Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort And Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort And Spa San Luis Obispo
Avoid the Gardens of Avila Restaurant
I got my husband a birthday present here, including a massage, followed by hot tubbing and dinner in the restaurant. Beware: the place recently sold and it is NOT the same quality as before.
First the good news. The massage itself was great. However, the check-in was delayed and disorganized. The changing rooms were ridiculously small and while using them, I encountered several people who were griping about the foul-up in their spa reservations, the luke warm temperature of the hot tubs, and the crowded nature of the changing area. As for our experience, the hot tubbing was mediocre, and the restaurant was downright dismal. Aside from our being seated one hour past our reservation time, the service was slow, we had to ask three times for our wine to be delivered to the table (they just kept forgetting), and the entrees were lousy and small. The lobster bisque was a joke; surely edible but barely enough volume to fill your soup spoon. The vegetable cassoulet was chock full of pepper and barely edible. Everything was very expensive. ALL OF THE HELP was very voung and inexperienced. We saw no recognizable management. At the restaurant, we overheard the table next to us expressing displeasure with their service. We can't speak to the accommodations, but advise that you do not go to the restaurant here unless you want to spend a lot of money for a tiny value.
Great water, great tubs, but ...
I stayed at Sycamore Mineral Springs in December 2004 and don't particularly recommend it. Hot tubs on every patio pumped with mineral water fresh from the springs. The water and tubs are absolutely fantastic! The hotel restaurant is also great. Very good dishes at a moderate price. And there are several hiking trails - take the one up the side of the hill for an outstanding ocean panorama.
Who could ask for more, right? Well ... me for one. There is a surprising amount of noise throughout the property. It's mainly due to the road that cuts through the property. There's basically no place on the property where you can't hear the cars go by. Try to get a room facing the hill otherwise you'll hear traffic from your tub. :( My $130 room (the least expensive available) was clean but definitely had the feeling of a cheap motel - cramped, sterile, poorly lit, no work space. If I were to do it again I'd just stop in for a soak, but rent a room somewhere else.
A nice idea but...
We visited Sycamore in April of this year, anticipating a quiet, romantic weekend getaway, however, this place did not live up to expectations. We stayed at the Cottage, a one bedroom, two full bath suite situated by itself. It looked promising, but it was much too close to the road and the traffic noise was with us pretty much all the time. The cleanliness of the room also left much to be desired. Dirt in the corners, and cobwebs throughout was not what one expects when paying nearly $300 a night for a room. The hotub was of course what we most looked forward to, but it was also dirty as they do not provide covers for the tubs. The wood deck needed to be swept and you really couldn't walk out there in your bare feet (unless you wanted to wash them afterward) because they would end up filthy. We ate breakfast at the resort's restaurant, Gardens of Avila, and the first morning it was very good, but the second, on Sunday, was terrible. The service, the accuracy of the orders was very bad. I found it hard to believe that they could be so good one day and so bad the next. I might try them again, but my husband would never go for it. You only get one chance to impress him and Sycamore failed. We won't be back.
I was there last week with my wife. The resort is running a special deal $329 buys you one night in a luxury suite and it includes a $50 dollar voucher for "The Gardens of Avila"
The suite "Calming" was located on the north side of the grounds across the highway. Really nice accomodations. It was a two bedroom suite with a fireplace, a double shower (with two shower heads), a very nice full-size tub in a very private balcony.
The restaurant was also excellent, I had the New York Strip with a jalapeno corn bread. (It sounds weird but it was delicious, very moist). My wife enjoyed the salmon medallions in an Asian marinade. After dinner, we ordered the creme brule trio which was delicious.
We had a great time. Can't wait to do it again!
Better than Disneyland!
The hot tubs are the best. It is my favorite place to go!
I smell that "scent" and as a reflex my body starts relaxing!
Lots to love about this place
We were in a standard room (Whimsical) and found it pretty....well...standard. Everything worked, but I could not call it luxury. The private mineral bath whirlpool was clearly the outstanding feature of the room, and even though some of the jets didn't work, it was still pretty cool. Well, hot, actually.
The resort grounds were stunning. The restaurant (The gardens of Avila) was five-star. I had an amazing romaine hearts salad followed by seven-vegetable cous-cous with dried fruit, and my wife had a terrific salad of baby greens, Maytag blue cheese, hazelnuts and apples, in a tangerine vinaigrette, followed by curried seafood paella. Amazing. Priced moderately expensive. We found the breakfasts at The Gardens of Avila equally delicious and quite moderately priced.
Our massages were great, in newly remodeled spa center. The mineral soak in the private wood tubs on the side of the mountain, preceding our massages, were particularly enjoyable.
Everything was great, but we would probably upgrade to a better room if we return.
Nice Place to Stay
We have been to Sycamore Mineral Springs Resorts twice this year (January and April). Upon arrival, the resort looked like a very nice place to stay. However, once we checked into our room (standard room - Harmony building) I was a bit disappointed. The room and hot tub were very dated and in need of renovation. We voiced our complaints and the management team handled our situation very well. They moved us into a luxury suite the next day. This suite was very nice, but there were still many cosmetic flaws for the normal price of $300 per night (missing handles, hot tub cabinet door off hinges, etc.). Despite these flaws, our experience was very nice. The resort is very relaxing. When we returned in April, we stayed in one of the West Meadow Suites (normally about $300 per night). This unit was very clean and modern and resembled a miniature model home. The private deck with hot tub was even nicer than the set up in the other buildings. Keep in mind that only two of the buildings and all of the redwood tubs (20 or so) that are located throughout the hillside use the mineral based water. All of the other units use regular water. The rotten egg smell around the property is caused by the sulfer in this mineral water and is easy to get over since one knows that it isn't a sewage problem. Overall, we had a great time on both trips; very peaceful and quiet. However, we feel that the room rates are exorbitant. We would definitely return if we are able to receive a discount for lodging. In addition, the hotel is renovating some of the buildings.
It smelled like rotten eggs
Sorry but we hated it ..place smells sorry..but it does ..ruined otherwise great weekend
Best place to Relax
One of our favorite places. Recomend paying extra for one of the cabins or 1 bedrooms. The connected hotel room protion is a bit dated and loud. But each room has its own personal hot spring spa and renting out a tub at night can't be missed. Your skin feels butter soft after.
Plenty of activities to do in nearby Pismo beach. Also Avila beach is small but lovely. (Hearst Castle, Ocean Kyacking, ATV rentals)
perfect romantic getaway. Every room has a private mineral spa, highly rated Gardens of Avila restaurant on site. Spa services, hiking and if you don't get a room there they rent private mineral spa on the hill until 1am.
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