Motel 6 San Simeon
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Poor service and smoky "non"smoking rooms!
We stayed here after having spent the previous night in another, pleasant, Motel 6 a few hours away, and I have to say that this place in San Simeon was the worst motel experience we've ever had. We arrived at the 3:00 check in time to be greeted by a guy whose attitude was MILES less than pleasant. "Come back in an hour," he grunted with no explanation. When we returned, we found that our supposedly non-smoking room was right next to a set of smoking rooms, and the kicker is that this place is like a hotel (with indoor hallways) so by 8pm the cigarette smoke was wafting throughout our entire building. It was disgusting.
Speaking of disgusting, we had a bathroom sink that was completely plugged up. Called the front desk at 8:30 pm to request service and ask for a wake-up call, but gave up after the phone went unanswered. Tried again at 9:00 and found nobody answering yet again. So, out came the tool box from the back of the van and I fixed the thing myself. No alarm clock + no wake up call = a rude awakening. We won't be back.
Very good stay
Stayed for 1 night - August 27th on trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Check in was quick and easy. I booked on the internet in advance. It was fully booked when others tried to book on the night so during the summer season at weekends book early. The room was spacious, clean and nicely decorated. I was pleasantly surprised it was so large and so nice. It had tv, towels and soap but no shampoos and lotions. Beds were fine to sleep in. Good shower and bathroom. There is an attached restaurant which does good food and large portions. It is quite expensive but I don't think there is a lot of choice around there. There was also a late bar attached to the restaurant. It had karaoke which was quite entertaining after a long drive. There is also free coffee in the morning and an on site outdoor swimming pool which we didn't have time to swim in. We used the motel to lay our head for one night but it is close to Hearst castle. We had a good nights sleep and we parked quite close to our room. I would recommend this motel to all travellers. It was much nicer than we expected.
Stayed here 1 night and was very pleased..
Parking can be a walk to your room though.
The restauraunt had good food but was a bit pricey..
Coastal access across the street and 5 minutes from Hearst castle ..
About 10 minutes north on hwy 1 is a vista point with large sea lions on the beach..
Rooms were clean and management very nice.
You get what you pay for.....
I will only recommend this place as a rest stop if you need a place to crash for the night. Rooms are cheap but clean. Walls are so thin that I was able to hear my neigbor's conversation and TV through out the night. I would not stay here for more than one night.
Clean with no frills!
Stayed here last week and liked it alot. This place used to be a Holiday Inn years back but has since been remodeled into a Motel 6; thus it is interior corridors with a on-site restaurant (which I did not eat at but it looked good), outdoor pool, and a lobby with a sitting area. The rooms are larger than your average Motel 6 room, bright & clean. Housekeeping replenished towels and made up the room nicely each day. Keep in mind that Motel 6 towels are THE WORST and you will need like 2 or 3 to do the job of a normal terry bath towel, so you might ask the housekeepers for some extra. Oh, and no nice shampoo or lotion, all you get is 2 bars of soap and a plastic set of cups with an ice bucket. One great thing about this place is that it has beach access about a 10 minute walk. The beach is not great but this is San Simeon....
oh, one last thing. ALWAYS book on Motel 6's website for their "Click 6" rate which saved us a few bucks off their rack rate.
Great value for money
For the price we paid ($45 for the room with two queen beds), the Motel 6 was excellent. The room was large, clean and quiet, the staff were very welcoming and nice, towels etc were provided - everything you can expect and more for that price. Would definitely stay there again.
Workable in a pinch but I wouldn't recommend
We stayed Aug 7, 2004. Our room included/Comments: 2 Q beds, pool, laundry, overpriced rest on site, no cont break, this place was all I could find at the late date that I booked that wasn't outrageously expensive (I paid $88 online, though people who were checking in with me were paying as much as $120 for the same thing as us), this place is no frills, I have to admit I'v never been a hotel that provided less amenities, but the room was quite and pretty clean, the only amenities in the room are towels, soap and cups, not even a clock (there was a TV though), we had trouble and attitude getting an extra blanket and they were out of extra pillows, there are great charming places to stay in Cambria but if you are going during peak season you can pay as much as $250 a night and they are not really geared for kids so Motel 6 it was. I would really wouldn't recommend this place.
