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221 Cypress Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9646
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Located just 23 miles south of San Francisco, Seal Cove Inn is an exclusive ten-room Half Moon Bay hotel, set apart by its recently completed renovation, dedication to luxurious details, As You Wish concierge services and peaceful, private surroundings. Cypress trees form a graceful arch over the pathway leading from the hotel down to Seal Cove Beach and the breathtaking Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The inn is ideal for a romantic getaway or corporate retreat.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
First aid kit
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Cable / satellite TV
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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English, Spanish
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RonM0001 wrote a review Jan 2023
Tucson, Arizona20 contributions21 helpful votes
We enjoyed The Seal Cove Inn! Lovely people. Quiet, relaxed, spacious, and very clean. There are several nearby restaurants. Also enjoyed the included early evening wine and the continental breakfast. We’ll be back next time we are close.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sam wrote a review Aug 2021
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Stayed for three nights in the master suite. Accommodations were excellent - room was very recently updated and spotless. In suite full kitchen and washer/dryer. The property itself is beautiful, the morning breakfast was excellent, the evening wine reception was great and the staff were incredibly warm and helpful. Finally, the location and more broadly that section of Highway 1 was stunning. Also very easy to access SF, Santa Cruz, Monterey. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Julia B wrote a review Oct 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This is a gem of a building, beautifully situated and equipped with anything you might hope for during a cosy little retreat by the sea. The house is truly impressive and breathes history, the rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated with cute details. However, the way we were treated by the staff really had a negative impact on our experience. Most staff members were either judgemental or upright unfriendly, most notably upon check-out, where the lady at the reception desk basically ripped the room keys out of our hands and mumbled a hasty "bye-bye" with her back turned towards us. Whenever we entered the building or walked up to the office desk, we felt like we were a nuisance to them rather than welcome guests (despite staying in the most expensive room they offer). Summary: A really beautiful place; we can't really recommend going with the current staff situation. We would urgently suggest hiring more friendly personnel, which could make staying there a really enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bikeit wrote a review Jul 2021
Claremont, California80 contributions65 helpful votes
Many owners ago--in fact, the travel guide writer Karen Brown was then the owner, my husband stayed multiple times at the Inn for business meetings and I came for a one-night stay during one of his visits. At that time the Inn was smaller, but no less lovely than it is today. Super clean and somewhat elegantly decorated, with welcoming and helpful staff, Seal Cove Inn remains a destination to which we will return in the future. We arrived just after they'd opened the breakfast room, so were able to be socially-distanced from other guests eating breakfast. They also have a wine "hour" in the evening, which is very nice. The fireplace warms the great room during breakfast and the happy hour. Each room at the Inn has a fireplace, which is nice in this climate where it tends to be cool and gray for some part of each day practically all year-long. The beds are comfy and warm, although the pillows are not so much. They are neither as soft as down or foo-firm foam, but something in-between. For my taste--and pillows are SO personal--they are too hard. But the rest of the bed linens and those in the bath are very nice. I would like to see the Inn add a couple of things to their offerings. First, there is no full-length mirror, at least not in our room. Not a big deal; everyone has a phone they can use to check their appearance by taking a photo. But, still, a full-length mirror would be convenient. In addition, some snacks with wine, even just nuts, would make the happy hour happier. And the breakfast offerings are very limited: yogurt with fruit, granola, fruit bowl with two small pieces of cheese and black-forest ham, and a bread basket with a too-sweet croissant and a muffin. These offerings do not change, so far as I can tell. There is nothing hot, although the croissant is heated. It seems for the price paid, at least one hot breakfast entree should be offered. I stay at other places in the same price range, such as the Santa Ynez Inn, and am offered a warm breakfast entree. This should not stop anyone from booking at Seal Cove Inn. It's a lovely bed and breakfast, but just know you won't be going for the breakfast part of that moniker, but for the room, the location, and the staff.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: All the rooms are great.
