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Blue Dolphin Inn
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Lovely hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Moonstone Beach; the views and nature being at their best. The rooms are plain and simple but comfortable, with a small shower room. A free breakfast is provided in their breakfast room with a choice of cereals, bagels, yoghurts, hot/cold drinks etc. Blue Dolphin Inn is about 20-30 mins walk along the boardwalk to the small, quiet, town of Cambria where there are a few shops, coffee shops, couple of restaurants etc. We ate at the Moonstone Grill and Bar which is about 5 minutes walk from the hotel where the food was absolutely delicious. The hotel is conveniently located for Hearst Castle and San Simeon and the Elephant Seal Sanctuary, both of which are worth a visit. There is also a small outdoor pool.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank MuvGeez
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for your review of Blue Dolphin Inn. We are a bit confused as we do not have a pool and our breakfast is delivered to the room. Did you perhaps stay at our sister property, Castle Inn?

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

My guy and I stayed at this Inn on our way from San Diego to Napa.
It seemed pricey to me, but due to the great Trip Advisor reviews, we went with it.
It was the best hotel out of four we stayed in on that trip, including much more expensive places in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles.
Comfortable, immaculately clean, fireplace in the room, ceiling fan, good breakfast, easy parking, the best bed pillows and one of the most comfortable beds I have ever come across, and across the street from the beach.
Oh, and friendly , helpful front desk people, and free wine tasting in the lobby.
Whats not to love ??!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank sandiegogirls
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for your review of Blue Dolphin Inn. We are happy that your road trip stopped in Cambria and that you discovered our special hotel. We do try to feature amenities that will make the difference for our guests.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

The pictures online don't do this place justice. We booked because of the great reviews and we weren't disappointed. We were greeted by Christina, who was very friendly and accommodating. It was clear she loves her job and where she works! We arrived early and she coordinated an early arrival with the housekeeping staff. Our tastefully decorated room was across the street from Moonstone Beach..the view, the smell! Fresh homemade cookies awaited us and the picnic breakfast the next morning was very tasty. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Soozde
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for your review. We are actually in the process of shooting some new photos so we hope they better reflect what we have to offer. We always appreciate hearing that our staff was instrumental in making your stay a better experience. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

From the moment we walked into the lobby I was glad I splurged for our getaway. Our room was great and we loved having the "picnic" breakfast delivered to our room. We have stayed at several nice places on Moonstone beach and this was the best.

Room Tip: We had an ocean view - really a partial ocean view which was great. The beach is across the street...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank sparkysimi
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for this review of Blue Dolphin Inn. We are also pleased your getaway was all you hoped it would be. We try to provide the extra touches that make a big difference to our guests.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

When we arrived at this place, the exterior makes you think that it'll be a little ordinary but the room we had (and we only paid for the cheapest room) was amazing - really spacey and beautifully decorated. We could see the ocean from our room even though we hadn't paid for an ocean view. We really appreciated the little touches e.g. it was our honeymoon and they left out a celebration cake for us, we could borrow a DVD to watch and we could make tea in the foyer (it's quite hard sometimes to get tea in America!). The staff were really helpful and friendly and breakfast (delivered to your room) was good.

Room Tip: We only paid for the cheapest room but it was really spacious and we could still see the ocean.
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3  Thank Bluebelle27
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

We are so happy that your stay at Blue Dolphin Inn was a part of your honeymoon. We have an international clientele so we do try to be as universally accommodating as we can...and of course, we have tea. Cambria is a special place and we are so happy you got to visit.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Much the nicest way to experience Hearst Castle is to stay in Cambria - the hotels and motels in San Simeon do their best but have Little to offer. We had a charming night, and a tasty included breakfast to eat on the patio, at the blue dolphin before heading up to the ranch. One note: the price deferential on identical rooms purely on the basis that one is marginally closer to the sea is Ill warranted.

Stayed: June 2014
8  Thank ArvD
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for the review of our hotel. We have carefully assessed the pricing structure so that the rooms with the best views reflect that option. Otherwise, if all were the same, the people in the rooms with a less open view wouldn't feel they had the same value as the people in the rooms with a full view. Some guests prefer the lower price and some prefer the view. Something for everyone!

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Cambria. The staff is amazing and very inviting. I really feel at home here as the rooms are so very clean and comfortable. In the morning your breakfast (you have various options to choose from) is delivered to your room. Most rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean. I love this especially at night falling asleep to the surf hitting the shore.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for your lovely review of Blue Dolphin Inn. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. There is nothing quite as special as hearing the ocean while you sleep.

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Address: 6470 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1808
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#3 Family Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: £119 - £273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Dolphin Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the perfect place to escape and enjoy everything Cambria and Moonstone Beach have to offer, Blue Dolphin Inn is the ideal place. Tastefully appointed guestrooms providing every detail offer a sophisticated environment in this adult-only property. Blue Dolphin Inn is situated steps from the beach and seaside boardwalk that runs two miles along the coast. Take in the scenic sunsets while sipping a glass of renowned local wine. The six full oceanview specialty rooms feature places in the world where dolphins are found in abundance. The lower full oceanview rooms provide spacious patios to delight in the scenery and coastal breezes. The upper level full oceanview rooms allow unparalleled seascapes. Breakfast is individually prepared from a selection of foods designed to fulfill every appetite. If a celebration of any kind is in order, Blue Dolphin Inn is a perfect place to recognize an accomplishment or milestone. Grab a loved one or meet an old friend for an unforgettable getaway. ... more   less 
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