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“Cozy means SMALL” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa

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Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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Ventura, California
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199 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Cozy means SMALL”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed here because of the excellent reviews. The welcome staff are young, cheerful and professional. The breakfast was yummy, we tried the special omelet and the gingerbread waffle.

The Inn is charming - built in the 1920s and 100 years ago luxury didn't mean anything close to what it means in 2014. We had a deluxe oceanview king room. the room was claustrophobic! A king size bed shouldn't even be an option here. It took nearly 15 minutes to get hot water in the shower. The linens on the bed were soft & lovely, but the bed itself was somewhat uncomfortable.

And even though the terse notes in the Inn's literature made us feel like teenagers on Spring break, we would have been embarrassed to even think about enjoying sex since the foot traffic outside the front window was frequent and every little noise seeped through the walls.

Lastly, the parking was difficult, a narrow laned carport. We were glad that the Inn wasn't. Even so, it was very pricey. And the location is on PCH and a two mile walk or drive with tons of traffic on the Highway.

Yes, the Inn building is lovely, romantic, charming & quaint, but surely there are more deserving of the number one spot on trip advisor. Stop at the Inn for a peek, but stay somewhere else.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Bellauno
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
I first want to thank Bellauno for mentioning those things he/she liked about our inn. Now, for clarification, and for the benefit of prospective guests, I need to respond to Bellauno’s many negative comments.
-Reviews: We caution prospective guests not to make a reservation for any hotel or restaurant based entirely on their excellent reviews. 90% of the guests who stay at Casa Laguna love Casa Laguna and that keeps us rated in the top two hotels for Laguna Beach and often for all of Orange County. But, as Bellauno suggests, we are not for everyone—especially those who are expecting a bustling family-style resort with valet parking and mid-sized cookie cutter rooms with catalog furniture. Those who do their research and actually read our reviews will arrive informed and unsurprised. Prospective guests should peruse our website—especially the room descriptions that actually list the square footage for each room type. This would have been of great help to Bellauno.
Luxury: Last year Casa Laguna was chosen by bedandbreakfast.com as one of the Top 10 Luxury Inns in the World. We also received Trip Advisor’s Travelers' Choice award as a Top 25 Small Hotel and Top 10 Hotel for Romance in the United States. Despite Bellauno’s analysis, apparently the experts think we’re a little nicer than the Casa Laguna Motel of 1946.
Beds: Our guest rave about our cloudlike beds, not just the bedding. But we agree somewhat with Bellauno about King beds, thus we only have a few rooms with King beds for those who just won’t accept anything else. Need a larger room? We’ve got them. Just ask. Or better yet, check them all out in advance on our website.
Intimacy: I’ve never stayed in any hotel where I didn’t hear people and children in the hall and in the rooms next door. Doors slamming, rooms service carts crashing, and icemakers thumping. You’ll hear almost none of that at Casa Laguna. We want Bellauno to know that hundreds of children have been conceived at Casa Laguna. We know, because their parents often return to celebrate. Casa Laguna is all about romance. If someone complaints about the noise of lovemaking (that’s happened maybe twice) we suggest they take a stroll and come back when it quiets down. (If the noise is late-night, continuous, or recurring, we certainly might make a discreet call to let them know, as would any hotel.)
Parking: Here we go again. Our parking spaces are exactly the same size as those in a typical grocery store parking lot. They are far larger than those typically found in the garages of many bustling hotels and family-style resorts. Some people are unduly afraid of the support poles on either side of each space. The answer is simple…swing out wide and go straight in, just like you would between two cars in a hotel parking garage. If you go in at an angle, of course you’re going to scrape something. Full size Hummers have parked there and we can provide the photos to prove it.
Location: There are hotels downtown for those who, like Bellauno, want to be within walking distant of the noisy bustling heart of the city. We are in an upscale residential neighborhood just one block from fine restaurants and just 1.5 miles from downtown Laguna Beach shops, eateries, art galleries, and summer art festivals. And, there is public transportation right outside our door—we’ll pay for a round trip on Laguna Transit.
Traffic: Like nearly every major hotel and restaurant in Laguna Beach we are on Pacific Coast Highway. It is the only way to get from one beach town to another. Bellauno is right--it sometimes gets busy.
Price: Bellauno got a free gourmet breakfast chosen from a menu of items, free parking, free evening wine reception, and most importantly, he/she paid no resort fees like they would have at most of the bustling family-style resorts.
And finally, because we are a closed compound, open only to registered guests, we only give a peek to those who have done their research and are seriously interested in enjoying a stay in our lovely, historic, award-winning boutique hotel.
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

