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“Over Priced Updated Motel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Moonstone Landing
Ranked #2 of 25 Cambria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reno, Nevada
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526 reviews
142 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“Over Priced Updated Motel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2007

We had a hard time choosing which motel to stay in but we finally decided on the Moonstone Landing because it had a patio for us to sit out on and watch the ocean. We had a great view of the ocean and watched the surfers and even an occasional dolphin swam by. The downside was the noise: the guests upstairs enjoying their balcony/patio were very noisy and we had a lot of street noise from traffic.

The room was clean, but needed some minor repairs. The breakfast wasn't much to write about but they put out a nice spread in the afternoon. Also the manager was very pleasant.

The motel is in a great location. You can walk along the coast and you can walk to dinner. However, we felt that the motel is overpriced and we would try the Fog Catcher next time.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the noise
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Memphis
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163 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2007

Have to admit that I thought I had booked my room at a different hotel down the road a bit. As has been mentioned before, the hotels in this area are mainly motel types and older. This, too, is an older
property but obviously recently updated and meticulously maintained. Everything was very clean. We got there just as the early evening complimentary snack service was beginning...cheese, fruit, etc. Barbara at the front desk was very pleasant and helpful. We were even able to select a free DVD to view that evening.

The room was average size with nice quasi-mission style furniture. The bathroom was tile and granite, very nice and very clean. The bed was very comfortable.

Breakfast was good, pastries, cereal, oatmeal, coffee, milk, juice, etc.

Only problem was that it was a bit noisy -- Saturday night and we had
a room on the bottom floor near where people would enter from the parking lot. Could also hear the people upstairs quite clearly as they walked back and forth.

All in all, lovely hotel and a good price for the area.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SMcBaker
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Valencia
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117 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2007

This place was very clean, real roomy and we had a nice view of the ocean. Get the second story if you can. Overall you can't do much better.

  • Liked — clean
  • Disliked — thin walls
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank 66dude
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California
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2007

My husband and I just returned from 2 nights at this hotel. I had booked it based on the positive reviews I found on Trip Advisor.

The hotel is basically a recently renovated motel. The location is fantastic and can't be beat in that it's directly across from the ocean. The rooms that face the water are amazing but you're paying $220+ to stay in a motel that faces the ocean. I just wish I knew that this 'hotel' was a 'motel.' You park your car and walk directly to your hotel room.

The rooms have been renovated so that was a pleasant surprise and a nice welcome. There is a free continental breakfast in the morning which was ok, but nothing great (cereal, pastries, milk, bland coffee). There are also appetizers served in the early evening which was a nice touch, but again, nothing special.

If my husband and I return to the Cambria/Moonstone area, I would stay here again but I'd try and negotiate a lower rate in the off season or perhaps try another motel, just for comparisions sake.

I think in general all of the hotels/motels in Moonstone are pretty much the same in what they offer and in price. Given that, I think this hotel is a good place to stay in that it's clean and 'new' given the recent renovation.

  • Liked — Ocean front property
  • Disliked — Motel atmosphere
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank oclife
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2007

We recently spent 1 night at The Moonstone Landing on our way to Hearst Castle. We hadn't booked in advance and chose the hotel randomly after driving up and down Moonstone Beach a couple of times. The hotel is fine - nothing special but pretty comfortable, clean, good range of DVDs for hire (no charge), OK continental breakfast.

It didn't strike us as great value for money but we have no comparison of rates at other hotels to verify this.

I can't imagine spending more than 1 or 2 nights in Cambria - there didn't seem much to do - it was mid-week in early May so perhaps out of season? The Moonstone Bar & Grill on the beachfront is very average. By contrast, Hearst Castle is fantastic - a great piece of Americana and well worth a day of anyone's time.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Seascale
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Burbank, CA
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2007

My boyfriend and I booked an upstairs oceanfront room for a Friday and Saturday night in April 2007. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT and it was well worth the price. Our weekend was soooo relaxing because of the wonderful experience at this hotel and in Cambria in general. You know that feeling when you're just so happy that you want to cry? (women nod, men look confused) Well, this is the place to stay if you need to unwind, destress, and just relax.

We arrived early (around 1:45pm) to see if we could check in. The lady at the desk was extremely exuberant and outgoing, looked up our room and exclaimed how wonderful our room was (#202). It seems that reservations at this hotel are tracked by paper, so I could see her charts of rooms, and I have to say that most of the rooms had been booked! She looked up the room for our next night, and it seemed as if we would have to move to a different room, which is highly inconvenient, and I was about to protest when she said she would move our room to 205 if she could, the best room in the hotel, because we seemed like such a nice couple. :) There was a scattering of a bunch of papers as she pulled reservations slips to compare rooms. She squealed with delight and surprise when she said the occupants of 205 for Saturday night (our second night) had requested room 202, so we got room 205 for both nights. We totally lucked out! (I don't know her name, but if the weekday staff person is reading this, we thank you so much!!!!!)

