The first thing to note about the Sea Otter Inn is that it shares a thin wedge of land between Moonstone Beach Drive and Highway 1 with about two dozen other motels. If you are considering an inn or motel located on that road, they all share virtually the same site characteristics. I wasn't able to distinguish that fact when I was considering our options, but the motels are all lined up in a row like "Monopoly" properties.
We got an exceptionally good Travelzoo rate of $69 for a garden view room with a patio and king bed. The room was nice, clean, and had a refrigerator. I had considered an oceanfront room at a different motel, but I decided to save the $100 per night with this rate. As others have mentioned in their review of Moonstone Beach motels, the road runs between the motels and the beach/ocean. The road wasn't busy in February, but that may be very different in summer.
The continental breakfast was served in the small office, and motel guests are advised to take the food back to their rooms. In fact, there really isn't any room in the office to eat breakfast. On the other hand, the continental breakfast included a good variety of pastries, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, and juice.
Cambria is a very nice little town, just south of Hearst Castle. We had an excellent dinner at Linn's, and also an excellent lunch and dinner at the Main Street Grill (great barbeque, burgers and beer).
I would definitely stay at the Sea Otter Inn again, especially with the $69 Travelzoo rate, but I'm not sure that I would be willing to pay a more standard rate without that discount.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sea Otter Inn is located on Cambria's famous Moonstone Beach Drive just across from the Moonstone Beach boardwalk. A family-owned property, this charming country-style inn features 25 cozy fireplace accommodations ranging from traditional hotel rooms to family suites and ocean-view rooms. A year-round outdoor heated pool and spa complete the getaway ambiance. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi, HBO, and continental breakfast. Minutes from Hearst Castle and local wineries, Sea Otter Inn is the perfect home base for exploring California's Central Coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Otter Hotel Cambria