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( Surf & Sand Hotel )
Surf & Sand Resort
1555 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach; (949) 497-4477, www.surfandsandresort.com
The 59-year-old resort is a telling example of rate inflation at luxury properties. We're paying dearly for the re-dos that have added plasma TVs, Internet access, high-thread-count linens and floor-to-ceiling marble in the bathrooms.
Yet too often the upgrades are physical and don't inspire an equivalent upgrade in the service culture.
There are many better ways to spend $33.60 an hour for leisure (4 p.m. check-in, noon checkout), and most of them will leave you feeling cooler and more rested than I was after an early-August stay.
-- Valli Herman
Read more: Laguna Beach's Surf & Sand Resort: A toss & turn for the worse