Courtesy Inn San Simeon

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

9450 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California, 93452, United States

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Courtesy Inn San Simeon
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    Inexpensive Place on the Coast


    This is conveniently located just off Highway 1. It is a basic motel. The highway separates it from the ocean. It is actually on a frontage road that parallels the adjacent highway.

    When we arrived the Courtesy Inn's office was inconveniently closed a half hour earlier than the posted time, so I had a short wait in the cold night air.

    They did have free intermittent internet access. The signal often worked, but would unexpectedly go out for a period of time.

    The continental breakfast consisted of pastries, juice, and coffee. Only powdered creamer was available in lieu of milk or cream. A restaurant is located across the highway for those who want more than what is provided.

    They had an indoor pool that did not rival the one in Hearst Castle, but seemed nice nevertheless. We were informed that the pool was open until 10:00 p.m. Unfortunately, after we rushed back from dinner anticipating a short swim at the Courtesy Inn's indoor pool, we found it was already discourteously closed by 9:30 p.m.

    This could have been a great value motel if the pool stayed open until the stated time, the internet access was reliable, and at least some milk was provided with the breakfast. It is still a relatively inexpensive place to stay.

    Unique Quality: Very close to Hearst Castle.

More about Courtesy Inn San Simeon

Along the beach in San Simeon

by Pavlik_NL about Several hotels, motels and inns.

The closest that one can stay near Hearst Castle is at San Simeon itself. Here are a series of hotels and motels along the beach that variate in pricelevel and comfort. Nice of the location is the possibility on a eveningwalk along the waterline and - with the right rooms - the sound of the surf at night.

The best place to stay in San Simeon

by Krazygrrl about The Morgan

It was simply incredible... amazing...

This is a upscale hotel, one which has seen a few better days, directly on the beach in beautiful San Simeon California. It has this charm... old and rustic. My husband and I spent three very, VERY romantic nights at The Morgan.

It is located right in the middle of the wine growing area. It is not the far from Santa Barbara right on Highway 1.

I have these amazing memories of laying in bed with my sweetie, sipping wine and seeing the incredible California countryside outside of the window. Fantastically romantic!
Helpful, kind staff
THE BEST night's sleep in a long, long time.
The perfect place to explore that magnificent area and Hearst Castle.
Very clean rooms. Ours had this beautiful wicker furniture which gave the atmosphere....

THERE IS NOTHING - NOTHING AT ALL - I would change about The Morgan! Simply incredible!

The Hearst Castle

by AVG2319

Depending on whether you started driving north or south, San Simeon is either the beginning or the end of Hwy 1. San Simeon was the "end of the trail" for our drive down scenic Hwy 1 from San Jose. There isn't much here. It is very serene-countryside, the ocean, Elephant Seals and of course the Hearst Castle.

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Hearst Castle

by 10eke

William Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco in 1863. His interest for the arts started when he toured Europe with his mother when he was ten years old. Oh yes, his father was rich, but he would become richer still. He became one of the largest newspaper and magazine publishers in the US. He also owned a movie studio that was related to MGM. Hearst started constructing his castle in 1919. He kept on expanding and improving. The castle, la Cuesta Encantada or the Enchanted Hill, is close to San Simeon by the Pacific Coast, about 250 miles north of LA or halfway to San Francisco. The building was part of his art collection. He imported Egyptian, Greek and Roman monuments and statues. Floors and ceilings were bought from European castles and incorporated in his buildings. The oldest statues are Egyptian, they represent the goddes sekmeth and are dated 1300 BC! Flemish 17th century tapestry brighten up the living room. Even the trees by the swimming pool were imported from Greece.

The weather was foggy when we were there, which gave it an extra mysterious touch, it was like being on a remote island. If you're driving the 101, Hearst Castle is a stop you just have to make.

Hearst Castle


San Simeon, CA on Hwy 1 between Monterey and San Luis Osbispo, CA. 100 rooms filled with rare works of art, 3 guest houses c with an additional 46 rooms, gardens and 48 rooms of art, 14 sitting rooms, 31 bathrooms. Part of the grounds used to contain a zoo. You can still see some of the animals on the grounds.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon

by yelyah99

Hearst Castle is the only thing I remember about San Simeon. I was only there for a day so it's all I had time to do. It was a breathtaking "house" though. See the picture I took when I was there...


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Forum Posts

Hearst Castle

by maroulla

I am wanting to visit Hearst Castle in August and am trying to find out the time for the last tour of the day for Tour 1. I see that at present it is 3.20 pm and I have emailed them to see what time they are open until but they have just said it will be later.

Seems like a silly question I know, but we are driving from SF to LA and need as much information as possible to arrange where we will be and when to book accomodation. I thought maybe somebody had done the tour and would be able to help

Re: Hearst Castle

by counsel14

The last tour I took was a 4 PM tour. this was a couple of years ago though.

Re: Hearst Castle

by sirgaw

Plenty of accom at nearby San Simeon (sorry if my spelling is wrong - what do you expect from an Aussie - LOL). There are a number of motels that straddle the highway within easy distance to the castle.


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Address: 9450 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, California, 93452, United States