Forced to stay in San Simeon due to a long trip down the coast, involving road closures, we weren't hopeful of anything special. the small community of San Simeon seemed to only consist of a beach and roadside hotels - no private housing to speak of.
We did a drive around a few of the hotels and picked BE Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, as it seemed to be the best of a mediocre bunch...how wrong were WE!
The resort sits on around 12 acres of land. It encompases a few budgets for all, ranging from under AU$100 to mid- high $100's for absolute oceanfront rooms.
We went for a mid range room with near ocean front. There was everything in that room you need for a few days on the beach, including a wood fire, stocked and ready to light with the matches supplied.
The toiletries had anything you might need and then some.
Outside the fire pits were just being lit as we strolled by, this is a nightly ritual and encourages guests to take a wonder down to the beachfront and mingle.
We had dinner in the cavalier restaurant, which I must say was one of the best meals in my 5 week stay in the USA, and the cheapest. Our bill was around $60 inclusive of coffee, dessert and a bottle of local vino. Delicious!
In the morning we opted for room service breakfast, again only $17.00 and 20 minutes, with the view you just can't beat thrown in.
The open fire in our room kept us toasty all night. We didn't need to use the Air Conditioning at all.
I would come back to this hotel in a heartbeat - what a find at the end of a long day, and all on spec.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full-service hotel, the only oceanfront resort property in San Simeon, situated 3 miles south of Hearst Castle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel San Simeon
- Best Western San Simeon
- San Simeon Best Western