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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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Elk Grove, California
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“Great Value Near Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We were looking for a nice place near the beach in the Cambria-area for a one-night get-away--and the internet took us to San Simeon, very convenient to Hearst castle, less than 5 miles north of Cambria. When the GPS told us we were close, we were a bit worried when the nearby "motels" looked a bit run-down, but the Morgan Hotel turned out to be a GEM of a find. You will notice the upscale feel as soon as you walk in. The rooms were modern, spacious and tastefully decorated -- and I LOVED the fireplace in the room! The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast had amazing fresh-baked pastries and home-made bagels. And the end of the block had easy, free parking at the trail head of a BEAUTIFUL walk on the beach! It was everything I had hoped for...with a very reasonable price. We plan to make it a regular get-away spot.

Room Tip: Ask about the fireplace (not all rooms have them). The description says some rooms have ocean views...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We stayed the night after visiting Hearst Castle. The staff was very helpful in carrying luggage and making suggestions for dinner. There is no elevator, so we had a first floor room. Very nice adaptation for an ADA room, although not completely accessible bathroom. Lovely, ample breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

It is glad to see the night desk person handed me my "room key" - not a "key-card", the last time I use one was 1980's! Yes, when I want to open that hotel room doom I want it unlock and open as I command it. Ha! :-)
Quite little place with (using) Julia Morgan's "Morgan" as the name of the hotel.
Do need to up grade their sink in our room (#256), kind of cracks at the drain, other then that quite comfortable for the price.
They should buy off the properties between them and the beach and turn it into a open area so guest can use and view the beautiful ocean.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Location is perfect for visiting Hearst castle, we stayed here because it looked nicer than the other 'motels' nearby and the rooms were very spacious. The price was reasonable and the staff were very friendly and happy to give advice for our day ahead. It would be nice if the pool was heated (too cold to use in January) and it would be awesome if they invested in a hot tub as well. The breakfast was nice and fresh but it would be better to have more of a selection beyond cereal, boiled eggs and pastries/cupcakes. Would we stay again...yes

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile


I’m relatively confident that San Simeon exists only because it sits near the entry to Hearst Castle. If Hearst castle disappeared than San Simeon would follow suit. For us, it was a logical place to stop on our trek down the PCH to LA. It also meant that we could take our time at Hearst. A good thing as it was surprisingly impressive. Genuinely worth a visit.

San Simeon is literally three or four hotels and an unusual little corner store. It was kind of like arriving at the end of the earth which was a bit of a shock after the buzz of San Fran. It’s one of those places where you know you’ll end up eating in any overpriced hotel restaurant and that’s all there is to it. You need to grin and suck it up.

The Morgan is quite clearly a stopover hotel as I can’t imagine anyone would stay in San Simeon for more than a night. And. As a stopover hotel it performs its function well.

The hotel is divided into two wings which is a little odd. We were in the second wing which is several hundred metres from the main hotel. The room itself was a pleasant surprise and came complete with a gas fireplace. It also had several nice little touches such as reading material and perhaps the only hotel mini-bar I’ve ever seen that had reasonable prices. Everything was well presented and the bed was super comfy. Whilst it was more than adequate I’m sure the owners know that the bathrooms just have to go. They really bring the place down. Super clean but straight out of 1974.

The rate included continental breakfast and this can’t help but generate goodwill. Nothing better than a free breakfast even if it was a tad on the basic side.

It is true that the Best Western next door looked like a nicer property but, if you are only stopping overnight, then the Morgan is more than fine.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheMorgan, General Manager at The Morgan at San Simeon - A Broughton Hotel, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Thank you for your comprehensive review of your recent visit to The Morgan and San Simeon. Our beautiful rustic and rural location is certainly a big change from the big cities of San Francisco and LA.

You are correct Hearst Castle is one of the main draws to the area. Many people visit for the natural beauty of the area, outdoor sports as well as visiting the Paso Robles Wine Country.

I am pleased to say that we will be doing a bathroom re-model over the next couple of months; we will be bringing those bathroom sinks and vanities into the 21st century!
Thank you again for your review!

Michele Berry
General Manager
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Brookings, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This hotel is about halfway between wine country and LA on route 1, and very close to Hearst Castle. The rooms were quite spacious and really nice; ours included a gas fireplace. The bed was very comfortable, the shower hot and strong, and the staff excellent and helpful; the receptionist even helped me print out some directions using her computer at the front desk! The complimentary breakfast was fine. The WiFi access was free, but very slow (the hotel apologizes for that), as the area is remote. It is a short walk from the ocean, and it is pleasant to walk there in the early evening and morning. And the cost was very modest!

Room Tip: No elevator, so rooms on the second floor require you to carry your bags up 16 steps.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We stayed for one night on our way to San Jose so we could visit Hearst Castle. I checked the hotel out on trip advisor and thought it looked good for the price! We arrived late afternoon and were given our key to a ground floor room just off reception. The room was enormous, the bed huge, the bathroom was great! There was a fridge and coffee machine in the room. We drove to Hearst Castle to book a tour for the next morning and then we returned to The Morgan and were recommended to eat at the Cavalier restaurant along the road. Good choice, the food was excellent. We returned to the hotel and went to bed early as we had an early start in the morning. The bed was very comfortable and we had a good nights sleep. Breakfast started at 7am (included in the room price) it was a continental breakfast, there was a good choice of cereal, yoghurt, toast, muffins and waffles if you wanted to make them and fruit. Coffee was good and there was hot tea for my husband. I would recommend this hotel for a short break. The pool looked great but we did not stay long enough to use it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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*
Number of rooms: 55
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