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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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Georgetown, TX
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Average hotel, great location”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Spent 4 nights here in September while visiting Cambria and surrounding area. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the staff is welcoming and friendly. Just across the street is the reason for staying here. There is a boardwalk along the cliff overlooking Moonstone beach and the ocean. Beautiful views!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Lafayette, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We've stayed here before as it is an ideal stopping point between our son's home in southern California and ours in northern California. The staff are extra-friendly, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the location is superb. Their breakfast leaves a bit to be desired (the eggs looked hard and inedible and the sausages were most unappealing) but, all-in-all, it is a satisfying choice for us. The lack of air conditioning might not make it as good an option during hot weather.

Room Tip: Be aware that the back of the motel backs up onto the highway.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jervis Bay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2012

One night stopover to visit Hearst Castle.
Check in was friendly & quick. Information & maps of the local area were provided.

Location is wonderful. Directly across the road from Moonstone beach.

Our room was at the back of the hotel, hallway leading to the room was a little dark & dingy.

The room was very clean, large & well presented. Seating area had a couch with a small table in front. Bathroom was clean with plenty of towels.
The bed was the most comfortable of any hotel i have ever been in. In the 4 weeks we travelled California it was the best nights sleep we had. Very quiet.

The hotel includes breakfast in its rates but we did not partake.
They also have a small pool & spa.

Compared to other hotels this was probably on the higher side but what price do you put on a good nights sleep?

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Raleigh
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I would stay at this motel again mainly because of its location. it is located right at moonstone beach and in Cambira which is a very nice town. There is a boardwalk and steps down to the beach and there is often elephant seals on the rocks that you can watch from the top of the cliff right in front of the hotel.
The room itself was fairly basic and a little dated but clean and the people at the front desk where very nice. The one thing that was a big turn off to me is that the headboard to the bed was a cloth headboard. I don't really consider cloth headboards them very sanitary for a motel.
The fireplace was nice in the room but it didn't really throw much heat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife and I decided to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a visit to Cambria, and planned to stay at the Best Western Plus Fireside Inn based on positive experiences we've had with other BW+ properties on other trips. We were not disappointed.

Justin, the Assistant General Manager, was kind enough to upgrade our room for a nominal fee to an oceanfront location with a fireplace, directly across the road from the seaside walkway. The room was more than comfortable, and the fact that it rained during our stay made it seem all the more cozy as we could watch the sea while sitting in front of the fire.

The free breakfast was to usual BW+ standards, which is to say nothing elaborate but more than adequate, while the wi-fi worked well enough for our purposes. Fresh coffee and tea were available at all times in the office. The property is within walking distance to several excellent restaurants.

We will definitely be repeat customers. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Be sure to request an ocean-facing room with fireplace!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Just across the road from the beach, the scenery is terrific. The room was good, plenty of space and very comfortable. The Internet connection was not very good but that was not a real problem in the room. Breakfast was crowded, not helped by non diners using the Internet and taking up much needed space.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Right of Hwy 1, this hotel was a welcome site! We were tired and just wanted to find some nice place to spend the night, but at 10 PM, pickings are slim. Many neighboring properties looked nice but had no vacancy. We got one of two rooms left in the place - so we were told - and were grateful EXCEPT for the price. We were told the room was regularly $279 but was offered a discounted walk-in rate. Oceanview would be more. We got the room at the BACK of the hotel. Nice and quiet, the room felt very homey with king sized bed and enough room for a small sofa and coffee table. Very clean, too! Continental breakfast was included; it did the trick despite the custard-like institutional eggs. Other than the room, the BEST feature of this property is that the Pacific is right across the street and we happily took in that gorgeous view after breakfast.

Lesson learned: Plan/reserve ahead and maybe get a better rate at this or nearby properties.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Address: 6700 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428-1814
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Cambria
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our coastal hotel features a year-round heated pool and spa, complimentary hot breakfast, beach cottage accommodations with fireplaces and easy access to the Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, wineries, shops and farm-to-table dining. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Fireside Inn On Moonstone Beach Hotel Cambria
Best Western Cambria
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