Easily this is the nicest hotel in San Simeon or near the Hearst Castle. My wife and I walked into the Best Western asking about room availability. Knowing that the hotel is on the beach and near the Castle we expected higher rates, we are budget travelers and do not typically pay a lot for rooms. The room rate was good but once we entered the room it became a bargain. We chose the lowest rate room at this BW and wow what a surprise, a large room, nicely furnished, the bed was amazing comfortable and all was very clean. Then to top everything off the room comes with sounds of the ocean (we live in Minnesota, this is special).
The front desk staff was very helpful and friendly. We will be making a return visit because the PCH north of San Simeon had several wash out closing the road to Big Sur, Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula. We will stay here again and highly recommend that you do too.