My husband and I were first timers to Cambria, but it won't be our last. None of the hotels are actually ocean front because there is a road between hotel and beach, but because of the shape of the coastline some hotels are nearer the surf sounds. This hotel location does give a nice sound of ocean waves, which was nice. There are few cars going by at night and early morning so road noise is almost non existent. I loved the trail along the beach and we walked it every day. Breakfast was very good, which surprised me for buffet style. Only recommendation to owners would be to make second floor windows larger because it cuts down on ocean view, which you do not see at all if you lying down in bed. If you have a room on second floor with balcony, the view may be better. Also there is a bench by roadside (I suppose for shuttle?) out in front of hotel which drew some loud talkers and laughers until almost midnight. It seemed strange that anyone staying there would go to the bench by the street to talk and laugh so loud, when there are beautiful spots by the trail with benches and closer to beach. The thought did cross my mind that perhaps they weren't guests at all but just "the competition" trying to sour someone's opinion of the hotel. Regardless, perhaps management could monitor the situation?
- 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:
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