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The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • bike or walk to beach
  • relaxing stay
  • some ocean views

    Cons

  • higher rates in summer and for ocean-view rooms

Fodorite Reviews

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The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club Review

Open your balcony door and listen to the sounds of a naturally occurring Sea World at the Portofino. Ocean- and channel-side rooms echo with the calls of sea birds and sea lions; marina side rooms look over sailboats and docks. From the hotel's very private peninsula, walk or bike to the nearby seaside lagoon or rent a kayak and explore the protected harbor. Interiors are beachy but sophisticated—guest rooms are a mix of blues and yellows, set off by crisp, white bed linens. Compact, well-designed bathrooms are accented in stainless steel, with extra-plush towels and pleasing Lather products. In its own building overlooking the harbor, is Baleen, the hotel's excellent restaurant—a most welcome addition to the South Bay dining scene.

    Hotel Details

  • 161 rooms, 5 suites.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-10-2011

Fodorite Reviews

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    Harbor seals make up for a lot!

    We've stayed here several times. Don't get an oceanside room if you're a light sleeper...the many harbor seals just outside in the harbor bark a lot! Didn't bother me, but it might interrupt others' sleep. Pluses: The location is good, with easy access to the PCH and 405. The rooms are clean, and the staff has been unfailingly nice. Minuses: Pretty small pool; bathrooms are on the small side; have to pay to park or hike in from the adjacent parking lot.

    by Gablefan, 4/25/08

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