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Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“KOA service for Ritz prices”
Reviewed July 5, 2006

We stayed there over the 4th of July weekend. Overall the place is nice. It's lucky to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. You can walk to the beach, hike around the hills, see wildlife and even watch Elephant Seals from 20 feet away; in season you can even watch whales nearby. But man they charge an awful lot for that! Especially when there are other local place to camp that are much cheaper. I thought the draw here was a "luxurious" camping experience. Which they attempt to create by offering free wi-fi, a hot tub, a spa, some sauna's, and a pricey restaurant. And here is how that all breaks down:

* wi-fi: Nice but I thought I was getting away for it all?
* Hot Tub: Only offered to the people who stay at the lodge, those who pay 130 per night for a tent are not worthy of the hot tub!
* Spa: Didn't use so won't comment
* Sauna's: Built into the "comfort stations" (read to mean bathrooms with a fireplace between the different sexes) so kids and cold people constantly opening the door to warm up. Not very relaxing.
* Restaurant: Try waiting room. I've seen people at the DMV working faster. Our first night we couldn't get dinner because the wait was over 2 hours even though there were a lot of empty tables. It took over 1.5 hours to get my 20 dollar tri-tip plate on day two. When I did get it came with the starter salad that was supposed to be the appetizer and it was cold - almost frigid. Normally, I could be forgiving but there only 10 tables being served while we were there. The wait staff looked confused and oblivious to needs of the customers. I think someone else wrote about how crappy the breakfast was - well - they understated the facts. Breakfast was a nightmare! By 8:30 they had ran out of every type of bread and were rationing out the remaining breakfast so that they didn't run out of food like they did the previous morning.

In short - this place is way over priced. It's a shame though because it does have a lot of potential.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed July 4, 2006

We just spent the holiday weekend at Costanoa. I had some concerns after reading some of these reviews but my husband and I wanted something different. We were originally booked for a Cypress tent but were happy to be offered an upgrade to a cabin. Luke, at the front desk, is very helpful. The cabins are much nicer than the tents and they are only $40.00 more-well worth it! There are 2 types of tents-Cypress and Pine. The Cypress tents are closer to the lodge and offer either a queen bed or 2 twins. They share a comfort station and have daily maid service. They are also surrounded by a ring of trees-very important since it is very windy there. I saw several young families whose babies had been up all night due to the wind.

The Douglas Fir cabins have a fireplace and heat and air conditioning; a sofa and a shared deck in the back with an adirondeck chair and a swing-a great place to sit. They back up to a gorgeous hilly area so the view is wonderful. We stayed in cabin 150-in the middle. The view was great and the path to the comfort station, about 20 yards away, led directly to our door. FYI-Cabin 163 was close to the entrance road and their deck saw some of the road, so not as nice. These are shared cabins and the wall is pretty thin. Our second night a family with kids came and there was a lot of door slamming, etc. But quiet time starts at 10pm so it wasn't so bad.

The comfort stations are pretty nice for camp bathrooms, and well maintained.

Breakfast is included and is now served in the general store and the store has been moved to the ranch house across the way. The eggs were pretty rubbery, but the bacon and sausage and potatoes were good. A family said they had dinner there and the organic pot pie was tasty.

My husband took a guided hike and the guide, Oscar, was very knowledgeable.

It is pretty expensive for "camping" but $195.00 for the cabin was not that overpriced.

The worst thing is it is often cold and windy!!! I was not as prepared as I should have been with sweatshirts, etc.

We did enjoy a side trip into Pescadero and ate at Duarts. The redwoods are lovely to look at in the nearby state parks. We spent our last morning exploring the tidepools at low tide.

The resort seems to draw most of their visitors from the San Fran area since it is only an hour away. There were a lot of families there.

We had a great time, just relaxing and enjoying the view. Would we go back? We're not sure. Maybe at a different time of year.

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Additional Information about Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp

Property: Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
Address: 2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060-9732
Location: United States > California > Pescadero
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Pescadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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