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“Good staff but needs refurbishment” 3 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452-9724   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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Plymouth
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40 hotel reviews
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“Good staff but needs refurbishment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

We stayed at the Cavalier Beach Front Motel in San Simeon for 1 night as we wanted to visit Hearst Castle the next day and the motel is well located for this.

As with most "Worst Western" hotels, our room was in need of updating and refurbishment and was a huge disappointment. It was both dark and not particularly well cleaned which gave a bad first impression.

The location on the beach was nice though and the pool is inviting even when there is a cold Pacific wind blowing in. Also there is free ample parking which was a positive.

There is a restaurant in the complex and the standard of the food and the staff were both really good.

This is probably the best place to stay in San Simeon (which is more of a collection of motels than a village) however I doubt wether we would want to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

We have always found it hit and miss with B.W. Some have been really nice while some have been dumps. Other than the facts that you are out in the middle of nowhere and that cell phone reception is poor and that the free Internet is very slow, we have nothing but good things to say. This is the closest hotel to Hearst Castle, which we think is more spectacular than Buckingham Palace or Versailles. It is located on the beach side of Hwy 1 with good ocean views from most rooms. The windows open to the fresh sea air; the bed is very comfortable...we had the best sleeps of our trip here. Towels are thick and large and quality Neutrogena products are provided. There is a refrigerator in the room to store your snacks. We ate breakfast and dinner in the restaurant on site - the meals were good and very reasonably priced (make your dinner reservation when you check in, it gets busy).

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2009

Stayed at this hotel for 1 night to visit Hearst Castle. After extensive research found this to be a good location, although a little more pricey that we wanted to pay, but rooms were very clean and comfortable. Beach location which was nice as we saw dolphins and apparently even whales are spotted from time to time! Restaurant on site (no complimentary breakfast), so had dinner and breakfast the following day which was reasonably priced and good quality. A good hotel to choose, especially if visiting Hearst Castle.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Indio, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

My husband I stayed here while visiting Hearst Castle. It was recommended to me by a coworker and we loved the location. We stayed in a ground level ocean view room. The hotel doesn't look like much from the road/parking lot but the ocean view is fantastic! The staff was very nice and helpful. The room was nice, with binoculars in the room for wildlife viewing. We sat on our patio and watched dophins and a couple of late season whales. There isn't much activity in San Simeon but if you want to relax, walk on the beach, watch the ocean life, enjoy a night time bonfire or visit Hearst Castle this is a really great place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

My husband and I stayed at an Ocean View room at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort over July 4th weekend while visiting Hearst Castle, Big Sur, and Monterey. The hotel is conveniently located along HWY-1 about 5-minute drive south of Hearst Castle.

Pros:
1. 5-minute drive from Hearst Castle
2. Unlike some hotels on the other side of HWY-1, the Best Western is located on the oceanfront. Excellent view of the Pacific and perfect place to watch the sunset.
3. Clean and comfortable room
4. Friendly staff - Ken at the front desk was extremely helpful!
5. Good restaurant on site - we had dinner and breakfast there. The food is yummy and reasonably priced.

Cons:
1. Not exactly a resort as there isn't much to do.
2. No air conditioning. (Most hotels around the area have the same problem.)
3. The television in our room is quite old. Maybe the Ocean Front rooms have more modern TVs!

Overall, we are happy with the stay and would recommend this to a friend.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2009

Stayed in San Simeon as a stop over from San Fran to LA and wish we stayed longer! The hotel was perfect. Quintessential california. Loved everything about it, from the dinner next door to the friendly all american staff. Didnt have tome to really check out the area oor all of the facilities but I can honestly say this is one of the nicest hotels i've stayed in.
The bed was huge and comfy. If your planning a stop over as part of a driving holiday then def stay for longer than one night. The beach looked lovely, although a bit gusty while we were there and apparantly Hearst castle is worth a visit too.
Its dead easy to find right on the main road backing straight on to the ocean.
The fire pits in the evening are so lovely but put a jumper on - it got quite chilly.
All in all a lovely lovely hotel that i wished we didnt have to leave.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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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hinckley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2009

very large rooms with fireplace and someone that comes round with matches * firelighters ! great ocean views

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452-9724
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Full-service hotel, the only oceanfront resort property in San Simeon, situated 3 miles south of Hearst Castle. ... more   less 
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