We weren't asking much; just a semi-romantic hotel near LAX to celebrate our anniversary the night before my husband flew off to Madrid for a month.
So we booked a standard room at the Sea View Inn. The photos on the website made the rooms look clean, modern and suggested, more or less, that we'd enjoy an unobstructed ocean view. Instead, we found worn, dirty carpet and a worn, lumpy mattress, located in a decrepit mid-century motel building. Their other properties, next door and across the street, looked much nicer and perhaps were the source of the photos they posted on TripAdvisor. They also appeared to have a full-on ocean view, as opposed to the step-onto-the-balcony-overlooking-noisy-Highland-Avenue-and-peer-over-and-around-the-rooftops-across-the-street-and-you'll-see-the-Pacific view that we had. When we attempted to complain, the guy at the desk gave us a verbal "talk to the hand." "Nope, we are fully booked," he said.
"But the view..."
"Can you see the ocean at all? Well, there you go."
He proceeded to give us a condescending lecture about hotel rates in Manhattan Beach, and 'what did we expect for 175 dollars a night?"
Well, I'm not sure. But I do know it wasn't dirty carpet, a lumpy mattress and a rundown motel. Next time, I'll stay at the Custom Hotel LAX for less, and drive the five minutes into Manhattan Beach if I feel like spending time there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sea View Inn At The Beach is an intimate seaside hotel located just blocks from the Beach. And is the closet hotel to the sandy beaches and panoramic views of Manhattan Beach. The Sea View offers casual comfort, modern conveniences and features a "live like a local" atmosphere. Dine at local eateries, stroll eclectic shops or borrow one of our beach cruisers and cruise the beachfront bike path and enjoy the ocean views. Or relax and swim in our heated Outdoor Pool. We offer FREE Parking, Wifi, Bikes, Beach Towels, Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrella's & Beach Toys for the Kids. The Sea View Inn is located just minutes (3 miles) away from Los Angeles Airport,(LAX), 35 Minutes to Disneyland, 40 minutes to Universal Studios, 25 minutes to Downtown Los Angeles, and 30 minutes to Hollywood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea View Inn At The Beach Hotel Manhattan Beach
- Sea View Hotel
- Sea View Manhattan Beach