Where to begin. In December, through Hotels.com, I made a reservation for this hotel. Unfortunately, I accidentally made the reservation for 02/23 as opposed to 12/23. This would normally not be an issue, but this particular reservation was not revisable. I immediately recognized my mistake and reached out to Hotels.com, who told me that I would have to speak directly with the hotel. I called and emailed the hotel and spoke to a woman at the desk who took mercy on my plight. While there were no more available rooms for 12/23, she assured me that they would refund my money. I told her that I appreciated her understanding and her Christmas spirit. Adding that as educators, lost money was particularly impactful. A few days passed, and I noticed that the reservation had not been canceled. I tried to contact the hotel, but no response. I contacted Hotels.com and they said the hotel now refused to change my reservation. Wow, so after being so effusive with my praise to the employee with whom I spoke, I come to find that they were just placating me. So, so disappointing. I think it goes without saying that this says volumes about hotel staff, management, and ownership.…
I recently took my husband away for his birthday getaway and the place is phenomenal, clean, unique and just perfect. Karen and John made sure we are well taken care of for the stay. We will go back very soon. Sarab A.
We had initially rented an Airbnb which turned out to be disastrous (jackhammers next door, no air con, overpriced...) so when I found Oceanfront Hacienda while talking a morning walk I was delighted! We stayed in the big studio on the top floor and I must say that the attention to details makes this place really special. The decor is really thought out -- you really feel like you're in an authentic hacienda! -- from the cozy leather couches, big wooden table, bedding, curtains, dark wood furniture... It's honestly a superb room. Considering how much we were paying for a crappy Airbnb this place if a FIND and super affordable. The place was quiet, safe, you'll have a gorgeous view from your balcony. Highly recommend it.
My family and I stayed in the back units for a few days while travelling through California on vacation. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about staying here. Booking a place sight unseen is always a little risky, but now that I have stayed here, I plan on coming back over and over again. I can’t say enough about this place. My family and I loved this place for so many reasons. First off, the property is beautiful and well maintained. According to the owner’s website, the buildings were built in 1928. The timber framing, solid plaster walls, and antique fixtures make this place far more interesting and unique compared to any of the other places nearby. I couldn’t help but feel the history as I made my way about the property. From time to time I could hear the ghostly echoes of laughter from all the people who have lived and stayed here over the last 89 years. Sometimes it felt as though I had gone back in time. Other times, with the Spanish style stucco walls, Spanish tile roofs, and Saltillo like flooring, I felt as though I was transported to some seaside village located somewhere along the Spanish coast. Ahhh. The property itself, especially the courtyard area, is abundantly green with grassy lawn sections and various kinds of trees and bushes growing about the property. An extensive collection of flower pots line the walkways and stairways for a colorful and charming view that you would expect from a Spanish décor theme. Internally, the buildings are tastefully decorated with rustic wood ceilings adorned with rustic wood beams and columns. The flooring is also wood, although I believe other units may have Saltillo tile like flooring. The building may be old, but the units are equipped with basic modern day necessities such as satellite HD TV, refrigerator, range oven, and microwave. The kitchen comes stocked with basic cooking supplies such as pots and pans, plates, glasses, and even basic spices needed for cooking. Our unit had a kitchen table big enough for 6 people or more. I rented two units with three different beds and all three beds were comfortable, which says a lot, considering that I am accustomed to a $10,000 Tempur-pedic bed. I travel quite a bit and one of my pet peeves is poor shower and toilet performance. I am happy to say that the showers and toilets here performed adequately. The water pressure was good and the toilets flushed. One thing that I really liked about this place was how the windows opened. So many beach rentals have windows that don’t open or are locked shut making for a hot and stuffy room experience. When I vacation near the ocean, I want to smell the air, feel the air, and hear the ocean and this place allows for that. As for the other things…what can I say, location, location, location. This place is built directly across the beach and also behind the San Clemente Pier. The beach and pier are literally seconds away. In addition, this place is located just seconds from various shops and restaurants, once you park your car, leave