This review has taken me longer to write than I anticipated because I broke my right wrist over Christmas vacation, and Mrs. “Lefty” isn’t so nimble on the keyboard. To be honest, I have been antsy to get this article written. I have wanted to share my love of the Beach House Hermosa Beach for weeks!
Situated right on the Strand in Hermosa Beach, the Beach House offers ocean views and beautiful rooms that you won’t want to leave. We were lucky to have one of the most sought-after rooms, a beach-front top floor room. As with all prime locations, these rooms cost more, but I would highly recommend based on our experience. However, when booking it is important to note that ocean-view and ocean-front are different. I say go big and do ocean-front.
From the moment that you walk into the quaint lobby with a warm fireplace, complimentary papers for guests (including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, etc.) and friendly staff, the Beach House feels like home – and for some people it actually is. All of the rooms are owned by individuals that agree to allow outside use for a certain percentage of the year. This is an investment property and several celebrities have called the property home, including Olympic Volleyball athlete Kerri Walsh.
And with a view of volleyball set-ups, miles of bike lanes, and proximity to restaurants/shops, the Beach House Hermosa Beach offers adventures on the sand and delights for your belly all within a short stroll, plus a gorgeous balcony to watch the California sunset from for those that just want to stay inside.
Rooms are almost like little studio apartments that are laid out in a split-level style with the bathroom, bedroom and desk area (free Wi-fi too) on the upper section and the mini-kitchen, sitting area, and fireplace on the lower, as well as the addition of a balcony with views of the pier, surfers, sunsets, volleyball players, walkers and cyclists. Accommodations include a huge fluffy bed, a big TV with DVD player in the sitting area, and another TV right by the bed, a stereo system, and a huge bathroom with Aveda amenities.
The bathroom includes both a shower and tub, and a rubber duck too. The lower sitting room includes a fold-out sofa bed if you need another bed. It also has a mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, tea kettle, sink and hot plate. The coffee pot, mugs and silverware are wrapped in shrink-wrap to show it hasn’t been used and our room was really spotless.
It’s not a full service hotel – it is more like staying in a condo with a front desk staff, but we love vacation rental style housing and I would imagine that it would be a breath of fresh air for the discriminating business traveler sick of box hotel properties.
The hotel does not offer traditional room service – it is actually delivery from a local restaurant. But I am not sure why you would want room service with loads of restaurant choices within short walking distance – so get out and explore instead.
Other amenities include an exercise room, which provides the basics but is kinda small – but really why do you need it when there is all kinds of opportunities to work on your fitness right outside your door. Rent a bicycle or walk the Strand instead!
There is a spa, but I was surprised to see that it is a small next to the elevator. Obviously that only allows for one person at a time, but in-room massages and on-beach yoga is offered seasonally as well. A massage in any size room feels good, but again this is not a five-star resort and so expectations should be grounded, but we loved it.
Another perk is the free Continental Breakfast, which includes breakfast breads, bagels, whole fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals, with coffee and teas. There is seating outside to watch the action on the Strand and volleyball courts.
What we liked about staying at Beach House is that it’s really close to the pier and it’s close to the bars – so close that you don’t have to worry about having too many drinks and then driving home. You can get a room here, over-indulge at one of the bars and walk back to the hotel. It’s less than a five-minute walk from the strip with restaurants, bars and the beach.
On the third floor, looking down on the action, the activity is welcome. But, I would not choose to be on the first floor. The ground-level ocean-front rooms sit right along an extremely busy walking/biking/skating path. There’s not much privacy and outside noises go late into the night. Some people might want to plant themselves in the center of the activity though, especially as you walk out to the beach.
This level of activity should be expected and if it is not the environment that you are seeking, then you might want to consider a stay elsewhere. The other thing to consider is that smoking is allowed on the balconies. We had to shut our balcony door due to a neighbor, though luckily he only smoked for a short bit. Furthermore, the site is also very close to a very industrial area of the city where ships enter so we chose to not ride our bikes the full length of the paths when it started to get less visually appealing. And finally, you should also expect to pay for parking which is expensive.
So in conclusion, I highly recommend that you book a top-level ocean-front room, leave your car with the valet and walk everywhere. Separate of the hotel, I suggest that you rent cruiser bikes and ride the bike paths. However, you should expect some late night activity and a few industrial ships in your view.
But what a view it is!
*This article was sponsored by Beach House Hotel, but the opinions are all my own.