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“Scary experience”
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Ocean View Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Montara B&B and Inns
McArthur, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Scary experience”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

My daughter & I read good reviews, so we booked. The proprietor was very nice & accommodating. We entered #5 and the odor knocked us back (smelled like a swimming pool). The disrepair was unbelievable. Holes in the wall & ceiling, threadbare curtains & bed cover, stuffing coming out of the couch (covered up with a blanket), cigarette burns on the carpet. But the great one was the sliding glass door was rattling from the breeze, so it sounded like someone was trying to get in. I stuffed pillows, plastic cutlery and anything I could find to secure the glass so we could sleep. With windows open or closed, the traffic sounded like it was driving through the room. The light in the bathroom was broken, as was the jetted tub. It was like being in a house of horrors.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank Susie D
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Tania M, Manager at Ocean View Inn, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Susie,

We are so terribly sorry for your harrowing experience! We have renovated the rooms, and I truly wish you would give us another chance to make it up to you. We strive to make our guests as much comfortable as possible. We apologize once again for your bad experience.
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Eureka, California, United States
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My husband and I where on our way from Eureka, CA to Monterey, CA. We where riding our motorcycles and by the time we got to Montara it was dark, foggy, and cold. We pulled over at this little inn and we where met my a very nice receptionist that greeted us with a warm and welcoming smile. She informed us that the Inn was under new management and under renovation. She also asked if we would like to see the room before we paid, in which we agreed. The room was LOVELY and quit large with a great view of the ocean from the deck. Right away we said we would take it. Our next trip we will definitely be staying here again but we will pay the extra $10 for the penthouse!! The jacuzzi tub........I tell you, after riding over 300 miles down Hwy 1, was the perfect end to a days ride.

Room Tip: Pay the extra $10 for the pent house its beautiful you WONT regret it!!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Cynthia E
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

My wife and I stay at local Bed and Breakfast inns when we travel, this was by far the worst we have ever stayed in. The quality of the rooms was sub-par. Drapes nailed to the wall, curtain rods falling from the wall and all bent. Unable to open sliding door to "deck" because of rust and grime. But that was a good thing, since the partial view of the ocean also included the top of the gas station (turns out they don't clean up there). My wife wouldn't sleep on the sheets, kept her clothes on... Missing light fixtures, no extra privacy locks on doors. Restroom was dirty and needed to be swept and mopped when we arrived.
Paint peeling from the walls, wallpaper trim peeling from the walls.
Located inland of PCH (pacific coast highway)...so Lots of road noise into the evening making sleep difficult.
The food was extremely bland and we only ate it once, we went out for bkfst rest of the trip! So much for a 'bed & bkfst' experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank McgawBill
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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

OK, I didn't expect the Ritz. I didn't even count on an ocean view. But I did count on Ocean View delivering on what was promised: bed and breakfast. When we arrived, however, the owner told us that the cafe next store that usually serves breakfast had had a gas leak. We assumed some other provision would be made. The room was OK. There was no view. The bed was OK. The problems started the next morning when I tried to take a shower: There was no hot water. (My husband, who is heartier than I, took a lukewarm shower.) Disgruntled, we packed, headed downstairs, wondering about breakfast. There was none to be had. The cafe was indeed closed. There was no coupon for another cafe.There was no offered discount on our room rate. There was no apology. There was not even a cup of coffee. And what of the so-called breakfast? It was a smattering of the cheapest individually packaged coffee cakes and a container of some kind of orange drink (not juice). Now that I read this, I wonder why we didn't say anything to the woman at the desk about the hot water or the breakfast. At the time, however, Ocean View's message seemed clear: Tough luck.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank JB2go
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviewed May 12, 2012

I was there for one day, on my way driving up to San Francisco and was looking for a place to relax before entering the city itself. I certainly found it. The views are great, the room was much bigger and better equipped than I expected, the location is awesome! You can see the ocean from almost every room in this hotel, but if you like the sea like I do, just cross the road and sit on a rock, observing sunset... The breakfast next morning was very delicious too! :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Elijah B
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 1, 2012

We where looking to stay some place different than your run of the mill hotel and we found it. We checked in around 8 and the friendly gentalmen at the front gave us a tour of the property and told us about all the history. This place really turned our night around because we blew out our tire on the way here and wasn't in a good mood. I'm writing this review from the room incredibly hung over but I just got back from eating their breakfast which is made to order we had eggs bacon hash browns toast and milk. Which worked wonders on my hangover. And you cant forget that every room has a jacuzzi tub. I highly recommend staying here if you get a chance.

  • Stayed February 2012
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1 Thank Smiley4505
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2011

Dear Dee Patel,
dear Nemu & Karina,

I'm already back to Austria and my holiday is over. BUT for my whole holiday in California your Ocean View Inn was the best! This has especially a lot to do with your personal effort! Thank you so much once again for everything. It was a pity and I really regret that I couldn't stay longer than for one night.
I'll definitely come back to you again due to the lovely and nicely arranged accomodation and most of all to see and meet you again! Thank you!!!

Wish you all the best and best regards from Vienna, Christian F.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Ocean View Inn
Address: 8425 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037 (Formerly Farallone Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Montara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Montara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean View Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated 20 minutes south of San Francisco between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica on California's beautiful Pacific Coast. Originally built as the first mansion & residence in what then was called Farallon City, our historic property still echoes its turn-of-the-century heritage with its contemporary coastal-inspired decor, specious suites & penthouses with all the comforts of home. All of the inns nine rooms have large shared or private sundecks with ensuite bathrooms. Complimentary WiFi, premium channel lineup with 42" HD flatscreens, free parking and a mouthwatering continental breakfast hosted by Montara Cafe & Bakery. Walk to the Montara State Beach and watch the sunsets. ... more   less 
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