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Sea Otter Inn
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 December 2010

If you want a good night's sleep, this is NOT the place to stay in the fall and winter. You will need the heater at night. Unfortunately, the fireplace is the heater, it makes a tremendous amount of noise when it goes on and off. There were four people in two rooms in our party. Everyone slept badly. Beyond that the hotel is cute, clean and comfortable and located on one of my favorite beaches.
Great place to stay when it's warm.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 December 2010

My husband and I spent 4 days at the Sea Otter Inn. The location can't be beat. It is right across from the ocean and you can enjoy the sunset from this inn. We found the simple breakfast of boiled eggs, pastries, cereal, bagels and muffins to be filling enough to start the day. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate were also available.
The desk personnel were helpful and the check in and check out process were both handled very quickly. Our room was spotless and the beds were comfy. Since we went in December during the week, the rates were very reasonable. We love the Sea Otter for the location, friendliness of the staff, and the clean, comfortable rooms.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

This hotel is located on Moonstone Beach, which has some nice restaurants of its own, and is also a short drive to some very fine restaurants in Cambria. It is right across from a rocky beach where you can watch elephant seals frolic. A short walk down a boardwalk brings you to a sandy dog-friendly beach.

The rooms are fresh and pleasantly furnished, with reasonably firm beds. Cable television is supplied with access to many channels. The products in the bathroom, something I usually just take for granted, are quite nice--definitely a cut above motel.

The continental breakfast is decent -- again, a cut above a motel. Lots of small pastry choices (the pastries were just okay, though), plus some excellent granola, hardboiled eggs, various cereal choices (and packaged oatmeal), a fruit selection, juice, NUMI teas .... I thought the granola was particularly yummy.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

We love the Sea Otter Inn. It is a small property right on the beach (low-traffic road between property and ocean). The property is absolutely beautifully landscaped; there were many flowers even in winter. We highly recommend a room with a private patio - we have reservations to go again, so that we can enjoy this feature - when we went before, there was one of the area's worst storms in history, so sitting at the quaint table outside on the flagstone patio surrounded by greenery just wasn't an option. The rooms are beautiful - rather feminine, but very tasteful and luxurious, especially for the price! The rooms all have fireplaces, which is nice, and the beds are really comfortable. There is a pool and a jacuzzi, but since the weather was so bad, we didn't get to use them. I can't imagine how spectacular this property would look in the springtime when the immaculate landscaping is at its peak! For breakfast, there were some very fresh pastries from a local bakery, I'm sure. Parking is near rooms - gardens between parking lot and single row of single-story rooms is the difference between boutique hotel and motor lodge. Right across the quiet street is the ocean - and a lovely, meandering board walkway along the shore - just perfect for easy strolling. The artsy-craftsy town of Cambria is fun to poke around in, Hearst Castle really is a must-see (worth the cost), and a short drive north reveals amazing elephant seals calving and breeding right next to the road (in winter months). I'm not about to reveal the excellent deal that I got on this room, because I don't want to have to fight the crowds to stay here, but at less than $100, it's an incredible bargain. We had dinner at another property owned by the same group; Cambria Pines Lodge. You'd never think that this tiny dining room in an old lodge would be worth mentioning, but I must say, it's quite good. The service was impeccable, wine list comprehensive, the food was excellent - right down to dessert. Like I said, we're already scheduled to go back...

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

This is the only place we stay in Cabria. Got a terrific deal on Travel Zoo. We spent 2
nights in a king patio room. Everything was perfect. Becky is very helpful and gives
great ideas on what to do in the area. It is right across from the beach and has a great
jaquizzi and pool. Highly recommend the dinner package with dinner at Cambria Pines
Lodge. Yummy food, great service.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

We spent a night at the Sea Otter Inn in Cambria as a stop-off between Monterey and Los Angeles. This was one of our shorter drives (in length, not in time taken!) so we just wanted somewhere to lay our weary heads.

The inn is directly across from Moonstone Beach, which played host to one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. There’s no doubt that this is Cambria – and this inn’s – big selling point. There are rocking chairs out the front of the inn facing the ocean, but these were reserved – not sure whether this is something you have to do well in advance?

We were allocated Room #102 – right next door to the office. This meant we were disturbed regularly by guests using the (very noisy) ice machine right outside our room. The room was very “Laura Ashley” – chintzy floral bedspreads, lampshades, curtains, wallpaper– like there had been an explosion of petals in the room! However, the room was perfectly adequate for our stopover, and the bed was comfortable. There was a gas fireplace which we didn’t utilise, although temperatures dropped quite considerably after sunset.

A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning in the office – this was a little limited in choice but filled a gap until lunchtime.

Cambria itself has very little to offer except its beautiful beach and sunset. We struggled to find somewhere open to eat at just 8:15pm, with a lot of places closed, and those that were open were extremely pricey. We managed to squeeze in as the last customers of the evening at the Main St Grill – the food was plentiful, and cheap, but not particularly fine dining and we felt rushed by the staff sweeping, cleaning and turning lights off around us…

Despite its beautiful location, I would probably not choose to return to the Sea Otter Inn – or even Cambria – again. The Inn did nothing wrong, but there are probably nicer accommodations, and better value for money elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

I agree with the review posted under mine by travelvirgo. I think we overpaid for what we got here. Granted, we did pay more to have a ocean front room with a jacuzzi tub. The tub was just a regular sized bathtub with jets, which we never used. I felt like it was inaccurately described to us over the phone as we thought we'd have a nice whirlpool. The one thing we were looking for in searching for a hotel on Moonstone beach was one with an outdoor hot tub and this place does have that. We enjoyed that each of the 2 nights of our stay. The rooms are outdated and they have soap, shampoo/conditioner in wall mounted dispensers which I think looks cheap. The breakfast was just okay and the coffee was absolutely dreadful.

However, the location is great and our bed was super comfortable. The staff was pleasant in our dealings with them too.

Would I stay again? Doubt it, but it could have been much worse. Overall, I think you can find a better value somewhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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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: $158 - $337 (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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