The Moonstone beach location of the Fireside Inn in Cambria can't be beat. Its directly across from the boardwalk with easy access to the bluffs and the beach. We enjoyed viewing the otters from the boardwalk in early morning and early evening. As an added bonus, this end of Moonstone Beach Drive is also the quietest.
The hotel is clean, beds were comfortable and they provided a free mini-fridge where you can store beverages etc. We had an ocean view room with a little patio, and it was very charming to sit there and watch the sun set (or decend into the fog as they case may be). The bathroom was weird. There is a large *jet* tub, but it looks really old with cracked dials. While clean, it wasn't something I wanted to get into. The water pressure was adequate in the shower.
The pool and hot tub area looked nice, but we didn't have a chance to use them. The onetime we considered it, the small pool was filled with young children (as was the jacuzzi). The office does provide free pool towles on request.
The staff was okay but not stellar. While we were checked in promptly, our front desk clerk couldn't advise on restaurants or other local venues. He repeatedly tried to tell us we couldn't get dinner in Cambria after 8:30pm on a Saturday. Absolutely not true; both Robin's and the
Cambria Pub and Steakhouse were serving until 10am that night.
But the only real reason why this motel is getting an average (as opposed to very good) rating is value. $350/night is a lot to pay for any motel. That's a luxury price for a simple place to lay your head.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our coastal hotel features a year-round heated pool and spa, complimentary hot breakfast, beach cottage accommodations with fireplaces and easy access to the Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, wineries, shops and farm-to-table dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Fireside Inn On Moonstone Beach Hotel Cambria
- Best Western Cambria
- Cambria Fireside Inn
- Cambria Best Western