My wife and I went for a relaxing, grown-ups only weekend with our friends. My best friend chose the Starfish Manor as a result of glowing reviews he'd read here on TripAdvisor.
We were pleasantly surprised when the management called us at home at 11:00 a.m. to let us know our room was ready any time we could get there (we were driving about 2 hours). That's great service! I wish we could have hopped in the car and come right down, but as it was we didn't manage to check in until 8:30 p.m.
Check in was quick and efficient. We went straight to our room. We were pleased to see the rose petals, chocolates, and robes on the bed, as well as petals on the edge of the whirlpool tub. Very nice touches!
The room was very clean - one of the best I've seen in any price range in years. I did get attacked by one very long brown hair in the shower that was neither mine nor my wife's - but otherwise everything was spotless.
The view from your private balcony is spectacular. The hotel property is almost on the beach itself, and the unobstructed view of the beach and the ocean is great. At around midnight I was treated to the moon setting into a very calm Pacific - truly beautiful.
The bed was very comfortable, if a tad squeaky (King size in our room). The TV (which we never turned on) is a flat-panel LCD-type, but is a bit small for its distance from either the bed or the (very comfortable also) couch. The TV is also placed in between bed and couch, which makes for some awkward viewing angles. No matter - if you really care about the TV you might as well go to the Best Western in town.
The shower and toilet combo (we call it the potty hut) is as small as it possibly can be and still function. While the 2-head shower is very cool, the room itself is so small as to obstruct easy access. The sink sits outside the potty hut and has no counter space on which to place your toiletries...
A mini kitchenette was a part of our 4th floor room, including microwave, fridge, sink, coffee maker.
Now, there are a few minor quibbles that, to my very picky mind, keep this place from being spectacular: peeling paint in the shower, peeling veneer on a bedside table, a toilet seat that didn't fit the toilet itself, a whirlpool that is really too shallow and too narrow for two people (they bill it as a romantic haven - we should expect a whirlpool built for two!), hand soap that is overly smelly, a door that doesn't lock automatically and had a very stiff deadbolt lock...small details all, but things that a truly spectacular place wouldn't put up with.
Finally, the best part of the whole place: the journal in the room. Our friends had the room next door, and over the course of two evenings we went through both rooms' journals. There are great entries - people who stay here really seem to be inspired to share! It is nice to see entries by repeat visitors - the place obviously does care about its customers. If you stay at the Starfish Manor, BE SURE to set aside some time to read the journal!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.