Sycamore Mineral Springs
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This is the blog site that we will write and upload pictures from our honeymoon. Thanks again for making our wedding such a memorable experience, one that we will truly never forget. Also thank you for the honeyfund gifts, we can't wait for Thailand.
The day after our wedding we took a road trip to Pismo Beach. After dinner at the …
This was a trip to SLO in the late November 2008. We were around Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and also couple of wineries within the area. On the way back, we also stopped by Jacko's for lunch then Solvang where I bought a coco clock.
... few more stops. We walked down Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. It was 12.30pm and we were getting hungry. Must have been looking at all that fish. We found a pizza store which looked fun. You choose your base and toppings then as you move down the line, your pizza goes through a high speed cooker and arrives just as you pay, and the pizza were marvellous. Sam not a fan of Pizza so, after a quick check on the other food stores, plus it was getting late, I promised to grab him a burger ...
... wrong side of the road. We managed to find a grocery store so we were able to stock up on some supplies for in the car. A lot cheaper to buy there than in a restaurant. Our car is a white SUV Ford Escape. Very comfortable with leather seats. When you book a car you get to choose which one in the line that you booked. We had booked a Ford but we had the choice of a Jeep, captiva, Honda etc. we thought we were going to have to spend our first night on the road ...
... and the road narrowed and was void of any markers (signs, edge paint, mid line paint or otherwise). This continued for 22 miles with an added bonus for daredevils of a 16% descent (well, there were a couple of signs) amid the frequent switchbacks. By that point, it was pitch dark and Michael was twisting and turning the steering wheel back and forth non-stop. A couple of times, he lost sight of the road. The car’s low gear could ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sycamore Mineral Springs San Luis Obispo
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.