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“Hearst Castle 3 miles away and a beach within walking distance” 3 of 5 stars
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Quality Inn San Simeon
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9260 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452 (Formerly El Rey Garden Inn)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 10 hotels in San Simeon
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Hearst Castle 3 miles away and a beach within walking distance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We chose this hotel for it's close proximity to Hearst Castle, and because it was close to the beach.

When we arrived we found the receptionist quite abrupt. We rang the bell only once for attention, and she appeared remarking to us that she had already told us twice that she was coming to see us. Needless to say something we did not expect or appreciate.

Our room had a small balcony and it was located on level 2 overlooking a small garden area. It was quiet and tranquil. The room was large with plenty of space. The down side was that the toilet was crooked against the wall, and was temperamental when flushed making a noise.

Breakfast was a disappointment, tables were not cleaned after use, the waste bin was full and it seemed like 10 minutes before someone came to fill up the orange juice and provide more food for the guests. Not sure if there was a staffing issue.

Room Tip: Second floor room overlooking garden
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sao Paulo, SP
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19 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stopped for a night here after doing the hw 1 all day. The room was clean and big with lcd tv. The price was the averege (80) . It has breakfast , free parking and free internet. It has a nice restaurant too, one of the best of the region (manta rey restaurant)

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Woodbridge
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Booked this motel on a package deal. I guess for the price, we could not beat it. The staff were friendly and the rooms were comfy and clean. They offered a Continental Breakfast which consist of coffee, pastries, waffles, cereals and juices. Our package deal came with two dinner vouchers at their restaurant and two tickets for 1 tour at Hearst Castle. Overall, good place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is our favourite hotel that we stayed in whilst in America. We did get a room upgrade to one of the rooms overlooking the sea...but boy was it worth it. The room was spacious, comfortable and had a wood burner which we made use of that night as it got pretty chilly.
The minibar is packed with food and drink and is the best value of anywhere we have ever stayed. They also had a good quality coffee maker and toiletries.
At night they light fires on the beach which you can go sit next to, and it was lovely to go to sleep and wake up listening to the sea.
We found our room to be very clean and neat.

The restaurant food is ok, diner kind of fare reasonably priced. The staff are great and really friendly. Free plentiful parking. There is also a laundrette and small exercise area on site although we didn't use these.

Good location if you are driving up the coast towards San Fran...its about half way between La and SF...Also Hearst Castle is nearby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakeland, Florida
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44 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Motel needs work. We did not have a reservation on the night we stopped here and were glad to have a place to sleep. However there was no air conditioning in the room and we had to leave the sliding glass door open leaving us very vunerable to intruders. I would expect carpets to be clean, but were well beyond cleaning. The bed was good but the pillows were awful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Monica, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

This hotel is nothing special, with the only exemption been the rooms on the second floor overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and spectacular sunset views. However I have to warn you that the cleanliness in the room could be a lot better. For example:

- Carpet was heavily stained and it showed quite dirty
- There were dust underneath the bed, gum and trash that wasn’t mine. (I was not inspecting the room, but It was visible from where I was sitting while on my computer.
- The Bathtub was stained, and the shower panel quite old.

On the other hand here are some conveniences of this hotel:

- Restaurant on site is convenient, but prices are stiff, and the food isn’t the best, service however was good.
- Heated Pool
- Free WI-FI (This is a must for me)
- Free Breakfast (Cannot say much since I did not eat breakfast here)

I’m still debating whether or not I would come back to this place. I guess most probably not as I would prefer I cleaner hotel even if I have to drive a little for another amazing sunset.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I first stayed here several years ago and it was a good basic place to stay. This time we were looking for a good simple place for a 1 night stay and we choose here.

The hotel has had a great makeover since I stayed here first time, it feels modern, fresh, and clean.

5 of us stayed in a room with 2 double beds and a sofa bed. There was enough space for all of us. The room was very clean and had everything we needed including a separate shower / toilet room.

The pool areas was large enough for many families to sit around the pool. In the evening there was a BBQ near the poolside and the food was very good with the most expensive item being $6. There was also a Happy Hour bar from 5:30-7:30pm. Many drinks were free, other drinks could be purchased.

The only downside was that the bar closed once Happy Hour was over, it wold be great if this could changed.

We only planned to stay for 1 night but we would've been happy to stay longer.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 9260 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452 (Formerly El Rey Garden Inn)
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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 Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 10 hotels in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Quality Inn San Simeon 2*
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