We picked Ocean View from a web-search of possible over-night stops on our road trip south from San Francisco to Monterey. The hotel's own website gives an impression of classy luxury which was not borne out by our experience. It is right beside Highway 1 - convenient for a stop-over but this very busy road (and a grove of trees) separate the hotel from its eponymous Ocean View. Our room was enormous - with access to a balcony overlooking the carpark and highway. The furnishings were very tired and stained and the room smelled fusty. The carpet was quite repulsively dirty. The curtains were thin and white so it was difficult to maintain darkness for our 2 year old after 05:00 am. The bed was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was tiny but also clean and functional if decorated in an eccentrically grim-gothic style. The shower was a dysfunctional Jacuzzi, and we marvelled at the bizarrely aggressive notices warning of immediate expulsion from the hotel if we attempted to switch this broken behemoth on. The most disappointing aspect of our stay was the dreadful breakfast. We were given vouchers for a continental breakfast at a neighbouring café. Charles Dicken’s Mr Bumble served a more nourishing gruel than the Montara Café and Bakery’s version of oatmeal. Overall our stay was not terrible but it was very poor value for money at $139 per night. The beach at Montara is beautiful, by the way, and a much nicer spot to watch the sun go down than the balcony of the Ocean View.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly situated 20 minutes south of San Francisco between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica on California's beautiful Pacific Coast. Originally built as the first mansion & residence in what then was called Farallon City, our historic property still echoes its turn-of-the-century heritage with its contemporary coastal-inspired decor, specious suites & penthouses with all the comforts of home. All of the inns nine rooms have large shared or private sundecks with ensuite bathrooms. Complimentary WiFi, premium channel lineup with 42" HD flatscreens, free parking and a mouthwatering continental breakfast hosted by Montara Cafe & Bakery. Walk to the Montara State Beach and watch the sunsets. ... more less
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