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“Excellent for the money”
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Castle Inn
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent for the money”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Good value motel. Clean, spacious and incredible location right opposite the beach. We had a room on the top floor at the back - we could have watched the sunset over the sea from our window (we didn't - we stood on the beach boardwalk with everyone else - it was beautiful) The stairs to the top floor were right outside our room, but we were not disturbed by people accessing their rooms. Breakfast is collected from the breakfast room - plenty to choose from and no limit to how much you can eat. This was perfect for our one night stop over as we drove from Monterey to LA, just one turning off the CA-1.

Room Tip: The room at the top of the stairs at the back has a great view of the sunset
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you for your very nice comments. I am glad that you enjoyed the sunset from the boardwalk on Moonstone Beach. It is also nice to hear that the breakfast selection was plentiful. There are so many hotels to choose from in the area and we were very happy that you stayed with us.
I hope you return again when traveling the Central Coast.
Sincerely,
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Castle Inn is really just an average hotel in an incredible spot. When you arrive at the hotel your immediate thought will be of the 60's hotel. The lobby is everything that you would think of, a bit dark and the front desk is great. I do really like the hotel, but I really want you to know what you are getting yourself into.
We got the room in the back under the stairs and I was a little bit scared, but the room was not bad. The rooms are clean and look fine. The bathroom is really small and the shower was really short. Were people just really short 50 years ago? We liked the breakfast in the morning and it was enough to keep us going until late lunch.
The location of the hotel is great and you can walk to the restaurant just down the street and the beach just across the street. The beach across the street is a great mix of beach and rocks. There are seals, crabs and squirrels all over the place and it is really fun for the whole family.

Again, good hotel and great location. Watch the video on hovidre.com if you want to see more.

Room Tip: Get a room upstairs in the back if you can
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Karen F, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for your comments and constructive criticism. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you do return. The hotel is under new ownership so our guest comments are extremely important to us. Many improvements and upgrades are planned for the future. Please watch for specials and promotions available on our website.
Sincerely,
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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Stayed at the Castle Inn just after Labor Day so the $109.00 rate seemed like a fair price for the lovely location (right accross the street from the ocean, boardwalk and sunset view), the clean and comfortable room, and decent continental breakfast that included excellent coffee. We had a lower level room which did not face the ocean, but it was convenient to have our car right outside the door. The bathroom was kind of small but very clean and adequate. For dinner we walked next door to the Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill and had a fantastic Grilled Yellow Tail dinner.
The Castle Inn was a perfect stop for us on our road trip up Pacific Coast Highway. We would gladly go back again and spend more time there.

Room Tip: The lower level room was convenient to our car and felt very safe.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for staying with us during the Labor Day Weekend. We appreciate your comments and constructive criticism. We are always looking for suggestions on what we can improve upon. Please stop in and say Hello next time you find yourself visiting beautiful Cambria!
Sincerely,
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Lafayette, La
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

A nice, clean, safe place with the Pacific just across the street. Great board walks to use to see the sea otters and seals. It does not have A/C, but does not need it, just open the windows and enjoy

Room Tip: second floor is best view of the sunset over the Pacific
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for your staying with us. I was glad to see that you have stayed with us multiple times in the past and that we met your expectations. You were lucky to see the seals, they can be so hard to view because they are not always so abundant. We look forward to a future visit from you and hope that you enjoy the holiday season.

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Ludhiana
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356 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

I booked this Hotel after researching on TripAdvisor and i am glad i booked this hotel. It was my Birthday and the stay here was most enjoyable of my entire trip. check in was fairly quick and i was given room on the top floor with Sea View. It was a Big Room with a Big Bathroom and very modern. there is a small swimming pool if you dont like to go to the sea, nice lush garden right along the sea with relaxing chairs, so you can have a little sunbath.
Breakfast is available on ground level in a nice little room. it was minimalist yet good enough.
there is a small trail along the beach in front of the Hotel where you can have your morning/ evening walks. it is just so wonderful. spent just one night wished i had spent a couple more.
Will be Back Definitely.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for staying with us for your Birthday Celebration. I am glad that you enjoyed your accommodations and our friendly staff. I would have to agree that the walk along Moonstone Beach during the evening is one of the most spectacular things to do in the area. I appreciate your comments and hope that you stay with us again soon.
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Beccles, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Stayed here on our trip south along highway 1, the rooms were OK, the location is very good right on the sea front. Breakfast is a continental help yourself affair.
Think the reason I have marked it low was the price $170 A night, steep for this time of year, so not real Value for Money. If the price was lower then maybe a rating higher.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed for one night on our trip up the coast. We got in later than we had planned and ask the staff for dinner suggestions. They gave us great info and our dinner was delicious. The hotel room was very clean and had everything we needed. The breakfast included some pastries, cereal, juice and hard boiled eggs. It was all we needed. The boardwalk on the beach is right across the street and was a great morning stroll before we got back on the road. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karen F, General Manager at Castle Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for staying with us. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay on Moonstone Beach and your walk along the boardwalk. This is such a gem that we have in our community and no matter what time of the year it is, you can always enjoy what the area has to offer.
We hope you return again soon!
Sincerely,
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Property: Castle Inn
Address: 6620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1812
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Castle Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It was one of the very first motels built along the Cambria coast when cattle still roamed on Moonstone Beach Drive. The property boasts one of the best geographical locations on the beach. Right in front of the lodge are amazing tide pools to discover sealife, gorgeous lookouts, Leffingwell Landing Park and a wide-open beach upon which to stroll. The grounds at the Inn are broad and situated with comfortable sitting areas for enjoyable ocean viewing and people-watching. All of the guestrooms offer views of the ocean, but the upstairs rooms provide an excellent vantage point to watch the daily sunsets. The rooms at Castle Inn are simple but more than adequate to provide a wonderful stay at the beach. It is our intention to make the property one of the best values along Moonstone Beach and a great option for families. ... more   less 
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Castle Inn By The Sea Hotel Cambria
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