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“Good as a stopover”
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FogCatcher Inn
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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London
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good as a stopover”
Reviewed August 8, 2005

stayed one night as a stopover on the way from SF to LA as a base to see Hearst Castle (which is worth it if only to see how v.rich people can have v.bad taste!)
- Clean
- Friendly helpful staff
- good size rooms
- nice fires
- location is a beach, bleak stretch with lots of hotel/motels
- Fog catcher definitely looks the best
Wouldnt stay longer than a day - definitely a pass thru
No complaints

  • Stayed July 2005
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Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed July 24, 2005

Hubby and I stayed at the Fogcatcher in April/May 2004 and I wrote a terrific review. Just got back from a 3-night stay. It's really gone downhill a lot in a little over a year. I notice that April 2005 reviewers quoted prices ranging from $85-$109. We paid $279 for a premium room, full ocean view. As always, Cambria is wonderful; sleeping to the sound of the surf can't be beat. But the towels were dirty, as was the bath mat. The bedding wasn't nearly as nice as it was last year, when we had green towels, sheets and duvet (instead of hospital white). The landscaping is overdone and overgrown; we picked up insects from brushing against the plants. Constant problems with flies in the room. The tissues are as soft as sandpaper. The "TP" was somewhat softer, but certainly not soft. The honor bars are now empty. Of the two coffee mugs, one was disgusting. The ice bucket tray included two drinking glasses which worked for cocktails; but there were no wine glasses. (Even though a large percentage of tourists are there to taste wine in nearby Paso Robles). On our 3rd day, we finally asked and were told people had been stealing them so they no longer keep them in the room. I guess people were stealing the soap dishes, as well, because our room didn't have a soap dish. We kept the wet bar of hand soap on top of the flimsy carboard box for three days. I guess people were also stealing the glasses from the bathrooms because there weren't any glasses in the bathroom to use for rinsing our mouths or storing wet toothbrushes. Upholstery on the desk chair was NASTY! I'm glad Al (6/8/05 reviewer) received a complimentary bottle of wine -- we got two complimentary bottles of water for our $279/night!

  • Stayed July 2005
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7 Thank KSSeaB
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Port Orange, Florida
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2005

Just got back from a 6 night stay at the Fogcatcher Inn. Upon arrival we noticed the beautiful gardens that surrounded our suite. (room 405) It was very charming with two large bedrooms and a loft housing two queen beds. There is no need for airconditioning (a concern). The cool breeze from the ocean made the suite very comfortable. It also has two full bathrooms (large) a full kitchen, dining room and livingroom with two couches. The fireplace was a nice added touch. The kitchen could have used extra amenities but a trip to the local supermarket solved that dilemma. The complimentary breakfast was located about 20 steps from our room. They do have fabulous waffles that you make yourself, eggs, sausage, fruits, cereals, biscuits, breads, danish and hot drinks. More than enough to start your day. Cute little tables to eat at or bring food back to your room. (our option) Take your coffee over to the beach and overlook the Pacific Ocean in all of its glory. (about a 30 sec. walk through the gardens. There is a boardwalk. I would say about 2 miles from beginning to end. Look for the seals playing on the rocks. Lovely. The pool is small, but quaint. A jacuzzi is also available. Parking is plentiful and the staff eager to serve. I would highly recommend eating at the Moonstone Bar and Grill, a very short walk along the beach. Great cajun shrimp and salads. Sit in the open cafe and watch the Sunset sipping a Margarita. Ahhhhh paradise. Directly across the street catch the free trolley into town (about a 10 minute ride) and explore the many shops. They have an East Village and a West Village. Do see both. If you have any further questions, feel free to e-mail me at sedelman99@yahoo.com. Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2005
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2005

On a whirl wind trip from San Fran,Napa , Sacramento and LA my husband and I broke up our trip down the Route 1 coast (spectacular!!!) by stopping in Cambria overnight and visiting Hearst Castle. We stayed in this beautiful little Inn with high poster beds, very comfortable pillow top mattresses, overstuffed pillows and Waverly bedding. The best part was the gas fireplace in the room and complimentary robes. Directly across from the beach we caught a terrific sunset . The staff were very friendly and the accomodations very clean. The complimentary breakfast was certainly fine with its variety of cerals, eggs, make your own waffles, yogurts etc.
The little town of Cambria was charming and although we arrived too late in the evening the shops that were open were fun to look into. We would definitely go there again. I'd reccommend it for couples although it would be fine for kids too. Loved it!!

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NJ
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2005

We stayed here for just one night on our 12 day vacation from San Fran to San Diego. We stayed here so we can go to Hearst Castle and we read great things about the town. Our room was big and cozy wth a fireplace and a view of the ocean. We walked on the boardwalk by the ocean and it was so peaceful and beautiful. Breakfast in the morning was way more than expected. The breakfast room reminded me of a country kitchen and they had eggs, sausage, waffles etc..It was a great night and one of the more relaxing and romantic nights of our trip. Hearst Castle was unbelievable. We took tour 1 and cannot wait to return. Definitely recommend this hotel and Hearst Castle to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2005
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PT,IL
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166 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2005

we were 2 adults and 2 children.
the room was lovely- with a fireplace, and the whole family enjoyed the room and the walk to the ocean.
the aromatic soap is interesting- if you love it.
we have already recommended it to our friends.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Gulf Shores, AL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2005

Loved this place. Quiet, lovely view, Mike at the front desk was very courteous, nice bottle of wine in the room. Breakfast room was roomy and uncrowded. Wife made herself a waffle without whining about it and seemed to enjoy it. Highly recommend this place and we'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2005
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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
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#4 Romantic 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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