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Review of The Morgan at San Simeon

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The Morgan at San Simeon
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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Queens, New York
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“The best of the rest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

My Wife and I stayed here on a recent trip south on Highway 1. The options in this area are not great, but we were very pleased to stay in this hotel. It has a great style in a place where you don't think you would find such things. The staff is friendly and the rooms are huge.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We drove up from LA on Veteran holiday week-end, stopped at the Nit Wit Ridge in Cambria to take some photos, walked at Moonstone Beach boardwalk, watched the sunset, and had dinner there before arriving at The Morgan hotel in San Simeon. It conveniently located between Cambria and Hearst Castle. The next day, we took all 3 tours at Hearst Castle, drove back to Cambria, and had dinner at Sow's Ear. We stayed 2 nights at The Morgan.The hotel was clean and updated. Our room was on the first floor facing the parking lot and Hwy 1. We barely heard noises from outside but were disturbed by the foot stomping from the people upstairs. The staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good and well stocked. I would definitely stay here again on our next trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Good breakfast, great rooms, great customer service. GREAT value. We had dinner at the restaurant accross the street - HORRIBLE. It's very close to the Hearst Castle. They have several board games, which we thought is a nice touch.

  • Stayed November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Hotel is on the ocean side of Highway 1, but quite a way from the beach with no clear view, at least not from our somewhat dated room. Very clean, nice staff & free parking. Included breakfast was good. Would stay again. VERY little to do in the area in the evening, but handy for Hearst Castle.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape May, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

I (thankfully) only booked one night at the Morgan while visiting the Hearst Castle and Elephant Seal Rookery and the hotel was close to both. There were several issues with the Morgan you should be aware of before booking. I went to first room they assigned (first floor) and immediately checked the window for security. Both locks were broken. Front desk was pleasant and allowed me to change to a second floor room. Be advised that this hotel has no elevator. Upon entering my very warm room I tried to open the windows and both sides were broken. The internal frame actually fell in to the sill and the screen was bent and torn. Switching to the other side, the entire screen unit was bent open and this room was over a flat surface (entrance overhang) so it appeared that someone pried screen off from outside. This troubled me and I was also concerned about bugs flying in during the night. There was one ceiling fan in the corner of the room (instead of centered on the room) that failed to keep the sleeping area cool enough. The bathroom was very tiny with no counter surface, although the shower area had brand new looking tile which was clean and pleasant looking. Upon check out I advised the front desk of the window issues and she said that all windows were being replaced in December 2012. Too late for me and I do not think the structure should go into such disrepair before replacement. You may want to inquire about this before booking to see if it was completed. I was glad I only booked one night and did not feel I got a good night's rest there due to security concerns with windows and subsequent warm, stuffy room. Regarding beach access or view, this is nonexistent. You must drive to see the beach and there are multiple private residences between hotel and beach. Just a few yards down the street is a Best Western right on the beach. And they had a bonfire set up for hotel customers to enjoy the sight and sound of the ocean just steps away from their rooms.

Room Tip: There is no elevator. Breakfast was complimentary and was fresh and delicious.
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

Looking for a last minute getaway for veterans day since it was a 3day weekend. We decided to explore Hearst castle & needed a one night hotel stay. I jumped on Kayak, expedia, & trip advisor. This hotel was the best for the price, location, & the only one with at least 3 stars (others were 2 star hotels). From calling to book our reservation, to check out everything was perfect. Excellent customer service, super super helpful for restaurant ideas in cambria, wineries for tastings, & super clean. I felt like i was in a 4 star hotel not a 3 star as advertised. Would def stay again!

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Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

The Morgan is a convenient stop if you would like to visit the Hearst Castle, a very popular Central California coast attraction.It is an excellent overnight stop if you are traveling from Santa Barbara to Monterey. Make sure you buy your tickets a week or two ahead (for the Hearst Castle) during the late Spring through early autumn months or you will be closed out of the tours. The Morgan is a well maintained, updated, clean hotel that is well run. It sits along the coast. The staff are pleasant enough, but during our stay could have seemed a little more eager to please. It is close to restaurants and near Cambria for quality dining. We went to Cambria for dinner and walked along the boardwalk there. Watching the the sunset was awesome! The continental breakfast had enough to eat, but some would probably not think it served a full breakfast because pancakes, waffles, or omelets were not served. Believe me there was plenty to eat. I believe the architect of the Morgan was the same women who designed the Hearst Castle.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Morgan at San Simeon
Address: 9135 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9774
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Morgan at San Simeon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether searching San Simeon hotels in particular, or just seeing where Highway One takes you, set your sights on The Morgan at San Simeon Hotel. Our unique gem of a boutique hotel is just a stone's throw from California's Central Coast. The Morgan's ambiance is inviting and welcoming - and all just minutes from historic Hearst Castle and remarkable attractions such as the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. ... more   less 
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