I stayed here back in 2010 and enjoyed it enough to return again, and I'm so glad I did.
This hotel has gotten better over time. And you still get cookies at check in!
The outside of the hotel was very neat and clean with nice landscaping.
It appears as though they've done some remodeling since my last stay as everything was either very clean or recently painted. The furniture in the rooms appeared new. And the bed was a dream.
They are using a very nice bath product that smells wonderful, not the normal run of the mill Best Western shampoo/conditioner.
My room had a fireplace in it, mostly for looks I think as you just turn it on with a flip of a switch, but still beautiful to sit and watch.
The room was very large with king bed plus enough space for the sofa and table if you wanted to eat or read at. The carpeting was clean. There is a desk area also for working at. The lighting in the room was great. For a hotel being out in no where they do get a lot of television channels.
I think the best part of this hotel is the walkway right across the street, it takes you on a nice stroll along the coast where you can see lots of harbor seals on the rocks and even has a nice set of stairs that lead right down to the water where there are various tide pools on Moonstone Beach. They say you're supposed to be able to find Moonstones, but I never have, probably because I don't know what I'm looking for.
It is located not far from Hearst Castle (a nice place to visit) and the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery. The elephant seals are a must see if you're in the area. It's free and wonderful to watch these amazing creatures. There are even docents available to answer questions.
Anyhow, back to the hotel. There is a lovely heated pool and spa and the rooms have robes you can use while walking to and fro. There is a nice outdoor patio area that you can take your morning up of coffee or nightly glass of ??? to and watch the sunrise or sunset.
Breakfast was good, plentiful, and hot. Scrambled eggs, sausage, various fruits, juices, cereals, yogurts, breads, and pastries. All items were replaced frequently so nothing ran out. There are two waffle machines. I don't care for the recycled looking paper plates they use and would rather see real plates and utensils, but oh well.
If you're looking for a good stop over place while traveling along the coast or wanting to stay a couple of days where its peaceful and quiet to recharge your batteries this is a nice place.
- 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
- Cambria Fireside Inn
- Cambria Best Western