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Beach House at Half Moon Bay
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great, Easy Going Hotel”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I loved this place. It's not pretentious, doesn't offer world-class pampering, and has a limited amount of amenities. What it does have, though, is a wonderfully relaxing and welcoming environment that would be very difficult to beat. The rooms are comfortably worn in and have everything you need for a "get away from it all" weekend. I can't imagine a better place to read a book by the fire while the waves crash outside in the fog. There's plenty to do nearby if you want, but for me... I'll be in my room or at a table overlooking the ocean.

I can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear William S,

Thank you for your post on Tripadvisor. We are ecstatic that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. Our rooms are very comfortable and are a perfect place to stay in and watch the waves pass by. We look forward to welcoming you again.

Best regards,

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
Beach House Hotel ~ Half Moon Bay
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

The Beach House is in Granada, about a 5 minute drive from the main town in Half Moon Bay. Although it's right on Hwy 1, our room faced the ocean and didn't get any traffic noise. Lots of positives about the inn and a couple of negatives. We were in HMB primarily to play golf and didn't want to spring for the room rates at the Ritz-Carlton. Bottom line, I would give the Beach House a thumbs-up.

POSITIVES: We stayed in a 3rd floor junior suite facing the ocean. The layout of the room is quite generous with the king bed on one level and the living space a couple of steps down. There are lots of drawers to unpack clothing into and the bath is very spacious with a full size soaking tub and separate shower. The living area has a full size sofa and two comfortable chairs, along with a mini-kitchenette with one burner stove, toaster, microwave and mini-refrigerator. There are dishes for 4 and a few cooking utensils.

A complimentary continental breakfast is set up in the lobby each morning with a nice selection of coffee, juices, fresh fruit, pastries and bagels. There's a hot tub for 8 and heated swimming pool off the lobby.

Service is very friendly. We checked in at midnight after traveling all day and the gentleman behind the desk found us a few fruits to tide up over as we hadn't had dinner and no area restaurants were open. The receptionists were also very helpful in recommending hikes and restaurants.

NEGATIVES: There are 2 flat screen tvs in the room. The one next to the bed is fine but the one in the living room (where we would have preferred to watch) is very small because it's tucked into a space in the wall unit. (I agree...not a big issue.) The constant fog horn, however, takes some getting used to. Our unit had a cute balcony and big windows facing the water but the fog horn every few minutes drove us to close up the room and use the fans. I had read about the fog horn earlier on TripAdvisor but thought we would be able to ignore it. Not so. Lastly, there is no restaurant at the Hotel but Sam's Chowder House is about 200 yards away along the beach path. The food is just ok but the open air bars are very popular.

Room Tip: Although the ocean-facing rooms have great views of the bay, the other side of the hotel may be quie...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear HoffersHawaii,

Thank you for your comments on Tripadvisor. We are very pleased that you had a pleasant stay with us. The fog horn is either loved or a source of annoyance although many guests can sort out the sound. We also provide earplugs just in case.

Best regards,

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
Beach House Hotel ~ Half Moon Bay
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Katy, Texas
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stayed for the first time at this hotel last week for four nights and absolutely loved it. Everything about this hotel is perfection; great location, awesome views, nice decor and fabulous staff. The hotel and amenities are well maintained, clean and safe.
We really liked that we were able to stay at a true beach front property in a smaller, less populated area and still have easy access to San Francisco, San Jose and Napa.
I'm already looking forward to my next trip to the area and will definately be staying here again!

Room Tip: The junior suite with ocean view was perfect. We requested ground floor and the private patio was v...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Dear Shana P,

Thank you for your comments on Tripadvisor. We are so please you had such a great time at the Beach House. We are just close enough to many Northern Californian attritions, but just far enough away to be able to relax. We look forward to your next visit.

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We stayed 1 night in the Beach House Hotel in July; the reception staff were friendly, the room had all the facilities as described and unlike other travellers we were not disturbed by the nearby foghorn. However the decor is dated and worn, the entrance hall mats stained and dirty, the bed linen in our room was marked and not ironed as we would have expected. Breakfast was fine, with coffee and pastries and we were lucky enough to find seats at one of the few tables available. The view of the bay from our ocean view room was fine once you looked beyond the beer cans on the beach. All round a disappointment for us.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear Alison G,

Thank you for sharing your comments on Tripadvisor. We are vey fortunate to have the staff we do. They are very accommodating, personable yet professional. I'm sorry to learn that you didn't have the experience most of our guests have when they stay at the Beach House. We do have our exterior changed weekly; and dependent on weather and traffic, they can show wear. Our breakfast area is small, but we do provide trays if guests prefer to dine in room or on the patio.

Best regards,

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
Beach House Hotel ~ Half Moon Bay
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San Ramon
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Always one of my favorite hotels to stay at when in Half Moon Bay. Prefer the Penthouse suite, 3rd floor, in the middle for the view and privacy. Nice to go in the off-season for the reduced rates, though. Love the comfy bed, the floor plan, use of Duraflame logs in the fireplace, the view(of course) and the complimentary breakfast:high end scones, muffins & coffee + fruit.

The ONLY thing I noticed on last visit is certain items may need replacing soon. The chairs on deck looked weathered and/or in need of a good cleaning.

Room Tip: Middle rooms have the best view and of course, the penthouse suites are favorable-although more expe...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Dear Kathleen F,

Thank you for your comments as well as being a committed patron of the Beach House Hotel. The "off-season" is still a fabulous time to visit Half Moon Bay. In fact, we have the best sunsets in November and December. We look forward to your next visit.

Best regards,

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
Beach House Hotel ~ Half Moon Bay
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Beautiful location - we saw dolphins and whales! Very well appointed comfortable room. with 2 flat screen TV's, microwave, sink, dishes, coffee - fabulous! Would definately recommend and hope to go back again! Complimentary continental breakfast. Robes provided with use of the room

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Dear 2Tosatto,

Thank you for your post. The whales and dolphins did put out quite a show! Our rooms are very well appointed and truly are a "home-away-from-home". We hope to welcome you all again in the future.

Best regards,

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
Beach House Hotel ~ Half Moon Bay
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San Luis Obispo, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The room had lots of nice touches--a lock box, refrigerator, dishes, fluffy towels, super nice comforter and bedding, etc. I loved that they provided a bathtub and a separate shower. Even though we did not have an oceanside view, we had a nice view of the side of the bay and the sky. The breakfast was nice, but I would have preferred some healthier options such as whole wheat breads. The front desk was very helpful when we had any questions. Enjoyed the jacuzzi and pool. Great to walk down the street to Sam's Chowder House or to access the Coast Trail.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Matt D, Front Office Manager at Beach House at Half Moon Bay, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Dear CarolinaLydia,

Thank you for comments on Tripadvisor. Sometimes you don't need to see the ocean to appreciate the coast. The rooms at the Beach House are all very well appointed and the views cannot be beat. We hope to see you again soon.

Best regards,

Matthew Daubenspeck
Front Office Manager
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Property: Beach House at Half Moon Bay
Address: 4100 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5219
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Region: United States > California > Half Moon Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#2 Family Hotel in Half Moon Bay
#2 Romantic Hotel in Half Moon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beach House at Half Moon Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reminiscent of a private Nantucket summer home, the Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Pillar Point Harbor. Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, the hotel features 54 spacious loft suites providing the perfect romantic getaway or retreat for the entire family. Each guest receives complimentary high speed internet access, full continental breakfast and parking. Take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Pacific. ... more   less 
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