For me, the first rule of a good beach getaway is to be able to hear the ocean from my hotel room when I go to sleep. The Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach delivers, with an oceanfront location in the heart of the Southern California beach town. It’s right on (busy) PCH, facing the ocean, about a block south of the city’s famous pier.
That perfect location, allowing you to walk to the beach and all the fun stuff to do in the downtown area gives the hotel’s rooms and suites direct ocean views. Some of the rooms are oceanfront, directly facing the beach, some are ocean view, which face north or south but include views of the beach. You’re a block from Huntington Beach’s busy Main Street which is filled with dining and drinking options.
It can be a bit noisy due to all the traffic on Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a cruising area and there are a lot of loud cars and Harleys rumbling by. Those direct ocean and beach views make up for it. The noise is also forgotten with the stylishly luxurious guestrooms and suites and the warm, personal service we found when dealing with any member of the hotel’s staff. We found the food excellent, we had a few room service meals but did not have a chance to try Tanner’s, the hotel’s restaurant with beautiful ocean views.
The second rule for a good beachfront hotel is to be in a convenient location. The Pasea passes here as it’s right on Pacific Coast Highway, a block from (and across the street) the Huntington Beach Pier. It’s right next to the Pacific City retail development, a big new fancy mall with a huge foodie-friendly food court. We made a daily pilgrimage to Sancho’s Tacos down the street to enjoy their truly amazing tacos. The salsa they use has a unique sweetness to it and they’re some of the best tacos I’ve even had (and I’ve had a lot of tacos).
The Pasea Hotel is also very dog friendly (no weight limit, $150 fee). They offer doggy treats on the room service menu and snacks at the front desk and even a canine concierge. A great thing about Huntington Beach is that it’s one of the only cities in California with a dog beach. It’s an off-leash dog park right on the sand. It’s not really a formal park, it’s just the far north part of the beach. Dogs can play off-leash and can also go in the water. The dog beach is about a mile north of the hotel.