Relaxing Family Travel At The Pacific Edge Hotel On Laguna Beach

We recently accepted an invitation to a hosted Press Stay at the Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach. We received accommodations for one night plus lunch at their on-site restaurant, The Deck for the purpose of review. Our opinions are our own.

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Relaxing Family Travel At Pacific Edge Hotel!

The Pacific Edge Hotel, located in the heart of Laguna Beach, is close to shopping, restaurants, art galleries, and more. The hotel has a variety of accommodations ranging in size, and with different amenities. The property has two heated pools, a jacuzzi, easy beach access, WiFi included with your stay, and upscale dining options at two different on-site restaurants, The Deck and Driftwood Kitchen.

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Easy Check-In and Check-Out

We found check-in and check-out very easy at the Pacific Edge Hotel. There were several people helping guests, and the wait time was minimal. A valet gave us a ticket for our car when we entered, and explained where to move it after we were assigned our room. (All vehicles are valet parked at the hotel.)

The lobby gives you a good feel of the ambiance of the hotel. Here you’ll find comfortable seating and pretty decor both inside and outside the lobby. A beautiful mural by a local artist adorns the wall of the lobby, and a surfboard is attached to the counter at check-in. Coffee, assorted publications, and a restroom are available upon entry. Two pretty birds, Bob, and Marley are fun to visit with as well.

Pacific Edge Hotel Lobby ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Comfortable Accomodations

Accommodations at the Pacific Edge Hotel include Beach Front Rooms, less expensive Village Rooms, one and two bedroom Apartments which include a kitchenette, and an incredible Presidential Suite. The hotel also has beautiful daytime accommodations steps from the beach, known as The Bungalows.

We stayed in a Beach Front Room with a king size bed, located in the Surf Wing. Our accommodations had a full view of Laguna Beach. The main room had an adjoining bedroom with two single beds, perfect for kids! Both the main room and second bedroom had their own bathrooms, flat screen tv’s, separate entrances, and Keurig coffee makers with complimentary coffee. The main Beach Front Room had a balcony, wet bar, and the option of a microwave, refrigerator, and Pack-In-Play portable crib upon request.

We loved the decor and comfortable bedding in the Beach Front Room! We slept with the sliding glass door open so we could hear the waves. The sound of the waves crashing on the beach was incredibly relaxing!

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Two Heated Pools, Jacuzzi, and Poolside Lounge Area

The Pacific Edge Hotel has two heated pools, a Jacuzzi, and a Poolside Lounge area with a ping pong table and shaded area to relax. Our room was very close to the pool with the Jacuzzi, and the other pool was located close to the entrance to the hotel. Our kids LOVED swimming in the pool!

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Easy Beach Access with Comfortable Ammenities

The Pacific Edge Hotel has easy beach access, just steps from the hotel. As a mom traveling solo with three young children, I loved that the hotel had lounge chairs, beach chairs, beach towels, shade umbrellas, and beach toys available right at the beach for our use. It was SO nice to simply walk down to the beach and have all of the amenities right there for our use!

Pacific Edge Hotel On Laguna Beach ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Two On-Site Restaurants

Aside from our accommodations, we were treated to lunch at the on-site restaurant, The Deck. The wait-staff were friendly, and we enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, and the view. The majority of the food is definitely for a more grownup appetite, but there are menu items such as grilled cheese with tomato soup, and hamburger with a side of chips on the menu. I loved that there was plenty of shade provided in the seating area. Upon exit I peeked into the beautiful adjoining restaurant, Driftwood Kitchen. It looks like a beautiful place to dine!

Dining At The Deck ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Ruby’s Diner, Johnny Rockets, Ralphs, and A Playground Nearby

If you forgot something at home, or simply want to pick up some snacks or drinks, there’s a Ralph’s grocery store about a block away. Main Beach Park, which includes a great playground, is a short distance away. Family-friendly restaurants, Ruby’s Diner and Johnny Rockets are both nearby. You can walk to Johnny Rockets from the hotel, but will need to drive to Ruby’s.

Ruby's Diner In Laguna Beach ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Fun To Visit The Nearby Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a close drive, and fun to visit. It’s free to park, free to enter, and very educational. We highly recommend checking it out! (P.S. When you stay at the hotel you’ll find a cute stuffed seal in your room. If you choose to take it home, the proceeds from it go directly to this non-profit organization!)

Pacific Marine Mammal Center ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Pacific Edge Is Holding A Giveaway!

Want a chance to stay at the Pacific Edge for free?!? The hotel is holding a giveaway for an overnight stay in an oceanfront Surf Tower room, PLUS other great giveaways as well! Click HERE for details, and entry. The last day to enter is May 8th, 2015.

Sunset From The Pacific Edge Hotel

All in all we had an incredible stay at Pacific Edge Hotel. Neither the kids, nor I, wanted leave. I’ve stayed at many beach-front hotels in different areas acround the world, and our stay at the Pacific Edge Hotel was by far one of the most relaxing and memorable of my stays. It was just what I needed for a night away. In my opinion, it would be a great hotel for travelers near or far.

More information about the Pacific Edge Hotel can be found on their website, www.pacificedgehotel.com. We look forward to booking a room another time in the future, hopefully for multiple nights! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Brings Joy To The Season!

winterfantasyOne our favorite holiday events in the OC is Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival. It’s a super fun, family-friendly event, held in the canyon area of Laguna Beach. The festival runs weekends, until December 9, 2012.

Here you’ll find Santa, ready for visits, a festive environment, and more. They have art projects for kids for a very small fee, classes, and free entertainment. Our kids love coming here!

The festival is held in a eucalyptus grove, and consists of many different artists, displaying (and making) art of many different mediums.
The setting is very unique, and the best way to describe it is that it is truly majestic. Each artist designs his/her own booth, and some are true art forms of their own. There’s a stream, a neat deck, and a very cool working water wheel. Be sure to bring your camera!

The Festival is working with Toys For Tots again this year, and is offering FREE admission on Sundays (11/18/12, 11/25/12, 12/2/12, & 12/9/12) when you bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child (newborn to age 17). One admission per toy donated per person per day. This is a great way to go to the Festival, and help a child who may otherwise not receive a gift for the holidays. Click HERE, and go to the Special Events tab for more info.

Aside from the great offered for sale, they also sell food and beverages onsite. Check out our images from Winter Fantasy below. It’s a fun place to get into the holiday spirit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!