I had the pleasure of staying at the El Rancho in mid August. At first approach this vintage property resembles the beautiful ranches along the central coast. It would be easy to imagine cattle grazing in the large grass "pasture" between the property and the road. But instead of cattle a heated, immaculate pool, ( with glass surround to abate breezes) sits in a manicured grass park with newer swings and bar b que area. Lined in beautiful , blooming roses and a plethera of fauna this area lends more to a resort than a coastal motel.
The lobby has the look of the beachy antique stores along Morro and Cambria. Great decorating in a ranch, nautical, sea shore motif. A comfortable sitting area and an impeccably kept dining area are in the same room but divided comfortably so that morning breakfast diners have room and privacy.
The breakfast... Plain youghurt, fruit, breakfast rolls, quality jellies,scrambled eggs and sausage patty's. A wonderful "make your own waffle maker", ( I appreciate the non sugar syrup....), cereals with 2%, non fat, chilled juices, hot cocoa, varied teas, and a delicious coffee. This is at the top of the often overstated " Continental " breakfast. Place settings with starfish decorations at each table just add to the ambience challenging expensive hotel/ dining rooms in the area.
The room.... I had a single with queen and while smallish it was more than compensated in size by it's excellent amenities. Comfortable mattress and pillows with tight clean fittings, furniture in keeping with a coastal ranch look, clean carpets, ( I wear white socks when in motels and the bottoms tell me how clean the carpet really is).The last hotel that provided you with shaving cream, make up remover, q tips and cotton swabs, decorator shell shaped soaps, creams, conditioners..... A single serve coffee maker with european roast coffee in large ceramic mugs? An antibacterial "sock" contains the remote and antibacterial wipe is provided.
More the feeling of a vintage b&b this dog friendly motel supplied a bed, blanket, towel and treats in a cute cane basket. Included were directions to dog friendly restaurants and areas.
A private washer dryer area is appreciated as opposed to entrusting a launderer or worse yet the " foriegn city" laundromat any traveler shirks from attending.
Value.... The room was $20 to $50 less than the 6 comparable property's I interviewed during my 4 nights at th El Rancho. I'm not opposed to accepting $80 to $200 in savings by finding this haven in Morro Bay.
Cons?.... The Rancho isnt downtown in Morro Bay. In my opinion not within walking distance of the popular Embarcadero tourist strip. Maybe if you are a real "walker".... or European. To me this is an advantage because at best the close in motels will require very hilly walking conditions and the tourist strip holds little for me personally. T shirts, taffy and sea shells are plentiful along the entire coast.
Dining for fresh fish for dinner I would be more likely to drive there at night regardless of where I stayed.
In closing...This is an older property maintained impeccably, pleasurably decorated giving it charm and heritage. The manager Colleen , ("the Irish spelling"), she'll tell you, along with her right hand assistant Sara and maintenance manager Marco make this property. Their attention to detail and professional service ethic with collectively over 40 years AT THIS SAME PROPERTY says it all. An obviously favorable owner/ management relationship exists to retain really good people over that long a period.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to BEST WESTERN El Rancho!Escape to this Morro Bay, California hotel offering comfortable and affordable accommodations near Hearst Castle, Morro Bay Beach and Cal Poly University. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN El Rancho where guests will receive personalized customer service, quiet accommodations. Newly refurbished, this California Best Western hotel offers convenient access to many local attractions, shopping and dining options in and around Morro Bay. Guests staying at this Morro Bay hotel will enjoy single story accommodations with well-appointed guest rooms featuring cable television, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board and free high-speed Internet access. Dining is made easy with the hotel's complimentary breakfast and a restaurant right across the parking lot as well as 2 patios for our guests' use. The outdoor heated swimming pool(SEASONAL) provides a great place for guests to unwind and refresh.enjoy the sunset view from our garden area. For added convenience, the BEST WESTERN El Rancho offers large vehicle parking.There is no better lodging choice than the BEST WESTERN El Rancho when visiting Morro Bay. Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, guests at the hotel will have convenient access to a variety of area attractions including views of the Pacific Ocean. Spend an afternoon touring nearby Hearst Castle or San Luis Obispo Mission, exploring Morro Bay Rock, biking or hiking through Morro Bay State Park or enjoying some beach fun at Atascadero State park. Cal Poly University and Cuesta College are both located close by making the BEST WESTERN El Rancho ideal lodging when touring the campus or visiting friends. The caring staff at the AAA-3 Diamond BEST WESTERN El Rancho is ready to ensure an enjoyable stay in Morro Bay, California. Make a reservation today and save! ... more less
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