Ratings based on 218 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.2 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby Jim from Fremont, CA
We had a wonderful time!Posted Mar 3, 2014
Pros: See above
Cons: Needs no improvement.
Location: Very conveniently located for shopping, dining and all activities including golf, hiking, beach combing, etc.
The owner, Sheila, is a vivacious, friendly host and her staff are polite, friendly and helpful. Premises are very clean and comfortable. Meals and snacks are good and plentiful. We will definitely stay there again and give this facility two big thumbs up!
by Bill from Santa Cruz, CA
It is OK if your expectations are not very high.Posted Feb 11, 2014
Pros: Good location
Cons: Room needs a complete update!
Location: Located at the north end of downtown. Many restaurants and gift shops nearby, walking distance. Close to Hwy 1 and Hwy 92. Easy access to both.
We only stayed one night, having to leave early before breakfast was served. Door lock was nearly impossible to use. Needed replacement. Carpet was torn in many places. Fireplace would not turn on. Bed was marginal.
by A verified traveler
I prefer a motel than this.Posted Jan 14, 2014
Rooms inside the zaballa "victorian" house might be good. We got room outside of it and it is next building.. hmmm room smells yeeekkk , look and comfort are lil better than a $30 motel. I wouldn't suggest this if you are taking a room or of that house. ..
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Very WelcomingPosted Jan 9, 2014
Staff was great, complimentary breakfast was tasty. Location was very nice lots of places to walk to. The rooms need updating. But overall I would stay here again and recommend to a traveler.
for Familiesby Gary from toronto
Comfortable, friendly, convenient hotelPosted Dec 3, 2013 on Hotels.com
The Zaballa House is as much a bed and breakfast as a hotel--the breakfast, including fresh baked quiches and pastries, is really good, and the staff are helpful and friendly. It's right in the middle of the town but also convenient to nearby beaches. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I was on my own, but the room, one of the less expensive ones, was more than roomy enough for a couple and very quiet as it was located on the back end of the annex building.
for Business Travelersby A verified traveler
Extremely HOT roomPosted Nov 21, 2013 on Hotels.com
Nice place, but pilot on gas fireplace made the room a sufferable hot box. Front desk had a small fan available so this must be a common problem with the room I was in. Even with the fan it was a terrible nights sleep and I was not comfortable leaving a window open for security reasons. Will not stay here again which is too bad because location is good.
for Everyoneby Sarah from the Internet
Charming Historical B&BPosted Nov 19, 2013
Pros: So historical and charming, great character, the proprietress was delightful. Great central location.
Location: Really excellent Italian restaurant across the street, Pasta Moon. Take a walk on the Coastside Trail, accessible from the end of Kelly or Poplar St.
I booked Zaballa House because I liked the character of it, then discovered that it is in fact the oldest standing house in Half Moon Bay. Despite now being surrounded by a modern retail plaza, it retains a lot of its 19th-century character – it felt like spending the night in a living history museum, but with modern amenities like hot running water, a gas fireplace, and WiFi. It is literally a museum: on the main floor is a room hosting the history of Half Moon Bay (and, mysteriously, Philadelphia), which you can have all to yourself after the doors close for the night. The breakfast was delicious with fresh local fruit and homemade granola and quiche, and the proprietress was completely endearing, genuinely happy to meet everyone. The only drawback to staying in the main house is that sound from the dining room carries, so you won't sleep in much after breakfast starts. I like staying in B&Bs for the human contact and taste of local culture, and this was no exception, but I've mostly travelled in the UK where there is a different base volume level to conversation. This wasn't so much irritating as unexpected (I was awake anyway) but worth noting. Overall, though, I loved this place so much I almost wanted to stay up all night just to appreciate it more. If you're after a sterile cookie-cutter hotel you won't find it here. If you like history, personality, and a distinct NorCal experience, Zaballa House is ideal.
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Posted Nov 13, 2013 on Hotels.com
by A verified traveler
Posted Nov 13, 2013
Pros: The location. Nice breakfast spread. Room was clean.
Cons: Adequate beside lighting for reading since there is no TV. Replace bed coverings and curtains. Replace tub. Replace/repaint shelf over sink.
Location: Don't miss dinner at Pasta Moon!
Disappointed by our room which was supposed to be a queen upgrade. Beside lamps were two tiny lamps with old shades held on with old masking tape. The windows are at ground level at fast food patio and all the curtains are broken. Old jetted tub is stained with very low hand held shower head. Paint was flaking and peeling off shelf over bathroom sink that held the glasses. I should have realized it was a double bed before it was too late. My fault for not asking about the upgrade.
for Personal Eventby A verified traveler
Posted Nov 13, 2013 on Hotels.com
Staff was great and made check in very easy. The room was nice and big and clean. It was located in a cute part of town and near a gas station. Only stayed one night. Breakfast was nice.