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Blue Dolphin Inn

6470 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria, CA 93428
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Ranked #1 of 10 hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My guy and I stayed at this Inn on our way from San Diego to Napa. It seemed pricey to me, but due to the great Trip Advisor reviews, we went with it. It was the best hotel out of four we stayed in on that trip, including much more expensive places in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. Comfortable, immaculately... More

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Palo Alto, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The pictures online don't do this place justice. We booked because of the great reviews and we weren't disappointed. We were greeted by Christina, who was very friendly and accommodating. It was clear she loves her job and where she works! We arrived early and she coordinated an early arrival with the housekeeping staff. Our tastefully decorated room was across... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the moment we walked into the lobby I was glad I splurged for our getaway. Our room was great and we loved having the "picnic" breakfast delivered to our room. We have stayed at several nice places on Moonstone beach and this was the best.

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South Molton, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we arrived at this place, the exterior makes you think that it'll be a little ordinary but the room we had (and we only paid for the cheapest room) was amazing - really spacey and beautifully decorated. We could see the ocean from our room even though we hadn't paid for an ocean view. We really appreciated the little... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Much the nicest way to experience Hearst Castle is to stay in Cambria - the hotels and motels in San Simeon do their best but have Little to offer. We had a charming night, and a tasty included breakfast to eat on the patio, at the blue dolphin before heading up to the ranch. One note: the price deferential on... More

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Southern California
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Cambria. The staff is amazing and very inviting. I really feel at home here as the rooms are so very clean and comfortable. In the morning your breakfast (you have various options to choose from) is delivered to your room. Most rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean. I love this... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We were referred here by family members who stay here often. The room was clean and well appointed. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about local eating and attractions. Not sure I would pay for the ocean view rooms as they look out on the highway and those with patio are right on the highway. It is very close... More

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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review of the Blue Dolphin Inn. To clarify, most of the lodging properties in Cambria are located along Moonstone Beach Drive, the frontage road used to access the beach and the hotels. We are not directly on highway one. The village of Cambria is set back a bit from the coast so those who want... More

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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257 reviews 257 reviews
77 hotel reviews
889 helpful votes 889 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights early June. We chose this place solely based on TA reviews, especially the numerous comments regarding the breakfast baskets. Cambria is a very sleepy town midway from SF to LA on the costal road, be carefull at night come 9 o,clock it is mostly shut. The Blue Dolphin is set in a lovely location... More

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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate you mentioning the great service you got from Kelly and we are happy you found the accommodations to your liking. To expand on the breakfasts, we designed our "picnic breakfast" to be versatile as many of our guests enjoy taking it to the beach to enjoy. While most hotels offer a very simple... More

Santa Barbara
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We will be coming back, and bring the kids next time. This hotel was clean, and right on the Beach. There are bigger rooms, some with two beds or King size bed. We were alone on this trip, and didn't need the larger room.

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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Blue Dolphin Inn. We are pleased that you had such a great time with us. There are some wonderful things in this area to do for families. The tide pools, elephant seal rookery to our north, and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, to name just a few. There is also a rather elusive herd of... More

Perth, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We stayed here overnight en route to san francisco. Loved this hotel, I could have stayed here for days. Such a warm welcome and a cosy place to stay. Wonderful accommodations, great night sleep. Thank you to all who work at the blue dolphin.

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Karen_Fyfe, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review of Blue Dolphin Inn. We hope your next visit allows you some extra time to explore the area. Cambria is quite the undiscovered gem. We will pass your thanks along to our staff and we hope you have a chance to visit us again one day. More

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Address: 6470 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria, CA 93428
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria #1 Romantic Hotel in Cambria #2 Family Hotel in Cambria
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Family owned and operated, The Blue Dolphin Inn is located on Moonstone Beach Drive where the "Sea meets the Pines."The Inn offers cozy rooms, all with comfortable king or queen beds and fireplaces. In room amenities include European blend coffee and Dorothy Prentice bathroom amenities. In the morning you will enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast and in the afternoon tea, cookies and sparkling cider. Be sure to take advantage of our California vacation packages. ... more   less 
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