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“Viewing sea lions.” 4 of 5 stars
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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
deltona, fl
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Viewing sea lions.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Fantastic walkway steps away from the Pacific. Wonderful views of the shoreline and seals. We actually saw a mom seal nursing her baby just feet away from us. Great place to stay. Very quaint and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tustin
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We just spent three nights at the Sea Otter Inn in Cambria and loved it. We stayed in Room 126 with an ocean view. The room was very large, had a fireplace and the decor was charming. Two double windows with flower boxes filled with geraniums. Reminded me of an English cottage. The king sized bed was very comfortable and everything was clean and in good shape. I loved sitting in the comfortable chairs listening and looking at the ocean. Really nice to have the continental breakfast in the room before heading out for the day. The Inn had been recommended by a friend and we took advantage of the Travel Zoo special. Room was half the price of two other places we had stayed at on Moonstone Beach. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: It's worth the extra cost to get an ocean view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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East Bay,California
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Everything about the Sea Otter Inn was wonderful; the cleanliness, the location of it right next to the beach with a lovely boardwalk, the comfortable room with the fireplace, the pool, the jacuzzi, the lovely gardens, the continental breakfast spread and friendliness of staff made the stay so awesome.

I also brought my dog with me, and this place being pet friendly was an A+ !

Room Tip: Seemingly every room is a good room. I stayed close to the pool , and it was super quiet since the p...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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colorado
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133 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I got this steal deal from a discount site and wondered how good they'd be since Im not familiar with the area. I was pleasantly surprised with the friendliness, cleanliness and decor of the motel. Its been carefully redone and the maintainence people do one of the best jobs of keeping this place up Ive ever seen. Their flowers and landscaping are the best Ive ever seen. What is really important to me is the cleanliness of the room and the comfort of the bed. They excelled in that dept. The front desk guy really went out of his way to attend to every question I had. He became my travel agent among other things. This is a beautiful, relaxing place and hope all will enjoy. Note: it wasnt warm enough to swim but take a dip in the hot tub. Its also super clean and great after a hard day of touring.

Room Tip: check for a steal deal of $69 per nite on travelzoo or others of the like. Thats half price and so...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Syracuse, New York
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Pretty nice, with only minor problems. There are many hotels around here which are probably fairly similar. This is about as close as you can stay to Hearst Castle.

Pros:
- Nice location across a quiet street from the ocean. There's nothing built on the ocean side of the road, so it seems pretty nice. We only stayed the night, though, so we didn't really see it very well.
- Rooms, furniture, and bathrooms are pleasant.
- Staff is pleasant.

Cons:
- Gas fireplace is loud when switching on or off - it kept waking us up when it did this. As this is the room's source of heat, you won't avoid this if the weather is cool.
- Breakfast leaned a bit toward the unhealthy pastry side, though they were pretty nice-looking pastries compared to other hotel breakfasts. You need to bring your breakfast from the office back to your room on a tray.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Memphis, Tennessee
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83 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

A one night stop on our travels down the PCH. Overall, pleased I suppose. Cute and charming room. Outdated bathroom. Fireplace was a nice touch and the room decor was pretty. Loved that it was literally across the street from the beach. Front desk staff wasn't exactly friendly and that's a shame. Did have to kill a spider in the tub and a beetle on the bed and that's no good either. For the price though, I think we did okay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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ParadiseInThePines, General Manager at Sea Otter Inn, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
We're glad you liked your room, the fireplace, the decor, and our location on Moonstone Beach Drive. Please accept my personal apologies that our front desk staff did not meet your expectations. We will take your feedback to heart as we do our best to live up to our goal of treating every guest with kindness, courtesy, and a welcoming spirit. Sorry you found a few uninvited critters in your room; we will inform our pest control technician.
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London, United Kingdom
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67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

LOCATION – Very easy to find, right on the main road through the town. Hotel is just across the road from lovely Moonstone beach and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

ROOM – Nice, cosy, traditional décor. The room we stayed in had a fireplace in living area with large sofas. It also had two bathrooms with toiletries and hairdryer, a utility sink, coffee maker and microwave. Large bedroom with large table and chairs.

HOTEL & FACILITIES – Peaceful with pretty gardens and a small pool. Parking right outside room. Good breakfast in reception that you can take back to your room, with a good selection of food, teas and coffees.

We were upgraded due to a change in someone else’s booking, but the lady who delivered this good news to us at reception did it in a rather brusque manner, which was a bit odd. But the man in the reception at breakfast time was charming.

VALUE FOR MONEY – Yes

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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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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