There’s not many boutique hotels that encourage you to bring your own surfboard, but that’s certainly the case at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in Surf City, USA, aka Huntington Beach, California.
That’s just one of the many perks at this luxurious hotel that goes above and beyond to give one of the best beach stays in Southern California.
On the tail end of the California summer, a friend and I decided to get our last splash of surf and sand with a weekend getaway to this popular beach town.
Located directly across from the sand, this three-story hotel is full of good moods and bright vibes from the moment you arrive at valet.
Take the escalator up to the reception and there are cool couches and lounges – there’s even a ping pong table in the center of the room.
Near the ping pong table you’ll find complimentary coffee in the morning and complimentary wine hour from 5 pm to 6 pm daily.
There’s a huge courtyard with fire pits and plenty of seating that opens off the lobby. Here you’ll find a larger than life chess board and a few other games like Connect 4.
Even though the vivacity of Main Street is steps away, the rooms are worlds unto themselves.
When you’ve hung up your flip flops, you’ll find just the tranquility you need here.
We were lucky enough to have an ocean view room at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel. Many of the rooms have soaking tubs and balconies; all have fluffy-white-cloud beds that you’ll never want to leave.
Each room comes with yoga mats and animal-print bathrobes, should you want to Zen out or slip into something more comfortable.
Worker bees are covered, too, with sizeable desks and ergonomic chairs.
After a day at the beach, the airy, light-filled beachfront haven’s guestrooms have all the latest in-room amenities you expect from Kimpton including pillow-top mattresses, flatscreen TVs and WiFi (free for Kimpton Karma Rewards members).
Looking for inspired coastal cuisine? Its sprawling restaurant Zimzala has it all, complete with ocean view.
This restaurant and bar is one of the much-loved of Huntington Beach hot spots. Zimzala is open for breakfast, lunch dinner, and is big on the flavors of Southern California.
In the bar, find fresh, seasonal craft cocktails that pair perfectly with your meal, plus well-selected craft beers and wines.
Come as you are — they’re friendly and mellow, just like the sun seekers catching rays on the nearby shore.
Huntington Beach restaurants are as laid back as they come, but they know you’re here to cut loose, too.
Which is why from morning to night they invite you to hang with them over live music, handcrafted cocktails and a free-spirited ambiance like no other.
Aside from surfboard storage, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel offers rental of beach cruiser bikes, beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, children’s beach toys, volleyballs and more.
If you just need a friendly face to talk shop with, their Surf Ambassador is on hand sunrise to sunset, to point you to the most prime beach break, the best chill spot or to provide local dining recommendations.
Go big and book one of the best suites in Huntington Beach. All of its suites have private living rooms so you can stay like you own the place. The two-bedroom Courtyard Suite is supremely spacious, and the Point Suite has its own sweeping terrace.
Drink pinot, tap on your laptop or simply take in all the beauty with soaring palm trees at your back, these suites are designed to pamper and please.
It’s true what they say – location is everything. Especially when you’re 100 yards from the shimmering Pacific like Huntington Beach.
Whether that means discovering your inner beach boy or girl on its stretch of sand, checking out local goodness at a farmers market or diving into some local culture at a museum, get ready to enjoy the ride in Surf City, USA.
Many of the most popular events and activities like the Surf City Nights street fair and farmers market are just steps from the front door thanks to its perfect perch on Pacific Coast Highway just across from the pier.
No matter the time of the year, take some time to get the sand between your toes playing beach volleyball or enjoy a ‘smores session at a cozy firepit in the courtyard.
Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel is located at 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach.
For more information, visit www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/shorebreak-hotel-huntington-beach.