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“Perfect in every way.”
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Blue Dolphin Inn
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 3, 2009

We found this Inn to be perfect in every way. Apparently the Inn was recently remodeled and the quality of the finishes and amenities was exceptional. I've never before commented on the quality of tei in-room hairdryer and my husband was pleasantly surprised by the radio! They also had water and towels at the back of the parking lot to spruce up your car. Simple things really, but oh so thoughful and appreciated by guests. We got to see the sunset from the window in our partial-ocean view room and also gazed at the ocean in the morning while enjoying our simple but very satisfying breakfast in our room. We opened the window to hear the ocean at night, for a very peaceful and cozy sleep. Don't bring your kids, just bring your significant other, some walking shoes, a bottle of wine and a good book for a perfect and relaxing stay. I can't wait to stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2009

Recently refurbished and rooms are modern and comfortable. Check in can be a problem with only one receptionist. Great location, hard to beat. If you plan to stay splash out on the ocean front rooms it is worth the extar.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2009

We loved Cambria and we enjoyed staying at the Blue Dolphin Inn. I probably would have rated it a 5 if I had splurged for an ocean view room, but I had probably the cheapest room (King Superior) so my windows faced the parking lot and not the ocean and the room was right behind the receptionist’s office, which was odd at first but we got used to it. The room itself was quite nice, with a cozy fireplace and flatscreen TV. The bed was really comfortable. If they had had room service, my husband never would have left the room!

We liked the friendly staff, the coupon for Madeline’s (an amazing restaurant), the Keurig coffeemaker (yum!). We enjoyed the picnic breakfast, especially the egg mcmuffin puff pastry thing. On the downside, there was a lot of noise whenever the next room used their toilet or their bathroom fan. Sort of like a 747 landed in your room. Luckily, that noise did not occur during our sleep hours, but if it had, it would have ruined our stay. Also, the wifi didn’t reach this room, but they had an Ethernet cable that allowed me to connect.

Cambria is a beautiful town. Bless the guidebook that said if you want to visit Hearst Castle, stay in Cambria and not San Simeon. We hope to return and chances are, we will be staying here and splurging on an ocean-view room.

Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

We loved our stay at the Blue Dolphin Inn during the last week in August. The hotel is newly renovated and super clean. The location can't be beat as it is right across the street from the ocean, which means you can fall asleep each night listening to the crashing waves. This is the perfect place to go and relax and check out from your busy lives. We had planned to stay for two nights, but ended up extending our stay for another night because we didn't want to leave!
Oh-- the breakfasts delivered right to your door were really delicious. Loved having the privacy of eating in our room, looking out at the ocean and having a leisurely coffee. The coffee machine in the room makes really great coffee, too. Can't forget the delicious afternoon cookies... Just writing this makes me want to go back and visit soon!

Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

We drove from San Francisco to los Angeles and stopped in Cambria which was about half way. Our regret was only booking 1 night in the Inn, we would love to have stayed longer (3 days might be good to see the whole area including Hearst Castle).
The Inn has very recently been refurbished. Our room was fresh, clean and very tastefully decorated. A 'partial ocean view' wad a bonus. There is no bar or dining room but there are plenty of places to eat within walking or driving distance. Breakfast was a little disapointing - a picnic affair pre ordered the night before. There are good coffee/tea making facilities. The Inn is across the (quiet) road from the boardwalk and about 20minutes from Cambria itself. If you are driving down the Big Sur and want a comfortable break then this is the place. It is also a very nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of the big cities of SF and LA.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

This was our stop on our drive from San Fran to LA down PCH - what an amazing drive. We made a reservation here after reading other reviews and we were not let down. What a great little place!!! The renovation is gorgeous, the rooms are amazing - MUCH better than the Hilton we came from in San Fran. Everyone was super nice to us and we felt so comfortable.
The breakfast delivered in the morning is delicious and a nice touch. We have recommended this already to all of our friends and hope one day to go back.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2009

The room was beautiful-we stayed at an oceanfront room. The bedding was superb; the pillows were great (each of us had 2 choices, firm and fluffy). Nice fireplace which we didn't use-it was too warm outside. The receptionist showed us how to operate everything and showed us where the Otis Spudmaker cookies were located. Although there is a street between you and the ocean, when you are ready for bed, the traffic is gone. Fun box breakfasts with choice of bagel w/lox and cream cheese; egg, canadian bacon and cheese pastery (also available ala vegitarian); or yogurt, granola parfait. Included were fruit, juices and pastries/muffin. The staff went out of their way to show us restaurants and help us find our way home via a different/faster way to Sacramento.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#3 Family Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: $178 - $402 (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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