More about Moonstone Landing
I stayed at the Moonstone Landing for one night in June 06, en route from LA to SF.
The hotel was quite expensive, but we did have a large room and amazing ocean views. Plus, I think most of Cambria is pretty pricey. Staff were helpful, breakfast was nice, and Cambria is a very cute town. Not much to do at night time though!
The best on Moonstone Beach
We spent five days at Moonstone Landing in early October, 2006. It is a very beautiful setting. Let me list the pros and cons as I saw them.
- The ocean view rooms were excellent. Great balconies or lanais were attached to each of these rooms. We stayed in a first floor room for two days and a second floor room for the remainder of the time. The first floor had two queen beds and the second floor had a king size bed. Room 203 is the best room in the hotel in the middle of the second level and viewing the beach.
- the beach is directly across the street.
- beautiful sunsets. Fairly quiet surroundings and away from the highway.
- nice walkways provide plenty of area to explore
- two restaurants are within walking distance.
- the staff was very friendly and helpful.
- not really close to shopping. You cannot walk easily to shops.
- not a five star hotel but it charges a five star price. Entire area is a little overpriced.
- rooms not facing the ocean had views of the parking lot.
All in all it is a very nice place to stay. It may be considered overpriced depending on your own experience. That is probably the main drawback.
We spent 3 midweek nights at the Moonstone Landing in Cambria in December. The weather was great-which made the room even better because of the views. We were in room 201 which is upstairs and on the end of the building so you have more light. This motel is closer to the ocean than any other on Moonstone Drive. You can really here the surf in your room. There were less than 6 people there each night. We paid $225 a night but I think you could pay less since there were so many vacancies in all the motels. Prices are higher in season.
The room was very was large and very nice. It had a microwave and small refrigerator. The bathroom was exceptional all tiled with a jacuzzi tub. There is a nice balcony. The continental breakfast was OK--I think it was less than there normal due to so few people.
As others have mentioned, the minute we walked in the door of our room we wished we had booked 2 nights instead of one. I got the last ocean front room, first floor on the end. I found the rooms to be much nicer than they appeared on the web site. It was quite a large room, with a large bathroom. Jacuzzi tub was nice (once the lady from the front desk figured out why it wouldn't turn on). The shower was a little strange with only 3 enclosed sides--meant cold air coming in while showering. The decor appeals to the masculine set, as it is modern and not the Victorian/antique style of some B&B-type properties.
Really enjoyed sitting out on the patio of the room watching the sun set over the ocean. Only complaint was there is very little in the way of a divider between yours & your neighbor's patio, so they're sitting about about 3 feet from you with their own conversations. With the beautiful view, I just wasn't in the mood to listen to a stranger's trials and tribulations!
Late afternoon snacks hit the spot to tide a person over until dinner. Breakfast was continental, but tasty. With our view & patio, we always took our food back to the room. Borrowed a couple of DVDs which, surprisingly, were fairly new releases. Front desk folks were friendly and helpful. Community jacuzzi was very small and located right by the tables & chairs of folks eating & talking, so we passed on that. Parking right by the room. I checked prices of other properties and found this to be by far the best value for an ocean front room with patio. Would definitely stay there if we ever return to Cambria.
Just the ticket!
We arrived at 10 p.m. with no luggage after a long, frustrating day of travel from the East Coast, found the keys that had been left for us, and tumbled into bed. We awoke (early) to the sight and sound of the beautiful ocean just off our balcony, and found ourselves relaxed and smiling! This was a great place to stay -- helpful staff, good food, and a lovely location. We'll go back again. Our only complaint -- breakfast didn't start until 8 which is pretty late for those of us from the other coast!
