I'd rate this hotel as a 4star 'plus'. It's certainly not 5 star or deluxe, but for the rates it charges I don't think you could be disappointed with what it has to offer. The rooms are well appointed, larger than average, beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are also oversized and reasonably modern. Staff were all pleasant and helpful. Maybe one criticism is that the pool area is not large enough for the size of hotel and can get crowded. Don't be fooled by the marketing of the Slyders 'water park' - it's three small kiddie slides that will only keep the under 6s entertained, I would say. Prices are also reasonable for a hotel like this, with a retail area where you can get pizza's (delicious but very calorie laden) for delivery at the pool or your room and coffee and groceries if you need them at reasonable-ish prices. I booked through trivago.com and got a very good deal on this hotel. If you can get a great rate, then I would certainly recommend it. Just watch out, as other reviewers have mentioned the only parking option is $29 a day valet parking. So you need to view this as part of the room rate. I only used the spa on the day I left to get changed (no children allowed so we had not used it previously) and it did look very nice. All in all a good hotel, just across from the beach. Having read reviews that criticised the 'highway' right next to it, I would not think this should be a concern. It's not a highway, it's PCH and you won't be aware of it. I never heard a sound.