We'd not seen any review of this place on Tripadvisor, but the Inn's own website made it sound very different from the larger, more anonymous hotels we were going to be staying in. Also, it was very good value, and we wanted to try somewhere where there was more chance to meet hosts and other guests (the rooms are not en-suite, you make your own breakfast in a communal kitchen, and you share the living area with the hosts). We booked 2 months ahead, as it was a weekend. It was a good experience - the hosts are friendly (and tell you things about Hearst that you don't hear on the official tour !); it was interesting to chat with the guests who were visiting from Japan; there was never a problem with waiting for bathrooms or kitchen equipment ('though the place was only half full); it's very quiet, but very close to several excellent restaurants and cafe's, and only 10/15 minutes drive to Hearst Castle. Some of the less-used surfaces and corners of our room were a bit dusty - but, with such good value and the Inn's many other good points, this wasn't a problem. Shared living area & kitchen are locked during day, but you have a key that lets you in to get to your room and the restroom. Not a place for those that want luxury and lots of their own private space; very good for everyone else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bridge Street Inn is a cozy European-style guest house located in the historic East Village of Cambria. The Bridge Street Inn is a homey creative space alternative to busy dorm style youth hostels, plain-box motels and expensive B&Bs. We look forward to welcoming you soon! Cambria is a quintessential California beach town and artist enclave that offers up a variety of meaningful and inspiring activities for the artist, musician, foodie, nature lover, hiker, surfer, and bicycle rider - bicycle friendly community, hiking/jogging trails, live music, restaurants & galleries to sample, and coastlines to explore, there is something for everyone.The Inn is located one mile from beautiful Moonstone Beach, and only four hours from San Francisco and Los Angeles. We are the perfect midway point along the sprawling Pacific Coast Highway!Our guests come from around the world so you're sure to meet a plethora of creative, adventurous, and talented people. Take a deep breath, enjoy our relaxed atmosphere and spectacular scenery, and maybe opt to stay with us an extra day. ... more less