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Review of Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments

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Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Hermosa Beach
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Clean and comfortable.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is an older facility that is maintained well. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Nice family run place. Book early in the summer. The rooms go fast. Great location for the Fiesta Arts fair for Memorial and Labor day weekend.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cgarts
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

My wife, 2 year old daughter and had an enforced stop over in Los Angeles & found the Sea Sprite motel after some last minute shopping around. The location, about 30 seconds from the beach, cannot be faulted, and it was an easy stroll to shops or along the beach up to Manhattan Pier.

Unfortunately, the motel itself was a little grotty, although the apartment we used did have a very small kitchenette & lounge with working television. The carpets & furniture had all seen much better days, and were not what you would class as "spotless". That said, we did stay there for well below the cost of more upmarket hotels, and the staff seemed very friendly.

One other downside for us was that there was only a very basic lock on the main door, and as we were at ground level, we found this inadequate to allow us to leave any valuables in the apartment when we went out. Also, with its close proximity to the local drinking holes, there were one or two unsavoury characters around in the evenings.

All in all, we got exactly what we paid for.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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london
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

What a lovely spot. The Sea Sprite was like a home away from home but with a fabulous beach front thrown in. It must be one of the best places to stay in in L.A. being right on the beach ,with LAX just down the road, and all the best bars and restaurants next door.We were lucky enough to have a classic car show thrown in too. Thanks for a lovely experience Sea Sprite and may you stay on the beach forever. We shall be back !

Room Tip: Theyre all good.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank radiojon73
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Neptune Beach, Florida
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226 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

If you're looking for 1,000 thread count sheets and 4-star room service, head to Santa Monica. If you want a clean, comfortable place right on the beach close to the bars and restaurants of Pier Avenue, the Sea Sprite is your place.

You can stay in a teeny-tiny room in the annex that's all bed, a standard 60's-era room in the motel proper, or you can rent a Strand-side cottage. It's all clean and well-maintained, and teh beds are comfortable. Each room comes with a parking space, but those spaces are small!

My husband and I first stayed here in 1986 on our "pre-honeymoon" (I had to test him out.) We came back for the official post-wedding honeymoon in 1987 and have been back every 5 years or so since then when viisting friends who live in the various L.A. beach cities. We've strayed a couple of times, but always come back to the Sea Sprite.

Room Tip: I like the pool-side rooms, but ifstaying for more than a few days the cottage is the way to go.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank kbockl
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San Francisco, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Although the location of The Sea Sprite is ideal, one must factor in the proximity to the Pier/late night bars. Motel quality decor/bedding/towels at best. Cracks in the wall and kids partying all night in other rooms. If sleeping is your thing, I would consider elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank SFTraveler306
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Geneva
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

I have been staying the last 12 years at the Sea Sprite, and it is always my FIRST stop in California when landing from Geneva. I is so easy to get there, just 10-15 min from LAX.

Since all these years I have tested nearly all the rooms (they go from large to actual complete small strand front villa!), and on my last 3 check-ins end of September, as always, everything was great.

Though one should get used to the reception staff, which is more European style (no problem for me), I must say they are always friendly and helpfull, and ready to give you a small discount if you are frequently there.

Rooms are spacious, clean, and actually seem to have been refurbished in the passed few years.
View is divine, perfect location to hit south bay beaches.

Cherry on the cake, and not the least, they give you a free parking for your whole stay, which in the summer becomes luxury in Hermosa !

Only down side is that Hermosa is seeming to be a little more rough than it used to (or I am getting older?) so the surroundings of the hotel can get a little "rough" late at night, but this is more due to the Strand action than anything else.

As for many of the below comments, yes, Sea Sprite, though so great, is a motel. I would not compare it to a hotel. Or if I had to, I would say that Sea Sprite is 3 star Hotel, and a 5 star Motel.

Room Tip: Any room in the main building is great and cheaper than the bigger rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank FredGeneva
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Columbia, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Sea Sprite is perfect for us. We like being on the beach. The view of the sunset, beach and ocean are the best. Many bars/restaurants are in walking distance. Like the beach activities we can watch and enjoy renting and riding bikes on the strand. Plus you can smoke in the room and on the property. The rooms are clean. They either have a full kitchen or at least microwave and fridge. The staff friendly and accommodating. If you are thinking the Hilton it may not be for you. If you are thinking beach cottage you will love it. And location, location, location makes this our favorite.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DSlikesAC
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Additional Information about Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments

Property: Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel and Apartments
Address: 1016 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3734
Region: United States > California > Hermosa Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Hermosa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel has been family owned and operated since 1964. We are located just 5 miles from LAX and about 30 minutes away from all major Southern California destinations such as Universal Studios, Disneyland and Hollywood. We welcome your family to come enjoy the beach with us. ... more   less 
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Sea Sprite Ocean Front Motel And Apartments Hotel Hermosa Beach

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