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“Enjoyed Our Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Enjoyed Our Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

The staff at the front desk was friendly, courteous and answered all questions we had. Several employees were extra helpful when we asked for a couple of items to take to our room.

As the other reviewers said, the fireplace adds a nice ambiance or touch to the room. As does the couch to relax on instead of chairs only. We did not have a view of the ocean from our room and did not see an ocean view from anywhere in the lobby or common areas.

The continental breakfast was average for hotels in this day and age. The eating area is small and during the peak breakfast time people had a hard time finding a seat. But it was adequate to start our day.

The Morgan Hotel is as close as you are going to get to the Hearst Castle. So it is a good place to stay for a visit to the Hearst Castle and one reason we selected it. We would stay here again.

Elephant Seals were resting on the beach a few miles north and hundreds of people were there viewing them. It is an interesting sight, and I recommend it if the sea lions happen to be on the beach. One added note, it is a very windy area. So windy it was actually difficult to walk against the wind.

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Albany, Oregon
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Got in a bit later than anticipated and was met with friendly staff. Room was nice, views of ocean where left to be desired for the price. Complemtary breakfast was quaint to say the least, even though the fireplace provided great for ascetics the rooms could have included ac.

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Guangzhou, China
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I think it should be a Mexican hotel. The room was clean, comfortable. At night, the hotel door will be shut. If you forgot the key, you can not go in, and no phone call someone inside the room.The restaurant is small.

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Boston, MA
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41 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stopped at the Morgan for one night. We arrived late (around 10 pm) after a long drive so we really didn't see much of the property at all. The view from the room was nice and I especially enjoyed the round window area and fire place in the room. The bathroom was average. The room was somewhat clean, however I found issues with the throw pillows that were frayed and stained. There are is no need for throw pillows, especially if they are in that condition. The room was a bit dusty and the windows needed cleaning. I was a bit surprised when we fell asleep with the TV on, we received a call to turn it off as it was bothering the guest next door. It wasn't loud as all four of our family slept through it and we don't usually sleep with the TV on. The hotel is very reasonably priced. We did not use any of the facilities.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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TheMorgan, General Manager at The Morgan at San Simeon, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Thank you for your review! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your overall experience at The Morgan. From your photos it looks like you had one of our partial ocean view rooms in our North Wing. The view from those rooms is beautiful. It must have been a nice surprise when you woke up in the morning.
I agree with your assessment of the throw pillow in your room. The cover is worn and threadbare. I am happy to report, that we have already replaced that cover as well as all the throw pillow covers at The Morgan. The windows do indeed get dirty quickly due to the salt spray from the ocean and the thick fog that rolls in almost every night, it is a challenge to keep the windows pristine.
Thank you again for your review and I hope that your visit The Morgan again on your next trip to the area.
Michele Berry
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Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

3 miles south of the Hearst Castle. They have the main building and a second building 100 yards south. We were in the second building with a room facing the ocean (100 yards away). Room was large, comfortable and clean. Had a small fridge. Front desk staff was pleasant. Breakfast just the basic, plain continental, nothing to get excited about. Can walk to beach in 2 minutes or less. We had a sunset picnic on the beach, AWESOME. No A/C, but not needed, even when it is hot during the day, we had a fan an opened the windows for a cool breeze off the ocean. Parking free right on the premises. The town is nothing to note: 5-6 small hotels to service the castle. Halfway between LA and San Francisco. We liked it here, and we travel a lot and stay in excellent hotels. Got it on Hotwire, 3 star in San Simeon for $144 with all taxes, etc.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank pbirdie3
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LIVERPOOL UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

We really liked this hotel. Room was excellent and staff were great. The location is in San Simeon (which consists of just a few buildings) but is convenient for Hearst castle which is well worth a visit. It is a few minutes walk to the beach. The seal colony is a few miles north of here but the highlight of this stay was going into nearby Cambria which is a small town with lots of galleries and antique shops. Plenty of places here to eat and drink. The Morgan also offers a free continental breakfast which was basic but very good.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank PAULKILLEN
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Jerusalem, Israel
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138 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Definitely high standard hotel for this price range but there's nothing unique you can say about it. Breakfast was fine, service nice and location-wise you can't go wrong in San Simeon. Worth the stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
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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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