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Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We had a nice stay at the Cavalier. Although it is an older hotel, it has been maintained well and was clean and comfortable. Best feature is the location, right on the water. There are 3 Fire-Pits down near the beach, and they light nightly 'campfires' where you can sit and watch the sunset, have a bottle of wine, and meet your fellow guests - we met people from Arizona and Oregon and had some interesting talks about travel and living in different sections of the country. People were toasting marshmallows, and at one of the fires a trio of women were singing in perfect harmony! Very enjoyable.

There is a restaurant on the premises where we had breakfast (very well prepared and delicious), but for lunch or dinner you might want to drive to nearby Cambria where there are several nice places and a good pizzeria (JJ's). There is also a liquor store where you can buy the aforementioned bottle of wine;)

Nice place, and the layout and pool area gave me a feeling of nostalgia for when I was a kid and used to go to this kind of motel with my parents.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

The hotel has uninterrupted views over the Pacific ocean with expansive lawns going right down to the water's edge. It is 10 minutes drive to Hearst Castle, the main tourist attraction, apart from the coast road and the colony of elephant seals, near San Simeon. Room charges are at the higher end for hotels of this type (US$220 per night). The ground floor king room was clean and comfortable with a small terrace overlooking the lawns and the ocean. No doubt the view is reflected in the cost of the rooms. Staff are friendly and the restaurant is very good. There is only one or two other hotel/motels in the area and the hotel restaurant is the best place to eat with good quality meals at realistic prices. Other choices tend to be limited to the fast food options. We recommend this hotel as a convenient place to stay if Hearst Castle is on your agenda. You will need to set aside a significant part of the day to do one of the castle tours.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

I love staying here, fire places in room, bonfires on bluffs above beach at night, well maintained property.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

The rooms were clean and the bed was nice and comfy. The view of the ocean was great and they give you a pair of binoculars in the room. Loved the fire pits and night. The restaurant wasn't five star dining by any means, but it was fine. A very nice place to stay if you are going to see the Hearst Castle.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

My husband and I stayed her for six nights on our honeymoon. We had found this great hotel a year before our wedding when we were on a road trip through California and knew we would come back as soon as we were planning our honeymoon.

The beds here are extremely comfortable and the views are amazing. We booked into an oceanview room and loved having the fireplace. Everyone at the hotel is very friendly and it is clean and well kept.

We ate at the restaurant several times. There was a good variety of food, especially considering the length of time we spent in San Simeon.

While you won't be overwhelmed with things to do in San Simeon, it is a beautiful place to be if you are looking to relax. Walks down the beach and evenings either by the cliffside fires or in the hot tub were a great way to wind down. I had a massage at the Diva Day Spa in the complex next to the hotel as well - they did a great job.

While in San Simeon, I'd recommend a tour of Hearst Castle. Dinner at the Sow's Ear in Cambria was hands down the best meal of our trip and San Luis Obispo is not too far for a day trip if you wanted to catch a movie and do some shopping.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We had an ocean front room with a fireplace. There is a large grass area between our room and the cliff over the beach. We were able to watch many wind surfers. The onsite restaurant is pleasant and reasonably priced. Room service is the same price as the restaurant. We also arranged our tickets to San Simeon through the hotel. Even though this is a pet friendly hotel, there was no evidence in the our room or outside either.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

We stayed here as a birthday weekend. Rented one of the oceanfront rooms with the fireplace. The weather was perfect, the waves rock you to sleep at night, all the staff was pleasant. San Simeon is a jewel just south of Big Sur, and the Best Western is the only hotel right on the beach in town. The water is cold, but the surf is beautiful. Park the car and everything you need is right there. Good restraunt and reasonable prices. There are great walks you can take on the beach, ride bikes on Coast Hwy, visit Cambria and the winery's in the area. Check out the one in Harmony. We live in Southern California and this hotel is one of our favorite weekend getaways.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Address: 9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452-9724 (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort)
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon
Price Range: $148 - $330 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cavalier Oceanfront Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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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Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel San Simeon
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