Manta Ray Inn is over priced and understaffed in a strange and troubling manner. Management closes its office everyday at 5 PM. That's right, 5PM. If you have any kind of problem with the facilities, or need helpful information, a small note near the office door directs you to an outdoor phone in a nearby corridor. I'm not sure how reliable that process is. This business professor does know it violates the most basic responsibility of owners for their guests.Manta Ray's brochure states the inn is located just two blocks from the Hollywood Broadwalk with its beachfront restaurants, cafes and boutique shops. The reality is that the Broadwalk's core, where its activity is centered, is at least a mile and a half from Manta Ray.That's important. A three mile round trip on foot will not be a repeat experience for most guests at Manta Ray. If you drive, as most guests can be expected to do, you have a big problem. You will endure a long search for a parking spot, and frequently find that public parking is filled, thereby requiring additional search far from the Broadwalk. Guests at better located hotels and motels do not have this problem. They routinely avoid an almost hopeless search for parking near the Broadwalk by using always available parking, either at beach front or near beachfront hotels and motels. And they can expect a far better deal than that available at the over priced Manta Ray, where a very small unit can cost almost $300 a night in peak season. The front and back of our ground floor unit, at our first and last visit to Manta Ray, was less than 50 feet from a very active parking lot, in use almost to midnight. We will spend the first night of our next visit to Hollywood Beach at the top ranked, ultra luxurious beachfront Westin Diplomat, for almost the same price we paid at Manta Ray. We will spend out first day looking at hotels and motels at the center of the two and a half mile Broadwalk, either oceanfront or one block removed. We know from short conversations with desk clerks (1) that only on very rare occasions are all units filled, (2) that walk-ins without reservations can expect the same rate as advance reservations, and (3) that front desk visitors, who indicate they are investigating possibilities at nearby hotels and motels, can often get a reduced rate by hotel personnel intent on increasing their very important occupancy rate. When on the Broadwalk we will be looking for a chance encounter with either of the two Hollywood police officers who on separate occasions were so helpful to us on our recent visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our one- and two-bedroom suites are fully equipped to be your home away from home! We provide full daily maid service, free wifi, beach chairs, beach towels, gas grills, heated pool, complimentary movies, on-site laundry facilities, beach toys for your children. Forgot your sunscreen, beach umbrella or sand pail? Don't worry -- we are here to help you out! Rest and enjoy that cocktail as the sun sets and the children play in the sand. We have everything else covered. Hit the beach, hit the pool ... Leave the rest to us. Need to print your boarding pass? No problem! Let the office know and you can do it when the manager is there daily! Want to do something different? Ask us and we will help with creative and fun activities for all of you no matter what your preference! We will make every effort to exceed your expectations and make your getaway memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Ray Hotel Hollywood
- Manta Ray Motel