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“Pros and cons: Quirky hotel with great beach location and 2 fun bars”
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La Casa del Camino
Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 March 2011

We stayed at this hotel for two nights with friends in March celebrating my friend's birthday....Here are some pros and cons for you:
Pros:
- Great location - a few steps away from the beach!
- large, clean room (we upgraded to a deluxe king - but non-view). The weather was spectacular, and we were not in the room very much and felt we did not really need a 'view.'
- Great, friendly, happy and accommodating staff. Very nice people here!
- comfortable bed
- good sized bathroom and shower
- very good continental breakfast in the a.m. in the lobby
- beach chairs and towels offered for free at the front desk. And a nice bellman to carry them down to the beach for you.
- Very cool rooftop deck and bar - it's a fun hotel with a lot going on....BUT Consider yourself warned - get there early!!! If you want to have brunch or lunch, get there super-early and put your name on the list. It was incredibly crowded and everyone wanted a table or were pushing up against you at the bar.
- Really great on-site restaurant off the lobby with a nice bar. (Hint: the restaurant also has a first floor, so if it looks crowded, ask to be seated "downstairs." They have a small bar down there, too.
- free parking across street
- large, welcoming lobby with adjacent restaurant (but slow service...)
- walkable to many stores and restaurants in Laguna
- Free wifi
Cons:
- Definitely an old, quirky hotel. This is not luxury, but more of a mid-level hotel.
- Can use some renovating in a few areas....
- Really small, slow elevator
- The staff does not have an elevator for its own use, so everyone must share the same one. Not the best situation, as you can imagine. Most times we took the stairs. I felt sorry for the staff when they were moving tables (Or carrying trays of food) from one floor to the next.
- Odd layout of hotel. Because it is situated on a hill, a lot of rooms are "downstairs" off the lobby.
- We did not have a room adjacent to the lobby, nor would we want one. I did not see inside those rooms, but they are located in a a bad spot -- in a narrow hallway with restrooms just a few feet away. Not the ideal spot, to say the least. Restaurant and bar customers are constantly lined up to use the restrooms day and night - leaning up against guestroom doors. Those restrooms get a lot of traffic. Not the best situation, and I would highly recommend that the hotel do something about this issue.
- Due to the quirky layout, the staff always seemed to be running around, up and down the stairs, often carrying big trays of food around. You had to be on your guard not to get knocked down by someone carrying something around the narrow hallways. (But everyone was polite...)

So....hopefully this review provides a good overview! If the weather is great, you will definitely enjoy Laguna beach!!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Marla C
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CasaResortsInc, Guest Relations Manager at La Casa del Camino, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2011

Thank you for your review... we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our "Quirky and fun" hotel!
Regarding your notes about the guest rooms located in the hallway, adjacent to the Lobby, near the restrooms - We just wanted to clarify that these are not actually guest rooms, but offices and storage rooms! We are all too aware of how busy our restrooms can get and have taken as many precautions as possible to minimize the impact of our popular restaurants on our hotel guests. Rest assured there will never be a guest scheduled to stay in one of the rooms adjacent to the restrooms.
Again, thank you for your candid comments, and we look forward to the opportunity to host you again.

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Reviewed 7 February 2011

We booked this boutique style hotel through on-line research and decided to give it a shot. The sunset watching crowd (to which we belong) raved about the roof top bar at the Casa Del Camino. Well, the sunsets were great and the mix of people was a bonus. Be there early if you want a seat or table.

But -If you don't want the high-style Laguna Beach crowd bar scene, just wall a half block to the Cress Street Beach. Watch the sun go down from the top of the cliff or walk down the steps to the beach. (From the hotel, you can walk to a number of small public beaches - some with really good tidal pools). Whale watching is a definite possibility from each spot. Bring good binoc's. I saw southbound grey's and some porpoises.

The standard room we had was VERY small - and overlooked the main street - things that might be a problem, if you plan to pack a lot of stuff and spend time in the room. But we don't stay in rooms much anyway. And we were soooo tired after hitting all art galleries and beaches, the noise faded into nothingness fast!. But go for the larger suites if you need the larger layout. They are bigger and some face the ocean. This is an older hotel and has been decorated with antiques in the rooms and hallways. The bed was very comfortable and the mattress was NOT antique. Newer LCD TV's would be a nice touch. We knew what we were getting when we booked the room. For Laguna beach, we got a good deal.

