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3.5 of 5 Resort   |   9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452-9724   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
Elkton, Maryland
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27 hotel reviews
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“Best Western Cavalier was the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2007

My friend and I were flying in to California from the east coast and decided to visit San Simeon in route to southern California. We stayed at the Cavalier on April 2nd and 3rd. We drove up from the airport at San Luis Obispo and decided to stop for lunch in Morro Bay. We asked in town and were told that Giovanni's was a good place to go-I am originally from New England and love good seafood that is reasonably priced and served in a very casual setting. I asked for a hot dog stand styled seafood place and Giovanni's fit the bill. We waited in line for more than an hour to place our order and then another 20 minutes or so to get our food, but it was worth the wait. The oysters, fish and squid were superb! We then continued north.
The landscape changed considerably the further north we got. Seeing the ocean along the roadway was wonderful.

I had called the hotel directly to make my reservation. I spoke with Christine. Originally we were only going to spend one night in San Simeon and then stay one night in Solvang. Her comment was "You will be sorry. If you can do it, 2 nights will be perfect." I thought about her comment and decided to take her advice. I cancelled the Solvang reservation and told her that we would like to stay for 2 nights at the Cavalier. She called me back a few minutes later asking
me if I was fond of Champagne. I told her that I really was not. She then offered red wine and I was delighted. She promised to have a
bottle sent to me room (it was my birthday). We got an ocean front room and soon after we arrived there was a knock on the door and a full bottle of wine (superb!) with wine glasses were delivered. The entire experience was wonderful. We stay on the ground floor and were
never disturbed by other guests either from above or those surrounding us. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was okay.
I am never fond of doors that open in and interfere with accessing the toilet (sometimes difficult to flush), but the marble tiles throughout were lovely. The shower had good water pressure. The hand soap at the sink was that wonderful glycerine that I adore! The fireplace was a nice touch but getting it started was difficult. We really needed more than one of the chemical packs that the hotel provided to ignite it. The "logs" provided are slices of chemical logs like the ones you would buy whole, only without the paper wrapping around them.

We never actually had the log slices ignite for any length of time.
We had breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. Our food was delicious. The service was very pleasant and we thorooughly enjoyed the coffee. My friend, who is a coffee afficiando, asked for a cup to go. I fell asleep before the bonfires started (I was on eastern time) but my friend watched them from our room. The setup was very clever with seating provided around each of the three.

We were not far from the heated pool and hot tub. We thoroughly anjoyed the hot tub. We went to Hearst Castle and took Tour 1. We returned to the hotel to relax and then went back to the Visitor's Center to see the National Geographic movie on Hearst and the building of the castle (the movie is included with the cost of the tour). The hotel is only 3 miles or so from the castle so it is a very short drive. Then we drove north 6 or 7 miles to see the elephant seals along the beach. It was fascinating to watch them and see the other "watchers" respectful of seals.

We went to Cambria, a delightful little town a few minutes south of San Simeon to find a drugstore. It was about 8:15 in the morning and the pharmacy we found was not going to open until 9. We went next door to a lovely produce/fancy food store and bought a newspaper. We asked the cashier if the pharmacy typically opened on time. It was serendipity that the many behind us runs the drugstore a block away. He asked us what we needed and said that he would open his store for us. He did and we were grateful. I can't imagine that happening at home.

One more lovely touch at the hotel: there were paper towels outside of the rooms so that one could clean the car windows of the sea/salt residue. How thoughtful! We had a lovely 2 days in the area.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2007

What a wonderful hotel!
--3 miles from Hearst San Simeon Monument (Hearst "Castle")
--Spectacular views
--Beautiful beaches and rugged coastline
--Unusual wildlife. There is an elephant seal rookery a few miles north of the hotel and zebras that roam the hillsides!
--"Bonfires" are lit each morning at 6:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 until 11:30 p.m. in the large chimineas located at the edge of the property. What a great way to relax and enjoy the pounding surf and stay warm, too.
--Jane at the front desk and Tara in the restaurant (and all the other hotel folks) are outstanding examples of stellar customer service. Not only are they incredibly friendly and helpful, but they are extremely knowledgeable of the area and made excellent recommendations regarding activities "not to miss" in the area.
--The room was spacious, exceptionally clean, and quiet. We were fortunate enough to have Room 126, which has a spectacular view of the ocean--very unusual for what's usually termed a "Standard" room. We were delightfully surprised to find a mini "honor" bar in our room with the most reasonably priced items--not just liquor, but pretzels, cookies, and even Gummy Bears!
We definitely recommend the Cavalier as an outstanding hotel in San Simeon. We'll certainly return soon!
(The photographs by the other travelers are a very accurate representation of the area.)

