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“Charming B&B near SF” 4 of 5 stars
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Zaballa House
Ranked #10 of 11 Half Moon Bay B&B and Inns
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73 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Charming B&B near SF”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

A lovely stop a few miles from SF, perfect on your way back to the airport.
Old original 19th century house, rooms decorated with original antiques, quite comfortable and with private bathroom.
Yummy healthy home made breakfast, very warm welcoming from the front desk.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Modesto, California, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Was denied a room I made reservations for after I drove there in 3 hour traffic from Stockton. The desk offered no explanation other than it was my fault and no help to find another hotel. Bad bad business practises IMHO.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Made reservation on Zaballa website and received confirmation email. Arrived about 2:30 pm and was rudely told we could not check in until 3 pm. Returned a bit after 3 and was told they did not have our reservation. I did have the confirmation and total amount so since they did have a vacancy, we got a room. We were told that breakfast starts at 6:30 am. When we went for breakfast at 7:45 am there was no one anywhere. The table was set but no one was preparing any coffee or food. We proceeded to load our belongings in the car (took two trips up and down the stairs) going in and out the front door and still no one emerged to see what was going on. Since we had an appointment, we had to leave and go buy breakfast somewhere else. I left a note and wrote to Zaballa on their email and have not heard from them. Our room was pleasant, had a fireplace and big 4 poster bed which squeaked so bad it woke us up every time one of us moved. There are no TV's, ceiling fans or showers- just tubs. If you need to cool off you have to open a window. Also, the bedside lamps in our Room 6, were tiny and not good if you want to read in bed. The WiFi signal in our room was too weak to use.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Nyon, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

30 miles far from San Francisco, peaceful and cute little village with a couple of good restaurants, beach is nice, the bed&breakfast is in the oldest house in Hald Moon Bay (they say).
Clean, peaceful, comfortable, breakfast at one large table, with other guests.
Nice experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Raul P
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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

This place is awesome! Everything about it was good. Nothing negative. Really. Clean, spacious room. Large bathroom. No noise. Very comfortable bed. Breakfast was wonderful. Fresh fruits, delicious homemade breads, quiches, waffles, homemade granola! And Sheila, the owner, and her family were delightful hostess/staff. If we were ever back this way again, we would stay only at Zaballa House.

Stayed May 2012
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Tempe, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

I've stayed at Zaballa house on and off, for many years, from the time when it was still surrounded by a garden. Not very much changed inside since then.

The original house has smaller "cozier" rooms. Each one is different and most of them (possibly all) seem to have a gas fireplace which can be used to warm the room. Most bathrooms seem to be original to the house, the bathtubs are free standing and some have jets. The free-standing tubs do not have shower curtains.

The newer rooms are on the second floor of an adjacent bulding, which was built over what used to be the garden. These rooms are much larger, more modern and a little more impersonal than the rooms in the old house. Most of these also seem to have fireplaces.

Zaballa house is on the Main Street in Half Moon Bay and occasionally (surprisingly rarely, actually) noise can be an issue.

The price includes a warm breakfast. Depending on the time of the year and the day of the week, the price can be a good value. Midweek, during the off season, you can usually find a room without a reservation for $99, as of now. Other times, the value is not so great. I would compare the prices here with the prices at Half Moon Bay Inn (see my other review).

Room Tip: If you can go for the rooms that do not face Main St.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Dara064
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

The price was good for the area. The room was large with a gas fire place. The bathroom was large with a big walk in shower. The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. Breakfast the next morning was included and was very good. I would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Billyberrey560
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Additional Information about Zaballa House

Property: Zaballa House
Address: 324 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1724
Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Zaballa House 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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