The Best Hotels to Book Near Heritage Hill Historic Park, California

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Matt Charlton

It’s easy to forget – what with all the sunshine, quality of life and pretty people – that California has quite a history to it. Visit Heritage Hill Historic Park, and stay nearby at a great hotel – bookable now with Culture Trip.

Luckily, Heritage Hill Historical Park is here to remind you of Cali’s history: it features heritage landscaping and guided tours of four restored buildings erected between 1863 and 1908. And, when you’re done here, well – there’s Anaheim, LA and San Bernardino National Forest – essentially, Cali is your oyster, so enjoy.

1. Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods
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Just 6mi (10km) from Laguna Beach, this welcoming Mediterranean-style building feels like a home away from home – only a home where you don’t have to do the cleaning or cooking. The accommodation is a fusion of boutique ambiance and Orange County attitude, with restful pastel shades set against dark woods. There is a generous complimentary breakfast, a complimentary social hour, a heated outdoor pool and a cute cobblestone courtyard with a fire pit – and pet-friendly rooms are also available.

2. Laguna Hills Lodge


Exterior of two-story Laguna Hills Lodge, with each room lit up at dusk, and a car parked just outside
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​​In the heart of the leisure, business and shopping hubs of southern coastal Orange County and midway between the attractions of Los Angeles and San Diego, this family-run hotel will give you an authentic taste of the OC. The relaxing and well-appointed rooms have a slightly European feel, and hotel perks not only make your stay comfortable – with a heated pool, saunas and fitness center – but also introduce you to the local area, with discounts at nearby restaurants.

3. The Resort at Pelican Hill


Long cream corner sofa and armchair, flat-screen TV and fireplace in wood-beamed living area at the Resort at Pelican Hill
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Well, this is a stunner. Set upon a 504-acre (204ha) site perched atop a cliff, the private, residential-style bungalows and villas – featuring 15ft (5m) wood-beam ceilings, granite wet bars and fireplaces – offer ample space to spread out and, in true California style, are casually elegant, with the attentive staff there to anticipate your needs at every turn. The excellent facilities include a 36-hole golf course, a huge spa and a fantastic Northern Italian restaurant overlooking the ocean.

4. Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel


The elegant porte-cochère at the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
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With the eclectic arts-inspired design, inventive culinary creations and an ideal location in the Theater and Arts District – close to fashion-hub South Coast Plaza – this upscale hotel is quite the vision. The swish polished rooms give off an air of Italian luxury, with rich materials and luxurious tones, as well as balconies or patios with garden or lake views. There’s a sparkling outdoor pool in a private cabana – and the Silver Trumpet restaurant serves artisanal cuisine.

5. Lido House, Autograph Collection

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Lido House, Autograph Collection
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Well, if you come to Newport Beach, you’d expect nothing less, right? Housed in a Cape Cod-style, weather-boarded building, this stylish upscale hotel carries the relaxed beach house vibe throughout the hotel – with a sprinkling of luxury, of course. The nautical-styled rooms are airy and indulgent, and the amenities include a Cali-style restaurant specializing in seafood and raw food, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a well-equipped gym, a rooftop bar and a convenience store.

6. Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel


Dusk hits the orange and red Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel
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This family-owned beach hotel – found on the Balboa Peninsula – has been a linchpin of the local community for more than 50 years. There’s a beachy, surfy vibe throughout the establishment – with bright and well-appointed accommodation decorated with the exciting (and purchasable) surf artwork of renowned surfer and artist John Severson. Wifi and HDTVs are also included. There’s a wonderful rooftop sundeck, generous buffet breakfast and freshly baked cookies every afternoon. What’s not to love?

7. Laguna Beach House

Hotel, Lodge

Laguna Beach House
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​​Luxury accommodation with a beach house vibe? Yes, please. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find curated vintage pieces from the local area combined with vibrant pops of color and a healthy – yet subtle – dose of opulence. There are coffee and croissants in the morning, a nightly wine social and milk and cookies before bed. The bright, airy and refined accommodation is a beach shack with benefits – all breezy colors and high-end finishing.

8. 14 West

Boutique Hotel

14 West
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Two blocks from the beach and just over half a mile (0.8km) from the Laguna Art Museum, this boutique offering encompasses 14 stylish suites – with a perfect ambiance in one of the most picturesque cities in Southern California. In-room amenities in the tastefully decorated accommodation include wifi, a fireplace and a kitchenette. The hotel also features a beautiful heated outdoor pool and an outdoor terrace with a BBQ area, and beach towels and umbrellas can be rented for the beach that’s just 200 steps away.

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