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Hotels In Huntington Beach, CA: Cheap Vs. Luxury

 Affordable Hotels Huntington Beach, CA

When staying in any city, arguably the main consideration is accommodation expense. Whether you're seeking luxury or cheap hotels in Huntington Beach, amenities vary depending on the budget.

Accommodations significantly vary in terms of decor, location, and amenities. Rates will vary depending on the time of year.

Typically, $200 a night and below will be an inn or motel for this area. For cheap hotels in Huntington Beach, prices can go as low as $79 a night.

The sweet spot to avoid issues is between $129 and 160. The rooms will be be of lower calibre with just the basics, however, the value is pretty good. 

That leaves you with more purchasing power to see attractions and to enjoy the nightlife.

Expect a clean stay but older decor. Many include an outdoor pool, free breakfast, parking, and WiFi. The entry to the room is outside which may not be desirable.

Additionally, it's important to perform due diligence before booking. Budget too low and you'll run into issues with your stay.

With low profit margins, maintenance issues become more likely with a $100 a night and below. It does not mean there will be an issue but the risk increases.

For Luxury hotels in Huntington Beach, expect to pay north of $220 a night. Even at this level, there are considerations. Older construction vs. new, premium services, and proximity to surrounding area, and add on fees. The hotel tax in HB is 10% per night.

Once you stay at a four-star, it comes at a premium. Parking won't be included and is expensive. Unless you're an awards member, options such as internet may be billed.

Read many review sites starting with the most recent. Occasionally bad reviews happen. No one is perfect. If you see a pattern, that's cause for concern, To lock in savings, use a travel site. The prices listed are if you booked direct.

Sites such as, Tripadvisor, or Expedia will have lower rates but not the absolute best rooms. Here's what I've compiled for cheap and luxury hotels in Huntington Beach, CA.

Cheap Hotels In Huntington Beach: PCH, Inland

For Huntington Beach hotels on PCH, many are walkable to the pier.

1. Best Western Harbour Inn & Suites. 16912 Pacific Coast Hwy. Tel: (562) 592-4770. Cost $129 a night. Technically, it's in Sunset Beach but right near the border.

It's close to the tranquil Bolsa Chica Ecological reserve and 12 mins to downtown HB.

Some upgraded rooms have harbor views. If you don't mind being a little more remote, this might be to your liking.

PROS: Mins to the beach and kayak rentals. Free Parking, breakfast, WIFI. It's not in the thick of the action but it's tough to beat the price.

CONS: Dated decor

2. Sun N' Sands Motel, 1102 Pacific Coast Hwy. Tel: (714) 536-2543. From $129 a Night. Located right off PCH, it's a no thrills place to stay and it's clean by all accounts. Reviewers like that it's walking distance to the sand, bars, restaurants, and pier.  

PROS: location, free parking, free WiFi, cable TV, microwaves and mini-fridge.
CONS: no coffee maker, No pets allowed, decor is dated.


Surf Inn

3. Huntington Surf Inn, 720 Pacific Coast Hwy, (714) 536-2444. $159 a night.

Located 3 blocks from Main Street with 9 rooms. Reviewers describe it as a great place to stay for families.

Each room comes in a different theme. It was redesigned by Antonio Ballatore, host of the HGTV The Antonio Treatment.

PROS: right across from the beach with upper balcony with ocean views. free WIFI, cable TV, and 1 parking space per room.

CONS: No ironing board, breakfast, Not pet friendly, no pool, 

TIP: Lower room numbers are closer to beach view, higher are near the back & quieter. #9 has windows to the west & north.

4. Best Western Surf City. 19360 Beach Blvd. From $136 a night. Tel: (714) 962-4244. Located 2.6 miles from the HB Pier, there's a decent list of amenities included.

PROS: Complimentary breakfast, free parking, WIFI, Flat screen TVs, and outdoor pool
CONS: Ground units will bear some noise with foot traffic, A/C can be a bit noisy.

