Recently had a chance to stay at the Casa Tropicana in San Clemente. When I first drove by, the hotel and overall location actually reminded me of a cross between Italian Riviera and charming southern California. There's a slight Art deco style about the building--toss in head-on views of the Pacific, and you realize this is a real gem in wonderfully relaxed San Clemente.
The rooms were bright, cool, and very comfortable (wooden floors will always trump carpeting). As for the staff, remarkably welcoming and efficient. Had a hand-written map posted on my door with several restaurant recommendations --in short, warmth and charm. (If in the mood for French, must try Cafe Mimosa up the street--walking distance of course). The guests at the hotel seem equally in the know--a very warm, genteel feel surrounds the entire place.
As a quick aside, of the three towns I visited along the coast, San Clemente is the pearl. Yes, Laguna is nice, but in some ways seemed to lack the sense of friendliness that seems so much a part of San Clemente and for that matter the Casa Tropicana.
As for Newport, think homogenous pretension.
In short, the Casa Tropicana is a real find!
Sir Michael Massa, EOHS
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spanish-inspired architecture, ocean views, stylish comfortable decor and a relaxed atmosphere. We invite you to enjoy sunset from an ocean view deck Casa Tropicana Hotel in San Clemente is located steps from the beach and close to many local faves – Casa Romantica, San Juan Capistrano Mission and Disneyland. Offering complimentary amenities - beach bags and chairs, flat screen TVs, fireplaces, robes, wifi, and Jacuzzi tubs. Great off season prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Tropicana Hotel San Clemente
- Casa Tropicana San Clemente