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Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Although a couple issues we encountered were the result of poor neighbors, this property did not live up to what we expected. We had a ground floor ocean view room which turned out to be very warm once we closed the sliding door for the evening. No A/C on the property because of "marine" climate. Tiny window to leave open which did no good. They brought us a fan to use. Touch lamp @ side of bed did not work. Light on bedside clock did not work which is a pet peeve of mine. Lighting in room was poor, especially over the mirror. Made applying makeup difficult. Neighbors next door had a barking dog which barked whenever anyone walked by on lawn in front of ground floor rooms. Also when various people (3 different times) came to the door that evening it barked. Management talked to them when they brought us our fan. That night @ 1:30 AND 4:00 there was pounding on the wall. A coincidence? I don't think so. We were scheduled to spend another night but decided not to give them $190 for another miserable night.

Room Tip: Select upper rooms so you can keep slider open for cool air.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank barbararob
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stumbled upon this great place when we first went to Hearst Castle three years ago, and we've stayed there twice since then. Being from the land locked midwest, we love the fact that it faces the ocean. The ocean front rooms are worth the extra money as they have patios and also have fireplaces in the room. Little extras such as a nice bar area with refrigerator, robes, and binoculars are what sets this resort apart. The on-site restaurant is also quite good.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gail F
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights on a weekend in early March. We had the room with two queen sized beds on the second floor. No option for fireplace as those are only ones with king sized beds I believe that can face the ocean. We were on the side of the office mid-way. We paid about $134 plus tax = $150 per night. The family rooms face sideways and not toward the ocean but you can hear the ocean waves when you sleep. The room was quite warm and there is no A/C, just a fan if you want in the closet or you open the windor. The beds were comfortable. Drawers and closet and doors show their age (creaks and hard to open/close) although everything else looks updated. They do provide Keurig machine in your room with mostly coffee/some decaf and tea - you can ask for more if needed. They provide good amenities including shower cap or makeup remover and sewing kit which is not as common compared to other BW I've stayed at. The room has a very large safe which is nice. It also has a refrigerator and drawer filled with goodies and opened with a key. I would have prefered just an empty refrigerator instead as I had no room to put any extras. Good wifi and TV in room. They have two heated outdoor pools. It's a nice walking ground around the hotel. There is a restaurant on site in walking distance but nothing complimentary or even a discount provided to hotel guests unlike other BW I've stayed at. It is also close in driving distance to Hearst Castle as well as Cambria where all the shops and restaurants are. Only other place I have stayed at was at the Fogcatcher Inn which is in Cambria - in which the rooms/beds are cozier b/c you do get fireplace with 2 queen sized beds in comparison and provides a light bkft - across from the street from the ocean - but the place is slightly more expensive compared to BW. Both places were nice. If BW updated their drawers and able to make some rooms with fireplaces with queen sized beds facing the ocean and slight discount at the restaurant for hotel goers, BW would definitely be given 5 star rating instead. Overall, we did have a good time and it was a nice stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank WendyWN
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My partner and I stayed in an Oceanfront room with a balcony for two nights while visiting Hearst Castle. I can't tell you how much we LOVED this hotel. First they permit dogs at no additional cost. (That's real savings because most places charge you $25 per dog per night!) Second, our room was right on the beach with a balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And BEST yet: We had an actual WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE in our room (and yes they supplied the wood!)

The room was a good size. Very comfortable. Clean. Bathroom was nice with extra large tub. No complaints at all. Not noisy (other than the roar of the ocean and the crackle of the fire). Had breakfast in the restaurant which was just fine. Decent prices.

I had a hard time deciding whether or not to spend the extra money on the oceanfront room (rather than the ocean view room) and I am SOOOO glad I did. If you can afford to, spend the extra money. As other reviewers have indicated: it is well worth the cost. The only problem with staying at this hotel is that you we didn't want to leave (not even to go visit the Castle, which was the reason for our trip!). Really nice hotel!

Room Tip: Beautiful sunsets makes room 275 a perfect choice!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kassy A
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We picked this hotel because we were going to visit Hearst Castle and thanks to tripadvisor for the valuable reviews. It was an excellent choice not just because it it located only 5 minutes from the base of Hearst Castle but also because it is located on an ocean fronte/beach and the view in the morning was really beautiful, room and bathroom were immaculate, Staff were friendly and helpful, breakfast on- site was scrumptuous. You can't go wrong and I see why it is consistently rated No. 1 in San Simeon.

Room Tip: If you have big or many luggages I recommend first floor as there is no lift.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Muhamadian R
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