Historical Traveller Reviews of Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites Hotel
OK but nothing special
from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed here for 4 nights in August 2003. We had a grand marina suite which had fabulous amounts of space (really an apartment) but the room badly in need of refurbishing as is was quite shabby - worn carpet, cracked tiles etc but the view from the room of the marina was spectacular! The pool was ok but nothing special and got VERY crowded and noisy during the day. It's also open until 10 in the evening so rooms round the pool can suffer this noise for quite a while. Pool service food is extremely expensive and not at all good value. Parking on concert nights is very difficult as there is no priority given to hotel guests and no valet parking. The concert we experienced was loud when we were on our balcony but we couldn't hear it inside the suite. We didn't find any of the staff particularly friendly or helpful and checkout was a nightmare, queuing for over 30 minutes! There's nothing really wrong with the hotel but I wouldn't rush back!
A fine little resort hotel
My wife, six year old son and I stayed in at Humphrey's in August 2003.
Initially we were concerned about the look of the hotel from the outside but once we got into our room it was fine. Nothing particularly luxurious but the layout was fine. The hotel has a very reasonable heated (to a good temperature) outdoor pool at its centre and has plenty of sun beds and seating. Every morning there are clean pool towels on all the chairs and plenty more to use when you want them.
They also have a hot tub near the pool which was nice and very hot. The service is good. Efficient and friendly. When you order something by phone from the front desk they call you about five minutes later to check that you got what you wanted - a nice touch I think. Location is not spectacular and its a pity that there is no direct access to the harbour behind. Humphrey's has a rather odd feature in that it has a large stage and seating area outside (about 30 ft from the pool) in which is stages very regular concerts for the public. They certainly have some well known artists playing for those who wish to attend.
However, guests should not be overly put off by this 'feature' (like we were initially!). In fact as long as your room does not face the stage or pool you will hardly be able to hear the concert even when in full flood. Also, the concerts dont seem to finish late so it was never a bother to us at all. Basically, I would be happy to go back to the hotel and would be happy to recommend it to anyone. Whilst we were there we met several families that had been back to the hotel for many years running - indeed they were somewhat surprised that I and my family were first timers. Such regular patronage must say something positive about this hotel.
The perfect family hotel
Just got back from four wonderful nights at this hotel. I chose this hotel based on reviews from trip advisor. It was the perfect hotel for our family. The pool is great and it stays open late. The surroundings are nice and the location is great for trips to Seaworld, the zoo, and Legoland. It wasn't too crowded. We did take a drive to Mission Beach and even though it was nice there, it was much too crowded. If there was anything negative about this hotel was that there are concerts there at night. We were up late anyway and even went to the pool at night, but anyone wanting peace and quiet shouldn't get a room close to the concert area. If I had been smart, I would have booked this hotel on a night when an artist I wanted to see was going to be there. I can't think of a better place for a vacation!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just back from a weeklong stay at Humphries (8/9 - 8/16) - had the highest expectations based on reviews, etc., however the stay did not live up to those expectations. Lots of good things, just as many 'not-so-good' (or certainly not up to the same high standards), to make overall impression rather disappointing. Some examples - general/location: beautiful, on Shelter Island overlooking Coronado, nice pool, friendly staff...but, not too much else around there (a few restaurants ranging from outstanding to terrible). Rooms- nice size, comfortable....but, AC did not work very well (in the midst of a rather hot spell), awkward sliding door to bathroom, mildew stains on bathroom ceiling, light bulbs and remote batteries needed changing (again, small aggravations, but things I don't want to have to deal with on vacation). Restaurant - kind of an exception - was absolutely fabulous across the board - the Sunday brunch is an event not to be missed, 'regular' meals just as well done.To wrap this up, though, what was probably the most dissapointing aspect of the entire stay was the difficulties associated with their on-site concert series. We were in a room right next to the concert venue, knowing that concerts were scheduled for 5 of our seven night stay. The first night was pretty nice, being able to hear the concert as well in the room (nearly) as from the lawn seats. The second night was also interesting, but by the third night it was quite tedious and annoying, even for us music lovers. On top of this, I got the very distinct impression that hotel guests were second class citizens (compared to concert goers) on these nights. Parking and access is problematic, access to the grounds/facilities is restricted from about 4pm until after the concert (meaning that you have to walk around through the parking lot to get to the lobby, pool, etc, and in our case, even out of our room, since we so close to the venue, we would have to go out of the opposite end of the building from our room to exit and enter - not a great problem, but one of those inconveniences you would rather live without; I could