Best Hotel Orange County 2011 - Shorebreak Hotel
500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Make no mistake: More luxe and lavish hotels exist in Orange County, ones with sateen linens and marble floors. But the Shorebreak wins bonus points for realizing some guests are more likely to need a place to store a surfboard than a truffle on the pillow. Part of the stylish Joie de Vivre family, this boutique hotel embraces its location—smack-dab in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach—and plays to the whole Surf City USA theme in a way that's fun and kitschy, never cheesy. It's a sweet haven for surfers, with conditions posted on a chalkboard next to the check-in counter, the Riptionary replacing the Bible in dresser drawers, and board rentals offered at the front desk. For everyone else, the experience is just as memorable. There are outdoor fire pits at which you can sit and roast marshmallows, as well as a "pet butler" service for those who've brought their furry friends. The ultra-modern rooms aren't too shabby either, with stunning ocean views and amenities such as super-deep tubs and double showerheads. The only thing missing is a pool, but just across the street is the best one: the ocean.