Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCostanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp Pescadero
This is a fairly typical KOA campground. It is quite large with tent cabins, tent camping, regular cabins and RV areas. We were in an RV area at the top of a loop and had a view of the ocean. It has a full complement of hook-ups...water/electricity/cable/waste disposal. There is a restaurant, general store, showers, flush toilets and communal fireplaces. For a fee, they will deliver a fire pit to your campsite. There is a picnic table at the site. It's a great place for families as was evident by the many kids, bicycles, etc. It seemed like large groups of friends or families had arranged to be there at the same time and children and their accessories were everywhere! Unfortunately, they weren't always respectful of other campers as I was continually picking up empty water bottles, water balloon fragments and the like. There is a strict "quiet time" rule that at night is adhered to but not so much in the morning. It was supposed to last from 10:00p.m. to 9:00a.m. but kids on battery operated cars could be heard at 7:30a.m.! Because it was a holiday weekend, there were different activities scheduled for the weekend. Today we had a falconer give a presentation with an owl, falcon and hawk. Very interesting! It is close to many beaches on Highway 1. Be forewarned though...dogs are not permitted on trails and you need to check which beaches will allow dogs. Also, dogs are allowed in the RV areas, but not the tent camps.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp Pescadero
Great place to Stay! Very romantic!
We have stayed at Costanoa about 4 times in the last few years and have always found the service to be great and the accommodations to be excellent, unique, and enjoyable. The surrounding area is beautiful and the resort does a good job of maintaining the serenity and peacefulness of the natural environment. Because we have stayed there multiple times, we have had a chance to watch this property grow and expand. On our last visit in March, there was construction going on in the restaurant and it was clear that they were working out a few of the bugs in terms of service but the quality of the food was superb and the staff very friendly. I expect that on our next visit we will find a smoothly running show just as we have in all of our all previous visits. I would recommend this resort for families, couples, or individuals who would like a peaceful, outdoor experience where you have the amenities of modern life at your fingertips but nature all around you. We will definitely be going back as often as possible.
Good potential but needs some fixing
We stayed there a couple of nights with our two children in a wood cabin in the month of April. We had a great time overall, the children enjoyed the place a lot and quickly made new friends with other kids. The location is superb, between the mountain and the ocean. It feels away from everything even though San Francisco is only one hour away. The cabin was nice, clean with a relatively modern design, a fireplace and a small deck. The comfort stations were OK. This is upscale camping, but this is still camping, don't expect luxury. Our major complaint relates to the restaurant in the General Store. The staff was nice but clearly lacked experience. As a result, service was horrible, extremely long and disorganized. The food was basic and served cold. Had dinner there the first night and decided to go out the second night to avoid a second disaster. Overall, this is a very nice place and a very interesting concept of "upscale camping", but service needs to be improved with more experienced staff, especially in the restaurant, if they want to justify the prices.
Not at all like it is advertised!
Costanoa is advertised as an upscale lodge and camp - a place to get away from civilization and relax. This was not our experience at all!. We did not enjoy our stay in the Outer Pines Tent Bungalows. Our tent was among many in a soggy meadow with very high weeds. Our pants were soaked and dirty each time we traveled anywhere around the tent. The area ouside the tent door where there are two Adirondack chairs was also covered in weeks, yuck! The tent was small and had a musty smell, and the linens did not seem fresh at all. Make sure that you bring your own soap-the dispensers were either empty or nonexistent in the showers. We had to flag down someone from housekeeping for towels - they only give you two towels, one hand towel and one washcloth.
The Comfort station did not have heated floors as advertised, the fireplace outside never had a fire, and was not any better than your average campground bathroom.
Make sure you have a very good flashlight or you will not be able to locate your tent at night. There are no walkways, only weeds, weeds, weeds! Also be careful of ticks - my husband got one on his head while we were there. There was also tons of poison oak right outside of the tent.
The food in the "General Store restaurant" was just o.k, food was bland without too much flavor. Dinner service was strange because in addition to sit down service, they provide walk up deli service, so people were constantly standing all over the place waiting for service.
I think that Coastano has the potential to be a very special place, but right now it is not. The management needs to greatly improve service, amenities, grounds maintenance and the quality of the food! Would we return? Probabaly not.
Won't believe you're in CA
My husband and I booked 2 nights here after seeing it spotlighted on a travel show. Since it was our getaway adventure, we stayed in the lodge. The only complaint I have is that they put down a top sheet on the (very comfortable) bed rather than a fitted sheet so I found that odd and inexcusable. We hiked around, ate in the little store (great food),ventured to Pescadero and found a fabulous little "home town" bar that served warm, welcoming conversation and good food. Cozy robes in the room and we left the sliding door open and enjoyed the fresh air.
