on January 8, 2007
The Surf & Sand Resort is a luxury resort located on the ocean side of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.Upon arrival, we noticed the parking lot is quite small, so we used the valet parking. The exterior of the 165 room hotel building looks to be an older building, with exterior hallways. There are a series of newer buildings just to the right of the hotel which house meeting and conference rooms, the gift shop, spa, and other amenities. The pool deck is below the hotel, just steps away from the beach.We checked in and received room 259. Interestingly enough, the 2nd floor is the main entrance level. Our room was all the way on the leftmost side of the hotel. We had a King-A room. The room is described as 500 SQ Ft. with a king bed, small seating area with a sofa sleeper. It has a nice private balcony overlooking the beach and Pacific Ocean. The room also has a large LCD panel TV/monitor, DVD/CD player/clock/alarm/MP3/iPod docking station. There were also nice robes and towels with the resort's name and logo embroidered on. Very nice.The rooms that face away from the ocean are meeting rooms. We peeked inside one of these rooms. They feature their own bathroom and a wetbar. They are nicely adorned with crown moulding, which hide the florescent lighting fixtures.There is a gift shop and spa to the right of the hotel tower. The upstairs portion of the spa has a nice deck overlooking the ocean. Down the stairs from here is the pool area, which also has a small, staffed bar/towel area. There is direct access to the beach from the pool area.Also just to the right of the hotel tower is their on-site restaurant, Splashes, which we dined at (separate review).We witnessed a wedding coordinator at the hotel take a engaged couple for a tour of the facilities. As we wandered on, we also actually saw a photographer taking photos for wedding and reception taking place at the Surf & Sand that day.Our room was very nice and quiet. There is the occasional sound of waves crashing onto the beach, but that beats the sound of airplanes taking off, or freeway traffic anyday. The view is spectacular, especially when you stand at the patio and gaze out at a nice Pacific sunset. The rooms were clean, staff were courteous, very attentive and prompt to our needs.The room was $340 for a weekend night. If you want a nice luxurious, romantic getaway, (or facilities for a wedding and reception) I highly recommend the Surf & Sand Resort.
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