San Benito House is located in the center of Half Moon Bay and thus in walking distance to many restaurants, shops, etc. The rooms are over the bar on the first floor. It is an excellent bar, friendly and a good selection of draught beer. It is also excellent in that it is lively, loud, and full of patrons until well after midnight. Do you see the problem?
Guests of the bar sometimes overflow out onto a patio with a fire pit. They laughed and drank and roared until after 2:00am the night we were there. Because this is an old hotel with thin walls, it sounded like they were in our room! And around 2:30, one of them came yelling down the hall, obviously drunk and profane, and woke up and got into an argument with his roommate…and we could hear every word!
The rooms are bare, some without private baths, the furnishings are old, one chair per room, the dimmest lights we have seen in years (impossible to read by—even the bedside lamp was no more than 40 watts). The bed? Excellent! If only we could have fallen asleep amidst the ruckus.
The price was very modest (although this is not a bed and breakfast so you are on your own to visit the excellent Moonrise Bakery up the street), so that helped a bit. But we won't return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best B&B in the area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Benito House Hotel Half Moon Bay