First off, the location can't be beat. Consider that its yard, less than one minutes walk, is the beach. Sure, its a Central California beach (foggy mornings, cool afternoons for most of the year) but there's another reason why you're considering San Simeon, right?
We had no problem checking in and we received two parking passes, which I didn't realize until the last minute that we needed. The room itself was clean and simple enough, but in general it seemed much nicer than what I expected from a Best Western. The bed covers were pretty wrinkled when we first entered the room (see photo), but other than that I got a sense that they pay attention to details here, and make an effort to be a notch above your basic hotel/motel. In our room, we had a minibar (well stocked), an iron and ironing board, a view of the beach (we had the most basic room, #200 on top of the office), coffee maker with free coffee, and a bunch of sundries in the bathroom basket that I didn't expect (nail polish remover, wipes for your feet, bed bath & beyond shampoo/soaps).
It didn't have the technology or the touches of the Wynn, but it was more impressive to me because I expected so much less. The room size was more than adequate for a family of four (two queens). I would have loved to have given this place 5 stars and would have gladly but the one thing that upset me was that we got the worst room of the place when we were one of the first people to check in at 4pm. I went to the room, saw that it faced PCH (the highway) and asked for one that didn't, adn they told me I had to upgrade to get something else. When we walked to the beach later that night, we saw many available rooms, just like ours, as the windows were open and we clearly could see that they were unoccupied. Although the noise wasn't bad, it was also a Sunday night. Also, minus one for the wrinkled bed covers.
I apologize for the bad photos, but hopefully you'll get the idea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full-service hotel, the only oceanfront resort property in San Simeon, situated 3 miles south of Hearst Castle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel San Simeon
- Best Western San Simeon
- San Simeon Best Western