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The Morgan at San Simeon
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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Martinez, California
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“Close to Hearst Castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

Before booking this hotel I looked around at the closest, nicest hotels for the best pricing and came across this one. The reviews looked great so I booked it. Driving around the area I was kinda worried it was gonna be crappy due to the outside appearance of some of the other places around. The outside looks decent, but the inside is much nicer! You are greeted right away by a smile at the front and this was my encounter with maybe 3 or more employees here. It was very clean and warm. Very close to the beach and minutes away from hearst castle, which was the point of being in the area. A Mexican restaurant is literally next door and the beach is a nice walk. Bed was comfy as well!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

My wife and I have stayed at perhaps five hotels in the Cambria and San Simeon locales over the last five years. This time we booked at The Morgan, on the ocean side of Highway 1 in San Simeon.

We came away impressed. The location is excellent for walking to the coastal plains overlooking the sea to the south of town, and a quick car ride to either Hearst Castle or the pier at San Simeon. Cambria if five minutes by car. We encountered three different clerks during our stay, and all were both helpful and cheerful.

When we checked in the clerk asked about what we were going to be doing -- in order to help us if at all possible. When we mentioned dinner first, her recommendation was our favorite restaurant on Moonstone Beach. She knew what she was talking about!

The rooms are spacious; the bathrooms also. The beds were just the right combination of firmness and plushness. Views however - all around - are parking lot. The hotel is distant enough from the ocean that even west-facing rooms have no real ocean view. (All hotels in San Simeon are located away from the beach.)

The lobby are is tastefully decorated with ample seating. . The complimentary breakfast is served just off the lobby, and unlike other hotels we've encountered there is ample seating for dining guests.

The grounds of the hotel are rather small, with no real outdoor areas to enjoy. That's why we walked to the ocean - a short 5-minute distance. For the room itself, my only complaint would be the lack of a desk -- making using my computer a bit difficult leaning over a small table.

We would return. This is not a hotel where you would spend a great deal of time, but that should be the case for anyone visiting the many sights and attractions of this area. The time you do spend there is comfortable and warm.

Room Tip: Not that big a deal -- only first or second floor choices -- whichever you prefer.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

The bed was comfortable and the room clean. This hotel is very wen and tired looking. The continental breakfast was diml so e went to Cambria for breakfast instead. You can hear the waves but no view since there are homes between the hotel and the cliff like beach. The best western might be a better choice.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

We were looking for a nice place near the beach in the Cambria-area for a one-night get-away--and the internet took us to San Simeon, very convenient to Hearst castle, less than 5 miles north of Cambria. When the GPS told us we were close, we were a bit worried when the nearby "motels" looked a bit run-down, but the Morgan Hotel turned out to be a GEM of a find. You will notice the upscale feel as soon as you walk in. The rooms were modern, spacious and tastefully decorated -- and I LOVED the fireplace in the room! The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast had amazing fresh-baked pastries and home-made bagels. And the end of the block had easy, free parking at the trail head of a BEAUTIFUL walk on the beach! It was everything I had hoped for...with a very reasonable price. We plan to make it a regular get-away spot.

Room Tip: Ask about the fireplace (not all rooms have them). The description says some rooms have ocean views...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

We stayed the night after visiting Hearst Castle. The staff was very helpful in carrying luggage and making suggestions for dinner. There is no elevator, so we had a first floor room. Very nice adaptation for an ADA room, although not completely accessible bathroom. Lovely, ample breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Foothill Ranch, California, Usa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

It is glad to see the night desk person handed me my "room key" - not a "key-card", the last time I use one was 1980's! Yes, when I want to open that hotel room doom I want it unlock and open as I command it. Ha! :-)
Quite little place with (using) Julia Morgan's "Morgan" as the name of the hotel.
Do need to up grade their sink in our room (#256), kind of cracks at the drain, other then that quite comfortable for the price.
They should buy off the properties between them and the beach and turn it into a open area so guest can use and view the beautiful ocean.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Location is perfect for visiting Hearst castle, we stayed here because it looked nicer than the other 'motels' nearby and the rooms were very spacious. The price was reasonable and the staff were very friendly and happy to give advice for our day ahead. It would be nice if the pool was heated (too cold to use in January) and it would be awesome if they invested in a hot tub as well. The breakfast was nice and fresh but it would be better to have more of a selection beyond cereal, boiled eggs and pastries/cupcakes. Would we stay again...yes

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Morgan at San Simeon
Address: 9135 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9774
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Morgan at San Simeon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether searching San Simeon hotels in particular, or just seeing where Highway One takes you, set your sights on The Morgan at San Simeon Hotel. Our unique gem of a boutique hotel is just a stone's throw from California's Central Coast. The Morgan's ambiance is inviting and welcoming - and all just minutes from historic Hearst Castle and remarkable attractions such as the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. ... more   less 
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