4.0 on September 07, 2017
Had a great time! Staff was helpful room 206 was nice.
1.4 on September 06, 2017
When we got to Zaballa House we walked into a very pretty receiving area. We were then pointed to a outside to a building that is not connected to the main house. We did not know we would not be staying in the pretty main house. We had to hike up some steep stairs with our suitcase, along a worn wood walkway to our room. The room was not decorated like the the pictures at all. The carpet was stained and it just was not at all what we thought we were paying for. The room was very large, and the bathroom was very large. But the decor was like staying at a Motel Six. Just a TV, desk and a bed. No flowers, no pretty pained walls, no nice bed with a nice headboard. There where not any screens on the windows, so we did not feel comfortable in opening the windows to let in some air. There was no air conditioning and it was a hot weekend. We would have left, but it was a summer weekend and everything was booked up. If they put some money into it, it could be a very lovely hotel, not a bed and breakfast. The rooms in the pictures must be in the main house. So be sure to call and find out where your room is. If it is not the main house I would not stay there. We did not eat there the next morning, so I can't tell you what the breakfast was like. We were so disappointed with the room, we just wanted to leave. On a bright note, it was in a great location. Right downtown, next to all of the cool shops and restaurants.
3.8 on August 20, 2017
The Zaballa House, built in 1855, is a very charming place. We had a room in the original building, which has a lot of character--not a coolke-cutter motel-style room.The staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast, although simple, was nicely prepared and had a lot of variety. At both the breakfast and the evening wine and cheese, we were able to meet many of the other guests, which was an interesting experience. The owner herself served one of our breakfasts, and we enjoyed talking with her. A wonderful location, and a terrific experience!
5 on June 03, 2017
My friend and I had a trip to Stanford and needed a place to stay for the night. This place was inexpensive and very beautiful. The staff were exceptionally nice and helpful. My friend has since passed on from the cancer, and I wanted to personally thank them for how they treated us at that delicate time.
3.8 on February 16, 2017
Enjoyed the stay, comfortable, quiet room, great breakfast with a chance to meet interesting people. Walking distance to shops and restaurants, short drive to the beach,
3.6 on August 19, 2016
We stayed in room 24. Pros: Very clean and spacious, nice staff. Cute decor. Breakfast was great. Location awesome, right in downtown. Cons: none-working fireplace and backed up shower drain. Also it would be nice to have more vegan or vegetarian options.
4.2 on April 07, 2015
Pros: +Comfortable room +Jacuzzi tub +Away from the city +5 mins away from a great beach +Amazing price for staying in the bay area Neutral Bigger than your standard B&B, similar to a small hotel Food was more like a hotel breakfast than typical B&B breakfast Cons: -Away from the city Overall my experience with this B&B was great. Half moon bay is a small/quite community about an hour away from the city. Surrounded by the ocean and trees, it's very peaceful, especially compared to other parts of the bay area. Our room was nice, the bed was comfortable and it included a jacuzzi tub (no shower though). The food was mostly like a hotel breakfast, except for some homemade quiche that was quite tasty. There are more guests than a typical B&B but we knew that going in. If you're willing to sacrifice ~2 hours a day in travel to the city then this B&B is a great choice. I'll certainly be staying here the next time I'm in the bay.
3.2 on March 09, 2015
The room was beautiful. We had the deluxe suite. It took some time to figure out the light, fan, and fireplace switches. It seemed like everything was opposite where we expected it to be... but we figured it out. Service was great and we met some very interesting people during breakfast. Overall, we had a great experience there and I would definitely consider it again. My biggest gripe was the hot water and water pressure. We had this nice jacuzzi tub but it took forever to get the water hot and the pressure was so low that it would take too long to fill the tub.
4.2 on March 04, 2015
Delightful location in the heart of downtown HMB. the only thing better would be to be right on the beach, but it's not a bad walk. Room was spacious, clean, simple, great price. Breakfast is nice, other guests are friendly. I would stay again. Other reviews note that the rooms are hot... leave the bathroom fan on to pull some air in and it's not too bad.
4.0 on February 18, 2015
More like a small motel than a B&B, that being said it is a great value , close to shopping and dining , and the breakfast was fantastic.
4.2 on October 20, 2014
PROS: beautiful house, very nice people, comfortable and quiet room, delicious breakfast CONS: hard bed and hot -- no fan or air conditioning. I would stay there again and bring my own fan.
