I chose the Sea View Inn because of a number of positive reviews on Trip Advisor. For the most part, the hotel lived up to the reviews. The inn provided a clean, comfortable room that was dirt cheap for its proximity to the beach (about a block). In fact, it is the closest hotel to the beach in Manhattan Beach.
The room was clean and featured a microwave, refrigerator, ceiling fan and flat-screen TV. It did not include an iron or ironing board. There was a mysterious hole in the wall, but overall everything was clean and in working order. Keep in mind that not all rooms have ocean views. My room had no view of the ocean at all; it was in the building farthest from the ocean. The walls are a little thin, as I could hear a man snoring in the room below me. But overall the building I was in was quiet.
The staff was friendly, on the phone and in person.
One important point: If you're the kind of person who likes to be in the center of the action, the Sea View Inn might not be for you. It is on the north end of Manhattan Beach, and the pier and downtown Manhattan Beach are about 24 blocks away. It's a pleasant bike ride on the Strand, but you''re not going to get back and forth easily. If you want to have dinner at Rock N Fish or Towne or party at any of the other downtown night spots, you'll have to take a cab (which is about $6-8). The north end of MB is mostly populated by locals. Speaking of locals, the Local Yolk is next door to the hotel and allows you to charge meals to your room. OB's, also within walking distance, has tasty burgers. Nevertheless, the north end is fairly dead compared to the downtown/pier area. I felt a bit disconnected from all the "action" when staying here. For some people, that might be attractive.
It's true that bikes, chairs and towels are free to hotel guests. It's a nice perk, but keep in mind the bikes are nothing to write home about. I borrowed one that squeaked so loudly when I applied the brakes that heads were turning all along the Strand.
As you can see, the inn has good points and bad points.
- 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. Relax and swim in our heated Outdoor Pool. We offer FREE Parking, Bikes, Wifi, Beach Towels, Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrella's & Beach Toys for the Kids. Our Beach is known for its clean, wide, sandy beaches and attracts over 3.8 million visitors annually. 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