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“Terrific setting”
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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
“Terrific setting”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

As promised this hotel sits across the street from the beach in easy walking distance from several restaurants and access points to the beach. It really was lovely to be able to just step out our door and be at the ocean.
The room and service were pretty standard. The 'fireplace' is not so much a fireplace as it is a furnace with a class cover so you can see the fire. It clicks on all night and is REALLY noisy! Not really the romantic fireplace you might be hoping for.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grand Terrace, California
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

This motel is Perfectly situated on Moonstone Beach. The wonderful boardwalk is just across the street offering easy access to the beach and a great walking experience for those who want to stay up out of the water and sand. A decent restaurant is also within walking distance. Motel management serves a better than usual array of breakfast foods in the morning. The room we stayed in was very comfortable and nicely decorated. We enjoyed the in-room fireplace. The price was reasonable although I understand rates are higher at other times of the year. I regretted not having brought a swimming suit since the pool was amazingly warm. Hot tub also looked inviting. I'll definitely be returning to the Sea Otter Inn!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2013

A classic Moonstone Beach drive property, carefully maintained, and upgraded. Quiet (except for noisy plumbing) and popular with the mature crowd, and elephant sea lovers during the off season. Look for specials at the web site.

Room Tip: The 2 queen standard rooms are fine and come with microwave, fridge and coffee maker. We like the o...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fresno, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2013

The Sea Otter Inn is a really cute hotell with a sea cottage theme. The rooms are big, and the king size bed we had was really comfortable. the rooms have a fireplace, which adds to the beach theme of the rooms (very cute rooms!). The rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot for your convenience. the hotel is right across the street from the boardwalk and ocean, so you can sit in the adirondack chairs and just enjoy the view, or easily walk across the street to stroll either the boardwalk or down to the beach. they had a breakfast that was way more than just a continental breakfast: yogurt, boiled eggs, cereal, bagels, toast, jam/jellies, cream cheese, coffe and juices. The staff were really nice and engaged- you could tell they actually enjoyed talking with tourists. the pool and spa is really nice, too. when we were there, there was beach fog, so the spa was fun to be in.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atascadero, California, United States
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Ocean view room with Fireplace, frig, microwave, coffee pot., breakfast too, pastries, cereal, juice, bagels and yogurt. Adriondack chairs outside on a private patio to watch the sunset, couldn't have been better!

Room Tip: Rooms at the front of the facility have the ocean views.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Book a room for good deal 69 dollars 1 night and a few hours later was told could not honor rate even though confirmation emailed said that rate. If you see travelzoo ad it just get to get in but not advertise rate. Very poor customer service.

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San Ramon, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Stayed here in Dec. King bed with small private patio with 2 chairs and 2 tables. Room was good size and layout maximized space. Very clean nice decor. Micro, fridge, and coffee pot with set up was in large closet with glass sliding doors which made for more room in room (great idea). Room had gas fireplace for cozy evenings in cool Dec. Continental breakfast was in office to bring back and enjoy on private patio lots of choices. Fresh patries ,instant oatmeal,hard boiled eggs, yogart, lots of cold cereals,fresh fruit, o.j coffee.more choices than most high end motels.Very helpful front staff with seggustions on restraunts in area. Hope to go back soon. Super great deal with TravelZoo.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sea Otter Inn

Property: Sea Otter Inn
Address: 6656 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1812
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Cambria
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Otter Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea Otter Inn is located on Cambria's famous Moonstone Beach Drive just across from the Moonstone Beach boardwalk. A family-owned property, this charming country-style inn features 25 cozy fireplace accommodations ranging from traditional hotel rooms to family suites and ocean-view rooms. A year-round outdoor heated pool and spa complete the getaway ambiance. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi, HBO, and continental breakfast. Minutes from Hearst Castle and local wineries, Sea Otter Inn is the perfect home base for exploring California's Central Coast. ... more   less 
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