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“Great 2 night stay, perfect for Hearst Castle visit”
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Castle Inn
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
1,305 reviews
197 hotel reviews
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“Great 2 night stay, perfect for Hearst Castle visit”
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Opposite beach on relatively quiet road (although highway 1 not that far away night road noise was not a problem). Rooms have feel of recent upgrade. Room was spacious and comfortable. Plenty of parking, easy check in and good free wifi. We had upstairs standard king room and were not affected by noise from plumbing or elsewhere. Comfortable bed and 2 good night's sleep. Have good self serve continental breakfast. Walking distance to good bar/grill or 5-10 minute drive to downtown. Beach boardwalk across road. 10-15 mins drive to Hearst castle. Very good value.

Room Tip: upstairs on 2nd floor is fine but no elevator
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lake Forest, California, United States
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

I again went back to this hotel for a one night stay on the way back from SFO. Booked 2 rooms with 2 queen beds. While checking in, Patty the staff at front desk recognized me from last visit and upgraded me to 2 King rooms on the first floor, which were at much higher price. She also remembered my request for microwave last time and arranged for one. She just made our day, she was an example how a hotel staff make your vacation special. Cambria has already become one of our favorite spots, will surely go back again and stay with them. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Nevada
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133 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2013

We were in Cambria for a wedding. Chose Castle Inn based on Trip Advisor comments. It was fine - nothing special except for the location - right across the road from the beach. Harbor seals were all over the rocks and the tide pools were fun even if not heavily populated. We sprang for an ocean view room which was lovely. The beds are fine, room is clean. The motel is a bit run down in places but nothing horrible. "Full continental breakfast" includes pastries, hardboiled eggs, cold cereal, yogurt, coffee/tea. Pool area is very appealing. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
Castle Inn was one of the first motels on Moonstone Beach. We have updated and renovated and continued to refresh the rooms over the past year since we acquired the property. This property is very budget friendly and the pool is a wonderful addition for families traveling with children. Thank you so much for your lovely review of our newest addition to the Cambria Inns collection.
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Fortuna, California
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We stayed one night here and overall, we had a pleasant experience. We stayed in Room 2, upstairs overlooking the ocean. Positives: friendly check-in person, great view and location, safe feeling, clean room, basic continental breakfast, pretty flowers outside, nice Adirondack chairs. Drawbacks: sound traveled through door from stairs and walkway outside to a large degree, mattress very uncomfortable as it was very thin and firm and had no padding, bathroom tiny. If we stay in Cambria again, we would try one of the other places in hopes of a more comfortable bed.

  • Stayed May 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 pleased that you are happy with our staff and the cleanliness of our hotel...we value customer service and our guests' happiness. This is one of the very first motels built on Moonstone Beach Drive and we have been busy doing renovations and upgrades since recently acquiring this property. For affordability right on the beach, nothing beats it. For a more luxurious stay, we suggest Blue Dolphin Inn or Sand Pebbles Inn.
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

Stayed here last weekend and had a great time. The room was very clean and the beds comfy. Kids loved the pool and hot tub. The hotel is right next to the beach access. Room rate was very fair. I looked at a couple of other places online before booking that were much more expensive, but very glad I chose the Castle Inn.

Diana who was on the front desk very kindly researched some local children's doctors for me, she was a really wonderful host. Thank you Diane.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
We are glad you chose Castle Inn, too. Families really enjoy the pool and being so close to the tide pools and the ocean is a wonderful learning experience for children and adults. Castle Inn is very budget friendly and family oriented. It is also one of the first motels ever built along Moonstone Beach and our newest addition to the Cambria Inns family.
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stayed at the Castle Inn for one night to break up the journey from LA to San Francisco. It was such a great place. The room was large and comfortable. The reception staff were very helpful. We went for dinner at the local fish restaurant which was lovely! The views were stunning of the sea. We would definately stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Tucson
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in ocean view king room. Linens and towels were crisp and fluffy. Room was good size for value though not updated in recent years. Reception staff, especially Diana, very helpful and friendly. Loved the Adirondack chairs and spent a few hours listening to ocean while reading our Nooks. Boardwalk is directly across a low level travel road and affords great views and walking and viewing opportunities. Entire facility was clean and maintained. Breakfast was a perfectly fine continental. Lots of good restaurants within short drive or even a walk. We hope to make this stop again on our way down coast in a couple of weeks.

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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, 25 May 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! Our staff does a wonderful job keeping our guests happy and it is always nice to hear such stories. Castle Inn is one of the best deals you will find on Moonstone Beach Drive and we have a pool to keep the kids entertained.
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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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