Seal Cove Inn

221 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, California, 94038, United States | 4 star inn
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This 4 star inn, located on 221 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, is near Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Mavericks, Miramar Beach, and Montara State Beach.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Seal Cove Inn Moss Beach

    Absolutely Charming Seal Cove Inn


    My company recently had an off-site meeting at the Seal Cove Inn. We could not have asked for a better location! The service, meeting accommodations and atmosphere were ideal. The continental breakfast and catered lunch surpassed all expectations (the scones were amazing). A number of meeting attendees expressed an interest in returning on their own for a weekend getaway with their spouses.

    I highly recommend the Seal Cove Inn to anyone looking for a super friendly, tranquil place to escape the crazy pace of the city.

    Well located, away from it all, but close enough


    We had another great stay at the Seal Cove Inn. This lovely "chateau" seems a million miles away from SF with its lovely walk to the ocean, quiet setting and wonderful people, yet within 40 minutes one can be just about anywhere on the peninsula. We find it refreshing and always look forward to the special moments that bring us back here again and again!

    Wonderful stay at the Seal Cove Inn


    My husband and I just returned from an overnight stay at the Seal Cove Inn. We stayed in the Cypress room. We are planning a longer visit. The bed was wonderfully comfortable; the Inn beautiful, the continental breakfast was delicious (a 1/2 baked apple with cinnamon and granola, a small bowl of yogurt and granola, a fresh cinnamon and powdered sugar pastry, orange juice and coffee). We were greeted by Courtney who was calm and helpful (we were worried about getting to the Inn on time and called several times). She showed us our room and explained the amenities. The bathroom -- I wish my master bath were as lovely (2 pedestal sinks, a toilet in an alcove, a deep Jacuzzi tub and a separate shower). The room also has a small patio looking over the back garden, which has several paths leading out into the surrounding trees. The Inn is within walking distance (5-10 minutes) to the Moss Beach Distillery (the meal was pricey but delicious and they supposedly have a ghost). Just to address the comments about shabby furniture, for heaven's sake they are antiques and are meant to look old!

    Our meal at the Moss Beach Distillery was not without problems. Apparently, they close at 8 PM on Sunday. We were a couple of minutes late for our 8 PM reservation and found the door locked. We knocked on the door and window several times and it wasn't until my husband yelled out that we had reservations that they opened the door. In addition, we had confirmed reservations for a table next to a window but when we were being seated the hostess told us that they do not reserve window-seats for their 8 o'clock reservations.



    Seal Cove Inn was my first B&B experience, and because of the wonderful service, room and amenities, I will be checking out more B&B while going on vacation. I've always been wary of the B&B experience because I felt like it was more of a social stay than a private stay, but after staying at the Seal Cove Inn, I realized you make it the stay you want to make it, and the B&B is only there to make your time that much more memorable.

    I read the "bad" review on trip advisor, and it did make me apprehensive about what to expect, but after staying at the Seal Cove Inn for two nights, I really don't know what that person expected. If any of the fixtures in the rooms look "worn," then I would have to say it's because they're relatively old and are meant to be that way. It's called ambiance! The bathroom fixtures were fine - only the actual furniture (little table and shelves) looked worn, but they were supposed to look that way. Everything else (sink, tub, lights) were up-to-date, worked fine, and looked better than some of the fixtures I've seen in pricey hotels.

    The food was excellent. We had the in-room breakfast both mornings and were greeted with fresh, hot scones (really good!), yogurt with home made granola, and fruit. Tea and coffee were available during the day in the dining room - you can just help yourself and take it back to your room. The B&B also promoted a social hour with wine and snacks.

    Never once did we feel like we couldn't be "at home" at the Seal Cove Inn. The service was wonderful, the people were friendly, and they even provided a bottle of sparkling wine for us on New Year's Eve night. It's touches like those that make you wan to come back. And we will!

    We love returning here!


    We have been here half a dozen times and each is just as wonderful as the first. Karen and her staff are masters of the little details that make every visit special.

    Weekend get away winner


    Even though my stay was a result of winning a contest through Country Home Magazine, see review & picture March/April 2001 in letters to the editor, I still would recommend the Seal Cove Inn as a great retreat in a country setting with elegant surroundings.Beds were so comfortable.. Enjoyed breakfast in the dining room with others. also it is within walking distance for most to the Distillery Restaurant, great food/view & no need for a designated driver.. would love to go back!!

    Peaceful getaway!


    I've just returned from a wonderful 3 night stay at the Seal Cove Inn. You turn into the property off of a quiet street 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay. It's peaceful even in the parking lot. The staff was incredibly warm and friendly.

    My room was the Ascot. It had high cathedral ceilings and a patio that looked out over a wild flower garden and cypress trees with just a peek of the ocean. The fridge was stocked with COMPLIMENTARY sodas and wine. There was wood to burn in the fire place and free videos from an extensive list to play in the VCR. With an afgan for my feet and a comfy chair, (I was having an alone weekend without the kids) I was in heaven.

    In the morning they bring you a tray with coffee or tea and the paper and leave it outside your door at a time you choose. You can have a full breakfast in the dining room or continental in your room up until 10AM which is nice for late risers like me. I had the full breakfast the first morning and it was fine, fresh orange juice, blueberry pancakes, bacon. The next two mornings I chose continental which consisted of juice, fruit, granola over yogurt and the BEST scones fresh from the oven I'd ever had.

    I read the last review that had poor things to say about this place. I have to agree that the bathrooms leave something to be desired unless you are in the two rooms that have jacuzzi tubs (I peaked at those and they are fabulous!) Otherwise you get a very shallow and narrow tub, small sink etc. But for the price (other properties I inquired were $350 - $800 a night) I thought I was more than pampered at the Seal Cove Inn for $175-$225 a night.

    If you go be sure to visit the San Gregorio General Store, the town of Pescadero and Swanton's Berry Farm with the self serve tasting room all south on Hwy 1.

    A big disappointment


    Because the owner of this B&B is a well-respected travel writer, we had high expectations for the Seal Cove Inn. The service was fine, but the room was in need of an extensive renovation. Shabby furniture (e.g., the fabric on the chairs was worn), broken lamp, cheap and old bathroom fixtures, stark white walls. Also, the breakfast was far from the "gourmet" fare that was advertised. The rates at this inn ($200/night and up) do not match its downscale nature. The four star AAA rating and Conde Nast traveler rating are very misleading.

    Wonderful Romantic Getaway! We loved it!


    This is a spectacular hotel. The owner, Karen Brown, is the famous author of the travel guide series: Karen Brown's Guides. She is an expert in the travel industry and has channeled all her experience into creating the perfect inn. Quiet, romantic, excellent service, ocean views, wonderful beaches, delicious breakfast and happy hour appetizers, I could go on and on.... I just can't wait to get back to Seal Cove Inn!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Seal Cove Inn Moss Beach

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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    A travel blog entry by stevenordmark on Apr 13, 2014

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    A travel blog entry by danandzoelord on Mar 21, 2014

    1 comment, 12 photos

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    A travel blog entry by brownhills on Jan 10, 2014

    4 comments, 50 photos

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    A travel blog entry by denise64 on Oct 30, 2013

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