Motel 6 San Simeon

Address: 9070 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California, 93452, United States | 1 star motel
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This 1 star motel, located on 9070 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, is near Moonstone Beach, Moonstone Drive, Sebastian General Store, and San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsMotel 6 San Simeon

    Reviewed by wheresgordon

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    Reviewed May 25, 2011
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Motel 6 San Simeon

    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.

    happy travels!

    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Motel 6 San Simeon

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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