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“Great Inn and Spectacular Location!” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Dolphin Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6470 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria, CA 93428   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Cambria
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Udon Thani, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great Inn and Spectacular Location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I just returned from a two nights' stay at the Blue Dolphin Inn on beautiful Moonstone Beach in Cambria. I visit Cambria at least twice a year and usually stay at the Blue Dolphin's sister property (which is somewhat cheaper), the Sand Pebbles Inn. This time, I decided to treat myself and "upgrade" to the Blue Dolphin.

The experience was first-rate from beginning to end, and there is really nothing to fault the property about at all other than the rate and the small quibble with breakfast that I will get into later.

PROs

The small inn has an excellent location, just across the beach from the gorgeous beach and its long, bluff-top boardwalk that invites daily strolls or power walks. I chose a beachfront king room, on the second floor, and the view was nothing short of spectacular. At night I left one of the corner windows open to listen to the surf crashing, which was quite a treat!

Room size is OK, not huge but certainly more than big enough for a solo traveler and comfortable for two. Amenities are first class and the decor lovely. The beautiful four-poster bed featured luxury linens and pillows and was extremely comfortable, offering a great night's sleep. The bathroom was large, clean, and again featured excellent amenities.

The staff at the inn are warm, friendly and efficient. They go out of their way to be helpful.

Nice touches include complimentary coffee and iced water in the lobby throughout the day, fresh-baked cookies delivered to your room daily, and designer chocolates. Turn-down service is offered at night by hanging a small sign on the doorknob .... I found this a very innovative touch, as there are times that I find housekeeping coming into my room in the early evening intrusive and this way you can have it if you want, or choose the privacy option.

A "breakfast to go" is offered each morning. You make your selections the evening before on a card and hang it on the door. Breakfast is then delivered to your door at the time you indicated the next morning, in a box. Choices were a bit limited but the food was good and it is nice not being limited to a buffet-style breakfast in a hotel "breakfast room."

CONs

Not many. I do think that the rooms are a bit pricey for what you get. There is a significant jump in price between identical rooms at the Sand Pebbles Inn (the two properties have identical floor plans and room offerings), and I am not sure that the extra cost would be worth it for everyone.

My only small quibbles about the hotel services/amenities were with the breakfast. It seems to me that a number of people probably choose to eat the breakfast, which is packaged like a picnic, in their room while sitting and enjoying the ocean views. Why not offer an option of having the breakfast served on a tray, on proper plates, in your room? Having to unpacking a picnic breakfast and then eating it out of plastic containers in your gorgeous, upscale room is a bit of a tacky experience. The inn does provide a couple of plates and cutlery in the room, but I think that it would be easy for the staff to just plate the food after they prepare it for those who want to eat in their rooms, and the presentation would be much better as a result. In addition, housekeeping expects you to be in your room at the time you requested delivery of your breakfast. So if you are out on a morning walk, as I was, and decide to linger a little longer and "miss" the delivery time, the staff member delivering the meal does not put it in your room, but waits for you to return and then delivers it. I felt like I HAD to be in my room at delivery time. Why not just enable the staff to put the breakfast in your room if you are out?

Overall, it was an excellent stay and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends, or stay here again on future trips to Cambria. However, for people who want the experience of a well-run, beach front, boutique hotel on Moonstone Beach, but save a few dollars, the Sand Pebbles Inn would also be a very good option.

Room Tip: If you can swing it, go for a full oceanfront room at the front of the property!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We make it a rule not to travel to the same places - too big a world to explore-but we are looking forward to returning to Blue Dolphin. Our room was beautiful and the small town was a nice change from L.A. and San Francisco where we were also vacationing. I wouldn't want to spend more than a night or two because there isn't a lot to do near by.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness, ms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This was our 2nd vacation trip to California. We had passed through Cambria on our 1st trip 5 years ago, and I knew when we returned, we would have to make this charming town one of our stops this trip. I booked 2 nights at the Blue Dolphin based on the Trip Advisor reviews & am SO happy to say these reviews are 100% percent on. We stayed in the Anaho Bay corner room upstairs. This place is simply amazing. We slept with the windows open, could hear the sound of the waves & feel the cool breeze. I just can't say enough about the staff, the awesome room, the lovely breakfast, the fact that you are steps away from the boardwalk, the beautiful Pacific & some fabulous restaurants. The staff recommended the Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill. Both are excellent!!!! Thank you so much for making our vacation so special. We look forward to returning in the future and will definitely be booking the Blue Dolphin :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Too sad we were able to stay only for one night. As we arrived we felt as we were known for years: a warm welcoming made us feel at home immediately. Then the room could not be more romantic, with some pre-ordered cheese plates and fruits, with a bottle of local winery red wine. It is a very nice stay for anyone who wants to recapture love with his/her love one.

Room Tip: Pre-order the cheese and wine when making the reservation. They will not be able to arrange it if yo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

Not sure you can go wrong anywhere on Moonstone Drive, but particularly enjoyed Blue Dolphin Inn.
Walking distance to great restaurants, private parking, breakfast included and lovely service.
Left a bag behind in error and staff did everything they could to contact me and return to me.
Would recommend and return.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rosamond, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Heard about this location from friends and booked a ground floor ocean view room for our 25th wedding anniversary. This property is exquisite! The accommodations are impeccable, the view is spectacular and the attention to detail is evident in everything they do. The picnic breakfast boxes are such a nice touch. We dined on the patio and then walked the boardwalk trail along the ocean.
The Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill and the Sea Chest restaurants are both great places to eat and are within walking distance. Definitely will return as soon as scheduling allows. Charming relaxation at it's best.

Room Tip: Choose one of the three downstairs, oceanfront rooms with patios for the best view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

My friends and I drove down the PC Highway from San Francisco to L.A. This lovely Inn was a lovely surprise. The photos do not do it justice. I wish we had been able to stay longer. The rooms are completely modernized, the beds are comfortable the service is fantastic and the entire facility is spotless. Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cambria
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#3 Family Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Blue Dolphin Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the perfect place to escape and enjoy everything Cambria and Moonstone Beach have to offer, Blue Dolphin Inn is the ideal place. Tastefully appointed guestrooms providing every detail offer a sophisticated environment in this adult-only property. Blue Dolphin Inn is situated steps from the beach and seaside boardwalk that runs two miles along the coast. Take in the scenic sunsets while sipping a glass of renowned local wine. The six full oceanview specialty rooms feature places in the world where dolphins are found in abundance. The lower full oceanview rooms provide spacious patios to delight in the scenery and coastal breezes. The upper level full oceanview rooms allow unparalleled seascapes. Breakfast is individually prepared from a selection of foods designed to fulfill every appetite. If a celebration of any kind is in order, Blue Dolphin Inn is a perfect place to recognize an accomplishment or milestone. Grab a loved one or meet an old friend for an unforgettable getaway. ... more   less 
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