This hotel is clean and well-maintained. When built in 1951, it was the northernmost hotel in OC, so it's historic, and iconic, but could be considered outdated. If you're looking for a mental break to completely unplug, this is your place- off-season. As a vacation destination, especially with kids, in-season- it's overpriced. The bed was hard (but aren't most hotel beds). The hallways are narrow and rooms are small. It's supposed to have hi-speed internet, but I could barely watch YouTube on the lowest resolution and still had interruptions. So, forget streaming movies on your laptop, which is unfortunate, as the TVs are small (30" or less), the picture was terrible (washed-out color), reception was not clear and it's sitting on top of a high cabinet. Have at it, If you can tolerate commercials every 10 minutes. I can't. This was the 1st hotel in OC to have a private bathroom in each room, and they are very small. The shower stalls are like washing in a coffin. Unless you're a child, good luck with that. The walls are thin, so you can hear your neighbors easily. You're right at the ocean, centrally located on the Boardwalk, with a nice porch to sit on. There is a nice Italian restaurant on the 1st floor, and soda machines on the premises are discount priced. You're paying for nostalgia & history here, but I would stay there again as a mental getaway- off-season only. For what they charge in-season, there are better, roomier options available. It's all about perspective.