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Harbor View Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   51 Avenue Alhambra, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   |  
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Ranked #8 of 8 hotels in Half Moon Bay
California
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“Clean, comfortable, friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This motel is in the small town of El Granada, a few miles north of the town of Half Moon Bay. Located across the highway from the Pillar Point Harbor, within walking distance of the harbor with shops & restaurants. We were on the first floor, so our view of the harbor & ocean was severely limited. I think having a second floor room would have solved that.

The room was very clean, modern decor. Comfortable queen sized bed. HUGE flat screen TV, refrigerator & microwave (both at our request), a coffeemaker, large dresser, desk, window seat (needs a cushion/pad!!), and 2 comfy chairs. (a small table would have been nice). Needs a trash receptacle in the bedroom. Bathroom was very nice, very clean. Nice soft towels. Has a hair dryer & iron. Love the modern shower with 3 sprays! There are no towel racks to hang the hand towels & used bath towels.

This was not a very quiet room, as we could hear the creaking of the floor above us as people moved around. The door to the room next door was very creaky so that every time someone came & went it created some noise, also. The highway noise was bothersome, but did die down late at night. The foghorn does go off every 7 seconds (I timed it), but was muffled somewhat with the drapes closed. The WORST noise was at 4 AM one morning when 2 huge semis (18 wheelers) that were parked right outside started up their engines and let them warm up for 15 minutes, right on the street in front of the motel, only a few feet away from our window. That was horrible. The motel should not allow the large trucks to park there and disturb their occupants. The semis could have parked down in the huge harbor parking lot.

We opted not to partake of their nice looking continental breakfast just because we wanted something more substantial plus it would have been difficult to eat off the trays in our room since there was no table in the room. There is a WONDERFUL restaurant next door, Cafe Classique which has GREAT breakfasts, and the coffee is splendid. (try the Rocket Espresso!)

The front desk woman (sorry, didn't get her name) was AWESOME! She came to our room to help us figure out how to use the TV. (we are admittedly techno-phobes). She was very friendly.

Overall, except for a few minor inconveniences and the horrid truck experience, we enjoyed our stay. We would stay there again, but next time request an upstairs room and bring earplugs plus a sleep aid. :-)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Just stayed at this hotel. Good location within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Each room has somewhat of an ocean view. There's a 4 lane street and then shopping and a marina area across from hotel but you can still see ocean. But for the price well worth the location. Even though you are close to the street you cant hear the traffic. Staff was very friendly and helpful and rooms were clean although with older furniture. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

The Harbor View Inn overlooks the water and is a very well kept, basic hotel. It is not for honeymoons , but is an excellent choice for a good night sleep at a reasonable rate. It also has a bsic breakfast consisting of packaged pastries, several cereal choices, yogurt, and fruit and juice. It is nothing special but it was a clean and enjoyable place to sleep before starting a strenuous day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We needed a quick affordable getaway and this was a perfect fit. First off, let me say with the eclipse this was a perfect viewing location with Mother Nature lending a helping hand. We needed nothing more than the fog rolling in and sunglasses. The hotel was clean and staff very helpful if you needed anything. Continental breakfast was plentiful with a good variety. We loved the bay window seat with the ocean view (upstairs) - used it to start the day with breakfast and end the day with adult beverages. My actual goal was Borsini-Burr Gallery in Montara and this location made it a quick drive (7 mi) We actually walked to dinner one night and enjoyed a quick tour of the local shops. While we were there my husband went online and re-booked us for his birthday at the end of the month.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2012
Thank you so much for your glowing review and for taking the time to let us know that you truly enjoyed your stay at Harbor View Inn.
Our location is ideal and Our team and I want our guests to feel welcomed and excited about their visit and it sounds like that is exactly what occurred for you. With appreciation and joy, thanks a million.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

You cannot find better service than the lady at the Front Desk, she was fantastic. In is not fancy, but we were not in our rooms a lot. The room was a bit old, but very clean and the bed was comfortable, windows opened letting in the wonderful sea air was wonderful, towels and bathroom
were good. A bit of street noise with windows open, but very quiet later. Could walk to everything.
Recommend highly.
Suzie Q

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2012
Dear Suzie,

Thank you soo much for the wonderful review and for taking the time.
Next time you are coming back to the area, you will have try one of our newly remodeled rooms.
We appreciate your comment. Hope to see you again soon! Thank you again
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

It is not the RITZ, but for value is great ! The front desk was terrific ! She was spot on anytime we ask a questions or needed anything. We had a large group with 3 rooms. Everything was in perfect order. Hotel is in a great location. Walking distance to everything. I highly recommend
Traffic is a bit noisy on highway 1. but nothing to worry about.
Come over for a few days - park the car - put on your walking shoes/ flip flops, enjoy the beach, hiking and fun restaurants

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

My boyfriend and i stayed at Harbor View Inn for the weekend and had a wonderful time!!!
View was beautiful from our room although we were not right on the beach we were able to walk there in 5minz. Our room was very clean and comfy!!
Very friendly reception gave us area information and discount to restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Also had a great kick start to our morning with their free Breakfast it was awesome very healthly.
We are looking forward to staying here again when we are in town. Great comfy place!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harbor View Inn

Address: 51 Avenue Alhambra, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 8 hotels in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Harbor View Inn 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Harbor View Inn, located on the shores of Half Moon Bay, CA.Come enjoy luxury and comfort at one of the most affordable hotel on the coast, make Harbor View Inn your choice of lodging in Half Moon Bay! Located across the street from the Harbor, along the beautiful California Coast - Just walking distance to the beach and also very easy excess to hwy 1. Guests enjoy the Ocean view. Each of our seventeen comfortably appointed rooms features a bay window seat offering a panoramic view of the harbor and the Pacific Ocean. ... more   less 
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