Sea Otter Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea Otter Inn Cambria
Great Place to Stay
Stayed here for 1 night on my way from SF to LA. We booked a 1 bed room suite (1 king bed + 2 Queen sofa beds + 2 bathrooms). This place is really nice and would definitely stay there again. Here's the heads up. This place is on Moonstone Beach Dr, which is hotel central - the whole street must have at least 10 hotel/motels on it. The Inn faces the beach (altough I don't think any of the rooms have an ocean view) and is a 3 minute drive from main street Cambria. The room was very big and was really "homely". Breakfast is included. The hot tub was great! The negatives are: sofa beds weren't that comfortable (although reasonable) and price is a bit steep. All in all, I would definitely stay here again.
My husband and I recently stayed at the Sea Otter Inn during our drive up the coast. It was a last minute decision to stay in Cambria, and we're so glad we did. The Sea Otter was a beautiful inn. The room was cozy and charming. The desk staff was very nice and the continental breakfast was lovely. Right across the street was beautiful Moonstone Beach which is so pretty to walk around in the morning, and two doors down, we had a delicious lunch outside. (Can't remember the name, but you can't miss it.) The price was right and we would highly recommend staying here.
Got bumped, but to even better hotel
Made reservations on the web about one week before stay in mid-April. At check-in clerk said that they were full, and I had been bumped to the Pelican Suites just up the street at my reerved rate. Based on some previous reviews here, I was thinking "Oh-Oh". But the Pelican Suites really was an upgrade -- it was a great experience for us (and the posted rates were significantly higher than the Sea Otter).
My family stayed at the Sea Otter Inn for one night before taking a tour of the Hearst Castle. I checked through the tripadvisor reports on the web and settled on this hotel. We weren't disappointed. So it seems right to report on our stay for others who follow.
The office folks were very friendly as I checked in. There were some nice touches in the room that my wife really liked. The rooms were tastefully appointed. It was a tad crowded for the three of us with our luggage, but we really appreciated the two queen beds. Noise was minimal as the hotel is situated so most rooms aren't near either of the two roads. The contintental breakfast was classy - quite an array of breakfast goodies. I like the boardwalk above the beach. Many others did too judged by the number of people we saw walking in the early morning. The beach is just across a lightly traveled road from the inn.
Moonstone Drive houses quite a few hotels side by side, so there are other hotel choices. I learned that the family that owns this hotel also owns several other properties in town (and others out of town).
They had courtesy coupons good at the older San Simion Pines lodge in town.
We enjoyed seeing the sights in Cambria, especially the Seekers studio glass gallery. On a final note, although Moonstone Beach is named after the moonstones once found there, they are pretty scarce now.
Headed to Hearst? Stay here!
After finding a "bargain" price for this inn, I immediately thought "what's wrong with it?" I was very pleased to find no faults with this cute little inn. The room was very well kept, complete with a gas fireplace as your heat source (controlled by the thermostat). We were only a few minutes drive to Hearst Castle and the Elephant Seals north of San Simeon. Across the road access to an ocean front walkway, a picnic area up the road, as well as a good restaurant a few inns away.
We were looking for a relaxing seaside inn - and we found it!
Way beyond expectations. At first sight was disappointed but got into the most pleasant room, really nice decor, clean and the most comfortable beds, topped off with a great shower, and excellent continental breakfast. Great stay, great value!
This place is excellent
Had wanted to surprise my wife for an anniversary get away and we read several different area reviews for different B& B's for the area and I chose to stay here from others opinions and OH BOY was I surprised we stayed in room 112 which is a suite with two sofas that open into queen sleepers and a rock fireplace and tv. Then a bedroom with king and jacuzzi tub. The staff was excellent and very knowledgeable and helpful as far as attending to your needs from anything from where to eat to how to get to somewhere of interest. We will definitely be back again in the future and highly recommend it to others.
An incredible value!
Beautiful gardens, friendly & helpful staff, terrific accomodations and oh.....that wonderful ocean. Such fun watching the sea otters and their babies. All the stuff dreams are made of.
Every year we travel to Cambria and Morrow Bay. Our place of choice is the Sea Otter Inn. Not only is it comfortable but the flowers and landscaping are gorgeous. To sit out and watch hummingbirds come to feed is nature at its best. The ocean and tide pools are right across the street, the heated pool and jacuzzi are wonderful and the view of the hills is spectacular...even see deer!!! Fabulous staff, heartwarming and endearing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay at the Sea Otter Inn. The room was comfortable and attractive and was complete with gas-burning fireplace, mini-fridge and microwave. A small back patio with table and chairs provided a very pleasant retreat for reading the paper or enjoying the light continental breakfast (provided each morning.) While we did not take advantage of the heated pool, we did thoroughly enjoy the jacuzzi. The property is steps from Moonstone Beach and there is a boardwalk trail that travels the length of the shore. The staff was friendly and attentive. Highly recommended. Our "Garden View" room with king bed was $119 per night. Enjoy!
TripAdvisor Reviews Sea Otter Inn Cambria
Travel Blogs from Cambria
We loved Santa Barbara, and the big tasty lobsters. Had a swim in the pool at 7.45am, then paddled in Pacific, air warm but sea cold. Then breakfast in charming Joes Diner, Ken had steak and eggs. Then drove to Cambria. Stopped at enormous Pismo beach, where they drive big American trucks and quad bikes on the sand. This hotel is in the hills, pine trees, had dinner in a restaurant ...
... year. At least 1000 of them were laying on the beach in this area and honestly looked dead. But the grunts and tail flicks told you they were just sleeping or hanging out. Very cool and very weird. A quick dinner in town and back to our hotel (with a fireplace and patio) on moonstone beach. Tomorrow we mozy up the best bit of the coast through Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Carmel and stopping in Monterey. Miss you ...
... walking. Still a morning walk with beautiful scenery all around you really can't complain, especially when you pass a hitchhiker still walking that you've already seen along the way the last 2 days. Then another wonderful descent and now it looks as if the steep hills are being replaced by roller coaster types, much easier going. We come to a beach where there are loads of elephant seals just heaped up everywhere, ...
... The pictures do not do the hike justice. The cove did not always have a beach but a landslide just north of the cove create the beach within the pictures.
One note to everyone that wants to go to the Big Sur, there is zero cell service on SR 1. So we drove until we had signal, which unfortunately took us out of the Big Sur. We did stop at a beach side primitive campground, Kirk Creek Campground, but everything ...
... camp - hell NO! At this point we were both extremely frustrated and ****** off and had to make a decision - continue north or try our chances and head back south to the campgrounds we passed early with hopes they still had availability. Lesson learned - if your ready to stop, and there are sites, DO IT. Gabe made the decision to head back south. I was not thrilled that we had to back track, especially since those 30 miles were full of curves and mountains. I was already feeling ...