205 is the room to ask for!! It's a corner suite! Which means we had only one neighbor and an extra set of windows looking out over the ocean. I would recommend getting a room on the second floor as the view is unobstructed; downstairs patios get "shade" from the balconies above them. This is the room called "Ocean Front King" on the hotel website's virtual tour. There are only 5 upstairs oceanfront rooms and the ones on the end (201 and 205) have the biggest balconies (the balconies in the middle are semi-circular).

We put the key in the door and swung it open, revealing the travertine entryway. Sunlight from across the room streamed through the glass sliding doors and windows. We rushed in, dropped our stuff, and examined the room. Ahhh: the beautiful white embroidered duvet and pillows, the mission-style furniture, a round table and four chairs, and oversized sitting chair. Not to forget the balcony, TV cabinet, fireplace, microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and large closet with white sliding doors. And of course, the bathroom. The giant travertine-encrusted bathroom with an open shower connected to the whirlpool jet-stream bathtub, all with supershiny silver fixtures. There are extra pillows and a blanket in the cabinets. It is all as it's pictured on the website, and the room smells fresh and clean.

There is continental breakfast in the morning from 8 - 10am, which consists of sweet danishes, muffins, and other pastry types, mini bagels and croissants, Cheerios, yogurt and granola, fruit salad, and your array of breakfast beverages and about 6 kinds of tea to choose from. There are trays that you can load everything up on and bring back to your room (we graciously brought our trays back although there are some reviewers who think it's undignified to bus your own table). There is also an afternoon cheese spread but we were never at the hotel at those times to scope it out. There is also a little spa for guests to use, but we had our own whirpool tub in our room, so we never went out there.

We saw three staff members during the course of our stay, and each of them was very friendly and helpful. We borrowed a DVD from their extensive collection (50+ to choose from) for free. We also borrowed a corkscrew because we forgot to bring one, and the lady told us to just return it when we checked out. :) The housekeeping staff is friendly as well, and we didn't hear any noise from them in the morning. We also saw glimpses of other rooms, non-ocean view rooms, and they seemed very nice too. Those rooms and bathrooms are smaller and don't have patios/balconies, but they're very nice and equipped with the same linens and travertine bathrooms.

The weather was beautiful on Friday but got socked in by fog on Saturday afternoon, so if the weather is nice when you go, stay outside as long as you can!! You never know when it will get fogged in. We sat out on the balcony for a few hours in our bathing suits and got nice tans while listening to the ocean and watching the birds fly by.

There is bubble bath provided, but we had earlier stopped in Cambria at an aromatherapy store and picked up a couple of bath treats to try. It turned out to be a great idea; the whirpool tub and lavender fragrance got us relaxed for a good night's sleep. (if you're small people like we are, you can both fit in the tub) We slept with the fireplace on all night and the sliding door cracked open a bit. If you don't like the sound of waves, don't worry - the glass in the doors and windows are SUPER thick and the room gets very quiet for a good sleep.

The only bad thing I can find to say about our stay is that when the people downstairs turn on their bathroom fan, it makes a whirring that we can hear (and we have to turn the TV volume up - ooo, big deal). ;) And the travertine is cold and takes some getting used to (or bring slippers). And we wished we could swivel the TV to face us more. But seriously, if these are the ONLY things I can find to complain about, then you're in for a real treat if you stay here!!!!

I have more fabulous things to say about this place and Cambria as a whole; feel free to contact me if you want to know more!

  • Liked — Balcony, whirpool tub
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank myteem
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
470 reviews
346 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 563 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2007

Inspired by reviews, we stayed here for one night in April, 2007.

The reviews are accurate and I believe that one of the rooms with a deck facing the ocean would be quite a treat.

Our room had a "partial view," which means that if you walk to the window and turn your head to the extreme left, you can see the ocean.

The place seems to be managed by an attractive married couple in their early 50s. He was pleasant enough when we checked in, but I later saw him lose his cool when a very well-groomed but inebriated Asian man asked for help unlocking the door to his room.

The next morning, his wife was several minutes late unlocking the door that kept hungry guests from the breakfast buffet.

They both wore one of those fixed smiles that conveys, "I'm trying to be pleasant, but I'd rather not."

Stayed April 2007
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Property: Moonstone Landing
Address: 6240 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Moonstone Landing 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moonstone Landing is a family-owned oceanfront Hotel located on Moonstone Beach Drive in the resort village of Cambria. We are a pet-free and smoke-free property. All rooms have either a full ocean view or partial ocean view with a fireplace in every room. Relax in a jacuzzi tub in the full ocean view rooms. Every room has free internet access, flat screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. ... more   less 
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