Last Updated on January 30, 2023
One of California’s best-kept secrets has to be the charming quintessential seaside village of Laguna Beach located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. Blessed with 42 miles of stunning beaches, secluded coves, seaside cliffs, ecological preserves and tide pools teeming with sea life, Laguna Beach is coastal California at its absolute finest. The hotels at Laguna Beach, CA are among the best in state as well.
If nature hasn’t already blessed this SoCal beach town with sheer unadulterated beauty, rest assured its talented artists have captured its magnificence in so many other ways. Laguna celebrates the arts better than any other Southern California community.
The Inn at Laguna Beach: Best among Hotels at Laguna Beach, CA
Though my husband and I have enjoyed several lodgings in Laguna Beach, our hands-down favorite is the Inn at Laguna Beach. This Laguna Beach boutique hotel is perfect for an intimate or relaxed weekend getaway.
Perched high on a bluff overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific and the town’s central park and beaches, the hotel is also situated along part of a spectacular mile-long seaside promenade meandering above the ocean with unbelievable photo-worthy vistas. Don’t let anyone kid you that location doesn’t matter – Laguna Beach proves it does.
Another wonderful benefit of staying at the Inn is that you’re within walking distance to the heart of downtown Laguna Beach with its myriad of restaurants, boutique gift shops, art galleries and vibrant night life.
Laguna Beach Boutique Hotel Accommodations
With unsurpassed Pacific Ocean views from the balcony rooms at this hotel Laguna Beach, CA, to falling asleep to the crashing of waves, we would have been tempted to never leave our room if there wasn’t so much to explore in this marvelous beach hamlet.
Guests have a choice of rooms to fit their budget. Village rooms feature a king bed and as named, face the town of Laguna Beach. Other rooms range from pool level queens to queen and king partial and full-ocean view selections along with a few suites. Pool and ocean view rooms also sport sitting areas and outdoor patios.
We’ve stayed in all room types and have been pleased with each and every choice. Mainly because the Inn at Laguna Beach by far enjoys the best hotel location in town. Guests are literally footsteps from room to sea to village to beach.
Each of the Laguna Beach boutique hotel’s casual, but chic 70 rooms located throughout five floors are tastefully and thoughtfully decorated in rattan furniture with white and tan touches. Wall prints celebrate the sea, sun and sand coastal-inspired scenery of Laguna Beach.
As in most luxury hotel rooms, Wi-fi and full bedding and bath products are included, and let me just say that the beds are ultra-comfortable with soft quality bed sheets and down duvet comforters. Sleep comes easily here.
Common to hotels at Laguna Beach, CA and across the state, the Inn at Laguna Beach does have a $30 per night resort fee. However, this fee covers unlimited beach loungers and beach towels which you’ll want to use since the inn is located right over the beach. While each room has its own coffee maker, fresh morning coffee is also available at no charge in the lounge.
As an added bonus, we have always found the front desk staff here to be friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable about the local area. That makes a stay here even more enjoyable.
This Laguna Beach boutique hotel also has an ocean-view heated pool and hot tub, much appreciated on a warm summer day or a cool California evening (which can happen even in the summer).
Our Favorite Amenity
Each evening close to sunset, a complimentary wine reception is held on the Terrace rooftop bar to celebrate the sun’s disappearance into the horizon. Located high above Main Beach, the open-air bar provides even more dramatic views of Laguna Beach. Sunsets here are absolutely stunning!
As an added special touch, cookies and milk are served in the lobby before bedtime – you won’t find that perk offered by any other Hotels at Laguna Beach, CA.
Best of Laguna Beach Restaurants
Though the Inn does not have its own restaurant, there are several just a short stroll away. Las Brisas on the promenade is renowned for its classic Old California cuisine with a Baja twist. Reunion Kitchen + Drink is a great place for happy hour featuring shared bites, salads and burgers.
One of favorite downtown restaurants is Nick’s Laguna Beach with some of the most creative starters, salads and house specialties you’ll find anywhere. A short drive down the main strip is another of our favorites, Madagascar, a towering multi-storied South African themed eatery with a rooftop bar.
Seafood restaurants abound here. We are always in awe of this town’s incredible food choices and quality and there a lot to choose from.
So, pack your flip flops, bathing suit, swim trunks, shades and sunscreen. When you’re heading to Laguna Beach, you’re heading to paradise. When you arrive, just stop, relax and breathe. You’re on beach time.