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Inn at Calafia Beach
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Good Vibes Good Price Good Place”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

I stayed there for 9 days and it was a great experience! very comfortable, quite yet close to Downtown San Clamente (3min drive from Ave. Del Mar (downtown main st.)
Staff are SUPER AMAZING! Helpful, kind, friendly, wonderful vibe! If i go back to San Clamente, i would definatelly stay there again! It had everything i needed!
Fast WiFi, Clean, comfortble, very beautiful outdoor kitchen & BBQ, with patio area and fire pit. Excellent way to cook your dinner while watching the sun setting.
5min drive from the Calafia beach.Free Parking. 2min drive from Ralph's Grocery store, 1min drive from Hwy 5.
Wonderful place to stay! Higly recommend! :-)

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Tarzana, CA
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

The room was dirty, everything was filthy and bugs were walking on the floor of the bathroom.. Need to be a magician to set up the basic things in the bathroom. No A/C! Need to leave the door open to ventilate the room.
Hospitality was excellent. A new manager called Collin, that was really trying. However, the housekeeper forgot to clean the room.........Oooop!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights during a surf vacation. It was a great location for driving to San Onofre to surf, or to Del Mar for dinner and drinks at night in San Clemente. It's definitely an old-school style motel with parking right out front and small rooms in single story building, just off the main road. But we loved it - we got the "retro" room and it was really all we needed - a bed, extra table and chairs, bathroom/shower, in-room fridge (important!) and TV. Although the door opened right into the parking lot and then to busy street, we always felt safe. It was unseasonably hot when we were staying (85 plus degrees), but the ceiling fan worked great. There's a little communal garden area in the middle of the parking lot that we didn't use but other guests were. If we had family or friends we probably would have hung out there visiting in the evening. Everything appeared well-maintained for what it is (roadside motel). Dana, the manager, is so sweet - she even left us a bottle of wine since it was our first wedding anniversary!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Diego
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Yes, it is sort of retro and quirky but basically a very small room without adequate ventilation and the smell of old. It was clean but not really. The headboard in the "2nd" bedroom (actually just a very large closet full of a bed) was filthy and stained and grossed us out. Also the carpet was stained and dirty and just left you with an unclean feeling. The bed was uncomfortable and the pillows worthless.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2012

Arriving At the Inn at Calafia Beach on Auust 31, it was quite warm.Shocked to discover there was no air
conditioning I told the manager ,Dana, that it was impossible to sleep in such a hot room.Her response
was that I just had to deal with it and keep the windows open.
I am a single woman traveling alone and felt it was unsafe to sleep in a room with open windows and without
telephones in case of emergency.I have traveled extensively and have stayed in many "dives" but this place
takes the cake!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2012

We stayed 3 days at the Inn on our road trip along the Californian coast - specifically in San Clemente as my husband wanted to surf the Trestles.

After reading bunch of reviews on tripadvisor we found this Inn and luckily they had still a room available (we literally called 5 minutes before we wanted to check in).

The rooms are very basic but quirky, each room is different, some with funny art and little details. There's no AC but the vents are fine; the rooms are clean and you can park right in front of the door. There's a medium size fridge in the room which came handy for me to keep the wine cool :). There's a small BBQ kitchen should you want to cook. There's a little noise from the traffic but it's bearable.

Dana, the owner of the Inn is so helpful and friendly, it really makes a world of difference. The place is basic but all in all we really enjoyed our stay here.

Room Tip: Doesn't matter which room - all are pretty much the same.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2012

Dragged the husband to a beach trip for his birthday...(yes, it's his b-day, but I needed the trip!). Looked into San Clemente after a recommendation from a colleague who said we'd "love it!"

Hotels weren't easy to find--lots were booked up & ones that only looked mildly swanky were over-priced. So, with so many great reviews on TripAdvisor, I booked the Inn at Calafia Beach.

Reviewers were right on the money: cool retro motel feel, super clean, close to most everything (we walked to & from the beach twice a day), and Dana, the manager was fantastic!

Massive kudos to Dana for remembering it was the husband's b-day & presenting him with a $25 gift card to a nice restaurant downtown. She also gave us lots of suggestions on other restaurants, beaches, and fun tourist stuff! Dana should teach customer service classes to 5-star hotel staff! Truly fabulous.

The room: For the price, it was okay. Retro decor, but a small room w/no drawers, closets, or towel racks...Literally lived out of a suitcase for 4 days...but hey, the other stuff made up for that.

Free Internet was a bonus, but it was a rather slow connection...

Nice to have a coffee pot in the room & a 7-11 for more coffee & snacks right down the street.
Would I stay there again? Yes, definitely!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Inn at Calafia Beach
Address: 2341 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-3256
Region: United States > California > Orange County > San Clemente
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in San Clemente
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Inn at Calafia Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
San Clemente surf motel- less than a mile away from the beach but not crowded as other beach towns. Friendly and Helpful management. Every room has a fridge and AC/Heating units and is a little different . Outdoor shower, a kitchen sink and a microwave in central Gazebo area. Steps away from OC Tavern and other restaurants and entertainments. 16 room carpet free, beach motel with free parking, great hospitality, digital TV and outdoor seating. Cool, fun, retro motor lodge- clean and efficient. No, it's not the Ritz so please don't review us based on Ritz standards. We do the best we can with what we've got and most people really enjoy the property. We back up to the golf course and are a mile from San Clemente State Beach. Boogie board offered upon request. Close to Camp Pendleton, Trestles. About 30 min from LEGO land. Pet friendly rooms available upon request. ... more   less 
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