Stayed on recommendation of friends who had visited twice before. You almost don't want to advertise this hotel in case it gets so booked up you cant get in! Such a great place with wonderful staff, cute rooms and home made cookies. Yards from the amazing beach one way and the same to the sandy banked estuary the other.. location is brilliant. Its on a main road but we had no problem with the traffic noise and slept well every night.The room itself was really well maintained and an average size. Turn down at night was a lovely touch with a chocolate on the pillow!! The bathroom was decorated with "surfer" wallpaper in a pastel yellow.. and there was a good supply of La Source toiletries. Clean thick towels and a good shower.super clean every day!
The roof terrace is great for breakfast ..we took a picnic up one evening and sat with the sound of the sea and lights of Newport Beach in the background. The only downer for us was it was a smoking area which wasn't great if you happened to be up for breakfast with the couple of smokers in the hotel.
The staff were great especially Bridget(I think iv got the name right) who rang round some shops for me to find a suitcase!! There are chairs, mats, body boards and toys for the beach free to use.. and a hose pipe to wash the sand off!
The breakfast was plentiful with bread and muffins and cartons of chocolate milk.and orange juice.. put it all on a tray and wander up to the roof terrace super!
There is a great board walk running the mile and half between the piers ask the front of house staff for a map, we hired bikes on a couple of days and covered a good distance.. get the little ferry over to Bilboa island for $1 with bikes. For eating places try Charlie s Chilli for the best omelettes (turn right up the board walk) next to the bike hire , and Rubies Diner on the lower end pier for a fun 50`s theme.
Great view of the surfers from the pier waiting to catch that wave .
If you want to stay somewhere that isn`t one of your regular chain places.. somewhere that oozes the character of the warmth of the California sun sea and sand stay here!
Oh how I wish I was there right now.. cant wait to go back .. all I would say is try it and see pretty sure you will love it!