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Cambria Pines Lodge
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
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Sonning Common, Berks
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“If this is #8th hotel in Cambria, others must be very good...”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

After booking we discovered this hotel was rated 8 of 10 hotels in Cambria and worried we had made a mistake. Far from it. Our room was large, well decorated and nicely appointed. I would guess it had been recently made over. We could drive right up to the door and unload luggage. Breakfast was good and had a charming, homely feel to it. Gardens are attractive and a feature. Our boys loved the heated pool and jacuzzi. I went to the bar, which has a great range of beers, in the evening and enjoyed the first nght, but the second night was packed with locals and I felt an outsider and somewhat unwelcome. This is not good when visiting a hotel! Staff were generally friendly, although service was on ocassion a little offhand. Cambria is small and friendly and the coast line very nice.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We took advantage of the Travelzoo deal, where dinner at the lodge's restaurant and a bottle of wine are included for each night. The "standard" rooms were sold out, so we upgraded to a "superior" room - and I'm glad we did. Check-in went smoothly and quickly, thanks to three people working the front desk. Our room was a duplex/cabin, new, clean, and spacious. After a tough week at work and the drive from LA, the first thing we did was have a drink on our private patio overlooking the forest. It was quite and peaceful, just what we needed. From the patio we saw deer and quail and were regularly visited by hummingbirds and a begging blue jay. We had dinner at the lodge both nights, eating outdoors by the fire, and it was delicious. After dinner we enjoyed the entertainment in the cozy lounge. It was just a short walk back to the room, and we slept great on the memory foam mattresses. The next morning we had the included free breakfast. It drives me nuts when people complain about the free hotel breakfasts. It is what it is, and if I want a deluxe breakfast I'll go out. But this one was better than average. The scrambled eggs were actually yummy with the home-made salsa on them. One morning they had biscuits and gravy, and the next morning it was pancakes. They weren't the best I've ever had, but they were good. And I really liked the sausage. The grounds are beautiful and it's a short drive into town. There are stairs you can take, but they looked long and steep, and I really didn't want to walk up them. My only complaint during our stay was that the Wi-Fi isn't too reliable, but that seems to be the norm for hotels.

Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Ask for one of the newer, upgraded rooms, it's worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Desert Hot Springs, California
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

After a day's drive down Hwy 1 from Monterey, this was not the kind of overnight we were hoping for. It's really a place for families and reminded us of 1950s resorts in the Catskills. A sprawl of detached and semi-detached units with meandering paths and lots of flowers and landscaping. There's a pool and volleyball court for kids. Dog friendly, it even has a dog park. An evening stroll is likely to encounter deer. Established in 1927, though parts are obviously newer, the place has a definite retro feel.

Big restaurant (we didn't try the food) and a lounge with live acts in the evenings. Complimentary hot breakfast served in the restaurant with outdoor seating. Nothing special except a big bowl of salsa for the cooked eggs.

Only real drawbacks were a very long wait at check-in (chiefly the result of understaffing) and the noisy people in the unit above us. No more than active kids, but sounded like a herd of large animals. When we complained to the desk, we were told that residents are not asked to observe quiet before 9:30 pm. Also, with the additional $25 charge for our small dog, I expected the room to be spotless, but management apparently doesn't use the fee to clean up after previous visitors. The carpet had numerous stains.

Cambria itself is like Atlantic City without the casinos or the beach. Fun for some, but not our idea of a get-away vacation.

