5 star hotels in Lake Forest, CA

1. Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 3-minute walk from John Wayne Airport, this relaxed hotel in a business area is 2 miles from the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and 8 miles from Newport Beach on the Pacific Ocean.Informal rooms feature flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as Wi-Fi access. Room service is offered.An airport shuttle is complimentary. Parking is available for a fee. Other amenities include a casual restaurant and bar, plus an outdoor pool, a hot tub, tennis courts and a gym. Pets are welcome.

Things You Need to Know

  • 18 min drive to Crystal Cove State Park
  • Guests liked the large rooms but some complained about the air conditioning
  • Guests mentioned the bathrooms are unclean
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 42 times
  • Guests liked the architecture
  • Guests liked the fitness center
  • Guests praised the nightlife

Feedback From Real Customers

Erik Prussel

Stayed at this hotel for three nights with the family The hotel is about a 20 minute drive to Disneyland and about a 20 minute drive to Newport Pier The hotel is definitely a business class type of hotel

The hotel is very clean The pool is very nice No free breakfast but that is to be expected at a hotel that is more of a business class hotel My main complaint about this hotel is the $39/night for parking that they charge Our room was cleaned each day which I have found does not always happen these days at all hotels Shirley’s Bagels is a good bagel place close by If you do go to Newport Pier prepare for the challenge of finding a good parking space but once you do the beach there is a lot of fun and there is a lot of good places to eat down there The four stars instead of five stars is simply because of the insane rate of $39/night for parking

Stephanie Fritz

We stayed here last summerThis is such a wonderful hotel Very clean and very spacious

It is near tons of restaurants and 5 mins from the airport, though it stays very quiet!The pool is gorgeous and clean and their outdoor seating area with the fire pits are amazingEvery person who worked there was so kind and accommodatingWe stayed a week Our only complaint is there was a wedding the whole time we were there so it was very loud and we had to park very far away The entire front entrance to get in was closed off so you had to magically find a door to get to your roomAll in all, for this price, we will be staying again!

Bea Kissinger

Such an amazing stay at Renaissance Newport Beach This hotel has such an amazing vibe The entire place is so nice and clean, the decor was very hip and modern

Every single person who works here was so friendly and eager to helpWe stayed in a 2 Queen room that had a Mountain View The room was spacious, clean and very well kept I would definitely stay here again and recommend to anyone visiting

2. Hilton Garden Inn Irvine Spectrum Lake Forest (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In an area with bars and casual eateries off Interstate 5, this informal hotel is 4 miles from downtown, 5 miles from live music at the FivePoint Amphitheatre and 9 miles from Laguna Beach.The understated rooms come with Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus microwaves, minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers. Room service is offered.Amenities include a low-key restaurant and bar, as well as a 24-hour convenience store. There’s also an outdoor pool, a gym and a patio. Parking and a hot breakfast buffet are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • 6 min drive to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • 60 min drive to Los Angeles International Airport
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 16 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Peter Margolin

I have stayed here on 3 separate occasions for business and personal reasons Once again The property, rooms, amenities and staff are all 5 star in every way The rooms are contemporary and outstanding for cleanliness and comfort

Every part of the property is maintained perfectly The front desk people, house keeping, and everyone that works here does a wonderful job They all define “fine hospitality “ Better than the Ritz or Waldorf Go out of your way to stay It’s perfect

Lena Castles

Definitely staying here again! Rooms were spacious, quiet, very clean with nice decor The bed was very comfortable Location was very convenient

Staff was friendly, although I didn’t have to go to the front desk or ask for anything from housekeeping or maintenance Whenever I walked thru the hotel, all staff greeted me and other guests I’m a Hilton Honors member and I used the app to check in and out and used the digital room key The app is great! Overall excellent stay!

Lauren Gonzalez

MAJOR thank you to Angelo (I believe that was his name) working the evening of Sunday the 10th I came in very exhausted after finding a cockroach in my room at the best western across the street at 10pm and he was so kind and helpful He was personable and very nice, and made me feel so much safer and better

The hotel is clean, modern, and easy to navigate Room was very cozy and perfect for a business traveler like myself

3. Staybridge Suites Irvine East/Lake Forest, an IHG Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set 2 miles from Lake Forest Sports Park, this casual all-suite hotel is 5 miles from Pretend City Children’s Museum and 6 miles from Red Rock Canyon.Relaxed suites offer kitchens, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as DVD players and iPod docks. All include desks and pull-out sofas. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate living areas.Parking, an area shuttle and a breakfast buffet are complimentary. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and an exercise room, as well as a warm lobby lounge with a fireplace. There’s also a 24/7 business center and a coin-operated laundry.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms and the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the beds
  • 11 min drive to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Treena Wynn

Staff is AMAZING! The exterior doors are very heavy and hard to open and go out of order all the time The rooms are OK but there is always a lot of unceasing noise from whomever is above you no matter what room you are in Usually the rooms are clean depending on who is cleaning

Things do get missed People don’t clean up after their dogs here or around the property There should be a fee for dog clean up Breakfast is just OK They serve sausage almost everyday which is kinda gross and becoming very mundane and not appetizing The french toast is normally dry and hard and cannot be chewed The bacon is A LOT better but they only serve Once a week Dinner is OK I only recommend the orange chicken, pizza, possibly hamburgers and hot dogs Although, they need to upgrade quality of meat Maybe have a nachos night and more pizza nights? The spaghetti is gross They have laundry which is nice but one or more of the machines go out all the time They advertise extended stay but you Must check out after 26 days

