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Moonstone Cottages
Reviewed March 18, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank feuilte
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

We stayed in "The Mariner" cottage, and it was fantastic. Overall experience was superior. The staff was very pleasant, courteous, and accomodating. The cottage we stayed in was very clean, in a great location, very comfortable, in a scenic & romantic setting, and contained all the amenities we needed & more.

Since this was our anniversary celebration, we received a nice gift of a beautiful cake delivered to our cottage. It was delicious. After telling the staff we loved the cake and would like to purchase one to enjoy a second time, they took the time to bake another, deliver it to us, and all for no charge. Very sweet!!

We will most definately return to this cottage and very much look forward to that.

We very highly recommend this lovely place to stay in Cambria. The cottage is located very close to the scenic beach and pretty walking area to view the wildlife and scenic seashore. We encourage you to take advantage of this romantic place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank CoronaDave
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

My husband and I have just returned from a drive along PCH 1 from LA to Monterey and spent 2 delightful evenings in the Garden Gate Cottage which is one of 3 available at the Moonstone Cottages in Cambria. What a delight...quiet, romantic, beautiful. We enjoyed watching the sunset, walks along the beach, and just quiet time! The cottage was lovely. The first cottage (I can't remember it's name) has a totally unobstructed view of the beach. Each morning a basket with yogurt, fruit, and pastries was dropped off at the door. The only negative would be that they were having unusually warm temperatures and there is no a/c and no ceiling fan. A ceiling fan would have made our stay perfect!

Stayed: June 2008
1  Thank suzonnea
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Reviewed June 11, 2008

We stayed in the Mariner cottage. The room was dusty. Mirrors over bar sink & coat hooks were smudged noticeably. Shower had a couple strands of hair in it - not from us. The stuffed bear on the bed also had hair (not from us) on it as well.

We watched the maid going from cottage to cottage cleaning on the morning of our departure. The Seascape & Garden cottages took her all of 20 mins to clean. Gross! It was full occupancy the night before. Maid should be doing a better job of cleaning the rooms.

OUR BIGGEST GRIPE - at check in, we were told that they had to send a maintenance guy to our cottage to repair something on the tv. We expect repairs to be done BEFORE we check in! It was really annoying having to wait 25 mins for this maintenance guy to do the repair.
Note: There was something creepy about the maintenance guy. We had noticed him w/the maid on the morning of our departure as mentioned above. He was noticeably upset w/her & they were arguing about something. Neither one of them greeted us w/a "good morning" when they saw us standing there. We felt it was very unprofessional behavior for a guest to witness!

Cottages are cute but we don't know if we'll book again.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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3  Thank norcalite
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Reviewed October 6, 2007

I first saw a review of the Moonstone Cottages in Sunset Magazine, and I can honestly say that our stay in the Mariner's Cottage exceded our expectations. The cottage is comfortable, and a wonderful place to unwind from the world. I highly recommend the property, and the Blue Dolphin Inn staff, which manage the cottages, are wonderful. In particular the staff were extremely helpful suggesting activities and restaurants in the area. We wanted a different experience from the "motel" by the beach properties along the Central coast and were very pleased with our experience. We hope to return again in the near future.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tweetiea
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Reviewed February 6, 2007

We stayed in the Mariner's Cottage last year on our anniversary and are going again this year for our anniversary. It obviously made quite an impression on my husband. We have stayed at many b&bs around California and have had quite a lovely time. But this was unique since it was just you and your honey. If you're looking for a quiet getaway where you don't have to worry about socializing with others during breakfast and you want it to be totally private, this is the place for you. You're right by the beach and next door to a restaurant (Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill) that serves a wonderful breakfast. Also, The Sea Chest is just down the street. There is a fridge and coffee maker, etc. My husband and I just went to a local market in Cambria and picked up some milk and breakfast goodies (like bagels & cream cheese, fruit, and some cinnamon rolls from one of the bakeries) and that was our breakfast for the weekend. We could eat in our Pjs in the comfort of our own room. We had a fabulous time and are looking foward to going again in a few weeks!!!!

Stayed: February 2007
2  Thank tobascolover
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Reviewed August 17, 2005

Moonstone Cottages is the most unique vacation spot I have ever been to. We had our own private cottage, practically on the beach. The gardens were fantastic and full of color. The rooms were designed with the best in mind. Everything was so extravagent. But most of all it was private. We had the best time.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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5  Thank Taunnie
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Additional Information about Moonstone Cottages

Address: 6580 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1810
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Cambria
Price Range: $217 - $446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Moonstone Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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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