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Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Marina del Rey
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We booked this 2 story hotel via Hotwire because it looked decent and was in a good location. However, it's barely a 2 star hotel at best. It's old and needs some updating. Once we arrived and asked for an upstairs room with a marina view, we were told that would be an extra $30.00. If we didn't take that, we'd be in a low level, parking lot view room that has the ambient light of a dungeon. The room was clean, the towels were clean. The TV is upgraded. However, it has the appearance of a dorm room, complete with freestanding mini-fridge and a microwave placed on a table. The beds were okay, but the linen is showing some age. The rest of the room seems stuck in an early 60's style. We were told the room came with free wifi, but could never get it too work with either a laptop or ipad. Breakfast is an assortment of items you're college student would buy at the grocery store if you gave them $20.00 and told them you need to feed 50 people. Coffee, juice, milk, individual muffins wrapped in cellophane, yogurt, small boxes of cereal and fruit. I give it a C-. Actually, make that a D+ because the coffee creamer was a packet of whitener. Really?
The staff were nice and friendly. We walked to Venice Beach (about 3/4 mile away.) There is a liquor store that shares the same parking lot, so that was a plus! There is also a Cheesecake Factory that shares a common wall on the south side of the property (which abutted our room in fact.) The noise didn't bother us, but a light sleeper might be affected. At least getting a desert was easy...just walk around the liquor store and treat yourself to great cheesecake.
Overall, if I needed to stay on the westside, I'd probably spend the extra money to get a better property. This place was still over $200.00, which is pretty high for me. In most places, I'd expect to pay $75 for a similar room.

Room Tip: Upper level, beach view. It costs more, but if you're staying there, you might as well get it.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank Mikeandcris
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Siri O, Guest Relations Manager at Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

Thank you for taking time to write a review of your stay at our hotel, although quite negative.

The Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel is "older". We are the lowest priced hotel in Marina del Rey, including those located on Washington Blvd., away from the beach & marina.

We offer free amenities (not offered by other Marina Hotels): Parking, shuttle service, DVD use, lobby computer with a printer, 24-hr coffee & snacks, an upgraded continental breakfast with microwavable hot food and a host of other food and beverage choices. We are aware of the issues with the WiFi and are diligently working on changing carriers for more reliable connectivity.

We strive to do our best. We upgrade our bedding, towels, decorations, etc. to keep our premises clean and welcoming. Disappointed that you didn't enjoy your stay.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I stayed the night in the hotel as I was passing through on business. The room I had was in the front of the hotel facing the street. Not a big deal as I wasn't there for the view. However while the room looked clean - it wasn't. The blanket on the bed was stained - I promptly asked for a replacement. That gave me pause and I slept on top of the bed. The room had a dank odor. It was not dusted. The patio was filthy. It was long overdue for a pressure wash, especially since it faces the street. The Internet did not work. The breakfast is made up of pre-packaged items all wrapped in plastic. The beach patio is nice at least. Competitively the place is outdated. The decor is something straight out of the 80's. The carpet probably needs a good cleaning, which is probably where the smell came from. And the "sanitized for your protection" wrapper on the toilet seat was laughable.
When I told the GM in the morning, he pointed to his 4 starts from TA and said everyone loves them. When I pointed out that may be the case but my room was not cleaned well. His excuse? "It's the busy season, we've staffed up and we try to do the best we can". If it is your busy season, then wouldn't you be working 3x harder to keep the rooms in tip top condition?
Customer service here is questionable. The fact that all he could do was apologize yet continuously praise his TA ratings makes me now VERY suspect about TA ratings in general.
Avoid this hotel - spend a few extra dollars and get a nice clean room with better service. Otherwise be forewarned.

Room Tip: Considering the other reviews, ask for one facing the marina.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank Sally W
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Siri O, Guest Relations Manager at Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

We apologize the room was not up to standard during your stay. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We will use it as an example for the GM & the cleaning staff for improvement.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Great little hotel right on the beach within a fairly short walking distance to restaurants/bars and the beach . Our room was on the bottom level with a fantastic private patio looking out onto great views of the Harbour.
The staff were more then welcoming and the facilities were sufficient. The only minor problem would be the free wifi as it was near on impossible to connect but hopefully this will be fixed in the future!

Overall good value for money if you aren't expecting all the thrills and are happy with great service and location. Would definitely go again!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank emma4444
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Siri O, Guest Relations Manager at Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

Thank you for the nice review of our hotel. We are working on the WiFi. Looking at new carrier that promises better connectivity.

We look forward to your next visit and expect the WiFi situation to be fixed.

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Reviewed July 3, 2012

My experience here was great. I stayed in room 205 and had a great view of the marina. The room was dated, but immaculate. The bathroom was more up-to-date and had thick monogrammed towels...very nice. Lots of noise came from people playing volleyball outside, but noise doesn't bother me, so I had no trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. DVD library was a nice amenity. The location was excellent-near restaurants, store and I walked to Venice beach. I look forward to staying here again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank rabbi0403
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Siri O, Guest Relations Manager at Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

We are so glad that you enjoyed our wonderful location and stay at our hotel.

We look forward to your return and thank you so much for your great review!

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Excellent service, nice location, restaurants nearby but come to find need a car for any get around. upon check in, we requested an upper room with balcony which the receptionist, Mark said he had available and moved us to our desired room. This receptionist was very polite and even offered us wine glasses (which I did not think they would have) when we had asked for only a bottle opener, all this while he was helping another person at the counter. I think the receptionist also went out of his way to get our tv and dvd player to work. we had a great time enjoying the sunsets and view. overall a wonderful stay and A+ for service.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carol S
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Siri O, Guest Relations Manager at Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

We are always glad to hear that our guests were happy with our hotel, the good service by the receptionist and our great location.

Thank you for the great review. We look forward to welcoming you back and will give "Mark" a big thumbs up.

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We stayed here two nights and found the location absolutely beautiful, right on the beach.
The staff were all very helpful and friendly, the room although old was comfortable and clean.
We had a room on the ground level looking out onto the beach. In preference we would have probably chosen an upstairs room with a balcony overlooking the beach, as we could hear the people upstairs. The room was well equipped with a fridge and microwave, the fridge was a little noisy, but worked well.

The breakfast here was great, with an excellent selection and plenty of it.

Room Tip: Choose a room upstair with a view out over the water.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We spent one night here as it was close to some friends who lived in Marina del Rey. The exterior and interior (carpets, cinder block walls, etc) are a bit dated. The room was clean and comfortable, with a view toward the beach. The continental breakfast was quite decent with good variety. Given the prices of other Marina hotels, this was a good value.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel

Address: 4140 Via Marina, Marina del Rey, CA 90292-5301
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Location: United States > California > Marina del Rey
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Marina del Rey
#7 Family Hotel in Marina del Rey
Price Range: $179 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Foghorn Harbor Inn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, friendly, but big on details. "Diamond in the rough". Great location in Marina del Rey, with water & beach views. Cheesecake Factory Restaurant next door (package available). Close to Venice Boardwalk. Extensive complimentary continental breakfast, 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Coffee in lobby 24/7 with snacks. Free taxi to & from LAX, on-site parking,free WiFi in all rooms, DVD's & desk-top computer with printer in lobby. ... more   less 
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