Andrew O’Brien

Overall, my experience with the Staybridge Suites in Irvine was very good The staff were very friendly and helpful, the common areas and room were clean, the breakfast was excellent all 3 days of my stay, and the location was very convenient for my needs The one opportunity from my experience is to have enforced stop / start times for the sport court area

During my stay, a group was out playing basketball right outside my window until after midnight and another group started up around 6am the next day Outside of this, excellent experience and I would recommend to others

Pamela R

I give this 5 stars To be honest, it’s a solid 3 star hotel We knew that going in

So for a 3 star hotel, it gets 5 starsNot perfect We got a 2 bedroom suite and the bedroom door that my granddaughter was using didn’t shut correctly We figured a workaround There were only 2 forks in the kitchen The showers each had shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel on a small shelf attached to the inside of the shower In one of the bathrooms it was broken We stayed 2 weeks Housekeeping was only on Thursday for us We checked in on a Tuesday but wouldn’t get Housekeeping until the 2nd Thursday So people put their garbage and towels/sheets outside their doors And there everything sat in the hallways for a week We needed a change of sheets because of a spill The sheets were handed to us but they didn’t take the dirty sheets They sat in the hallway for a week Gross to say the least And, lastly, the laundry room is terrible It’s free to use but nasty We took our laundry to a laundromat instead It was much cleanerWhy 5 stars then? The room was perfect for our needs The kitchen had everything we needed (except enough forks) We baked cookies (toaster oven provided), made waffles (with a waffle iron I bought at Walmart and left with family), and had our munchies Breakfast AND dinner is included We didn’t eat everyday at the hotel Only 3 times for dinner in 2 weeks But it was surprisingly good (both breakfast and dinner) Not gourmet but good and filling The beds were amazingly comfortable And having a separate bedroom for our granddaughter was a must We weren’t in a single room for 2 weeks The staff is so nice I guess the bottom line is that is was comfortable We liked the location We are a tidy family so no housekeeping wasn’t a problem in the room If we needed anything it was just a quick call and it arrived at our roomWe will definitely stay here again when we visit our California family

4. The Ranch at Laguna Beach (5-star hotel)

About this hotel

On 87 acres of grounds with canyons, a creek and a garden, this upscale resort off the Coast Highway is a 9-minute walk from Aliso Beach Park.Refined rooms feature Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add living rooms, as well as patios or balconies with scenic views. The 2-story cottages feature 2 bedrooms, and a 2-bedroom treehouse has a kitchen. Room service is available.There’s a poolside bar and a high-end restaurant with a terrace. Other amenities include golf, an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a luxe spa. Parking is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • 6 min drive to 维多利亚等海滩
  • Guests praised the high-end restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Patio” 26 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests liked the spa

Feedback From Real Customers

Monique Moledo

The stay was wonderful The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, they always made sure to keep the spirits highThe room was beautiful, good space and clean

The pool and the jacuzzi were really nice The restaurants had live music, fitness center was 24h They had some activities throughout the week There was no view toward the beach, but it’s only 10min walk away from Aliso beach where the Lost Pier Cafe offers complimentary beach umbrella and chair for guestsIt is definitely a romantic getaway

JR Mariano

We visited the Ranch at Laguna Beach for a quick spring break getaway The location and grounds are amazing, only 15 hours from Los Angeles, walking distance to the beach, and the people and vibe of Laguna Beach are very calm and laid back

We were treated amazingly by the front desk staff upon checking in, especially Olivia, who was professional, knowledgeable, and welcomed our family with open arms We look forward to returning to the Ranch soon and wouldn’t hesitate to refer this property to all our friends and family!

Steve Smith

Our stay was nice, rooms nice, played golf also very nice Patio’s and restaurant was solid ok Live music on deck very nice, but 200$ to sit by your fire pits completely stupid

Each night I was there, (3) nobody used them I think management should be embarrassed Interesting how many other people thought it was ridiculous as well Obviously not about building community as much as making a buck

5. Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection

About this hotel

Opposite the Mission San Juan Capistrano, this upscale hotel offering views of the Santa Ana Mountains is off Interstate 5. It’s a 5-minute walk from Los Rios Historic District and 4 miles from Doheny State Beach.Warmly decorated, refined rooms have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, plus minifridges and Nespresso machines. Upgraded rooms and suites feature balconies, as well as mountain and/or Mission views. Suites also add sofabeds, living rooms and fireplaces; villas include kitchenettes and dining rooms.There’s an elegant Spanish restaurant and a cafe/bar, along with an outdoor pool, a spa and a gym. Breakfast and parking are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to Mission San Juan Capistrano and Zoomars at River Street Ranch
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests mentioned restaurants 26 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines and elliptical machines
  • The hotel has a boutique store
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a spa
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Meghan Wilmesher

Wow I had SUCH a lovely stay here quite honestly my stay may be the best at any hotel It was so clean and comfortable I almost felt like I was staying at my own home I have to say what really did it for me was the front desk staff – holy cow they went to above and beyond helping me with all of my requests (even switching rooms a few times)

They were patient and kind beyond words The rooms were comfortable, there were so many great amenities that came with our stay like tickets to the mission and dining credits I will most certainly be back and I cannot say enough nice things about this beautiful hotel, it was a treat to stay here

Patrick Madden

A relatively new property in a cool and historic area The design of the property is excellent and fits in wonderfully with the surrounding area Staff throughout the property were top-notch, especially the valet staff and bartenders in the restaurant

