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“Average hotel but very good value for money”
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Castle Inn
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Average hotel but very good value for money”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

This hotel was cheaper than some of the others I looked at in Cambria.
The check in was excellent and Dawn was extremely helpful advising us on where to go for food etc.
The hotel itself was like a motel with the rooms off the parking lot. We stayed in an upstairs room with an ocean view. I would say that it is probably not worth the extra for that kind of room as we were not really in the room apart from sleeping.
The room itself felt older than some of the other hotels i stayed in on this trip. there was a slight musty smell in the room and the bathroom was a little dated. Nevertheless it was clean and well maintained. The fire place in the room was a nice touch and we kept it on through the night.
I would probably book this hotel if i was to go to Cambria again as it helped to keep down the overall cost of our trip. It was a nice touch that a continental breakfast was included before we left for Hearst Castle.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
Castle Inn is the affordable choice on Moonstone Beach Drive. And it is actually one of the very first motels built here. We acquired it recently and have been renovating and remodeling to bring it up to our standards. Clean, comfortable, and budget friendly, this is a wonderful choice for families. We thank you for your review and look for ward to your next visit.
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Oak Park, CA
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We took our 75 pound "pound puppy" for an experiment in staying with our dog. The room was nice, a pillow, dog bowls and treats waiting for us. The place is on Moonstone beach boardwalk.There was a decent continental breakfast. Nice sitting area, the old fashioned kind. Adirondack chairs on the lawn facing the ocean. Nice pool which was closed for the off season.

DO NOT MISS: Fiscarelli Ranch. Take Windsor to the end of the road. Board walk along the cliffs for strolling, about a mile long. Dogs on leash. Better yet, go left instead of right and you have 2 thousand acres of trails, forest and incredible ocean views. All of this and dogs are find off leash!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
Thank you for your review of Castle Inn. We are happy that you and the 'puppy' had a pleasant stay with us. We are pleased to be able to offer an affordable option for travelers wanting to stay right on Moonstone Beach. And the pool is a wonderful addition for the kids. Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is indeed a special spot with over 400 acres of hiking and walking trails. And yes, if your pet is voice-controlled, they are welcome to run off-leash.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

We stayed at The Castle Inn for 2 nights in August 2012 having booked it at the last minute while in Monterey on our way down the west coast from SF to LA. As it was still holiday season we were lucky to get accommodation at such short notice, something we would not do again i.e. we would pre-book on-line after conducting a thorough research of other accommodation in the area. Cambria is a lot busier than it looks on Google Maps, being close to the must see tourist attraction Hearst Castle and wonderful surrounding countryside.
The Inn/motel accommodation proved to be basic but very clean and tidy, ideal for a short stopover. Breakfast was quite meager compared to other hotels/motels we have stayed at in the USA.
If you are looking for a longer stay then there is better accommodation to be found.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

This is part of a small group of hotels in Cambria and is not the best in the group whilst the rooms were clean there was an unpleasant smell lingering in them which I found most off putting. The beds was not overly comfortable a good mattress topper would have helped enormously. The bathrooms are very small but clean and the shower worked well. The breakfast room has too few seats but the breakfast is plentiful and has a reasonable selection.
The staff we met were all very helpful. Overall it wasn't a bad experience if they could do something about the smell (harsh cleaning chemical?) and improve the comfort of the beds a little it would have moved the rating to good.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

We had a wonderful experience here! While the hot tub jets were not working, everything else was wonderful.The location, staff, breakfast, and cost were worth staying there. You are right on the shore for less than one hundred per night, and you are only minutes from Hearst Castle!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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san francisco
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Convenient and comfortable in a great location across from the beach where you can walk out to greet squirrels, seals, sea stars and tide pools. Super friendly staff, thoughtful amenities, great toiletries (Tarocco...mmm) and crisp linens. Beds were a bit springy but rumor has it they're being updated soon. A mini fridge is always nice and it's one of the few properties with a pool and hot tub (tub in middle of renovation). Best part is the grassy lawn with adirondack chairs facing the beach so you can grab the complimentary breakfast (cereal, yogurt, pastries, coffee, hard boiled eggs, fruit til 10!) and watch the waves every morning.

Would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: 2nd floor has the best views!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

This sweet hotel has very friendly and accommodating staff, a beautiful location with some of the nicest views on Moonstone Beach Drive, and some thoughtful extras that made the stay all the more special. The room prices are very reasonable given the location, and the rooms are clean and well appointed. We really appreciated the Adirondack chairs for relaxing and staring at the ocean, the cute (clean!) swimming pool and hot tub with ocean views, and the simple but nice continental breakfast. The location is amazing right across from Moonstone Beach where you can walk the boardwalk or climb on the rocks below and get up close views of the seals.

This is a versatile hotel - had a lovely and relaxing getaway weekend with a group of girlfriends, but could see it also being the perfect spot to come back with my kids.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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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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Castle Inn By The Sea Hotel Cambria
Castle Hotel Cambria
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