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“Very Nice Hotel”
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Castle Inn
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
San Jose
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very Nice Hotel”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

We stayed here because we had a Living Social deal and for the location. I have stayed in a lot of hotels and prefer not to stay inside the room because I love exploring. I'm giving it 4 stars because the staff were very friendly, professional, and accommodating and also for the price. The breakfast was appropriate and a lot better than other hotels. They had Peerless regular and decaf coffee (very important)hot cocoa for the kids, milk, orange jc and hot and cold water. They had olallieberry pastries with other selections,2 choices of Kashi oatmeal (maple and apple cinnamon), yogurt, fruits and hard boiled egg. I eat light breakfast and for me it's a lot but for my kids and hubbie, just enough. Some hotels will just give you cheap sugary muffins and coffee for complimentary breakfast!
It is also a stone throw away from Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill which is a very good place for family and a great view of the beach and sunset! The room had a fridge, tv, bath soap and the usual stuff. It'a also about 6 miles away from Hearst Castle.
The manager offered us some board games like pictionary quick draw which we borrowed and had a nice family game on our second night.
It has a small swimming pool outside and deck chair out overlooking the beach where you can hang out. It is right across the boardwalk to go further into the beach where one can view the rocks and harbor seals especially in the morning where one can practice yoga amidst nature.
The only negative I can say is the shower door dripping water on the floor wetting the bath mat and we had to put more towels on the floor. The bed was not comfortable.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor have more ocean view and we stayed at room 16
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Fresno, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

This place wasn't fancy, but it was exactly what we wanted for the price. Close to restaurants, we loved sitting in the Adirondack chairs and watching the sunset. The continental breakfast, again, wasn't fancy but it was just enough for us, filled us up and coffee was good too. Stayed here for our 6th anniversary two weekends ago.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Penn Valley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2012

Very clean and comfortable, right across the street from the ocean! Great value.

Room Tip: Room No. 2 has a window view of the ocean right across the street.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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177 reviews
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

The inn is across the street from the ocean. our room on the second floor had an excellent view. The room also had a fireplace and a very comfortable bed. Our reception was quick and friendly, as was our departure. Lastly, the price was quite reasonable for the area. Hearst Castle is just up the road a few miles. We would gladly stay again.

Room Tip: The corner room on the second floor is the only one with a fireplace.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 8 May 2012
Dear rlwrisk,
It was a pleasure to welcome you to Castle Inn. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and would consider joining us again. We do look forward to that opportunity to welcome you back.
Thank you too, for sharing on TripAdvisor.

Warm Regards
The Staff at Castle Inn
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Pearland, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2012

My wife and I stayed here in May on a motorcycle trip along the PCH. The hotel is by the ocean - right next to it! And the price was great for the location. We didn't stay in the room much, but did so much just outside of the hotel. We arrived at 6PM and checked in. We ate at the Moonstone Bar and Grill next door which is a great restaurant where you can dine outside and see the ocean and the sunset. We then went back to the hotel and sat outside on the huge chairs they have all around the property. We sat in front of the hotel and watched the sunset while sipping libations. It was beautiful. Then we crossed the street from the hotel and went along the ocean path at dusk. Saw the seals playing with each other and enjoyed the moonlit night along the water. I say that this is a wonderful place and Helga at the front desk is very helpful. The rooms are not much in the way of amenities but who cares! There is a fridge, cable television a shower with soaps and shampoos as well as a heater. The WiFi is fast and strong. The bed is firm! There is a heated pool and a jacuzi. The grounds are clean and pretty. Plenty of parking. Get a room on the 2nd floor where you can see the ocean too but you won't be in your room much.

Loved it here and will stay again. The price is too good for the location. Other places were sold out and were over $200. This place was under $150 and some rooms were under $120.

Room Tip: Room 2 has the best view of the ocean but rooms 3 through 10 are all very good with a great view as...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 8 May 2012
Dear Jholinger,

Thank you staying at Castle Inn and for sharing your experience with other TripAdvisor readers. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the hotel, the service, the location and the value we offer our guests.
We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Cambria.

Warm Regards,
The Team at Castle Inn
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Santa Barbara, CA
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Just got back from a night here with our grandson so we could hunt for moonstones on the beach and search the tide pools. What lovely people run this motel, I don't think even the Ritz has a manager as good as this. Although simple and small, the location couldn't be better and the view exquisite (and I live in Santa Barbara). Close enough to walk to a nice restaurant open for 3 meals a day. Right across the street from the boardwalk that runs along the cliffs and leads down to the beach. Just perfect!

Room Tip: They will tell you which rooms have a straight on ocean view and which have a partial so you don'...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 5 April 2012
Dear TripAdvisor Reviewer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with other TripAdvisor Users. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the hotel, it's convenient location to Moonstone Beach, the Boardwalk, the Tide Pools as well as the guest services team. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Warm Regards,
Castle Inn by the Sea Team
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2012

We were pleasantly surprised when we checked in at The Castle Inn - a more perfect location we couldn't have asked for! We love the ocean - and that was what we found right outside the door and across the street. A fine wooden boardwalk zig-zags its way through the coastal vegetation and offer you beautiful ocean vistas and first-hand sights of seals splashing in the water. From the tidy and flower filled garden in front of the motel big wooden sun-chairs beg to unwind with a coffee or glass of wine while listening to the lapping water and watching the breathtaking sunsets - absolutely lovely!

Although Castle Inn is a typical American-style two-story modern motel, it has an immediate good feel about it. Everything is very well kept, the rooms of a nice size, well-appointed and with a light and airy atmosphere and the gardens/parking area spacy with lovely flowerbeds and a small inviting pool-area. Everything seemed to be updated and very well looked after. We were allocated a spacy room with two queen beds and a partial ocean view from the window and outdoor combi passage/balcony.

Castle Inn is a perfect choice for an overnight stay if travelling the legendary Highway 1. We came from Monterey while Solvang was our next day destination - and both drives were pleasant and reasonable distances to cover, so as an convenient overnight stop between these two locations Castle Inn couldn't be better. And being located right on the coast you are given a perfect opportunity to enjoy one of those fabulous Pacific sunsets. Also perfect location for visiting nearby Hearst Castle - a "must" according to my humble opinion. Allow min. 3 hrs. and well worth to make a reservation prior to to avoid waiting lines.

Castle Inn doesn't have a restaurant but offers a simple breakfast to start you well off the day - but you can find several nice restaurants few minutes’ walk from the motel as Moonstone Beach offers a long row of hotels/motels/restaurants. We walked the stretch and did likewise find a step down to a very nice beach tempting for strolls and to enjoy a sundowner on one of the many benches dotting this area.

We'll be happy to return to Castle Inn and are pleased to recommend it to future guests.

Room Tip: Think all the rooms are good - and they do all seem to face more or less towards the ocean.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Castle Inn
Address: 6620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1812
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Castle Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It was one of the very first motels built along the Cambria coast when cattle still roamed on Moonstone Beach Drive. The property boasts one of the best geographical locations on the beach. Right in front of the lodge are amazing tide pools to discover sealife, gorgeous lookouts, Leffingwell Landing Park and a wide-open beach upon which to stroll. The grounds at the Inn are broad and situated with comfortable sitting areas for enjoyable ocean viewing and people-watching. All of the guestrooms offer views of the ocean, but the upstairs rooms provide an excellent vantage point to watch the daily sunsets. The rooms at Castle Inn are simple but more than adequate to provide a wonderful stay at the beach. It is our intention to make the property one of the best values along Moonstone Beach and a great option for families. ... more   less 
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