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Cambria Pines Lodge
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Overall value very high, rooms are so-so, property is awesome”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Stayed here on a travelzoo promotion which really made the value amazing! We had a large 'suite' which was good as far as size, two fireplaces, a sitting room with murphy bed and pull out couch, small fridge. It would work for a group to stay in bevause of the ample space but it wasnt the best for staying IN the room to relax. Needs major renovations and you could hear people loudly in the surrounding lodging. The bed was good though. So we slept fine and went out most of the day anyway.

The promo included a free dinner and bottle of wine at the cambria pines restaurant, which was surprisngly good. Our filets were cooked perfectly and the wine was local and very good. The promo also included free breakfast which was at the same restaurant. The atmosphere outside by the gardens was amazing for enjoying the buffet breakfast. The gardens on property are gorgeous and worth checking out. The paths and trails were awesome also. The pool and hot tub was always crowded but good to have. We got an hour in the hot tub to ourselves before it filled up on night one.

Also amazing was the bar at the lodge. Wr saw a great band friday night, so we had a great time and walked back to the room after.

The promo also included a free entree at linns famous restaurant in cambria. So worth it..their dinner was amazing. Perfection. Even the lemonade was amazing. And they are world famous for their pie, so thatbis a must!

The promo also included 7 free wine tastings in the area and also paso robles. So worth it. Paso robles is gorgeous and we loved seeing all the wineries in the country, away from city center. We loved sculpterra, cass, harmony cellars and wild horse winery. Just breathtaking. The drive over highway 46 is amazingly beautiful as well.

Cambrias moonstone beach and friscelli beach parks are so gorgeous with long pathways and amazing views. Worth the long walks!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

...but wouldn't choose it for couples. Or those interested in a more upscale experience. First the good points. The Lodge was a good spot for our girls' weekend away, with the large suite the right size for four of us. The Sojourn Spa on the grounds offered wonderful massages and facials. The grounds were in full bloom in late March and I could see how wedding parties would choose this spot for its romantic backdrop and ability to house many guests. The Lounge features live music and it was fun to people gaze while downing a beer. The pricing is very reasonable and even more so if you can catch a Groupon or Travelzoo.
BUT, the rooms are tired. 'Rustic' is gilding the lily. Both the toilet and the sink were plugged up while we were there. The free breakfast was not special in any way, though it was filling. The second morning we were there, we skipped it and went into town to eat.
Cambria is a lovely place for a weekend getaway, but if I were coming back with my husband I would definitely stay on Moonstone Beach. The boardwalk there is the perfect place to view the rugged California coast.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Encinitas, California
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Do not stay here until they've finished renovating all of the rooms. Wildrose room 111 was horrible. It smelled like mildew and smoke. I tried to switch three times with three different people and was refused even on a Sunday night. I don't know where these 5 star reviews are coming from maybe from someone who received a new room, I guess. Also, if you get the first floor you're screwed. The walls are paper thin. The lounge is cool and diiner was OK. Other than that this place needs some help.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

After a long drive up Hwy 1, we wanted to rest for the night and Cambria is about halfway for us. I hadn't stayed anywhere in Cambria, and decided to take a chance with the Pines Lodge. It's about 3 miles off Hwy 1, so no beach view or easy walk to the beach, but nice located close to Cambria Village. The rooms are like cottages and after you check in, you will drive your vehicle and park (hopefully) in front of your room. It's kind of like going to "camp" if you can remember how it was done back in the 50s and 60s. I booked the extra large family sized room, which has a master bedroom and a pull down bed. Small kitchenette and separate TV room works great for families. Great value for around $160!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a great place, delicious food, great wine, friendly staff. We were there week before Christmas, the Christmas Market with lights and other decorations amazing stuff. Great location, wineries around in the areas. Live music Friday and Saturday night in the bar lounge. We had excellent, great time. Beautiful drive there and beautiful drive around the area. It was our first time and we love this place. This is one of those old gems, knows how to continue delivering great times for couples and families.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

I stayed here for one night only, coming up from LA in the afternoon, then planning to drive up Hwy 1 to San Fran the next day. When I arrived it was quite dark and it was difficult to find the driveway leading into the front desk. I ended up with a suite (it is one of the self contained buildings that is not connected to any other structure) and it was wonderful. The next morning when it was light I had a chance to explore the compound. I wish I could have stayed there longer and next time I will plan at least 1 day in Cambria. All in all this place was fabulous.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Not at all what we had been expecting. Rural location is attractive. Nice walks in the vicinity. The complex is spread over a few acres. The accommodation is in two-storey pine blocks with about a dozen rooms rooms in each. The rooms are comfortable enough, but probably in need of a makeover now. The restaurant is in a separate building, 2 minutes walk from our room. The menu is good and interesting. It seems to be a popular place, because it was heaving with guests.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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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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