have also done without all the scrutinizing and sidelong glares from concert staff as we entered and exited our room each night, making sure we did not try to steal a glance at the on-stage activity that was making our door shake until 10pm or later each night - very uncomfortable - felt like a prowler just trying to get into my own room). Again, you learn quickly to deal with this.What really broke the camel's back for us, though, was on our last night we were looking forward to a nice peacefull evening, and on our way to the pool for an afternoon swim were verbally accosted by some staff member informing us we were treading in the 'restricted zone', and would need to leave and go around through the parking lot immediately. When I asked why, I was very rudely told that there was a private party going on, and would I please hurry (this may not have been a staff member, though; he was wearing a yellow windbreaker, which I had not noticed before on Humphries' staff). Now, we knew about the concerts and took our chances with that, but we were never informed about a private party and the further restrictions and imposition that placed on us (including loud music until 11pm and the apparently allowable converstional congregation of party goers on the landing outside our room, where we dare not tread without being accosted). Other than inquiring from the front desk when the music would stop, I chose not to make a big issue out of this situation (just wanting at this point to get out of there the next morning).So, all in all, I was most disappointed with this aspect of my trip. It did not live up to my expectations, and by the end, I had shifted from mildly put off and inconvenienced (and willing to bear the brunt of responsibility for that) to thoroughly aggravated and downright angry. I would not stay there again, and would advise others to carefully consider the potential impact of such impositions as I have described here on their own vacation plans. For many, such situations may not, in fact, be issues, but for us, they were the aggravating points that differentiated between what could have been a great experience and what turned out to be a rather disappointing experience and stay.
Fantastic hotel, wonderful setting.
We stayed here in August. It was the first destination of our first holiday in California and we were delighted with the setting, the ambiance and the amenities. We rode the free bikes, played table tennis and putting. From the poolside we were able to listen to Smokey Robinson live in concert which was an unexpected surprise. We would recommend this hotel to families in particular and we would certainly use it again.
Great Place To Stay
from A TripAdvisor Member
We thouroughly enjoyed our stay. The facility was wonderful and the service spectacular. We were lucky enough to have a pool side room and one building away from the stage. We were right in the middle of the action and loved every minute of it. I would highly recommned Humphrey's.
Polynesian style, comfortable place
We stayed at this hotel three nights in June . We asked for a suite with two queen beds as we were a family of 5. When we got to the room, after getting there in a round about way beacause of the concert, we found we had been assigned a room with one king bed. The staff was happy to make up for this error by upgrading us to the biggest suite in the place. It was fabulous! We had a marina and a pool view. The suite was huge and very very nice. Also, the hotel pool area is very nice. It has a polynesian setting and very nice furniture and a pool bar. Food service pool side was terrible, but food service to the room was wonderful. One incident which occured is that since there was a concert there in the evening, a hotel security guard was walking around making sure that non-guests were not at the pool by brusquely asking to see everyone's key to their room. While this may seem like a good thing to ensure that uninvited guests are not at the pool, it was very unpleasant when the guard accused my three children of being uninvited guests and they had to come find us to prove that they were indeed guests at the hotel.
humphrey half moon resort
from A TripAdvisor Member
We paid alot to stay at this hotel and the view was terrible. Our patio was two chairs and a bamboo screen about 2' away. The decor was drab and the tub would not go down after our shower. We left after the first night.
Good hotel, but watch out!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Read nice reviews on this forum so we had stayed there for 2 nights (7/25-27/2003). Pretty nice view of the marina. Room and facility was nice, not terribly great but clean. Overall this hotel could have been a very nice stay except for one thing. Hotel apparently owns and operates a restaurant and a CONCERT facilty right next door. There was a concert event the last night. Parking lot was absoultely full (hotel allowed the concert goers to use the lot) so we had to park clear across the property near the bar (good 400 yards away) dragging our bags back and forth. I thought that Hotel could have reserved at least a part of the lot for the hotel guests, but Hotel's comment on this was that they only gurantee a spot not where that spot is. The real trouble was the actual concert. I am sure it was a very good concert, but we were there for peace and quiet. The concert was amazingly loud and had gone on until 10:30pm. We were besides ourselves because of the unwanted noise! To be sure it is a nice hotel, but unless they change policies to inform guests of how a concert event would affect their stay, I would not go there again.
Enjoyed the hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
Humphrey'sLovely resort...great service. We enjoyed the view, pool, on site concerts. Location was 20 min from Park, zoo.
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