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The Little Inn by the Beach

1819 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672 (Formerly Motel San Clemente)
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Ranked #14 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed 4 nights, the king size bed was hard as a rock, the pillows were flat as pancakes. You had one fluffy towel the other was so thin you could see through. The continental breakfast was breads, coffee sometime fruit it didn't start until 8:30am nothing available until then. I believe our room was never vacuumed during my visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here over the 4th of July weekend. The room was clean and had the nice surprise of both a whirlpool bathtub and a door that lead out to a little patio area. Absolutely perfect for a summer night. Our room was on the 3rd floor and overlooked the courtyard, which was quiet and relaxing. Good parking and location.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Not much parking, but big clean rooms. Firm beds. Clean sheets. Fairly quiet. Carpets were dirty (take your shoes off & see). Only one trash can. Came with plenty of towels, soap, and shampoo. Walking distance to food, shopping, and beach. USMC base close by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Tina, the manager, welcomed me by phone and graciously answered my questions. This is not a corporate, cookie cutter hotel but a charming little inn which harkens back to a gentler time in California when hotel rooms were unlocked with keys which turned in the lock rather than those programmed little cards. This is a family hotel with a view... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Lovely atmosphere about the place, but was a quite dirty. Can tell it hadn't had a good clean in a while, just simple wipe downs. There was grime all around the taps etc. Pillows were bad also. Wifi didn't work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We stayed here 8 days and it was absolutely fine! It is right next to the 5 but we didn't hear it. They have a little breakfast - bananas, oranges, power bars, Capri Suns, coffee and hot water. The breakfast isn't ready till 8:30 but right across the street is Surf Donuts. It's about a mile and a half to... More 

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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We rate this hotel experience as terrible. Room was not clean. Lack of towels, flat pillows, dirty floors and not vacuumed. Bathtub dirty and tub mat had holes. Bright lights outside shined into the room at night making it difficult to sleep. TV Cable was not working. Management is nice and friendly, but housekeeping is poor service. After complaining to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I was at the end of my rope, ready to dive into the deep end when my husband said I could find a nice getaway. I used to live in Dana Point so i know the area is heaven. i just needed an escape and the price was right! We booked it, packed our bags and got the hell out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

the stay was 12/24 to 12/28 so we could visit our Marine Grandson, wife and daughter-great granddaughter. The rate was very good, the room was large, very clean. third floor (301) corner was good. All non-smoking. The Inn is at least 25 years old, but has character, has been kept up nicely without taking away the design. The only issue... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We stayed on the 2nd floor. Close to the freeway but the windows keep the sound out which was perfect. Staff members are great! Providing excellent service. Room was really cool. Has this beachy theme to it. The only thing I wish is it was walking distance to the beach. But san clemente is a hilly town so we had... More 

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