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“Overpriced and Underdelivering” 3 of 5 stars
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El Colibri Hotel and Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5620 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428   |  
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Ranked #9 of 10 hotels in Cambria
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“Overpriced and Underdelivering”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Very expensive and for no apparent reason. The location isn't great-it's located on a highway and is a 5 minute walk to the beach. As the location is nothing special, I expected the hotel to be remarkable given the price. It wasn't. The "spa" appears to consist of 2 treatment rooms and a steam room which is located basically in a hallway with no privacy. The outdoor jacuzzi looked dirty and was tucked away in a corner deck overlooking the highway. Staff was nice enough but did not seem up to the task of running a hotel.the woman at the reception desk had a great deal of difficulty checking us in, and the wine tasting hostess forgot our tapas order. As well, the hotel was out of soda, so unless you wanted water (and I don't drink), you're out of luck. We really overpaid for this hotel; worse, I saw the hotel advertised for $100 less per night than what I paid through hotels.com, and this really makes me mad. I wouldn't recommend this hotel, and I wouldn't stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

El Colibri was a nice hotel, but a little expensive for the amenities. The rooms are newly remodeled in crisp, clean decor. The lobby area is home to a small (and pricey) wine bar. The hotel's location requires you to cross the freeway (via a protected intersection) to get to Main Street, the heart of Cambria. The Paso Robles wineries were the main purpose of our Memorial Day weekend excursion. This hotel is serviced by The Wine Line, a great means of transportation for wine tasting.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was a hidden gem. From the moment we arrived, friendly staff clean rooms, and contemporary atmosphere. Longe area where breakfast and wine tasting is served was very inviting and comfortable. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 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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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The staff was great and helpful. The staff went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. The staff warmed up food that we had brought with us since we have special diet restrictions. The rooms were clean and comfortable. It's right off of Hwy 1 and within walking distance to town.

  • 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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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

My uncle and I were looking forward to our road trip up Highway 1 and an overnight at the El Colibri Hotel. Due to a medical emergency, we had to curtail the trip. I called and sent a follow-up email to cancel. The hotel gave no response. None. Zip. Just charged us full pop. An overall miserable experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We have been going to Cambria for weekend holidays for nearly twenty years. Over the last several years we've been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Colibri, as we've seen it being built year by year. This month we finally got a chance to book a room, and sadly we were unimpressed. I don't want to say anything to dissuade anyone from giving it a try, but if you are thinking this hotel is going to be a step up from the other offerings in Cambria, and more specifically on Moonstone Beach, you are mistaken. For starters the hotel is very clean, neat and well cared for. The hostess was lovely, and checked us in with speed and friendliness. You walk in and the large room where they serve breakfast and at night drinks, is very nicely appointed, but furniture is a bit oversized and clunky. It is cozy however and pretty. The rest of the hotel albeit clean, is sadly decorated, with little thought given to a cohesive theme. It's like someone dragged out all the old art in their attic and placed it randomly on the walls. We found the African mask in our room particularly silly when placed next to the other art in our room. Nothing matched and in fact, the art was ghastly when taken in a whole. The room was a mismatch of various types of art and nothing worked. Our room was sort of strangely shaped as well, not convenient at all. Like I said before, there is nothing bad about this hotel, it's just not interesting. We paid more than we would have paid at the other hotels on Moonstone Beach, and we've been more impressed with those establishments...mostly because they never made a claim to creativity whereas I think the Colibri has made that claim...in the sense that they offer themselves as an alternative to the Moonstone Beach fare. They have not achieved this. I feel like we overpaid. Sorry, that's how I feel. This hotel should have cost about one hundred and eight dollars per night, not three hundred. If you don't care about how a hotel is decorated then stay there and you will enjoy the cleanliness and friendliness of the place.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We booked this hotel because it was located close to Highway 1 and we needed a hotel close to Hearst castle which we were visiting the following day.
The quality of the hotel was outstanding and the staff were very helpful on our arrival.
The hotel has a underground car park with enough spaces for all the guests.
We booked a Kingsize room and it was fantastic. There was plenty of room and all the furniture was modern, there was a leather sofa which was very comfortable.
The Spa and steam room were located on the 1st floor and were well worth using.
There was a continental type breakfast in the morning which was enough to get you going in the morning.
There are plenty of eating houses across the road on Main Street for evenoing meals but you would need to drive to most of them.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about El Colibri Hotel and Spa

Address: 5620 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Colibri Hotel and Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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