Sea View Inn at the Beach
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Today is our last full day as tomorrow we must pack up and travel the short distance to the airport to fly home. I don't think anyone is looking forward to the 11 hour flight but we are all ready to come home.
Charles got up early and went for a run along the beach front, whilst we all slept in. I was next up at 8.10am. I took the …
We had to make an early start so we could fit in the rive tubing and not get to Manhattan Beach too late. A short 40 minute drive and we were at Salt River, it was only 37 degrees and only a handful of people were there. We bought our tubes, which gave us a bus pass too and after covering ourselves in sun lotion bravely boarded the bus to take us …
Today we organised to get picked up by a local tour company so we could see some sights around town. First we visited Fisherman's Wharf at Marina del Ray - the worlds largest man made small vessel harbour -- its huge! There was a restaurant down here called Sapore too...wonder if its as good as the Melbourne one..?! We moved onto Venice Beach …
Well big day again - Super Steve picked us up from Anaheim and drove us to Manhattan Beach. It was another stressful LA freeway driving experience. Super Steve is not so super - I caught him napping about 3 times, we kept veering off into other lanes and hitting the cats eyes in other lanes but thankfully we made in safely and needless to …
... some swimming, we drove along the coast north to El Segundo and then Venice Beach. Know to us as a mecca of beauties and muscle men, beach volleyballers and skaters. We were all disapointed: full of tourists, cheap merchants selling 3 t-shirts for $9, homeless beggars, etc. Not the place it used to be. We walked along the beach walk and watched all the people for a while, but then headed back home to have fish dinner near our hotel in the California Fish ...
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We arrived at night so hoping things will look better in the morning. We are not quite as close to the beach as we thought and our panoramic ocean view doesn't include the beach just a view of the Pacific Ocean over the top of houses. The front door doesn't dead lock so a bit concerned about security and the shower head has seen better days but apart from that the apartment is clean and comfortable. The beds are comfortable.The pool is small but clean and warm. The best thing is the free extras you get here: bikes; beach chairs; beach towels; umbrellas; volleyball; pool toys; body boards. The staff are very friendly and the room gets cleaned every day.
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My partner and I recently stayed here while visiting family in Southern California. It was extremely convenient and also turned out to be a wonderful mini-vacation.
The great advantage of the Sea View Inn is that is really is near the beach. All the other hotels described as being "at Manhattan Beach" require a car journey to get there and a search for a parking space. From the Sea View, just walk or take one of their free bikes to get around. There is a good selection of local bars and cafes in the neighbourhood as well as more upscale places near the pier. As a single female traveller, I felt quite safe and comfortable in the hotel and in the neighbourhood. James and his colleagues made me feel very welcome and I was upgraded both times I stayed (off-season I guess). As other reviewers have mentioned, the downside of the Inn is that some rooms can be noisy from the traffic on Highland Avenue and have only partial ocean views across rooftops. Rooms on the west side of Highland facing the ocean are the best and therefore the most expensive. However, bearing in mind that homes nearby are in the $1m range, the hotel is very reasonably priced e.g. the Belamar which is located further from the beach,on a main road and next to a gas station for twice the price. The Kettle and the Ocean View Cafe (both near the pier)are recommended for brunch.
For $225 a night, we got the following:
On this 2 week business trip, I decided to stay at 6 different hotels...to get some variety...coming from one of the posh downtown hotels, my first impression of the Sea View Inn was "what a dump." I was told that the room had an "ocean view" but it was on the east side of the main drag and the ocean was visible over the roofs of their other building on the west side.
They have rooms at all four corners of the intersection, with 2 buildings on the west side of Highland. Highland road traffic can be loud, so staying on the west side of the street with windows opening towards the ocean would be the best bet.
My husband and I arrived on Saturday morning of July 4th weekend, early...the staff that greeted us were extremely nice. Understandably we couldn't check in, it was 9am! They held our bags and said we could take the bikes, beach chairs, towels, what ever we needed until we could check in.
Our party of three stayed at the Seaview Inn on March 25 through April 1 2005. The location couldn't be better. We booked a comfortable executive suite which had been recently updated. We recommend the luxury suites on the opposite side of the street if there are only two people traveling. The Seaview Inn supplies all the necessities for the beach including chairs and bikes. The staff was friendly and always willing to be of help. Excellent choice if you are looking to spend time in a quiet beach community.
Worst customer service ever!
This hotel made a mistake with our reservation. When confronted, the manager of the hotel kept insisting that I made the mistake even though he was not present when making the reservation.
Furthermore, they did not confirm anything in writing and kept insisting I was to blame. They even charged my credit card for 1 night without me ever using the hotel.
I have stayed in a lot of hotels but this hotel has the worst customer service ever.
I will never book this hotel or recommend it to anyone!
Exceptional Staff to accomidate the hotel.
Thanks Graham, Scott, and James. Not only is your hotel a great place to stay but you three guys made the stay so enjoyable. We will be back next year for the AVP tournament. A+