11 BEST Laguna Hotels On The Water For Every Traveler 2024

Looking For The Best Laguna Hotels On The Water?

We asked California local Carrie Green Zinn to give us her top picks!

As a frequent visitor to Laguna Beach, I can confidently say it is THE paradise of Southern California.

Just about one hour south of the tourist hub of Los Angeles, the Laguna ocean water is a perfect turquoise and there are so many activities to enjoy that the whole family will be happy. It’s quite literally the perfect getaway spot all year long!

In its early days, Laguna was the quick escape for all of Hollywood’s famous stars and then later became the home for bohemian artists and ocean loving surfers. 

The beachfront properties along Laguna’s coast offer the perfect combination of luxury and casual comfort that you want in a beach town visit. Laguna is the place where you park your car, wear flip flops all day, go from sand to waves and to the pool, soaking up the sun until it’s time for cocktails at sunset.

11 Best Laguna Hotels On The Water

Laguna has more beachfront hotels than anywhere else in California.  Combine that with 20,000 acres of protected land, that’s why so many people flock to Laguna for the beach, the wilderness, the art, the shopping, and the laid back vibe.

When choosing a hotel in Laguna remember that most beachfront hotels have a side that face the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). This is the main drag that runs through Laguna and can be a busy road most of the day and into the night.

So, any accommodations that are not on the ocean side, may be less expensive, but are likely also to be a bit noisy.

💡Pro Tip: Laguna is a very pet friendly town and many hotels allow pets for a fee. Also look out for amenity and parking fees when booking a hotel. To save on parking, look for spots in residential areas.

1. Surf & Sand Resort

The Surf & Sand Resort is one of the best Laguna hotels on the water and actually sits directly on the beach. This is a contemporary hotel complete with beachfront dining and an award winning spa.

One of the top features are that all 167 rooms come with a private balcony overlooking the ocean. Guests love the rooms, service, food, and views! Indulge with down comforters, marble bathtubs, in room mini-bar, and a full array of services at the spa.

The hotels in Laguna have some of the most beautiful views of the water in California.

Outside, enjoy a heated pool with luxury cabana chairs on the deck, beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels.

2. Casa Loma Beach Hotel

Casa Loma Beach Hotel, formerly The Inn at Laguna Beach is a luxury boutique hotel with 70 rooms, some have ocean views and balconies overlooking the beach and Heisler Park. Guests love the location of Casa Loma, perched up on the rocky hillside of Laguna’s Main Beach and has a pool and a restaurant.

💡Pro Tip: If budget is a concern opt for a room on the PCH side. The rooms are priced lower on the road side but be aware of potential noise.

The rooms are decorated with a blend of the beach bungalow style with modern, well appointed comfort. This hotel is dog friendly, has a heated pool, and provides lounges, umbrellas, and beach towels, all from as low as $199/night.

3. Capri Laguna

The Capri Laguna is a Mediterranean style hotel that sits right on the water with many of the rooms have balconies and ocean views and some suites with kitchenettes.

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    The hotel promises to provide a calm and stress-free experience with a pool, lounges, umbrellas and beach towel. Guests love the service and beachy decor.

    Starting at $349/night, it’s called a gem that is reasonably priced with views that make it totally worth it! 

    4. Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa

    The Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa is an iconic, award winning hotel and spa resort perched up above the ocean in a castle-like property. One of Laguna’s oldest hotels, it was originally built in the early 1900’s by famous architect Frank Miller for his wife, Marion.

    Over the years some additions have been added and it has served as an artists’ colony, an inn, and is one of Laguna’s most cherished gems.

    Hotels on the water in Laguna offer fantastic views of the sunsetting over the Pacific Ocean.

    The 23 rooms are beautifully restored in a Moroccan and Moorish style. You can choose from garden rooms and ocean view rooms as well as suites and a bungalow.

    Complimentary European breakfast is served each day and a full indoor/outdoor spa and pool facility is available, all starting from $235/night.

    5. Sonder La Ensenada

    Formerly the La Brisas Hotel, the Sonder La Ensenada is a newly renovated hotel on the water, right in the heart of Laguna, featuring a lovely pool overlooking the ocean.

    Choosing a Laguna hotel on the water that's also near town opens up lots of restaurant opportunities for your trip.

    The location is great and walking distance to downtown Laguna, perfect for reaching restaurants and cafes. Many rooms have balconies and ocean views and starting at $144/night this spot is easy on the wallet.

    6. The Tides Laguna Beach

    The Tides Laguna Beach offers affordable, clean, and comfortable rooms. Amenities include a heated salt water pool, an outdoor fireplace, some pet friendly rooms, and free parking!

    The Tides is a great choice for a quality lodging experience and “a dash of pizazz!”. With rooms starting at $149/night, if the ocean views are not that important to you, then check out The Tides.

    7. 14 West Laguna Beach

    The 14 West Laguna Beach is just steps from the water. With a north and a south building there are plenty of rooms available. Its location is great for being close to all the main attractions of Laguna and feeling like you are a local.

