We were pleasantly surprised when we checked in at The Castle Inn - a more perfect location we couldn't have asked for! We love the ocean - and that was what we found right outside the door and across the street. A fine wooden boardwalk zig-zags its way through the coastal vegetation and offer you beautiful ocean vistas and first-hand sights of seals splashing in the water. From the tidy and flower filled garden in front of the motel big wooden sun-chairs beg to unwind with a coffee or glass of wine while listening to the lapping water and watching the breathtaking sunsets - absolutely lovely!
Although Castle Inn is a typical American-style two-story modern motel, it has an immediate good feel about it. Everything is very well kept, the rooms of a nice size, well-appointed and with a light and airy atmosphere and the gardens/parking area spacy with lovely flowerbeds and a small inviting pool-area. Everything seemed to be updated and very well looked after. We were allocated a spacy room with two queen beds and a partial ocean view from the window and outdoor combi passage/balcony.
Castle Inn is a perfect choice for an overnight stay if travelling the legendary Highway 1. We came from Monterey while Solvang was our next day destination - and both drives were pleasant and reasonable distances to cover, so as an convenient overnight stop between these two locations Castle Inn couldn't be better. And being located right on the coast you are given a perfect opportunity to enjoy one of those fabulous Pacific sunsets. Also perfect location for visiting nearby Hearst Castle - a "must" according to my humble opinion. Allow min. 3 hrs. and well worth to make a reservation prior to to avoid waiting lines.
Castle Inn doesn't have a restaurant but offers a simple breakfast to start you well off the day - but you can find several nice restaurants few minutes’ walk from the motel as Moonstone Beach offers a long row of hotels/motels/restaurants. We walked the stretch and did likewise find a step down to a very nice beach tempting for strolls and to enjoy a sundowner on one of the many benches dotting this area.
We'll be happy to return to Castle Inn and are pleased to recommend it to future guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It was one of the very first motels built along the Cambria coast when cattle still roamed on Moonstone Beach Drive. The property boasts one of the best geographical locations on the beach. Right in front of the lodge are amazing tide pools to discover sealife, gorgeous lookouts, Leffingwell Landing Park and a wide-open beach upon which to stroll. The grounds at the Inn are broad and situated with comfortable sitting areas for enjoyable ocean viewing and people-watching. All of the guestrooms offer views of the ocean, but the upstairs rooms provide an excellent vantage point to watch the daily sunsets. The rooms at Castle Inn are simple but more than adequate to provide a wonderful stay at the beach. It is our intention to make the property one of the best values along Moonstone Beach and a great option for families. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Inn By The Sea Hotel Cambria
- Castle Hotel Cambria
- Castle Motel Cambria