We really liked the free parking lot which is just across the street. You'll get a pass to hang on your mirror and with unlimited in and outs. Parking on the streets in Laguna Beach is expensive and sometimes hard to find. You could walk down to the Main Beach area via the main drag (PCH 1) with it's many restaurants and things to do. But the walk back to the hotel will be very uphill and might be a challenge to some. It's about 9 tenths of a mile.

We had excellent service from the front desk staff. Their recommendations were spot on and added much to our stay. They were quite customer oriented and effective at their job.

Now - for the best deal - their in-house restaurant, "K'ya Bistro" is absolutely the best in town. The specialize in "small plate" servings. (Hint - they aren't really that small). You will be very happy with the full-flavored, and varied choices. Grilled steaks, Lobster risoto, lamb chops were some of our favorites. Prices were 10 bucks for most main plates and salads were less than that. We had good service from the wait staff even though they were packed each of the three nights we dined there. Reservations are strongly suggested. The can get totally booked! (They don't do breakfast - but the hotel does provide a very nice complimentary spread in the lobby that took care of our needs just fine - consisting of real eggs, bacon and/or sausage, very fresh mellon, oatmeal, pastries and bagels, great coffee and incredibly fresh squeezed orange juice.

Give them a shot!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

Have stayed here several times previously and we are pleasantly surprised every time! Alhough Hotel la Casa del Camino sits in perfect part of Laguna Beach, we find it hard to go elsewhere. Rooftop deck provides great ocean view, sunsets, party, fresh air, outdoor bar and great food. But K'ya, the bistro and bar downstairs on Coast Hwy offers a completely different feel and alternative menu (including $3 and $5 small plates that make a total meal and the food is creative and DELICIOUS). Great happy hour deals too. Then there's the comfortable & relaxing lobby, decorated w/ style and warmed by a big fireplace in front of which new friendships seem to form between strangers every 5 minutes. we met people from all over the US and around the world who we still consider friends. Rooms are small, but functional. Plumbing works great, beds comfortable. This particular visit we stayed in the "Glaceau" room, one of 12 "Surf Suites" remodeled and designed by different surf related companies, such as Billibong, Lost, Roxy, Rip Curl, etc. What a treat--we were upgraded on check-in by a friendly hotel staff member who recognized us from our last stay. Can't say enough great things about Hotel La Case del Camino!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 January 2011

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the friendly and helpful staff. Especially the front desk receptionist Norma. The hotel has a really good vibe to it, nice combination of old world charm and modern amenities. Started the day with a nice buffet style breakfast in the lobby area. The rooftop bar is a good place to relax at the end of the day.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

Outside, Lobby, roof top,restaurant and location are awesome(period). This place is well visited by the locals and travelers. As for the rooms? It appears that the interior decorator was on crack or needed some! I could say much about the color schemes, but that would take away from the tiny, non-welcoming , uncomfortable, and uncoordinated decor and laid out living spaces. Yet, having stayed here for 5 nights I must admit that the positives out weigh the negative rooms. They could charge 3x the price if they simply hired professionals to face lift the rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Additional Information about La Casa del Camino

Address: 1289 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3115
Region: United States > California > Orange County > Laguna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Laguna Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Laguna Beach
Price Range: ₹ 12,556 - ₹ 21,441 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Casa del Camino 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Take a relaxing journey to the historic La Casa del Camino hotel located in fabulous, Laguna Beach! Walk along the surf as you explore the pristine beaches just outside of our hotel. Join us for hand crafted cocktails and a diverse menu at K'ya Bistro Bar and The Rooftop. You'll rest easy in eclectic and beautifully decorated guest rooms, join us for a lively happy hour, and take a swim in the marvelous Pacific Ocean. Included in a $16 resort fee, you'll have access to on-site parking, wireless internet, a daily breakfast buffet, and the nearby Art of Fitness Gym! Check-in is at 4:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:30 a.m. ... more   less 
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