It should be noted that the hotel is a historic hotel that the current owner acquired 4 years ago and is updating as they go. His daughter is the manager. Bartenders serve as receptionists: this causes some confusion on the part of new arrivals. The hotel is situated on a busy city corner with large gorgeous garden and sculpture area, used by the sandwich shop diners and passerby's. The restaurant/dining provided a minimal continental breakfast with cold hardboiled eggs, muffins and no toast. Apparently we could have stopped one of the kitchen staff and asked for toast.
Our room was large, single pane, double hung, rope with counterweight windows: historically authentic but did nothing to stop the leaf blower noise at 8 am in the morning. Bar noise is real because the rooms are above the bar, and dining area.They provide earplugs - use them. They work.There are no TVs in the room so we had to watch the Olympics at the bar with moderate success. Our Groupon deal did include a bar voucher good for 2 glasses of wine. Wine selection sub par but plenty of fruit flies.
There is no elevator so be prepared. The tub is about 2 ft high on claw legs with no rubber mat. A real pain to shower up. There is a modern shower down the hall for use by clients with no tub/shower.
Summary: the property is cute and centrally located. Despite the owner's protestations, as a client, I felt that the hotel side is secondary to their other business operation. They need to improve shelving in the bathrooms and address potential slip and fall issues. I stayed in chain hotels on this trip that were cheaper, provided better rooms and breakfasts. There are surrounding hotels and B&Bs that appear to offer better accommodations in Half Moon Bay at this time. I would visit in the near future but not stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best B&B in the area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Benito House Hotel Half Moon Bay