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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1215 Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405   |  
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Ranked #8 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Hanford, California, United States
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“Tranquility”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My hubby and I took a couple of days off to do random things that day, a colleague of his recommended that we spend a night there so I just called the hotel directly, glad they have vacancy since its only thursday and we were surprised by what this place has to offer. The hot tub was very therapeutic maybe it's the mineral spring. The hiking and walking is highly recommended as it is very tranquil and peaceful. The location is perfect, the room we were in was clean and comfortable. The bathroom is ok, I thought it need some upgrading, but overall, it was superb if you want to get away from it all!

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We stayed here on the way home from a stressful trip. The moment you stand in the parking lot, the ocean breezes and the sound of the trees smooth your cares away. The front desk people are very friendly, knowledgeable and respectful. The grounds are divine and the suites are honeymoon-worthy. The hot tub that came with the room was wonderful. Sinking into the plush terry robes we found laid out on the bed made the day complete. We will come back as often as we can!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I stayed with a girlfriend for the holiday weekend. We stayed in the main hotel Queen Suites. It was sooooo LOUD! Workers went in and out of the garage storage rooms under the rooms. The color of the hotel was circus-like. The best part was Amanda in the restaurant and bar. She was a light each day who was friendly, accommodating and warm. What a stellar employee!! My friend had a massage that she said was one of the best ever. The food was terrific. Overall, I really liked the place, but for the price...it didn't do it for me. I think it's a bit past it's prime. The hot tubs in each room were nice but out dated. The bed was so far off the ground that I had to climb up into it and worried if I had to go to the bathroom int he middle of the night, I'd break an ankle! Too far from LA for a one to two day break...stay in Santa Barbara at the upscale places to get the same results with less time in the car.

Room Tip: Ask for the King rooms - cabins that area away from the hotel and the workers that are always making...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We drove into the San Luis Obispo area for a night's stay on our trip down the coast. We booked online on hotels.com before hand. We got to the hotel and the checkin was easy. We stayed in the Meadow suites across the road and the bell hop was more than happy to drive us there and help with the luggage. The room was clean, spacious, quiet, and very secluded. I loved that the most. I hate to hear people in their room next to you when you stay at a hotel. We used the jacuzzi and everything worked fine. The bed was very comfortable also. Checkout was as easy as checkout. No complaints on our stay and i would definetly recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful stay somewhere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Had a great little one night getaway with my boyfriend at Sycamore Mineral Springs. Driving from Los Angeles, we arrived at 12:30 PM (even though we knew check in was 4 PM.) The young lady at the reception informed us the room wasn't ready but would call us if it opened up early and we surprisingly got a call about an hour or so later. We were blown away by the room which we were taken to on a golf cart, how fun! The room was actually two rooms and a deck! The living room had a fireplace which was awesome and it had it's own mineral spa on the deck which was private and surrounded by trees. The bed was awesome and gigantic! The staff that helped us to and from our room were beyond nice. Once we were told the cart was in use and that it might be a little while till it could get us from the restaurant so we decided to walk. A staff member with a cart (who was clearly bringing a guest extra pillows and bedding) saw us and insisted on driving us back and made extra room. We ate at the restaurant which was delicious and ordered room service for breakfast and it was pretty awesome and really quick.

If i had more time I would have liked to walk up the road to Avila Beach, taken a hike, rented a bike. . the possibilities are endless!!

All in all could not have asked for a better getaway.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights in two bed suite (elegance) which was good value, clean and with its own private hot tub which was great! Pool is ok, you can book the hot tubs on the hill and its worth it if you like saunas/tubs/privacy. Used the restaurant on last night, excellent service, good food and wine list. All in all a great stop over.

Avila is tiny but cute. Recommend the run on bobs trail about 2 miles each way. My pal said the classes and massage was absolutely first class.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

I was a little disappointed at the room (we stayed in the X-ordinary), given the steep prices they charge (279+resort fee+taxes on the weekends). I was attracted to this resort because each room was fitted with a personal jacuzzi tub for use, however, I think I would have been better off just renting it by the hour from the resort and staying somewhere else. The room was nice, but nothing special. Its something you would probably find at a low-end Marriot/Hilton. The furniture in the room was updated, however the bathroom was very "blah." The paint was chipping from the walls, there were stains on the floor tile, the shower curtain was drab, and there was noticeable damage, probably from the mineral spring water on the window. Maybe I'm a little picky, but the toilet seat plastic was also peeling away, eww!The jacuzzi was a nice touch, however ours was very old and the plastic was peeling off in some areas and only 2 of our jets worked. The wood around our jacuzzi was also falling a part so we had to be careful not to cut ourselves or get splinters. It also took almost an hour to fill the tub, not 25-30 as advertised. I guess if you wanted luke warm water and turned both the hot/cold spout on, it would be that time, but a hot tub is supposed to be hot, no? Although the resort is located in a beautiful wooded area, the actual building where the room is looked like the dorms from my college. Very old wood and not appealing at all. I will not return to stay, but if I'm in the area I would be open to renting a tub by the hour. Hopefully those are in better condition.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
Address: 1215 Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Luis Obispo
#11 Family Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort rests atop hot mineral springs and spans more than 100 acres of forest, hills and meadows on the picturesque Central Coast of California. An authentic California resort, the property features hillside mineral springs hot tubs, a beautiful spa, the Gardens of Avila Restaurant, a labyrinth, private balcony hot tubs, meditation gardens, and wide selection of mind-body classes in our Yoga Dome. Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort -located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is just a short walk to the ocean and close to award-winning wineries, golf courses, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo. Escape to our historic resort voted best Spa and Weekend Getaway on the Central Coast. Experience rustic elegance in a serene and relaxing environment surrounded with the best California has to offer. ... more   less 
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