It’s a great place for a short weekend retreat to unwind and relax That said, I found the room to be quite small and I didn’t feel inclined to spend an extended period of time relaxing in the room beyond sleeping at night Fortunately, the property is walking distance to some great restaurants, a historic museum, and the train station if you want to take a quick ride down to San Diego for the day

Success Expressed

We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful resort! I remember the plot of land empty and neglected for decades And now we have a Wonderful resort with beautiful architecture in old San Juan It’s amazing what you can do with the proper planning

The rooms and interiors are authentically designed to the mission and SJC style, just beautiful!We enjoyed the pool amenities and the sunshine with the proper positioning under the sunWhat we really liked about the hotel was the staff They are so friendly, down to earth, welcoming and attentive One of the managers, Michael passed by the pool and checked in on each guest and we had a lovely chat with himDuring brunch on Sunday, another manager, Rod, rolled up his sleeves and helped to bring umbrellas for the guests, the bar tender knew all the trivia of the hotel as he had been here from day oneFrom the valet guys to housekeeping, to waiters, front desk to managers, service was top of mindThank you, we highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing getaway!

6. The Inn at Laguna Beach (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 4-minute walk from Main Beach Park, this upscale hotel is 3 miles from Crystal Cove State Park and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.Chic bungalow-style rooms and suites with plantation shutters and pillow-top beds feature in-room dining, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus coffeemakers and minifridges; some have balconies and ocean views.Complimentary amenities include wine socials in the lobby or on the rooftop terrace, which offers a hip bar with panoramic views, plus nightly milk and cookies, and use of beach towels, chairs and umbrellas. A nearby Mexican restaurant delivers meals to the beachfront pool or the terrace (fee).

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Laguna Art Museum and Heisler Park
  • Guests praised the clean rooms but some thought they were small
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned “an ocean” 56 times
  • Guests liked the views
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Ashley Atkinson

I stayed here for a meeting in the Laguna Room but enjoyed it so much I decided to stay another night on my own! You can’t beat the location — I believe every room has a coastal view and it’s steps from the beach and downtown Laguna The only thing I’d caution is that some rooms and the pool are very close to the public walking trail on the cliff, so you will hear and see the foot traffic, but I enjoyed the people-watching Service was helpful and unobtrusive, and the decor is neutral and understated (doesn’t scream “hotel!” which I appreciate)

Since they don’t have a big lobby or restaurant, it’s a pretty quiet place other than the complementary rooftop happy hour The catering provided for our meeting was simple but nice I liked the sustainable touches such as cloth towels instead of paper, and a reef-safe sunscreen dispenser at the pool Really felt like a getaway, definitely would visit again!

Patrick Minns

Beautiful hotel, absolutely stunning beach view from our beach facing room The bad was among the most comfortable we have ever slept Staff was extremely friendly, and the rooms are modern and cozy

Many choices for eating are within walking distance as are art galleries and shopping choices The beach is unique, there is traditional sand, but also tide pools which are sadly devoid of the sea life that one would expect We had a wonderful dinner at Nicks Laguna Beach and a memorable anniversary celebration This is now an anniversary destination for years to come

John Moore

Every summer for the past five years my mother has stayed at the inn to attend the Laguna pageant It has a wonderful location with views of the ocean, beach and park and is just minutes to walk from to restaurants and shopping As an older property it has had some renovations done

The common areas are very nice, the rooms are clean and the beds comfortable Occasionally there is a bathroom door that doesn’t close properly or a slight odor but overall this is a nice place I do find it a bit pricey but after all it is Laguna Beach

7. The Resort At Pelican Hill (5-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set on 504 coastal acres, this luxury golf resort and spa with panoramic views of the Pacific is 10 miles from John Wayne Airport.Elegant bungalow rooms & suites have private terraces, 15ft wood-beam ceilings, granite wet bars and fireplaces, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and Bose stereo systems. Villas with scenic views and up to 4 bedrooms add butlers and other staff, plus garages, a private clubhouse and pool.Perks include 36 championship holes of golf, and a lavish beauty and wellness spa with 22 treatment rooms. Among the dining options are a Northern Italian restaurant overlooking the ocean and a poolside eatery with a heated terrace.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • 7 min drive to Crystal Cove State Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests praised the poolside restaurant
  • Guests liked “golf courses”, mentioned 60 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the grounds
  • Guests praised the scenic views

Feedback From Real Customers

Hardik Patel

We just ended our four day stay at the resort and I can say that has been one of the most stunning and impeccable resorts we have stayed at Everything from the service to the amenities and staff and scenery were amazing We were traveling with two young kids and the staff made sure we had everything we needed and supplied us with bath necessities , toys, cribs, pack and plays and a diaper pail

They really thought of everything Everything was so convenient and easy thanks to the amazing staff and their attention to detail I would love to come back for another stay and will be recommending this resort to our family and friends!

Kevin Welch

This resort is truly heaven on earth Is it expensive? Yes Is it worth it? Absolutely

I have stayed here with my family on multiple occasions and have yet to see the level of customer service we’ve received anywhere else The hotel is beautiful and the property is beautiful as well The staff is always so helpful and accommodating and our family will continue to book future stays here

Bekki Johnson Chapman

One of my favorite OC spas Open to locals Monday-Thursday, so every federal holiday that lands on a Monday in 2022, I’ve been there! It’s a great, welcoming, relaxing environmentThey have you pay when you check in, so after your services, when you’re all relaxed and blissful, you don’t have to think about the administrative stuff

The locker room, waiting area, dressing rooms, showers, and vanities are immaculately appointed and comfortableI’ve only had facials here and each time I leave feeling fresh, moisturized, and pampered It’s the best

8. Montage Laguna Beach (5-star hotel)

  • Address: 30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Phone: (866) 271-6953
  • Ratings: 4.7 (4635 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Montage Laguna Beach
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Craftsman-style beachfront lodging with rooms, suites, bungalows & villas, plus a spa & fine dining.

