We stayed here for 2 nights during a surf vacation. It was a great location for driving to San Onofre to surf, or to Del Mar for dinner and drinks at night in San Clemente. It's definitely an old-school style motel with parking right out front and small rooms in single story building, just off the main road. But we loved it - we got the "retro" room and it was really all we needed - a bed, extra table and chairs, bathroom/shower, in-room fridge (important!) and TV. Although the door opened right into the parking lot and then to busy street, we always felt safe. It was unseasonably hot when we were staying (85 plus degrees), but the ceiling fan worked great. There's a little communal garden area in the middle of the parking lot that we didn't use but other guests were. If we had family or friends we probably would have hung out there visiting in the evening. Everything appeared well-maintained for what it is (roadside motel). Dana, the manager, is so sweet - she even left us a bottle of wine since it was our first wedding anniversary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Clemente surf motel. Beach close, newly renovated (10/09). Friendly and Helpful Management. Every room is a little different. Outdoor shower, guest laundry, steps to restaurants and entertainment. 16 room beach motel with free parking, great hospitality, cable TV, HBO, outdoor cooking area featuring a gas grill, cooktop and microwave. In room coffee service and refrigerators. Cool, fun, retro motor lodge, clean and efficient. No, it's not the Ritz so please don't review us based on Ritz standards. We do the best we can with what we've got and most people really enjoy the property. Rooms do not have a/c, but most days that is not a problem, we rely on ocean breezes and are rarely disappointed. We back up to the golf course and are a mile from San Clemente State Beach. Bicycle and boogie board rentals offered. Close to Camp Pendleton and SONGS too. ... more less
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