San Simeon doesn't have any top brand hotel chains like Westin, Marriott, Hyatt, and it is all the better for it. What it does have is a long strip of dated-looking motels, all with the same two storey, rooms facing the ocean look. We booked the Cavalier Oceanfront because of the favourable reviews it receives on TA, and they are spot on. Yes, it is a motel, and the decor is quite dark and old fashioned, but spotlessly clean. There are luxury touches you normally only associate with five star hotels like Neutrogena toiletries, and comfy bathrobes.The beds are comfortable with decent cotton sheets, and the views of the ocean with the sound of rolling waves is very relaxing. And we got two interconnecting rooms, just as we requested on line.
The staff are really well trained and genuinely friendly. We had a fairly limited time in which to have breakfast, as we had booked one of the earlier tours at Hearst Castle. We were concerend when it turned out that the breakfast was waitress served and even cereal and juice had to be brought to the table. However in just around half an hour we all had cereals, fruit, toasted bagels, hot chocolates and coffee (family of five) without being rushed.
For a hotel where due to its proximity to Hearst Castle must be mainly handling guests for one or two nights at a time it runs a very professional operation.
And do remember after dinner to walk down to the bluff and sit in front of one of the large braziers. The combination of the smell of burning wood and the ocean is an entoxicating way to end the day.
- 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