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“Little piece of heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Dolphin Inn

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Blue Dolphin Inn
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Barbara
2 reviews
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“Little piece of heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2007

The website for this inn gave a very accurate description. Matter of fact, the picture on their website was the same room we stayed in. The room was a little small; I like to call it "cozy" instead. The bathroom was huge. We lucked out with the weather-it was high 70's-low 80's. We had breakfast on our patio directly overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed the sunsets from there too. Access to the rooms is very easy-we parked right outside our door. Our bed was a little old, but was told they are replacing them. A nice retreat as you can hear the waves crashing from your room.

Stayed March 2007
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2005

I really can't understand why anyone had anything negative to say about the Blue Dolphin. We just got back from a short stay there, and we had a great time. We have a lot to compare it too, we travel all over the place, and it was a cozy, clean little inn, they upgraded us to a deluxe ocean view room with a jacuzzi tub. We never really saw the staff aside from when we checked in and out, they were friendly and accomodating, the continental breakfast was good, pastries, breads, yogurt, granola, juices, milk, coffee, tea. I can see where they may run out of stuff if you come down at 10am, most people were there early, but we got up early and grabbed stuff and brought it back to the room. The room was a little small, but nothing to be irritated about, it was cozy, we had the fireplace on the whole time, left the sliding glass door open all night to listen to the waves. We would most definitely stay here again.

Stayed August 2005
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2005

We stayed here as a convenient location to visit Hearst Castle. The room was clean but a little shabby. The bathroom was perfectly reasonable but nowhere to hang towels. Coffee maker, microwave and fridge were provided. Room is reasonable size but nowhere to store suitcase without it being in the way. We couldn't get the thermostat (which also controlled the gas fire) to work.

Afternoon tea/coffee and cookies are provided and a reasonable self-service breakfast - although the bread had run out and had not been replaced when we were there.

We dined at the Moonstone Beach Grill which was perfectly OK but not as good as they thought they were and we felt a bit expensive for what it is. The only local competition is the Sea Chest.

The person on the front desk was far too pushy and far too unhelpful and unfriendly. There was a strong attempt to get us to dine at some establishment they had an arrangement with. We had booked in advance at a supposed discount rate but when we went to pay the bill we were charged the full rate. She also tried to push us into staying longer (since the place was not full) which we declined.

Overall this place is OK but seems no better than other places in the vacinity and is expensive for what it is (unless you can succeed in getting a substantial discount). The other places we stayed on this vacation (Wayside Inn in Carmel and Eagle Inn in Santa Barbara) were far, far superior and also cheaper.

  • Stayed June 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2005

My husband and I stayed at the Blue Dolphin during the Christmas holidays. Because we were there off season, we got a discounted rate for our room, which was one of the smaller ones near the reception desk. The room was clean and nicely decorated (although a bit on the fussy side) with a partial ocean view. The mattress was comfortable, and the breakfast was filling with a good selection of food.

We enjoyed ourselves and would stay here again if we find ourselves in Cambria again. Our only complaint had to do with the afternoon tea. If you don't go for refreshments as soon as they are available, all you will find are some cookie crumbs and empty bottles of Martinelli's. The staff don't seem to replenish the food once it's gone.

  • Stayed December 2004
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2005

Our California trip started at this inn which is in a great location right across from a beautiful beach. Unfortunately, the moment we walked in the manager (owner?) started right in on a very hard sell about his "recommended" restaurants and pushing his discount coupons, and tried to talk us out of dining at our planned restaurant. We were not in the mood for a pitch, having just traveled for 21 hours. Insultingly, despite having agreed that it was a non-smoking room, he made us sign a pledge not to smoke in the room! There was no offer of help with our bags or taking us to the room. The "tea" was stale store-bought cookies, tea & coffee and an empty bottle of sparkling cider.

On the good side, the rooms were clean (if overly fussy), breakfast was more than just a continental style and was attended by a friendly and helpful waitress. The location and landscaping were very good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2005

Recently my family and I stayed at the Blue Dolphin Inn for the 2ed time. We loved our first vist, great staff, wonderful service and beautiful views. So in planing this trip we decided to go back and we enjoyed our room even more. The rooms have had new paint and carpet, breakfast has been updated and they still employ the same friendly staff. Devin and Don continued to meet and exceed our expectations. I would highly reccomend that you stay at the at the Blue Dolphin Inn.

  • Stayed May 2005
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2005

We had the deluxe oceanfront room with patio and jacuzzi bath and large seperate, shower The bathroom was huge and in need of attention.
The room was tiny and in need of upgrading. The patio had the best view of the ocean in all directions. That was heavenly!
The room was attractive but poorly done, in that it lacked drawer space , the furniture trim was falling apart and it was too small for night stands and had a rather useless round table near the bed. There was no TV Program information guide. The TV doors had to be closed at night, so as not to crash into them in the dark , on the way to and from the bath. The closet door, a mirror, opened awkwardly, into the hall, making it impossible to pass when someone was in the closet. It just wasn't homey enough or comfortable enough to suit us. The bed felt way too soft and old. The pillows were not comfortable.
The other Moonstone Properties are much better decorated with your comfort in mind and attention to the small things that make you comfortable and meticulously kept.
Housekeeping was done poorly. A piece of bagel popped out from under the table, before we had any food in our room and a used kleenex fell out of the bedspread when we took it off the bed, the first night. Rather gross.
Devin who checked us in was delightful and very kind. She made our stay pleasant and the rates were great.
The continental breakfast was lovely we dined on our room patio. The location and views were sensational. When they bring this property up to snuff , it will be great. It needs alot of attention, as of this writing.

  • Stayed March 2005
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Property: Blue Dolphin Inn
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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