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“Choose for location & price” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments

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Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments
1016 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #7 of 7 hotels in Hermosa Beach
Melrose
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Choose for location & price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

OK, it's old, but the essential stuff works, call it "funky". OK, there are a lot of different kinds of people, but they are usually nice people, if a little noisy sometimes. Choose this place only if you can deal with those factors. The prices are way less than the other beach-front motels, most rooms have microwaves and fridges, and there is a nice little heated pool. I had an excellent stay. The Pier area is just a block north. Not only do you have the miles long beach-front walking/biking/rollerblading/baby carriaging walkway right at the motel, but a few blocks east there is a great hiking trail along a former railroad bed.

  • Stayed March 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

I don't even know where to begin. First of all the place is old and decrepit. That would have been manageable for the location, however, the rooms smelled terribly. The odor seemed to linger on my clothes. The real fun began at night. The bed was not at all conducive for sleeping. The sheets made my skin itch to the point of using an extra beach towel as a blanket. Then on two different occasions somebody tried to open the door to the room. The doors are flimsy and the curtains do not provide enough privacy. While I was contemplating calling the police because nobody was in the office, a woman began screaming for her life in the courtyard of the hotel. I called the police and the situation was handled in one of the rooms. Needless to say I went sleep deprived that night. The worst part of the stay was how the situation was handled. Staff and management are completely unprofessional and incompetent. I had to wait one hour to speak with the manager who was rude, uncaring and dismissive. I honestly cannot believe someone found him competent enough to manage a motel. I ended up paying for the sleepless night and opting out of staying another. I couldn't get out of their fast enough. I felt as a guest my safety was in jeopardy and will never remotely consider staying there again or recommending it to another traveler. I've stayed in run down hostels that offered better service and safety than this dump.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

I have stayed at this motel several times (and so have other family members) since we discovered it several years ago. We have all always really enjoyed the experience. I get one of the rooms around the pool, which face the ocean. There is nothing like going to sleep with the sound of the waves crashing ... just outside your door ... and you can watch the sun set and rise .... amazingly beautiful and peaceful. There is a small fridge and microwave in the room, and although the room seems older, it's clean and comfy. The place just has a neat feel to it. And you just go down the steps and you are on the beach. Lots of little shops and great restaurants just steps from the motel. The guys at the desk were helpful and friendly ... one of them let me use his personal cell phone when the one in my room didn't work one afternoon.

Room Tip: Get one of the rooms around the pool. Might be a bit more in price, but they look out at the ocean...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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hayfield, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

for a land lubber from Iowa, the ocean (any time of year) is a great experience. Sea Sprite is old fashioned, but very polite staff and owned by an ex Marine. The location in literally ON the sea side boardwalk where one can see skaters, bikers and all. Bikes for rent around the corner, a nice bike ride to Redondo's sea side fish market and outdoor cafe, a one block walk from Sea Sprite is Hermosa's main street extension of the pier, with many little outdoor cafes with great happy hour tapas and so on.

Room Tip: try to get a room in the North Building, very nice glass walls in bedroom balcony, very private and...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Green Valley
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5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

They call it a no frills place and it is that.... but if you want to be on the beach (and I mean right ON the beach) and not break your bank, this is a good spot. We've stayed a half dozen times and have always found the staff friendly and helpful and the surroundings clean. This time we had a two bedroom unit with two bathrooms. Most of the rooms here have an ocean view, but this one does not. It did fit our family well and we used the full kitchen to its best advantage. The only thing we did not use was the dishwasher. If you are looking for fancy, skip the 'Sprite. But if you want location and value, check it out.

Room Tip: Room 17 has a nice view and a mini balcony but can be noisy being close to the pool.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pearl, Mississippi
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Doesnt not hav any pots or pans and Room 7 has no water pressure but other than that it was awesome.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, ON
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

After a botched condo rental, my friends and I were able to rent a small appartment at the Sea Sprite at the last possible minute, during March break. The hotel staff was extremely accomodating and very willing to help us out of a tight spot.

In terms of the rooms, they were very clean, but very outdated. They probably have not been updated since about 1960. But again, they were clean, and were equipped with all basic amenities. The major bonus for this place is the price, especially when you consider the location... literally a half step from beautiful Hermosa Beach. You can feel the sea spray from your balcony. The general vibe is total California, laidback surfer, so expect that from the quests, and the staff.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms facing the ocean or the pool. Avoid the rooms facing the alley, and side parking...
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments

Address: 1016 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Location: United States > California > Hermosa Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 hotels in Hermosa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel has been family owned and operated since 1964. We are located just 5 miles from LAX and about 30 minutes away from all major Southern California destinations such as Universal Studios, Disneyland and Hollywood. We welcome your family to come enjoy the beach with us. ... more   less 
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Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel And Apartments Hotel Hermosa Beach

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