All in all, we felt like we had been treated to a weekend "out of California" because of the location, ambience and unhurried opportunities to explore nature without all the crowds. Romantic memories of a lovely lodge and you deserve this treat.
Our stay was part of an equestrian vacation through ----. The lodge was wonderful, very comfortable rooms, the lodge staff was very friendly and helpful. The massages are great.
The food was horrible. Breakfast consisted of not so much a buffet, as advertised, but a line of cold bacon, sausage, potatoes and scrambled eggs all slapped onto your plate by what seemed a very angry young man. This was the same food and server every day of our 5 day stay. It was worse than army food in the field, which is at least warm. If you wanted your stale bread toasted, you had to do it yourself. After two days of it, we opted to pay for our food at at wonderful cafe about a mile from the lodge. The suppers were pre cooked then barely warmed and brought to your table.
The country store was poorly stocked, no one was there to help you make a purchase. They didn't even have a band-aid in stock. There were plenty of high priced rocks though if you cared to purchase one.
Beautiful but overpriced
A beautiful getaway, or simply a great alternative to a business layover at one of the ghastly Silicon Valley motels 45 minutes away.
Love the rustic decor, the smell of pines and the fantastic location. Even the drive via Half Moon Bay or down from San Francisco is great. Still, very very pricy for what they offer: a glorified tent for 130 plus tax, a log cabin without private bathroom for 170 plus tax. The lodge rooms are acceptably priced (around 200), but less romantic.
WiFi does not reliably work. cellphones do work in some spots, so if you want to get away from it all, this may be a plus. Ironing a shirt for returning to work the next day is a major logistical exercise.
Breakfast is glorious, dinner again is overpriced and warmed-up in a microwave oven. I'll come back, but will watch out for special offers ...
Great place to get away
We stopped here doing the Highway One drive and thought Costanoa was great. It's an odd hybrid--fancier than camping, but not luxurious--so it's not for everyone. But their website gives you a pretty accurate image of what it will look like. We stayed in one of the cabins, which are really little duplexes with a balcony and a fireplace for each room. Amenities were nice (Bose Wave Radio, Aveda shampos) but few. They've done a good job of setting the cabins so that you don't feel like you're looking in someone else's window or onto their porch. All ten of the cabins share a comfort station (for your own bathroom, you have to stay in the lodge) but it wasn't peak season yet, so there were only few other people around. The comfort station has a dry sauna and there's a hot tub by the main lodge, which was great in the cool evening. The staff was very nice and they were able to give us directions for hikes and to a winery on our way south. The General Store has a breakfast buffet and decent food for dinner that you can eat inside or out. Buy a bottle of wine there and enjoy it during your stay--they were happy to let us borrow wine glasses. But the views and the solitude make this place a winner. There's just no development and nothing to distract you if you don't want to be distracted. There seems to be a lot of parking for RVs, and there are a lot of campsites, so I imagine it gets more crowded and less relaxing uring the peak season, but we loved it.
A lovely restful simple getaway
This was our third trip to Costanoa in about 4 years. We were a little wary hearing of recent ownership changes. While yes, it doesn't have the original luster of when it opened, we still love it. It is very quiet and peaceful. We stayed this time in the Lodge Premium room with fireplace, balcony and great tub. Breakfast was very good. The staff was very helpful and cheerful. We look forward to returning again soon.
Costanoa is a nature camp, not a Hyatt resort. If you want to see the same manicured landscaping that you can see around every other chain hotel in America, by all means don't go to Costanoa. On the other hand, if you want to stay in the middle of one of the most beautiful natural places on earth, hear the coyotes in the night, wake to the sea air and hike on the beach before breakfast with no other company but the wild rabbits in the dunes and the sea birds, Costanoa has what you won't find elsewhere. Don't go there expecting the homogenized American tourist experience, because you won't find it.
It's Ok for kids, but, if you're looking for an Adult escape look elsewhere. When we went camping as kids we always looked for a pool.
There is no pool but the hot tub seems to be the substitute. The Spa is really non-existant, unless you can schedule three apontments in a row.
The gounds are lacking in upkeep and the cleaning crew is this side of worthless. The staff is very nice, but, you'll hear "I'm new here" more often than not. Stay in Half-Moon-Bay, there are a lot nicer places.
Avoid this one at-all-costanoa.
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