The Belamar Hotel
Travel Blogs from Manhattan Beach
Kids enjoyed another morning in surg Camp. Last day to prepare for their surf contest tomorrow! Parents put in laundry at Whale of a Wash and letting it wash/tumble while enjoying breakfast at The Kettle. The porridge was great, one portion too much for the two of us! At 12 we picked up the kids and headed north towards Beverly Hills. We walked …
Last day of driving, tonight we will be in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. Travel distance from Cambria: 368 km. We leave early as we have a meeting at 3 at Manhattan Beach Pier with Evelyn from Oliver's Swiss college class. The trip is easy as we drive on Highway 101 which is mostly straight, unlike the Highway Nb 1 of the previous day which is all …
First beach camp day for the kids! From today until Friday, from 9 to 12 at Manhattan Beach Mia and Dario will learn to surf in a summer camp! Lots of tanning lotion (we still all had red spots in the evening that were in need of Aloa Vera!) and all the necessary towels and shirts are packed, so off we go in our Ford Mustang... We sign the kids in …
Kids went to the Surf camp, parents had breakfast in the hotel. On the way to the beach we stopped in downtown Manhattan Beach, some blocks from the water. We had spotted a Sketchers shop. Walking there we also notice an office building with a Sketcher logo on it - the global head office as we learn later! The shop is their shop Number One, where …
After surf camp we drove to Pasadena, home of the Disneyland. We arrived shortly after 1 and got a positive first impression already when parking and taking the shuttle to the park. Everything organised to the last details, cautious remiders like "keep your heads, arms and legs inside the vehicule until it comes to a complete stop...". Quickly we …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
but small rooms and beds!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Belamar Hotel Manhattan Beach
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.
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.
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.
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.
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