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“A very cosy hotel”
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Blue Dolphin Inn
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 19, 2013

We stayed at the Blue Dolphin on a road trip from LA to San Francisco on the pacific Coast highway on the 18th October 2013. It very easy to find just off highway one. The lady on reception was very good, very friendly taking the time to tell me where we were in relation to the local town of Cambria and where the local eateries are.


The hotel is very well finished, tasteful decor and cosy rooms, it is right on the sea front so more off the jaw-dropping sunsets we had been getting all week.

Breakfast is ordered the night before and delivered to your room, very tasty it was.

A great hotel, my only criticism was it was touch more expensive than I though it should have been in relation to the places we had stayed this week.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for staying with us on Moonstone Beach. It is nice to hear that you were able to take in at least one beautiful evening sunset. I appreciate your very nice comments on our accommodations. I am glad that we met your expectations.
We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future.
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We chose the Blue Dolphin for it's prime location and it did not disappoint! Unable to book an ocean front room, we chose a partial ocean view, and could certainly see and hear the sea from the armchairs in our fairly spacious room. That said, the sea is just across the little local road along Moonstone Beach - so you only need to go for walk to enjoy the sea to the max.

The inn is pristine - well appointed and decorated, fresh and accessible. Good parking at the rear.

Good coffee and tea making facilities, fridge and modern, very clean bathroom with all amenities you could want. Fireplace in room and large standard fan. Staff were very pleasant, helpful and welcoming.

We did not enjoy the breakfast I must say. But we would still return in a heartbeat. This was a lovely place to stay.

Room Tip: Partial ocean view on driveway entry side was a very pleasant room.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that we were able to meet your expectations in most areas. It is so nice to hear that the hotel is pristine, well-appointed and nicely decorated. I apologize for not meeting your expectations with regards to the breakfast. We are always looking for ways to improve our product and service so that we can provide a superior customer experience.
We hope to see you again soon when traveling back to Cambria

Regards,

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Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

The first thing that hits you is the smell.....of home cooking that fills this beautiful establishment, together with friendly staff, luxurious bedding, jetted tub, coffee maker and the home cooked breakfast delivered to your door with the ocean and sunset views....read the title.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you for your comments. It sounds like you were checking in when our chef was making our daily fresh baked cookies. The smell of fresh baked cookies in our lobby seems to be a welcoming aspect of our location. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you return in the future.
Sincerely,

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

What a cute little hotel! My sister and I stopped in here after a few nights in Big Sur. The staff was super friendly, the hotel design was excellent, and our room was great. Cambria is such a cute little town, and Moonstone Beach is so charming - we will definitely return!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you for stopping in and staying with us during your travels up the Coastline. We are excited that your stay was comfortable and that you enjoyed our cute little town.
We hope to see you again soon.
Sincerely,

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

In order to get one of the three first floor ocean-facing rooms, I had to book a year in advance! Even then, I couldn't get the week I wanted and had to push our vacation back a week: Estero Bay, or either of the other two on the first floor, front.

Because (1) the view is so fabulous from the patio (which, oddly, is shared by the guests in three rooms), (2) the hotel is clean, (3) Christina provided excellent customer service, (4) it's walking distance to Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, (5) we had a king-sized bed, and (6) the room has a fireplace, we will return to the Blue Dolphin Inn in a few months to celebrate our anniversary. Amenities include robes, slippers, sleep masks, in-room Keurig coffee maker, small refrigerator.

Which is not to say the hotel is perfect; it isn't. As an example: The concept of a boxed breakfast is weird, and the breakfasts are not terrific. After having one boxed breakfast, we chose to go to Linn's for absolutely delicious breakfasts the following two days. [We did, however, order the "meat and cheese" breakfast but used it for the purpose of noshing on wine-tasting days.]

But the positives far outweigh the negatives, so we are already planning our return visit.

My husband and I visit Cambria nearly every year and have stayed in many of the inns and B&Bs along Moonstone Drive. This was our 2nd stay at the Blue Dolphin, the first being probably 15 years ago when we chose a 2nd-floor ocean-facing room. We agree this location, from a first-floor ocean-facing room, provides THE best setting for enjoying the ocean. Therefore, we will be back in a few months.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you for returning to our hotel. I am glad that everything went well with your stay. We take great pride in achieving customer expectations and a clean and welcoming accommodation. I am sorry that the breakfast was not up to your expectations. We are always looking for ways to improve our product, so your feedback is appreciated.
We look forward to your next visit to Cambria.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

One of my favorite places to stay.....most rooms have fireplaces, all have warm cookies on your arrival, Keurig coffee maker , and wonderful picnic breakfast delivered to your door each morning ! The location is very quiet and the employees very friendly but low key. Perfect in every way!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you for your feedback! I am glad that your stay was everything you thought it would be and that you found the staff to be friendly and accommodating. We strive each and every day to provide superior customer care. It is nice to receive positive comments from our guests.

We look forward to your next visit to Cambria.

Sincerely

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

On a recent trip to California, we stayed at the Blue Dolphin Inn - I will definitely return! It was a very clean, nicely furnished hotel situated right across the road from the beach/ocean. Our room faced the ocean and it was gorgeous! Check-in went smoothly and the staff went out of their way to accommodate a couple of special requests we had. Really a great find.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the ocean - very roomy, great view
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Karen F, General Manager at Blue Dolphin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with us! I am glad that my staff was able to accommodate a special request and therefore exceeding your expectations.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

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Address: 6470 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1808
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#3 Family Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: $187 - $367 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Dolphin Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the perfect place to escape and enjoy everything Cambria and Moonstone Beach have to offer, Blue Dolphin Inn is the ideal place. Tastefully appointed guestrooms providing every detail offer a sophisticated environment in this adult-only property. Blue Dolphin Inn is situated steps from the beach and seaside boardwalk that runs two miles along the coast. Take in the scenic sunsets while sipping a glass of renowned local wine. The six full oceanview specialty rooms feature places in the world where dolphins are found in abundance. The lower full oceanview rooms provide spacious patios to delight in the scenery and coastal breezes. The upper level full oceanview rooms allow unparalleled seascapes. Breakfast is individually prepared from a selection of foods designed to fulfill every appetite. If a celebration of any kind is in order, Blue Dolphin Inn is a perfect place to recognize an accomplishment or milestone. Grab a loved one or meet an old friend for an unforgettable getaway. ... more   less 
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