First, this is an older though updated motor hotel, as are most of the hotels on Moonstone beach. This means cars park in front of your room window and there's no A/C - so your windows are open and you hear a lot of noise. Not unique to this place, but notable if you're looking for a relaxing getaway.
This is a really average hotel that is worth maybe half what they ask. During summer it's about $300 a night, when really it's only a $125 experience at best.
The check-in was easy, but they've hired young kids to staff the front desk, so it wasn't very professionally managed. The other people who work on the property were less than friendly when we said "hello" to them, basically ignoring us.
The breakfast is like a Hampton Inn free breakfast, with a cramped area to get food and coffee. Limited seating means you have to be careful about when you show up.
The room felt large due to the high ceiling and the bed was comfortable. It was the requirement to leave the windows open to get any sort of air/coolness that really spoiled the experience. The sound of every car on the road (the road is about 20 feet away), and every person going to their car or walking around the hotel grounds, traveled right into the room. Not restful at all.
Cambria is a nice town, but the hotel options on Moonstone are completely overpriced for what you get. I'd recommend staying in Morro Bay for its larger town or in San Simeon for the better rates. It's really not worth staying in Cambria itself.
Hope this review is helpful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal for romantic getaways, families and groups, FogCatcher Inn is located within easy reach of the Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, an assortment of wineries and beautiful Moonstone Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fogcatcher Hotel Cambria
- Fog Catcher Inn Cambria