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“Very disappointing, especially for over $300/night” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Beach House at Half Moon Bay

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Beach House at Half Moon Bay
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Concord, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very disappointing, especially for over $300/night”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

This hotel had potential and looked very nice online but the room did not come close to meeting my expectations. First, our room overlooked both a very busy restaurant parking lot from the balcony and the highway from the window closest to the bed. We could not open our window or sliding door while staying here because the noise from restaurant, parking lot, and highway was just awful. Across the hall was the stairwell and adjacent to our door was the exercise room which all just added to the noise polution. At night it was too hot to sleep but we couldn't open up to get some fresh air without getting a headache from the noise. We had come here for a special occasion and would have turned around and gone home after seeing the room, except that my husband and I weren't ready to get back in the car for another long drive and call the whole weekend off. When I called the front desk with the hope of changing rooms, they claimed to be sold out for the weekend and asked why I hadn't called an asked a receptionist about the specifics of the rooms before booking! I still can't believe I spent over $300 to stay here for a night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Our Front Desk puts the guests comfort on the highest priority and are happy, ready and willing to assist our guests. We are always truthful of our availability and would have gladly moved this guest to another room if we had the availability.

Guests are more than welcome to book online, but it is true that we encourage having guests call to book because we believe that voice contact is very important. We believe that having a personal touch with our guests not only adds to their experience, but it also gives them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

The average mean temperature in Half Moon Bay is 58 degrees, so it was deemed that air conditioning was probably not a necessity. To provide relief from the occasional hot afternoon on the coast, we have provided a portable fan in each room.

For guests reserving a room for a special occasion, it is common for them to try to book one of our Ocean View rooms, but it is very understandable that it may have not been available because they are usually the first ones to be reserved. This guest happened to booked one of our Standard Non-water View rooms, which are our least expensive rooms.
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76 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We wnated to be within a short drive for our flight out of San Francisco International Airport at the end of our drive up the Pacific coast. There were not many options...and this one worked out well. About 35 minute drive to the airport. We did not get much time in the area, but there are many pretty vistas and nice beaches, along with great surfing.

The hotel is in a very ncie location, with many rooms facing the bay. It is modern & the staff is very helpful. The breakfast was nothing to write home about, but convenient & the coffee was good. There is a Starbucks about 2 miles away, along with a health food store & supermarket.

For dinner, don't miss PAsta Moon in Half Moon Bay...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 29, 2012
Thank you for your review. We're glad you were able to enjoy the area and the property, even for the limited time you were here. We appreciate your comment regarding our Front Desk. We always try to give our guests the best experience possible. Thank you again!
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I highly recommend this hotel. The fog horn that a lot of people complain about was not annoying at all. You barely notice it. It was nice to hear the waves at night and the fireplace in the room was awesome.

Room Tip: Get a top floor room.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Thank you for your review. We also find the foghorn to be pleasant and adds to the ambiance of our beautiful location. We're glad you were able to enjoy the room and the fireplace! We hope you come back and see us again!
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed here one night and I wish we had had more time to enjoy the area. The room was spacious and nicely decorated. Our views were out of this world! We did hear the fog horn, but I found it calming along with the waves. I also did not notice it all too much especially when the doors were closed. We took time to sit in the hot tub and that was fantastic! I love that they had Aveda products as well! I was impressed that when I gave our last name at check in she knew exactly who we were without spending 10 minutes looking in the computer! That felt very welcoming. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the property and the area! Thank you for your comments regarding the fog horn. We are glad you found it to be pleasant. We are also pleased that you found the amenities and hot tub to be so enjoyable. Thank you for mentioning your check-in and how welcoming you felt. We hope you come back to stay with us again.
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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14 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Fog horn blows every ten seconds, 24/7. Very annoying and ruins the peaceful nature of the minor sound of the waves. Nice view of the harbor from a junior suite. Pleasant staff. Pathetic continental breakfast. Parking spaces barely meet the needs. Room lighting was poor. The normal amenities were there as expected, but price was high for what was received.

Room Tip: Get a junior suite. Don't want a 1st floor room facing the noisy highway.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
You are correct that there is a fog horn that is audible from the hotel, but there are some which find it very peaceful and relaxing.... reminding them that they are by the ocean enjoying the nauticial environment. For those who have a problem with it, we do provide sterile earplugs in each of our rooms. We are very glad you found our staff to be pleasant. Thank you for writing that.
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Stayed one night, ground-floor "loft" -- king-size bed, 2 TVs, split-level with tidy living room and sliding doors opening onto a small patio overlooking dunes, a beach, Pillar Point Harbor, and the ocean beyond. If we go back for a few days at a time, and we might, we'd find the nearby Whole Foods and stock up, then cook in -- there's all you need to fix your own meals and clean up afterwards. But since we were only there one night, we schlepped through the parking lot next door and ate at Sam's Chowder House, where we had a great meal for a reasonable bill (not cheap, but not overpriced by any means -- like the Beach House, in fact). The continental breakfast was nice, though nothing special. If we return, we'll certainly try out the heated pool and the Jacuzzi.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms were nice, but patios are chock-a-block, so if your neighbors are also of a mind...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
We are happy you had an enjoyable experience at our hotel! Thank you for the comments and describing the view from your room so nicely. We hope to see you again very soon!
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We (Family of four) stayed there for one night on our way north along the coast. We had an oceanview suite with kitchenette.To sum it up. Friendly and compentent personnel, clean and comfortable room,great view of the harbor. Balcony needs to be kept clean from the bird droppings though.Foghorn was not a problem.Highly recommended.Definitely will stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you for your review. We greatly appreciate your comments regarding our staff. Both our Front Desk and Housekeeping Staff work very hard to give our guests the best experience possible. We will look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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Address: 4100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beach House at Half Moon Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reminiscent of a private Nantucket summer home, the Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Pillar Point Harbor. Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, the hotel features 54 spacious loft suites providing the perfect romantic getaway or retreat for the entire family. Each guest receives complimentary high speed internet access, full continental breakfast and parking. Take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Pacific. ... more   less 
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