About this hotel

Set on an oceanfront bluff, this luxe spa resort in a craftsman-style building is 2.6 miles from Laguna Beach.The arts-and-crafts-style rooms and suites, featuring dark-wood furnishings and regional works of art, have private balconies with ocean views, plus marble bathrooms with tubs, 55-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Beachfront bungalows and villas are also available. Room service is offered.The spa has 21 treatment rooms, and there are 3 pools, including an oceanfront pool with cabanas. The hotel also offers an upscale restaurant and a terrace grill, plus meeting/event facilities, a fine-art collection and shops.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms, which have kitchenettes
  • Walking distance to Treasure Island Beach and 维多利亚等海滩
  • Guests praised the professional service
  • Guests liked “pianos”, mentioned 28 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the grounds
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the ocean views

Feedback From Real Customers

Misty Barber

This was our first time staying at Montague Laguna Beach and will definitely not be our last We had an amazing experience The staff goes above and beyond with absolutely everything from valet, to the restaurant, front desk, the spa, pool attendants, and room attendants

Everyone here makes it their mission to provide a wonderful customer experience We ended up extending a day because we didn’t want to leave The grounds are well kept and you can see they take pride in all areas of the property Their private beach is stunning and just a short walk from the rooms I’m already looking forward to our next trip here

Candice Horde

Where do I start? First and foremost, this is the best customer service experience I’ve had since moving to California 5 years ago No age or racial bias that my partner and I have experienced in the past at resorts, just kindness, patience, and attention to detail The view is breathtaking, peaceful, and colorful

The beaches are clean and not overpopulated The rooms are clean and meticulously designed, and the tech & COVID friendly way they have their menus the remote set up is pretty innovative The concierge knows what they’re doing and will make whatever accommodations happen In love with this place; will be absolutely returning

Jedi Master ASU

We spent 4 nights at the Montage The place was wonderful, clean and relaxing pace It was a perfect quiet vacation that we wanted

The room was clean and it smelled good We appreciated the little things They had a lady that came out with different animals at the pool The day we found out about her, she had a hawk that scared away some birds They also had live music on the pool and it was really nice The beach was almost empty and the place feels really high end The food was also great The staff was kind and nice and the valet would get our cars out very fast We never had to wait long on anything Had a great time and will come back soon

9. Marriott Irvine Spectrum (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In an area with office parks and shopping plazas, this upscale hotel is a mile from both Irvine Spectrum Center mall and Interstate 5.Warmly decorated rooms provide Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs, minifridges and sofas, plus tea and coffeemakers. Club rooms add access to a private lounge offering free afternoon tea and snacks. Suites have kitchens; some feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Room service is offered.There’s a restaurant, a bar and a Starbucks cafe, plus a rooftop bar with a terrace. Breakfast is available. Other amenities consist of an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a gym. Event space includes a ballroom. Valet parking is extra.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • 7 min drive to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests praised the views
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • Guests praised the rooftop bar

Feedback From Real Customers

CJ

This hotel is beautiful, relaxing and feels like a resort Absolutely love it! The rooms are comfortable with hardwood floors (a plus for the allergies), plenty of adjustable lighting and the bathroom was a bliss!Wonderful stay 5 minutes from my house Sometimes you need a change of scenery and this hotel provided the rejuvenation I was seeking

Josh A

Modern, attractive hotel rooms Valet, front desk, and housekeeping services were greatThe bars get extremely busy, and the hotel quite crowded

The bartenders were quick to serve some folk, but others were waiting more than 30 minutes to place an order for a drink – even on a Thursday nightIf you’re looking for modern, updated rooms and don’t mind the price, I recommend the Marriott Irvine Spectrum highly

Beka Walker

This hotel is one of the worst Marriott properties I’ve ever been to I have stayed at Marriott’s my entire life and this one looked great in photos but upon arriving the entire experience was horrible Aesthetically it looks amazing but everything else is pretty bad

It started when I showed up to check in to my executive suite that I booked over the phone with Marriott weeks ago The front desk told me that I wasn’t checking in until the next day and even after showing them my booking confirmation with the dates they told me they didn’t have a room for me I spoke with the manager and she didn’t even offer a suggestion until after I pushed for 20 minutes about how they needed to fix their mistake and provide my family with a place to stay She ended up giving us a free night after not much help at the beginning but then when we got to the smaller suite—there were leftovers in the fridge, no coffee maker, and little cutlery provided in the full kitchen area 1 fork and 2 spoonsThere were no cleaning supplies or extra blankets All around a bad experience for paying over $700 a night for a suite with a full kitchen Basically a sink with two seats and a fridge The bathroom doors also wouldn’t stay closed Getting a luggage cart was a jokeI would not recommend staying hereThey do have a Starbucks downstairs which is a plus That’s the one positive

10. Hotel Joaquin (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 985 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Phone: (949) 494-5294
  • Ratings: 4.4 (72 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Hotel Joaquin
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Refined rooms in a haute adults-only hotel with dining & an outdoor pool, plus ocean views.

