At first blush you drive into this quaint town with its low key atmosphere and expect a good old relaxing time. The impression is borne out and a weekend getaway to Cayucous will leave your relaxed and refreshed.
Our stay at the Cayucous Sunset Inn was both delightful and frustrating. It is nestled close to the main downtown area, a short 5 minute walk, and is facing the street rasied just enough to get some ocean views. There is a moderate neighborhood across the street that will block the view of the lower level but not for the upper level. While the view of a street before the ocean is not ideal, it isnt bad either.
Walking into this bed and breakfast is kind of like walking into a friends home. You are greated and welcomed by a very nice and helpful staff. The room check in was more of a welcome to our home and let me give you the tour rather than some kind of formal experience. We stayed in the Sunset Honeymoon suite and it was nice from top to bottom. By beach standards it was more of an apartment than a hotel room. Lovely decor, spacious living quarters, dreamy bed with a patio with a view. The bath area with a huge 2 person jet tub was seperated from the toilet room that also contained a rain fall shower. Everything was in light tones with a quiet elegance. The patio made for some wonderful outdoor meals. The only downsides that we had about the room were the paperthin walls that allowed us to experience the constant stream of traffic and the amorous attentions of some of the other guests. The other was the lack of black out options for the rooms which got light early. I do reccomened that you bring both a sleep mask and ear plugs if you are bothered by such things. We did and it was fine.
Now the downside to our experience came with the staff management of our "couples spa package." This was my 10th aniversary and I really wanted to do something special. Part of our overall experience was ordereding the spa package as advertised on their website. We made the reservations over a week before we arrived. Nothing was said to us about the unavailability of the package. When we arrived, no one told us that there was an issue. The morning of the couples massage we checked in with the front and they informed us that they would send the Therapists straight up. After sitting around all morning, we finally got a phone call informing us that there were no therapists. What?!?! We ordered this over a WEEK ago and you tell us now?!? Did they do nothing to fulfill one of the major aspects of this trip for us in advance? They informed us that it shold have been explained on check in. Well, that would have been too late too but at least we would not have burned our entire morning waiting. Obviously they would compensate us in some way for this incredible incovenience and let down.....NOPE. Nothing. No discount, no attempt to make it up to us. Nothing. I could not have been more dissapointed in this soiling of our idyllic experience.
Some people can't get over this kind of lapse in treatment but we made the best of the day and spent it at the beach, shopping, eating, and generally goofing around. While it was a black mark on the trip, it didnt cause a collapse for us. Perhaps the scrumptious meal at Hoppe's made up for it? That and the nightly wine + cheese tastings, delcious breakfast, and cookies and milk did a lot to assuage our misgivings. I am not one prone to dismiss an entire location because of an intesely bad experience. Especially in light of the all the good that was there. Just let it be a cautionary tale if you are trying to go beyond just the housing part of the place. The spa down the street will do an hour for $50 in you find yourself in a pinch. We didnt because that wasnt the experience that we were looking for but maybe it is for you.
Anyway, it is a a great place, in a great location, with great access. You are sure to enjoy your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cayucos Sunset Inn is a welcoming, open building trimmed with beautiful flowers and hedges. We have a shaded patio in front for the guests to relax in. The patio opens to our quaint dinning area where we serve a free breakfast and hold a complementary wine and cheese hour. Our five rooms vary in size. Four are located upstairs with ocean view patios. The rooms open to a living room area with a television, electric fire place, and couch in the front. Through the small hall, the bedrooms have luxurious king size beds, additional electric fire places, and small refrigerators. Each of these four rooms have jacuzzi tubs and rain shower heads. We have a smaller downstairs room we offer as well. We are located in a small throwback beach town. Our building is about a block from the beach with ocean views up top. The Inn is located on the main road up from Cayucos's restaurants and shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cayucos Sunset Hotel Cayucos