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“Shire-like. Wonderful.”
Review of Manzanita Cottages

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Manzanita Cottages
Reviewed 5 January 2013

My wife and I were looking for a quaint getaway for rest. The pictures reminded us of the Shire from Tolkien's Hobbit, which we love. We were not disappointed. Quiet area. Great attention to detail within the cottage and the landscaping. We actually read a bit from The Hobbit in front of the warm fireplace. The layout of the 4 cottages are the same, but we chose the yellow cottage and loved it.

P.S. We were concerned about a couple negative reviews on here about the management and response time. We found that e-mail worked best (info@manzanitacottages.com) and the management was very accommodating. Thanks Manzanita!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

Have you dreamed of getting away to your own little cottage to write, paint, dream or just relax? Looking for a romantic getaway? This is the place. I stayed at the Yellow Cottage and loved it!

Sunlight poured through the floor to ceiling windows during the day and the beautiful fireplace kept things cozy at night. Butterflies flit around the gardens and herbs grew just outside the door--which you're encouraged to clip and use for cooking. If you enjoy genuinely old buildings, you'll appreciate the glass doorknobs, original door latches and creaky hardwood floors.

The cottage was very clean and fresh flowers on the table were a lovely greeting. Other good things? A roomy king-sized bed, private patio, a dedicated (free) parking space, beach towels, iron and ironing board, laundry room (separate building) and a big closet. The cottages are nestled in a very safe, quiet and beautiful neighborhood.

Any downsides? Yes, but nothing insurmountable.The only tri-plug outlets are in the kitchen and bath, so be prepared if you bring a laptop; unless you bring an extension cord, you can't work on the laptop while it's plugged in. The bedroom and bath get chilly--but there's a space heater. The kitchen and bath are both quite small but well-appointed.

All in all, a great getaway spot close to downtown best for solo travelers or a couple. And you'll get a nice workout (and lovely view) as you climb the hill to return to your private, sweet and peaceful cottage!

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

So glad we chose to stay at Manzanita Cottages for two nights last week. We stayed in the "Green Cottage" - it was immaculate, comfortable and very relaxing. It was MUCH nicer than staying in a hotel on the PCH. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood a few blocks uphill from the beach and from the restaurants. It's all very walkable. I only wish we had more time to spent in the garden.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

In reading all of the reviews I noticed most of the stays were during the offseason and the weather is comfortable. I booked a stay in the Blue Cottage for a week this September. They look nice and I thought it would be a nice experience in lieu of a hotel. Being from TX and I have stayed in Laguna Beach before, I was looking forward to a change. I was not made aware of no AC in the cottages and when we arrived the cottage was so hot that we could not even remain. When I contacted the owner, she was rude and told me to go to the beach. We setup all of fans and stayed for over 6 hours hoping to come back to a cool place. Even with the 3 fans and windows opened, still hot and humid. We had to leave, get a hotel and could not go back. I am sure this a nice place during the winter season, but, not during summer months. I asked for a refund and again rude response. I am not going to pay for service not received. This was an awful experience and I will never go back to stay at the Cottages. The owers seems to believe that character of the cottages replaces comfort.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank G K
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JtoddH, Owner at Manzanita Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2012

We have a long history of delighting guests. In fact, we are the highest rated vacation rental property in Laguna Beach, so it's very disturbing to read these distorted comments.

Although she claims that I was rude to her, I never had a conversation with her. It was quite unfortunate that the guest adopted a hostile attitude from the outset and didn't give us a chance to work out an amicable solution.

A couple of things should be pointed out in our defense. The national weather service has on record that the average high was 71 degrees during her stay. Nowhere on our website do we indicate that we have air-conditioning, nor do we show it on the list of amenities on any of the third party travel sites. Our welcome letter which is sent a few days prior to arrival has a link to the weather forecast for Laguna Beach, so there should be no surprises there. Finally, the guest did in fact receive a full refund. Since we didn't promise air conditioning it's hard to argue that we deprived her of a that service.

The guest abruptly vacated the property, took the keys and threatened to hold them hostage until we agreed to provide a refund--not a warm and fuzzy approach to problem solving.

In our twelve years in this business we've never encountered such hostility and obstinacy. We've advised our fellow lodging establishments to beware of bookings from this guest.

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Reviewed 21 July 2012

My wife and I just returned from another amazing stay at the Manzanita Cottages. We visited to celebrate our third wedding anniversary and are never disappointed by the great communication and high level of customer service by Diane the property manager and the owner.

Thank you to the entire Manzanita Cottages Team!

Best Regards,

Christopher, Amy & Charlie

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

My husband and I found these cottages on trip advisor after deciding last minute to drive to Laguna instead of Monterey Ca. Most of the bigger hotels were booked so I decided to check out other options.. Best decision I made!!! This place was so enchanting and we felt so elated that it was better than imagined! The location is great! You will have a bit of a walk but not far.. Mostly on an incline but after all the eating we did, we were glad we had some exercise! Diane was pleasantly helpful and we were able to add an extra night last minute ( it was that great) we are definitely coming back! So happy to give them a review they deserve!
Make sure to try Sirena Grill, walking distance on Mermaid, Romeo Cucina and House Of Big Fish.. All great places to eat. :-)

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

We recently stayed in the Red Cottage. The property manager does an amazing job here! The grounds were perfectly groomed and gorgeous. The flowers were in bloom and the space was picture perfect. Just to sit in the outdoor areas with a glass of wine was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of our trip. The cottage was super clean and charming. The bed was comfortable. It's very conveniently located. We were able to walk to the beach, shops and restaurants from the cottage. It is cozy. If you are expecting a lot of space, you will be disappointed, but the space is used very nicely. We had been staying in hotels through our vacation, and we were the most comfortable here. The place felt huge after staying in hotel rooms. We want to try every cottage, and will be staying here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Esti G
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Additional Information about Manzanita Cottages

Address: 732 Manzanita Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1962
Region: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Laguna Beach
Price Range: £91 - £207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These are four enchanting cottages nestled in a private, garden compound located within walking distance to the beach and the village of Laguna. The cottages capture the original charm of the original Laguna Art Colony. Guests particularly enjoy the quiet garden setting as well as the privacy of living in their own stand alone cottage. There is also a studio apartment located on the site. ... more   less 
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Manzanita Cottages Hotel Laguna Beach

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