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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 November 2013

Anywhere else, Fireside would probably get an Average Plus from me. Lovely large rooms, gas fireplaces, recently updated furniture and bath, welcoming but disengaged front desk staff, cute breakfast room (with waffles!!!), but a little motel-esque.

HOWEVER, if you have never been to Moonstone Beach, you could stay overnight in a dumpster and call it the Ritz. The Fireside is a lovely spot -- romantic, cozy and very clean; Moonstone Beach is one of those rare spots on the face of the Earth with little to compare to its natural beauty. What is most spectacular is that the good State of California has seen fit to build a very beautiful, organic and fully accessible walkway across the dunes and cliff tops of Moonstone Beach, replete with viewing platforms from which you can gawk at the stunning scenery and even watch the otters/sea lions/water mammals play in the surf. Sunset on Moonstone followed by a night at Fireside is one of the most romantic things you could possibly do. Squeeze dinner at the Black Cat Cafe in between those two things and, my my my.... Romance made.

Just minutes from Hearst Castle and downtown Cambria, which has several good restaurants.

Room Tip: Everyone wants the four rooms that have a patio looking out on Moonstone, but, frankly, why would yo...
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Did all the blog, yelp, etc. research and kept coming back to this property. It was fantastic. The room was great. The sheets, towels and bed were 5 star. You can't beat the location. Plan on staying their in the future.

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is an excellent choice for a hotel in the Cambria/San Simeon area. Spotless property, very comfortable room and bed and excellent complimentary breakfast. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We returned to the Cambria, CA area again and decided we wanted to stay at this property again. It's been 7 years since our last visit and it was just as amazing. Nothing changed and nothing got bad. Across the street is Moonstone Beach which is amazing to see wildlife and watch the sunset. The hotel is small and perfect. The room was very comfortable and we had reserved a room with a fireplace. The fireplace was nice to get the chill out of the room at night. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and comfortable too. I believe the room also had a refrigerator but I can't remember at this point. The continental breakfast was great. It had the usual muffins, toast, coffee, juice, tea, cereal, bagels, oatmeal and it went one step farther and had eggs, sausage and you could make your own waffles. We had free wi-fi and free parking. The front desk employee can certainly give you advice as to where to have dinner and there are some amazing places within a 5-15 minute drive. I absolutely love this property and will always stay here when I'm in the Cambria area.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank klbdmb
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Justin F, General Manager at Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

klbdmb,

The entire staff is grateful for your wonderful review. It is always nice to read that repeat guests continue to enjoy our wonderful setting and service. We are always improving and seeking out ways to make your next visit even more memorable. Please let us know when you are ready to visit again.

Sincerely,

Justin C. Friend
General Manager

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

I had asked for a quiet room and we were placed at the very back of the property. It was very quiet, which I appreciated. Our room was quite spacious, clean, comfortable and we also appreciated having a refrigerator in the room. The room appeared newly redecorated. The wi-fi was free, which was great, but I found it to be slow and not very reliable. I had issues with my cell phone connectivity as well, so this stretch of the coast must not be very connected. Still, I was able to connect at times. Parking was convenient to the room and free. The included breakfast was your typical fare... eggs, sausage, coffee, waffles, etc. They let us toast our own gluten-free bread since I'm allergic to wheat. I also brought my own non-dairy margarine, which we stored in our room's refrigerator. I would definitely stay here again if I were traveling down the Central Coast. Loved the fireplace! Robes are a nice touch also.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Stayed here October 25-October 27 for a Hearst Castle trip. Check in was easy into Room 105. Room had 2 beds, fireplace, 2 chairs, table, coffee maker with coffee, and a nice automatic fireplace. No patio but those just overlook the parking lot so not worth the extra fee. Place is clean, quiet and appears to have undergone some up grading in the past few years. Breakfast is nice with lots of different options. Seating can be tight but there are tables outside for overflow. Easy walk across the street to ocean walkway. Overall, for two nights, this place offered location, value, and a quiet nights rest. Those are the things that matter in a hotel and this Best Western met those high standards of mine. Worth another visit the next time I travel to Cambria.

Room Tip: Room 105 was in a quiet location with no cars parked right in front of windows.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This is very nice Best Western. The property is nestled among many other similar venues. Only a few rooms have unobstructed ocean views, but there is a nice sunset viewing area. The staff are very attentive and the property while older, is clean and comfortable. There is a typical Best Western breakfast. There is only one restaurant that is close for walking, but the town is a very short drive, or a long walk, away. We would stay here again. There is a gas fireplace in all the rooms (I think!).

Room Tip: For a quiet room, ask for one facing the back. No view, but it is quiet.
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Thank SonoraJim
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Address: 6700 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428-1814
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Cambria
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: £113 - £246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our coastal hotel features a year-round heated pool and spa, complimentary hot breakfast, beach cottage accommodations with fireplaces and easy access to the Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, wineries, shops and farm-to-table dining. ... more   less 
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