There is no doubt that staying on the beach in Hollywood can be a fantastic experience and this place is certainly on the beach in Hollywood. We booked here based on the fact that it was rated so highly and came in at number 2 on tripadvisor. I am pretty surprised it ranks so highly. In short, if you enjoy communal living or if you are planning a trip with others so you can book a few rooms next to each other then, sure, go for it. Otherwise, you will have to rely on luck as to who your neighbors are and hope that they will respect your space.
We like at least some privacy and some quiet on our vacation and the set up of this place made it impossible. We were unlucky enough to have a noisy group next door who would not quiet down and who insisted on propping their door open most of the day and night (not 3 feet from our door) which made it even worse. We couldn't leave ours open because it was just too unpleasantly loud. Their tv was on so loud that even when their door was closed, we could hear it through the walls. We also heard most of their loud conversations through the wall. Management didn't believe us that noise was a problem, telling us that the walls were too thick for that.
We paid a premium to get the ocean front view and really looked forward to seeing the ocean from our living room window but it was ruined for us due to the couple who decided they liked the view from there too and parked themselves at chairs right in front of our window, not even inches away, to read all afternoon. So, instead of a peaceful, beautiful ocean view, we were treated to the sight of the back of their heads. They were so on top of us that It was like they were sitting in our living room and we had to close our blinds.
To be fair, there are good points about the Manta Ray. It is directly on the sand. It has a great parking spot for guests. The one bedroom apt was big enough and clean enough. There is a great flat screen tv in the living room.
Other not so great points...Although it's usable, the kitchen isn't so great. There is no air conditioning in the living area and despite what some say, no, it doesn't get cool enough in there. Wi fi did not work. It's accurate to say the Manta Ray is an oasis in that it is nestled in an area that is dominated by high rise buildings so immediate surroundings are not so great. Although I wouldn't advise staying in the heart of the broadwalk, this place is actually too far removed from it to get there easily on foot in the evenings to experience it. The broadwalk is very colorful and we enjoy it.
Apparently, most people love this place, but we didn't. Neighbors were just too much in our face and ears.
- 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