Top Hotel Room: Shorebreak Hotel Huntington Beach

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I ended up at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California almost by accident and it was a lovely accident. There's something unique about staying in a corner room right on the Pacific Coast Highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the pier at Huntington Beach. It's like living part of the American Dream.

Shorebreak King Guest Room Huntington Beach

King Guest Room at Shorebreak Hotel. Photo courtesy Shorebreak Hotel

I had a corner room on the third floor, with a large balcony that overlooked the ocean. I became quite fond of my lounge chair out on that balcony overlooking the beach. There's no better place to people watch than on the beach in California.

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The Shorebreak is a fun hotel. It's a little bit funky. Very hip, modern, contemporary. It embodies Surf City USA. The entrance is up one level from the street by way of an elevator. The lobby is open and brings together an intriguing collection of textures to draw you into the space. As you search for your room, you see that each room number on the door is encased in a Lucite frame with a funny little photo of surfers and a handful of actual shifting sand. Simple fun.

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Shorebreak Lobby Huntington Beach

Shorebreak Lobby Huntington Beach. Photo courtesy Shorebreak Hotel

My room was bright, white, with bold accent colors. There were touches of modern art, including the quirky white lamp with a base shaped like a tall narrow tiki face. I loved the walk-in shower and the sliding frosted door that separated the bath from the rest of the room. The towels and linens were oh-so-soft and the bed…ahh…I really decide how I feel about a place based on the bed. It's the first thing I touch in a room. I loved this bed.

After settling in and spending some time people watching out on the balcony, I wandered down to the courtyard for a glass of wine during the evening's wine tasting. I brought it back up to my room and sat out on the balcony watching the sunset over the Pacific.

Shorebreak Hotel was such a fun, pleasant surprise and not the sort of place I'd expect to find across the street from the beach. But then, Huntington Beach isn't your typical beach, either. It has such a unique flair that you don't find at all the beach towns dotting the shores up and down our coasts. The rich surfing history sets it apart and Shorebreak really embraces that vibe.

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It was great after dinner to take another glass of wine out on my balcony and watch the bonfires that dotted the beach and listen to the waves break along the shore.

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders,,,, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury,, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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