Think twice about the Stratford Inn Best Western del Mar
The Hotel's description, in particular it's photos, leads you to believe it's right on the beach. Take a look. What you see is the Del Mar Motel which IS "right on the beach" The Best Western Stratford Inn is 3/4 mile away. That is unless you can climb down a crumbling cliff face after crossing a railway line and drainage gutter! We were well & truly decieved by this image and will take the hotel to task over it, accusing them of gross misrepresentation!
Like previous reports, the so called "standard" rooms are, to say the least, horrible. In as much you couldn't even "swing a cat" in the shower and there isn't a bath with a shower over it. The room we were shown was ............ disgusting! Eventually, on the 3rd attempt, we were provided with an upgrade but still in the "old" wing. If you're thinking of this place, take the rooms in the "new" wing!
Breakfast is OK and you can take it on the terrace. Just be very, very careful of the "standard" rooms. Even the rooms in the "new wing" are deceptive. Some have nice balconies on the upper floor. Others are hidden "below ground level" with a view of stairs. The swimming pool area in the new wing is, I must say, very acceptable.
On the other hand, the staff were very pleasant.