguna Beach is renowned for its picturesque coastal setting and vibrant art scene. But it’s the dynamic surf culture that’s an influential part of the town’s identity.

It’s an interesting thought to consider whether it was surfers who influenced the art culture or art that impacted on the surf culture. Especially when you consider that many surfers are also artists. This creative energy is reflected everywhere in this vibrant seaside community.

Laguna Beach is an ideal place for a weekend getaway, especially given that it’s midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. For those who travel to Southern California for vacation, I always recommend fitting in some time to experience and explore this iconic beach town.

A Stay at Laguna Beach House

Laguna Beach House guestroom.
Laguna Beach House guestroom. Photo by Michael Kompanik

Laguna Beach House is a sister property to one of our favorite places to stay in Laguna Beach, the Inn at Laguna Beach. When my wife and I decided on a last-minute getaway from our hometown of San Diego one weekend, the Inn was sold out, but they recommended Laguna Beach House.

This ended up being a great alternative with its own repertoire of benefits.

Formerly a motel, the contemporary boutique seaside surf retreat is in a lovely location, walking distance to all of downtown’s restaurants, art galleries, museums and Laguna’s Main Beach.

The lobby showcases planked white walls, oak floors, neutral-toned sofas and butterfly chairs. The coastal inspiration includes decorative surfboards, lamps with rope knot bases, and an elevator door painted to resemble Laguna Beach’s bluebird skies.

The 36-room boutique property perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific offers guests a choice of rooms with coastal or pool views along with accommodations that can accommodate guests with disabilities. Some even feature a private patio with a table and chairs.

Our room had a pool view and featured a queen bed and sitting area with an outdoor balcony. We loved the chic, but fun, surf-inspired décor and the laid-back vibe of the property. It truly exudes a sand-and-surf character.

Laguna Beach House Amenities

A heated pool and spa are located in the center of the property in an open-air courtyard, and at night, when the evening string lights come on, it’s an even more magical setting.

Though all rooms have a coffee maker, fresh coffee and tea is available each morning in the lobby. Guests have access to a complimentary nightly wine reception held by the firepit or can join guests at the Inn at Laguna Beach’s rooftop bar, a mere five-minute stroll from Laguna Beach House.

Cookies and milk are available each evening before bedtime.

If you’re into the beach, chairs and umbrellas are available at the front desk lobby.

It’s also important to note that the venue is dog-friendly, so for those who love to travel with their furry friends, they are more than welcome here.

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Location is Everything

Heisler Park Promenade.
Heisler Park Promenade. Photo by Michael Kompanik

Personally, I want to stay in a property that’s close to all the places I love to hang out. Restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums are literally a few blocks walk from Laguna Beach House.

The stunning  promenade of Heisler Park is a mere five-minute walk away, while Main Beach Park, also just five minutes up the coast, not only offers plenty of space for beachgoers, but sand volleyball courts, two half basketball courts, grass lawns, picnic tables and children’s play equipment.

If you’re in town for the enchanting Sawdust Art Festival held each summer and winter, the grounds are only a four-minute drive away or a comfortable 35-minute walk from the Beach House.

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  • Michael Kompanik

    Michael Kompanik is a retired US Navy Captain and now a freelance writer and photographer living in San Diego. He enjoys wandering the globe in search of historic places, nature, spectacular scenery, and fascinating cultures. He's also part of a travel writing team with his wife, Noreen who shares in his sense of adventure.

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