Visited this hotel many times. This visit was for a 3 night weekend. First time in the Ocean Front rooms.
These aren't the smaller rooms by the restuarant, nor the Kings Row (long 2 story row of rooms), but are the smaller 2 story structure on the southern edge of the property, looking directly down on the beach.
The Ocean Front rooms are the most expensive on the property and are very similiar, if not identical to the rooms on Kings Row. The bathrooms are upgraded and nicer. The big difference is the rooms are nearly on the edge of the bluff (~8ft of grass between 1st floor room and edge). These rooms are slightly more secluded. And they are expensive (for this hotel): $300/night.
I thought the room was nice, view is no better than Kings Row, except: Kings Row you look across the expansive grass area on the bluff, broad vistas, see other guests walking, walking dogs (pet friendly hotel), evenings guests congregating at the chimineas (big social time), the Ocean Front view doesn't have any of that, but only a view of people walkin on the beach.
For me, the sound of the crashing surf became too loud!! I had to put in ear plugs.
I pick the Kings Row rooms and view. And they cost less!
As far as the rest of the hotel:
-Staff - all very friendly. The guy that lights the chimeneas tends to hang around and talk a bit much.
-Rooms - nice, great beds, nice little fireplace.
-Balcony - Great, new patio furniture, can't be beat. The views are fantastic. When you are on the bluff around sunset look back at Kings Row, you will see many guests out on the balconies.
During the mornings many are on balcony drinking coffee (rooms have Keurig machines, take your favorite K-cup).
-Resturant - We didn't use it this trip. It's -ok- nothing spectacular. I've commented on it before. It's very convienent.
we plan to go to this hotel again, and again, and again. But will reserve a room in Kings Row.
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