We made a reservation months before our February arrival and my wife insisted we book an ocean front room. Great call! Our room was on the second level and we were literally 20 yards from the ocean with a gorgeous view from our relatively private deck. Great spot for watching the sunset, surfers, foot traffic, birds, swimmers, hearing the sounds of the waves, and taking in the constantly soothing breezes. Mandatory valet parking actually worked reasonably well at this place and was fairly priced at $15/day. This small hotel is a gem. Yes, you will pay to enjoy it but we felt it was worth it. Only a couple of minor gripes: breakfast not included, service at poolside bar was mediocre -- customers should not have to beg/plead for the chance to purchase $15 drinks.