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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Beachcomber Hotel San Clemente