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“Ok hotel but skip the breakfast. Pricy and not worth it.”
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San Simeon Lodge
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

The hotel is ok for a stop on the way. But the breakfast was pricy and horrible. The worst breakfast on our three week trip so far. Nice service though. Hard to find good food in San Simeon in general.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

I was looking for an inexpensive hotel near Hearst Castle.
San Simeon Lodge is just that; do not come here expecting more. For one night it is perfect. The hotel offers free parking; there is a heated pool and a restaurant. Our room was spacious and our beds very comfortable, no complaints there. The only issue I had was that there are no A/C in the rooms!! What??!! Yes, no A/C’s… Granted it was a bit chilly outside in the middle of June! But I do not enjoy sleeping with my windows open as the Front Desk employees suggested I did. So they offered to bring me a small electric fan to my room, which I really appreciated.
The hotel is located right on US-1 highway, across from the beach. Our room was facing the beach, but we could not enjoy the view due to heavy fog during our stay. Breakfast is not included, and the prices in the restaurant were too expensive for us. Instead we decided to go to a hotel next door that offered a buffet breakfast for $5.99. Also, there are no elevators. This would be an issue if you have back problems, heavy bags or difficulty walking up stairs. Overall for a one night stay this hotel is ok.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We stayed at San Simeon Lodge the night before we took a tour of Hearst Castle. It's location is perfect for this, as it is just down the road from the Castle entrance off Highway 1. If you're looking for a romantic or quaint area, this is not the place. Choose a place in the town of Cambria for the cute shops and nice restaurants. The only restaurant around the Lodge is the one located right next to the office. We didn't eat there, so I can't comment on the food. The staff was friendly and the room was clean. If you cross the highway, there is beach access. The rooms are outdated, but the price was nice.

Room Tip: Even rooms that face the highway are far enough off the road that it's not a problem.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Large room and wardrobe space. Microwave, fridge and table and chairs in the room. We were on the 2nd floor and could sit on the walkway for sun and fresh air. Relaxing after a long day driving from San Fran. Very clean and tidy. Good location if you are visiting Hearst castle.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Check in was smooth, and room was large enough for the 4 of us. Breakfast at the restaurant was reasonable priced. Easy drive to Hearst Castle, and Elephant seals. Plenty of parking, and pool was in excellent condition. Having the window open at night brought in a nice sea breeze that was refreshing. Would stay here again. Within a few miles of Cambria, which had nice places to eat and was an enjoyable town. Very friendly people.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

The room appears recently renovated. It was clean and basic but acceptable for a night or two stay. Nothing special overall but resonable value. The elephant seals and Hearst's Castle should really require at least a two night stay locally on the San Fran to LA Highway 1 road trip. This is a large complex and checkin/out was well managed. The hotel dining room copes well for a paid breakfast or an evening meal.
No air cond or ceiling fan and the only window for our ground level room is an over large bathroom one that cannot be locked partly open; so night-time security was a concern. There is a sliding patio door but this really needs to be kept shut.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Was looking for a place near Hearst Castle. Options are many, so kind of difficult to decide. Saw photos of the San Simeon Lodge in San Simeon. It's close, looks big, has a restaurant. When we arrived last Thursday afternoon, we checked in and went to our room. the place from the outside looks freshly painted. Gives a nice impression. Walking up to our room, the front door ledge was cracked and lots of loose cement and old carpeting. In the room, the first thing we notice were the huge spots on the carpet. Forget the bathroom!!! No toilet paper holder; no towel bars; chipped paint around the tile shower which was also cracked, plus a little mold on the ceiling. Since we were not spending lots of time there, we decided to stay, plus available options were not plentiful. Now, that was the bad part. The good was the location (right across from the beach). This motel sits on a huge piece of property. Someone could purchase this and turn it into a first rate facility. There is enough land to enlarge the restaurant/bar area, plus redesign the footprint the property is on. I would love to see a developer come in and tear this place down and built a first class resort!!!

Room Tip: +I would not recommend this to anyone. Across the highway is the Cavalier Resort with a good restau...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: 9520 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9727
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in San Simeon
Price Range: £41 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — San Simeon Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
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