Originally a bit frustrated at having to book a room in San Simeon, an hour from my last-minute business trip in Pismo Beach, over the last weekend for many of summer-break & a record-breaking heatwave throughout much of Southern & Central California. Not so, after I pulled in and realized that this particular Motel 6 sits directly on California's beautiful Highway 1. When I commented on this to the check-in clerk (who was delightful and would have fit in nicely in any business class or resort environment) she promised my room would have a partial ocean-view, along with the potential of seeing some of Hurst Castle's herd of Zebra over the adjoining fence. The zebra did not opt to make an appearance, but the view turned out to be primarily ocean - a pleasant surprise.
Carpets were in need of replacement, but I suspect this is an ongoing problem with beach properties and many guests lack of courtesty and decorum. Typical signature Motel 6 lack of all the little extras, but an ocean-view room for $109/night far overshadowed the lack of the rest.
The area can not boast scenery as over-the-top-spectacular as its northern cousins, Big Sur, Carmel & Monterrey, but the strip of public beach & estuary closest to the motel are one of the loveliest I've had the pleasure of traversing anyplace else in the world. Cambria turned out to be only a three-mile drive - a charmingly quaint-though-touristy little town to the south.
I had previously only thought of San Simeon as a place to stay to see Hurst Castle, but now would not hesitate to recommend a stay at their Motel 6 as a great base for anyone on a budget wishing to experience some of the West Coast's loveliest beaches sans a sandy sleeping bag!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motel 6 San Simeon - Hearst Castle Area is 6 miles from Hearst Castle and across the street from the ocean! Some rooms offer a partial view of the ocean. Enjoy our on-site restaurant, outdoor pool and smoke free rooms. Wi-Fi is available for a fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Motel 6 San Simeon Hotel San Simeon
- Motel 6 San Simeon Hearst Castle Area
- Motel Six San Simeon
- San Simeon Motel 6
- San Simeon Motel Six