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“Nice location., well appointed rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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Half Moon Bay Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2400 South Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   |  
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turlock, ca.
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10 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice location., well appointed rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Last minute trip to the coast for Valentines weekend--unable to find a room on the water since it was spur of the moment. I was impressed from the moment of check-in. Staff was friendly and professional and we found our room to be comfortable and clean.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We chose the most basic of rooms, to be fair....we were arriving late and leaving by 10 the next morning, so we did not consider a more luxurious room for this particular stop; however, I didn't expect to find an 'upgraded motel 6' as our room!

The structure and grounds of this lodge are quite pretty. Lush plants, green grass, pretty flowers dot the landscape. The golf course behind lends itself to making this place have a great setting. The ocean is not far away and there are snippets of it that can be seen in the distance.

The lobby is charming; there are oranges to choose in a bowl. Yes, there were robes in the room, although they didn't have that 'freshly laundered' smell. The room was just REALLY basic. Sheets were very crumpled when we opened the bed, leaving us with a feeling that we weren't the first to sleep on them. They were clean, but very wrinkled/crumpled. The bathroom was pretty with some lovely tiles; fairly clean but relatively old looking. Carpets, lamps need to be replaced.

Breakfast was the biggest disappointment. It is truly a negative and we were shocked since there were so many good reviews of it. There were no gluten-free options. There were scrambled eggs, but of the 'mixture' variety, the kind you receive at a low-end breakfast. There was no fresh fruit other than more oranges in a bowl. One attendant in the room stood in the corner and cleaned up after people as they left, but there were no friendly faces, and it felt like a step above a truck stop breakfast. I'm so sorry to say this, but it's just not that great. We paid under 200.00 a night for the room. I guess this price in this part of the world is CHEAP and we should have expected much less.

I would NOT go here for a get-a-way. It's a one night stop on the way to somewhere else, but maybe the more expensive rooms are better. A huge disappointment....

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Keith W, General Manager at Half Moon Bay Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Thank you for your review, and for your recent visit. I am sorry to learn your experience fell short of your expectations. I am pleased to share, however, that we are undergoing a renovation at this time, having completely updated our guest rooms in recent weeks and nearing completion of our public space. In conjunction with the efforts to improve our facilities, we are rolling out a number of changes to our complimentary breakfast, including more gluten-free options every day.
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Keith Wesselmann
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Ennice, North Carolina
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22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We needed a quick overnight stop on our way north on Highway 1. The hotel had decent reviews and a good price so we gave it a try.

Half Moon Bay Lodge was recently converted from a Best Western and it's obvious they are working hard to establish it as a premier property, (we passed a section of rooms being renovated and updated with new fixtures.) Friendly check-in staff provided fresh fruit, cookies, and restaurant recommendations. Since our room had a mini fridge but no freezer section they also took our cooler's cold pack to refreeze.

The room was large with a comfortable bed, large flat screen TV, and a deck that overlooked the golf course at the nearby Ritz Carlton. The morning breakfast was more than continental with scrambled eggs, sausage, custom waffles, and all the other usual suspects, i.e., cereal, breads, yogurt, & beverages.

The hotel is located just south of downtown and easy to reach by car.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the newly renovated rooms. We stayed in February, 2013. The new rooms should be finis...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We spent one night as a get away to check out the half moon bay area. The room was very nice. It was clean and had all the amenities that make a spot good. Coffee maker, nice bath items, hair dryer and robes! In addition to the view we had of the golf course the complimentary breakfast was great. Most places get you some packaged pastries and weird orange juice stuff and some watered down coffee. Not here. Good juice, coffee, muffins, scrambled eggs, sausage, waffle maker, and all the rest that make this great amenity to the hotel. We will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: get a 2nd level room that faces the west side. you may not see the ocean but you will have a view of...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Springfield, Missouri
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This hotel is a hidden gem in Half moon Bay Ca , off the beaten path but lovely i sode . the rooms are cozy and clean , the grounds are wonderful for relaxing .In warm months the pool is inviting and not crowded . The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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malibu
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I stayed here in January 2013 with my two kids for two nights on a cold but sunny weekend. The reviews here were so good and they were having a deal ($109/night) so we tried it. Our room was average although a bit dark and gloomy. It had a balcony but it was too cold to use but it did look onto a nice grassy courtyard. Breakfast was standard fare, we are vegetarian/vegan so we always bring a lot of our own stuff. The waffle maker was a nice touch and my son enjoyed making them. The room where we ate breakfast was quaint and nice. The outdoor pool looked nice and was really warm enough to swim in but we didn't get a chance since we came to Half Moon Bay to go to the beach. Beach access is a LONG WALK from the hotel but only a few minutes drive. Public parking lot extremely small so I imagine impossible to park at in high season. We had no problem though in the middle of January.

Other reasons for the average rating:
- we requested a microwave in our room and when we arrived in our room it wasn't there so we had to call down to get it. Not a big deal but the hotel was only half full in the middle of January so I imagine not that difficult to be on top of this sort of thing. Also, not enough towels. I always find it amazing that a hotel can book you into a room and know you have three people staying there, and they only give you enough towels for two people. This happens all the time, so I'm not blaming Half Moon Bay Lodge exclusively, but how hard is it to plan ahead and make sure there are enough towels in the room to accommodate the amount of guests? OR if there is a standard "two sets of towels in each room" then hand the guests the extra towels when they check in, or have it sent up right away. Seems an easy thing to do and would be so nice for guests not to worry about.

TV/cable selection was dismal but I think that is standard for Half Moon Bay in general.

Best thing about this location was the little massage place next door. I had an awesome hour long massage booked at the last minute. Very convinient too being right next door to the Lodge and an easy walk. Cloud 9 Foot Massage.

We would stay here again if they were having another sale, otherwise for the same price we will try The Beach House next time, which is oceanfront.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

As we looked for the Lodge from the road, we found a small sign that had us turn into a pretty setting as we drove up to the entrance. We were greeted immediately and check in was a breeze. We were given restaurant suggestions, directions to shopping areas, and a continental breakfast the next morning. There are only 2 stories, but no elevators. We were surprised, but it added to the quaint feeling of the place. Pretty views from room and beautiful landscaping for a nice walk.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms that face the golf course and beautifully maintained landscaping.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2400 South Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Half Moon Bay Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to Half Moon Bay, where you can brave the waves of Mavericks, explore our community of arts filled with jazz clubs and galleries, and indulge in sustainable cuisine at premier local eateries. ... more   less 
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