I stayed at Casa Laguna last week and loved it! I highly recommend this very romantic place to any couple! The food was exquisite! I enjoyed the sunset view from my balcony!

I can't wait to go back!

Thank you Casa Laguna!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Susan L
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
It’s clear that Susan L was a perfect fit for our romantic ambiance, award winning food, cozy rooms with cloudlike beds, and ocean view balconies and garden terraces. We cannot thank her enough for taking the time to let others know how much she loved her stay, and we cannot wait to welcome her back to Casa Laguna in the very near future.
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Eastvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

My husband and I stayed here for the night on Feb 9th. Staff was friendly and helped with dinner suggestions/reservations. The property is so quaint and charming. The 1920's Spanish style is very warm and inviting! Beautiful grounds…plants and flowers and fountains at every turn. We stayed in the Courtyard room (the lowest price). It is updated nicely. There are chairs in the courtyard where we sat with our complimentary glass of wine, with an ocean view.
There is a reception from 5:30-6:30 for all guests, wine and cheese/dried fruits, etc. Nice before dinner.
Just a short walk to Victoria Beach, which is beautiful!!!! We asked for dinner recommendations and ended up eating at Tabu Grill (pricey, but worth it!!!). The front desk made the reservations for us, walkable from the Inn.
THE best part…the breakfast!! You go to eat in one of the Courtyards (or the main house). It was probably one of the best breakfasts I have ever had!!! There are unique/gourmet plays on traditional eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes. They have gluten free and vegetarian options
available also. Leave a tip!
NOTE: My husband and I are in our 30's and we were the youngest couple I saw there by about 20 years, at least. Definitely a quiet place to go and RELAX!!!!
We would definitely go again. :)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jen B
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
We thank Jen B for sharing her Casa Laguna experience and of course we are so happy that she and her husband enjoyed their stay with us. Our acclaimed gourmet breakfast, chosen from a menu of entrees and sides, is just one of the many things that make us the perfect getaway spot for couples like Jan B and her husband who are looking for a unique alternative to bustling family-style resorts. We do want Jen B and prospective guests to know that our customer base is made up of a wonderfully diverse group of ages, races, creeds, colors, and lifestyles. So while you’re here you may see mostly twenty-somethings from California; or mostly retirees from England, Canada, or the American Southwest; or a wide mixture of every age group from all over the world. One thing for sure, on every visit to Casa Laguna you’ll discover something or someone new and delightful. We appreciate Jen B’s valued recommendation, and we can’t wait to welcome this couple back again very soon.
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We spent 3 days and 2 nights at the Casa Laguna Inn & Spa and were extremely happy with the entire experience. The rooms, the garden areas and the staff were spectacular. We couldn't have been more satisfied with the experience. We will be back again soon.

We left a facial scrub brush and they mailed it to us immediately. The entire staff were very pleasant and couldn't have been more helpful.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kapenagary
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
We are so pleased this couple chose our inn for their Laguna Beach getaway and we thank them for posting this kind review. Our thanks also for mentioning our hard working staff, who cherish kudos from our guests. We’re so glad that kapengarys plan to return again soon and we cannot wait to welcome them back as valued returning guests.
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Pasadena, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Laguna is special, and so is the Casa Laguna Inn. We stayed four nights in mid-February. Ours was the deluxe room w/ocean view patio. The room was clean and well-appointed. The bathroom is especially nice. The patio was fun, looking out at the Pacific Ocean, watching the sun dip below Catalina Island.

