The Belamar Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Belamar Hotel Manhattan Beach
but small rooms and beds!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Belamar Hotel Manhattan Beach
It really is better at the Belamar!
My husband and I stayed here on a weekend getaway and it was fantastic! The hotel is not trying to be hip - it IS hip! The Vibe lounge was unexpected and so much fun. Who knew we only had to head off the lobby to be part of a scene that included a really good band (34 Below), dancing and a great crowd. The food in the restaurant was trendy/fusion, but excellent. The room, which included a large balcony, was quiet, comfortable and well appointed. The bedding was really beautiful and luxurious. The CD player with complimentary cool CDs were a nice touch and went with the music/lounge/hip feel of the entire hotel. The hotel is a bit farther from the beach than we expected (may be a mile as the crow flies, but seems a bit farther as the car travels). However, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle to both the main streets in Manhattan and Redondo beaches and you can call the bellman for a pick up after hours, too. The staff was friendly, helpful, yet also relaxed/chill. The only glitch we had was that we wanted to watch Sideways and the TV terminal was not hooked up for movie ordering - a minor hassle solved quickly and graciously after a visit from engineering. We did use both the pool and the spa which, except for a few very notable and nice touches, apparently were not covered under the scope of the renovation (but we enjoyed them nonetheless). Recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a fun and different getaway who wants an interesting, hip hotel in an LA beach community. We have already booked our next trip!
What a hidden gem! The rooms were lush, lush, lush- very spa-like! I want that bedding for my home. It was a quiet area too. We stayed there 3 different times in the last 2 months on layovers from LAX and while exploring the area. VERY close to LAX with excellent shuttle service. Wonderful service! (Do they only hire gorgeous people?) Loved the fancy bottled water, CD's, Room Service and Virgin Black cola! Fabulous restaurant. Cotton candy for the kids too! Tv worked fine for us. A/C was fine. I would ask for a garden view room with a balcony for your morning cup of coffee. And the towels were very soft! The best part is enjoying the quaint area of Manhattan Beach. We will go back again and again.
Trying too hard to be hip
We just spent two nights at the Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA. This Hotel recently opened and is still having start-up problems we suspect. For example, our room was not ready even at the late check-in time of 3:00 PM. The room was set up for one person instead of two as per our reservation and, despite a call to the desk, was never changed. Also, the towel supply was always missing something, e.g., washcloths.
The room itself was tastefully decorated but rather small. The bathroom was very cramped. This was supposedly one of the more expensive, "tranquility" rooms. The common areas are also nicely decorated with the exception of the ghastly wall art.
The personnel were friendly and helpful but service was uneven and everyone seemed to be stressed.
If the breakfast fare is any indicator, plan on eating somewhere else - unappetizing and meager fare at $12 for a "continental" breakfast. Your local Best Western has more and better for free! With all the great restaurants in the area we were not about to risk dinner at the hotel.
Annoyances: $18/day for valet parking; $1 for local calls; $ for ice since it has to come via room service.
Close, but not cigar.
We read some nice reviews so we decided to give it a shot. Check in took too long 15 min plus. The problem was the guest, but there should be more than just one person on hand to check in so guests who have their papers in order should not wait so long standing in the lobby.
Room is small, damp, musty ATC it's a very humid night. But room is very noticeably musty, it feels like allot of new things lay over the old and the old is just a scratch beneath the surface.
TV is a zenith (not a flat screen as mentioned on web), many channels are fuzzy unclear.
Nice big display CD alarm clock.
Internet works well, even offers option of external IP, no wifi.
All in all room is smaller than I would expect, smells old, bed looks brand new, chic, but feels old and kind of junky. All in all it feels like a holiday inn but rehabbed by the "W" on a surface level.
Some kinks to work out, but will return
This hotel has been open in it's current configuration for about two months. Nothing great to look at from the outside, but they have done a great job inside.
They are trying very hard to be a hip, trendy spot, check out the website and try to figure out just what they are trying to say.
