The Best Boutique Hotels in Laguna Beach, California

Check into one of the best boutique properties in Laguna Beach for a more personalized and peaceful night’s stay
Check into one of the best boutique properties in Laguna Beach for a more personalized and peaceful night’s stay | Courtesy of Hotel Joaquin / Expedia
Sadie Whitelocks

There’s no shortage of hotels in Laguna Beach, California. Whether you visit to see the ocean views, stroll through Heisler Park or explore Crystal Cove State Park, these boutique properties are for you if you’re looking for a more personalized and peaceful night’s stay. From a hip hotel fit for the Instagram set to a budget-friendly lodge next to the famed Treasure Island Beach, we’ve got you covered with the best boutique hotels in Laguna Beach.

1. La Casa del Camino

Hotel

The dining deck at La Casa del Camino overlooking the ocean and nearby rooftops of Laguna Beach.
Courtesy of La Casa del Camino / Expedia

Absorb the rich history of this Spanish-style boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, which opened in 1929. Over the years, it has been lovingly renovated, and today there are 37 rooms featuring some very unique interiors. If you’re an ocean-goer, you’ll love the surf-themed rooms, complete with boards on the wall and pictures of pros doing their thing. Or if you’ve got a hankering for the Mediterranean, the Spanish-inspired rooms will satisfy your desires. The cherry on top is the popular rooftop lounge, which serves fresh fruit mojitos and photo-worthy beach views.

2. Laguna Beach Lodge

Hotel

A large bed with large circle painted on the wall as the headboard in a modern and chic hotel room at Laguna Beach Lodge
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This 43-room inn is a price-friendly gem on the fringes of Treasure Island Beach. The interiors here certainly don’t scream budget, with an appetizing mix of high ceilings, modern furnishings, lightwood flooring and eye-catching circular headboards. This Laguna Beach boutique hotel frames a jelly bean-shaped pool, with mature palm trees to gaze at from your chaise lounge.

3. Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel

The luxurious and chic lounge and bar area at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa
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Get lost in the romanticism of this characterful Spanish and Moroccan-inspired boutique hotel. The terracotta-tiled boutique spa hotel in Laguna Beach, which dates to the early 1900s, features 23 exquisitely styled rooms and suites, plus the crowning jewel, a 600sqft (56sqm) bungalow. The newly designed indoor and outdoor spa is another gem. Book a siesta-inducing massage or opt for an energy-boosting reflexology session pre-fiesta.

5. Art Hotel Laguna Beach, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Chain Hotel, Boutique Hotel

An aerial view of the pool patio at Art Hotel Laguna Beach, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
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Discover one of the most unique art pieces in the neighborhood at this beachy art hotel in Laguna Beach. The property, which is conveniently located 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport, features a poolside panoramic mural that was lovingly crafted by a local artist. Elsewhere, pops of ocean blue adorn the outside terrace, with seat cushions mirroring the sunny vibe of the mural. The 28 guest rooms feature more neutral tones, with a fresh and modern feel. Other perks at this spot include free breakfast and a complimentary shuttle to the town center.

6. Dorymans Oceanfront Inn

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The terracotta tiled dining patio at Dorymans Oceanfront Inn
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Feel like you’ve stepped into a period drama at this unique beachside boutique hotel in Newport Beach. The property dates to the late 19th century, and although it has been renovated over the years, it retains its original character – think four-poster beds, floral wallpaper and antique furniture. There are 11 bedrooms with individual interiors, and the Bellagio Suite comes with a not-very-19th-century jacuzzi tub. The adjoining restaurant is also reminiscent of a grand, turn-of-the-century dining club saloon, with traditional favorites such as clam chowder and bread pudding on the menu.

7. Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

A contemporary lounge arranged in front of a grand stone fireplace in the lobby of the Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods
Courtesy of Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods / Expedia

If you’re looking for first-class service, travelers give this boutique hotel a big thumbs up. Along with a top guest experience, it offers spacious and comfortable rooms and prime positioning for nature lovers. The Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is nearby, and there are dozens of hiking and biking trails leading you through verdant canyons. Alternatively, you can hop in a taxi and hit the surf at Laguna Beach or swing over to one of the neighboring golf clubs.

8. Hotel Joaquin

Hotel

The bar open to a dining patio in the contemporary Californian style Hotel Joaquin
Courtesy of Hotel Joaquin / Expedia

Feel like you’re in a hip members’ club at this 22-bedroom Laguna Beach boutique hotel. This chic property, nestled above a sandy cove, is an Instagrammer’s dream, with rooms featuring one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, customized furniture and curated artwork. Kick off your vacation in the bar, which features wood cladding reminiscent of a Swedish sauna, enjoying an absinthe-infused cocktail. Then head to the terrace, where tables overlook the cute pool area and the Pacific beyond.

9. Hotel Seven4one

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

This place makes an impression from the get-go, with a wall of plants cascading down the exterior. Stepping inside, the 11-room Laguna Beach boutique hotel doesn’t disappoint, and chic interiors live up to the first impression. Shades of gray and muted tones set the color scheme, with simple yet sophisticated furnishings completing the look. Rooms wrap around a courtyard used to host events and weddings. The entire hotel can be booked for private hire, for those wanting to celebrate and sleep in the same spot.

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