3.0 on October 09, 2014
My husband & I stayed here for our anniversary. Checking in & on our last day customer service from the staff was great. We checked in late the room was very hot & stuff. We thought that just opening the windows would be fine. So that is what we did before going out for dinner. Came back still hot & stuff. (Keeping in mind that it was unseasonable warm. Also we were inside the original house.) The next day we asked for a fan to be put in the room. (This is when the poor customer service started). The lady working that day did not even look at us while speaking with us & came across more like we were a bother being there. When we came back that night there was no fan & the hand soap we were using the day before was gone without a replacement. We had to ask for both. The new woman that was working made it sound like there was no fans on the property at all, but finally found one for us. The only reason I did not give a lower star on the Service is because the ladies that helped us check in, check out & serviced us breakfast on the day we checked out were wonderful. We don't think they should be punished for two other bad employees.
5 on September 17, 2014
We had a great time, we just came for one night to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary, but it was memorable. Yummy breakfast in the morning!
3.2 on August 25, 2014
We've stayed here numerous times, and this stay we were not in the main house, but in the annex. Our room was huge, but very plain. In comparison to the main house, there was not much character, and there were a few quirks also. The toilet didn't function very well, and there was a leak in the shower...drip, drip, drip.... I will return, but will request to be in the main house.
3.6 on August 24, 2014
This establishment has a great location, our room was wonderful and the main house (there is a modern wing where the rooms are more than adequate and not at all modern hotel sterile, but not "standard" Victorian, etc B&B style) is absolutely charming. The hostess is a hoot and Half Moon Bay is a great weekend getaway.You do need to appreciate coastal cool, fog and clouds.
4.0 on August 18, 2014
First off the cost was very good so I knew not to expect too much. The house itself is very nice and if you get to stay there it's probably lovely. If you stay in one of the detached rooms it's pretty much like any 2 star hotel but bigger and very sparse. Our room had two couches a wrought iron bed with two side tables. There were three pictures on one wall and the rest was bare white. The blinds looked like they'd taken a beating but the bathroom was a good size and very clean. There was just this huge empty space on the non-bed half of the room. I asked my husband why he thought there was so much room - he said, "Must be for square dancing". Anyway, our room was very warm and stuffy but the heat was not on. We opened the windows and it cooled down nicely, but as soon as we closed the windows it got all hot and stuffy again. Very hard to sleep, plus the bed wasn't terribly comfortable. In the morning we went to breakfast and there was quite a nice spread of fruit, granola, chocolate chip banana bread, bagels and cream cheese but I saw no quiche that everyone always talks about. I asked the girl behind the counter if this was all of it and she said, "Yes." I said something about the quiche and then she said, "I'll get you some. Spinach or ham?" Uh, so if I didn't ask, I don't think we would have gotten any. It was good and everything I had tasted homemade so I was satisfied. Because Zaballa House is right on Main Street it's a nice way to start the morning with a walk up and down the street and stop in all the little shops. Very cute little town feeling. I think for the price it was acceptable, but if you're looking for really special and you can't get into the actual house, look elsewhere.
4.6 on August 06, 2014
Great room, great service, great stay
3.4 on April 13, 2014
The location was great - could walk to town and shops. The room was quiet and very comfortable. Would recommend to friends.
3.8 on April 11, 2014
This was truly lovely. My husband and I had not stayed in Half Moon Bay before. We went to the Bay Area for a work seminar for him and used the opportunity for a one-night vacation. Zaballa House greeted us with wine, cheese, and crackers in the common area - where we had a great chat with a couple. This place is amazingly central and an excellent choice! Our fireplace didn't seem to work, but we weren't committed enough to having it on to seek help or repair. Breakfast was more elaborate and charming than we expected also. We had a pleasant talk with another couple at the big dining table. It was fantastic. Anyhow, we recommend this place!
4.2 on March 21, 2014
The breakfast was amazing, they offered an assortment of wonderful food. The only negative was the fireplace did not work in the room.
3.8 on March 01, 2014
Only spent a night in HMB, but had a nice stay at Zaballa. The room was very roomy and comfortable, though I wish it had a coffee table next to the couch. Note for future travelers - the stores don't open up until around 11, so don't wake up early like I did. :)
3.2 on December 10, 2013
Our room was not in the "oldest House" but in a much newer building that was a couple of notches below a Motel 6.
