Fireside Inn On Moonstone Beach
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFireside Inn On Moonstone Beach Cambria
We loved the hotel close to the moonstone beach. Seals, nature, clear sky: wonderful. Rooms and breakfast were good.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fireside Inn On Moonstone Beach Cambria
Fireplace with a flick of the switch
Just took a long weekend (mid October 2004) which included two days and one night in Cambria. Stayed at the Fireside Inn - Best Western. For a Best Western I thought it was pretty darn nice. At first I thought it was a little pricey for a Best Western but after doing research found it was in line as this is after all a resort town. Was very pleased with the hotel. Apparently recently redecorated. Everything clean and crisp. Large room with French "toile" type decor, granite countertop in bath etc. We paid a little extra for a room with patio and fireplace but was worth it as it was cool and misty during our stay and it was a delight to just flick on the fireplace with a wall switch. The patio was above average even if it did face the parking lot- flagstone with a little "Privacy wall" only about 18 in. high - nicer than your usual concrete. Great location. Easy access to the beach because it was near one of the few staircases from what I could see once we got down there. Had a wonderful time exploring the tide pools. Better than average breakfast including a "make your own Belgian waffle" station - a real treat. Only things I would have changed - the towels were scratchy and would have liked fresh fruit or yougurt of some kind at breakfast - too many bready things although they did have cold cereal selection. Would go again.
Quaint, 'cottage-like' inn by the Sea!
Stayed at the Best Western Fireside Inn the nights of July 12 & 13, 2004 & found it to be clean, comfy, & tastefully decorated. The front desk staff person was very personable & accomodating. He allowed us to check 2 different rooms to see which room had a better ocean room. Our only negative was the gas fireplace hardly emitted a flame. We would stay here again as it had easy access to walks on the beach, an adequate continental breakfast included, & reasonable rate.
I stayed at the Best Western Fireside Inn for one night during this past week. We were overall very impressed with the recently remodeled room. Good beds, nice linens, new bathroom, and a good amount of space. I am very, very picky and this room was very comfortable - Two Queens. It was a little noisy as it was right next to the ice machine and laundry room, but it had trees outside the window, which we preferred over the parking area. For the price ($116 per night) it can't be beat.
Oasis at the end of a long detour
After a late arrival due to a slide on the coast highway we found our room ready for us as requested. A rollaway was brought and all our needs were met. It was a pleasure to have this service due to the lateneess of the hr. and the friendliness of the staff who helped ease us out of the long detour. Anything we needed was attended to. We even went for a late walk along the water. The next morning we were greeted by the friendly staff and a super breakfast. After the long trip it was nice to have a friendly and warm welcome! Thanks it was great. Will stay here on our next trip!
Comfy and convenient with beautiful sunset
We enjoyed our very pleasant stay at the Inn on Moonstone beach Drive !
We strolled across the road each morning to enjoy the antics of otters, seals and sea lions and loved the georgeous sunsets in the evening.The rooms appeared to have been recently redone. Clean and comfy- the double paned windows helped our room stay warm and quiet. The complimentary breakfast was convenient and the coffee was great! We will be back !!
Disappointed with our room
We stayed at the Best Western Fireside Inn for 2 nights, September 7 and 8, 2003. We had booked a king bedded room with a fireplace at a AAA discounted rate. The first room we were given was in the back. When we opened the curtain our view was of a chain linked fence and the cars driving by on Hwy 1. We call the front desk and they had one other room to offer us. It was next to the office. We moved to it, but it was dark, as the window was next to the hotel next door, the carpet as you entered the room was fraying and the light in the entry didn't work.
The room must have been a room for the office at one time, as there was a door in the shared wall and our bed was right next to it. The fireplace was gas and the flame was small, which didn't provide the coziness we would have liked. If we were to stay at this property again, we would only stay in an ocean view room which have patios with chairs and a table. The location of the Inn is nice. We walked across the street to walk along the boardwalk and to go down to the beach. We walked to some good restaurants down the street for dinner. The continental breakfast was decent. We are just disappointed with the rooms and wish the description of the room types would mention the type of view, too.
Whats that Smell?
At the time we checked this inn out it was rated 2 or 3. It has dropped to 14, not by our surprise. The room had a terrible smell and when we inquired at the desk we were handed two spray bottles filled with scented disinfectants and told to see which one would work best. We were told the room just had a window added, which faced the lite sign outside ( I couldn't figure this one out!!). The next morning the construction crewed arrived and began with their power tools...the breakfast room was under construction and we were told we had to make our own coffee in the rooms. Closet doors were broken and the fireplace did not work properly. This ocean front room was Overpriced at 200.00 No discount was offered to us until we asked. Would not stay here again.
By the sea??
My husband and I just stayed two nights at the Fireside Inn by the Sea, one of the many Inns and Motels that have amazing cliff-side, ocean-facing views. As we drove down Moonstone lDrive ooking for our lodging, we were excited to see other Inns that had adirondack chairs on their grounds out front so guests could relax and face the ocean. So our first reaction as we pulled into the BW Fireside was "dang, there are no sitting areas at our place where you can view this amazing vista" (unless you have one of the ocean front or ocean/view rooms, of course.) We were extremely disappointed when we saw our assigned room w/a king bed was in the back of the property, and not only did not have a view, but was an extremely dark room with a window that faced a a fence, a tree, and the cars whizzing by the main highway. It was a very booked weekend, and the only potential room switch they could offer us would put us in a smaller room in a hall near a noisy ice making machine, so we resigned ourselves to staying put. The room itself is fine -- generously sized, with a fireplace, a surprising amount of walking/sitting area with couch, good sized bathrooms. Decor is nothing amazing, but tasteful. The grounds near our room looked unpleasant in that the hotel was doing the last of their renovations, and many boxes of something (new furniture?) were piled high near our room.
Adequate/small pool area, large jacuzzi. Nicer continental breakfast than many places (bagels, scones, muffins, pastries, cereals and the usual drinks, plus fruit). We felt a mixed feeling as we started this trip because of our dark, face-the-highway room...so close to the beautiful cliffs and pathways with ocean vistas, and yet so far! I know we would have been much happier with an ocean view room, but the prices seemed steep enough for the deluxe. Very happy with proximity to beach, walkways, nearby restaurants, etc. (try the Sea Chest for great fresh fish in a casual atmosphere, but they don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait for a seat). Best thing was that when we checked out, we voiced our disappointment to the excellent general manager, who listened attentively to what we had to say, apologized sincerely that we weren't happy, and kindly refunded us 20% of the tab. The manager alone earned the place many points in my book, for demonstrating the kind of customer service that is often sorely lacking these days.
Bottom line, might stay again if we could have a sunnier, view room.
We went to this hotel in July '03. The grounds were being relandscapted and were in total chaos. There were workers with power tools everywhere. The rooms were large but average in appearance. This area is very nice, but this hotel is overpriced! I would call and ask if this work is completed before staying here!
We were very happy with our stay here - good-sized rooms, pleasant staff, and great continental breakfast. Great for families, as many of the other inns in Cambria are designed for couples. Would definitely stay here again!
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