I booked the most expensive of 3 cottages described as 'peaceful, tranquil and private' (Seascape) for a Sunday night stay. On our arrival at 4.00pm we found the Dolphin Inn, where an e-mail a few weeks previously had told us to check in, closed and obviously undergoing a major renovation. A note on the back of the building directed us to the Sand Pebble Inn which was several hotels back along Moonstone Drive . The Seascape cottage was very exposed to the road(Moonstone Dr.) and all the passing traffic both car and foot. It was hard to hear the surf over the noise of passing cars and the view was not of the beach or surf as across the road there was a wooden walking path and then a steep drop to the beach. Cars, vans and even small RVS were parked at various points on the road. The small exposed patio at the front of the cottage was only raise a few inches above the road level and had a tiny bench on it less than 4 feet I think. The cottage was just wide enough for a double bed and the only way to sit by the fire(gas) was to move the small upright chairs in to the walk by space at the bottom of the bed. The kitchenette was a small surface at the back of the room with the usual appliances. The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub on one side of the door and a toilet and dark shower with a curtain on the other side of the door. I don't think there was a door in to the bathroom which was visible from the front door as you entered or from outside if lights were on. While we were looking at the cottage two sets of people came right up to the front of the patio to remove a brochure advertising the cottages from a box placed there. Of course they stared in the windows also. The only way to be private in this cottage was with all the blinds closed. Parts of the hardwood floor were scratched and did not look very clean. We were told at the Pebble Inn that they were not delivering breakfast to the cottages any more as it was too far away but we were welcome to walk over and have breakfast(self serve) at the inn. This was a major disappointment for our 24th. wedding anniversary. Eventually the receptionist at the Sand Pebble Inn gave us an oceanfront room there but otherwise we would have left as we felt so uncomfortable. The two other moonstone cottages looked similar but were set back on the long narrow lot between Moonstone Dr. and highway 1, one behind the other with a little staggering so you could see the ocean from the door of the second cottage. There was an empty lot to one side of the cottages and a few cypress trees on the cottage lot but not a"grove" as advertised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moonstone Cottages are three private oceanview cottages, nestled in a grove of mature cypress trees located right on Moonstone Beach Drive, steps away from the boardwalk, beach, and tidal pools. These distinctly different cottages offer quiet comfortable lodging and privacy...Perfect for a romantic getaway. Complete with one queen bed, quality linens, and ambient fireplaces and in-room amenities including European blend coffee, Dorothy Prentice bathroom amenities, house-baked cookies, and a picnic breakfast delivered to your door in the morning . Each cottage is equipped with gas fireplaces, refrigerators, microwaves, flat-screened T.V. And DVD player with a view of the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moonstone Cottages Hotel Cambria