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“Charming and Romantic”
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Squibb Houses
Ranked #18 of 24 Cambria B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 23, 2010

As long time B&B guests, the Squibb House is a real stand out. It is charming, romantic, exceptionally clean. We stumbled upon it by accident when we were so disappointed by the top rated B&B in town and had to find another at the last minute. The location is right in the middle of the old part of Cambria, making everything within walking distance.

Our breakfast was delivered to our room each morning and consisted of fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked goods (not typical store bought baked goods), coffee and juice. The staff was very nice and friendly and helpful.

If you want a romantic place to get away from the 'real world' and leave TV and distraction behind, then this is the place for you. If you want a typical hotel experience, then don't stay here, there are plenty of others to choose from. We enjoyed reading the entries in the room's journals of all of the happy, loving, romantic stays that many others have been enjoying at Squibb House for years. The romantic piped in music was a nice touch!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

We wanted a place to stay so that we could visit Hearst Castle and this came up through Karen Brown. Her directions to find the place were confusing but this is something to which we were rapidly becoming accustomed!! You check in at the shop next door and the original lady was friendly and helpful. We had the Parlour room..bright and clean. In the main sitting room they insisted on playing some really dire music which was piped to the bedrooms. Although we could turn the music off in our room, the bedroom was next to the main seating area so it went on all night unless you could turn it off. I did try but the music was always turned back up whenever a member of staff went past! Our first night in the room made us realise that the mattress and plumbing matched the age of the house (133 years)! The showerhead needed de-calking, the toilet seemed likely to block at any moment and the matress/pillows had definitely seen better days. The fire in the room was on making the room far too warm in the late afternoon/evening so my husband turned it off. Having gone for a walk we returned to find a note under the door telling us not to turn it off as it was difficult to start again! Brilliant! This proved the case. My husband went back to the shop and having finally managed to get the new lady's attention asked to have it put on again. Unfortunately she did not know how to get it to work (neither did we as it failed to respond to the directions on the top) The lady who did know how it worked had gone home. The room did require heating first thing in the morning but we managed by putting on extra layers of clothing. It would be better if they got the heater fixed! Apart from that -should you really be leaving a gas fire on all night??? The room was incredibly noisy with cars going back and forth till late at night on the Saturday and first thing on the Monday. Breakfast arrives in a basket with hot water for tea in an insulated mug. Sadly the mug had been used for coffee so many times that the water tasted faintly of coffee which transferred to the tea! The gardens were detailed as 'very pretty' in Karen Brown but were overgrown and in dire need of some love and attention. The whole impression was one of making money with the least amount of effort. This is a shame as the house has fantastic potential - it seems the owners are not too bothered about putting the correct amount of time, effort and money into making it a true success. We were very disappointed as it wasn't cheap!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2009

Upon check-in we were told someone would come to light only heat source in room which is a gas stove. No one ever came and when I asked a different person came and tried to light it, but could not. Turns out she has never been able to light it and neither had the first person. I was told repeatedly, "there is nothing I can do". She said the owner was busy, "moving furniture". When I suggested we call him, she said he was in Los Angeles. I asked her if there wasn't a "fix-it" person we could call, and she said emphatically, "no, there is no one". She filled the room with gas trying to light the stove and then made a remark about, "not bringing her magic wand". A lot of nerve to charge $175/night and offer no heat, and yes, it is chilly on the N Calif coast, even in summer. Very unprofessional operation.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank Catalina1966
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

We were looking for a place to spend the night after visiting Hearst Castle and, after stopping at a couple hotels to check for vacancies, we happend to stumbled upon Squibb House. We were very lucky! Swibb House is very well located, the room is cute and comfortable, we got complimentary wine tastings. The breakfast is included and served to the room. The price for all this was reasonnable for the area. It was one of the nicest room we has in our California trip!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2008

Wow, great service. The owner and his personnel provided fantastic hospitality, the amenities were perfect, and as a bonus, the town is just a great place to get away, relax and eat excellent food!

I highly recommend it. I can't wait to rent the house again!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 8, 2008

My family just spent two wonderful nights at the Squibb House. We could not have been happier with the rooms, staff and overall visit. We were there for my daughter's wedding at Robin's and it was the perfect place to stay, the rooms were charming and the house and gardens are beautiful which added so much to the wedding photographs. I highly recommend the Squibb House, (and if you are thinking of a wedding at Robin's it is a lovely way to add to your experience).

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

I stayed in The Squibb House the last weekend in June of 2008 and I had such an incredible time. I came to this site to write a review because I just had to tell everyone else how great it was. I am VERY surprized to read some of the reviews and I have to seriously think that they must have stayed at a different Squibb House. The house and staff were excellent. The grounds were so beautiful. The bed was amazingly comfortable. I thought about asking the management about buying the bed, sheets, comforter and quilt I slept so great. Included in your stay is the free wine tasting accross the street which I highly recommend. The house is located in the heart of Cambria. The stores, restaurants and markets are extremely close. The breakfast was fabulous as well!!! There was so much of it that I asked them to cut it in half the second morning. I believe that they get the pastries from the Bakery store on the corner. For our drive home I purchased some more for us to enjoy. My overall rating is beyond excellent. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Squibb Houses

Address: 4063 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Cambria
Price Range: $195 - $284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Squibb Houses are two bed and breakfast houses on the same property in East Village, Cambria. Walk out your door to galleries, shops, cafes, and the best restaurants in our quaint town. Free wifi and private parking is available on site. The Black Barn, built in 2016, features four spacious rooms, each with a fireplace, a private bathroom, a seating area, and balcony or patio. Common areas include a living room with beautiful windows, tall ceiling, a dining room, and a front patio. The Squibb House, a Victorian built in 1890, features five rooms. The rooms include a private bathroom, fireplace, and a seating area. Common areas include a living room. Breakfast is served family style in the Black Barn dining room. Guests will find a gift shop located next door with handmade furniture. Hearst Castle is 8.1 miles from the property. Highway 1 to Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey is 1 mile from the property. The Wine country in Paso Robles is 25 miles and Morro Bay is 20 miles. ... more   less 
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