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La Casa del Camino
Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pass this one up-eww”
Reviewed 7 April 2008

Against my better judgement , I booked a 3 night stay here instead of at the Inn at Laguna Beach. I stayed here about 10 years ago and remembered it as a quaint and quiet getaway. I wish I had shelled out the extra money for The Inn, because this place was awful.
The lobby and restaurant are quite charming, but that doesn't make up for the tiny, shabby room we stayed in. The first problem was that our room was on the same floor as the lobby (on the "2nd" floor--DO NOT take a room on the 2nd floor if they offer it to you) I asked for a different room but nothing else was available. We heard every noise from the lobby and even heard kitchen noise from the restaurant. At night when people want to go up to the rooftop deck, they congregate in the lobby. Combine that with people waiting to be seated at the restaurant, and you have Grand Central Station. We literally had drunk people yelling outside of our door late at night. I will say thank you to the front desk for clearing the people away from our doorway.
We had a "partial" ocean view, which consisted of a slice of water toward the horizon and a row of dumpsters underneath us.
The carpet was so disgustingly dirty, it looked as though it had never been cleaned. And the room smelled bad and musty to top it off.
If you are looking for a relaxing stay, do not stay here. If you want to party all night and not get any sleep, and you don't care about looking at dumpsters and walking on moldy carpet, then go for it.

Stayed April 2008
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2008

Can you imagine your hotel staff walking in on you and your spouse without knocking during an uncompromising position in bed? Well, it happened to us during what should have been a day for romance called Valentine's Day. When we informed the management, they offered us the following:

1. A free bottle of champagne: I guess to help us celebrate a very embarrassing moment of our life. An obvious no thanks.

2. A free future stay at the hotel: After the feeling your privacy was just violated? I am guessing one incident is not enough in case we need more? Another no.

3. A complimentary meal for two which we graciously accepted.

Overall, I was very disappointed how this crisis was handled because the same manager/supervisor (named Ashley) who offered us the above-mentioned was also accusing us of not hearing the knock on the door. BTW, she continued to argue repeatedly via telephone that the staff member did knock -- if you can see the room structure of this hotel, the doors are located almost next to the bed's headboard, and therefore we would have been able to take the appropriate action if the hotel staff (maid) did knock. Above all, no apologies were expressed just accusations.

In addition, be aware that the hotel is under construction. They are in the process of rebuilding their roof deck which means prepare to hear loud excruciating noises between the hours of 8am-6pm (4 1/2 hours before your check-out and 3 hours after check-in). I guess it would have been nice to inform their customers in advance because I was looking forward to have a drink up there to watch the sunset and NOT hear a symphony hammers being pounded on the deck.

What a complete disappointment!

  • Liked — Nothing. Roof deck under construction and loud noises?
  • Disliked — Management namely Jami and Ashley. Manager Jami avoided complaints and Ashley NOT able to handle complaints. THEY ARE AMATEURS.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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9 Thank NicMon
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DC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2008

I stayed at this property for 4 days on a business trip to Orange County. I wanted a change from the usual corporate hotel, and the hotel website touted this property as a "bed and breakfast." In my experience, it was more like a youth hostel. I would strongly recommend against staying here.

The price does not include breakfast, or even coffee service. The "Deluxe" room I occupied was clean, but sparse and very small. It included a queen bed, and a side chair. That's pretty much it. No closet, no desk, no central air, no coffee maker, no tub (stand-up tile shower only).

This property seems to have a bit of an identity crisis between its roles as a hotel and a local restaurant/bar/catering spot. It seems to depend more on the latter, to the detriment of hotel guests. The lobby was "moved" twice during my four-night stay, once for a holiday, and once for a wedding. During those times, I had to ask where the lobby went, and felt out of place as a hotel guest, as opposed to a local partyer, etc.

The staff, while well-meaning, is composed mostly of teenagers, and is fairly unsophisticated, and creates a service experience similar to that of your local Applebee's.

I suppose that the rather low price should give away the fact that this will be fairly no-frills, but I was disappointed by the lack of amenities commonly found at b&bs, or even at boutique hotels.

Location is good (on the main drag of LB), and room was clean, but other than that, it was a disappointment.

Stayed February 2008
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2007

Had a fab time here in Launa with my wife and kids. I love Laguna and this hotel just really makes the whole place that much special.

Give me your Hilton's etc - there fine but how man hotel's can you stay in that boost that Bogart stayed there as well.

