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“Excellent Location for Hearst Castle” 4 of 5 stars
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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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“Excellent Location for Hearst Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My wife and I have stayed at perhaps five hotels in the Cambria and San Simeon locales over the last five years. This time we booked at The Morgan, on the ocean side of Highway 1 in San Simeon.

We came away impressed. The location is excellent for walking to the coastal plains overlooking the sea to the south of town, and a quick car ride to either Hearst Castle or the pier at San Simeon. Cambria if five minutes by car. We encountered three different clerks during our stay, and all were both helpful and cheerful.

When we checked in the clerk asked about what we were going to be doing -- in order to help us if at all possible. When we mentioned dinner first, her recommendation was our favorite restaurant on Moonstone Beach. She knew what she was talking about!

The rooms are spacious; the bathrooms also. The beds were just the right combination of firmness and plushness. Views however - all around - are parking lot. The hotel is distant enough from the ocean that even west-facing rooms have no real ocean view. (All hotels in San Simeon are located away from the beach.)

The lobby are is tastefully decorated with ample seating. . The complimentary breakfast is served just off the lobby, and unlike other hotels we've encountered there is ample seating for dining guests.

The grounds of the hotel are rather small, with no real outdoor areas to enjoy. That's why we walked to the ocean - a short 5-minute distance. For the room itself, my only complaint would be the lack of a desk -- making using my computer a bit difficult leaning over a small table.

We would return. This is not a hotel where you would spend a great deal of time, but that should be the case for anyone visiting the many sights and attractions of this area. The time you do spend there is comfortable and warm.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

The bed was comfortable and the room clean. This hotel is very wen and tired looking. The continental breakfast was diml so e went to Cambria for breakfast instead. You can hear the waves but no view since there are homes between the hotel and the cliff like beach. The best western might be a better choice.

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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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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
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Also Known As:
The Morgan San Simeon
Morgan Hotel San Simeon
Address: 9135 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in San Simeon
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Morgan at San Simeon - A Broughton Hotel 3.5*
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