As an untypical frequent business visitor to San Simeon for over two years now - I would like to pass on that The Cavalier is by far the nicest property in the area. Moonstone Beach properties may tell you they are oceanfront - but they leave out the fact that there is a road between all the properties and the ocean and most of their rooms face each other across the various hotels parking lots or have views across the road from primarily one story properties. The Cavalier is truly oceanfront. Views from the Oceanfront rooms are a very rare treat, not something one finds along the California coast, they are spacious, meticulously cleaned and maintained and nicely decorated. A second floor oceanfront room - all of which have fireplaces as well is a real treat and very reasonably priced compared to rates at other locations on the coast. The Ocean View rooms are set back slightly further on the property, but you will find only a lawn between yourself and the ocean from your deck or patio. For a more budget conscious traveller the rooms that face the parking area are also nicely decorated and though you don't have a direct ocean view, you are ocean front and can spend time outside on the lawn area during the day and in the evening as well when the hotel lights three fire pits and stocks them with plenty of wood for the evening. You will find many other clean and friendly properties in the area - but will wish you stayed at the Cavalier because of its unique location and the size of it's oceanfront lawn area. All the staff are friendly and accommodating. As someone who has visited the area and spent at minimum 30 nights in the area over the past two years - please understand San Simeon and Cambria are not a fine dining destination area. There are good meals to be had - but if you want gourmet head up the coast another hour and 45 minutes to Big Sur and spend four times as much at Post Ranch Inn or Ventana. I find that as a tired traveler I love having dinner at the Cavalier and not having to get in the car to drive to Cambria six miles down the road. The fare is very reasonably priced comfort food - the hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy and fresh steamed vegetables is simple and good - if you are a steak eater the Hearst Ranch steaks are well prepared and are tender lean organic grass fed beef and an interesting change from standard beef again at a very good price - the prime rib and fried chicken dinners are also served with mashed potatoes and fresh steamed vegetables along with a mixed green salad. Crab cakes are a recommended item as well. You can go elsewhere in Cambria/Moonstone, pay twice as much - and all you get extra is some odd sauce poured over your dinner. For a more formal meal In Cambria I would recommend the Sow's Ear, Robin's (the fish taco at lunch is fantastic) and at the very end of the main street on the right a small restaurant - with a name that includes "Ginger" you'll see a neon palm tree out front. On your way north up the coast a must stop is Nepenthe in Big Sur - for The Ambrosia Burger - and the Three Berry Pie.
- 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