I've been staying at hotels along Ocean Ave for over ten years for work trips. So, please read this knowing my review pertains to business travel.
If you are young, or a cougar, or looking to meet someone young or who is a cougar - this is a great place to stay. If you are on a holiday trip and get a good deal on this hotel, and can tolerate some noise, and the room not being AS clean as the Fairmont (which is literally right across the street) and you don't mind seeing young, drunk girls in the lobby on a Friday night - who are wearing 5' heels and who need to constantly pull down their skirt because it is WAY too short - then this is a place to stay.
Do they have a "hip" bar/restaurant on the top floor? Yes. Is there a cool elevator that is all glass so you can check out the view on your way up? Yes. Is this hotel brilliantly located at the end of the 3rd Street Promenade, and just one block off of Ocean Avenue? Yes. Did this hotel used to be a motel and did it used to have a Mexican restaurant at the top floor? Yes.
Look, the staff was all nice enough. The "text" to request for your car from valet is cool (though truth be told I walked out to the valet to find a confused guest about to drive off in my rental car - which is a testament to how "lax" the service can be.) The rooms are higher end than a Holiday Inn for sure, and they are clean enough, but if you can get a better price at the Fairmont I would stay there in a heartbeat over the Huntley. That is, unless you are looking for a party. Then stay right where you are at the Huntley. That seems to be what they cater to these days.
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November 9, 2012
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