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“You're paying for beachfront.” 3 of 5 stars
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Castle Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   6620 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428   |  
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“You're paying for beachfront.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

While our room was clean and gave us a place to rest our weary heads for one night, my husband and I were disappointed in our room overall, especially for the price. We paid $180 (after taxes, etc.) for a no-ftills room that would have been fine for $100.

That being said, it was nice to walk across the street and be at the ocean's edge with harbor seals and very friendly squirrels. And we had a great dinner in a delightful restaurant nearby called Old Stone Station.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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58 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

My husband and I spent one night at Castle Inn on our happy motoring trip down the central California coast. The trip up Big Sur was warm and sunny, until we reached the top. After that, it was so foggy, you couldn't even see the ocean, and by the time we got to Cambria, it was drizzling and chilly. So we checked in, and drove over to a pleasant restaurant in the more southerly part of Cambria, which is divided into two parts. The place had a heated tent in the back, and served good lamb curry, among other interesting fare. We spent some time in an interesting gem/rock shop across the street from the restaurant. Then we went back to the hotel and caught the elephant seals on the webcam--it was fun to be able to really watch them loll around and play with each other. Castle Inn's beds are OK, it has great water pressure, excellent shower, and a pool and hot tub we didn't use. Breakfast was bad, but they gave it a go, and everyone who worked there was very pleasant. We were particularly impressed with the Russian receptionist, who did a great job keeping all the balls in the air, and keeping her cool, when three groups of people were checking in , and the phone was ringing off the hook.

Next day, the weather cleared up, and we took a hike at San Simeon State Beach--Beautiful, but watch for ticks and tons of poison oak. We took a look at the visitor center at Hearst Castle, and decided that looking at some rich guy's house wasn't our cup of tea, so headed over to the Sebastian General Store, which was, unfortunately, closed on the day we were there(Tuesdays)--but we did see the milkshake blender, and the fabulous menu. Sebastian Store is a must-do for those who like to eat great old-fashioned fast food. The beach there is real pretty too, with a nice pier.

There are many hotels on the Moonstone Drive strip, and I can't vouch for the others, but Castle Inn suited us just fine.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor have ocean views and less noise.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

We stayed here because we had a Living Social deal and for the location. I have stayed in a lot of hotels and prefer not to stay inside the room because I love exploring. I'm giving it 4 stars because the staff were very friendly, professional, and accommodating and also for the price. The breakfast was appropriate and a lot better than other hotels. They had Peerless regular and decaf coffee (very important)hot cocoa for the kids, milk, orange jc and hot and cold water. They had olallieberry pastries with other selections,2 choices of Kashi oatmeal (maple and apple cinnamon), yogurt, fruits and hard boiled egg. I eat light breakfast and for me it's a lot but for my kids and hubbie, just enough. Some hotels will just give you cheap sugary muffins and coffee for complimentary breakfast!
It is also a stone throw away from Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill which is a very good place for family and a great view of the beach and sunset! The room had a fridge, tv, bath soap and the usual stuff. It'a also about 6 miles away from Hearst Castle.
The manager offered us some board games like pictionary quick draw which we borrowed and had a nice family game on our second night.
It has a small swimming pool outside and deck chair out overlooking the beach where you can hang out. It is right across the boardwalk to go further into the beach where one can view the rocks and harbor seals especially in the morning where one can practice yoga amidst nature.
The only negative I can say is the shower door dripping water on the floor wetting the bath mat and we had to put more towels on the floor. The bed was not comfortable.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor have more ocean view and we stayed at room 16
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

This place wasn't fancy, but it was exactly what we wanted for the price. Close to restaurants, we loved sitting in the Adirondack chairs and watching the sunset. The continental breakfast, again, wasn't fancy but it was just enough for us, filled us up and coffee was good too. Stayed here for our 6th anniversary two weekends ago.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Penn Valley, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Very clean and comfortable, right across the street from the ocean! Great value.

Room Tip: Room No. 2 has a window view of the ocean right across the street.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

The inn is across the street from the ocean. our room on the second floor had an excellent view. The room also had a fireplace and a very comfortable bed. Our reception was quick and friendly, as was our departure. Lastly, the price was quite reasonable for the area. Hearst Castle is just up the road a few miles. We would gladly stay again.

Room Tip: The corner room on the second floor is the only one with a fireplace.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Dear rlwrisk,
It was a pleasure to welcome you to Castle Inn. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and would consider joining us again. We do look forward to that opportunity to welcome you back.
Thank you too, for sharing on TripAdvisor.

Warm Regards
The Staff at Castle Inn
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Pearland, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

My wife and I stayed here in May on a motorcycle trip along the PCH. The hotel is by the ocean - right next to it! And the price was great for the location. We didn't stay in the room much, but did so much just outside of the hotel. We arrived at 6PM and checked in. We ate at the Moonstone Bar and Grill next door which is a great restaurant where you can dine outside and see the ocean and the sunset. We then went back to the hotel and sat outside on the huge chairs they have all around the property. We sat in front of the hotel and watched the sunset while sipping libations. It was beautiful. Then we crossed the street from the hotel and went along the ocean path at dusk. Saw the seals playing with each other and enjoyed the moonlit night along the water. I say that this is a wonderful place and Helga at the front desk is very helpful. The rooms are not much in the way of amenities but who cares! There is a fridge, cable television a shower with soaps and shampoos as well as a heater. The WiFi is fast and strong. The bed is firm! There is a heated pool and a jacuzi. The grounds are clean and pretty. Plenty of parking. Get a room on the 2nd floor where you can see the ocean too but you won't be in your room much.

Loved it here and will stay again. The price is too good for the location. Other places were sold out and were over $200. This place was under $150 and some rooms were under $120.

Room Tip: Room 2 has the best view of the ocean but rooms 3 through 10 are all very good with a great view as...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MarkEads, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Dear Jholinger,

Thank you staying at Castle Inn and for sharing your experience with other TripAdvisor readers. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the hotel, the service, the location and the value we offer our guests.
We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Cambria.

Warm Regards,
The Team at Castle Inn
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Address: 6620 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Castle Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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