The Motel 6 is a place to sleep, but nothing more
We waited too long to reserve a hotel for a weekend reservation inSan Simeon. Fortunately, the Motel 6 had one room left, and we took it. The price was reasonable, though the front desk clerk quoted a higher price than was booked on the internet. That got squared away. I shudder to think how someone with disabilties can navigate this property. We couldn't find anything but steps to climb to our room. Even parking close to the room wasn't possible, as the parking lot isn't near any rooms! The room was clean, but had towels as thin as tissue. It's noisy, with thin walls and blaring TV's. Breakfast was very good, though, at their restaurant. We checked out a day early and found a terrific hotel at Moonstone Beach, just a few minutes towards Cambria. Much nicer and whole lot more to see and do. Yes, Hearst Castle is a beautiful place to tour, but I wouldn't stay in San Simeon again, unless there is no other choice.
Great hotel, great price!
This hotel was lovely. It was nice and quiet, the front desk woman was very pleasant. The room was clean, but there was no alarm clock, that was weird, but we were able to get a wake up call so that was good enough. The hotel restaurant has good breakfast. We enjoyed our stay here!
Great bargain for the area
I've stayed at four different hotels in the Cambria-San Simeon area, and the Motel 6 is the best bang for its buck I have found.
First the bad news: the rooms are not luxurious, but what do you expect for the price? There are no ocean views, but ocean-view rooms are surprisingly rare in the area and cost a lot. Chances are you're in town for Hearst Castle, so is the view from the room really that important?
This is the only Motel 6 I've ever stayed in with an attached restaurant, which is not mentioned in any of the ads for the hotel, and indeed it's almost invisible -- no signs from the road, didn't notice it until after we checked in. The Castle Cafe is truly a rare find: inexpensive, surprisingly good food, just about the best restaurant bargain in the area, and open 7 am to 11 pm (out of season!). Its proximity was welcome when we had heavy rain one night.
Highly recommended -- I'd stay there again.
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27th November 2013
Start: Marina Motel, 2576 Lombard St, San Francisco, California
Finish: Motel 6, 9070 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, California
Well today we left at 7am and didn't arrive at our motel until 5pm, only travelling 236 miles.. thats a compliment for the scenery along the road today! So as i …
... to the car to get it (15minute coach trip) and persuading them to let us back up again to finish looking around the gardens. It was at this point we discovered that I had misplaced out car keys! Panic ensued! We found out tour guide and she spoke to the rangers office who said that they had been found on the coach - phew!!! So a trip back down to the bottom of the hill to fetch the keys, followed by Sofia's milk ...
... were fighting with each other. You couldn’t miss them, they were gigantic and so loud. It sounded almost like a bark the noise they made as they would charge each other. Gabe took a couple pictures, and then we noticed there was a better view of the beach, and walked over. We peered over the edge and could see hundreds of seals some sunbathing on the beach, and others playing in the water. This was way better than seeing the castle, and were so glad that we stumbled across ...
... and Charlie Chaplin to name but a few.
While the house and grounds is run as a State Park these days, all the land around is still owned by the Hearst Corporation and run as a ranch. Just up the road in the national park is an area that elephant seals have come to call their own since the mid-90s, after being hunted to near extinction. Like the sea lions and seals further up the coast, there is nothing wrong with their numbers now!!
... becomes more densely lined with orchards and progressively larger trees. The summit is a man-made forest and 127 acres of gardens – it’s an astounding oasis.
The Hearst Castle is a 60,645 sq ft Spanish-style home built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in the 1920’s on a hill of the Santa Lucia Range 1,600 feet above the Pacific ...