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“Location, Location, Location is everything” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments

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1016 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254   |  
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Hermosa Beach
Phoenix, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Location, Location, Location is everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

When we think of a vacation at the beach, the Sea Sprite is the place for us. We have stayed in the main building overlooking the pool and in the beach house up the sandy stairs. From a couple nights to a week at time this beach motel is as close to the beach as you can get. Just a stroll across the strand to the sand. It's a great place for families as well for anyone who wants experience the remarkable views and sound of the ocean. Very open air, no air conditioning. Haven't needed it as the ocean breeze keeps everything cooled down. They give one parking spot per room so parking can be a problem with multiple cars however there are public metered parking lots near by. The housekeeping is good about fresh towels but that's about it. They will do more if you ask which I have. We love Hermosa Beach and the Sea Sprite.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Aspen, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

When I go to the beach, I want a true "beach hotel." I found this gem by accident, just walking down the strand (sorry TripAdvisor!). It had such a great location, such a great view of the ocean, I was afraid that I could not get a room without a reservation. To my happy surprise, they did have a room, and allowed me an early check-in. Major plus: although the doors are sliders (a security concern at night), most rooms also have a small openable window so you can sleep to the sound of the surf. Oh yes...

Room Tip: Third floor, ocean view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island, NY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The Sea Sprite has the perfect location and if it were polished it would no doubt be out of many of the reviewers price range. With that being said, STILL expect less and you will be happily surprised by the views and the convenience. The hotel itself is ROUGH and the housekeeping really poor (we stayed a week and they NEVER vacuumed our room or washed the bathroom floor!) only clean towels and the bed made... not even a pushing in of the chairs! The front desk is very nice... but they can do only so much with the little they have. But the VIEW and the close walk to EVERYTHING well it's worth roughing it a little bit. Love Hermosa Beach... and thank you Sea Sprite for being there ... if you want luxury walk down the street to BEACH HOUSE... but I noticed they were empty... and the Sea Sprite was hopping... I wonder why?

Room Tip: Ocean view away from the pool
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We've been going to the Sea Sprite for 10 years and love it. All the previous reviews have got it right about the view, the Strand, the beach, the restaurants, library, post office etc. The service and staff are the best. The rooms are spare but just the thing - lying on the bed on the third floor and watching the sun go down is a treat manifique! It's a family place with long, local roots in the town of Hermosa Beach. Just to add a bit: easy driving to all matter LA, often best done on local roads rather than freeways and not to forget, the famous 'The Spot' vegetarian restaurant is a short 8 block walk away, either by The Strand or Beach Drive. The Sea Sprite is The Place.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

No frills but GREAT location and amazing value!! Right on the water for less than half the price of a high end hotel near the water. Rooms are always very clean and the staff is always helpful.right next to the pier and pavillion loaded with bars and restaurants.

Room Tip: many of the rooms are like apartments . excellent for traveling with a family. can't ask for a b...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Honestly, rolling up to this motel I was a little sketched out. Hermosa Beach is a lovely area, but a cheap motel on the beach I was thinking that it was going to be icky inside (we needed a place to crash after a long day and our other plans for the night fell thru). The rate was good, the check in was fast and efficient. The front door of the room is a sliding glass door, like something that would be on a patio. It was a little hard to get the door locked on the inside, but finally I did. The room was VERY clean.. there's a small refrigerator, microwave and tv in the room. This is definitely not for people looking to lounge comfortabley inside all day but the beach is literally right out the front door. Awesome! The room got really hot, instead of putting the a/c on we cracked the "front" sliding door. The curtain over the door didn't cover completely, so people walking by could definitely look in and see us in bed... eww. We were on the 2nd floor, so that was good, but walking to and from our room we could see into other peoples rooms too (and people laying in bed). There were plenty of towels and the bedding was nice. This is definitely a good place to crash. Oh! and we had two cars .... 1 free spot comes with the room and the front desk allowed us to rent an additional spot.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Southport North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My husband and I planned a month long stay in the Hermosa-Redondo Beach area and wanted to have a bit of space, cooking area and be close to the beach. This was a great find - we can walk to the library, the grocery store, multiple restaurants and in a minute have the bicycle on The Stand for a ride or be on the beach. It fits all our needs nicely. We have another trip booked!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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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