I needed an affordable place to stay while on business, and this fit the bill. It was definitely an interesting mix of amenities and services. It was clear tha most guests were vacationing, which was fine. The front of the hotel has a lovely view of the ocean, while the back looks at a wall of dirt. The downside to the front of the hotel is noise- a major road and an active train track run just in front of the hotel. I found the trains bothersome the first night, but really didn't hear them after that.
The biggest advantage to this place is the full kitchen in each unit. And I mean full kitchen! Range top, full size fridge, nicest microwave I've ever seen, dishwasher, regular size coffee pot, blender (!), all the dishes, pots, and pans you could want, PLUS, a full size Weber grill on the balcony! If you want to save money by eating in, this is the place.
Downsides include the fact that housekeeping services are not daily- just once a week. This would have been ok, had I been told about it up front, but no one mentioned it when I checked in. In general, the hotel looks like it's been around the block a few times, particularly in public areas. The rooms are nicer than halls, etc. The building I was in had one old, small elevator, which was very slow.
The ugly- parking. Each building has an underground parking garage, which is great. However, the parking spaces are the smallest I have ever seen- and I was driving a compact car. If you are used to city driving and parking, this would likely not phase you, however, I found the lot to be a challenge. Overnight street parking is not an option. There is a large parking lot across the street, however, it's part of a local park and costs $15 per day to use. If you drive a large vehicle, beware.
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Shores Hotel Capistrano Beach