When the weather gets really hot in central California, you can expect it to be 30 - 40 degrees cooler in Cambria. We spent a relaxing - away from the heat break - at the Cambria
Shores Lodge. It reminds me of a hunting lodge or a very large B&B with wonderful ambiance. Be careful driving in, we almost hit a deer and her fawn crossing the street.
We upgraded to a suite and had a marvelous view of the trees with the Spanish Moss gently draped from the branches. It was wonderful to pull on a hoodie and light the fireplace. The suite was spacious and for an older property very well-maintained. (It's personal, but to me the brown carpet made the rooms look less clean than they actually were.)
We arrived a bit before check-in and the person behind the desk had a bit of an attitude when I asked about checking in 1/2 hour early. Not allowing for anyone to check in early, made a horrendous crowd in the lobby at 3:00 and no cookies. They might want to look at amending this policy.
Other than this small glitch, the staff, especially those in the restaurant were very friendly and professional. The food, while not exceptional, was good. The vegetables served with dinner, we were told were from the garden that was on site. They literally melted in your mouth! The breakfast buffet had a nice selection of hot items.
The grounds and gardens are gorgeous and well worth walking through. The holly hocks were over 8 feet tall and the colors were a happy blend of green and the various flowers in bloom, such a contrast from the dryness of some of the areas we passed through driving over.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a AAA Three Diamond Property. All of our rooms have custom furniture, flat screen TVs, upgraded white linens and amenities. All rooms have rain showers and / or soaking tubs and deluxe rooms have whirlpool baths. Come relax in our beautiful rooms, and enjoy our amazing succulent gardens. Attention all Dog Lovers... We are one of the Top 46 Fido Friendly Hotels reviewed on their world tour in 2008. We are very proud of our V.I.P. program, amenities, special attention and love your 4 legged family receives. Four paws up! We do have three rooms set aside for people that do not have dogs, or have severe allergies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cambria Shores Hotel Cambria