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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 January 2011

This hotel is beautiful, we have 2 small children, and we all loved that place, good location, kind staff, large and clean room, it smelled good. In the morning we enjoyed to walk near the ocean just near the hotel.
The breakfast is also great! But they didn't have a sit for our baby for breakfast time, that was the only inconvenience.
It was a little expensive for us, but we didn't regret at all!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

We stayed the night here after 3 nights in sanfransisco .. left SF and visited Monteray, 17 mile drive(pebble beach for lunch), Carmel and then drove pacific highway 1 stopping to view the scenery a few times and arrived at fireside inn in time for sun set ... met by very helpful checkin clerk who gave us cookies and advised us of free wine tasting a coup,ke of hotels down the road .. our room was ocean view with patio and fire .. fantastic . Complimentary breakfast next day was delicious and then 10 minute drive to Hearst Castle Tour at 9.20 .... superb stopover in superb location.... would most certainly visit again ... could not fault it... and free wifi too!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2010

My wife and I love to travel to the central California coast occasionally and stay in Cambria, California. We have been there five times since 2003, so have been able to watch the area change. Moonstone Drive is one of our favorite places because it lies right on the beautiful coast. Normally we stay at J. Patrick House, a very nice B&B on Burton Drive in Cambria. This last trip we decided to stay three nights at the Best Western Fireside Inn because of its location on Moonstone Drive and a 3-night discount (averaged $146/night + 11.5% for taxes) for a room with king size bed and fireplace. The room had plenty of space, was comfortable and met our requirements. Service was excellent except in the continental breakfast room. Supplies in the breakfast room were not replenished very quickly (like coffee creamer) and the breakfast room was much too small for the size of the hotel. Many people went into town for breakfast rather than endure this room. Although a great location, the hotel seems to me to be simply a spruced up and updated motel. I liked staying at the B&B much better for the overall experience and comfort. The gas fireplace has been rendered child proof and goof proof to the point that it serves no useful purpose other than you flip on a light switch and you see some small flames. The fireplace is functionally useless during cold days and nights because it adds absolutely no heat to the room and drafts room air up the chimney continuously, not a good thing in fall and winter. The room is heated by an electric space heater that cycles on and off. Except for a few end rooms that face the ocean, it looked to me like all the patios for each room face out onto the parking lots (we had no patio). There is a public patio area by the street for ocean views. If you want to be across the road from the beach and don't mind paying very high room rents when the weather is warmer than in November, then you will like this hotel. It can get really noisy when children are there as we found out on our first night and day. I prefer to stay at a B&B in town. In all fairness, the B&B probably would have cost more for this same period of time.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2010

Great location with the beach boardwalk across the street for walking along the beach. We were greeted by a friendly and helpful gentleman and enjoyed the Otis Spunkmeyer cookies given to us.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 November 2010

We chose this hotel because it was on our way back from San Francisco and close to Hearst Castle. It is easily accessible just off Hwy 1. The room we had was large, king size bed, with fireplace. Room had been recently renovated and still had that "new" quality about it. The heated pool and spa were fabulous and we were given fresh baked cookies upon check in. The lady at the front desk was very nice and even suggested places to eat for dinner. We chose the Main Street Grill which was just across the hwy. Good food, good prices. The hotel was just a few steps away from Moonstone beach and it's tidepool area and when I got up in the morning to go walk the beach found that the rocks were "moving". Seals were perched atop of them within just feet of me! Continental breakfast is included and it was basic, but nice. Along with the normal breads and pastries they had make your own waffels. And they had a worker there making sure everything was topped off so no matter what time you got there from beginning to end there was plenty to choose from.
My only complaint, and it's not that big of one, is that we could hear an occasional car go by on the hwy and the neighbors if they got loud, neither of which disturbed our sleep.
Overall a really nice night in a nice location.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

It was better than most Best Westerns, but still a BW. The breakfast was perfect--nothing fancy--yogurt, bananas, apples, waffles, pastries, oatmeal (packets). I thought the room rate was somewhat pricey, but I guess that's par for the course for the location along Moonstone.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2010

First, of course, the location -- on the ocean, just GORGEOUS views. Then you park and go to check in, and they give you a cookie. For real. And its a REALLY good cookie. And if you want another cookie, they have MORE. They are also very helpful in suggesting restaurants and shopping close by, and helpful if you're planning a Hearst Castle tour. After a most pleasant check in, you go to your clean and pretty room, where there is ample space, the most comfy bed ever, and a fireplace to take away the chill of the evening. Or you can always go to the hot tub to warm up as well, and if you need help turning on the jets, you can call from the pool area and the staff comes to help you asap! Its quiet and quaint and wonderful, plan to spend more than one night if you go, because one is not enough in this sweet little town!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: £113 - £245 (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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