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FogCatcher Inn
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Spot - great hotel”
Reviewed June 9, 2008

Just returned from a trip from San Francisco to LA. En route to LA we wanted to visit Hearst Castle and chose to stay at Cambria. Called on spec at hotel and what a great stroke of luck.

We got a garden view room (not sure about the garden view mind) with 2 queen beds for only round about $130. The room was great - nice size, immaculately clean, good furnishings and comfortable bed. Breakfast was good, bagles, cereal, waffles, fruit and pastries.

It was cold at night when we were there so it was great to have a fireplace in the room, which not only warmed the room up in the evening but also made it feel really cosy.

The location was great, only 5-10 minutes up the road to visit Hearst Castle (which is definately worth a visit). The hotel is right across the road from the beach which has a nice boardwalk running along it.

Would definately stay here again and recommend it to friends.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 1, 2008

Top 5 Reasons why you should stay at the Fogcatcher Inn in Cambria, CA:

5. Friendly staff. Not only are they helpful when booking over the phone, they are even more helpful when you check in (complete with freshly baked cookies!). They are familiar with Cambria and give great advice on where to eat, what to do, etc. I also requested a room farther from car noises since I have a little son and - although there weren't that many rooms available - they granted my request without any complaint.

4. Clean, clean, clean. Our room (two queen beds w/ garden view) was VERY clean. Although the bathroom fixtures were a little dated (and should be updated), the room itself was clean. They use designer (Rusk) toiletries, which is a big plus. My little son likes to crawl everywhere and I felt very safe to let him roam over the floor.

3. Nice amenities. The fireplace in the room creates a cozy ambiance that you just don't get at the Holiday Inn Express. The bed is comfy and the wireless internet = AWESOMENESS. We had to pay for internet at our next hotel (The Sheraton @ Sunnyvale), so having free internet was a huge plus for this geek.

2. Location, location, location. You are literally 30 feet from the beach; what more could you want? And if you go into town and grab a boxed dinner, you can enjoy it while watching the sunset on the beach or sitting on a bench. Just bring a sweater; it gets chilly.

1. Yummy breakfast. So it's not 3-Star Michelin, but it's certainly better than most continental breakfasts. You get sausage and scrambled eggs, freshly-made waffles, yogurts and cereals, toast and jam, and an assortment of juices and coffee/tea. The breakfast room is small, but they provide paper plates and plastic utensils if you want to take the food to-go.

PLUS FOR MOMMIES: If you have a pack-and-go crib the room I stayed in had ample space for it.

DINNER IN CAMBRIA: If you like salmon, you must try the salmon bisque at Robin's. AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS.

My family and I will be staying there again and again and again. And you should, too.

Stayed May 2008
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2008

The Fog Catcher Inn is such a perfect place that we find ourselves using it as the measuring stick against which we judge other hotels. It is clean, well decorated, and staffed with friendly, professional people who make one feel at home. They allow dogs on the property and treat them like guests rather than nuicances. They also offer a very good breakfast that is fresh and tasty. The owners of this place clearly take pride in their property and it shows.

  • Liked — location, well maintained property
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2008

we drove up the coast from san diego with the final destination to san francisco. we didn't make a reservation b/c we didn't know where we would stop for the night so we didn't want to commit. i did however checked out some rates @ different places so i'd have an idea of what to expect. we decided on cambria for it's quaintness and beautiful local. we called the FOG CATCHER INN when we arrived on moonstone beach. lucky for us, they had available rooms. but the front desk guy quoted a higher rate for the rooms than what i found on their web site. when i told him so, he honored the lower rate even though that was a web site rate. he was very friendly and accommodating. the hotel is directly across from the beach, all the rooms have cute little fire places and complimentary breakfast . the location couldn't have been better and we had a wonderful stay. we were sorry to leave the next day. next time, we'll stay longer.

  • Liked — it was all good!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Manchester, NH
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2008

We arrived at the Inn in the early evening. The type of room I had booked (king bed/garden view) were all taken we were told so they upgraded us to an ocean view room. I found out later this room was $70 more than the one I paid for so it was a very nice upgrade. The staff at the desk were extremely friendly and informative. The room was very nice and included a refrigerator and gas fireplace. Was a very pleasant surprise! There was also a pool and hot tub but unfortunately we didn't have time to take advantage of those. There is a lovely boardwalk along the beach which we did take advantage of. The town is very small but cute but the reason we stayed there was to go to the Hearst Castle and then hit some wineries in Paso Robles. Overall was a wonderful experience.

  • Liked — The view
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed May 11, 2008

I actually did not stay here. My fiance and I were scouting some places to stay for our up coming wedding and this one got good reviews and looked great on their website so we decided to check it out. First of all, they never responded to my email. When we got to the inn it the staff was really nice and took us for a tour. The rooms were small and the decor was "country cottage" style but it felt cliche and not inviting and cozy. They first took us to a "Garden View," but the only thing you can see from the window is a busted wooden fence separating the property from the next. If they didn't pump it up as a garden view it wouldn't have been nearly as disappointed. The ocean view was nice but it's not something you can't get at all the other inns on the strip.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Palo Alto, CA
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2008

The location along the road in Moonstone beach is great. While we can not compare with other properties in the area, we were very satisfied with our stay at the Fogcatcher. The service was not only good, but also warm and welcoming.

The most basic thing a hotel has to provide is a good night sleep, and this one was excellent. At least our room was well insulated from any noise, and we had a good rest.

Walking on the beach in the morning, before breakfast was great.

Temperature control with the gas fireplace is a bit tricky, do not set it too high, as it takes time for it to warm up the room.

The pool was great. Just the right temperature of the water so that it is not too warm or cold. The bathrobes provided are good for getting out of the pool when it is windy.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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Property: FogCatcher Inn
Address: 6400 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428-1808
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Cambria
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — FogCatcher Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideal for romantic getaways, families and groups, FogCatcher Inn is located within easy reach of the Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, an assortment of wineries and beautiful Moonstone Beach. ... more   less 
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