Room Tip: As others have noted here, avoid rooms on the lower floors if you want quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Cambria Pines Lodge - June 2013. I agree with some of the other reviews that the place "oozes character and charm"... At least in theory. It's a lodge in a pretty seaside town with lovely gardens and from the outside looks the part. The rooms (the part you're actually paying for and spending your time) however, are rundown, shabby and neglected. The walls are paper thin - I could hear every word spoken in the next room and seeing as the night we stayed was the night after a wedding with guests returning to the rooms late after festivities, it didn't make for the easiest night sleep. The staff seem pleasant enough - if you need them only for something basic ie; checking in. For anything any more involved than that expect complete disregard and a care factor of precisely ZERO. After leaving we realised we had left behind something extremely important and irreplaceable... Our camera's memory card and card reader containing our entire months worth of photos of our once in a lifetime trip, planned for 3 years. Absolutely devastated we called the next day just before boarding our flight home to Australia to ask whether it was by any chance found by housekeeping (we knew exactly where it was left), it took 3 calls to be able to actually speak to someone but when we finally did they confirmed they had found it and had it in their hand at that moment and described it to us, relieved and ecstatic we explained exactly how irreplaceable it was and asked whether we could have it sent back to our home address in Australia at OUR expense using our credit card details, the staff member explained they were so happy to be able to help and would post the item that day. Upon returning to Australia we waited and waited and waited and waited. After a couple of weeks and no sign of anything we set the alarm for 1am and called the lodge to ask when the card was sent, we were put on hold for a while, then through to housekeeping, getting the answering machine - we left a message asking for a return phone call or email and again waited. A few days later and no response we set the alarm again - same deal. We did this 4-5 times every day (waking up at 1am with work the next day) before finally speaking to a PERSON, supposedly the head of housekeeping, who advised she had no idea about the situation and would look into it for us and get back to us. We wait. Nothing for nearly a week! We set the alarm and make the call AGAIN! Head of housekeeping isn't available so we get an email address, we send email asking for an update. We wait. For days! NO REPLY, surprise, surprise... We call again, bleary eyed at 1am and low and behold we get head of housekeeping! Who now advises us that our irreplaceable memory card holding our entire months worth of photos of our once in a lifetime trip had been placed on a random shelf as it was too late in the day to place it in the post (or even in an envelope and somewhere safe it would seem) and has since gone missing. No one has a clue where. No one seems to care. I understand that leaving behind the card in the first place was our fault but I also know that if I had had hold of someone else's extremely important irreplaceable anything, I would treat it exactly like that, not like a piece of nothing to be placed on a shelf to be "lost". I would NEVER recommend this lodge or any other of the moonstone properties to anyone based on our experience with the staff and the poor quality of the rooms.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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ParadiseInThePines, Director of Sales at Cambria Pines Lodge, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
We are sincerely sorry that we have lost your memory card. Our staff has been searching for the card and reader since they disappeared, to no avail. Our executive housekeeper usually handles lost and found items left in our rooms, but in your case the items were taken to the Front Desk for quicker processing. This well-intentioned action led to the loss of the items due to leaving them out in the open until someone was able to box them up. It's hard to express in a written response such as this how much we DO care about the loss of your vacation images, as we know they are irreplaceable. We have spoken to your husband in order to apologize personally. We will continue to look for the card and reader and will contact you immediately if we find them. Please accept our most abject apologies for this human error.
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Palm Springs, California
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

It is a very vintage spot, cabins, the pines and good for dogs. Too many people with kids!
It is a family friendly place so it is good for kids to run around on the paths and jump in the pool.I like a smaller setting, no wedding or banquet hall , less kids...
The service is friendly at the desk. The cabins are comfortable.

Room Tip: They pack the kids with the people with dogs which may not be the right thing, so ask to be away fro...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We spent 2 nights in this hotel - it is tucked away at the top of the lovely town of Cambria. When we checked in we had to sign a statement to say that if we damaged anything we would be charged which made us think this hotel must be perfect. It was not a problem as such but when we got to the room a table lamp was damaged and a silk covered chair stained so I very quickly let them know so that we would not be blamed. We felt it was a regimented - expected Basil Fawlty to appear any minute - but that aside it was quite a nice place, though a bit dated. However on the flip side, the food was excellent - they seemed to have a brilliant chef and the service was good so it made us forget about the little niggles. Overall a good place to stay.

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CA
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This lodge just oozes character and charm. The one room suite we booked had tones of room for our family. It is literally perched on top of the hill above the cute little town. There is a really fun dirt trail that leads down the hill to all the cute stores and restaurants. The pool was clean and very warm as was the large jacuzzi. Totally kid approved. :) The free breakfast had lots to choose from including eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, hash browns and muffins. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it was really loud at night. The walls are super thin so I would suggest requesting an upstairs room unless you want to listen to people stomp around at all hours. Other than that though the grounds are beautiful, the staff was super friendly and accommodating.

Room Tip: Pick an upstairs room as far from the road that leads around and through the property.
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Green Features: They have a garden on the grounds, super cool! Also, the don't waste small bottles of shampoo conditioner, soap etc. but instead have refillable bottles hanging in the shower.
  • Stayed July 2013, 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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