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“Great views of the surf, lovely rooms” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pelican Inn & Suites
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Palo Alto, California
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220 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great views of the surf, lovely rooms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2011

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.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2011

This is a lovely hotel. It is located right by the water and a short distance to the main area of Cambria. The fireplace room was very spacious and we had a nice window seat that overlooked the water. Everything was clean and it was just an overall pleasant stay. The complimentary hot breakfast was a nice touch as was the wine/cheese hour. Overall, very nice and romantic. Have since recommended to others and would gladly stay again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sunnyvale, California
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27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

This is a lovely hotel. It is located across from the beach with immediate access to the boardwalk and shore. The complimentary breakfast is marvelous!!! The staff was friendly... the only thing that prevents us from ranking it higher is the LOUSY mattress. We spoke with the staff after our first night's stay and were told that a remodel is in the works, and they have often been told that the mattresses are inferior. That's all good, but it doesn't help us with this stay. No compensation nor alternative accommodations were offered. A sure disappointment, as we are staying 3 nights. We will consider staying again...but only after we are assured that the remodel is complete...with NEW mattresses!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Newport Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

We stayed at this hotel recently and had the most amazing experience. The staff went above and beyond to make our experience memorable. Our room was very comfortable and we loved being able to walk right out to the beach. Every night we would walk the oceanfront boardwalk and view the beautiful sunset. Whether you want a romantic place or a family friendly place this would be perfect for anyone:)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank K W
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Denmark
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37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

Lovely hotel. Good and big room, clean and neat. In the room was coffee brew but no tea. And finally, a real duvet and duvet cover. We were there in September and the temperature was fine for us. There is an artificial fireplace as a heat source, a little strange, but worked fine. No airconditon, but ceiling fans worked completely silent.
Breakfast was included and was sufficient. A beautiful garden can be found around parts of the house. There was also an outdoor Jacuzzi and a small pool, but we were busy and did not use them.
Beautiful surroundings next to the sea where there is a long wooden path along the beach.
We would like to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santiago, Chile
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186 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2011

Situated amongst the other lodges opposite moonstone beach - gorgeous location!
Wouldn't have booked if I knew there was no Aircon in rooms. The fire was on (??) when we got to the room so our room was too hot and the ceiling fan didnt help. If u don't mind no air con than it might b ok.
No wine glasses for wine & cheese hour - they ran out.
Breakfast was average - waffles and juice.
Positives: Close walk to restaurants, beach & has free wi fi.
Rooms are getting dated for the price we paid.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

We were in and out on a one night stay.... Wish now we could have stayed the entire week of our trip.... Service was great and with a smile..... Room was nicely decorated, clean and great amenities..... Could hear and see the ocean through our sliding door..... Slept with the door open and kept warm with the fireplace..... Grounds were nice.... We will be back again....

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pelican Inn & Suites
Address: 6316 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428-1806
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#4 Family Hotel in Cambria
#5 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pelican Inn & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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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