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“Great Value, Beautiful, Quiet, Romantic” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Beverly Hills, California
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“Great Value, Beautiful, Quiet, Romantic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

I stay at sycamore springs every year since my mid 20's. It is so romantic, and peaceful. You don't have to leave the premises with the restaurant and bar on site, labyrinth, a walk on bob jones trail, and a hike with a breathtaking view up the mountain. It's price is similar to a less-than Marriott in the area, so why not pay a bit more and have a better experience with a private mineral tub in the room? Whenever I travel up the coast to San Fran from LA, I always stop here for 1-3 nights. I wish I could live here forever. It's clean, peaceful, and close to nature. It's the place I fell in love with my boyfriend....

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 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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SycamoreGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. We are certainly pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback and we appreciate your loyalty to Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. We hope to have the honor to host your next stay on the beautiful Central Coast.
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Rating summary
  • 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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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The main reason to stay here is here is the unique sulfur-fed hot spring tubs that they have for each room. They have several different room styles. We have stayed in one hill-side room and also stayed in the Meadow Suites three times. The cost is really based on having the hot tubs I think because the level of the rooms/service in that area doesn't justify the rates. That said, it is a great place to feel like you are getting away from it all and have the great relaxation of a private hot tub for your room. The sulfur-springs really are unbelievably relaxing. It is a quick drive down to the ocean area and there are lots of hiking trails nearby as well as San Luis Obispo. So its a great romatic/relaxing get-away just a little too pricey for the quality of the rooms and level of service.

Room Tip: If you want a suite type room and more privacy, pick the ones that are the Meadows suites. They are...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SycamoreGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts on your recent experience at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed the hot tub experience at the resort. We appreciate your loyalty and we hope to have the honor of serving you again in the future!
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Brussels, Belgium
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We liked this hotel because it was in a beautiful part of California, the food was good and the rooms were comfortable detached huts in the middle of the forest, We even had deer one morning eating peacefully under our window.
The huts are very spacious, the decor a bit old for our taste but the jacuzzi on the terrace under the stars made up for it.
It is hiking distance from Avila beach but a bit too close to the highway

Room Tip: Chose the suits across the road
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, Guest Relations Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thank you for your time while writing about your experience at our resort. We always enjoy hearing feedback from our guests. What a great story you shared about the deer out your window, the natural environment that we are located in is just amazing! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to having you stay with us again!
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I went on road trip with my parents. We arrived late and checked in the room, we like the suite when we walk into the room, big living room and soft beds. However, we were shocked when we walked into the bathroom. Guess what we found? Yes, cockroaches!! 5 or 6 were in the shower and another 2 were running on the floor!!! The front desk was friendly and we were really tired that time, so we just ask them to change the room for us, but we still feel uncomfortable as you can't expect roaches when you spend $200 per night! Very disappointment with the cleanliness!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SycamoreGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
We are very pleased that the front desk was responsive to the situation. Of course we understand your concern. Our pest control team investigated and those in fact were not cockroaches but little “pill” bugs. As we are situated on 100 acres amongst the trees, on occasion an insect will be found in the room. We do have our pest control company do regular inspections and treatments.
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Just returned home from a 2 night escape vacation at SMS. We were 2 couples at the King Suites (Compassion and Cozy). Spacious and clean, each with a 2 person spa on a private deck.
Bob Jones Trail to Avila Beach was just next to our suites. A pleasant 45 minutes easy stroll.
We have decided on The Garden of Avila for our first night dinner. We all selected the Chef's Choice which was superbly delicious, and the service was just wonderful (contrary to some complaints which I carefully read on this website).
I will definitely come back!!!

  • Stayed June 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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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Sycamore springs was a beautiful and amazing place for a quick mid-week escape. We did the "Spring Spa Getaway" package for three nights - this came with two spa treatments. Food was high quality and about as expensive as you would expect for a spa resort. Our room was amazing! I highly recommend the suites across the road. Staff was friendly and helpful - room service is a huge plus. Private mineral hot tub in the room is totally worth the extra splurge

Room Tip: 1 bedroom suites with private mineral hot tubs are located across the road - but worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I found this site online, and thought that it would be a fun and romantic experience to rent one of the hot springs tubs one evening while we were in CA, far away from our New England home for our 30th anniversary. I am so glad that I did not book online sight unseen. We decided to go to the Spa to make the reservation, and fortunately, viewed the tubs before booking. While I expected the sulfur smell, I didn't expect what we found. The tubs we checked out were unsightly; looked unclean and neglected, with trapped bugs and tree droppings in spider webs all around inside the privacy enclosures. Just sweeping those out would go a long way to making a person feel better about putting their body into a public tub, which by itself also looks unappealing with dirty frothy topped water. We did not book or utilize the property in any way as a result of this.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SycamoreGuestService, Guest Relations Manager at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
We are in the process of refurbishing all the hot tubs that need it. We have already updated many of them. As the tubs are located on a heavily treed hillside, leaves and debris do get blown into the tub on occasion, even though we thoroughly clean the tubs daily. The “frothy” water is because of the natural minerals that can leave colors of oxidation in our hot tubs.
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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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