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“Nice older style motel”
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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Very few rooms for a last minute adventure to Half Moon Bay. The Harbor View is your typical 60's era style that may have had some recent upgraded. Upstairs queen for $200 midweek price. Close to beach. Easy in & out. The continental breakfast was good for a continental breakfast, typical fare. The front desk gal was delightful. Friendly and helpful. We survived the earthquake the night Napa was hit. Felt the building rock & sway buy no damage. Built well! What can you say, only 8 hotels in town and we found a room. It was clean, smell of typical motel cleaning solvents, they allow pets, but it wasn't evident and small parking lot, but for sold out capacity, there was still spaces left. Nice coffee shop next door if you need more than a roll & coffee. Beautiful community!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

The location of this older motel was perfect for our stay in Half Moon Bay. It is reminiscent of a motel from the 70s but the rooms have been remodeled. Expect basic rooms with small dorm size refrigerators, outdoor hallways, local people and excellent service. This is just the right kind of place to stay on a trip up the coast of California andonly 30 miles or so from San Francisco! Our trip only allowed us to spend one night but had we known about it we would have made an effort to stay longer...

We did not partake of the breakfast but were more than happy with the cleanliness, the directions and guidance to nearby parks and eateries by the staff and the quiet evenings even though we were close to the main road. Sleeping with the windows open and hearing the foghorn was a bonus. This experience was reminiscent of the Maine coast before the chain hotels made their appearance. Highly recommend the Harbor View and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I stayed here for 2 weeks while traveling on business. I stayed in one of the remodeled rooms, and found it on par with places like Aloft or The Element. The remodeled rooms have a familiar boutique feel. The exterior of the hotel is cute and clean. At the end of the day, this is still pretty much a motel, but about the nicest one you could hope to find.

The neighborhood is quiet and provides easy foot access to several dining options, including Half Moon Bay Brewing. There is a coffee shop basically next door to the place that offers food and beverages. I had no issues with hearing noises from adjacent rooms and found the service friendly and helpful. The hotel breakfast was underwhelming, but I wasn't expecting much, so it wasn't much of a disappointment. I went next door and ate there or else drove into the city early and got breakfast.

I was not bothered by the foghorn, but I think a light sleeper might have an issue with it. You can definitely hear it in your room. To me it was just part of the package.

Overall, this was a much better place to stay than a crappy corporate hotel in the core of the Bay Area. I commuted to Redwood City daily from here and had no real issues. It took about half an hour when leaving by 7:30AM.

Room Tip: Don't bother with the non-remodeled rooms.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Nice place to stay after touring San Francisco. Cheaper than down downtown San Francisco and with free parking.

Each room had a good view of the harbor but fog did not lift the following morning.

Recommended for a romantic stay. No frig or microwave in the room. The breakfast had sausage egg cheese sandwiches, milk, coffee and assorted pastries. The microwave was in the lobby with the food.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

A fine little place for the money. Courteous staff. Clean room and comfortable beds. We enjoyed our window seat and the nice view of Pillar Point Harbor. Easy walk to the pier and a delightfully quirky Cafe Classique for a robust home made breakfast.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Halfmoon bay is expensive, but this place was way over rated even for the rate. The rooms are old, the bathrooms clean but dingy. The walls are extremely thin. I wouldn't stay here again and we were very jealous we couldn't afford to move hotels like two of our friends did.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

My wife and I try very hard to get out of the Central Valley to Half Moon Bay at least once a year. Unfortunately, the places to stay in that area are not inexpensive. The Harbor View Inn was a very good bargain. We stayed two nights at the Harbor View Inn, and we were both extremely pleased. We'd read several other reviews before booking, so were prepared for a fairly funky stay. However, with the exception of an elderly bathroom with dripping faucet (which we were prepared for in advance), everything else about the Harbor View Inn was very pleasant. Our receptionist, who may live there, was outstanding, as was the continental breakfast, with trays to take your breakfast items to your room and a wide variety of items. The prepared coffee was quite strong, just the way we like it. Most important, we had a very comfortable bed: so much so that I slept in until 7:00 am the second morning. At home, I'm up between 4:00-5:00 am. But the best news was that the two-day price was about the same as a single night anywhere else we looked on the internet, and the Inn is within walking distance of Barbara's Fishtrap (our favorite for seafood) and Sam's.

Room Tip: All rooms have harbor views (when it isn't foggy), but 2nd floor rooms might be quieter with no...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harbor View Inn

Address: 51 Avenue Alhambra, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4426
Region: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Half Moon Bay
Price Range: £89 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Harbor View Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Harbor View Inn, located on the shores of Half Moon Bay, CA.Come enjoy luxury and comfort at one of the most affordable hotel on the coast, make Harbor View Inn your choice of lodging in Half Moon Bay! Located across the street from the Harbor, along the beautiful California Coast - Just walking distance to the beach and also very easy excess to hwy 1. Guests enjoy the Ocean view. Each of our seventeen comfortably appointed rooms features a bay window seat offering a panoramic view of the harbor and the Pacific Ocean. ... more   less 
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