Cayucos has been a getaway destination for my wife and I for the past decade. Unlike Pismo or even Morro Bay, Cayucos still has that small beach-community ambience that is becoming less commonplace along the central coast. We had previously stayed at On the Beach and Cass House, both with a long list of both pluses and minuses. My wife's perusal of the TripAdvisor reviews seemed to indicate that the Cayucos Sunset Inn (henceforth referred to as CSI) had what we were looking for in a high-quality B&B: Plenty of room, views of the ocean, and a list of attractive amenities, including air conditioning (the latter may seem like an absurd requirement given the location, but all you have to do is spend one week of harsh summer heat at the beach without a breeze and no A/C to have a pleasant vacation turn into a sleepless nightmare). The CSI provided all of the above, plus a variety of extras one would usually expect at a more formal resort (exceptional breakfast, Egyptian cotton sheets, plush robes, themed rooms, milk and fresh-baked cookies delivered to the room each evening, etc.). We stayed in the "Bali Room", a somewhat Indonesian-themed suite with a separate reception/living room, a divided bathroom (double sinks, vanity and jacuzzi tub in one room, the toilet and large walk-in shower just across the hall), a decent-sized sleeping room with a king bed, and an ample balcony with very good ocean views ("very good" as opposed to "exceptional" since the hotel is located on the east side of the street rather than the west (ocean) side. The geography of this part of Cayucos is such that the closest beach is about 30 feet below the bluffs, but the ocean is still clearly visible, and there is a great vista featuring the famous Cayucos Pier and shoreline when one looks to the northwest. Given the beach noise associated with the On the Beach B&B and the non-ocean views from most rooms in at the Cass House, CSI gets the award for the best resort ocean views in Cayucos.
The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We experienced a few minor hiccups, such as having to inquire multiple times before we were able to receive HBO in our room as advertised (our unit had to be "reset"), needing to ask more than once for a clock in the room, and having to ask several times to get half-and-half for the in-room coffee maker (of the now commonplace "coffee pod" variety), but these were trivial matters that in no way detracted from the overall experience of our stay. Wine and cheese were offered daily from 5 to 6 pm, and I would have liked to have seen more variety in the wines offered from night to night (our two choices each night were the same local Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio, both mediocre but certainly quaffable). The breakfast quality was very good, each morning being offered either a sweet or savory entree, preceded by a fresh muffin or scone. It was also helpful that breakfast was offered at 30 minute intervals from 8 to 10 am, making it possible for those of us looking for a restful, laid-back experience to have a leisurely 9:30 am breakfast, usually unaccompanied by other guests (there are only nine rooms at CSI, and it appears that at least during our stay, everyone else were early risers).
In sum, the Cayucos Sunset Inn certainly met or exceeded our expectations. Given the small size of Cayucos (a large part of its charm), having such a fine resort-quality B&B along with some of the best restaurants on the central coast (Hoppe's Garden Bistro, Cass House), our five-day respite from the heat and stiffling air of Bakersfield was both peaceful and enchanting. With uncrowded beaches, quirky antique stores, great food of all types (not only haute cuisine, but also outstanding fare ranging from freshly smoked albacore tacos from The Smoke House, the best fruit pies and pastry ever at Pieman's Pies [watch out, Linn's of Cambria], to Martin's phenomenal "works" pizza), and a fabulous place to collapse at the end of the day, what is not to like?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cayucos Sunset Inn is a welcoming, open building trimmed with beautiful flowers and hedges. We have a shaded patio in front for the guests to relax in. The patio opens to our quaint dinning area where we serve a free breakfast and hold a complementary wine and cheese hour. Our five rooms vary in size. Four are located upstairs with ocean view patios. The rooms open to a living room area with a television, electric fire place, and couch in the front. Through the small hall, the bedrooms have luxurious king size beds, additional electric fire places, and small refrigerators. Each of these four rooms have jacuzzi tubs and rain shower heads. We have a smaller downstairs room we offer as well. We are located in a small throwback beach town. Our building is about a block from the beach with ocean views up top. The Inn is located on the main road up from Cayucos's restaurants and shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cayucos Sunset Hotel Cayucos