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What We Love

  • The full-service spa offers a therapeutic bath before your treatment
  • Within walking distance of venues like the Half Moon Brewery
  • A tranquil, relaxing locale that’s also within an easy drive of San Francisco’s bright lights
  • The legendary sunsets over the harbor

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • Check out time is 11 a.m.
  • The lounge serves light dishes; more substantial meals can be found in town
  • The hotel hosts many weddings
  • Reservations are highly recommended for the spa


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Grand whitewashed waterfront hotel with a serene day spa, located between Half Moon Bay Harbor and the Montara Mountains

The Lowdown

Dominating the picturesque shoreline of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, this stately whitewashed hotel offers spacious rooms with fireplaces and private balconies, all the better to appreciate the gorgeous coastal sunsets. Décor is streamlined and tasteful, with subtle maritime touches like model ships and framed shell prints, and bathrooms feature luxe touches like deep soaking tubs. Elsewhere, the full-service spa is a highlight: indulge in hot stone massage, reiki or a therapeutic bath in one of the deep copper tubs.

In the Area

The Shops at Harbor Village, a collection of boutiques and cafes beneath a greenhouse-style roof, are within strolling distance from the hotel. Half Moon Bay Golf Links, a short drive away, has a striking cliffside setting overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean and a convivial pub-style restaurant called Mullins Bar & Grill. Get an even better perspective on Northern California’s ruggedly awe-inspiring coastline with a tour to the Point Montara Lighthouse, a historic landmark established in 1875.

How to Get There

Oceano Hotel and Spa
280 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 United States


Half Moon Bay Escape

The stunning views of the water, living room setting that felt like a home away from home, and the spa like bathroom more than made up for the fact that I was traveling for work. The staff were truly warm and hospitable. I would return in a minute.

Very Nice Stay for a Corporate Off-Site

I recently spent 3 days and 2 nights here for a company gathering. Half Moon Bay is a beautiful town, and the Oceano Hotel fits right in with old school charm and rustic decor.

The staff was friendly and helpful, the bar area can be a bit tight but has a great atmosphere. There are plenty of dining and drinking options within a 10 minute walk, and the hotel is just across the street from Half Moon Bay so you have easy access to the beach.

I had a 3rd floor (top floor) room with a bay view (see attached pics), it was spacious and very nicely decorated. I didn't have a lot of time to enjoy the balcony, but I made a point every morning and every evening to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air for a few minutes.

The only negatives from my stay were outside the control of the hotel itself...The sea lions and the foghorn. The sea lions were fun to watch frolick and would eventually stop barking at night, but the foghorn is a constant all day long. The hotel does provide ear plugs and white noise machines, but if you're at all noise-sensitive you will hear the foghorn. I guess that's the price you pay for being beach-front in the foggy bay area.

All in all, I really enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Oceano, and hope to make it back with my family some day for a personal vacation.

Charming beach stay

We only were at this hotel for one night. The room was very spacious with a sitting area with tv and a small kitchenette. . The bathroom was remodeled and very nice and large. My only complaint is there were no closets. There was a very small armoire that was outdated (as were the bed) and had an odor. The staff was very friendly and the parking garage was very convenient. I would stay there again.