5. SpringHill Suites by Marriott. 7872 Edinger Avenue. From $139 a night. Tel: 818) 524-2730. Located just 5 miles from downtown, it'a a new hotel completed in 2017.

With four stories and 126 rooms, it has quick access to I-405 Highway.

PROS: Next door is Whole Foods and The Bella Terra Outdoor Mall & Movie Theatre. There is a gym, 50" LED TVs, free breakfast. Decor is modern and the suites are good size.
CONS: No pool, Inland so you'll need to travel to get to the beach.

Luxury Hotels In Huntington Beach

For luxury accommodations all of these will be along Pacific Coast Highway with close proximity to the sand.

1. Shorebreak Hotel. 500 Pacific Coast Highway. From $220 a night. The Kimpton Shorebreak is a hip boutique hotel that went with a 3 million makeover in early 2017 with new management. It sits directly across from the pier with a surfer vibe.

You're right in the thick of nightlife with amazing views. Walking is around 6 minutes.

The artwork on the main floor sets the tone with surfing. There are two ping pong tables on the ground floor. 

The courtyard features a chess board with large pieces. Multiple fire pits to roast marshmallows & 'smores ups the coolness factor.  Free wine is served at 5:00 pm daily. Throughout, there's couches everywhere.

The Shorebreak does not have every conceivable option. They do pile on the amenities and service. The staff is very attentive and helpful which increases the value quotient.

PROS: Location, Free WIFI for kimpton members, smoke-free, gym, dog friendly, free wine hour, free coffee, Surfboard storage, fire pits.

CONS: No pool or hot tub, parking is $35 a night via valet. The promenade is $15 daily (non-peak) as it's walking distance.

NOTE: $30 resort fee per room per night: 

  • Beach hairs, towels, toys, volleyball, umbrellas

  • Beach cruisers to explore downtown

  • Surf Ambassador and Daily Surf Report

  • Surfboard lockers, bike racks and golf club storage

  • Fireside S’mores nightly from 5-10pm

 Hyatt Hotel and Spa in Huntington Beach CA

The Hyatt Regency

2. Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. (714) 698-1234. 517 guestrooms, 3 presidential suites,  From $349 a night, Members save up to 10%.

Spanish style hotel with ocean views, private patios or balcony and lots of services. Kids Love the slyder pool's water slide.

PROS: lagoon pool with restaurant, free WIFI, gym, hot tub, pizzeria, kid's activities, pet friendly (50 lbs or under), and the connecting bridge over PCH.

CONS: Valet parking is $37 a night, $150.00 charge per stay up to six nights for dogs, older construction.

NOTE: Connecting rooms are not available for direct seaview. 

3. Paséa Hotel & Spa. 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Tel: 714.698.6100. $260 a night. 250 guestrooms and suites most with ocean views. Constructed in 2016, it's chic by all accounts and amenities are numerous.

Next to Pacific City, there's plenty of retail therapy. Rooms offer stunning views of the pier and PCH. 

PROS: Pet Friendly (up to 50lbs), fitness center, heated salt water pool, wellness programs, fire pits, hot tub. Beach butlers provides a ride to and from the beach using a bicycle. Treehouse Bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

CONS: A pet fee of $150 per room, $35 a night a parking.

Resort Fee is $30 per night and Includes:

  • WIFI with unlimited devices

  • 1,000s of online newspapers and magazines

  • Surfboard storage

  • Beach cruisers

  • Chairs, umbrellas, and towels for beach

  • Bottle of Trinitas Wine per stay

  • In-room coffee and tea service with Keurig machines

TIP: They do run specials with the resort fee waived. Rooms are discounted as much as 15%.

When To Visit Huntington Beach: Peak Season, Weather

The peak season for Huntington Beach runs from April thru September. Rates can wildly fluctuate based on demand. It's not uncommon to see another $50 a night in months of high demand. 

Humidity is highest in May and August. Relative humidity is useful, however, only the dew point is an accurate measure of comfort. Relative humidity is comfortable around 45%.


Photo of ShoreBreak Hotel At top by Xavier
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