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TravelPod Member ReviewsSeascape Resort Aptos
Luxury resort, brilliant clifftop views, superb deli and shop in the village - pricey by American standards (but not if you are used to luxury living, I suppose) and there were 2 weddings at the venue while we were there.
Friendly staff - and well manicured grounds. Best weather is apparently in September - so be warned it will be hazy during August.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Seascape Resort Aptos
Perfect for our requirements
My family stayed here for three nights in early August. We had done the same last summer. We booked a two bedroom, partial ocean view, in one of the south end buildings, specifically asking for an end unit. The end units have more windows, light, and less potential noise from next door. With two teenage girls it is ideal as each gets to invite a friend and there is plenty of room. Our most significant interaction with staff has been pretty much limited to the guys that bring you down to the beach in the carts, and they have been consistently polite and helpful. Phone calls to the front desk were always handled well, and housekeeping did a great job.
The beds were fine. The partial ocean view is what many hotels would call a full ocean view. There was never any question regarding rate as they confirm all reservations in writing and take a deposit for one nights lodging.
There are plenty of towels at the pool and the hot tub was excellent.
We use the kitchen primarily for breakfast, and to make sandwiches for the beach. It is more than sufficient for that. There is a terrific supermarket about 5 minutes away, called deluxe foods, to stock up on provisions.
The previous year we did their s'mores on the beach option, which was fun but expensive. We did it ourselves this year, buying everything we needed at the store, for a quarter of the price and it was more fun lighting our own fire.
While I know this is not a Ritz Carlton, it is excellent if you have similar needs as mine. My wife and I would probably not come here for a romantic getaway, but for the family, it is perfect. The only thing I wish they would add is a bathroom facility on the beach.
Rude and Gross in SC
Stayed here recently and was disgusted by experience. Booked a one bedroom suite. The bed was insanely uncomfortable and there was no view. The property was glum and nothing stood out about it. The room was not very clean either. The worst part was the service. They weren't just rude, they were agressive and hyper defensive. My room service was undercooked and tasteless. They pulled a bait and switch on the rate when I went to check out and I had to escalate it to the general manager. He was extremely rude and would not give (it was probably his idea to change rates) and when I mentioned the room service, he told me he didn't believe me! There was almost no one there and I think that should have been a clue.
Seascape -- NOT a 4-Diamond Resort
My husband and I just returned from a getaway to the Monterey Coast area. We were torn betwen staying at Carmel's Tradewinds, Carmel Valley Ranch and Seascape. Because of reviews here, and because we wanted a kitchen, we opted for Seascape.
THE GOOD: Beautiful landscaping, well-maintained grounds, friendly staff. We were in a one bedroom in the main building, partial ocean view (#214). The view was great. The "partial view" meant a grove of Cypress trees blocked part of the ocean view, but the trees only added to the ambience. Beautiful, overall, although a staff member said that if you're staying in a one bedroom, the best views are on the third floor, #300 and #327. Also, we liked the gas fireplace. Usually they're kinda cheesy, but this one really took the edge off of the August morning fog. The patio was a nice touch. Even though we could see a corner of the pool, the patio felt very private and the pool noise was minimal. Very wheelchair-accessible, and paved paths will take you most everywhere around the grounds.
THE BAD: The rooms feel like an 80's style Oakwood Corporate apartment complete with worn carpeting. Even the bed had yesteryear's boxsprings. Way too bouncy. I couldn't sleep at all. And when the third floor guests above chatted, we overheard. When they showered in the morning, the water pipes clanged. I resorted to earplugs. For $300 a night, I was disappointed, needless to say. The kitchenette was kitted out with dinged-up non-stick pans, a hard-to-figure-out array of stove eyes, and no spices. Thank god we brought our own oils, spices, etc. and had stopped by Gayles's Bakery in Capitola to stock up. (The "cute" grocery at Seascape jacks up its prices unconscionably. Can you say $14 for a jar of pasta sauce?) If you're a videophile, note that the units are transitioning from VHS to DVD. We had a DVD in the living room, and a VHS in the bedroom. No worries -- both televisions were too tiny to enjoy a film. The living room measured about 13 by 20 feet, but the TV was smaller than my computer monitor, maybe 17 inches. I kept reminding myself I didn't go to the ocean to watch a DVD...
A further bad is that each unit is individually owned, so that if you have a problem, you're stuck. The Seascape management is like a condo overseer, so forget about changing rooms.
Query why AAA calls this place 4-diamonds? I've stayed at Carmel's Highlands Inn. That's 4 diamonds. No comparison to Seascape. As my DH said about Seascape, "A solid 3-star establishment with a 4-star location." We won't be returning. Might be a winner for a family with kids, though.
