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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Sea Otter Inn is perfectly fine, but not great. Moonstone drive, beautiful, of course, but this actual property doesn't offer much to celebrate.

Staff is perfectly nice and attentive - no issue there.

But, somehow this spot just doesn't leave you with a feeling of anything special - and special is a big part of why you go and stay on Moonstone Beach.

Our room was on the back end of the property, so with the windows open, much better chance of hearing a down-gearing semi than the ocean. (Ocean Views from very few rooms)

Room was perfectly clean, comfortable, great shower, and yet the smallest sink I've ever seen. We like to give our baby boy a bath before bedtime, and there was scarce enough room for his tush in there. Bathroom was immense, yet hard to understand why.

Microwave and fridge in the room were quite handy, and the keurig-style coffee was actually tasty. Breakfast delivered to room in a basket was nice, but mass market yogurt, cereal and processed pastries made us wish we had just gone to the grocery store. With a baby, those kinds of decisions (should we do the breakfast or get our own?) make you feel like you really scored... or just got trapped. This felt like the latter.

The rate was totally competitive, as advertised, but came away not feeling overly worth it. Im not trying to say this spot is "bad" in anyway, rather just to temper any overly high expectations.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

We love driving to Cambria and staying at Sea Otter for the great location across Moonstone beach and great rates! The rooms are clean and spacious and parking is convenient close to rooms. We
Enjoyed the breakfast basket delivered to our room! Friendly and helpful staff!

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This is a Great location. Friendly & Informative Staff. Upon arrival your given a map of the town, it's restaurants & shops. Easy access to the beach trails right across the street within walking distance. The best view for sunsets & sunrises. Breakfast was delivered in a picnic basket to your room each morning. You will not be disappointed.

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1  Thank ShannonM3313
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

So I wasn't excited that we were staying "a 7 minute drive from downtown ". But it was sooooo easy. And we were on the water! What a plus when we checked in and found freshly baked cookies and coffee waiting for us in the lobby. We knew that continental breakfast was offered but didn't realize that we would be given an options. And how wonderful! Breakfast arrived the next morning in a picnic basket! A very nice touch. Thank you. We'll stay again when we're in the area.

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1  Thank SDTulock
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

We'd stayed here before and had a very nice ocean front room. So we booked another ocean front room this trip but this room wasn't as nice, amenities seemed less.

The king bed is very comfortable and the fireplace is nice but windows were very dirty after a rain and hampered the ocean view which is what one pays extra for.

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Jessica L, General Manager at Sea Otter Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2016

Hello, thank you for your feedback. Since your last visit we have painted all of our rooms and installed new carpet. We also remodeled all of our bathrooms at the beginning of this year. The amenities in all of our rooms are the same, mini-fridge, microwave, fireplace, coffeemaker, etc. The ocean view rooms all come with reserved seating as well. Window cleaning is something we do when the rooms are vacant as to not disturb our guests, however, if we would have known it was impacting your stay we would have been more than happy to take care of that while you were here. We hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

Very nice, I would stay here again. Great location, nice town, friendly and helpful staff. If you travel the PCH, which is beautiful, this is a great place to stop. Right on the coast, with great views!

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

My husband and I enjoyed our stay in a comfortable room with patio. We took walks on the
Boardwalk across the road from the Inn and had Clam Chowder at a nearby Grill while it rained outside.
We shopped in some of the shops in Cambria and had dinner in our favorite Restaurant.

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Additional Information about Sea Otter Inn

Address: 6656 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1812
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cambria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Cambria
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cambria
Price Range: $160 - $340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Otter Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea Otter Inn is located on Cambria's famous Moonstone Beach Drive just across from the Moonstone Beach boardwalk. A family-owned property, this charming country-style inn features 25 cozy fireplace accommodations ranging from traditional hotel rooms to family suites and ocean-view rooms. A year-round outdoor heated pool and spa complete the getaway ambiance. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi, HBO, and continental breakfast. Minutes from Hearst Castle and local wineries, Sea Otter Inn is the perfect home base for exploring California's Central Coast. ... more   less 
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