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“Lovely place by the sea”
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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
London, England
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely place by the sea”
Reviewed October 23, 2006

We stayed here for 1 night (8 October) and paid $107 for a standard room with a king size bed.

The Inn is situated across a small road 1 minute walk from Moonstone Beach and very close by there are about 30 sea lions lounging around on the beach!

It's a one storey pink building and our room was large with a good shower, lovely linen and bedspread and was quiet and well kept. We were in 101 (or 102, I can't quite remember !) which was next to the laundry / ice-making machine so a little noisy in the day when we checked in but it wasn't a problem at night. You might, however, want to go for room 103 or 104.

3 or 4 of the hotels on the same road at Sea Otter had rooms with balconies or a communal grassy area with chairs from which to sit and watch the sunset (not sure how much these hotels cost though !). However, you can watch the sunset from the beach so it was fine really!

You collect breakfast (muffins, porridge, cereal, Danish pastries etc) at reception and take it back to your room to eat.

The Inn is a short drive across the H1 to Cambria town. Top tip : I'd highly recommend dinner at the Black Cat Bistro in Cambria (nb. closed Tues and Wed) - we had a delicious candlelit meal with outstanding service.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Denver, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2006

Every year my husband and I visit Cambria for a long weekend get-away and we always stay at the Sea Otter Inn. We love the location and the inn's employees are always very friendly and helpful. We've already got our October weekend booked and are looking forward to staying in our favorite room 101 again.

  • Liked — Location to beach and tourist attractions
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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worcester england
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2006

We recently stayed at the Sea Otter Inn whilst making our way from Santa Monica to San francisco as the location was halfway between the two and close to Hearst Castle. From the moment we arrived we loved it.
We had booked a suite for our family of 5 which turned out to be beautiful with a large living area with 2 (comfortable sofa beds) a seperate bedroom with a king bed, 2 bathrooms one with a whirlpool bath and a lovely private patio garden. It was very clean, spacious and well decorated and we immediately felt at home.
The location just across from moonstone beach was wonderful and we spent the evening watching seals and sea otters swimming in the sea. Cambria is close by and has a number of shops and restaurants. As we were coming to the end of a hectic 17 day holiday we immediately booked in for a further night before moving on as we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere here.

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  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank travel1r
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Lomita, CA
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2006

Stayed for just one night while travelling from SF to LA. I thought our hotel was lovely. The room and beds were comfortable and we enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi. Although the breakfast was Continental, it was not the prepackaged muffins and snack bars - the mini croissants and pastries were yummy! The hotel grounds were lush with lots of flowers in bloom and it was just a quick walk across the street to enjoy the beach scenery. I love the area and would recommend this inn to all.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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2 Thank Sunny_Skies06
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Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2006

We stayed July 28th at the Sea Otter Inn. Rooms have been recently remodeled and are very nice. The Fire Place does not work in unit 117, but the room was comfortable and had wireless internet. The Breakfast is pretty bare, on a scale of 1-5... only a 1. Beach access was great, and we recommend the Inn.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2006

We stayed for 2 nights, 7/29-7/31/06, and the room was nice. But for the price I expected more.
We had ants in the room. The first night they were in the beds. We called the desk and maintenance showed up after about 45 minutes and sprayed. The next night they were in the bathroom and all over the counter with the microwave on it, the trail went from the closet up to the counter into the bathroom and all the way into the shower.
Mind you, I understand that bugs will happen with the beautiful lush gardens that are found at this hotel, but the inside of the building should be sprayed so that guests don't experience ants in their room.
The toilet backed up on the first night. The bed was very firm. There is no way to bring outside air into the room, like a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan would have been great. With the warmer temperatures the room was stuffy. Windows could be opened, but there was no air flow. No discounts were offered, oh excuse me, they were offered on our next stay. Why would we stay again?
I expected the beds to be more comfortable with down featherbeds and down pillows.
The breakfast was good. But more would have been nice. Maybe flavored creamers for the coffee and waffles, eggs, or sausage are a nice touch.
These items are what I've found in resorts that were in this price range in the past.
Other than these issues it is a beautiful hotel with good access to the beach. But unfortunaely we will not stay there again.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the ants
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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Concord, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2006

My sister and I felt very at home in our suite (room 112). It was fresh, clean and spacious with a nice decor, two bathrooms and a real livingroom. We did not feel like we were in a motel. The front windows faced the swimming pool, but we loved the flower-covered fence and garden separating the room from the pool. When we opened the windows, pink roses peeked into the room.

The personnel were very nice. They were very concerned when we said we'd heard a dog barking somewhere (not necessarily at the motel) during the night, and took steps to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

The location is the best! An easy walk across the street to get to the beach, where the tidepools, rock collecting and watching the seals were awesome! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2006
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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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