About this hotel

Between the Pacific Ocean and the San Joaquin Hills, this fashionable adults-only hotel along the Pacific Coast Highway is a 7-minute walk from Crescent Bay and 3 miles from the Top of the World hiking spot.Polished, individually styled rooms feature distinct touches such as vaulted ceilings, stone vanities, and/or showers with painted tiles. All provide record players and hill, garden or ocean views; some have balconies or patios.An airy restaurant has bohemian decor and a terrace. There’s also an outdoor pool and a bar. Breakfast is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms, which have minibars
  • The rooms have refrigerators
  • Walking distance to Heisler Park and the Laguna Art Museum
  • Guests mentioned the service is friendly
  • Guests mentioned pools 10 times
  • The hotel has a boutique store

Feedback From Real Customers

Hedieh YS

Cute little boutique hotel with great staff Greeted by Chris, who gave us a short tour of the hotel, and offered a refreshing drink Highly recommend their bar

Restaurant is open to hotel guests onlyRoom was nice and roomy Appreciated not having a TV 🙂 It is however not quiet (car noise), and no ocean view, unless you stretch out on balcony Easy nice walk to laguna beach

j clarke

Very good location Within walking distance of Laguna Beach shopping district One block away from beach

Quaint, boutique hotel Bar in the lobby with service to the pool Most of the alcohol selections are non-branded items so if you have a favorite vodka, bourbon, tequila, or wine you cannot get it here There are no TVs in the entire facility nor rooms There is a restaurant on site but if you want breakfast they are not open until 8:00 AM The pool area is really nice for lounging away and relaxing Rooms are on the smaller side and can be a bit cramped The overall experience was very nice

Ola Strandberg

Although the initial impression wasn’t that bad – looking down at the yard, the pool, and ocean – the lasting impression of our stay at Hotel Joaquin is one of being robbedTheir website promises a lot, and we splashed out to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, and expected (at this price point) an army of service-minded staff that learned our names instead of repeatedly asking for them when eg

serving coffee We expected friendly greetings and questions about dietary restrictions and allergies (I informed them about gluten intolerance when making the reservation), ocean views from the bed (as the website implied), a door that you could lock, sliding doors that actually slid, quiet AC unit, and other bare necessities of a luxury resortWe didn’t expect having no privacy with floor-to-ceiling windows out to a walkway, where people would pass and look straight at you; sliding doors in the room that could not be closed, and made enough noise to wake anyone else sleeping; loud guests and music from downstairs after 10 pm; an awful amount of noise from the road; a very limited set of (odd) breakfast options; gas station type brew coffee only; small tea selection; having to wait 15 minutes for our breakfast despite being the first (and only) guests at 8:10 am, and to add insult to injury, a ”service fee” for breakfast, calculated on a fictional price of the “complimentary” breakfastApparently, they can’t afford to pay the staff, despite the $739/night room price (with the bogus $60 ”resort fee” added)?Note also that, in addition to the discretionary “resort fee” that Hotel Joaquin charge, the city of Laguna Beach has a very high “Transient Occupancy Tax” ($89/night in our case), and then some even further taxes will be addedI sent them a message detailing roughly what is stated above, but it has now been 4 days and they have not responded – this should tell you a thing or two as wellI have no doubt the pandemic was hard for them, but there is no parity between the prices they charge and the service level they provide It is still very much a roadside motel (as stated on their website regarding their humble beginnings), although packaged better

11. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa ANA – Orange County, an IHG Hotel (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 5, this straightforward hotel is 9 minutes on foot from the Santa Ana Zoo and 1 mile from the Santa Ana historic district.The casual rooms provide minifridges, microwaves and Keurig coffeemakers, in addition to 49-inch flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.Parking and a breakfast buffet are free. Other amenities consist of a heated outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness room, and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have TVs and refrigerators
  • 11 min drive to Disneyland
  • Some guests disliked the kitchenettes
  • 53 min drive to Los Angeles International Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • The fitness center has weight machines and free weights
  • One of the few hotels in the area with an outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Bobreeann Stallings

The room was beautiful The bathrooms are very nice No free breakfast

We thought the toast put out and unattended was free but after placing two pieces of toast in the toaster, a woman walked past and greeted me After a moment, she watches me grab a few items (butter and jelly), she asked if I had paid for vouchers I turned and said “no I didn’t know we needed vouchers” She then told me the “breakfast” (toast and jam) isn’t complimentary and that I could I love you for vouchers at the front I then walked away and left my toast in the toasted and I apologized for assumingMind you, there are no signs that say anything There was also no attendant while I was preparing this, it CLEARLY advertised FREE BREAKFAST all over Google and it was only TOAST so I was quite confused when I was asked to pay Either way, NO FREE BREAKFAST

Cyn T

Be careful that you might have to endure loud music right across the street at midnight and rude front desk if you choose to stay at this hotel The music was so loud and continued until 12:30 am I couldn’t sleep so called the front desk and asked if they know when the music would stop, the male staff suggested me to call the police about the situation because there is nothing the hotel can do about it

While I was shocked about the man’s attitude from the other side of the phone, he just hung up on me!! Very poor location and worst customer service I’ve ever experienced

Lonnie Hoggard

Hotel staff was great! Breakfast area needs help Crew working in the breakfast area needs to be trained on how to clean and interact with customers!One breakfast worker was down right rude! She complained and cursed at how much she hated the kitchen equipment and just stood around looking at the dining room area rather than walking out and cleaning up!

12. Hampton Inn Irvine East – Lake Forest (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Foothill Ranch Community Park and a 3.1-mile drive from downtown Lake Forest.Relaxed rooms include free Wi-Fi, custom-designed beds, and both full and lap desks (for working on the bed). They also have flat-screen TVs, microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add pull-out sofas.Free perks include parking, hot breakfast (daily) and weekday breakfast bags to go. There’s also a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a hot tub, plus a 24/7 business center and a meeting room.