The room's have a real feel of the 1920's in a good way and the sunset on the roof top just typifies Laguna and what else can you have as a drink non other than a Bombay Saffare and tonic. Accomoany that with their perfect Shrimp coctail.

The perfect place to stay.

  • Liked — the sunset on the rooftop
  • Stayed July 2005, travelled with family
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SEATTLE, WA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2007

We arrived at La Casa del Camino around 2:30pm, check-in time is 3:00. The staff was more than happy to accommodate us earlier than expected, and even brought our bags to our room for us. The Front desk checked us in, after offering us a couple bottles of cold water, and explained the amentities of the hotel, including the rooftop Lounge with amazing views of Laguna. The hotel also has k'ya Restaurant and bar, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, very convenient for the busy traveler.
After checking in and enjoying the beautiful ambience in the lobby with the candles and fresh flowers everywhere you look, we took the elevator to the 3rd floor, where we settled into our beautiful full ocean view room. After a long day of traveling, seeing a lush king sized bed caused us to want to postpone our afternoon plans for a nap. So we opened the windows and sank into the bed as the waves crashing in the ocean literally sang us to sleep.
After our naps and freshening up, we journeyed up to the rooftop lounge where the sun was about 30 mins from setting, just in time for a drink and appetizer before watching the sunset. We couldn't believe the rooftop lounge and the breathtaking views of laguna beach, Beauty like I'd never seen. The appetizers were wonderful, the service again was impeccable.
After Having appetizers and drinks on the rooftop, we took a walk downtown and enjoyed the people and atmosphere.
When we returned to la casa, the staff greeted us with smiles and inquired if we needed anything else before turning in for the night.
The next morning we enjoyed eating breakfast at k'ya and reading the newspaper, a leisurely sunday morning with coffee and an amazing array of breakfast selections.
After breakfast, we decided to spend a few hours at the beach and because check-out time is 11:30, the front desk offered to hold our luggage while we enjoyed the beach. We took advantage of the complimentary beach towel/beach chair service, how convenient.
All in all, a relaxing, needed getaway to la Casa del Camino, I can't wait for my next visit to laguna beach, I feel that I have found my home away from home.

  • Liked — The friendly service, cleanliness, beauty and Ocean views
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled on business
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3 Thank SEATTLEGIRL143
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Buffalo New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2007

Casa del Camino is the Jurassic Park of Hotels. That doesn't make it all bad, but you want to explore other options before booking it. On the plus side is location: you can walk out your door and be on the beach in 3-4 minutes, and if you are a morning beach walker as I am, that is worth a great deal.

And my room had an ocean view: another great plus, and I could see waves breaking from my window. I'll pay a bit for that.

But isn't it time they painted the rooms, added some furniture that did not look like flea market cast offs, rolled in a carpet that didn't look like it had spent a month in the rain, and put light bulbs in the lamps that you could read by?

And I found the staff a bit nonchalant. Not unfriendly, just blase, and the weekend is a rather boisterous party in the lobby and roof garden. Casa del Camino could be a good place still if someone took it over and cared for it, but it gave the impression of mustiness parading as charm. Not again thank you.

  • Liked — Beach access, view of the ocean, access to restaurants and cafes
  • Disliked — outdated room, noisy parties below, uncertain internet connection
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled solo
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6 Thank dedalus449
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Walnut Creek, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2007

The hotel has a great location near the center of town and steps from
the beach. And the rooftop bar is one of the best spots in the area to enjoy the sunset. The rooms though are a bit overpriced. We had a superior view queen room and paid $169 for a Tuesday night. The room was comfortable and had a partial ocean view, but it was quite small.
If you dont mind the size of the rooms, it's a charming place. And the staff were all very friendly.

  • Liked — Rooftop bar, location
  • Disliked — Small rooms
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled on business
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Thank MDiablo
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Property: La Casa del Camino
Address: 1289 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3115
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — La Casa del Camino 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a relaxing journey to the historic La Casa del Camino hotel located in fabulous, Laguna Beach! Walk along the surf as you explore the pristine beaches just outside of our hotel. Join us for hand crafted cocktails and a diverse menu at K'ya Bistro Bar and The Rooftop. You'll rest easy in eclectic and beautifully decorated guest rooms, join us for a lively happy hour, and take a swim in the marvelous Pacific Ocean. Included in a $16 resort fee, you'll have access to on-site parking, wireless internet, a daily breakfast buffet, and the nearby Art of Fitness Gym! Check-in is at 4:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:30 a.m. ... more   less 
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