The Best Hotels to Book in Huntington Beach, California, for Every Traveler

Stay close to the famous surf of Huntington Beach at the oceanfront Paséa Hotel and Spa
Stay close to the famous surf of Huntington Beach at the oceanfront Paséa Hotel and Spa | Courtesy of Paséa Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Daniel Stables

It’s no wonder Huntington Beach, California, is nicknamed Surf City. With nearly 10mi (16km) of golden, Orange County beaches, and the rocky Santa Catalina Island enhancing the natural swells, this is one of the best places in SoCal to catch a wave. While the surf is undoubtedly the headline attraction, don’t neglect the city’s other diversions, from the native wildflowers of Mile Square Regional Park to the rare birds of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. At day’s end, relax in one of the many beachfront bars and restaurants, sipping sunset cocktails or feasting on fresh seafood, then retire to one of the best places to stay in Huntington Beach. Whether you want a homey studio or a luxe hotel, we’ve got a place for you.

1. The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, for a stay as smooth as an ocean wave

Chain Hotel, Resort

Oceanfront rooftop lounge with comfy seating and fire pit at the Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, in Huntington Beach
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It is not obligatory that you ride the waves during a visit to the Waterfront Beach Resort in Surf City, USA. Check into this hotel in Huntington Beach, drop your luggage in an oceanfront king room and prepare to alleviate your body of every weight imaginable. The Drift Spa will loosen up your shoulders, while stretching out in a cabana on the sand will put your feet at ease. When it comes to the heavy lifting, let the elevator whisk you to the rooftop lounge where waiters will handle the champagne and charcuterie for you.

2. Kimpton Shorebreak, to be surrounded by surfing

Chain Hotel

Shaded, carpeted outdoor lounge space overlooking the beach at Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort
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As the name suggests, Kimpton Shorebreak has surfing at its heart. The rooms at this boho-chic oceanfront resort match what you see outside your window, with a maritime color scheme, wave-patterned carpets and headboards striped like deckchairs. As a guest, you’ll enjoy access to the resort’s beach cruiser bikes, surf guides and lockers. In the evenings, there are even fireside s’mores – the perfect way to warm up after a day in the surf.

3. Paséa Hotel and Spa, for guitar sessions on the beach

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

Large pool area at the Paséa Hotel and Spa in Huntington Beach facing the ocean at sunset
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Short of sleeping on the sand, Paséa’s oceanfront suites are as close as you can get to Huntington Beach’s famous surf – ocean views flood in from two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, with a color palette that reflects the sun, sea and sand. There’s even a hand-painted acoustic guitar in the room, so you can channel your inner Beach Boy. And after a day on the waves, the Aarna Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments for those tired muscles.

5. Ayres Hotel Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley, for a touch of class

Boutique Hotel, Luxury, Hotel

Luxury lobby area with marble floors, dark wood paneling and modern fireplace at Ayres Hotel Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley
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The upscale neighborhood of Fountain Valley shows there’s more to Orange County than sand and surf, and the classy Ayres Hotel fits in perfectly with its surroundings. The spacious lobby, with its elegantly faded oriental rugs and marble fireplace, sets the tone for a graceful aesthetic that extends to the rooms. While the beach is always one of the main draws at Huntington, don’t miss the lakes and native Californian plants of the nearby Mile Square Regional Park.

6. Ocean Surf Inn, for a casual beach escape

Budget Hotel

Exterior of Ocean Surf Inn seen from the beach, in Huntington Beach, California
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Just steps from the beach, this motel-style inn lets you virtually roll out of your comfortable room and into the surf – and at the other end of the day, you’ll see why they call this stretch of sand Sunset Beach, as you watch the sun go down in spectacular fashion while enjoying a drink in one of several laid-back bars. Beach chairs and beach toys come as standard for guests.

7. Hotel Huntington Beach, for a break from the sun


Sleek modern king room in chocolate hues at the Hotel Huntington Beach
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If you get bored of the beach – or those sunburned shoulders need a break from the sun – the large indoor pool at Hotel Huntington Beach is a great place to work out. The nightly happy hour will tempt you into the darkly stylish Bar Rouge, while the cobblestone streets of Old World Village, just next door, are home to German delis and Oktoberfest-themed bars.

8. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, for views over Huntington Beach

Spa Hotel

Bright luxury living room with sliding door to oceanfront balcony at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
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With balconies overlooking Huntington Beach – or, in the top suites, patios with private fire pits – the Hyatt Regency can’t be beat for location. If you’re planning on being out for the day, perhaps enjoying the surf or birdwatching up the coast at Seal Beach, then pick up fresh produce for a packed lunch at the on-site Surf City Grocers. Don’t miss the acclaimed Watertable restaurant, though – try the salmon with chive mashed potatoes, lentils and butternut squash in a red wine vinaigrette.

Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.
Fancy discovering more places to stay in California? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Orange County, California, for every traveler, bookable on Culture Trip.

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