Beach House at Half Moon Bay
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach House at Half Moon Bay
Mediocre and overpriced
The hotel had a nice location and the room was very nice... but for the price, I expected something special, and this was not it.
We had to wait for the single small elevator while a housekeeper took her cart up in the elevator - which was too small to handle anyone else along with the cart.
The "ocean view" looks out on a small harbor protected by a breakwater. No crashing waves - just tourist boats.
The room did not have the usual mini-bar. Instead, if you wanted something in your room, you could fill out an order form and take it to the front desk. No room service - in fact, no food service at all, besides the continental breakfast (the restaurant that previously delivered has gone out of business).
In a drawer of the desk, we found a Peninsula guidebook and some San Francisco information - but nothing about the nearby coast, towns, galleries, and shops. There was a printed list of local restaurants with one-line descriptions.
Shortly after we arrived, the room phone rang. It was the front desk telling me that they had been unable to get me a reservation at one of the local restaurants. I had not requested a reservation, but apparently another guest had - and the guy at the front desk got the rooms mixed up.
I don't want this to sound terrible... we had a nice, relaxing time. But next time I am in the area, I'll try someplace else.
Overrated Beach House
My boyfriend and I celebrated our 4-year anniversary at the Beach House in November 2004. It was our first time at this property, and because of the good reviews we read, we decided to give it a try. The first room given to us smelled very smoky, so we moved to another room, which had a broken drape lever, and a broken lamp switch. Although the bathroom was clean, the towels smelled like clorox. The worst part was, the window facing our bed woke us up as early as 6:00 next morning with the rays of the sun against our faces.
Upon check out, we brought up these issues at the front desk, hoping we'll be offered some kind of incentive, but we got nothing, not even a slight discount. The room was not worth $295 a night and is over-rated. We are not going back to this place. We think this place needs to learn the importance of customer relations.
Were able to grab a last minute reservation on a non-busy weekend, and even got a free upgrade to a partial ocean view! What a marvelous, friendly, knowledgeable staff. Ideally located, immaculately clean... everything we wanted in a room! VERY comfortable beds, too! Be aware... if you travel in on weekends in October, the drive is a CRAWL because of all the families visiting the local pumpkin patches! Even so, it was worth it to stay at the wonderful Beach House.
The suites are wonderful, the staff is very helpful and serviceminded, loved The Beach House.
Beautiful Beach House
We stayed here for five nights (8/04) and found the room spacious, spotless and beautifully decorated.
The staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.
We loved the gorgeous flowers on the grounds.
Our only suggestion is that the continental breakfast is all pastries and fruit. Some cereal, yogurt and cheeses would be good additions.
We honeymooned in HMB and return as often as we can; the Beach House was a new place for us.
Though the BH is right on the Hwy, once inside, we felt far from traffic. The desk staff checked us in efficiently and pleasantly, though it turned out that our room was occupied. Our key card was to the "Condominium for Sale" and we checked in in the middle of an open house. Ouch.
We were well taken care of:
Though we had reserved a partial ocean view, we were upgraded to a full view for our trouble-- quickly and pleasantly.
The personnel also offered helpful (solicited) advice for meal choices and other logistics.
Beach House is a relaxing and comforting space. There are more luxurious places, but you will pay for them and we're not sure they're worth it.
Nice, but lacking amenities to earn it's pricetag
It's no doubt clean, modern and in a great location by the beach, but the Beach House lacks some of the classy amenities desired in upscale hotels.
We paid the $335 rack rate for an ocean view suite and found the room to be a good size, the bathroom to be clean and modern, the ocean breeze to be pleasant.
But here's what's lacking for a hotel trying to climb above the $300 pricepoint:
* pool is tiny and there were only three lounge chairs. Everyone else had to sit in white plastic chairs - the $7.99 Target variety.
* staff is pleasant but not that well informed about the local area and not as attentive as somewhere like the neighboring ritz.
* none of the little touches - there's a soda machine on the patio, not chilled water waiting for guests. C'mon, don't nickle and dime us on beverages.
* Room balconies are tiny
Overall a very nice hotel, but for spending this amount of money, i'd be tempted to try the Ritz or another local B&B before returning to the Beach House.
We stayed at the Beach House on June 16 & 17, 2004 while I attended a conference at the nearby Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. The Ritz was booked up, so we stayed at the Beach House. This hotel is beautiful and very clean. Our room had a separate living room with small kitchette. The bathroom was large and clean with both a shower and tub. Each room has a deck where you can sit and look out on the ocean. They serve a continental breakfast every morning (included) with fruit, pastries, bagels, coffee, juices, etc. We paid $255 per night for the loft suite (still cheaper than the Ritz). I recommend this hotel. If pressed, the only complaint that I have is the fog horn - about a mile away.
Love the Beach House
The Beach House is a perfect getaway--only half an hour's drive from frantic Silicon Valley (or San Francisco), but a world apart. The limitless ocean and harbor views, fabulously comfortable beds, quiet music on your in-room stereo/CD player are so tranquil...ideal stress-busters! Great restaurants nearby, too. We go often, and find that even a stay of one evening is nearly as refreshing as a complete vacation.
Romantic, tranquill getaway!
If your looking for warmth, quiet & comfort-you'll find it here. We enjoyed the best ocean views, tiered bedroom w/ down bedding and a romantic fireplace. Sitting out on the bacony overlooking the beach & ocean was spectacular! Well worth the price to go again!
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