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Review of Beach House at Half Moon Bay

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Beach House at Half Moon Bay
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Walnut Cree, Ca.
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2010

I accompanied my husband who had a business meeting at the hotel. Bottom line - if it were not on the beach in Half Moon Bay, no way would I consider this a "luxury" hotel - we've stayed at nicer Marriotts and Hampton Inns.

The major plus is its gorgeous views of the beach (be sure to request a room with a beach view!) The staff is friendly and the rooms are very large and have are many amenities - a microwave, hotplate, refrigerator and safe - so this hotel would serve as a decent "home base" from which to explore Half Moon Bay. My husband's firm arranged a dinner for attendees - if the hotel was responsible for the catering, the dinner itself was very good; the appetizers were so-so.

The downsides
--our room was not ready when we arrived (check-in at 4 PM). We were promised a phone call when the room was ready. After 3, I started waiting in the lobby - the staff chatted amongst themselves and seemed to have forgotten I was there. At 3:45, I thought I'd best check on the progress of our room cleaning - only then did the staff check - I suspect the room had been ready for awhile.
--the room was not that clean. The carpet was sticky and smelled funny and there were crumbs on the table.
--continental breakfast and appetizers+wine are ordinary at best (Hampton Inns have better breakfasts)
--the fitness room has only one treadmill, an elliptical and some weights. No sink (not even a container of disinfecting wipes) and no bike (for folks who need to exercise without bearing weight)
--there were discrepancies between the info for guestsin the room and reality (things like check-out time and the time of the breakfast)
--Wireless internet is free, but if there was an ethernet jack, I couldn't find it. So if you'd like to connect to the net without broadcasting everything you do "in the clear" and you can't set up a VPN, you're stuck.
--I agree with the viewer who said, "what, no CNN in the cable selection?"

We enjoyed our stay (we stayed only one night and my husband's firm paid for the room), but had we been paying our own way, I'd have been appalled.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, November 14, 2010
Our check in time of 4 PM and check out time of 12 NOON (the latest on the coast) is clearly posted online, appears on our key packets, and printed in our in-room concierge book. We are happy to check guests in before 4 PM when the opportunity presents itself. While it is not possible to guarantee a specific time for an early check in, our front agents monitor the situation and must wait for the Executive Housekeeper to ensure the room is ready. The room in question was finally updated around the same time the guest approached the desk. If it appeared otherwise, we apologize for the misconception.

Had the room discrepancies been reported by the guest at check in, the hotel would have taken immediate action to remedy the oversights, including dispatching a housekeeper or offering an upgraded room transfer. Unfortunately, no call was received and therefore, we were not alerted to the situation.

While we cannot speak to menus or cuisine presented at other hotels, the enjoyment of food is always subject to varied tastes. While we take great pride in featuring the very finest in fresh fruits, pastries, orange juice, and hot beverages at our complimentary Continental Breakfast, we respect the opinion of this guest.

Our 24 hour fitness center contains a state-of-the-art treadmill, elliptical trainer, free weights, adjustable workout bench, water cooler and large flat screen television. These equipment choices were placed on the basis on popularity and room configuration.

Complimentary T-1 internet access is available throughout the hotel for all corporate and leisure guests. Should technical support for VPN or other configuration or connection issues become necessary, prominently displayed information provides toll free numbers for immediate solutions 24/7.

Our in-room movies are provided by On Command and occupy a small portion of allotted cable bandwidth. Therefore, a few channels, including CNN, may not be available. For those wanting current news, we offer a standing PC in our lobby with complimentary 24 access to the internet.

Beach House has always provided the perfect corporate retreat or romantic getaway for those wanting to temporarily escape the chaos of the real world. .For some, the absence of CNN, Fox News, Nancy Grace, and the like may be a blessing.
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41 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

This hotel is on the beach/water side of Route 1. Unfortunately, the town of Half Moon Bay is on the other side. So if you want water, beach and bay this is the place for you. We thoroughly enjoyed the setting because that is what we wanted and it is located right next to a great seafood restaurant which had a great band the night we were there. The breakfast spread was a little weak and there was some noise from the highway but the spaciousness of the rooms and the service more than made up for that.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Monterey, California
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51 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2010

