Looking for any info about anyones stay at Manta Ray Inn.
Manta Ray Inn is overpriced and under staffed in a strange and troubling manner. Management closes its office everyday at 5 PM. That's right, 5 PM. If you have any kind of problem with the facilities, or need helpful information, a small note near the office door directs you to an outdoor phone in a nearby corridor. I'm not sure how reliable that process is. This business professor does know it violates the most basic responsibility of owners for their guests. Manta Ray's brochure states the inn is located just two blocks from the Hollywood Broadwalk with its beachfront restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops. The reality is that the broadwalk's core, where its acivity is centered, is at least a mile and a half from Manta Ray. That's important. A three mile round trip on foot on a soft sand beach is not a repeat experience for most guests at Manta Ray. Their problem is finding a parking spot after driving to what should be the best of a Hollywood Beach stay. Visitors to motels and hotels with better locations do not have this problem. They avoid a long search for almost non-existent street parking, and very limited public parking, by using always available parking, either at beachfront or near beachfront hotels and motels. And they can expect a far better deal than that available at the overpriced Manta Ray where a very small unit can cost amost $300 a night in high season. The front and back of our ground floor unit, at out first and last visit to Manta Ray, was less than 50 feet from a very active parking lot, in use almost to midnight. We will spend the first night of our next visit to Holloywood Beach at the top ranked, ultra luxurious, beachfront Westin Diplomat, for nearly the same cost as Manta Ray. We will spend our first day looking at hotels and motels at the center of the two and a half mile long Broadwalk, either oceanfront or one block removed. We know from short coversations with desk clerks (1) that only on very rare occasions are all units filled, (2) that walk-ins without reservations can expext the same rate as advance reservations, (3) that front desk visitors, who indicate they are investigating possiblities at other nearby hotels and motels, can often get a reuced rate by hotel personnel intent on increasing their occupancy rate. When on the broadwalk we will be looking for a chance encounter with either of the two Hollywood police officers who, on separate occasions, were so helpful to us during our recent visit.
The management's reply to your complaint told me all i need to know. You seem more impressed with yourself being A "Professor of Business". Did not give any insight. I have been coming to Hollywood for 20 years your complaints are rather unreasonalble. I am looking for any other info on the Manta Ray itself from anyone else out there. Thanks.