  • Liked — Beautiful location; friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • Disliked — There's nothing negative to say about the Cavalier!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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McLean, VA
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2007

We stayed one night and wished we had time to stay longer. We had two ocean front rooms with balconies that looked out over the Pacific Ocean. The sound of the waves as we slept was incredible. The wood burning stove in the room made it cozy since it gets rather cool at night. The room was spotless. I particularly appreciated the heat lamp in the bathroom which made it toasty in the morning for a shower. The hotel is in a wonderful location -- a couple miles from Hearst Castle and right near a delightful town called Cambria which has lots of interesting little shops and restaurants. The next time we visit Hearst Castle, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Location on the ocean
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2007

Recently a good friend and I were planning a birthday trip down the California coast Hwy 1. Our first stop was San Simeon, CA; I read lots of different lodging reviews for the area, including tripadvisor. I ended up following the advice and recommendations of the reviews. And boy, they were spot on for this property; it's a step up from the ‘average’ Best Western experience. Check-in/out was a breeze; the staff was friendly and informative. Our room was immaculately clean and we were provided with a very nice selection of shower amenities. The hotel is located on a beautiful stretch of beach. In the evenings, the hotel staff stocks and lights 3 firepits located on the lawn overlooking the ocean. My friend and I sat there for a long time talking, enjoying the full moon and stars, keeping warm on a chilly night. The adjacent restaurant offered good quality food, and attentive service. I recommend this place for anyone looking to relax for a day or two. On our drive down the coast the next morning, we stopped in Cambria, CA what a wonderful town. Don't miss the local art galleries, the magic store on main street (the Village Wizard) and the gas station has great gifts for sale.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New York City, New York
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2007

Right on the beach, floor to ceiling sliding doors, binoculars and deck chairs provided, very clean and quiet. Only problem was no breakfast, only an in-room coffeemaker. But would stay again, and eat in the restaurant just across the parking lot (where we dined the
night before.) Highly recommended, although it is a bit expensive for
the spareness of the decor.

  • Liked — Location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — Plain decor
  • Stayed August 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2007

If you are looking for a property at the top end of a 'motel' experience, the Cavalier is the place to stay. Not a full-blown 'spa' or 'resort', but definitely a lot more than just a place to spend the night in safety and comfort. The staff at both the hotel and the adjacent coffee shop were warm, friendly and helpful. Our room was very clean, very well equiped and comfortable. They put us on 'Kings Row' which had balconies or patios with an unobstructed, panoramic view of the shoreline, looking over a park-like area. That area has walking paths and bonfires that were lit at both sunset and sunrise. It is a short drive (just a couple of miles) to Hearst Castle, elephant seal viewing areas and the lovely little town of Cambria.

  • Liked — View and room
  • Disliked — bathroom pretty standard
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington the state
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47 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2007

We were traveling north on CA1 with our small dog when we discovered this gem of a motel. It is beautifully kept-up and spacious. We had a ground floor ocean view unit with king bed. The room was spacious and very clean with a fireplace, wet bar, table, 2 chairs, sliding door to a patio with table and two chairs, large bath room with nice marble tub/shower and included all the amenities found 4 star hotels, eg; iron, iron board, robes, and all personal care products. The front dest is VERY helpful and courteous and accepts dogs without lots of restrictions. There are two pools, wieghtroom, spa and beautiful grounds that slope to 3 fire pits that are lit each night overlooking the ocean (weather permitting). There is a restaurant connected to this motel and a small shopping center to the other side with convention facilities.
Our only mistake in staying at this motel--we stayed only one night. It deserves a longer visit. If you are in the San Simeon area, make this your home away from home.

  • Liked — convenient, clean and friendly
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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:
Beach 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:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort 3.5*
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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