This is an older hotel but is well kept and the owners a friendly and accommodating. I recommend getting a room with a fireplace even if you aren't needing to use it, because the room is bigger and has a high ceiling, as well as being on a higher floor. The highway noise on the first floor is worse, but is constant no matter what-otherwise we could have listened to the ocean right across the street. We were usually only there during the evening-and the train didn't bother us at all. If you want to take any cruises or go to Catalina, the harbor is only about five minutes away. The room does have a musty odor so you may want to take some air freshener or incense. I think it is just due to the age of the hotel. The bed was very comfortable!