We stayed for four nights in a double room next to the living room and overall we had a great time.
The room itself was clean and tidy though a bit small (the bed was pushed against the wall to allow floor space) and it got quite cold at night, but there was an electric heater available. The problem of the room though was that the walls were so thin! We could hear everything going on in the two rooms next to us - a dorm room which had an adjoining but locked door, and the living room. It made it feel much less like a private room and more like we were sharing, which would have been fine for one or two nights, but was a little much for four nights.
The only other small complaint (and genuinely, these are small complaints), is that there is a long lock out from 10am til 5pm. I realise that this is because there are only a couple of staff and they need time to clean as well, but I think it's a long time to be locked out of hostel accomodation - it's a place you use as your home.
BUT. Other than those two minor things, this place really is fantastic. The living and kitchen areas were great, and the staff and other guests were really friendly and chatty without being loud and disturbing. The hostel has an organic and sustainability agenda which really comes through in everything from the lid sinks in the washrooms to the local bread for breakfast.
The location is brilliant, a 2 minute walk from the main street in a quiet residential road (the stars are the clearest I've seen in a long time here - look up!). Cambria itself has lots of lovely cafes and restaurants to spend time in whilst you're locked out, or just if you don't fancy cooking.
Enjoy your stay, you'll make new friends and relax more than you expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bridge Street Inn is a cozy European-style guest house located in the historic East Village of Cambria. The Bridge Street Inn is a homey creative space alternative to busy dorm style youth hostels, plain-box motels and expensive B&Bs. We look forward to welcoming you soon! Cambria is a quintessential California beach town and artist enclave that offers up a variety of meaningful and inspiring activities for the artist, musician, foodie, nature lover, hiker, surfer, and bicycle rider - bicycle friendly community, hiking/jogging trails, live music, restaurants & galleries to sample, and coastlines to explore, there is something for everyone.The Inn is located one mile from beautiful Moonstone Beach, and only four hours from San Francisco and Los Angeles. We are the perfect midway point along the sprawling Pacific Coast Highway!Our guests come from around the world so you're sure to meet a plethora of creative, adventurous, and talented people. Take a deep breath, enjoy our relaxed atmosphere and spectacular scenery, and maybe opt to stay with us an extra day. ... more less