5 on November 29, 2013
O.K. the room was the Taj Mahal. But it was clean and quaint .Loved the vine and cheese in the P.M. Place is like going to a museum with their displays. The shops surrounding were very cool. Especially the woodworking gallery. Being a woodshop teacher saw thing I only seen in Fine Woodworking. Breakfast was Fantastic. Owner was there and she was a joy to talk to. A bargain I do believe. Meet many couples who stayed here before, even a couple from Texas who has been here 3or so times.
4.4 on November 24, 2013
Zaballa house was great. The service was excellent and the room very nice. Our particular room was a little too bright at night do to outside lighting. The breakfast is very good, especially the homemade granola.
4.6 on July 30, 2013
Met the owner. She's wonderful!!! Can't wait to return asap! Mr.William Robinson/Ms. Kim Santos
4.6 on July 04, 2013
First, Half Moon Bay is a delightful little town. It has a quiet main street with about anything you would ever want in terms of restaurants, bakeries, and shops. We particularly enjoyed the Pasta Moon. It is an upscale Italian restaurant directly across the street from the inn. All their pastas are made on site. The food, wine, and the service exceeded our expectations. We never had a bad meal in Half Moon Bay and Zaballa House is a convenient place to start your exploration of the town. The Greek Suite a huge second-floor, two-room suite with a king size bed, generous dresser and closet, large bathroom, separate alcove with a HUGE genuine Jacuzzi tub (big enough for four), and balcony from the bedroom. The sitting room had a kitchenette with small refrigerator and microwave, sink, island and bar stools. The plates and silverware were sparse and there were no cutting tools. The sitting room had a full couch and love seat, a large entertainment center with a big flat screen TV and thirty DVD movies, generous coffee table, stand with coat and hat racks, and gas fireplace. The furniture was substantial. The sitting room is big enough you could entertain a party of six. The Greek Suite is a great spot for a romantic get away. Wi-Fi Internet was reliable and good for all but a power user. All the staff was helpful and pleasant during our stay. We would rate the food as very good. The best thing about the Zaballa House breakfast was the fresh fruit. They had berries, cherries, and melons, to be eaten with various breads, granola, yogurt, and cottage cheese. On the weekends they make waffles to order and the specialty of the house every morning is quiche. Guests are given a choice of eating in a sitting room with local newspapers or more formally at a table for eight in a dinning room. It is a pleasant atmosphere conducive to meeting your fellow guests and enjoying a good breakfast.
5 on March 23, 2013
We had a wonderful time. The room was perfect. The breakfast was good. The service was wonderful. I would definitely go back. Thank you for making our weekend so special.
4.4 on January 20, 2013
I had not been to a B&B in years but on a whim I decided to treat my girlfriend to an overnight at Half Moon Bay. I expected that it would be difficult to find a nice B&B at the last minute but I had no trouble and finding a very reasonably priced room at Zaballa. Overall this was a wonderful experience, any small negatives balanced out by positives. For instance, although the person at the desk when we checked in was motel-polite she wasn't exactly warm and engaging. However, in the morning we met the owner and her granddaughter(s?) who were all that and more. My girlfriend was totally enchanted by the room (#4, right off the dining room); clean, neat, tasteful and comfortable. Since I didn't recall that the room had a Jacuzzi, that was a nice (well-used) feature. We did have trouble some trouble with the controls and hot water, but nothing to complain about. The evening cheese and wine averaged "good" -- the cheese was nothing particularly special but the wine was quite drinkable (I could have done without the TV in the background from the front desk, but enjoyed chatting with another couple). On the flip side, breakfast was perhaps the most impressive part of the stay: a wonderful spread ranging from fruit and bagels to delicious homemade quiche. The place was so cozy and quiet it's hard to believe there are 21 rooms in this old historic building -- and speaking of history, there is even a little suite with exhibits devoted to locate history. I plan to return to Zaballa and highly recommend it to others.
4.4 on August 07, 2012
My wife and I just stayed one night. We did not stay in the main house but in the newer rooms and we loved it. The room was huge and beautiful. We love that it was right on main st. The breakfast in the morning was ok, it was just fruit. We were expecting hot food so we were a little disappointed. The staff were nice and friendly. I will say that a lot of the reviews said that the walls were thin. The only problem we had was the garbage truck in the morning, but besides that it was great. We can't wait to go again.
