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Cambria Pines Lodge
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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San Francisco, California
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“Definitely stay in a deluxe king suite”
Reviewed July 5, 2011

My honey and I stayed in Room #913 for 2 nights, a king deluxe suite and really enjoyed our stay. The only factor that was lacking were the lumpy pillows on the very comfortable king bed. The pillows need to be updated. The deluxe suite was spacious, clean, and comfortable. The bathroom was large - it had a bath tub and a separate shower. We didn't have a unit next to us nor above us and it felt like we had our own little cabana on the grounds. The furniture was a bit dated and rustic, but clean. The lounge/bar had friendly bartenders with speedy service. The complimentary breakfast was a nice touch, but don't expect a gourmet buffet. The scrambled eggs were good and the house made salsa (so good) I poured on top of the eggs was delicious. I will definitely stay here again for a nice, romantic getaway.

Room Tip: Stay in a deluxe deluxe king suite and you won't hear your neighbors.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

Cambria Pines Lodge is sort of nestled up in a pine forest, which I suppose is why they call it what they call it?! Anyhow, quite pretty up there. The grounds are generally nice, though some serious trash and litter picking up around the backside of the units at the forest's edge would be in order, as I we had a lovely view of the trees, along with lots of cigarette butts, plastic bags, chip bags, cans, and litter.

We had a 1-bedroom suite, which was pretty nice - probably a 3 out of 5. The rooms are pretty old and look it, but they are clean and liveable. The walls are of course paper thin, so plan on hearing plenty of noise if you get the "wrong" neighbors.

Breakfast was included in our price, which really helped justify the cost of this place, as the food was plentiful and quite tasty. Pretty nice garden they have for eating in as well.

The bar apparently serves as the stomping grounds for some of the town's older folk. This is neither good nor bad, just interesting. The bartendress was the best though - super helpful and nice to us, and the drinks were cold.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

We just fall in love with this place. Booked a cheapest room ($120) for one night and we were not expecting anything but a clean place to sleep. But what we found is absolutely amazing! The room was bigger than our 1-bedroom apartment in NJ - it’s beautiful. We had a Jacuzzi, two fire-places, two TVs, personal balcony and super-clean bed! It’s a large property, we’re almost lost.

They have good restaurant on site, and nightly entertainment. The breakfast is awesome with lots of variety. Breakfast was included in price! They also have amazing gardens on site, you must visit them. My wife liked the room so much that she didn’t want to leave…but we had go ahead with our 2-week cali. trip.

This is a best place for relaxing and enjoying luxury on pacific coastal highway (PCH). I wish we can go back there some time.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

We have just enjoyed a two night stay at the Cambria Pines Lodge on a special deal offered by Travelzoo. We have never stayed in the Cambria area before and now we can hardly wait for our next visit. The Lodge is a wonderful resort and absolutely beautiful property. The grounds are so well manicured you feel like you are walking through a botanic garden. This time of year the flowers are in full bloom and it smelled as beautiful as it looked. To our delight, we were assigned a detached cottage and it was as clean, comfortable, and private as it could be. We hated to leave. We highly recommend a stay at this property. It is a quick trip to the mountains while you are still on the beautiful and rugged coast.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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los angeles, ca
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

Cambria Pines Lodge:
It's a little old Lodge but you can enjoy many things while staying in here. They have swimming pool & jacuzzi, garden, hiking trail (not to miss) that can take you down to the village, it's really nice. It's about 200 some steps, but it's not difficult at all. We stayed in a fireplace 2 queen beds room, but if you pay for an upgrade, i think it is so much better. Daily Brearkfast buffet is great, hot & fresh, fruit, coffee, oakmeal, eggs, pancake, potatoes, yogut..... it's a deal. We had the free dinner deal for two, plus a bottle of house wine. It's alright, if you don't mind to drive out, there are better options nearby.
Wifi is free but very inconsistent & limited. But its a vacation, enjoy yourself !!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

I will try not to be too harsh in my comments, as we purchased an "incredible" $99 one night special advertised in our local paper. Living less than 2 hours away, we thought it would be fun to spend some quality time in Cambria instead of rushing through on the way to Big Sur. The special included a King room, dinner for two, a bottle of wine and breakfast! While I did not expect The Ritz for $99, I assumed this promotion was a way to show off their wonderful inn in an effort to get more "locals" to visit more often, and at their normal (higher) prices.