Things You Need to Know

  • 12 min drive to O’Neill Regional Park
  • Guests praised the service
  • Some guests complained about the rooms and the beds
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino

Feedback From Real Customers

Sandee Creager

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent stay for a trip that was both business and pleasure I was welcomed to my room with complimentary snacks and beverages along with a handwritten note stating I had been chosen as the guest of the day What a delightful surprise! The staff was professional, friendly and attentive

The room was very clean and the bed and bedding was extremely comfortable I appreciate all the room amenities, especially having both a mini refrigerator and a microwave, as well as a coffee maker The complimentary hot breakfast is a must for any stay! There were plenty of food options and changed day to day for variety I encountered great staff from the front desk to housekeeping to the dining area

Diana Breslin

We are sorry to have to write a review that is not positive, but we did not have a good experience It started with the front desk Checking in and out, we did not have anyone greet us, they continued to sit down and besides being unfriendly, their attitude was not one to try to accommodate us

Our key did not work when we tried to get into our room The phone in our room had another room number on it so it was confusing to try to get help to our specific room since the phone was pulled from another room evidently There was no “do not disturb” placard We had to once again go to the front desk to get our DND placard before we could leave the roomOur room itself had a leaky shower head, a torn shower curtain, low water pressure, slow sink drain, and our broken chair was replaced by another broken chairThe door to the bathroom opened into the room At night, if the door was left open to get to the restroom we would have run into the door We had to keep a light on and crack the door to use the bathroom at night The pillow were lumpy and the clock in the room still had the time from the Fall and Winter It had not been changed to daylight savings time even though it was in May that we visited the hotelLastly, the parking lot was empty but the front desk clerk said we could not have a late check out Regardless of how nice we asked She finally gave us one additional hourWe’re never going to stay at this Hampton Inn again They need a lot of work on courtesy, both from front desk personnel and staff Not once did anyone greet us with a smile or offer any kind words Their rooms need quite a bit of help as well

tabitha morales

Pro: Rooms and facility were clean upon arrival Good safe location Staff were nice

Breakfast was good Beds were comfortableCon: I asked for the bathroom shower drain to be fixed three times We could not take a shower without it filling up with gross water You can see hair clogging it in the drainThis is unsanitary and quite frankly- disgusting especially when paying $200 a nightNo housekeeping the whole week we were there I had to call for fresh towels and empty the garbage myself even after telling the staff I was leaving for the day and asking for it to be done It wasn’t so I got garbage bags and did it myself

13. Homewood Suites by Hilton Irvine Spectrum Lake Forest (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In a commercial area off Interstate 5, this relaxed all-suite hotel is 3 miles from shopping and entertainment at Irvine Spectrum Center. It’s 6 miles from Orange County Great Park.Down-to-earth studios with colorful accents provide Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and kitchenettes, plus sofabeds. The 1-bedroom suites have living rooms.Amenities consist of an outdoor pool, a sundeck and a terrace, as well as a 24-hour gym. Breakfast and parking are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms, which have kitchenettes
  • 6 min drive to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
  • 60 min drive to Los Angeles International Airport

Feedback From Real Customers

Paul Jasmine

Great new hotel Well worth the price Clean, spacious rooms with kitchen area

Lobby area served a good free breakfast While we didn’t take advantage of it, there is a very good bar with a very friendly hostess, that was very lively when I looked at 10:00pm and don’t know when it closed There were also two beer taps with good beer for free!

Brad Pesnell

Our stay was much better than we had even hoped We originally planned to stay for a few days go my daughter’s soccer tourney, but enjoyed our time there and decided to extend our stay It was clean, good breakfast, beautiful modern rooms, great shower, and the staff was very hospitable and professional

Very good hotel and very well run

Cleopatria Jones

First time here I needed to escape my world for a day so I booked a room Front desk greeted me with smiles

They was friendly, personable and very helpful Room was clean, comfy and provided all that I needed to have a good stay Hot buffet basic breakfast providedwish they would provide another meat option besides sausage links yet I do appreciate they actually provide a free breakfast Great location, only 5 minutes from Ivine Spectrum Center I would definitely stay again

14. The Hills Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 5, this polished hotel is 2 miles from the Dinosaur Park and 7 miles from Main Beach on the Pacific Ocean.Straightforward rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. Stylish suites add living areas, computers, microwaves and/or rainfall showers.Parking is free. There’s a warm restaurant and a chic lounge bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness center, plus a business center and meeting space. A breakfast buffet is available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • 9 min drive to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the kitchenettes
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms
  • Guests liked the warm restaurant
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 14 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests praised the nightlife

Feedback From Real Customers

Bill Caras

It presents a fancy place when you 1’st walk in It’s an older hotel, room needed minor fixes, we just did without Bathroom door would not lock, and sliding door track was held down with tape and came up with use

The beds are good come with 4 pillows and comfortable Nice cold fridge, but no microwave It was fine for our needs, and they accept pets at $50 a night

Susan Ranahan

About 80 women were there for a celebratory luncheon The service was outstanding and all did an excellent job attending to so many with so few The food was served hot and fresh, and the servings were not skimpy

Taste and presentation were great!There was a lot going on and timing was important The microphones worked, the table set up was lovely and it was a very enjoyable time

Brian C

Unfortunately, didn’t even get the opportunity to stay here Had a family emergency and needed a room for the night For some reason the website was allowing us to book any room, so when I called to book the room, I was quoted significantly higher than their own site

