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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2006

Although a bit high priced, the rooms are very nice - well decorated, fireplace and bar in room, stone counters in bath etc. Everything was fresh and well maintained. The breakfast provided was good.

Location is great - walk across the street and you are on the boardwalk above the beach. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2006

When I was growing up, Best Western was a budget chain -- when you stayed at one, you expected that all you were getting was a place to rest your head at night.

I was pleasantly surprised then by this Best Western. A real effort was made on this property to make you feel that it was more than just a roof over your head for the night. Outside, the place is neat as a pin: all fresh paint and not a speck of debris anywhere. Inside, our room was very attractive and obviously recently redone, with nice carpeting, soft linens, granite counters, and much better-than-average furnishings and fabrics. Our room did not have a view nor a fireplace, but I had not requested these things.

That being said, most of the properties along Moonstone Drive were similar in that they all appeared to be extremely well-kept.

Breakfast was better than the average continental, with make-your-own waffles, hardboiled eggs, and yogurt in addition to the usual danish and muffins. The breakfast room is small, however, so you might want to arrive early to secure a table.

The beach was right across the street, but it is not the kind of beach for lounging or swimming. It was too cold to do so in July, anyway. There are soft pebbles and tidepools all about (the beach is known for the abundance of jasper -- also called moonstone -- which can be found amongst the pebbles) and there were sea lions lazing about on the rocks right off shore. There is also a beautiful wooden boardwalk which runs more or less parallel to the shoreline -- I wished we'd reserved more time for walking and watching the wildlife.

The property was centrally located between San Simeon/Hearst Castle (about 5 miles away) and downtown Cambria, where you can find an abundance of shops and restaurants. (BTW, on the advice of one guidebook, we ate at The Sow's Ear, but did not particularly care for it.)

  • Stayed: July 2006
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6  Thank Eohippus
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Reviewed 5 July 2006

The location can't be beat. The walk along the beach is a must. It was a great location to for the Hearst Castle, Paso Robles wine area, San Luis Obispo and coasta; drives.

The staff was very helpful. Check in and check out were very quick. They have excellent information availble on restaurants, area attractions, etc.

The room (King/Fireplace/jacuzzi tub/view) was excellent. We didn't use the porch since there was fog almost every morning, so no breakfast afresco. The room had a mini-frig. and a seperate sink in the room area. The fireplace worked great. Only complaint was one night husband couldn't get hot water during shower but that may have been his fault.

I would go back TODAY!!!

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 1 July 2006

We love the Moonstone Beach area. I booked the Fireside specifically for the ocean-view room with seating outside to enjoy the view! Unfortunately, half of our view was blocked by the "Best Western Fireside Inn" sign! ALL of the other rooms had better views of the beach. The room was great - the bed very comfortable. We made the mistake the first night of turning on the gas fireplace - it got the room way too hot! Left it off the rest of our stay. The breakfast was more than adequate - make your waffle was neat! (never saw trays to carry food back to the room, used the room's ice bucket tray to take breakfast back the second morning.)

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 31 May 2006

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 23 April 2006

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Reviewed 11 April 2006

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Additional Information about Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach

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: £109 - £254 (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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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Fireside Inn On Moonstone Beach Hotel Cambria
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