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“Cosy hotel in a great little town” 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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Canberra, Australia
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“Cosy hotel in a great little town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stayed here at the halfway mark of our drive from LA to San Francisco. A very cosy hotel in a great little town. The staff were very friendly, the room was very well appointed. Wish we could have stayed there longer!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Thank you for your comments. I am glad that you were able to stay with us in Cambria while driving up the coast. I hope that you can return soon.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bridgehampton
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104 reviews 104 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

From nearly any room in the Inn, you can hear the ocean waves crashing against the shore as you're drifting off to sleep. How wonderful is that? We spent two nights in this wonderful, small Inn across the street from the Pacific Ocean in the charming coastal town of Cambria. The rooms here include gas fireplaces, beautifully appointed, modern bathrooms, Keurig coffee makers and comfortable beds. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful too, but the real draw is "location, location, location" - that ocean is like a magnet and the Blue Dolphin gives its guests very easy access. Being a group of three photographers, we were in heaven being so entrenched in this incredibly beautiful location, which also happens to be very close to San Simeon and the Hearst Castle. We stayed here two nights and left yearning for more. I sincerely hope we can return one day.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Thank you for staying with us at BDI. I am glad that you were able to take in the sites while staying in Cambria. We are so lucky to be just steps away from the ocean and the convenient board walk located just across the street. I really enjoyed reading your comments and hope that you return soon.
Sincerely,
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Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We spent the last two nights of 2013 at the Blue Dolphin and really liked the location; it's across the street from the ocean and a wonderful boardwalk that provides a great way to walk along the shore for over a mile. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful in making dinner reservations or answering our questions about the area. We had never been to Cambria and found it to be very charming and pretty as well as close to popular sights like the Hearst Castle, sea elephants viewing area, etc. Our corner room was 109 with a bit of an ocean view and nice amenities like a comfy bed, large bathroom with a jetted tub, coffee maker, fireplace etc. It was very comfortable except that there is an outside door adjacent to that room that other guests use; it actually wasn't too noisy when we were there, but I can see that it could be. Because 109 is on the lower floor, there's a question about privacy as the windows allow anyone passing by to easily look in. The boxed breakfasts are adequate but nothing to rave about, and, all in all, we think the hotel is a bit overpriced. That said, we did have a good time and would consider coming back if we had the choice of a different room.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you had a nice time while staying in Cambria. It is important to us to hear guest feedback so that we can continue to improve upon our service and product. Please come back soon!
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Even though we didn't have a room with a view, the room was great. Nice and clean. Every morning they delivered a bag with breakfast, we took ours to the front patio and have a feast, the nicest view with the best breakfast!! Since we arrived back home, we have been reccomending this place to our friends.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Thank you for your very nice comments on Trip Advisor. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at BDI. We take great pride in providing a superior customer experience. Please come back soon!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I spent 2 nights here in the seascape cottage of moonstone cottages: studio-like rooms a few doors down from the Blue Dolphin Inn. It was a quaint little place, with a comfy bed, fireplace heater, and a large bathroom. Very cosy. We looked right out on the water, and even though it's colder this time of year, it was nice to open the blinds and see the ocean! Three downsides: 1) since the cottage looks out on the street and is at ground level, we kept our blinds closed for privacy, which means we lost our view of the water; 2) wifi in the front apartment is terrible, but it seems to be better further back by the other cottages; and 3) breakfast is extremely overrated. I would have rathered get up and go to a breakfast room the deal with wrong orders, missing orders, and limp toast. They were very nice about replacing the items, however. Just an unnecessary hassle on holiday. All in all a sweet little place if you're looking for privacy and a beach view!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for staying with us in our “Seascape” Cottage. The cottages are unique in themselves and because they are free standing involve a little more TLC. We are currently working on a solution for the WIFI. I have taken the necessary steps with our Food and Beverage Manager to ensure that the quality of the breakfast items are presented and served properly. This should not have happened during your stay. I appreciate your comments!
Happy New Year!
I hope that you return soon!
Regards
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Carlsbad, California
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

The Blue Dolphin never disappoints. We spent 5 days here over Christmas with our 2 Labs. Our pet friendly room was lovely, the picnic breakfasts very good (loved the yogurt parfait), and the staff gracious. The cute Holiday ornament hung on our door Christmas morning was a nice surprise. Moonstone Beach is a gorgeous walk, and Cambria is full of little shops & terrific restaurants. We're hoping for our third visit soon!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
WOW, thank you for your wonderful comments. I am glad that we never disappoint, we strive to provide a superior customer experience. I hope that you display your ornament at Christmas this year and think of us.

Happy New Year
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Los Angeles, California
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

My family and I celebrated my mom's birthday here, and we loved every minute. The front desk staff was amazing, the room was lovely and large, and the location could not be beat. The ocean is literally in front of you, and it's gorgeous. It's a nice touch to send breakfast to your room to take out picnic style and to have robes and slippers for every member of your party. They also set up cake and cookies for my mom's special birthday. The lobby was also beautifully decorated and smelled so good!

One suggestion: more chairs for sitting outside. My husband and dad had to sit on a concrete wall since there weren't enough chairs to go around.

Stayed December 2013
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for staying with us! I am glad to hear that your mom’s birthday went well. Moonstone Beach is such a beautiful area and makes any occasion delightful. We are so fortunate and appreciative of our location. I appreciate your comments regarding the chairs, great idea! I will be sure to inform the owners and I am sure they will look into this for the future.
Happy New Year!

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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 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cambria
#4 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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