The grounds are lovely, with interesting winding paths ending in lovely surprises such a patio "furnished" with large birdhouses on poles, with succulent & flowers growing from their roofs. There is a path to their very nice garden shop which has more winding paths to an oriental garden, wishing well, etc. Their delphiniums & hollyhocks were stunning. We enjoyed meeting the lodge cat, who followed us to our room, came in and sniffed around, and left.

We were assigned (by the droll, authoritarian, humorless youngster at the front desk) an UN-remodeled room, which is I believe is described as "rustic". I was not prepared for the dreary pea-soup green walls which made the already dark room seem even more so, blinds that barely opened, and after looking out the filthy windows I could see why.... It was NOT the Ralph Lauren-romantic-cabin-in- the-woods "rustic" I was hoping for - more like yard sale furniture from the 1970's rustic. I really think a coat of light paint on the walls would do wonders for the place, and I do love the color green. But this dark gray-green was a bummer. And I too, had the proverbial "elephant' above me stomping around after 11pm, waking me up....

I will say, the king bed was very comfortable, and the log burning fireplace, with the lights off, made the room infinitely more palatable. That and the delicious bottle of wine. Their house wine rocks! I wanted to buy a bottle to take home, but if it was for sale, I did not see any indication of it. Our waitress Sam was wonderful - she definitely made the whole experience better for us. Professional, friendly, genuine. She deserves a raise. The scallops were very good, as were the crab cakes. Sam was right, the sauces there are exceptional - the balsamic reduction was truly gourmet. The bartender (a blonde woman) was also personable, welcoming and efficient. These two woman should train the front desk to lighten up.

One more area needs mentioning, the pool. The pool seemed to be mostly used by locals (or maybe it was employees?) who took up many of the few lounge chairs and both of the tables. A few came in the side door and propped it open for others to follow.(Hotel guests must use a room key). I watched some young girls in street clothes be led in by their mother, only to stand there awkwardly, like they knew they weren't supposed to be there. Two fully clothed women (maids?) monopolized the only good table, the lawn surrounding them littered with plastic bags filled with groceries, etc - it appeared they'd stopped by the pool on their way from the grocery store? Annoying when the pool area is so small. Noisy children DOVE into the pool repeatedly - despite signs saying this was not allowed. I saw a hotel maintenance man come to the gate and talk to one of the fathers, and overheard several conversations which made it obvious these were locals and not hotel guests. I wish some of the "rule with an iron hand" practices of the front desk were applied to the pool area. It was unpleasant, and we finally gave up and went to town, just to get away from it all.

For these reasons, I would not stay there again, or recommend it unless you visit the assigned room first - before handing over your credit card. The remodeled rooms appear to be rather nice on the internet - I wouldn't know!

Room Tip: Dont rent 309 - its old and drab
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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ParadiseInThePines, Director of Sales at Cambria Pines Lodge, responded to this review, July 5, 2011
It's great that Nancy_RlnnO enjoyed our grounds, our nursery (Cambria Nursery and Florist), Smokey the Cat, the bed, the fireplace, the House wine, her server, her dinner, and the bartender. We sincerely regret that her experience at the Front Desk was less than satisfactory. Our intention is to make every guest feel welcome and cared for. Sorry the color of the room was not to this guest's taste. Many of our guests enjoy the soft hand-sponged green. The furniture is rustic "shabby chic" and looked old the day it was bought. As for the pool, we allow only guests to use this facility. We are investigating the situation as described and will be even more diligent in assuring that unauthorized people do not have access. We hope Nancy_RlnnO will give us another try in a Superior Room--newer, quieter, and brighter.
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Fresno
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

We held our family gathering at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, Ca in June. It is the perfect place for a get together. The grounds are beautifully maintained, the rooms are very nice with very comfortable mattresses and comforters. The restaurant has a very nice menu and the food is excellent. The buffet breakfast is way beyond what most hotels furnish. Having both the pines and the ocean in close proximity is wonderful. Love the Cambria Pines Lodge.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Cambria Pines Lodge
Address: 2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-4001
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Cambria
#6 Family Hotel in Cambria
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cambria Pines Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on 25 wooded acres, Cambria Pines Lodge offers something for everyone. Accommodations range from rustic cabins to elegant suites. Amenities include an outdoor pool and spa, day spa, free parking, and free Wi-Fi. The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines, the Fireside Lounge with nightly live entertainment, and conference rooms with full-service catering, all surrounded by world-class gardens. The organic kitchen garden provides homegrown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. ... more   less 
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