Nice place to stay, a mile out of town, located right on the beach of Half Moon Bay.
Jacuzzi / Hot Tub and pool are very nice. Rooms are clean and quiet.
No air conditioning, but opening the balcony door provides a cool breeze.
Pleasant staff, incredible view, great continental breakfast.
Our 2nd stay was as enjoyable as the 1st.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SteveHMonterey
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San Pablo, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2010

The ocean view rooms at the Beach House are extremely romantic. We've just returned from our stay there, and my wife already wants to go back again next month for our anniversary. The rooms are clean and modern with a fireplace and patio looking out right over the water. They offer a wonderful continental breakfast conveniently located just outside our room. The folks who run the front desk do an exceptional job to ensure that we have a very pleasant stay. By far the best place to stay in Half Moon Bay!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lrboice
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

The Beach House Inn is quite simply one of the best hotels at which we have ever had the privlege to stay. Over our three nights here, the staff helped me realize that customer service is not dead and gone. The continental breakfast is ample and very healthy and the facilities are fantastic - I am not able to say enough about this venue. I HIGHLY recommend a stay here if you are in the San Francisco bay area!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Havanadayreamin
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San Carlos, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

My husband and I love it here! We try to go as often as we can. The beds are super comfy and the balconies, though small, are perfect for the two of us (get the top floor rooms that have the trellised balconies). It's wonderful to just sit and watch the boats and the weather change. You can even take a yoga class! They all have a cooktop, fridge and microwave...great for little bites and the breakfast in the morning has a great variety. One suggestion - take the short walk next door to Sam's and sit out on the Adirondack chairs with a glass of wine - perfect!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lpollom
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New Mexico
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45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

We have stayed at the Beach House several times and it has always been a first class experience. Overlooking the Marina, you have a perfect view of the sun setting from your balcony or porch.
The rooms have a nice fireplace in the sitting area, a small kitchenette, and the bed is elevated enough to give a nice view out the large sliding glass doors at the end of the room. There are dishes so that one could actually cook although I can't imagine why you would with all the good restaurants in the area.
When we arrived our room wasn't ready so we went to Meza Luna to have an early dinner. Upon returning, our room still wasn't ready because two of their maids hadn't shown up for work that day. Leigh, the front desk person offered us wine while we waited for our room to be ready so we drank outside and enjoyed the perfect weather. A short time later our room was ready.
We haven't stayed here for a couple years and it seems that the rooms need a bit of attention. The carpet was dirty in spots and somewhat worn, the walls near the entrance to the room were scuffed, and there were spots on some of the tables from glasses. This is a first class place and should be kept that way.
There are two TV's in the room with a dismal selection of channels. No CNN? One of the TV's was a nice flat screen while the other was an old tube TV with a VCR of all things.
There is also an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub which we didn't use but looked nice.
On the plus side, the parking is free and the internet is free. The breakfast in the morning is very nice with yummy pasteries, fresh fruits, bagels, juice, and coffee.
On the weekends there is a two night minimun stay which precludes a lot of people such as us from enjoying the place. We were fortunate to be able to stay on a Sunday night this time.
With the new Oceana Spa and Resort down the street which is amazing, The Beach House needs to take better care of their rooms and perhaps take care of their maid staff so that they realize the value of their jobs to the overall happiness of their guests. Someone not showing up for work shouldn't mean that I can't check in until after 5pm.
This is a nice place to stay and I'd recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank dralbertfish
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Beach-House_10, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, October 14, 2010
Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay with us. Beach House takes great pride in providing clean, comfortable rooms without exception. We aplogiize for the oversight when our housekeeping department inspected the room prior to your check in. We are pleased to announce that all new room carpeting is scheduled for installation in November.

Just to clarify, we do not have a 2 night minimum and welcome one night stays year around.
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Property: Beach House at Half Moon Bay
Address: 4100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Location: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#2 Romantic Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beach House at Half Moon Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reminiscent of a private Nantucket summer home, the Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Pillar Point Harbor. Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, the hotel features 54 spacious loft suites providing the perfect romantic getaway or retreat for the entire family. Each guest receives complimentary high speed internet access, full continental breakfast and parking. Take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Pacific. ... more   less 
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