When I asked why, she said we needed to book on the site to get that price, even though I explained that the site wasn’t working Again she said we needed to book on the site and to have a nice dayclick Hopefully they will get their site working so others won’t run into the same experience

15. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this modern Mediterranean-style resort is 4 miles from Balboa Island and 7 miles from Newport Pier.The warm 2-bedroom suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, plus separate living and dining areas. They also include balconies and fully equipped kitchens.The hotel offers free parking and a grocery shopping service. There’s a casual poolside bar and grill, plus a cafe serving Starbucks coffee. Additional amenities include a spa, 3 outdoor pools and a hot tub, plus a fitness center, and tennis and basketball courts.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms, which have microwaves
  • 6 min drive to Crystal Cove State Park
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned “timeshares” 59 times
  • Guests liked the views
  • Guests praised the fitness center, which has elliptical machines
  • Guests praised the nightlife

Feedback From Real Customers

Pat Turocy

This is a beautiful resort – great for couples and families We had a wonderful villa with an ocean view My only issue was the lighting in the master shower – non-existant! There was a light (VERY dim) in the room, but not in the shower

But the amenities were many including several pools and all kinds of activities, both planned and independent This might become an annual trip for us!

Mai b

Well, I found a bug crawling out of the sink Also, the people at the front desk were quite rude It was my birthday weekend, and we requested the ocean view room, which they stated upon arrival was no longer available

Also, I found a toothpick on the floor in the kitchen Perhaps the previous guest had their fill literally Also, the toilet made funny noises saying swoosh and shhh Then the man upstairs was making so much noise I asked could I move my room, and they said we typically don’t move a party to another room once they have checked in For the love of whoever, please don’t stay in the 1000 or 2000 villas for that matter Please don’t believe it’s a new property lie because it isn’t All jokes aside, please stay at another hotel unless you want to deal with snarky remarks, unclean floors, and slow trolleys I might suggest Pelican Resort and Golf Club a beautiful hotel Far better service and more amenities

Ryan bauman

This is by far one of the best vacation spots Fantastic location just across from the beach The rooms are stocked well with all the amenities any family would need

Customer service is great and attentive to all guests needs The property offers a shuttle to the beach, Laguna, and Newport There are daily activities offered for all ages including ping pong, yoga, exercise classes, movies, and s’mores gatherings The pools are incredible The kids pool is great for all ages and even includes a small water park with two slides I’m definitely going back and highly recommend this property for your next vacation

16. Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Laguna Beach Hotel (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

This contemporary hotel is 6.5 miles from Laguna Beach and 9 miles from the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.The relaxed rooms and suites have free WiFi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs with premium channels, plus coffeemakers and desks with ergonomic chairs. Some rooms feature city views, and some suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas.The slick American restaurant/bar features a patio with a fire pit. Other amenities include a spa, an outdoor pool and a splash pad, plus a fitness center and a kids’ club. There are also 4 meeting rooms.

Things You Need to Know

  • 8 min drive to Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the slick restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “basketball” 14 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center, which has elliptical machines
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Crisrael Lucero

This was a lovely hotel with amazing amenities The fitness center is free to use if you’re staying at the hotel, and it’s not your standard hotel gym The fitness center is essentially its own full blown gym, with a great pool to boot

Rooms are clean with a lot of space The only thing that was off was the cleaning staff kept asking when we were leaving so they can clean the room despite us having late checkout

Rodney Ibrahim

Stayed 3 nights here while in town for some meetings Everyone in the area knows about this hotel because of the gym which is attached to the hotel The hotel is in a good area with a parking garage next door which is $27 a day

Rooms were a good size with very comfortable beds However there a few things that could use improvement First, the bathroom was very dimly lit Would help if there was a light in the actual shower Also there was no safe in the room There may be one in the room but I didn’t see oneIf you’re a gym person, the gym is legit Has most types of equipment along with nice locker room with steam, sauna, and jacuzzi They also have a nice lap pool outsideThe bar and restaurant are good and there is happy hour starting around 4 which is fun to take advantage of The food at the restaurant was actually quite good If I’m in the area I’ll be back here

David

I have no patience with being charged full price and then getting the “no service” speech upon check in! They claim staffing issues…Additionally, I noticed that the two complimentary waters that come with every Marriott property on planet earth were not in my room I called the front desk and they said I had to come down to get them Irritating, but fine

But then it was like trying to convince a toddler to share their Tonka truck when I asked for more water since there was no daily service to replenish them He told me I could come back to the lobby and refill them at the water stationLook… I hate giving bad reviews Most of mine are positive However, my recent streak with Marriott brands is making me question my loyalty!Anyway… this is a great gym with a waterless hotel with no service attached… the tacos were pretty good too…

17. Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 2.4-mile drive from the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, this stylish, contemporary hotel is 4.4 miles from Orange County Great Park and 9.1 miles from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.Bright rooms with nature-inspired accent walls have free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, as well as pull-out sofas, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.The property offers a bistro and a bar, as well as an outdoor lap pool with resort-style cabanas, a hot tub and a putting green. There’s also a gym and a business center, along with 4 meeting rooms.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 7 min drive to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
  • Guests praised the friendly service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned “shopping malls” 19 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests liked the nightlife
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Steve Holbrook

As usual the staff at the front desk were super accommodating and very nice It’s nice to show up to a hotel where the people working there seem excited to see you The room was very clean and everything went smoothly

The added bonus was my coffee in the morning that I bought from the downstairs lobby coffee bar was piping hot! The small things make a difference thank you for a great stay

