Casa Laguna

Location: California | USA

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Casa Laguna is a historic luxury hotel in Laguna Beach, California, perched high on the coast overlooking the ocean. A castle-like maze of Mission-style, red-roofed, white buildings dotted with palm trees, this has alternately been a private residence, artists’ colony and hotel over a colourful century-long history.
Perfect forHoneymooners looking for a romantic spa retreat nestled on the lush hillside and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
In the know
  • Moorish interiors by acclaimed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard
  • Hundred-year-old collection of Mission-style buildings
  • Indoor and outdoor spa

Recommended for...

  • Romantic
  • Beach
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Though this collection of Mission-style buildings have been restored, updated and added to many times over their long history, there is still a traditional atmosphere here. Unique design touches are a nod to its history as an artists’ colony, in keeping with the vibrant, bohemian atmosphere of Laguna Beach.

Rooms at Casa Laguna

The rooms and suites were initially built in the early 1920s but were restored in 2016. Retaining hints of the hotel’s past and Spanish-style architecture with the use of terracotta and red hues, acclaimed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has used Moorish tiles and ceramics to give the rooms an Arabian feel. Many rooms feature views over the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. For extra privacy choose the Bungalow Suite, a standalone property dating from the 1930s with a private entrance and stunning sea views.

Food & drink

A continental breakfast is served every morning, with local Equator Coffee, homemade breads and pastries, fresh fruits and quiches. At lunchtime, a range of Mediterranean small plates are on offer, with chef Gabriel Woo combining Italian and Spanish influences in his use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. All food can be ordered to go, so you can take it with you to the beach or on a day excursion.

Facilities

Wellness treatments are available in the indoor and outdoor spa, with staff trained in massage techniques including deep tissue, reflexology and hot stone. There is also an outdoor pool, open year-round, and a sun terrace and garden where you can sit and enjoy one of the books from the hotel’s very own library.

Activities at Casa Laguna

Laguna Beach is renowned for its artistic scene, and the famous Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters are yearly art shows held each summer. Laguna Art Museum is one of the finest collections of Californian art in the state, and the Laguna Playhouse is the oldest continually running theatre on the West Coast. There’s also the Sawdust Art Festival between July and August and November and December, a pop-up village where Laguna Beach artists exhibit their artwork and handicrafts.

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Hotel location

Casa Laguna is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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