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Beachcomber Inn
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 25, 2007

The Beachcomber Motel was full so we bought 2 nights at the "Villa" (apartment) they manage across the street.

The location was perfect--just like the photo on the web site shows. Open the door and there was the pier, the beach, and the surf. So, naturally at $200 per night you're definitely paying for the location.

The room was clean, but the whole builiding was poorly maintained. The first thing you see when opening the gate is crumbling stucco on the exterior, and crumbling steps (surprisingly) up to the owners residence. Windows & doors don't close easily, and the whole place needed some TLC.

The apartment is tiny, there's no closet in the sleeping area (which is separated from the living area by curtians.) And the bathroom is off the kitchen rather than the sleeping area, which means a long walk to the potty in the middle of the night.

The kitchen was incompelete (you'd think a "villa" would at least have a couple wine glasses and a tea kettle);

Finally, there's a locked door in the aparment that the guest can't open, so it makes you wonder who can open it from the other side (a little creepy).

Bottom line: It's far from time-share quality, but has a great view.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2007

We stayed here for three nights at the end of February. What a great motel. You cannot beat the view! Amazing! Our room was very clean. I usually go into a hotel spraying lysol everywhere but not here. You can tell the owners take great care of this place. Parking was a little tight with our big truck but we managed. We stayed in room #1. It was a one bedroom and our five year old son loved the bunkbeds. Fishermans Restaurant on the pier was so delicious (the freshest seafood) and it's a great place to catch the sunset.

We will definitely be staying at the Beachcomber again!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2007

We stayed here for a week at the end of December. Older place but well maintained and clean. Location is nice. Parking is very tight and the trains can - and do - wake you up at night. Lots of little touches that show the innkeepers care. Grounds are nice and there is lots of character here. Rooms are basic but clean. Bathroom and shower are very tiny and water temp varies depending on whether other guests are running their showers. Kitchenette is small but functional. Great place if you like to take morning walks/runs. The Pier is right there with lots of activity. There are a few restaurants just down the street as well as the Amtrack train stop. Owners were pleasant and helpful. Overall a nice atmosphere, reasonably priced, and very relaxing. Laid back. We would definitely consider returning. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Gilbert, AZ
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Reviewed June 8, 2006

I have some family friends that have been raving about the beachcomber for years, and this year we decided to give it a go. The view is amazing and you are walking distance from the pier, about three or four great places to eat, and the beach... the biggest downside for me was that you are separated from the beach by traintracks, and the only thing separating the rooms from the tracks is a great big steep hill. my wife and I were accompanied by our two children (5 and 2) so obviously this brought a little more of a concern than if we travelled alone. The train itself really wasn't a big deal though. It comes by occasionaly and sometimes you hear the horn, but you really can't beat the beachcomber. Just know going into it that it's old school. The property is beautiful, the rooms are tiny and have older furnishings, but who cares!!! I didn't get a room on the beach to sit in my room and play in the bathroom all day!!! The rooms are clean complete with kitchenette, the staff was pretty laid back (family owned and live on the grounds), and you have a big grassy area with a firepit (that the family keeps burning so long as folks are sitting out by it) and gas grills!!! Perfect for the younger folks looking for a charming room walking disctance from great surfing and a pretty decent beach.

I will definitely return to the beachcomber. Probably not with the little ones until they are old enough where I dont have to worry about them losing their balance running down the hill, but man... what a cool place!

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed December 10, 2005

I live within walking distance of this hotel and run past it all the time. I have never stayed there so I cannot comment on the rooms or the service, but the view is stunning. This is the closest to the water you can get and the grounds are green and gorgeous. They have the only patch of grass around. The hotel is so quaint looking from the outside and each room at this ranch style, single story building, has it's own little porch with chairs and sits on a bluff right over the sand. It is just steps away from the pier and the Fisherman's restaurant. This is the best place for amazing clam chowder and out of this world, hot fresh loaves of sourdough bread.
The only possible drawback is that you are above the Amtrack train track and the whistle blows from time to time.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Walnut Creek, CA
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Reviewed August 27, 2005

What I didn't know after checking in for two nights: parking spaces are in short supply and miserably close together, my room did not have a phone or AC, nor drapes (the vertical miniblinds didn't completely close-so no privacy), the door barely shut, and my bathroom sink was honestly the smallest and shortest I have every experienced in my extensive travels. Oh yes, the Amtrack train tracks are less than 100 ft away. But the view is terrific. It's just no where near the $495 (tax included) I paid for two nights. I fled after one night. Will never return.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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San Clemente, Ca.
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Reviewed March 31, 2004

I've had many family members stay here and its the best access to the best beach in California. Beautiful sunsets and walking distance to "main" street and pier. Great restaurant on the pier - Fishermans Wharf and breakfast joint across the street. Lots of surfers and locals to watch. The hotel is an "old fashioned" motel, but the only place to listen to the waves all night. You pay $$ for convenience, but we are never disappointed. Don't expect anything plush and only one or two rooms have phones. Cell phone service is also spotty, so know that you will just have to be out of touch. When you come to San Clemente, this is the best place to just relax

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Address: 533 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672-5483 (Formerly Beachcomber Motel)
Location: United States > California > Orange County > San Clemente
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in San Clemente
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Clemente
Price Range: $100 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Beachcomber Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beachcomber Inn is a quaint boutique style inn situated steps from the Pacific Ocean. The inn was constructed in 1947 and offers vintage at its finest. The Beachcomber is believed to be the oldest continuously running businesses in town, and it is one of the few examples of Spanish Colonial Revival style inns located on a coastal bluff. The blissfully secluded Beachcomber provides the perfect window through which to experience the California lifestyle. This inn, due to the properties' unique position, offers unparalleled views of the waters below. Enjoy surf, sand and sun along with the unobtrusive charm of this inn. Spend the day on the waves, shopping on Del Mar, enjoying free WiFi or dining at a local non-chain eatery. You'll be sure to fill your day with fun or relaxing moments. Just 30 minutes from John Wayne Airport and minutes from the Amtrak train stop, the inn offers oceanfront lodging, complete with individual patios overlooking the beauty of the San Clemente Pier which creates the quintessentially relaxing hideaway. Rooms are also appointed with a fully equipped kitchen, king bed and sofa bed. The grounds allow for a peaceful night by the fire enjoying unobstructed views as the sunset casts a burnt-orange tint over the glistening surf. ... more   less 
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