The staff are very friendly, if not partucullary efficient or experienced. There was a wedding going on the afternoon we arrived and with the guests that it brought to the hotel, it was the busiest weekend they had experienced since re-opening, and it showed. They did not have adequate housekeeping staff to turn over the rooms on time. We arrived at 4, (3 o'clock is thier advertised check in), and they did not have our room ready, nor the room for the two very vocal guests in line with us. Being in no hurry, we offer to step out of line to allow these two to get on with their complaining. A bit of instant Karama and we were quickly placed in an upgraded room that was ready.
Nice attention to details in the rooms. Cool soothing greens and blues with the softest towels I have ever found in a hotel, (must be because they were brand new).
Anyway, the only downside, and it was sort of a big one for me, was that the internet,(advertised as free in the room), was not working in my room. I live not far away from the hotel but had come for some piece and quiet to get some work done that required internet access. Oh well, I got the piece and quiet and will return. I am sure the staff will get it together with a little more practice. They tried hard, just didn't quite get it done in all ways. I spoke to one of the valets and he said the previous weekend they had only 17 guests vs. a full house for the first time this week.
Fabulous New Boutique By LAX
This hotel is REALLY an AWESOME find. I travel to Los Angeles all the time and am "over" the Santa Monica/Beverly Hills overpriced and "over done" boutique hotel options. It's also 5 minutes from LAX - no 405 to deal with - YES!! This place is amazing - brand new everything, fun and funky attitude throughout, awesome food/drinks and entertainment in the bar and restaurant, awesome rooms with a really great "feel" going on. 24 hour room service, free high speed access in guest rooms and wireless everywhere else, turndown, shoeshine, oh and you have to check out LUCY - she's the star - you name it - it's there and they are a really cool bunch of people to deal with - no uptight "westside attitude" or all the rest of the "you know what" you normally have to deal with when staying somewhere hip in LA. The Belamar has my vote and then some and is definitely my new hotel of choice when visiting the City of Angels, AND I am going to tell everyone I know about it - hope all the "cool cats" sit up and take notice! There's a new kid on the block!
Just stayed at the very recently opened Belamar in Manhattan Beach, CA and it is a wonderful place to stay. Very quiet, rooms very nicely decorated in soothing tones and the whole place has a mod, playful twist. I would have given it five stars but the hotel just opened 3 weeks ago and they are having some minor finalization issues (i.e., the hot water wasn't working particularly well, which I informed the staff of, and had 1/2 of my room charge deducted from my bill upon checkout without even having to ask). The service is personalized and excellent overall. (Note, prior to its recent incarnation as the hip Belamar, this used to be "Barnaby's at the Beach." In reality it's over a mile to the beach).
Loved the Place
My partner and I had stayed late at a music concert one night when we decided to pull off the road and try to find a hotel. The valet goodnaturedly met us at the front entrance of Barnabeys, and assisted us in finding the reception desk. The staff were courteous and helpful in the wee hours of the morning. Our room was luxurious and spacious with a proper down comforter on the bed and a coffee pot to wake us up the next day. The continental breakfast was excellent, the food fresh even at the end of the breakfast period. We look back on the experience with fond remembrance...what a treat this hotel was on such a very tired night.
POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
On 4/14/03 I booked a 5 day stay from 7/18-7/23 and received a confirmation number and put up my credit card to hold the room. I arrived on 7/18 in Los Angeles from Denver to find that Barnabey's had closed for renovations. NEVER did I receive any kind of phone call, email or correspondece letting me know that they would be closed and giving me time to find another hotel that would accept a small dog. I spent the first 2 two of my vacation frantically calling all over Redondo Beach trying to find another hotel. I was very poor customer service for the management not to have even contacted their guests ahead of time. I would NEVER recommend Barnabey's to anyone!
Barnabey's has ruined over 80 weddings in 2003
Barnabey's Hotel in Manhattan Beach has closed for major renovations. They have cancelled the contracts of over 80 weddings starting next week. They have ruined the weddings of countless people because they could not maintain their building. I can't tell you how mad and how many people this has affected. Bad management and structural problems with the building caused the building inspectors to shut them down into next year leaving more than 80 weddings scrambling to make other arrangements. Please warn people so they don't suffer the same fate as we did.Tom
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