it, because there is no reason to drive anywhere here. There are about 6-7 restaurants on this little strip along with a supply store and coffee shop. The San Clemente Pier offers two seafood restaurants and both provide outdoor seating over the water for a spectacular view. If you want to cook your own meals while staying here, San Clemente offers a nice grocery store nearby with a decent selection of seafood, meats, and vegetables along with everything else that a grocery store normally provides. In addition to that, the City of San Clemente offers a variety of restaurants, gas stations, and clothing stores for all your needs. If you enjoy fishing, you can fish from the San Clemente Pier from early morning to midnight I believe. You can even rent fishing poles and tackle from the shop on the pier. Bait can be purchased here as well. San Clemente is known for its large waves and surfing. On any given day you are sure to find a good surfing show from anywhere on the beach. Maybe the show will inspire your to give surfing a try yourself. The downside with San Clemente is that the beach is somewhat rocky (smooth round stones) but I didn’t find this problematic at all. There is still plenty of sandy spots to call your own, but just know that you are not getting pure sandy beaches found at other beaches along the California coast. Lastly, the other thing that makes this place so amazing are the owners, John and Karen. They were so friendly, informative, and accommodating, not to mention interesting, they inadvertently became a big part of our memories from this trip. I cannot speak of my vacation to San Clemente without mentioning them. We found many of the residents of San Clemente to be just like John and Karen, friendly, helpful, and unusually patient with tourist. I hope this place never changes. Please tell John and Karen that the Wynn’s from Arizona sent you. Now with that said, if you are accustomed to five-star resorts and five-star restaurants or posh style living, then this place isn’t for you. This place is a bit rustic by design and I could foresee some people not appreciating or even understanding the “back to basics” experience this place is meant to provide. Please tell John and Karen that the Wynn’s from Arizona sent you.…
My boyfriend, Doug, and I have stayed here several times over the last year. It has become our favorite landing place when we are in Orange County. The rooms have ocean views and are a 3-minute walk to the surf. The units are clean, comfortable and charmingly styled in a Spanish style. The outdoor areas are lovely - with fountains, plants, comfortable seats and views. The owner/managers, John and Karen, are friendly, attentive and meticulous caretakers. I can’t think of anything to gripe about. The closest I can come to a complaint is that the coffee makers provided in the rooms are modern and nice, but make weak coffee (we like it really strong). Fortunately, there is a great coffee shop a few steps from the front entrance. A superb experience all around!
Perfect place to stay in San Clemente. The Patio with table and lounge chairs was excellent for relaxing in the sun. Then just walk across the street and you are at the pier, beach and walking path. The units have everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation.
Not just a perfect location. The property has been lovingly restored to its original glory as one of the early Ole Hansen properties in San Clemente by John and Karen who live on the property. They couldn't be more friendly and helpful. The back apartment has a stunning view of the ocean and pier and is quiet, very comfortable and very well equipped with everything we needed for a 6 week stay. We were so impressed we booked for 2018 before we left.
Located right across the street from the San Clemente pier, The location can't be beat. Nice accommodations and nice staff. The second floor has a long balcony with table, lounges, BBQ and Mexican Fire pot (Small stand alone fireplace).
This is a authentic and beautifully restored 1920s oceanfront hacienda.Its also the best spot to stay and feel comfortably at home. Karen and John live in front and thankfully choose to open three smaller casita type accommodations. Each has its own ocean views patios and special touches while remaining private. While the hacienda looks inviting from the street - it just gets better as you enter the inner courtyard.....lots of specialness. Waves can be heard from everywhere - relax anywhere inside the compound or walk across the street to six miles of beach, the San Clemente beach walk, the magnificent pier, two perfect places to eat or drink at La Gallete or Pierside, or stroll uptown for even more great cafes. Somehow? All of this is still a mostly quiet and peaceful beach town retreat instead of a mob scene. We look forward to returning to our favorite Pedro's upstairs room! …
Main plus here: location -RIGHT across from pier! Fabulous! Owner nice. Now for the Lodging itself: so-so. Clean, slightly musty smelling. Bed not terribly comfortable. On street parking only -can be a problem. So: go for the view, don't spend a lot of time on the room.