a weekend in laguna.
by victoria comment

7/11/16

inspiring interiors at casa laguna in laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

as i posted last friday, i slipped away for a long leisurely weekend in laguna beach. laguna is the perfect southern california beach town, just under two hours south of Los angeles. cute little wood-shingled cottages cling to the overgrown hillsides along with their newer mansion-like neighbors and all share a stunning view of the sun-drenched pacific ocean below. it’s pretty idyllic, so when i was invited by casa laguna to come down and see their recent renovations to the old B&B, i said a very emphatic “yes, please”!

entrance to casa laguna in california / sfgirlbybay

white walls with colorful tile decor at casa laguna boutique hotel / sfgirlbybay

Built in the early 1900’s, casa laguna is as charming as it gets — a castle-like seaside enclave of historical buildings nestled in the heart of Laguna but just a tad down pacific coast highway and out of the bustle of the beach town shopping district — the perfect spot for a weekend retreat. casa laguna has recently been restored to its original Spanish Colonial architecture, reimagining the inn as a luxury boutique hotel while honoring its rich and textured history. With designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard at the helm, an extensive redesign of the guest rooms and lobby was completed and the hotel reopened in April 2016.

hotel casa laguna in laguna beach california / sfgirlbybay

blue skies and palm trees at the casa laguna pool / sfgirlbybay

pots and potted plants at casa laguna in laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

the guest rooms have been completely made over with beautiful moroccan tile floors, vintage surf photography and beautiful bedding — in fact, i think it may have been the comfiest night’s sleep i’ve ever had. i need to find out where they got their sheets because i wasn’t the only one impressed by the bedding — several other guests commented to me about just how soft they were. all the doors are painted a welcoming nautical blue and gorgeous tile work abounds — you feel a little bit like you’ve escaped to a far-off Mediterranean island retreat.

blue door and tiled steps at casa laguna hotel / sfgirlbybay

blue moroccan style bedroom decor at casa laguna / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bedroom decor at casa laguna / sfgirlbybay

black and white tile ceiling with gold starburst light fixture / sfgirlbybay

a complimentary European-style breakfast is served each morning in the quaint dining room, or on their bright and sunny terrace overlooking the pool, and the hotel has just begun serving a lovely lunch menu as well. which is nice, because honestly once you hit that pool you don’t want to leave. peaceful, uncrowded and the perfect setting complete with lush gardens and a view of the sea. it was so uncrowded that it felt more like you were visiting a friend’s really nice vacation home, rather than a hotel. perhaps, because it was originally designed by one of California’s premier architecture teams, Frank Miller and Arthur Benton, as a home for Miller’s wife Marion. casa laguna has been perched high above the Pacific Ocean for decades and remains one of the city’s most beautiful historical gems and in 2000 the property was recognized as a ‘Registered Historic Structure’ by the City of Laguna Beach.

black and white striped umbrellas in casa laguna courtyard / sfgirlbybay

casa laguna pool in laguna beach, california / sfgirlbybay casa laguna boutique hotel in laguna beach / sfgirlbybay outdoor stairwell with moroccan tile steps / sfgirlbybay

Laguna is an ideal blend of art galleries, upscale restaurants as well as casual fish taco cafes and divey beach bars, and surf and vintage vibe boutiques. wander around in flip flops and you’ll feel just like the well-tanned locals. the beach town’s allure is best expressed on a famous gate built in 1935 that today stands at the corner of Forest and Park Avenues. It reads, “This gate hangs well and hinders none, refresh and rest, then travel on.” i may be traveling on, but i most certainly will be back to tranquil casa laguna.

inspiring decor at casa laguna boutique hotel / sfgirlbybaymoroccan style ceramic tile and plates at laguna beach boutique hotel / sfgirlbybayteal moroccan tile table with outdoor padded chair / sfgirlbybayoutdoor potted plants at boutique hotel in laguna beach / sfgirlbybaycolorful tile table and vintage decor at laguna beach hotel / sfgirlbybaypalm trees and rooftops in laguna beach / sfgirlbybay laguna beach at sunset in southern california / sfgirlbybay

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7 responses to “a weekend in laguna.”

  1. This place looks lovely – I’m going to add it to the short list of weekend staycation ideas for later this summer!! I checked out their rates and they’re not bad! How was the parking situation?

  2. Ohhh, I love and adore Laguna Beach, I am very lucky enough to live very close to Laguna Beach. I always stroll down the beach just to catch some rays every now and then. It just simply is breathtaking and speechless beautiful! :)
    Great post!

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  3. I haven’t been to Laguna in many, many years. Had some adventures there. I do miss how beautiful it is. This hotel does a wonderful job of representing the best the area has to offer. Cheers, Ardith

  4. Loved your post. That place looks like my dream hotel. Gorgeous tiles and decor. It’s really painful looking at those beautiful photos when you are living in cold windy grey London, England! I shall go there one day….

  5. it’s such a beautiful place to stay. we were there on a (too short) babymoon before our first child!

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