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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 July 2007

Stayed one night as part of a road trip from Vegas to San Francisco, with our 3 sons...youngest 17yrs.
Beautiful area...got real close to harbour seals on the beach minutes from the Inn. Very reasonably priced.
Booked a suite which was great...loads of room for us. One bedroom and two double sofa beds in the lounge, we also got a rollaway for the 3rd boy.
Two large TV's, private garden terrace. Two bathrooms, large fridge, microwave and not just a coffee maker, but a bean grinder!
Suite was next to the pool and hot tub.
Me and my husband loved the place which is only minutes drive from the centre of Cambria...a cute town with character...a real contrast from Vegas and LA. For the boys, it was good for the 1 night, but I guess they would have got a little bored for more than that.
I could have stayed at least a week...so peaceful and unspoilt.
The rooms looked good also...I got a peek when they were being serviced.
Staff lovely and knowledgeable, Steve and a nice lady from Scotland.
Breakfast is provided at reception and I feel it was a nice contrast from the large oversized breakfasts we had elsewhere.
Continental with cereal, croissants, bagels, toast, danish etc, but you have to be quick to get a croissant!
Thoroughly would recommend to all travellers for 1 night and for longer to others, like us who love the sea and nature. Perhaps no more than 1 night for teenagers depending on their likes.
Only a few eating places around, but we went to one just minutes walk away, think it was called Moonstone grill...excellent food, great service. Takeway pizza will also deliver to the Inn from Cambria.
All in all a lovely Inn well worth the visit - excellent value.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2007

The Sea Otter has been our favorite place to stay for almost 15 years now. It's just a very pleasant little inn, on an amazing stretch of California coastline. Be aware -- the prices on Moonstone Beach are high, there's no getting around it. Set your expectations accordingly.

On this trip, we brought our 9-year-old along. We stayed in a suite (#111) and were very pleased. It had 2 sofabeds in the living room, along with a microwave and a mini-fridge. The youngster made himself right at home with his own TV & VCR. Mom & Dad's room had its own bath, another TV & VCR, and a lovely little private patio.

We ate at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill -- very good and surprisingly kid-friendly. Yes, they have a kid's menu.

We only stayed 2 nights -- wish we could afford to stay longer! LOL!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2007

The Sea Otter was perfectly comfortable and a nice 1 night stop on our way up the coast. However, it's not really a B & B; more like a motel. Our room had a king-sized bed, gas fireplace/heater, and windows that opened up to the street and the shore just a bit further on. (room 25, I think)
I didn't feel comfortable leaving 1st floor windows without screens open all night, but if I had, we would have easily been able to hear the waves crashing on the rocks. The room wasn't luxurious, but it was spacious, tasteful, and in a wonderful location. Just across the street is a boardwalk with amazing views and access to the beach where my husband and I sat for a while watching sea otters, gulls, and a seal out sunning itself on the rocks. It was so reasonable and easy that we definitely plan on going back.
Only real negative was the "breakfast," which was served in the tiny office and consisted of the usual pastries, not-great coffee, instant cereals, and bad orange juice.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2006

We stayed here for 1 night (8 October) and paid $107 for a standard room with a king size bed.

The Inn is situated across a small road 1 minute walk from Moonstone Beach and very close by there are about 30 sea lions lounging around on the beach!

It's a one storey pink building and our room was large with a good shower, lovely linen and bedspread and was quiet and well kept. We were in 101 (or 102, I can't quite remember !) which was next to the laundry / ice-making machine so a little noisy in the day when we checked in but it wasn't a problem at night. You might, however, want to go for room 103 or 104.

3 or 4 of the hotels on the same road at Sea Otter had rooms with balconies or a communal grassy area with chairs from which to sit and watch the sunset (not sure how much these hotels cost though !). However, you can watch the sunset from the beach so it was fine really!

You collect breakfast (muffins, porridge, cereal, Danish pastries etc) at reception and take it back to your room to eat.

The Inn is a short drive across the H1 to Cambria town. Top tip : I'd highly recommend dinner at the Black Cat Bistro in Cambria (nb. closed Tues and Wed) - we had a delicious candlelit meal with outstanding service.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2006

Every year my husband and I visit Cambria for a long weekend get-away and we always stay at the Sea Otter Inn. We love the location and the inn's employees are always very friendly and helpful. We've already got our October weekend booked and are looking forward to staying in our favorite room 101 again.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2006

We recently stayed at the Sea Otter Inn whilst making our way from Santa Monica to San francisco as the location was halfway between the two and close to Hearst Castle. From the moment we arrived we loved it.
We had booked a suite for our family of 5 which turned out to be beautiful with a large living area with 2 (comfortable sofa beds) a seperate bedroom with a king bed, 2 bathrooms one with a whirlpool bath and a lovely private patio garden. It was very clean, spacious and well decorated and we immediately felt at home.
The location just across from moonstone beach was wonderful and we spent the evening watching seals and sea otters swimming in the sea. Cambria is close by and has a number of shops and restaurants. As we were coming to the end of a hectic 17 day holiday we immediately booked in for a further night before moving on as we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere here.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2006

Stayed for just one night while travelling from SF to LA. I thought our hotel was lovely. The room and beds were comfortable and we enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi. Although the breakfast was Continental, it was not the prepackaged muffins and snack bars - the mini croissants and pastries were yummy! The hotel grounds were lush with lots of flowers in bloom and it was just a quick walk across the street to enjoy the beach scenery. I love the area and would recommend this inn to all.

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled with family
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Address: 6656 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1812
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Cambria
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: £96 - £202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Otter Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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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