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Blue Lantern Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Dana Point B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I was attending a conference held in Dana Point and had to find alternate lodging since the event hotel down the street was completely booked. I was bummed since the original hotel was was supposedly 1st class. In the end, I was fortunate that the other hotel WAS unavailable because otherwise, I never would have stumbled onto the Blue Lantern. This little Inn has soooo much to offer. Awesome views of the harbor, a great breakfast every morning, a super helpful staff. One morning, my wife and I even rode bikes down to the harbor and paddle boarded. So much to do plus the beaches are super close as well. Definitely stay here if you have the chance!!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This Inn is truly a Pacific coast gem! My wife and I have been staying here since 2007, about three or four time per year. Perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, one is continuously awed by the commanding views of the sea, Dana Point Marina and sailing ships docked at the Ocean Institute directly below the Inn and while the Inn is located on the edge of a quiet, upscale, residential area, you are but a short, scenic, stroll to numerous restaurants.

The Tower and Pacific Edge edge rooms, have balconies and all rooms feature elegantly appointed bathrooms with a jetted tub, stall shower and plush bathrobes. The gas fireplace gets frequent use on chilly mornings and while seldom needed, it is comforting to know that you have good A/C at your disposal. Four Sisters Inns, in general, put out a great spread for breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres and the BLI is no exception. On most days, one can fill a plate and sit out on a lovely patio to enjoy the food and drink . . . . and yes, the view!

Another nicety, the staff listens. For our March (2014) stay, our favored and frequented room (201) was not available and while checking out, I was asked how we enjoyed the alternate. I commented that we preferred 201, however, it was nice having an ottoman in front of the two lounge chairs, something 201 lacked. Upon entering 201 two weeks ago, a plush ottoman sat positioned in front of the chairs!

As long as I have to travel to southern California, my wife will always accompany me and two or three nights at the Blue Lantern Inn will flank the business stay in Costa Mesa.

Room Tip: Our favorites are Tower rooms or a Pacific Edge room on the ground floor that opens onto a very larg...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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3  Thank Charles D
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We had been SO disappointed at our relatively recent stay in a Four Sisters Inn in Carmel (reviewed elsewhere) which used to be fantastic and had gone completely downhill last year. But we decided to give the Blue Lantern Inn a chance. . . since the reviews were good and we were only staying overnight on a business trip. Our stay was great and we wished we had stayed longer. The Inn had a fantastic location overlooking the harbor and our rooms did as well. . . whether on the first floor or the third floor where our rooms were. It was very peaceful and quiet, the outdoor patios to lounge, relax and meditate on the sky and ocean. , , terrific. . . even though the hotel was full and had lots of wedding showers and other events going on, it was quiet and peaceful everywhere else. We liked this because if you wanted activity. . . you could be in the lobby anytime for the complimentary coffee/tea/cookies and afternoon wine and cheese and many other complimentary munchables and there were lots of people. If you wanted to sit away from the crowds overlooking the water, you could do that as well. The rooms were nicely appointed, the linens were very upscale and comfortable and the mini bar/refrigerator came with free water and sodas. The buffet breakfast (which one of us had sent to our room) was really great the next morning. Our only caveat: while the room on the ground floor did not have a water pressure problem. . . the shower in the room on the 3rd floor did. And, one of the staff members at the front desk was just a wee bit of a crabby sourpuss and she was there for most of our stay. Hoping that was some personal problem of hers spilling out uncontrollably. It didn't ruin an otherwise terrific stay. . . but hopefully management will read this and have a chat with her. Will return without a doubt. . . and are happy the Four Sisters Inn of Dana Point proved true to its previous form.

Room Tip: Higher rooms may have water pressure issues. . . ask. . . we didn't do that . . .or figure that...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We were gifted a stay at the Blue Lantern Inn and absolutely loved our time there. The room was large, clean and beautifully decorated. We had ocean views from our patio, which was a great place to relax. They had a wine and snack time which was very nice. Lots of items to choose from as well as delicious cookies. Breakfast was a free buffet that also had a lot of options. Very good! Location was close to the harbor (great beach for paddle boarding!) and places to dine. The front desk made our dinner reservations for us and also helped us decide which restaurant to choose. First class all the way! Can't wait to stay here again!

Room Tip: Can't go wrong asking for a harbor or ocean view!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

My husband and I went to The Blue Lantern Inn as a little honeymoon after we got married. Our real honeymoon will be in the summer when we have more time off. We had a wonderful and restful time in the beautiful room and we enjoyed the view from out patio.
They provide a variety of items at their continental breakfast along with delicious baked goods. At Happy Hour they serve many appetizers along with red and white wine and they keep the food and wine coming. We had breakfast in bed one morning and there was more great food that we couldn't finish!
The staff was very friendly and made us feel welcome.

Mr. and Mrs. Kingston

Room Tip: 206 - great room! Bottom floor and mini patio right outside our door.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

The Blue Lantern Inn is the perfect place for couples looking for a quiet getaway. The Inn is perched atop a cliff which provides a beautiful view of the Harbor. The staff is very polite, helpful and accommodating. I love the little extras they provide such as free rental movies, free soda, water and even Tylenol! You definitely don't feel nickel and dimed. The complimentary breakfast and afternoon wine was a wonderful touch as well. I would highly recommend this Inn if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation. It's away from town, but there are still plenty of places within walking distance to eat at. Cannons has a great Happy Hour and beautiful views out on the patio. The Shwack is a great little place to grab an inexpensive, but quality lunch.

The only downside: The water pressure in the shower is terrible!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Jackie R
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

This place is a gem. A beautiful gem. From the moment we checked in with Carmen, I knew we made the perfect choice. Having debated for weeks about where to go and stay. In a last minute decision we finally agreed with Blue Lantern, after I looked into B&B's rather then a traditional hotel. BOY OH BOY was this the best choice. The view was awesome. The fruit for breakfast was super fresh, the blueberry pancakes was light and made small. Which I enjoyed fully. I hate large oversized pancakes.
The only complaint is the AC was very loud in our room and the toilet handle was so hard to use that it broke off while trying to flush the toilet. But that takes nothing from the location, the quality of the overall hotel, the customer service, and the experience. Will be back very soon. We have found our new place to stay on the way to San Deigo.

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Address: 34343 Street of the Blue Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Dana Point
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Dana Point
Price Range: £189 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Lantern Inn - A Four Sisters Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious inn was featured in Conde Nast Traveler and features fabulous views of the Pacific from just about every window of this four diamond bed and breakfast inn -- dramatically located on a bluff above the Dana Point Yacht Harbor. Blue Lantern Inn's guests savor a delicious breakfast in the morning and wine and hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon. Other amenities include on site spa treatments, a fitness center, two meeting rooms and bicycles for exploring the beautiful coastline. ... more   less 
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