Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Beach House - Half Moon Bay
The Beach House at Half Moon Bay is a luxurious boutique hotel. The first time I stayed there, I stumbled upon it during a drive by. It is right off of the CabrilloHighway (Hwy. 1) near the Pillar Point Harbor. It has only 54 rooms, most with a view or partial view of the ocean and harbor. The rooms facing out to the highway are less expensive, but I recommend the partial view rooms. You get a nice view of the harbor (there is currently an open field to the one side) and it is less expensive than the full view rooms, plus a little more private on the deck.
The rooms are set up in an open loft, studio style. They are luxuriously appointed and include a small kitchenette set-up that includes plates, glasses, and silverware, plus a refrigerator. The rooms all have a wood-burning fireplace (complimentary logs are available at the front desk) and a 5-disc CD stereo. The bathroom features a separate shower stall and tub, as well as Aveda toiletries. There is a continental breakfast featured daily in the reception area. There is generally a very nice selection of fruit.
The partial view rooms have balconies that are a little staggered, so not right next to or on top of each other. The full ocean view rooms have decks that are directly on top of one another and directly next to each other in line. Weekday stays are much less expensive than the weekend and the weekday rates have less variance between the room types than on the weekend. For example a partial view room is $235 during the week and $315 on the weekend, while an ocean view room is $265 during the week and $385 on the weekend. The hotel has a very good website that includes suggestions on area activities. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but you can get food delivered from several area restaurants. The front desk has menus for the local dining options and can make recommendations or reservations for you.