My wife and I stayed four nights in a basic room at Humphrey's Half Moon Inn. We enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend it for a relaxing vacation. The atmosphere is that of the "Tiki Culture" so popular in the 1950s and 60s. I could see how it would not be everyone's cup of tea. But I really enjoyed this and found it to be a refreshing alternative to modern, corporate hotel compounds.
Humphrey's Half Moon Inn is located on Shelter Island which is a narrow spit of land jutting into San Diego Harbor. On one side of the island is a very large boat marina. On the other side is the harbor. Although our room faced the main road, there was minimal traffic during the day and almost none at night. We could also sometimes hear airliners across the harbor at the airport and an occasional Navy helicopter during the day. But this was far from bothersome and non-existent by bed time.
Near the hotel are multiple restaurants within walking distance or a very short drive. We tried the Humphrey's restaurant for dinner on our first night. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it. It was OK at best and overpriced for the food quality and quantity; and we used 25% off coupons provided by the front desk. Also, the decor is the proverbial, sterile, contemporary ensemble of gray, beige and chrome (yawn). Our table was right against a very large window which should have provided a spectacular view of the marina and lights of nearby Point Loma. Alas, the window glass is highly reflective and offers mostly muted, mirror images of the restaurant. I expect the views are quite nice during the day.
In stark contrast, directly next to the restaurant is a club with nightly music. The jazz band playing there during our dinner was amazing and threw down well into the night. This place looks like a lot of fun.
One of the best features of Humphrey's is the pool. It's much larger than I would have expected and sits inside the inn's lushly landscaped courtyard. Since it was built many years ago, it has a nine foot deep end. (Completely absent in modern hotel pools.) Although diving isn't technically allowed, consider yourself warned and have fun jumping into the deep end. Or, you can casually splash about in the larger shallow end. Directly next to the pool is a good-sized spa and a pool bar. Strangely, the pool bar shuts down early unless a concert is going on. I can only assume they prefer guests visit the night club or restaurant for drinks. Food is also available at the pool bar.
Our room was not large, but was of adequate size and featured a good quality king bed with nice linens. The entire inn appears to be of post and beam construction with attractive wood features inside. The squeaky-clean bathroom fixtures were modern and of very high quality. Our room had no air conditioning; only a fan. We were a bit concerned about this initially, but soon learned the breezes off the bay keep Shelter Island beautifully pleasant during the day and downright cool at night; even in late July!
My favorite part of our first-floor room was the small, semi-secluded patio. On one end of the room were three attractive wooden blinds stretching from floor-to-ceiling. Pushing these blinds to the side revealed a sliding glass door and an outdoor sitting area with a bamboo screen on one side and tropical plants on two sides. I thoroughly enjoyed reading on this patio in the absolutely spectacular weather of Shelter Island. Hint: if you too would like to read on the patio, bring a book light as there is no lighting in the area after dark.
Every member of the Humphrey's staff we encountered was pleasant and polite. We purchased discount tickets to local attractions at the front desk which was very convenient. You can even check out a bike which is complementary for two hours. Be aware there is a $10.00 per day parking fee, but parking is quite scarce on Shelter Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Complemented by arching palms and gentle ponds are Humphreys’ beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Many of our accommodations offer patios or balconies with stunning views of San Diego Bay or the dramatic skyline. All the amenities that you would find at a luxury resort are offered at Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites. Thoughtful conveniences include 42” HD flat panel TVs, refrigerators, coffeemakers, hairdryers, iron and boards, pay-per-view movies, in-room safes and free high speed internet. ... more less
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