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“Great beach location with in-room fireplace!”

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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach. The beach view and in-room fireplace were big hits with the family. This was our overnight stop during a very quick two-day PCH drive starting in Monterey. The beach is right across the street and has a nice, quiet boardwalk that runs about 1/2 mile to the south, with additional boardwalk trails to the north and west. This is a very interesting beach, with two nice restaurant choices within walking distance - go out early, though, or you may have a long wait! The room was well appointed and clean. We enjoyed the fireplace and the patio seating area with nice landscaping and flowers right outside. The morning hummingbird show was particularly enjoyable! Bathroom fixtures worked well but were beginning to show their age. Nothing to be concerned about, however. The desk attendant was very pleasant and informative during check-in and while discussing meal and beach options. The breakfast buffet was fairly typical but good. The outdoor pool and hot tub looked inviting on a cool evening, but we did not use them this visit. We stayed on a Friday, so paid a premium price for our room. If you have the flexibility during high season, try for a midweek stay during your PCH drive.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

THe fireplace was really nice in the room. The location was perfect for walking to the beach and watching the waves. We had a nice breakfast. The staff was really friendly and very helpful finding a nice hike nearby.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for a night on our drive from LA to San Francisco. What a beautiful location--and close to Hearst Castle! We loved the charming little town of Cambria--shops, restaurants and boardwalk along the beach. The hotel was clean, beds were comfortable and the family loved the large, heated pool. We would definitely recommend for future visitors.

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Thank mahtomedigirl
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This was a very beautiful area with a fantastic ocean view. They had two luggage racks in the room, Marriott has only one. The water was $1.50, Marriott's is $6.00. The breakfast was just wonderful with each item in plentiful amounts. We are thinking of returning and staying for 2 weeks. It was the nicest Best Western we have stayed in. Thank You for a nice vacation.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Probably more like a 3.5 star. Great service. Free breakfast including eggs, sausage, and waffles. We received fresh baked cookies at check in...a nice touch. Wonderful view of the shore and saw harbour seals in the morning. Would definitely stay here again. Fireplace in the room. Large rooms. Wifi included.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Moonstone beach location of the Fireside Inn in Cambria can't be beat. Its directly across from the boardwalk with easy access to the bluffs and the beach. We enjoyed viewing the otters from the boardwalk in early morning and early evening. As an added bonus, this end of Moonstone Beach Drive is also the quietest.

The hotel is clean, beds were comfortable and they provided a free mini-fridge where you can store beverages etc. We had an ocean view room with a little patio, and it was very charming to sit there and watch the sun set (or decend into the fog as they case may be). The bathroom was weird. There is a large *jet* tub, but it looks really old with cracked dials. While clean, it wasn't something I wanted to get into. The water pressure was adequate in the shower.

The pool and hot tub area looked nice, but we didn't have a chance to use them. The onetime we considered it, the small pool was filled with young children (as was the jacuzzi). The office does provide free pool towles on request.

The staff was okay but not stellar. While we were checked in promptly, our front desk clerk couldn't advise on restaurants or other local venues. He repeatedly tried to tell us we couldn't get dinner in Cambria after 8:30pm on a Saturday. Absolutely not true; both Robin's and the
Cambria Pub and Steakhouse were serving until 10am that night.

But the only real reason why this motel is getting an average (as opposed to very good) rating is value. $350/night is a lot to pay for any motel. That's a luxury price for a simple place to lay your head.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This was our first stop on a journey down the southern coast on our Harley Davidson motorcycles. What a accommodating Inn. Room was clean and had a great view of the Pacific ocean from our courtyard. Everyone was pleased with the staff and continental breakfast in the morning.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Cambria
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: $139 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Best Western Plus Fireside Inn On Moonstone Beach Hotel Cambria
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