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“A beautiful resort property in the heart of Laguna.”
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Surf & Sand Resort
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
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“A beautiful resort property in the heart of Laguna.”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

From the minute you enter the secluded courtyard there's a sense of overwhelming serenity and peace. The beautiful facilities, delicious food and outstanding personalized / doting service make this resort a one-of-a kind facility. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the views are fantastic, the facilities are well appointed (amazing pool and Jacuzzi) and the staff is beyond wonderful. They define excellent customer service. I look forward to my next visit. In the meantime, I'll keep dreaming about my two days there.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

stayed at the surf and sand at the end of my americian holiday in at the end of my holiday and this I have to say is the best way to finish any holiday. Beautiful accommodation,stunning views , great bar and food short walk to town with lots of great shops on the way. I haven't stopped telling all my friend how good this

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bountiful, Utah
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

There are many hotels/condos/rentals in California that provide ocean views or access, but the Surf and Sand is unique, to my knowledge, because you are on the beach. Look down (not out in the distance) from your balcony and you see sand and waves--amazing. Our corner king unit in the main tower was beautifully decorated, great view, clean and modern (bathroom small, but stylish, with all the right stuff) and a great bed.
All of the staff were professional, friendly and overall just great.
Our only negative comment (and this is this visit only) is that management failed to inform me of construction at the property next door that directly impacted my premium level (and priced) room. Neither did they offer any apology, rate reduction or resort credit for the inconvenience. absolutely not up to what I expect from the Surf and Sand, especially at these prices!!

Room Tip: Corner King on the north end of the main tower.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

I don't think you could find a better hotel in Laguna Beach or on the California coast for that matter. The hotel sits directly on the beach, all the room views are breathtaking and you're literally steps away from the water. This hotel encompasses what a beach vacation should be. Plus the bed was so comfortable! I loved every minute I spent at Surf & Sand.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Located on the beach, Surf and Sand is an upscale hotel with comfortable rooms, splendid ocean views, terrific breakfasts and mostly wonderful customer service. Some of the staff at the concierge could have been a bit more obliging and did not go out of their way to help, but the overall atmosphere from the minute one drives up to the hotel is one of graciousness. The hotel is presently being remodeled so there is some work during the day. Be prepared to fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach and enjoy the splurge.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Yorba Linda, California
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

This year for our Anniversary my husband and I went to the Surf and Sand Resort. We stayed in the Surfside King room. The room was fantastic. We live in Orange County and are used to nice ocean views. This room was different. The water comes right up to your room. It was beautiful and relaxing. We are used to the ocean and could not believe how loud the waves were. They even give complimentary ear plugs because it was so loud. I found it very relaxing. We sat on the balcony and watched the beautiful sunset. They also knew it was our anniversary and they gave us a bottle of champagne and chocolates. It was a thoughtful touch. We got rooms service sent to our room and it was delicious. It was from the on property restaurant. We also went to that restaurant for breakfast. Again it was delicious. There was only one bad thing about the resort. Check in is at 4pm. We get there around 2:30, yes it was early, ask them if our room was available. We wanted to relax since we were only there overnight. It wasn't ready. Ok no big deal we went and walked the main drag of Laguna and came back an hour and a half later. The room still wasn't ready. We got into our room over an hour and a half late. That is a huge bummer when you are just there for one night. But once we got in the room we had a great time.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

There are probably only a couple weeks throughout the entire year that would require air conditioning in this hotel. Unfortunately, we picked 3 days during these times. It wasn't completely unbearable, but for $500+ per night, I never thought to even check into whether or not they had air conditioning.

They are right on the beach and they also have a pool and hot tub for guest use.

The bathroom was nice, however, the shower was quite small. There was no ventilation fan in the bathroom and it would get quite hot and humid in there while showering.

The beds were very comfortable. Felt more like home rather than a hotel room.

The hotel staff was very nice to us and seemed genuinely happy to see and help us each time.

The sunsets were beautiful each night. You can watch them from the beach, from your balcony, from Splashes (the restaurant), from the pool, or sitting on top of your paddle board out in the middle of the pacific ocean.

And yes, there were waves. And believe it or not, they made sounds. Yes, we could hear the waves crashing on the shore the whole time we were there. And this was great! I can't believe someone would complain (but they did) about the sound of the waves when they booked a room at the SURF and sand. Come on people - this is the Surf and Sand Resort, not the Puddle and Mud Motel.

Parking there is valet only. Or you can leave your vehicle out on the street if you want to take the chance. There are meters for this and you can pay by credit card if you like.

Overall, this is a great place to stay. Just make sure to check the forecast before booking. Like I said, probably only need air conditioning a couple weeks per year there.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor where the hallway was also the way that everyone walked to the bar and...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Surf & Sand Resort
Address: 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3299
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Laguna Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in Laguna Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Surf & Sand Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf & Sand Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and holder of AAA’s Four-Diamond Award, lies on California's Laguna Beach shoreline where the waves of the Pacific meet 500 feet of pristine sand.All 151 guest rooms and 16 suites at Surf & Sand command spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort also houses Splashes Restaurant, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired coastal menu by Executive Chef David Fune; the intimate Aquaterra Spa; 10,000-square-feet of meeting space and wedding venues with stunning ocean views. ... more   less 
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