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“Great Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
1215 Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405   |  
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Ranked #11 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Los Angeles
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We booked the one bedroom spa Suite and thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was clean and in good shape. One can always argue with the decor as all tastes are different.

The room has a small private patio that housed the hot tub. The patio had two chairs and a table. We whiled away the evenings drinking local wine and soaking in the hot tub.

We did not take advantage of the spa services so are unable to comment on them. We are return visitors to this resort and have stayed in the West Meadows rooms, but prefer the One Bedroom Queen Spa Suites.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SycamoreGuestService, Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, May 24, 2012
Dear Guest, thank you so much for taking the time to share your "Great Getaway" experience with us. We hope we have the pleasure to welcome you both back in the near future so that you can enjoy more local wine and a relaxing hot tub soak under our century old Sycamore trees.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

Spend the money and stay in the meadows. The other properties ate rum down rat traps. Too bad the management is so greedy and short term thinking. Paradise ruined.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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SycamoreGuestService, Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Dear Guest, as we have discussed in person, on the phone and via email, we are sorry that we did not meet your expectations during your recent stay. We did everything we could to help make your stay a pleasant one. I appreciate the opportunity to clarify a few of your comments regarding your stay with us. The front desk staff discussed the issues at length with this guest, and then the general manager spoke to the guest for over 20 minutes. The guest was informed that the rooms he stayed in had new beds and new carpet, and that new furniture would be delivered in two weeks. We offered an upgrade at a discount rate and the guest refused.

The guest mentioned mice outside. However, as these rooms are situated amongst the trees on a beautiful hillside, guests will occasionally see squirrels, raccoons, deer, and, though rarely, a mouse outside. Naturally, we have a professional service that deals with any “creature” issues. We have a first-rate housekeeping team that does an excellent job in cleaning the rooms.

The owner and general manager have been and will continue to renovate and refurbish the property resort-wide. And our staff takes great pride in Sycamore and strives to make our guest’s experience a wonderful one.
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We just got back from a two night stay here and we loved it. The rooms were a little outdated and they could have used some outdoor furniture, but we loved the private hot springs. There was no need to use the other hot springs pools on the property if you book a room with your own hot springs tub. (For the other pools there is an extra charge per hour to use them.) There are trails to hike and classes are offered a few times a day. We ate dinner at the restaurant and it was very good food. Great place overall.

Room Tip: We stayed in the harmony building 2nd floor and loved the location.
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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
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

This was a great place to start our vacation. You can hike up a small mountain with great views or into Avila, an ocean-side resort community, soak in a private hot tub in the trees, or drive into San Luis Obispo. Some people mentioned fees. I added up the facilities charge, the hot tub charges, even breakfast one morning and came to the same price as a nice hotel in Santa Barbara. So you can't say it's too expensive. Why not 5 stars? I suppose one can always nitpick. I've stayed in more fashionable rooms and the walk to the historic breakfast room and tubs was through the parking lot. Overall though, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay we'll be back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

had reservations for 2 days ended up staying 3.room-excellent,service-excellent,hotel grounds and neighboring Avila Beach a real pleasure at this time of year.Fat Cats restaurant an added plus on a foggy morning.Room,better than expected. In room hot tub was fresh water outside tubs mineral water. just a great time with nothing to complain about.

Room Tip: we stayed in the newer area,JOURNEY. there are pictures on the web site and the room was better than...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We didn't stay here, we just went to the mineral springs. They're $13.50 during the week and $17.50 Fri-Sun per person. But it was $35 well spent! Each spring tub is completely secluded from the others, so you have a private location. The water is beautifully warm and soft, and each tub has a sheltered patio area around it for changing or relaxing by the tub. We had one right up the hill (quite a few stairs) with a lovely view down the mountain - but we could barely hear anyone else and couldn't see anyone at all.

It's worth booking if you go in the evening or weekend - we were told we'd have to wait up to 1 hour for a free tub, but after 10 minutes were called through from the bar as one had come free.

The staff are helpful and friendly - the whole place has a lovely, romantic atmosphere. They do tubs for two people up to around 5 or 6 I think. To avoid extra charges take your own towels.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

This hotel had a Spa the patio of our room and to our disappointment, the water wreaked of Sulfer. We stayed here on our way to San Francisco looking to enjoy the wonderful hot springs the hotel advertises and the smell of Sulfer led us back to the room. We enjoyed ordered in-room dining and enjoyed our wine.

Sycamore was just a place to stay, nothing more than this.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

Address: 1215 Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort rests atop hot mineral springs and spans more than 100 acres of forest, hills and meadows on the picturesque Central Coast of California. An authentic California resort, the property features hillside mineral springs hot tubs, a beautiful spa, the Gardens of Avila Restaurant, a labyrinth, private balcony hot tubs, meditation gardens, and wide selection of mind-body classes in our Yoga Dome. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort -located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is just a short walk to the ocean and close to award-winning wineries, golf courses, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo. Escape to our historic resort voted best Spa and Weekend Getaway on the Central Coast. Experience rustic elegance in a serene and relaxing environment surrounded with the best California has to offer. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel San Luis Obispo
Sycamore Springs
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
Mineral Resort Springs Sycamore

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