Sea View Inn at the Beach
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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 …
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 …
... to make their names in the hillside along the road. This went on for over 15 miles. In Amboy we stopped at the "shoe tree." This is a lone scrub tree in a wash along the road that has been the recipient of numerous shoes. Bri sacrificed her flip-flops for the sake of art. We then went by the Amboy Crater which is the remnants of a volcano with a large lava field on both sides of the road.
We then stopped at Roy's cafe. This cafe has ...
... of them? Anyway, our tip to anyone going is get a front of the line pass and go early. By the afternoon we could barely move down the main streets it was so crowded and some rides had 2 hour wait times. Reluctant to give up on the city of angels too early, we take a drive to Beverly Hills through West Hollywood (WeHo). If only Hollywood was a little more Beverly and a little less seedy it might be easier to see the glamour of yester-year. I know everyone who visits ...
... the surfers and lines of Pelicans flying by was most enjoyable. The beach has an endless series of volleyball courts but strangely no-one was playing on a Wednesday with the skies doing their best to usher in the apocalypse!
I retired to one of the excellent coffe houses in the Downtown area and enjoyed a coffee and a bagel - this has become established as my mid-morning routine. I surfed the web, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea View Inn at the Beach Manhattan Beach
Perfect Hotel! Ideal Location!
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 location is unbeatable. It's safe and a couple minutes walk to the beach. Most of the other Manhattan/Redondo/Hermosa hotels are actually quite far from the beach if you're on foot (such as hotels on Pacific Coast Hwy). This hotel is right next to it.
There are also many great restaurants within walking distance - and many more within 5 minutes drive by car.
The hotel also has many free bikes (of various sizes) that you can take along the strand -which makes for a very fun and easy exercise sort of day. For example, you can ride the bikes (cruisers) along the strand south toward the Redondo Pier and go to the shops, restaurants, and the arcade.
The hotel looks kind of old 60's style architecture from the outside (as are many of the buildings in the area- it kind of blends in). The inside of the rooms are top knotch, clean, well equipted and very comfortable. The beds are very comfortable, too.
This is by far the best choice around - and isn't terribly pricy either. It's a great place for couples and families wanting a low key and very Southern California vacation in a pretty and safe setting. I will definitely stay there again.
Oh, and the staff was very very nice and helpful. Since I'm in sales, good service is always very important to me.
It really is near the beach
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.
Wouldn't pass a health inspection
For $225 a night, we got the following:
the door lock was broken and the door stuck when you tried to open it; there were ants and a cockroach in the bathroom; there were large stains on the carpet and bedspread; they had a coffee pot but didn't have any coffee, cream or sugar. the cable tv had 8 channels; the hotel wireless network didn't work; the hotel pool was ice cold.
we stayed for 3 nights, a prepaid reservation. they had dishes and silverware to use--after the 1st night we discovered that the maid had not washed the dishes. we called the front office who told us he'd send an order for the maid to do this, but she never showed. the second day the dishes were still stacked on the counter from the previous day, so we called the attendant who said he'd speak to the manager. the manager called us back and said the maids didn't do dishes and that we'd have to do them ourselves. Yet the room did not have a scrubber or dishwashing liquid. We eventually spoke to the manager about this situation, saying that for $225 a night we expected the maids to clean the rooms: his response was "then go to a different hotel".
We asked to speak to the owner, but they wouldn't give us the owner's name. Truthfully, this place was so horribly run that we wondered if it was really a front for some other business activity: they couldn't possibly get any repeat customers with the way they treated us.
It grows on you!
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.
During my all too short one night here, my opinions changed...this is a very nice neighborhood...and the hotel has everything you would need (as noted by others). I just had breakfast at the "Local Yolk"...very good.
The other place I would recommend highly is the Pisces a couple of buildings down. It is a sushi place...very warm and cozy...and the owners are so nice! I can't recommend this restaurant too highly!
I would definitely come here again but would pay more to stay on the west side with the real ocean view.
OK hotel, great location close to the beach
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.
The room was decent and included a fridge and microwave oven. They have lots of freebies like beach towels, chairs, etc for use. There is spotty wireless internet access. Nice touches like the reading lights over the bed, and the up-lighting onto the ceiling. The pool was a bit cool and not as clean as it could be, but this is a beach hotel. My biggest complaint was the overall cleanliness of the room. The ceiling fan and all of the trim in the room was caked with dust. I had to take a towel to it just so I didn't swirl it around more. The entry/bathroom floor wasn't very clean either. We didn't notice how dirty it was until one of our kids stood on it dripping wet. When I mopped up the water, the towel was dark brown! I bought some clorox wipes after that and gave the room a once over.
Manhattan beach is a great beach town, and there are great places to eat right next door. This is about the only option you have in Manhattan anywhere near the water. If the rooms were cleaner it would be a real gem.
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.
We decided to go next door to the Local Yolk, a fabulous, inexpensive, very popular restaurant for breakfast next door. The food is excellent. They will be open for dinner later this month, a plus!
Anyway, after breakfast we checked out a couple of bike cruisers, complimentary with the room!!! We cruised the Strand, it was our first time doing this and we loved it!!! We literally spend the whole day riding around on these bikes, in fact the entire weekend. They also provide beach chairs and towels, boogie boards, even pails and shovels for the kids!
The location is great, we had a really nice room. It was a King Superier, with a balcony and ocean view. Again, I can't say more nice things about the staff, they were right on!!!
Be prepared to walk up a pretty steep hill from the hotel to the beach, but the exercise is good, no complaints here.
We will stay here again, without a doubt. There is a convenience store next door, a Mexican restaurant down the street, which was very good and of course the Local Yolk, get there early!
We can't wait to get back!!
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+