The grounds separate Casa from any hotel in Laguna. The Mission Era style has been beautifully preserved. Fountains have been placed throughout the grounds. The foliage is lush and creates a wonderful, relaxing, atmosphere in the courtyards. The palm court dinning area is very comfortable. The Bell Tower is a great place to sit and read or watch a sunset. The pool area is well maintained, and water and lemonade are available, and the lounge chairs in the sitting area are really comfortable.

The staff is helpful, more so than I have come to expect, from check-in, to fixing a problem in our room. The housekeeping staff is efficient and well-trained. The management of the Casa Laguna Inn has long experience in the hospitality industry, and it shows.

The breakfast is fantastic! The chef, Sara, has created delicious menu, with five-star presentation. Our server, Cathie, (and Shey, too),were all one could ask for. They really added to our stay. Really, between the breakfast and the wine and cheese reception, one doesn't dine out at all!

Staying here is not for everybody, as is made very clear from the website. For couples and singles, it is an ideal B & B. Stay and enjoy.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank camusfan
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
Casa Laguna management and staff are thrilled that we were able to provide these guests with a very special Laguna Beach stay, and we cannot thank them enough for their detailed and flattering review. Chef Sarah, Cathie, and Shay work hard to assure that each guest is provided with outstanding food accompanied by personalized service; and, like all of our dedicated staff, they love being singled out for excellence. We hope camusfan will have the opportunity to return again in the very near future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014 via mobile

This was my first stay at a Bed and Breakfast and I was not expecting anything special.
I was blown away from the moment I arrived. There was free parking, great view of the beach, lovely garden and pool and fountains. The lobby area is so cozy. Check in was smooth and fast. We stayed in room 50. Queen bed since all the king beds were booked. Free champaign for our anniversary! Comfy white robes! Nice view of the ocean and sunset from this patio.
Casa Laguna was soooo romantic! Huge bath tub with jets, fake fire place!
Free wine and cheese happy hour. And free breakfast ! I am looking forward to coming back here! I have already recommended this place to three of my friends. We walked to Tabu grill from here and had a lovely dinner.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bowiebow
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
We love that Bowiebow’s excellent review lists so many of the services and amenities that set Casa Laguna apart from robotic bustling family-style resorts. We call Casa Laguna your unique California bed & breakfast experience because we want our guests to be, as Bowiebow puts it, blown away by the ambiance, service, and amenities that make our inn so different and special. We cannot thank this couple enough for their valuable recommendation and we hope they will return very soon.
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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

Everything about our five-day stay at Casa Laguna was wonderful. We live in the Chicago area and wanted to escape the cold at the end of January. Considering all the places we could have gone, we feel fortunate to have chosen so well. Everyone on the staff was considerate, friendly, and helpful without ever being overbearing. There were so many beautiful nooks and crannies within the property, and the breakfasts surpassed anything we imagined. We've already recommended Casa Laguna to friends back at home, and they have made reservations. Casa Laguna is the kind of place you'll be eager to recommend to your friends!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judi H
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CasaGirl, General Manager at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
A great part of Casa Laguna’s success and high ranking comes from valuable word-of-mouth promotion and recommendations from pasts guests like Judi H. We want this couple to know how very much we appreciate that they are sharing their Casa Laguna experience with friends and others. We are so pleased that they loved their stay with us, and we hope they will be able to return again in the not-to-distant future.
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Property: Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa
Address: 2510 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3932
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Laguna Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#5 Business Hotel in Laguna Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover an unforgettable ocean view getaway at our historic boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California. Our hotel features a wide variety of beautifully appointed guest rooms with luxurious eco-friendly linens, flat-panel smart televisions and crafted mini bar selections. A variety of soothing massage services are available in our on-site spa. Always rated among the top Laguna Beach hotels, our property is just minutes from beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, and Laguna's famous art galleries and summer art festivals. All rooms limited to one or two persons regardless of age or relationship. Not recommended for families/children/groups. ... more   less 
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