Very pleasent stay
My girlfriend and I stayed here on a trip down the California coast. Cambria was a convienent stopping point between Monerrey and Santa Barbara. I have done the trip before, and had spent the night in San Simieon. However, the hotel choices were very average, and ran about $85/night. I booked a partial ocean view king for $132 at Monnstone Landing, based upon reviews from this website, and pictures from the hotel's website. I have to say that it was an excellent room for the money. The room was well appointed, bed was comfortable, breakfast was decent, and there was even a selection of over 100 DVD's availaible from the front desk. Great location (steps to the beach). The front desk clerk was able to reccomend several area restaurants.
Very upscale--great place (for retirees especially)--but not so great for kids
This hotel was by far the most upscale place we stayed in on a tour of cities along the coast.
However, we had our 1 year old daughter with us on this trip--and when I saw the room I kind of apprehensive that I'd booked a room here. The rooms have *very* nice furniture, stone floors, fireplaces (which with the hot doors are also not kid-safe), and as previously mentioned--perfectly white bedspreads. As soon as I saw that bedspread I put it in the closet fearing our 1-year old would inadvertantly put sticky hands on it or something. Eventually we did have a broken glass on the stone floor--the management (who were very nice) gave us a pass on it. I had to watch my daughter like a hawk though to be sure nothing got damaged in this room--I was actually a bit nervous about potential damage the entire time. Because of how upscale everything is I have to conclude it's better suited as a romantic getaway spot than a family destination.
Another note--while this may not occur all the time--I didn't see *any* younger couples in this place--all the other guests seemed to be seniors and retirees, and the staff at this place are seemingly on the "older" side as well. So I don't know if this is a spot younger couples often frequent. I'm in my late 20s, and with our daughter and everything else, I really did feel a bit out of place. Unsure if that's always the case.
Anyway--in terms of Cambria, I think I've decided staying in town is a more "fun" choice for younger couples--although there's no doubt this is a nice spot.
Cut above the average motel but some bad attitude
We had just had a long flight from overseas so our family wanted somewhere comfortable and QUIET for our first night in the USA. It was just that. The room was spacious, with 2 very comfortable queen beds and a huge bathroom.
The room faced the ocean and had a fabulous view from the balcony. It was pretty quiet in mid December (we seemed to be the only guests) and even though it was not cheap ( US$200), we felt we got value for the comfort and serenity of the place.
We had an evening drink and snacks in the reception/cafe area (included) which was pleasant and we had a good recommendation for dinner in Cambria from the man at the desk. Breakfast was very good and more than sufficient. However it was rather spoiled by the new day time receptionist asking us to put our plates on the bus trolley outside. In the context of the price ( let alone we were the only guests) it was off putting. I wouldn't have been surprised if she asked us to wash up!
The best in Cambria!!
My husband and I recently stayed at this motel (although Hotel quality) in early January. It was about 1/4-1/2 occupied and very peaceful and beautiful. We stayed in one of the ocean front rooms and had breathtaking views. If you book one of these pricier rooms definitely ask if room 201 or 205 are available since they are end units and have an extra side window to allow in more light and enjoy the beautiful view that much more! I don't think I would stay in one of the non-view rooms as they looked smaller and darker.
The staff was very helpful, especially Mary and Bob. The evening snacks served between 4-6pm (cheese, meats, veggies, etc) were a nice touch and perfect to enjoy in our room w/a bottle of wine before dinner. Speaking of dinner, we highly recommend the Sea Chest restaurant next door...it has the best seafood around, especially the clam chower. The escargot was also delicious...just remember to bring cash since that's all they accept (the downside). Anyway, back to the room...it was very clean, spacious, had fireplace that served as your heater and a beautiful marble/travertine bathroom w/jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Breakfast was a very deluxe continental with hot and cold cereals, very yummy pastries, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit and some pretty good coffee! We really enjoyed that every morning and it was plenty to fill us up.
I highly recommend this "hotel" and would stay here again in a heartbeat. I also noticed that this was the only hotel on Moonstone beach that offered balconies and such great views.
Place is right on the water, room was nice, service was friendly and helpful. Definitely would stay here again. Although if you have a large group, renting a house is worth considering.
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