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The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Maria, California
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79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice setting - but no privacy”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

My adult daughter and I spent two nights at the Beachcomber. I was glad to get a downstairs room so we did not have to haul our luggage upstairs. However - be advised that there is NO privacy on the downstairs rooms patios. There is a very low wall dividing your patio from your neighbor's. Now I understand that some travelers enjoy interacting, but others of us prefer our privacy. On top of that, directly in front of the patios is a public walkway. So not only are other hotel guests privy to what is going on in your room and on your patio, but so is the public. Yes, you can close the drapes. But doesn't that defeat the purpose of a beachfront property? Also, there is no direct access to the beach from the rooms. There are beaten paths that will take you to the edge of the cliff, but no stairs down to the beach. Or if there are, no one at the front desk shared that information. The room itself was clean. At least for our first night. When we returned after 3 p.m. on our second day, our room had not been made up. And housekeeping never did show up, so we reused our towels and slept in unmade beds. Our two trash cans were full. Lastly, the smoke detector went off at 10:41 at night. Not a fun thing to be awakened by! The very best part of the motel is the lovely view, if you can put up with the lack of privacy. And the location was very handy to downtown Fort Bragg and the restaurants and activities available there.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you so much Stuffinmama for giving us a review! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the location although I'm sorry that you didn't feel that you had adequate privacy - when you are in a great location like the Beachcomber, with attractions like the beach and walking trail, everyone else wants to be there too!
At check-in, we try to provide all of our guests with as much information as possible about the hotel conveniences and local attractions but there is so much to mention and summer is so busy that we often don't have the time to volunteer all the information. However, all of our staff members are more than happy to answer guest questions and tell or show guests anything they would like to know. There are stairs down to the beach, located a few yards from the Captain's Deck on the south end of the building.
I am very saddened to hear that your room was not serviced on the second day and I will definitely look into that. If you ever encounter this problem again, you can always just call the front desk and they will be happy to send someone to do your room as quickly as possible.
We hope that you will visit us again soon and we look forward to welcoming you back!
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Danville, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We love the Beachcomber. It has great beach and ocean views from upstairs; immediate access to the walking trail; and close enough to walk to Glass Beach and town. We always stay here when we visit Ft. Bragg (a great North Coast town with lots to do).

Room Tip: Upstairs on the south end of the motel.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thank you Don and Retta H for such a great review! It is wonderful to hear that we are your number one choice in Fort Bragg. It sounds like you take full advantage of our walking distance proximity to so many great local spots. Walking is such a great way to great around Fort Bragg because there is so much natural beauty to take in and it just goes by so fast when driving. We are definitely looking forward to your next Beachcomber visit!
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Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Loved the views and easy access for walking the beach and the trails. The Beachcomber has a wonderful and friendly staff who do a great job maintaining the rooms and the grounds. The rooms are extremely clean and well appointed. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thank you so much for your fantastic review, Shelley J! We love to hear that our guests have had a 5/5 quality stay in every category! I will definitely pass your compliments on to the rest of our staff team. We look forward to your next great getaway with us!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Went to Fort Bragg for two nights with my mother to enjoy the beach. We have both stayed in the area before but this was my mother's favorite hotel. The Beachcomber is just a 20 minute walk from Fort Bragg center. All the rooms have spectacular views of the ocean and beach access is just a 5 minute walk. It is on the main road but the traffic noise was minimal. The hotel itself is clean and pretty basic - looks like the building itself has been around for sometime but the rooms are recently renovated. Bathrooms are small and the continental breakfast wasn't great but who cares when you can stare at the ocean all day! They were having some difficulty with the paid movies but have a TON of other channels to choose from. Good value for the price.

Room Tip: It is a two story hotel. I preferred the top story as the balcony provided a tad more privacy then...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review, Heather S! I'm so glad that you and your mother enjoyed the ocean views and beach so much. As you said, we are in a great location - close enough to town to be easily accessible but far enough that is quiet and peaceful. We look forward to welcoming you back to lovely Fort Bragg!
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Vallejo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Great location with a great view. Had a totally relaxing stay. Close to the beach. Gas bbqs available so you don't have to cart along the whole kitchen if you want to have a nice quiet meal overlooking the ocean. Friendly staff; clean room. Definitely a great deal.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Thank you Debcam77 for your 5 out of 5 review! I'm so happy to hear that your stay was so relaxing. The gas barbecues you mentioned are located on our Captain's Deck - a second story patio available to all our guests for al fresco cooking and dining. Our friendly staff look forward to your next visit!
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McCall, Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 June 2014

We were traveling and decided to stop in Fort Bragg for the night and we stayed at the Beachcomber Motel. The rooms were exceptionally clean and the bed was exceptionally comfortable. We walked out the back door of our room and down to the cove behind the motel. We took a late night stroll in the moonlight on the beach and it was quite beautiful. We would love to come back and stay at the Beachcomber again.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms have the best ocean views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Thank you so much Chris L for such a great review! Exceptionally clean and comfortable is always what we strive for. Taking a moonlight walk was a wonderful idea; our neighboring beach is just as beautiful at night. We would be very happy to welcome you back again!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Found the Beachcomber online when looking for a place to beat the heat on the coast with the grandkids. We really enjoyed our stay. We had upstairs suites with an awesome ocean view. The motel is just steps away from the beach and a 10 mile long paved path that runs along the coast. They have bicycles for rent to enjoy the path or pedal into town.

The rooms are a nice size and very clean. The balconies are great for relaxing while watching the sunset. Some of the downstairs rooms have a lawn area in front which is great for the doggy guest. There is a bbq area on the Capain's Deck with tables and umbrellas.

Breakfast is served in the lobby - continental with juice, coffee, muffins, yogurt, etc. We didn't use the spa services but my daughter and her husband did enjoy the couples massage and said it was great.

We will definitely come back to the Beachcomber Motel. It is a great place to stay with the kids with the beach to enjoy and great exploring along the walking path. Thank you Beachcomber Motel for a great weekend.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Beachcomber_Motel, Guest Relations Manager at The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Thank you so much Rebecca S, for the wonderful review! We are always excited to hear when a guest has had a 5/5 stay. I'm glad that you enjoyed your ocean and sunset views. It's great to hear that we could make your weekend getaway so enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Fort Bragg in the future!
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Property: The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach
Address: 1111 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8132
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Fort Bragg
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Bragg
#5 Romantic Hotel in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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