5 on June 07, 2012
We absolutely loved this bed and breakfast! The decor was simply stunning. We stayed in room 7. The claw bathtub and fireplace really helped with the romance and the seclusion gave us an opportunity to get away from the rest of the world. (For those couples who complain about the claw bathtub not having a stand up shower head, haven't you ever heard of romance? Take a bath with your lover!) Additionally, the Zaballa House is a ten minute walk to the beach, and for the price, it's unbeatable!! The only con that I can find is that the walls are somewhat thin in comparison to a standard hotel. So be warned that if you are a guest at the Zaballa and you arrive at a later time, remember that B&B's are meant for romantic getaways! Be respectful of the other couples and do your best to remember you're sharing the home with others. Definitley plan your vacation, but make sure you're staying in the house, not the wrap around rooms. It's worth the extra $15, trust us!
2.6 on May 22, 2012
The behavior of the front desk personnel caused me to miss my niece's wedding. I came to the desk around 12:30 pm since my ride had not shown up and my cell phone was not working. I said to the woman at the desk that I would be waiting outside for a ride to a wedding. I gave Zaballa staff the landline number at the wedding site and I in turn gave the wedding site organizer the phone number for Zaballa. So I went outside, was in plain site of everyone and less than 30 feet from the front desk. After waiting from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, I was told that a woman had called for me - she did not know who. Maria told the caller that I had left at which point I became upset. As I later learned after arriving at my niece's wedding having missed the ceremony and family photos, I did have a ride and could have still made it by 4 pm, if Maria had not said I had already left. I asked Maria why she had not looked outside for me; I really got no response except Maria saying "it is not our responsibility." She was not at all apologetic or sympathetic. Realizing that it was 3:00 pm I sank into grief. It was suggested that I take a cab which I couldn't afford. David Cresson, Sr. called me to "commiserate" but said he could do nothing to fix the problem. I however can think of two things that could be done: let Maria know how her harmful behavior caused me to miss my niece's wedding ceremony - an experience that cannot be re-captured - and perhaps offer me some compensation for the hours I spent needlessly waiting outside Zaballa.
4.6 on February 24, 2012
We will return here many times. It has a fantastic location, nice rooms, complimentary wine that went on for hours, nicest owner, and what a spread in the morning for breakfast.
3.6 on January 24, 2012
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Zaballa House for a romantic weekend getaway. Overall, the experience was enjoyable. Pros: The breakfast was BERRY good. Fresh fruits and berries, yogurt, and outstanding homemade granola were served, along with passable quiche. The decor of the room and the fireplace made for a romantic atmosphere. Bring blankets and cuddle up! Same goes for the large tub. The downtown location makes it easy to roam around and see Half Moon Bay. The owner is a charming lady, easy to talk to. Cons: The bed is too soft and tends to squeak with any movement. The women working the counter (with the exception of the owner) are not very nice (and don't speak excellent English). We detected a bit of an attitude overall. The wine and cheese reception did not happen on the Sunday night of our stay :(
3.6 on July 24, 2011
It was our first stay at a bed and breakfast. There was a little confusion at check-in due to whose name could check-in and thus we were originally put in a smaller room which was incredibly unimpressive. Fortunately, that was sorted out and the room we had originally booked was wonderful. Breakfast consisted of fruit, yogurt, bread/toast and some delicious quiche.
2.2 on January 26, 2011
Before I booked online, I called this property and the person I spoke to assured me babies were welcome. When we arrived, the manager/owner even stated that they had to live up to their promise of being baby-friendly and was kind enough to let us choose between 3 rooms. The next morning, out of the blue, an employee asked us to change rooms to another building. She said that another couple (whom we had met) could hear our baby and even though they weren't bothered as they were used to children, there were going to be more guests that evening. She went on to say, "You don't have to move but if you stay in this room, please keep your baby quiet." Even though we didn’t have to move, we were given the impression that we should. I believe no one had complained but they were afraid that someone would. We decided not to make an issue of it and just move. But even though the new room was bigger, it had a stained sofa and a creaky bed. My husband tried to talk to the manager/owner to express his unhappiness but she tried to avoid him by diving into her office. He pursued her and she was very unapologetic, even saying that she would "understand" if we decided to stay at a different hotel. Needless to say, our trip was less than satisfactory. If they don’t want babies staying at their property they need to be clear about their policy.
4.4 on August 03, 2010
We enjoyed our stay. The hostess was great and the food was excellent. We endorse this B&B for the value.