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SarahCrose wrote a review May 2021
Morehead, Kentucky38 contributions50 helpful votes
So nice but few things you need to know I enjoyed our 1 night stay at the inn. We arrived around 2pm and were let into our room early. Gardens were beautiful. We We’re Given some chocolate chip cookies by the friendly lady at the desk. The room was gorgeous, super clean. Only thing I found concerning was some splatter stains in the bathroom by the toilet paper dispenser that needed to be wiped down. We went for a walk through the trees. It took us a minute to find the beach stairs. Pay attention here The access isn’t private like I thought I read. It’s access to the marine reserve. This beach is not a swimming beach it’s full of seaweed and animal life. Can’t take food, buckets, kites. Fun to look at but disappointing for my 4 year old. We sat and watched the ocean for a bit and headed back. It was cold and foggy which I’ve learned is a constant state here. We couldn’t get our Wi-Fi to connect for long at all. The lady at the desk offered to help but I wouldn’t sure what she could do - it would connect the desk 5 minutes later log me out. I didn’t get any wine every time I strolled passed that evening she was busy checking people in. I didn’t want to interrupt. No problem... The beds were so comfortable the fireplace was fantastic I loved opening our screen door to Let the breeze in that night. The breakfast was the saving grace - it was wonderful and generous. Yummy! I’d recommend this place but not for the beach.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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GrandmaBonnie wrote a review May 2021
Oakland, California178 contributions66 helpful votes
We heard about this inn from friends who stayed there in December, and loved it. Also, I wanted to go back to the tide pools near Moss Beach which I last visited 33 years ago. The inn is delightful. There are beautiful gardens. Sadly, due to the pandemic, the enticing breakfast room is not open, but the rooms are spacious, very comfortable, and spotlessly clean. We had a lovely balcony overlooking the back gardens, with a glimpse of the sea. There's a Keurig with plenty of coffee and real cream (not powder). They checked us in at 2 pm, which is very rare these days, noted our breakfast preferences, and gave us freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. We went off on the Cypress Grove walk which is just beautiful, and then down to Moss Beach. The next morning, we had breakfast in the room. It was excellent, the best I've had delivered at any hotel. The croissant was very good, unlike the doughy ones in packets that seemed to have been baked in the De Gaulle era. The yogurt and fruit was also very good, and the hardboiled eggs were perfect. The cappucino, however, was no better than the in-room coffee, and just had milk added. After breakfast, we followed the directions now to the tide pools which were wonderful. We saw little crabs in snail shells, a large sea star, and several Harbor seals and a few other seals, using the inn's binoculars. Everyone at the inn was very friendly and helpful. Yes, it's a splurge, but worth it. The town of Moss Beach is completely unspoiled and quite delightful.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: You can't turn on the heat using the thermostat. Just turn on the gas fireplace, using the...
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Kate F wrote a review Apr 2021
Sonoma County, California18 contributions9 helpful votes
My husband and I were in town for work and booked one night at the Seal Cove Inn. We arrived before our work event (and before check-in time) and were able to do the complete check in process, drop off our bags and pick up the room key. When we arrived back to our room at 9 pm, we walked into a beautiful room with the perfect ambiance, a glass of wine and cookies waiting for us! We turned on the fire place and relaxed after our busy day. We stayed in a balcony king room and this was well worth the price! I thoroughly loved the ambiance, aesthetics, attention to detail of this spot. Beautiful, quiet location and friendly staff. Breakfast was delivered the next morning. Our only criticism is the backyard/patio area is a bit scraggly and not really a place we’d spend much time. It needs a little TLC. The front yard is gorgeous and beautifully landscaped! We would absolutely come back when we could spend more time enjoying this special property. Thank you!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Tanq76 wrote a review Nov 2020
Mountain View, California51 contributions51 helpful votes
Booked to stay for 2 nights without high expectations at all. Enjoyed our 2 night stay at Seal Cove Inn. Very cozy and homey... a great break from daily busy life. Place is very clean, quiet, staff are very nice. Stacy was very pleasant. Discovering this place makes me come back & stay often in Half Moon Bay. Breakfast is just right... what we needed. The fact that we have a choice to have breakfast in the room is SUPER!!! Thank you again for a great getaway.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Choose the bedrooms with balcony
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airportjunky wrote a review Jun 2020
Fair Oaks, California77 contributions27 helpful votes
The inn is located in the woods near the beach. The walking trail to the grove and the view looking down towards the beach, and the seals, is wonderful. Great staff and room, the breakfast was fabulous. Pricey but a lovely getaway.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Room Tip: The inn only has 10 rooms.....I think every room would be good.
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Cajun5564 wrote a review Sep 2019
Lafayette, Louisiana117 contributions82 helpful votes
Found online, we stayed one night here. Actually stayed in the room in the pic. Really clean! Moss beach bluff just steps away. Bikes available(2?), self serv coffee, soda, wine, frige down the hall, gas fireplaces, NO A/C if too warm; Kevin brought a fan for us, and explained the meteorology of the area to us. Was still warm in our room. LIGHT, but pretty, breakfast included, fresh OJ; cottontails and many birds in the garden. No restaurant/kitchen open for more than breakfast. Bring a corkscrew. Restaurants located just south of Moss Beach. If the entire experience was brought to the next level and the owners spent more time on the "attractiveness to travelers" of the place, the value would be better realized. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, but many caveats as noted in these reviews need to go away with the new owners. More bikes, maybe electric assist bikes, actual garden, so much potential.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: All the rooms are probably goo!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Seal Cove Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Seal Cove Inn?
Nearby attractions include Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail (3.3 miles), Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (0.2 miles), and Mavericks (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Seal Cove Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Seal Cove Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Seal Cove Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Seal Cove Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mezza Luna Restaurant, Barbara's Fishtrap, and Sam's Chowder House.
Is Seal Cove Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Moss Beach.
Does Seal Cove Inn offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Seal Cove Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Seal Cove Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.