We stayed here in mid November, 2012 during stormy weather. We were taking the Hearst Castle tours, so after carefully reading reviews here on T.A., we chose this place and now it's on our short list of personal favorites. We are simple road trip type travelers and like reasonably priced, comfortable, quiet rooms - a view is a bonus, but not necessary. This is not a high-end hotel, but met and exceeded our expectations.
We had a second floor ocean view, king bed room. It felt roomy but cozy, with a very comfortable bed and a nice seating area by the slider window next to the corner fireplace. There is a flatscreen TV and free wi-fi in your room. We loved the sweeping views from our covered balcony - it was lightly raining, but we stayed dry. We took an evening oceanside walk and enjoyed visiting with other guests at one of the outdoor fireplaces.
We had dinner at the resort's restaurant and found it to be good. There is no free breakfast provided by the resort, but there is free coffee in the cozy lobby all day.
Overall, this is a great place to stay, for couples or for families. Close to Hearst Castle and other nearby sights. For us, the extra $$ for our ocean view room was worthy (the sunset view is amazing), but the non-view rooms looked nice enough and did have at least partial ocean views from their windows (no balconies). The front desk staff was very friendly, always a plus.
We would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full-service hotel, the only oceanfront resort property in San Simeon, situated 3 miles south of Hearst Castle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel San Simeon
- Best Western San Simeon
- San Simeon Best Western