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Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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Yuba City
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We had a handicap room because my mom is in a wheelchair. Not all "handicap" rooms are wheelchair friendly, and the Cavalier was perfect for our situation. Everyone was attentive to our every need...The paths on the bluff were easy to go on, also. We loved hearing the crashing waves from our room! We were told it wasn't a room with a "view" and were so surprised to still have "ocean" out our window! Very clean and comfortable. Good food at the resteraunt and at the Mexican place close by. I will stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

After a somewhat nervous drive down through Big Sur from San Francisco this little gem of a hotel awaited us. Good price with ocean view, but best part are the fires lit each night on the bluff above the beautiful ocean and beach. We sat by one of the three that were lit after dark and chatted with other travelers while drinking some good regional wine we purchased at the liquor store across the street. Beds and pillows were fantastic - the best we had on that trip. Front desk staff alerted us to the impending sunset while we were checking in - gorgeous - don't miss it! Decennt but not overwhelming dining choices just 5 minutes south in Cambria - recommend the ones on the ocean side of the highway for view. Perfect place to stay when visiting Hearst Castle. Just a minute north on the highway and you are at the entrance to the Visitor's Center. Check out Sebastian's just across highway from Castle entrance in San Simeon for lunch after your tour - great sandwiches using Hearst Ranch beef. Better to go there after your tour - lines can be long. If you are looking for a Marriott Marquis feel, this is not the place for you. But if you want a relaxing down-home atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and an incredible view in a very convenient location - this IS the place for you. I have no criticisms - it exceeded my expectations.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We liked this lodge. But get an ocean view or dont bother. Reasonably priced with pleasant rooms nicely furnished with mini bars and huge safes. The hotel lights open air log fires just on the edge of the beach which made night watching the waves a pleasure. Some rooms have log burners, and face-on ocean views but these are more expensive. We were slightly annoyed that both the booking confirmation and the guest directory mentioned a DVD player but in fact has abandoned those as they have upgraded their TVs. Not a deal breaker but we had some US bought discs we would have liked to play. San Simeon may seem the obvious stop for visiting Hearst Castle. And without wishing to knock this inn we wished we knew about Cambria a few miles up the road. It is charming with far more choice of ocean view inns. Cambria is full of galleries and restaurants and is clealy over-endowed for its own tiny population. Somehow despite being a tourist magnet and its crazy folksy attempt at English village architecture it escapes tacky by some margin and as English visitors we were charmed. The town is divided by the highway but this wouldn't matter to most.

Room Tip: The direct ocean views carry an additional cost but well worth it
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

Loved our view of the Pacific from our room. Room had fireplace in it and bed was comfortable. The BEST reason for recommending the hotel was that they have bonfires up and down the beach( approx. 100 yds. from room) with chairs for guests to sit and listen to the cracking of the wood and the roar of the Pacific. Very convenient to the Hearst Castle. Make sure to drive a few miles and see the "Elephant Seals"

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Good views but cheap motel feel

Pros: Good view right onto the Pacific Ocean, not more than 10m away from the beach. Log burner in the room.

Cons: Slow and poor service. Cheap motel feel for a medium price.

On reflection we would visit Hurst Castle (only 5 minutes away) around lunch time and then head further on up or down the coast to find a larger conurbation to stay. This is a mini strip with just hotels and a couple of weak restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed one night on way to San Francisco - arrived just in time to enjoy beautiful sunset. Staff very welcoming. Good value for clean, spacious, comfortable room. Enjoyed nice breakfast before heading on our way. Would stay here again.

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Cincinnati, OH
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed for a night on the way from Yosemite to Malibu. What a treat; breathtaking sunset. Two overstuffed chairs facing the ocean; fireplace; coffeemaker; liquor store on corner. In the evening the firepits were lite for a perfect touch to the sound of the ocean and scenery. Easy in and out. Bathroom a bit dated; bed comfortable.

Room Tip: Oceanview w/balcony!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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