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Historical Traveler Reviews Bluebird Motel Cambria
Nice as I remembered
I was also concerned about The Bluebird Inn after reading the recent critical reviews. I had stayed there a couple of years ago and liked it so well that I remembered the name for future use.
I was traveling with a new special friend, and didn't mention that our lodging for the night might be as bad as mentioned in some of the other reviews, and I am happy I didn't say anything, because it turned out to be fine. It was quiet, clean, the mattress was comfortable, there are flowers everywhere, and they give you coffee and loaf cake in the lobby. We had little interaction with staff, but what there was was nice enough.
I'm not sure how the Inn can be so psychophrenic. I'm sure the negative reviews are based on real experiences. Happily, this was not the case in mid-July, 2004, when we were there.
Better than expected.
In spite of some very negative reviews on this site my wife and I held our collective breath and booked two nights at the Bluebird Inn. The place was just as nice as it was the last time we were there about four years ago.
The queen bed room was bright, clean and comfortable. The lounge was just as cozy and the management as friendly as before. The price was great too; in all of Cambria the rate was the most reasonable.
One of the Bluebird's best features is it's location.
It is within walking distance of all the restaurants and shops in the East Village and if you're ambitious the West Village as well.
Comfy place to stay
We talked my mom into trying something different from the chain hotels and she loved The Bluebird. She is very picky. The room was comfortable and we enjoyed the cozy lobby in the morning and evening. My kids, my mom, and I all really enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed walking over the local restaurants especially for breakfast.
Bad news and the blessing in disguise
The reservation was booked almost 2 months in advance for graduation weekend. I found the number from a website with a complete listing of motels and hotels. It appeared to be in a pretty nice part of town 2 blocks from the beach. Admittedly, it was priced substantially lower than any other motel I called on this very busy and inflated priced weekend. The lady assured me that it was clean, just an older motel .... nothing fancy.
When we arrived, we were informed that our room was occupied by an older man who had reserved the room for a 3 week period. The lady said they "didn't feel they could kick him out in the street for 4 nights." (I could see that it is pretty much a "by the week" type of place) She explained that they'd had remodeling going on, schedule calendar mix-ups, and general chaos, etc.... and was very sorry. (When I arrived home again, there was a message on the machine to call them. It was left the day we were on the way to California on the plane) She had, however, gotten on the phone and lined us up in another motel. We ended up having to pay $100. more for the combined 4 day period.
We could almost understand how mistakes happen, things get crazy sometimes, etc. However, she also told us that if she HADN'T given away our room, she couldn't honor the price she'd quoted us because she didn't realize it was graduation weekend and would have had to substantially raise our rates. I told her that it was her BUSINESS to know what events fall on what weekends and that we would expect our quoted rates to be honored had she not given our room away. She became defensive and I realized that nothing was to be gained by further discussion.
We'd been dropped off at the Bluebird by our daughter, so had no ride to the other motel. The lady (Susan) did take us to the other motel. It was at least a step up from the Bluebird, a bonified dive. We eventually ended up at the Beachview Inn about 1 block off the Boardwalk -a decent place with very nice hosts - see review.
Here's the deal...
I go to Cambria about four to six times a year for escape, and to visit family. The Bluebird is not that bad, but is really not that great either. The rooms are ugly. The beds and sheets are not that comfortable, and very much salvation army-esque as another reviewer put it. The staff was just alright. BUT, the prices for this place cannot be beat! Just dont expect much. It's like an old roadside motel in a really cute neighboorhood. If you dont expect much, it will do just fine. However, absolutley do not stay here for more than two nights under any circumstances. The walls are so thin, so if your neighboor snores, you better have earplugs! Im serious. Our neighboors spoke russian and now im practically fluent. Anyway- its not that bad of a place, but it will do for one night if your passing through. If your looking for a romantic weekend getaway-this is definently not the place. Try the pines lodge, or anything on moonstone drive. Pleasent travels! CB
Avoid the Bluebird at all costs
There are many nice places to stay in Cambria, but unfortunately, this isn't one of them. We go to Cambria about once a month or so and have stayed many places. While the Bluebird has "curb appeal" the rooms are overpriced and need updating. The beds will cripple you and the decor is anything but quaint. The rooms must have been furnished by Salvation Army rejected furniture. The hosts are condescending and will run your credit card prior to your arrival and without your knowledge. Don't be fooled by the ads. This is NOT the place to stay in Cambria.
A cozy retreat
The Bluebird Motel was one of the best values we found in our December trip down the California coast. We walked into this warm, cozy lodge-like lobby. The fireplace was roaring, Christmas music was playing. People were sitting at tables playing cards or reading. They also had comfy couches and chairs by the fireplace. Lots of magazines. And cookies, cocoa, coffee, tea, for whoever wanted them. Our room was spacious, nicely decorated and very clean. There was a big red bow on each room door for Christmas. And lights were on each building. It gave us the feeling of the holidays, even though we were far from home.
Won't Return to the Bluebird
I've stayed at the Bluebird a number of times over the past ten years and have recommended it to friends but I will no longer do so. I stayed there last night with family and upon check-out, the owner got quite upset when I told him the rate he had quoted me when confirming my reservation by phone was $5 lower than the rate he was now trying to charge me. I understand when you do not have an email system of confirming reservations that miscommunications may occur, but he was very confrontational and did not work to find a solution to the problem. Given the owner's inability to calmly resolve the problem, I will stay elsewhere in the future.
Creekside with a garden!
Had a great time, will stay there again without a doubt. The owners were most helpful in getting our Porsche Speedster water tight for the drive home . . . The room was extremely nice and way better than the "hosts' hotel and we saved a $100 p/night!
Close to Everything, Yet quiet & relaxing
I really enjoyed my stay here. We stayed in one of the creekside rooms with a fireplace. It was very comfortable and nicely decorated. We had a quiet balcony overlooking a garden area and just beyond that is the creek. There are some chairs in the garden area too, where we sat and enjoyed the babble of the creek (it was spring so it had more water than one might find in the summer). The location of this hotel is the key to my choice. It is centrally located within walking distance of many restaurants and stores. On a previous visit to Cambria we stayed at an inn on Moonstone Beach. While it was very nice, and was directly across the street from the ocean, it was somewhat isolated from town. We had to drive to town (find a place to park) for shopping and meals. That is the beauty of the Bluebird Motel - you can leave your car parked and walk to most places! It does not provide breakfast like many of the places on Moonstone Beach (the others almost have to, due to their location) but there are many little cafes and bakeries within walking distance. I would definitely return here.
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