How to Find a Delightful Hotel - or Other Place to Stay - in Laguna Beach

If you're looking for the best hotels in Laguna Beach, you're in the right place. I'm not going to give you yet another list of hotels and other lodging, though. Instead, I'm going to tell you all the things that other hotel pages don't. When you're done, you'll know everything you need to find the place to stay in Laguna Beach that's perfect for you.

  • 01 of 07

    What You Need to Know About Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach from Heisler Park
    ••• Laguna Beach from Heisler Park. Courtesy of Visit Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach has Southern California's highest concentration of beach hotels. If that's what you're looking for, you can just skip straight to the list of Beach hotels in Orange County

    If you're looking for a Laguna Beach hotel in a more general sense, keep reading.

  • 02 of 07

    Finding Your Perfect Hotel - or Other Place to Stay - in Laguna Beach

    Find your Laguna Beach lodging like a pro. Use the same process we use to choose our recommended hotels.

    However, you'll need to know a few things about Laguna Beach first:

    • Hotels can have the word "beach" or "ocean" or "view" in their name and not be close to the water. And that view? It might be more like a glimpse.
    • Almost all the hotels in Laguna Beach are within a few blocks of the coast. Many are on Coast Highway, and it can be hard to tell how close they really are to the water. Use a good online map and look carefully at the satellite views.
    • You can also check the hotel photos to get a good idea. If they're not showing you much outside the hotel, you can guess that there isn't much to see.
    • In summer, try to get a hotel on the free trolley route. You can use it to get around, and you may not have to move your car until you're ready to go home. Which is a splendid thing in this busy town.
  • 03 of 07

    Getting the Lowest Rate for Your Laguna Beach Hotel

    Start by comparing prices and reading guest reviews at Tripadvisor.

    Once you've picked a few good candidate hotels for your trip, apply all the best tricks to get the lowest possible rate. It may sound old-fashioned, but calling the hotel directly often gets you the very best rate available. Here's what you need to know to do it right.

  • 04 of 07

    Vacation Rentals and AirBNB in Newport Beach

    You can find some places in Laguna Beach through AirBNB, but they're more expensive than in other areas. You can also look for them by searching for "laguna beach vacation rentals" or by using the Visit Laguna Beach website.

    Some vacation rentals may also show up in a search at Tripadvisor.

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  • 05 of 07

    Laguna Beach House is conveniently located, just a few blocks from the central part of town. It's also close to the art museum and Heisler Park. They have spacious off-road parking, too.

    The rooms are clean and comfortable, done in a nautical/surfer theme. Price-wise, it's in the middle of Laguna Beach rates, but you get a lot for your money, including a very nice swimming pool, afternoon wine reception, and breakfast.

    Laguna Beach House has a sister property, just down the street: the Inn at Laguna Beach. Guests at the Beach House can enjoy their afternoon wine at the Inn, which has a rooftop deck that overlooks Main Beach.

  • 06 of 07

    A Hotel I Would Go Back To: Casa Laguna Inn

    It's been a few years since I stayed at this Mission-style bed and breakfast, but I still have the fondest memories of how nice it is and how superb the views are. It's also a perfect place for romantic getaway.

  • 07 of 07

    This collection of restored historic cottages right on the beach in Crystal Cove State Park is cuter than cute.

    Unfortunately, they're in a state park, which has one of the strangest reservation systems I've ever seen. It takes a lot of planning, a good calendar and alarm clock and trigger-fast reflexes to manage to snag one of them. If it sounds complicated, it is - but I've got you covered. Read all about how to make reservations