    You can choose your own adventure here, with rooms featuring a contemporary design and full kitchenettes or a more traditional hotel room with a Spanish motif.

    The hotel offers a heated pool and a gym and starting at $175/night, this is a great budget friendly choice.

    8. Montage Laguna

    The Montage Laguna is a true luxury resort and spa on the beach nestled up against the Laguna hills. The hotel offers traditional rooms, suites, and bungalows, many with expansive and sweeping ocean views and gas fireplaces.

    There are three unique dining choices, all with specially curated California cuisine menus and Private dining and in room dining are options available.

    A view of the ocean framed by the beautiful, colorful flora and cacti of Southern California.

    Relax in the stunning pool overlooking the ocean or take advantage of the full spa menu. If you’re looking for luxury the Montage Laguna offers that in spades starting at $2,000/night.

    9. The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

    The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel is an exquisite full luxury resort and spa property located on a seaside bluff with panoramic ocean views in Dana Point, just south of Laguna Beach.

    Full dining and spa facilities are offered with all the elegance that the Ritz Carlton is known for. Modern, California style rooms and suites have garden views and ocean views and balconies and many with fireplaces in the rooms. 

    The Ritz Carlton experience starts at $845/night.

    10. The Ranch at Laguna

    The Ranch at Laguna is where the canyon and the ocean meet in this exclusive luxury ranch resort. The Ranch was voted one of the best resorts in California by Travel & Leisure Magazine and it’s easy to see why.

    The Ranch has full spa and dining facilities, golfing, pool, and a direct path or shuttle to the beach.

    This full service vacation retreat has all the amenities you need at one of the finest luxury resorts starting at $450/night.

    11. Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach

    The Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Hotel is just south of Laguna Beach in Dana Point. This luxury hotel is an iconic resort on the coast with all the amenities that you expect of the Waldorf Astoria and more.

    This gorgeous spot includes stunning accommodations, outstanding dining, a golf course, a private beach club, a full spa, swimming pools, and 175 acres of oceanfront property.

    A view of the beach in Laguna and the with the natural rock arch formation.

    The 5 star reviews of the Monarch Beach Resort say it all while raving about the impeccable service and gorgeous facilities. Room start at $650/night and options include poolside views, ocean views, and fireside balconies.

    Best Time To Visit Laguna Beach

    Laguna weather is literally quite lovely all year. Known for being a Mediterranean climate, Laguna Beach has average temps of 70 degrees or higher during the Spring and Fall. 

    Summer in Laguna is the warmest time of year and the busiest with it being tourist season. This is when you can expect to see the highest temperatures and the highest prices, but there always is the ocean breeze to cool you off with some morning fog.

    Winter is quiet in Laguna and the weather is still great, so don’t rule out a holiday season in Laguna. Surfers say that the best waves in Laguna are during the winter months, but you’ll see a big surfing crowd anytime you visit.

    If you’re looking to hike and enjoy the wildflower season, then visit Laguna in February or March after the rainy season which helps everything to bloom.

    Visiting Laguna Beach: FAQs

    Laguna is a fabulous and safe spot for a great vacation but you’ve probably still got some questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about the jewel of Southern California.

    What beach in Laguna has the clearest water?

    All the beaches in Laguna have clear water. You can always expect seaweed based on the tides, but you never have to worry about the water quality.

    The Treasure Island Beach is noted for its mild waves, extremely clear water and great snorkeling. Look for sea lions, enjoy the tide pools, and find a docent to answer all your marine life questions.

    Is Laguna Beach good for swimming?

    Laguna Beach is one of the warmest beaches in California and is ideal for swimming! While there are plenty of spots for surfers to catch waves, there are always calm waters at some of the swimming spots. The body surfing is also excellent and is considered the best in the country!

    The lifeguards here are very highly trained and they’ll warn you if there is a dangerous rip tide. Always look for the flag color at the lifeguard stand and never swim if the flag is red! Also, be aware of the submerged rocky spots that Laguna is famous for.

    What is the least crowded beach in Laguna?

    The most crowded beach in Laguna will always be Main Beach, but the further south on the coast you go, the fewer crowds you’ll find. People love to find quiet spots and hidden coves at Victoria Beach and Treasure Island Beach.

    The tide pools in Laguna are a great place to relax and allow the water to lap over you.

    Conclusion: Laguna Hotels On The Water

    To sum it up, alongside stunning ocean views, Laguna Beach offers so many things to do making it the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway on the ocean.

    You can always plan on beautiful landscapes, great weather, and a laid back vibe that makes this town so popular.

    Laguna’s waterfront hotels will make your stay stress-free and memorable. Whether you prefer luxury or boutique options, these accommodations offer a respite into nature’s beauty and life’s simple pleasures. 

    A Laguna trip is guaranteed to help you refresh and rejuvenate! Enjoy! 

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