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The Rigdon House

4022 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-3002
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#7 of 15 hotels in Cambria
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Located in the heart of historic downtown Cambria, The Rigdon House is a famed Cambrian landmark dating back to 1865. The Rigdon House showcases impressive two-room suites with more than 600 square feet of comfortably elegant space. Family suites provide parents and their children uncompromising comfort with private bedrooms and cable TV. A three minute drive to the beautiful coastal beaches, The Rigdon House is a delightful hotel, set in the midst of fine dining, shops, and unique galleries. Indulge yourself with the timeless historical elegance of one of the most celebrated hotels in Cambria.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary tea
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Wine / champagne
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Hwkay wrote a review Jan 2021
15 contributions9 helpful votes
My husband and I have stayed at the Rigdon House every couple of months for the last several years at least, and are never disappointed. They don’t miss any details, from the clean and comfortable historic rooms, to the adorable library with books and games to enjoy, to the happy hour and kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy. We love the fire pit on the back patio, to sit by and relax together with a drink. We also love that the hotel is centrally located in Cambria within walking distance from many restaurants and shops, so we don’t have to drive anywhere except to the beach which is a very short drive away. Despite COVID, we have continued to visit the Rigdon House every couple months as our regular getaway location, and they have done a great job keeping up amazing service and cleanliness. Due to Covid, the hosted happy hour has temporarily been suspended but they so generously give each room a bottle of complimentary wine to enjoy instead. The staff are always so kind and accommodating, the rooms clean and comfortable, so we wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Cambria or the surrounding area. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Carolyn Spencer Brown wrote a review Nov 2020
Chestertown, Maryland491 contributions419 helpful votes
Rigdon House OK, a little bit of a mixed review. First I have to say that the only other times (probably a dozen) I've stayed in Cambria I've rented a vacation house/cottage/villa. They are plentiful, reasonable, and comfortable and I love having a place to myself. This trip was shorter than usual and very last minute, and so, knowing the town, and wanting to be right in-town (rather than out on Moonstone Beach which is lovely but is a car drive to anywhere), I booked a suite at the Rigdon House. It was extremely reasonable, and that's great. I also investigated the property on TripAdvisor's reviews, and was heart-warmed by the pattern of raves, especially about the staff. Understand this: It's possible that my expectations were too high. I get that. But I didn't feel it -- I felt frustrated here. It seems understaffed. There never, ever seemed to be anyone at the front desk, whether you're checking in or asking for a glass of wine at the admittedly generous happy hour. Never. You're told to call a number when you arrive (if no one is at the desk) or if you're waiting to be served at happy hour but no one ever responded to those calls (and I was in the lobby one night when a newly arriving couple checked in, figured out the deal, and called the number, and just sort of stood there for 10 minutes until a staffer returned). What's the point of calling if there's no answer? The human touch was missing. You never got the sense there was a manager, someone who took responsibility. Just a pair of young staffers who seemed to do the best they could with little support but also weren't as friendly and outgoing as the previous reviews had led us to believe. Again, maybe it's because there's only one staff person there at a time, but that's why this is a 3-star property and not a 4-star destination. It could be a 4-star so easily because the property is centrally located and really pretty. But here's the other thing. The rooms are cold, in terms of decoration. Our suite on the first floor had a living room and bedroom but there was no separation (or at the very least a curtain, so if one of us was up watching TV the other didn't have to). Furnishings were sparse; there was a darling armchair in the corner of the bedroom but it was so dark (no lamp) that it didn't serve the purpose of providing a lovely reading nook. Not enough lamps full stop. Plugs fell out of outlets. We moved the uselessly located comfy chair from the bedroom to the living room and then at least the living room felt more cozy. And we loved the obviously recently re-done bathroom (very HGTV) but the fact that there was not enough hot water most of the time sort of took the sparkle away. The last complaint, and maybe this is a staffing issue but I think it's also an operational issue: Coffee in the lovely main lobby/kitchen/bar (which was otherwise off-limits due to Covid, gosh I hate Covid for this reason and a trillion others, not Rigdon's fault) and it's set to brew at 7 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., guests have completely exhausted the supply and because no staff comes in until 9 a.m., you got it, coffee's done. Every day, four days running, this happened. Guys: Get a bigger coffee maker. On the plus side: Evenings are marvelous around the firepit. We had it all to ourselves sometimes, and met lovely, interesting people other times. You can walk to anywhere in the East Village from Rigdon House (including, especially the Fiscalini Preserve, which starts at the Black Cat and continues, crossing Highway One -- be careful -- up the hill and over to the ocean). Parking is free. Our suite had televisions both in the bedroom and living room. And there was a microwave and nifty small fridge that had a nice sized freezer (pick up a pint of the fabulous Santa Barbara-based McConnell's ice creamery at the nearby Soto natural food store). If I could have a career in hospitality, I'd love to try to make Rigdon House just-a-little-bit-better than it is.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor, particularly on the back side of the property that face the terrace...
