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“Great location - simple but neat accomodations, too”
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Sand Pebbles Inn
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great location - simple but neat accomodations, too”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

PRICE - $160 total, one night, one room, queen comfortable bed, for midweek in August.
LOCATION – Right across the street from the Pacific Ocean (Moonstone Beach) and nice rustic boardwalk (walkway) along the ocean. Building is a long, two-story building, where maybe six rooms on the western end have ocean view and then all other rooms just look out the sides (north and south) of the building. Walking distance to several restaurants and short drive to others. The “town” of Cambria is located about a mile or two away (not really walking distance).
ROOM – On the second (main) floor. Bedroom and bathroom, neatly decorated. Bedroom included bed, small table and chairs, flat screen TV. View out onto driveway, fence, and then motel next door. Rear of property backs up to scenic California Route 1, but not a problem and nighttime was quiet.
STAFF – Friendly and helpful, both at check-in and at breakfast the next morning.
OTHER – Good simple breakfast provided by the inn in a small breakfast room on the ground level. The staff member there, “Erindera(?),” was very pleasant and nice. Main thing about this hotel is reasonable price and location right on the ocean.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

After 3 1/2 weeks on a road trip from Washington down through the California coast, my husband and I stayed here for 2 nights. It was wonderful! We had a king bed room on the main floor with a slight view of the water through our white plantation shuttered bay window. There were fresh baked cookies waiting for us on our table in the room's sitting area and chocolates on our bed. We turned on the gas fireplace as it was a little chilly out and enjoyed some hot chocolate (compliments of the hotel). They have a basket of towels for you to use at the beach as well as constant complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the lobby. This hotel has a Cap Cod look and feel to it and is very comfy and clean. We found the room to be very large as well as the beautiful bathroom area. The beach is a few steps across the street and the elephant seals or just up the road about 10 minutes as well as Hearst Castle. The breakfast was wonderful. Homemade waffles, fresh cut up fruit, several cereals, sweet rolls and muffins and more. It is a little more expensive but totally worth it! Love this place!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

The Sand Pebbles is a cute little property across from the ocean in Cambria. There are a few ocean front rooms. Breakfast is decent. On the downside, the showers are very small and the shower heads placed very low. If you are on the first floor, you will be near the breakfast room and all the breakfast tables set up in the hall, so it gets noisy after 7:30 a.m.. Also, if you are on the first floor, every footstep above will sound like a heard of cattle! If you can, book a top floor room with an ocean view.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed as a family of four and we loved it! It is directly opposite the beach and the boardwalk leads to a wonderful part of the beach where you can watch the seals basking on the rocks. We loved watching the seals play and the beach being so close to the inn was fantastic. The beds here are super comfortable and the gas fire place is welcoming. The cookies in the room are also a lovely touch and breakfast is great, depending on the server you get.
The first morning we found the lady to be very unfriendly in the breakfast room and was a little put out to be making us a single waffle, however on the second morning, the young girl serving us was fantastic and offered us waffles with a smile! We decided to take our breakfast to our room, as the breakfast area is small and more set up for couples. This was great as a family and we walked our dishes down when finished.
The inn is right next to a wonderful seafood bar that has amazing meals. You can't book a table there, so you have to go early or wait and have a few drinks if they are busy, while you overlook the beautiful ocean. They are also cash only, so be prepared to go with money in your wallet!
Sand Pebbles Inn is also in close proximity to Hearst Castle and the town of Cambria. This came in handy for shopping and dining whilst on our stay. The room also has a bar fridge, this was very handy for afternoon drinks and storing the children's food. This is a wonderful place to stay as a couple or as a family!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

Booked this after good reviews on TA. We weren't disappointed. The location was great we could see & hear the ocean from our room (its also very near to Hearst Castle & Elephant Seal Rookery). The reception staff were very helpful with restaurant info (we loved Linn's at the far end of the main street). The room was clean & spacious. If we visit Cambria again we would stay here.

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California's Central Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

We finally bit the bullet and reserved a motel room along Moonstone Drive in Cambria. The location was amazing, right across the road from the beautiful Ocean! And there's a boardwalk trail that was really nice, with benches along the way to sit and soak up the view.
Sand Pebbles was a lovely hotel. Our room had what they call a "Partial Ocean View". We were right at the front of the hotel and you could see the sea out the shuttered windows. A comfortable bed, nice wicker chairs, fireplace, jetted tub, and ceiling fan made it all the more comfortable. Our room was one of the "Pets allowed" rooms, though we brought no pets... the room had absolutely not a whiff of anyone's four-footed friends ever staying there. Nice to know we could have brought a dog, though...
Continental breakfast in the morning was just right....Good coffee, the staff offering fresh waffles, fruit, cereal, pastries, and a selection of teas made it all a great breakfast. If you Really want breakfast though, you can do what we did on Morning #2---grab a coffee and some yogurt from the hotel, then, meet friends for a real breakfast at Linn's Pie Shop 5 minutes away in Cambria. That was awesome.

This was a super comfortable and easy place to stay. Moonstone Bar & Grill just a short walk down the road, or try the Sea Chest for dinner too.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and wished we had planned to stay longer. The rooms are so cozy and inviting, and the beds extremely comfortable. I was so relaxed - I could just feel my cares melting away. The staff was friendly and helpful, particularly the woman making waffles at breakfast. With parking, wifi, and breakfast included in the price, it was a great value! They also offered coffee, tea and cookies upon our arrival, and had towels and beach chairs, as well as a book of local restaurant menus to peruse. Very accomodating.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sand Pebbles Inn
Address: 6252 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cambria
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sand Pebbles Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated atop Moonstone Beach, the rooms and accommodations at Sand Pebbles Inn are perfectly appointed for all types of travelers. Our location is situated right off famed California Highway One, and convenient for people traveling up or down this magnificent coastline. Families or friends will find our mid-scale boutique property wonderfully convenient to everything Cambria and the Central Coast has to offer, including world famous Hearst Castle, just ten minutes to the north. Our staff will happily share local knowledge to help you discover the lesser-known Cambria attractions. Our full oceanview rooms provide the most extensive views of the Pacific Ocean and Moonstone Beach. Most rooms have partial ocean views and are only steps from the two-mile boardwalk overlooking the beach, tide pools, and daring surfers. The property is tastefully appointed with coastal influences and treasures found on the beach. Settle into our pillowy soft beds and enjoy a movie from our collection of free titles. Laugh with your family as you play a game of Monopoly from our selection of board games. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Cambria, Sand Pebbles Inn will surely add to your experience. ... more   less 
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