stayed there twice on the same trip, first time in one of the renovated rooms (the grey/slate kind of coloured one with the bubble chairs) and was really pleasantly surprised as wasn't expecting much other than a motel bedroom near to Trestles.
the lady on reception was really nice and welcoming & the middle bbq area and astroturfed picnic tables really brings everyone who wants to mingle out together.
second stay there we were in one of the normal rooms, which felt almost a bit disappointing following the first stay, but was perfectly fine as a room & equally clean. This time we ended up partying with another group of surfers in the middle area most nights & walking down to Calafia (10 minute walk) or Trestles (30 minutes) to surf during the day. Lots of restaurants, cheap and not so cheap and some bars within easy walking distance too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Clemente surf motel. Beach close, newly renovated (10/09). Friendly and Helpful Management. Every room is a little different. Outdoor shower, guest laundry, steps to restaurants and entertainment. 16 room beach motel with free parking, great hospitality, cable TV, HBO, outdoor cooking area featuring a gas grill, cooktop and microwave. In room coffee service and refrigerators. 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. Rooms do not have a/c, but most days that is not a problem, we rely on ocean breezes and are rarely disappointed. We back up to the golf course and are a mile from San Clemente State Beach. Bicycle and boogie board rentals offered. Close to Camp Pendleton and SONGS too. ... more less
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