4.6 on June 22, 2010
Excellent experience. Innkeeper focused on customer service and making guests feel comfortable. I highly recommend.
1.4 on February 15, 2010
We were extremely disappointed with our stay at the Zaballa House Bed & Breakfast. When we were looking for it the sign was completely missing and drove right past it, after finding it, it just went down hill from there. They offered wine and cheese with assorted snakes, the wine was boxed and the white wine wasn’t even chilled, the snakes were brought out randomly and the crackers were stale. When we went to take our bath in what looked to be a nice Jacuzzi bath tub the lever that opens and closes the drain fell off in my hand, that’s when I noticed a rubber plug in the corner, so they had to know it was already broke. We ran the water only to run out of hot water after only having a half a tub of water. There was so much noise from outside that when we went to bed we couldn’t get any sleep because of some kind of party going on until about 10 P.M. in the same building complex that is owned by the Zaballa House. When we got up the next morning we notice that they didn’t even take the time to swipe the floor where the wine and cheese was served. although the fruit was great the breads were dry and the waffles were undercooked and I had to wait for a long time to get them. All in all we were just disappointed!
3.2 on November 04, 2009
The hostess was great, the breakfast was good but the room were disappointing.
2.6 on October 03, 2009
My husband and I were celebrating our 15th anniversary. We had stayed at Zaballa House many years ago and had a delightful experience with the couple that owned it at the time. It has changed hands and, although the inn is beautifully kept, the atmosphere is very impersonal. Two teenage girls checked us in with not much of a greeting, the front door stood wide open until late at night with no one in sight - it was more like checking into a budget hotel. Breakfast the next morning was plentiful but some of the items - bread that had sat out too long, ditto fruit, again not up to par. That said, I think they were understaffed and that the one person in charge of breakfast did a great job making sure everyone was served quickly. I think what I'm trying to say is Zaballa lacked its previous personality and hospitality which is what we visit B&B's for. Maybe this is recent new ownership and they will get better with time.
3.2 on September 27, 2009
It was really nice and felt clean. It would be nice if the staff had more info about San Francisco transportation or at least have flyers with info. The breakfast was good and we really liked the fresh fruit. thank you!!!
4.8 on July 14, 2009
When we were looking for a Bed and Breakfast in Half Moon Bay, we wanted to find a room that was clean and inexpensive and preferably with a good location. What we found at Zabella House, far exceeded out expectations. Not only is Zabella House clean and most reasonably priced, the rooms are spacioius. Zaballa House is located amidst shops and restaurants in the quantest part of Half Moon Bay and yet the rooms are as quiet as if it were located on a deserted island. But the best part of Zaballa is the breakfast. What a surprise to find fresh muffins, omlettes made to order, and the best homemade granola I've ever tasted. You really can't do better.
4.0 on March 23, 2009
Overall the Zaballa House was very nice. We would have liked a little variety with the breakfast and it would have been nice to have a television somewhere to catch up on the news or just sit and watch. We enjoyed our stay and the ladies were very nice. We never saw David Cresson, Jr.
4.4 on February 19, 2009
First time to stay in a B&B but will go back. Location is on Main St. in middle of shops. It was clean, staff very accomodating, rooms quaint. Great value!. It is not "upscale" so picky people will not be happy here. Met wonderful people and enjoyed the whole experience. I would recommend to all of my friends.
2.8 on January 02, 2009
Found hotel to be very clean, yet smelled like alot of Lysol had been used. Almost too sterile. The noise level was very loud from the other customers, with no attention paid to time of night/morning, etc. No hot water for hot tub at first, but heated up eventually. Would not stay in the main house again, but "would" stay in adjoining rooms in unattached rooms.
4.8 on October 31, 2008
We had a great stay at this B&B. We made many new freinds from all around the world. This is a surprisingly large place, with what appears to be 30 rooms. Ours had a 2 person hot tub and gas fireplace. I would reccomend that light sleepers that want to sleep in past 8:00 not book rooms near the dining area. Location is fantastic, amidst a small upscale town filled with fun shops and gourmet resteraunts. Great beaches (surfing, tidepools) are 1 mile away. Breakfast and the evening wine and cheese were well beyond expectations. Service was friendly and warm.
3.6 on October 23, 2008
The Zaballla House was conveniently located with friendly staff. We arrived late but enjoyed walking the downtown on a gorgeous fall night, would plan to stay there again!