FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums » » Locating Tiki » » Humphrey's Half Moon & Suites, San Diego, CA (hotel)
Goto page ( Previous Page 1 | 2 )
Humphrey's Half Moon & Suites, San Diego, CA (hotel)
christiki295
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3830
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2007-04-20 08:19 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-19 13:09, GatorRob wrote:
Quote:

On 2007-04-18 11:43, bigbrotiki wrote:
Now, kids, who wants a time machine ?


Me, me, ME! <stomps foot> I want a time machine Daddy, and I want it NOW!!

God, that place must have been amazing...



And still is!


 
View Profile of christiki295 Send a personal message to christiki295  Email christiki295     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-04-01 6:48 pm   Permalink

I love the Shelter Island area. I go fishing out of Point Loma and always try to stop by the various Tiki places when I am down there.

Here is a nice postcard with a night-time shot of the Half Moon Inn


And the back of the card



 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-12-29 6:47 pm   Permalink

I took the family down to San Diego for the Charger/Bronco game this weekend and stayed at the Half Moon Inn for the first time. Fun place with the kids and a pool-side room.

There were a couple of nice masks inside the lobby with the great entrance.








There are still a few old tikis hanging around the pool area ...







They even added a new Tiki by the pool.



I was walking down a pathway towards the outdoor concert area and to my surprise found this guy (note the curious on-lookers!).



This tiki and fountain are located next to the old putting green area.



Went to happy hour at the Backstage Lounge which is in the old restaurant building. Still a great A-Frame. Good happy hour food at half price but bad Mai Tais, so we walked over to the Bali Hai for some real drinks.






DC





 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-01-05 9:25 pm   Permalink

Forgot to post this Tiki from the recent trip. He is outside of the pool area.





Found this matchbook with a nice Tiki illustration.




DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-04-07 3:15 pm   Permalink

Picked up this older brochure from the Half Moon Inn.


A rendering from the room rate card.



Nice shot of San Diego from Shelter Island, you can see the Bali Hai Restaurant on the left side.


Some more images from the brochure.



They had a Tiki Tram to give you rides around Shelter Island!



DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
christiki295
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3830
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-05-30 08:12 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-05-10 20:41, tikijackalope wrote:



Here are two of the tiki poles. This post is an April 2007 restoration of Shutterfly photos and I no longer remember the poles' exact placement, but one was in the pool area and shot from outside the pool fence.






This place is paradise! Still quite a few Tikis! Great pool, right off the bay so virtually surrounded by water, albeit not necessarily by a beach, and every room has an incredible A-Frame decor! And, right by the Bali Hai.

But, alas, no more bike rentals.


 
View Profile of christiki295 Send a personal message to christiki295  Email christiki295     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-07-28 4:55 pm   Permalink

I picked up a matchbook from the very early period of the Half Moon Inn.





DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-03-26 08:21 am   Permalink

[quote]
On 2007-04-14 13:09, bigbrotiki wrote:
Quote:

Here is an interesting piece of Shelter Island history: As evidenced by this architectural rendering, the Half Moon Inn initially was supposed to house a Steve Crane Ports of Call, as other Sheratons did. Now that would have been an added bonus!





Interesting indeed, Bigbro. Must have been close to happening, I spoted this standard Kon Tiki Ports menu that listed a Ports O Half Moon, Shelter Island location of the inside!







It is an early menu and there were other Kon Tiki/Ports o Call locations that opened after it was printed, wonder why this one fell through? Man that would have been something, right down the street from the Bali Hai!

DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-02-27 7:04 pm   Permalink

Snarky ashtray from the Half Moon Inn from ebay.



DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4643
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-19 12:35 pm   Permalink

Found this great old photo of the A-Frame restaurant building.




DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
PremEx
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 324
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2015-04-15 10:01 am   Permalink

Humphrey's Half Moon Inn is undergoing a facelift. They are replacing the old wood and brown painted-over brick 'n slop exteriors, with a more contemporary stucco and stone. Wood railings being replaced by formed metal. Interiors are getting a much needed updating too. Not too sure how I feel about this. The place needed some work, to be sure. But will sort of miss the old rustic look of the place. Still...I think it will maintain that great Poly vibe overall. Landscaping is still spectacular. And glad the owners are continuing to invest in the place. Here's some pics:









And for reference...a shot of the old façade from a post above:







Just spent a few wonderful nights here on the non-refurbed side. Had a great time. Weather was perfect.






