We booked a room at the front of the property, providing us a great view of Moonstone Beach and ocean beyond. The surf sound was wonderful and the ocean breeze very nice. There is a road between the room and the beach, but it is lightly traveled (not Hwy 1), and at night there are very few cars. The balcony was ample enough to stand to watch the sunset. The beach boardwalk is right outside the hotel and is a great way to spend a morning. The room was spacious and had a microwave and fridge. Our room also had a gas fireplace and jacuzzi (not all rooms do), which were night touches. The Wifi worked fine when we needed it, and the TV had a decent selection of cable channels for when we wanted to tune in. The staff was friendly. The included breakfast was as you'd expect for a buffet-type breakfast and included eggs and meat each day in addition to the normal cereal, toast, waffles. Our bed was comfortable, and I liked that it was high off the floor, providing a nice view of the beach from the bed (rather than a view of the sky).
My intention was to give this property 4 stars because it's not a luxury place (more motel-ish, as are all the properties on this stretch), but as I wrote, I realized that the abundance of conveniences, great location, comfortable/clean room and bath, and friendly staff deserved a higher rating - thus my 5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be one with the sea at our coastal retreat, located just off scenic Highway 1, the gateway to Big Sur. Our Cambria vacation packages offer a variety of ways to simply let go and relax on the shores of Moonstone Beach. Indulge in pampering seaside accommodations with private terraces and spectacular ocean views and enjoy hot breakfast every morning, among other perks. Our hotel provides easy access to beautiful beaches, renowned wineries, exquisite eateries and even the legendary Hearst Castle, the inspiration behind the movie Citizen Kane. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Inn And Suites
- Pelican Hotel Cambria