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“Amazing building with a special history”
Review of Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle
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$139.00*
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Small-Group Full-Day Hearst Castle Tour from Paso...
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: It took 28 years to complete William Randolph Hearst's lavish estate, which includes 165 rooms on 125 acres.
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Who comes up with an idea of building a castle on top of a mountain which has no roads to it? Have to be an eccentric millionaire and the outcome really speaks for itself. Wonderful views, magnificent buildings, even if some of them aren't finished yet and probably never will be and pool areas that are breathtaking. It is now a state historic park with a considerable collection of arts and antiques that gives an idea about the man behind the myth. A must see if you're traveling close to San Simeon!

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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just amazing place and something you can't miss. Places like this aren't being build these days and it is a part of history that is special. What a view.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Not cheap as you have to pay for tours of each part of the site. The process is well run but again this is large scale, mass tourism; so be prepared to be part of a large group. My shopping focused, family thought that the very extensive gift shop in the very large visitor center was also great. Non English speaking Asian tourists struggle to listen / comprehend / follow the required tour rules. The free time out in the immediate Castle grounds was the highlight for me as I could take my time to take it all in and capture some images. Well worth a half day and given time we all should plan to spend more than 1 night locally here on the San Fran to LA road trip. I would prebook a tour(s) at least 1 day in front. Major ongoing drought is affecting the general landscape as of July 2014 but the immediate Castle grounds are still very well maintained.

1  Thank KeenPhotographer-11
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Having got delayed on Route 1 we missed our booking time but managed to get on to another tour. The guide was very informative and gave a real sense of what it might have been like to stay at Hearst Castle during its heyday. My only gripe is that you have to book more than one tour if you want to see the whole Castle. Despite this shortcoming we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it without reservation.

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Reviewed July 25, 2014

One of my favorite sites of all time. Although disgustingly extravagant, I cannot help but feel the romance and regal grandeur of Hearst's parties. The collections of art are out of this world! So much to see, plan accordingly with good shoes and plenty of time.

2  Thank Redtigress79
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