[ This Message was edited by: PremEx 2015-04-15 10:26 ]


 
View Profile of PremEx Send a personal message to PremEx      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
PremEx
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 324
From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2015-04-15 11:11 am   Permalink

While web searching the history of the Half Moon Inn this past weekend, I came across this article on Miss Billy Riley.

http://www.travelwritingbycynthiadial.com/riley.html

Here's the relevant excerpt:

Quote:
From 1949 to 1961, she was the receptionist for a doctor who was also an investor in San Diego’s first resort property, the Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island. The property was struggling. Tourism hadn’t yet come to San Diego—it was still just a Navy town.

Riley was hired to handle the resort’s public relations. As the San Diego Union said, “. . . The owners bet on a long shot. They sent in a doctor’s receptionist, a woman with a man’s first name, to do some promotion . . . Billy Riley put on its feet a nine-year-old resort hotel that had arrived before its time.”

“Those were desperate, desperate times,” she says. “Occupancy was low—5%. So I had all the hotel employees park their cars in the spaces reserved for guests and I turned on every light in the place at night. That brought in the first tourists. I knew times were changing when I could quit sewing together twin sheets if we needed a king-sized bed that night.”

Riley’s ingenuity was recognized and she eventually became assistant manager and soon manager and vice president. Her entertainment background surfaced and she began “staging” her first hotel.

The Polynesian paradise

The Half Moon Inn was transformed into a Polynesian paradise and Billy was as comfortable in her muumuu as she is today in a lace period dress. Even the trams that transported guests had “the look” with their thatched grass roofs. Guests described the property as being “more like the islands than the islands.”

The reputation spread and the resort soon became a haunt for celebrities. Nan and Frankie Lane lived there 13 years and regulars included Desi Arnaz, Xavier Cugat and Lana Turner. And because of its romantic charm, many newlyweds honeymooned at the Half Moon Inn, including President Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Bird, and her husband Charles Robb.

In 1969, Sheraton bought the thriving Half Moon Inn and Riley went to Los Angeles as a vice president for Amfac hotels



She still lives in San Diego and sounds like an interesting person to talk to. I wonder if any of you San Diegans might look her up and perhaps scan a few goodies from this:

Quote:
After he saw old scrapbooks from Riley’s Half Moon Inn days—the resort’s transformation and its appeal to celebrities—Pearson repeatedly asked Riley to manage the Gaslamp property.



She's also mentioned here:

http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/metro/20031201-9999_1m1island.html

Quote:
Against a backdrop of marinas, boat repair and boat building, owners of hotels and restaurants in the early years strove to imbue the area with a Polynesian sensibility. The Bali Hai Restaurant, for example, offered a Polynesian floor show six nights a week. The mai tai, the rum-fueled cocktail, was a popular beverage.

"The key to everything was our Polynesian atmosphere," said Billy Riley, 85, a pioneering businesswoman on Shelter Island. "We were more Hawaii than Hawaii."

Riley, who managed the Half Moon Inn and was later a part owner of a Shelter Island restaurant, said the Polynesian patina lured winter tourists from the Midwest and Phoenix.

Riley joined with Tom Ham, the energetic owner of Bali Hai, to relentlessly publicize Shelter Island. Riley customarily wore colorful muumuus, while Ham favored splashy open-collared Hawaiian shirts and white slacks.

"We had to promote it like crazy to get it going," Riley said.




_________________


 View Profile of PremEx Send a personal message to PremEx      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bamalamalu
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 20, 2006
Posts: 678
Posted: 2015-04-15 10:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the updated photos and history, PremEx.


But...yuck! I may have to turn my head when we're down there next week.


 
View Profile of bamalamalu Send a personal message to bamalamalu  Email bamalamalu     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
nui 'umi 'umi
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 1428
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2015-04-20 10:54 pm   Permalink

My wife CeCe and I are here now warming up for tomorrow nights event at the Bali Hai. We are in the room that has the Macaws right next to our outdoor seating area. We have had this room before-it’s our favorite! There is one of the older larger Tiki’s within touching distance of the outdoor seating area. We just “closed” the Bali Hai, Tom gave us a little history lesson. I would add pix but they would be out of focus. Good Times.
Cheers


 
View Profile of nui 'umi 'umi Send a personal message to nui 'umi 'umi  Email nui 'umi 'umi     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( Previous Page 1 | 2 )
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2015 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation