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The Morgan at San Simeon - A Broughton Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   9135 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452   |  
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“Perfect for one night stay near Hearst Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Very large and confortable room with a super bathroom. Complementary breakfast in the average served just in front of the small swimming pool.
It's a good place to stop over the night during the road trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco, just few miles from the Castle and not so far from the south entrance of Big Sur (definitively the best and wild part of that costline). Good guestbook recommendations.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Very nice room with gas fireplace. Open the window and hear the sound of the Pacific Ocean waves crashing on the beach. Also, a short drive on the service road leads to the beach to watch the sunset and dinner at the Cavalier Restaurant was excellent for the price.

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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Nice hotel- good bed! We asked for upstairs room to see ocean but trees were in the way .. However we did hear ocean all night which was nice and I wouldn't have felt comfortable doing that on the ground floor. Becky at front office was a sweetheart and very helpful.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This was a last minute reservation so our choices were limited for August tourist season. We had planned to drive from San Francisco to the LA area and decided to stop at Hearst Castle on the way. We figured the best way to do this would be to stay overnight nearby and do the Castle first thing in the morning. It was a little more than I wanted to spend for one night but some of the other choices were sold out or too far away.

The hotel has 2 bldgs and we were assigned to a room in the other bldg. I knew that they didn't have elevators so I asked for a ground floor room. It was a very nice room. No AC but fans but we didn't need it. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was a good size. There was a dressing table just outside the bathroom so that helped w/ getting ready in the morning. There were overpriced snacks right there on the table to tempt you too!

In the hallway, they had a book of menus from restaurants located in the strip mall-type set-up on this road. There were several hotels and restaurants on this road which you can walk to. The breakfast was fine, nothing really stands out. We didn't use the pool. There was a plaza across the highway w/ further dining options and some souvenir-type shops.

It was a very nice hotel, but a little pricey. Would stay there again if no other options.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

One of the better looking hotels/motels in the area, I thought a room would be too pricey but we stopped in anyway at about 5:30 at night and got a choice of rooms. We took downstairs. The front desk was very helpful and discounted our room when we discovered the fireplace didn't work. I see someone commented about the pool looking as if it had been abandoned but it was clean and well lit. I'm not sure a guest would really need it when you've got the beach and Hearst castle right there. A very quiet, comfy place, besutifully decorated and maintained.

Room Tip: No elevators to the second floor so you older folk choose a downstairs room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Thankyou to all the staff at The Morgan. We could not have had a better experience. The hotel is stunning and to go into the beautiful KING room with real glasses and real glass cups to make yor tea or coffee. The room has just georgous decor with everything spotless.The staff bend over backwards to help with anything and terrific restaurant recommendations. The breakfast is great as well. Well done The Morgan. We will return.

Room Tip: Choose a king room. We were on main road side but there was no noise.
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Green Features: There is no airconditioning, but it is not needed as there is a beautiful sea breeze.
  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We were very happy with our 2 night stay at The Morgan. The staff at the front desk were extremely friendly; the room was large, clean and inviting (with a fireplace too); breakfast was good though not exceptional; and the location was superb! Not only is this hotel close to the Hearst Castle, it is also quite close (a few easy-to-drive miles) to the elephant seal rookery! We were able to visit the rookery 3 times (morning was definitely the BEST time for photographic lighting and fewer people). The staff has done a beautiful job selecting paint colors and room furnishings; it is also very clean. Our room faced the main road, so you could hear the traffic ~ though it was not objectionable. After leaving a nightmare stay at another hotel in Monterey, we thought we died and went to heaven when we checked into The Morgan.

One suggestion I would make to the hotel is to begin the continental breakfast service at 7 am (rather than 7:30). The first movie at the Hearst Castle begins at 8:15 am. It is essential that visitors wishing to see the movie arrive at their visitor's center by 8:00am. We had to eat on the run so that we could see the movie at 8:15 and then begin our 3 previously paid-for tours.

I would happily stay at The Morgan again!

Room Tip: A room away from the main street would probably be quieter.
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  • Stayed October 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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Address: 9135 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Morgan at San Simeon - A Broughton Hotel 3.5*
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