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Casa Laguna Inn & Spa Chosen by AAA Inspectors as One of Their Top 10 Favorite Historic Hotels

Published: 08/08/2013

(Laguna Beach, CA) -- Casa Laguna Inn & Spa today announced that it has been chosen by AAA inspectors as one of their favorite hotels that celebrate America's history. As a way of helping travelers connect with the nation's history, AAA inspectors assembled a list of 46 distinctive historic hotels - structures of notable record or architecture, typically 75 years or older.  The inspectors then created a list of 10 favorites, with Casa Laguna Inn & Spa as the only California-based hotel on the list.

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa was originally constructed in the 1920s as a private residence, with additional buildings added in 1946 as a motor-inn style Laguna Beach hotel. The buildings and grounds were used by artists throughout much of the 20th Century as both a refuge and a unique vantage point on California's sea coast. Remodeled in 2000 and operated as a bed & breakfast inn since that date, Casa Laguna is currently ranked as the number one hotel in Laguna Beach, based on Trip Advisor reviews. Earlier this year Casa Laguna was chosen by Travelers' Choice as one of the top 25 small hotels in the United States, as well as a top 10 hotel for romance. The Inn was also recently recognized by bedandbreakfast.com as one of the top 10 small luxury inns in the world.

Long-time Casa Laguna General Manager, Kathryn Mace, stated she was very excited about this newest accolade. "The AAA award is particularly special," said Mace, "Not only because it comes from such a widely-recognized and respected travel organization, but also because we are particularly proud of our beautiful Mission-style buildings, some of which predate the famed Pacific Coast Highway that runs past our front door."

Due to the style of construction and the materials that were used when building the two Casa Laguna structures that date from the 1920's, Mace and others believe they were built by one of California's premier builder/architect teams, Frank Miller and Arthur Benton, who collaborated to produce a magnificent seaside "castle" on the cliffs just west of today's inn. The distinctive pressed blocks used in the construction of that edifice, now called Villa Rockledge, perfectly match the beautiful and historic multi-shade blocks visible today on the Casa Laguna exterior.

AAA offers the only rating program that conducts comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. And, with far more approved properties than any other rating entity, AAA operates the only rating system covering the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Travelers can find AAA Diamond Rated establishments across AAA's online, mobile and printed travel information products. Read more about the AAA Inspectors' Favorite Historic Hotels on the AAA TravelViews blog at http://newsroom.aaa.com/.

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is located at 2511 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Learn more about the inn and its history at www.casalaguna.com.

About Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa was originally constructed in the 1920s as a private residence, with additional buildings added in 1946 as a motor-inn style Laguna Beach hotel. The buildings and grounds were used by artists throughout much of the 20th Century as both a refuge and a unique vantage point on California's sea coast. Remodeled in 2000 and operated as a bed & breakfast inn since that date, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa offers guests the opportunity to experience a romantic California coastal getaway in a one-of-a-kind setting. Designed and operated as a tranquil escape for couples and individuals, maximum occupancy is strictly limited and there are no accommodations suitable for families or groups. Casa Laguna has become famous for its gourmet food, superior service, luxurious bedding, and serene terraced-garden setting that is unique among California hotels and bed & breakfast inns. Casa Laguna Inn and Spa is consistently rated number one on TripAdvisor and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States.

Expansive views of the blue Pacific are framed by Mission-style architecture and towering palms throughout this Southern California coastal inn. Secluded garden patios invite guests to linger and slow to a pace of a less-hurried era. Casa Laguna's acclaimed gourmet breakfast and evening wine and hors d'Ĺ“uvres can be enjoyed in the historic Mission House or garden setting of the Palm Court; or, guests can arrange to have breakfast brought to their room. Casa Laguna's many patios and ocean-view pool deck enchant guests with their flowers, fountains, and rare original Catalina tiles. Another true touch of classic Laguna Beach is the inn's romantic Bell Tower - the perfect place for couples to toast a spectacular Catalina sunset.

With a much more intimate atmosphere than family-oriented coastal resorts, Casa Laguna Inn and Spa has just twenty rooms comprised of ten unique room-types, including smaller "artist" rooms, full and junior suites and a free-standing cottage. All suites, deluxe rooms and the cottage feature jetted double spa tubs. All rooms have either "ambiance" or gas-burning fireplaces, private baths, air conditioning, free internet, refrigerator, CD/DVD players, and a flat-panel HDTV. The inn's acclaimed seven-layer bed features luxurious hypoallergenic down toppers, comforters, and pillows. All beds feature luxurious eco-friendly linens. The inn also offers a choice of non-feather pillows as an alternative. Additional on-site amenities include an all-day beverage bar, a heated pool, massage services, a reservation-only garden soak tub, and beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas on-loan if guests should decide to make the short walk to nearby Victorian Beach.

In order to retain a tranquil and romantic ambiance and to assure the safety and serenity of guests, all rooms are designed to accommodate one or two adults only. No smoking is allowed anywhere on the property. Casa Laguna is a closed compound, with grounds, facilities, and amenities for the use of registered guests only.


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