My husband and I just enjoyed a wonderful weekend visiting Hearst Castle. We both agreed that it was really the hotel that made the weekend! This is not your ordinary Best Western - it is truly a cut above. We had an Oceanfront room on the second story with a fireplace and private balcony. There is a small patch of grass directly beneath the balcony, then a bluff, and then the beach. It puts all of the waterfront hotels in Cambria to shame, since they all have a road separating the hotels from the beach - this is the real deal!
We checked in and were greeted by two very kind and professional women in the lobby. Once we got to our room and saw the proximity to the ocean and the amazing view, we decided to get dinner to go and eat it on our balcony so that we could enjoy the sunset while watching the ocean waves. After dinner, we went down to the fire pits that the hotel lights each night - all we needed were the ingredients for s'mores and we would have been set!
The next morning we decided to order room service for breakfast so that we could again enjoy our meal outside on the balcony. The hotel provides binoculars so that you can watch all of the marine animals in action. It was quite a serene setting and such a relaxing way to start a day.
We spent the day touring Hearst Castle, then returned to our room around 4:30. We had heard people at the fire pits the night before discussing the fact that they had seen whales and dolphins from their balconies the day before. As we made our way up to our room, we could see lots of dolphins very close to shore, and they were jumping and spinning - what a treat! We were so mesmerized watching them that we again went to our balcony and used our binoculars. We watched the dolphins until they moved on, and we also watched the sea otters playing in the water.
The hotel provides plenty of amenities - our room had a private balcony and a fireplace (which we didn't get to use due to the warm weather). The room came fully stocked with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, cotton balls, Q-tips, bathrobes, nail polish remover, laundry bag, and more. The minibar is fully stocked. The beds were comfortable.
The walls were plenty soundproof - we didn't hear a sound from our neighbors, although I know the rooms were all occupied.
The hotel is a pet friendly hotel, and we noticed quite a number of guests visiting with dogs.
We never got to use the hot tub, but I'm sure we would have loved it!
The only negative about the hotel was the fact that there is no air conditioning. When we first arrived, the room was hot and stuffy. We left the balcony door open for the rest of our visit to keep the fresh air flowing. We slept with our balcony door open for the breeze (and had to turn up our TV to hear it over the waves, and then use ear plugs to sleep with the balcony door open and the waves so close.) I tend to get very claustrophobic without air circulation, so the lack of air conditioning was a big concern to me at first, but it was lovely with the balcony door open and the gentle breeze. For this reason, I could only stay at this hotel if I had a second floor room - I would have been in trouble on that warm weekend with no air conditioning if I had a first floor room and couldn't leave the balcony door wide open.
Be sure to book using your AAA card for a discounted rate!
We will definitely be back to this hotel.
- 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