We love Seascape
I go to Seascape often with my wife and three kids. The rooms are very spacious, clean, and well furnished (tv, boom box, kitchen, washer and dryer, patio etc). The beach is good, though its a 5-10 minute walk from the rooms. Many people bring their dogs to the beach, and they are mostly off leash, which can be annoying and, um, dirty. The restor provides free golf cart service to and from the beach. Sanderlings restaurant is very good but expensive; it also has a great aquarium. Each of the three room complexes has its own pool and hot tub. There is a nice little shopping center across the street.
The South complex seems more kid-oriented, and the pool is open until 11pm. The North complex is more senior-oriented, and the pool is open until 10pm. The main complex is convenient if you want to have fast access to the restaurant, bar, and lobby. The pool there is open until 11pm.
We love vacationing at Seascape.
Beautiful California Coast
What a beautiful spot on the California coast. The grounds and rooms were extremely clean and well cared for. Staff was very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the restaurant and cooking in our room. There was a little shopping area across the street where you can go to get groceries or out to eat. Beach was nice but the water is cold. Will definitely stay there again.
Nice stay at the Seascape
I stayed at the Seascape Resort for a business trip at the end of October 2004. I had a studio with an ocean view. Although I didn't get to spend time at the resort during the day, I was able watch the sunset from the beach and sunrise from my room each day. I also enjoyed listening to the ocean as I walked around the property and while I slept. The bed was very comfortable and the rooms are tastefully decorated. The Sanderlings restaurant was very good, as was Palapas across the street. And the Full of Beans coffee shop (also across the street) was perfect for a quick bite before heading off to work in the morning. I really had no complaints. However, if you are going to be making phone calls or using the high-speed internet, look into the prices first so that you are not shocked when you check-out.
Excellent Family Vacation
My husband and I love going to Seascape Resort both as a couple and with our children. It is the only vacation spot that after leaving, I truly feel like I've been on vacation. We use the shuttle for the beach and have enjoyed the pools and the play ground at the end of the resort. Take a walk across the street for some great pizza upon your arrival and in the morning for a great cup of coffee and a treat or two. We have stayed all over the resort but really enjoy unit number 10 a two bedroom villa on the north bluff. While my husband and I are relaxing on the balcony or barbequeing our older kids are down below (within eye shot) playing in the pool. Also, the waterfall at night gently lulls you to sleep.
We stayed here for 3 nights, 18,19,20 July and had a wonderful time. Unit 47 is the best. The views are great and the kids loved the beach and the pool. Hot tub is a little too hot. !
Would recomend this place to anyone and will be back when we visit California again.
Loved the view, the ambience, and the beach
We love it at Seascape. The views (from the partial or full ocean view suites) are wonderful, and you can walk on the beach for hours. The suites are cozy and cheerful. The studio is a perfect size for a couple for a week or weekend. It is in a safe and peaceful location. Yes, you have to walk across a quiet street to go to the spa or sportsclub but if you like to exercise, that is a plus. Whenever we go to a different resort, we wish we were at Seascape.
Nice Villas, no spa or sports facilities
Stayed at Seascape Resort in a 2 bedroom villa. Villas are a good size (enough space for four adults), very clean with fully equipped kitchens and a television in every room. Good service with a golf cart shuttle to the beach and pleasant staff. Only drawback is that the resort does not have full resort facilities. No spa or sports club on the premises.
Must walk across the street to a separate area for those services and even though the sports club and spa are listed in their Directory of Services, the resort charges you $1 per call to phone over there (because it is outside of the resort) and then $6 per person for use of sports facilities -- these nominal costs are a bit ridiculous considering the price of staying at the "resort".
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... the west end of the Recreation trail, a nice biking and walking trail that keeps you away from the traffic, you end up at the northern end of 17 Mile Drive. For those of you who don't know, 17 Mile Drive is a beautiful, privately-owned road that runs around the outside of the peninsula between Monterey and Carmel. Absolutely beautiful views of this section of the California coast. It runs by and through some of the most famous ...
* met a couple who were originally from Ontario (St. Thomas and Oshawa) and now living in Santa Clara who gave us lots of good hints about good places to visit as we go down the coastal highway
... the pier. That evening we went to a fancy seafood restaurant which was also on the water.
The next day we drove to San Simeon. The road was as nice as the great ocean road. The drive would have taken 2 hours but we made ...
... clusters having big group cuddles and their size and quantity was quite staggering. Some moved up the beach which is entertaining to watch as they kind of do 'the worm' forward shuffle and all their blubber ripples along with them. Lots were also fidgeting and flicking sand over themselves so it was very fascinating and enjoyable to observe. And of course their noses are ridiculous.
So moving on we entered the Big Sur territory where the road ...
... the fly. So on we drove to Carmel - famous for its previous Mayor Clint Eastwood among other things. It'a a great town and we really enjoyed wandering downtown and eating at a great bistro, and drinking good California wine.
Today was sunny and breezy along the coast so we needed to pull out our jackets and jeans. Tonight walking around Carmel, we really found it quite cool (in the 50s) compared to our recent Palm Springs 100s.