Dr.Mai AlSalman

The best thing about the hotel is the staff ; they are super and helpful, friendly and smiling Rooms are nice specially the ones with view on the pool Cleanliness is good ; corridors and backyard but we stayed for four days , they didn’t clean at all although We talk that our room need 2 b cleaned many times

location is good for people want to be away for a while , to sit , relax , read or write But not for tourists who want fun , No fun around except Shopping 😅😅; Spectrum Mall Don’t expect a porter to carry your bags , you will carry them by yourself One great point: there’s a market inside

Theodore

Pros: Great location Irvine Spectrum Center is just 5 minutes walk far from the hotel Parking is free for the first 20 minutes but after that, it costs you $16 a day

The room was clean and housekeeping was satisfying Starbucks is in the lobby The front desk staffs were very nice and pleasantCons: No complimentary water Dining is not available in lunch time Starbucks’s staffs were very annoying and rude, seriously They pretended not to understand what I spoke Definitely you would be better off going to another Starbucks in another Marriott or Irvine Spectrum Center The hotel also charged me for parking that I didn’t use

18. Surf & Sand Resort (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Phone: (888) 579-8544
  • Ratings: 4.6 (1746 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Surf & Sand Resort
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Posh rooms & suites with ocean views in a beachfront hotel offering a chic spa & a seaside pool.

About this hotel

Set on 500 feet of Pacific beachfront, this lavish resort is a mile from Main Beach park and 9 miles from upscale Fashion Island shops.Breezily elegant rooms in sea tones offer ocean views, goose-down comforters and marble baths, plus iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. Luxe 1- and 2-bedroom suites with Jacuzzis and balconies or sundecks add living areas, hardwood floors and/or fireplaces. A resort fee covers Wi-Fi and turndown service.Amenities include a casual cafe, a posh restaurant/bar overlooking the ocean, and a hip cocktail lounge with outdoor seating and fire pits. There’s also a chic spa with 8 treatment rooms, a seaside pool and a gym.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 5 min drive to Main Beach
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned “waves” 38 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the ocean views
  • Guests liked the nightlife

Feedback From Real Customers

Elaine Martinez

This is a great hotel that touches the water in Laguna Beach The tower rooms on the top floor are the best views in my opinion Not a lot of the rooms have air conditioning but they give lots of fans and being on the sand can be breezy so it’s perfect

Great location and delicious coffee in the hotel The restaurant and bar also have great sights but get reservations And the pool can be a fight for the best seats that face the water, so if you want prime seats, get there early

Sara Samie

A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to do a staycation at Surf and Sand When we arrived the entire staff was very welcoming Lisa checked us in and we told her the purpose of our vacation

She really went out of her way to make sure our stay was memorable She went above and beyond to accommodate us and get us the best room (which was a beautiful upgraded room) If that wasn’t enough they also sent over a bottle of wine and chocolate as they knew how important this time was for us Nicky, who was also at the front desk, checked in on us multiple times to make sure we were doing and that we were enjoying our stay One of the best experiences we had by far!!! This will be our go to place because the property is so beautiful and the staff is very attentive and do their best to make your stay amazing

Tracy Brunetti

This hotel is absolutely amazing I had a client residing at the hotel and wanted to do something nice for he and his wife The Concierge, Sandra, and Michael at the front desk, both strategize together to help me quickly plan a wonderful gift for my client

They both stayed late and went well out of their way to assist me and I cannot thank them enough!These two employees exemplify customer service Since I work in a customer service centric industry, multi family, I wanted to commend them both for going out of their way and providing the superior service! Thank you again for all your help to make my clients stay even better! Hats off to Sandra and Michael!

19. Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This Mediterranean-style hotel is 6 miles from Laguna Beach and 13 miles from John Wayne Airport.The traditional rooms and suites feature handcrafted furnishings, pillow-top mattresses and desks, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. All rooms come with minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers.Parking, a hot breakfast buffet and weekday evening receptions are complimentary. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub and an exercise room. There’s also a courtyard garden, and a patio with a fireplace, as well as event space.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large, clean rooms and the beds
  • 8 min drive to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  • Guests praised the friendly, professional service
  • Guests praised the restaurant service
  • Guests mentioned “waffles” 15 times
  • Guests praised the terrace and liked the grounds
  • The fitness center has weight machines and elliptical machines
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool and praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Lora Heart

Stayed at this hotel for 4 days with my family and I am very satisfied with my visit The rooms were big, clean, and had a microwave and refrigerator We also had breakfast every morning and the options were nice (eggs, biscuits, muffins, cereal, bacon, etc)

The location also had a FREE Happy Hour which changed daily but had chips, salad, cheese, wine, beer, and pizza one night It’s great to grab a snack before relaxing by the pool or in the jacuzzi which are both well-maintained and clean The only issue we faced was with the early check in fee which was $3000 dollars (could easily be avoided) Overall, great hotel, perfect location close to the ocean and plenty of places to eat for a reasonable price

Sheila Orenstein

We really enjoyed our stay The hotel was clean and accommodating The location was perfect for us

My suggestion at this time is since we were staying for an extended period of time, I would prefer not to have to ask for extra towels, wish they were just left for us, also since we were on vacation we would have liked breakfast to end later than 9AMWe would book again The staff was friendly and helpful

Richard Luery

The hotel provides a nice breakfast which includes an omelet bar The staff at the front desk were friendly and helpfulThe rooms were very nice and clean

The location for me was great since I visited people in laguna woods The hotel has a happy hour with free snacks and drinks every day I was impressed with this hotel since they tried to please their guests which is rare these days My only complaint is that I could not book for the entire week I stayed since the hotel was full and the room ac was very loud

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