Since I live in Pacifica and work in Half Moon Bay, there have only been a few times that I have stayed at one of the many hotel properties in Half Moon Bay. On the evening of March 12, 2019, I was faced with staying in town when an extremely stormy night forced the closure of Highway 1.

After being turned around twice by CHP in Montara and facing wind gusts that rocked my car, I knew I had to get off the road and spend the night someplace safe, warm, and comfortable. Coastside Inn was my destination.

Upon arriving at the Coastside Inn, I was greeted in the lobby by the friendly front desk attendant, Brianne, who warmly welcomed me to the Inn and quickly found a room for me to stay. Brianne told me that she recently started working at the Inn, and based on her excellent guest service skills, I could tell she enjoys working there. After filling out the registration paperwork, I was handed my room key and wished a good night ahead. Arriving at my room, I tapped the key card to the door and settled in for the night. The room featured two standard queen beds, a writing desk area, a flat-screen TV, a coffee-machine with refrigerator, and a vanity area outside the bathroom that was stocked with H2O Therapy products. I enjoyed a good quiet night’s sleep on the comfortable bed mattresses that had wonderfully soft pillows.

Coastside Inn Room Interior
"I enjoyed a good quiet night’s sleep on the comfortable bed mattresses that had wonderfully soft pillows." Photo by Erik Piro

Waking up in the morning and feeling refreshed, I enjoyed a hot shower using the provided H2O Therapy products (the shampoo was refreshing, and I immediately noticed the lemongrass scent!) before heading to the lobby to enjoy the breakfast buffet.

The breakfast buffet at the Coastside Inn is amazing! It’s no wonder that General Manager, Debbie Padilla, is so proud of the buffet! In the small coastal-themed breakfast area, I enjoyed hot waffle sticks, sausage, country potatoes, cold yogurt, and blueberry muffins! Eggs, cereal, and a variety of Royal Cup coffees were also available. By the time I was finished with breakfast, I was filled up for the morning at the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. The final stop was the front desk to return my key and be on my way!

Coastside Inn
"In the small coastal-themed breakfast area, I enjoyed hot waffle sticks, sausage, country potatoes, cold yogurt, and blueberry muffins!" Photo by Erik Piro

Thank you to Debbie Padilla of the Coastside Inn and the rest of her staff for a pleasant stay. Be sure to check them out next time you or your loved one is looking for a place to stay in Half Moon Bay!

Erik is the Director of Communications for the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau. Growing up on the Coastside, Erik has a great appreciation for the various outdoor activities that surround the area, and you will often find him bike riding, spending time at the beach, or exploring one of the Coastside's many scenic spots. He enjoys capturing the natural beauty of the Coastside through his photography, whether along the Coastal Trail, in Pillar Point Harbor, or along the country roads of Pescadero.