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Half Moon Bay Lodge

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Contact Information

2400 South Cabrillo Highway
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
Phone: (650) 726-9000
Fax: (650) 726-7951
www.woodsidehotels.com

The Half Moon Bay Lodge offers ample beautiful grounds for children to play.

Although the Half Moon Bay Lodge is a part of the Woodside Hotels and Resorts, it exudes quite a different feel than that of the Monterey Plaza and Spa, also featured in this site.

The lodge is modestly-sized and quaint, fitting with the small town-charm of Half Moon Bay. While the Half Moon Bay Lodge lacks the opulence of the Plaza, it offers a quiet warmth and charm for those seeking a more low-keyed vacation.

Half Moon Bay is a tranquil coastal farming and fishing town that is rapidly developing its sophisticated and cultured side. The San Mateo coastline is rugged and beautiful and as the fog rolls in, it creates a romantic, sleepy feeling, offering a refreshing change from the beating sun to which southern Californians are constantly exposed.

This charming lodge clearly fosters a relaxed and leisurely ambiance. Guests saunter around in the "Half Moon Bay Lodge" robes by the courtyard, eating breakfast as late as 11:00 a.m. The lodge maintains the peaceful composure of Half Moon Bay itself, while catering to professionals seeking getaways from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. As I sipped my morning coffee in the courtyard, an attorney and a banker chatted at the next table. If you want to be seen, go to the Plaza. If you want to unwind, without bothering with makeup or formal attire, come to this lodge and you will feel right at home.

The only inconvenience I found at this lodge is that it has no restaurant and it is located two and a half miles from Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Thus, it is necessary to get into your vehicle with your family for each meal, except breakfast, which is provided to guests in the courtyard. I did discover a few solutions to this dilemma during my stay. One option is to order an extra meal from the town to take back to your room at the lodge. The town offers many interesting restaurants. When eating lunch in town, simply order an extra meal to go since the guest rooms have refrigerators. I ordered an extra Thai plate on my first night staying at the lodge from a very good Thai restaurant we found in the village. I ate the chicken with rice and peanut sauce (albeit it was cold) the next day in my room as I sat out on the patio with Autumn. I also found that many of the restaurants in the quaint village do take-out. The lodge will provide you with a list of restaurants and a map to help you find them. The lodge also provides a booklet with all the restaurants and their telephone numbers. You can call one of the restaurants, order some food, and have your spouse pick it up while you relax with your children in the room.

A fitness center is available to guests of the lodge.

Baby/Child Friendliness:

I would caution parents of young children to keep youngsters off of the decks of the second-floor guest rooms; the railings have large gaps and could be dangerous. If the children do go onto the decks, make sure they are closely supervised. (see baby-proofing suggestions) Make this area a priority for baby proofing, including creating a barricade for those decks. Other than this, there are many baby/child friendly features at this lodge:

  • The lodge contains a large courtyard with a spacious greenbelt garden area which is well fenced and separates children from the pool. Mandalin had a great deal of play space on this lawn and was able to kick her ball around with her dad for at least an hour each morning of our stay. From my room I could hear her laughing continuously in the garden.
  • Cookies are provided daily in the lobby for youngsters.
  • Parents are given a bucket upon arrival with child-friendly treats such as a plastic shovel, a rubber ducky, and a coloring book.
  • The lodge has a small heated pool. Should parents wish to take children swimming or wading, this is a safe pool in which to do so. It is small and uncrowded; in fact, no other people were using it during our stay in September. This is a quiet, intimate lodge without a lot of boisterous activity, offering a calm place for a child to play and swim.
  • A one-hundred percent no-smoking policy is observed in this lodge. I appreciated that my children were not exposed to a smoky environment here during our stay.

I enjoyed this view of the surrounding golf course beyond the trees from my room.

Romance:

This lodge is definitely conducive to a relaxing, romantic getaway. Here is why:

  • The quiet grounds overlook a beautiful golf course (Half Moon Bay Golf Links), peaceful gardens, fountains, and beaches.
  • A continental breakfast of juice, cereal, coffee, tea, oatmeal, scones, bagels and muffins is served daily. Breakfast is served near the courtyard which contains a conveniently small pool, sauna, and hot tub (whirlpool spa). Gardens surround this area and you will also find an outdoor fireplace surrounded by comfortable chairs, providing a soothing place to sit and talk throughout the day.
  • My room itself was primed for romance. It contained a fireplace, vaulted ceiling, private balcony, European duvet bed coverings, an honor bar with coffee, and terry robes. It was a lovely, romantic room, even if a bit small for traveling with two children.
  • The service here was excellent. I found the staff to be markedly warm, sincere, and helpful. This was not the formal, stiff service one often finds at high-end resorts.
  • The lodge has a relaxing lobby with a unique display of candles in a glass case which is lit at night, creating an enchanting ambiance. The lobby also contains a piano and a guest library consisting of two bookshelves from which guests can borrow books on jazz music and other subjects, and enjoy an eclectic artwork collection.
  • The lodge is located approximately five to ten minutes from the coast. Romance-seekers have access to walking on the beautiful Half Moon Bay coastline.

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