Casa Laguna Inn & Spa offers ten unique room-types, each with luxurious seven-layer bedding, gas or ambiance fireplaces, flat-panel HDTV with DVD, and air conditioning. Read more...
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa's guests choose from a menu of acclaimed gourmet breakfast entrees and sides each morning and enjoy a selection of wine every evening. Read more...
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa's exclusive on-site spa pampers guests with a variety of indoor and outdoor rejuvenating massage, reflexology, salt scrubs, and relaxing therapeutic soaks. Read more...
Welcome to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
Operated as a tranquil alternative to bustling family-style resorts, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing escape from work and worry. Built on a terraced hillside in the 1920s and 40s, today’s Casa Laguna is often compared the to the Mission-style villas of Spain. In order to assure a romantic, calming ambiance, room occupancy is limited to a maximum of two persons regardless of age. Accordingly, our inn would not be suitable for children, infants, groups, or events. Our guests can relax on a garden patio, schedule a massage and therapeutic soak, or take a picnic to nearby Victoria Beach. Our inn is only 1.5 miles from downtown Laguna Beach shops, restaurants, art galleries, and renowned summer art festivals. Public transportation is available just outside our door. Our inn is famous for fabulous gourmet breakfasts. We have been recognized as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels and Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the United States, as well one of the Top Ten Luxury Inns in the world. Read more...
Welcome to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
With historic Mission architecture, lush gardens, and expansive ocean views, Casa Laguna Inn and Spa is unique among Laguna Beach hotels. Unlike bustling family-oriented resorts, Casa Laguna is intended as a tranquil getaway for couples and individuals. Our bed & breakfast-style inn is all about all about romance and serenity. Read more...
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The History of Casa Laguna
Around 1918, one of California’s premier builder/architect teams, Frank Miller and Arthur Benton, collaborated to produce a magnificent seaside “castle” in Laguna Beach for Miller’s wife, Marion. When the massive concrete, stone, and pressed-block structure was completed in 1921, it was appropriately called, “Mariona.” The impressive edifice still exists on the ocean cliffs just west of Casa Laguna. It is now called Villa Rockledge and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
About the time that Mariona was being completed, a small home was built just east of the Rockledge compound, on the opposite side of a winding dirt road that would one day become Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Based on the building’s Mission-style architecture, its location, and the fact that the distinctive pressed-blocks used for most of the construction are identical to those used for Mariona, it is believed that this building was built by Miller as a family cottage or guest house. Now called the Mission House, this building serves as Casa Laguna’s reception area and main parlor; and also houses the Mission Suite. A second building was constructed on the same property in about 1931, probably to house Mariona’s caretaker or gardener. This building is now the inn’s “Cottage” suite.
By the 1930s, a paved and bustling Pacific Coast Highway separated Miller’s beachside property from the hillside buildings. Frank Miller passed away in 1935, and his wife eventually sold the property on the east side of PCH. In 1945, a parcel of land between what is today the Mission House and Upland Road was purchased by Dewey Howard, a wealthy developer who owned several motor-inn type motels in the Los Angeles area. On this spot, Howard constructed a multi-unit complex that opened in 1946 as the Casa Laguna Motel. Photos of the original structure can be seen in the Mission House hallway, and pictures of Dewey, his wife, Gracie, and friends, are located in the parlor’s corner hutch.
Casa Laguna existed as a motel and later as an artist colony until 1977, when it was purchased and converted into a bed & breakfast inn. By that time, the Mission House and Cottage had been added to the Casa Laguna complex, although the original pressed blocks and classic architecture were hidden by years of “upgrades” and layers of paint.
In February 2000, the inn was purchased by local businessmen and partners, Paul Blank and Francois Leclair; and a passionate restoration was undertaken. Layers of paint were removed from the unique decorative pressed blocks and rare Catalina tiles. Modern materials were replaced with original-style wood and masonry. The buildings were soon returned to their original Mission-style appearance, and on June 15, 2000, Casa Laguna Inn was recognized as a “Registered Historic Structure” by the city of Laguna Beach.
Today, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa represents nearly a century of Laguna Beach history; and its architecture is highly representative of the Mission-revival style of Frank Miller and Arthur Benton, creators of historic Villa Rockledge, and Riverside’s famed Mission Inn. Francois Leclair, now sole owner of Casa Laguna, has pledged to insure that Casa Laguna’s historic origins are preserved for the enjoyment of the inn’s guests, and for future generations of Californians and visitors.
On August 6, 2013, hotel inspectors for AAA auto club announced that Casa Laguna had been chosen as one of their top 10 favorite historic hotels in the United States.
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