Inn at Laguna Beach debuts renovations

After several months of stripping, gutting and remodeling, the Inn at Laguna Beach, 211 N. Coast Hwy., is taking the tape off its multimillion-dollar renovations Friday.

The upgrades started Feb. 28, and are complete except for the pool, which will reopen later in June, said General Manager Peggy Trott. The only areas not being renovated are the hallways and one ballroom. The last renovation was in 2001.

The hotel's owner, Classic Hotels & Resorts, along with L.A. interior designer John Cottrell of John Cottrell Co. in Los Angeles, collaborated on the design, which reflects an island, beachy vibe right down to the photos hanging on the wall.

"All of the photos in the hotel are of Laguna Beach, both old and new [images of the city]," Trott said.

All work was done with the environment in mind. By far the coolest is the birch wood key cards, which are 100% sustainable, Trott said.

All 70 rooms were gutted, painted with low-VOC paint, furnished with renewable bamboo furniture, and feature low-flow faucets and showers, special tile that is 30% from recycled stone, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and rattan-style beds.

The hotel is even offering reusable water bottles for $7 instead of plastic ones, and free water to fill them.

In addition, it redid the landscaping, freshened up the patio furniture and added fire pits.

Trott, who joined the hotel in July, has been through hotel renovations before.

All in all, the Inn at Laguna Beach's remodel was one of the easier ones, she said.

The hotel will host a invitation-only party to debut its new look June 27.

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