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Response from The Rigdon House, General Manager at The Rigdon House
Responded Dec 27, 2020
Dear CruiseEditor, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback regarding your stay. Your suggestions are incredibly useful in our constant pursuit of perfection. I loved to read that you were pleased with our wonderful location, generous happy hour and incredible value. I especially loved your suggestion for the reading nook! We look forward to making more substantial improvements once we've recovered from 2020. While it was lovely to receive feedback from your husband at the daily happy hour, I am sorry that we did not get to touch base regarding issues other than coffee running out prior to your departure. Here at the Rigdon House, our staff wears many hats and regularly completes projects throughout the property during quiet times. We are able to keep an eye on the lobby through the use of mobile security camera viewing and a contact number left at the desk, but if staff is assisting another guest or indisposed, it may not be possible to answer right away. We hope to welcome you back, sans issues, in the future and again thank you for your thoughtful feedback. Warm Regards, Alexa G.
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Robin G wrote a review Nov 2020
La Canada Flintridge, California1 contribution
I’ve traveled for years to Cambria but always shied away from staying downtown. The Rigdon House offers amazing rates and is gorgeous. Only downside is the walls are extremely thin, though this may only be our room — obviously I haven’t been in any other rooms (we’re in the luxury king suite). The person who checked us in was kind and took time to show us the amenities; he even walked us to our room. I will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Response from The Rigdon House, General Manager at The Rigdon House
Responded Dec 27, 2020
Dear Robin G, A huge thank you from all of us at the Rigdon House for the review! Our charming inn and excellent staff have guests choosing our downtown location time and time again. I appreciate your feedback regarding noise as we plan to make several improvements to better insulate the room you occupied. We absolutely cannot wait to welcome you back and until then, we wish you a happy and healthy new year! Warm Regards, Alexa G.
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WriteSue wrote a review Nov 2020
Huntington Beach, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked two suites: one for my husband & me, one for our 21 & 23 year old daughters, and the 23 year old daughter's boyfriend, the weekend of Oct 23-25. Of all the times I've booked hotels for my family, this is maybe the one time when everyone loved the place. From the Famous Amos" cookies in the lobby, Alexis & Christian & other amazing staff, the lovely patio & firepit - great location, and rooms that are truly as nice as the pictures on their website...This was one of my best finds ever! Great restaurants within walking distance and an overall exceptional experience! Also... I brought skewers from home & all the fixins for smores, which we enjoyed with others. Overall - a safe and wonderful visit at the Rigdon!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: We loved the suites we stayed in. One of ours was pet friendly, another plus for the Rigdon!
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Response from The Rigdon House, General Manager at The Rigdon House
Responded Dec 27, 2020
Dear WriteSue, It is wonderful to hear that you loved your stay is it was an absolute joy to have you and the whole crew! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we absolutely cannot wait to do it all over again. Until we can welcome you back, we wish you safe travels and a beautiful new year. With Hospitality, Alexa G. P.S. - Famous Amos cookies made EXCELLENT mini-s'mores!
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David B wrote a review Sep 2020
Morrison, Illinois1 contribution
We just spent three days in Cambria and found the Rigdon House to be a delightful place to stay! The rooms were clean and spacious, the patio is just awesome, with a happy hour every day, and the location and price couldn’t have been better! We will stay here again when we return to California!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from The Rigdon House, General Manager at The Rigdon House
Responded Dec 27, 2020
Dear H4178SHdavidb, A huge thank you on behalf of our entire staff for the lovely words! We hope our happy hour and excellent values tempt you back to our slice of paradise sooner rather than later. Warmest Regards, Alexa G.
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United StatesCaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyCambria
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Rigdon House
Which popular attractions are close to The Rigdon House?
Nearby attractions include Fermentations Wine Tasting (0.1 miles), Red Moose Cookie Company (0.2 miles), and Cambria Historical Museum (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Rigdon House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and complimentary tea.
Which room amenities are available at The Rigdon House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Rigdon House?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Rigdon House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Rigdon House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cafe On Bridge Street, Robin's Restaurant, and Linn's Restaurant.
Is The Rigdon House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Cambria.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Rigdon House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Rigdon House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Nitt Witt Ridge (1.0 miles), The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel (0.2 miles), and Cambria Jailhouse (0.8 miles).
Is The Rigdon House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.