Why We Like This Place
The first grand hotel to grace Laguna Beach and the getaway of choice for ultra-cool stars such as Errol Flynn, John Barrymore, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, iconic Hotel Laguna is rightly viewed with reverence by locals and visitors alike. Situated right in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach, this landmark building’s delightful blend of Old World charm and California casual style has been pleasing guests for decades…and it’s still an oceanfront favorite.
The small private beach at the foot of the property is perhaps the most popular spot in the area for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Couples can get married here with the ocean quite literally at their feet and the surf tumbling in a few yards away. Larger seated outdoor ceremonies are held in the hotel’s lovely Rose Garden, with its Victorian gazebo and Spanish-tile fountain. Surrounded by climbing bougainvillea, colorful hibiscus, and—of course—roses, it’s a great place to stage anything from a cocktail reception to a rocking dance party.
But for a party that’s practically on the beach, there’s no place like the Laguna Room. Recently outfitted with fresh white curtains and champagne-colored carpeting, it has a built-in dance floor, oak-and-granite bar, private restrooms and a small foyer/lounge. Its ceiling slopes down to sliding glass windows that frame an expansive ocean view and open onto the Laguna Room Terrace, situated right over the beach. Revelers can dance here, indoors or out, with ocean breezes to keep them naturally cool, and the acoustics inside are reportedly excellent.
But these aren’t the only options for entertaining in this vibrant and widely adored venue. Serve up cocktails or bites in the Catalina Room, where a highly polished granite fireplace set on a wide granite platform with built-in granite benches is large enough to act as a small stage. Windows and doors provide access to the Terrace, the OceanView Bar, outdoor walkways and panoramic Pacific views. Party of ten? How about sipping in Claes’ Wine Cellar, where the rich merlot-colored carpet, handcrafted floor-to-ceiling mahogany wine cabinets, and cherrywood chef’s table create a subtly glamorous dining ambiance. The smoked glass vitrine full of the owner’s food and wine competition medals speaks to this venue’s award-winning culinary expertise. Or gather your small group of guests for a private rehearsal dinner or extra-intimate reception in the handsomely appointed San Clemente Room. Located next to CLAES Ovation, the newest incarnation of the Hotel Laguna’s much-acclaimed restaurant, this cozy event space shares décor elements and gorgeous views with its illustrious neighbor—which, incidentally, can be bought out for private functions.
When the celebration is over, don’t make the mistake of leaving right away. The artsy community of Laguna Beach has so much to offer, and this is the perfect home away from home from which to enjoy it. Snag the Bogart or Errol Flynn suite, book an après-party massage in a beachside cabana, and ease into a little vacation fun on California’s own Riviera.
Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
Max. Seated Indoors: 150
Max. Seated Outdoors: 120
Max. Standing Indoors: 180
Max. Standing Outdoors: 180
|Max. Seated: 180|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds up to 150 seated guests outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 150 seated or 180 standing guests indoors, and 120 seated or 180 standing outdoors
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces seat up to 180 guests.
Fees & Deposits
A deposit in the amount of the rental fee is required to reserve your date. The estimated event total balance is due 14 days prior to the event. The rental fee for a ceremony and reception is $2,000 with a ceremony in the Victorian Rose Garden or $2,500 with a ceremony on the beach. The fee includes the ceremony and reception sites with full guest seating, an overnight stay with champagne in the Bridal Suite for the couple, and a 2-hour changing room for the groom and groomsmen. The Bridal Suite serves as the bride’s dressing room during the day. Room rental fees for a reception only range $200–1,000 depending on the space rented. Meals range $28–75/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.
Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight.
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
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