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.
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- Forget rough and rugged camping, here you can camp in luxurious style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Costanoa Coastal Lodge And Camp
- Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp Hotel Pescadero
- Costanoa Lodge