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What We Love

  • A tranquil stay at a brand-new beach lodge, set on an untouched stretch of the California coastSpreading out on the sands of expansive Moonstone Beach or surfing its waves
  • Riding one of the bikes along the hotel trails, after a filling breakfast
  • Toting your binoculars and lantern along on your adventures

What To Know

  • Deluxe rooms are beach themed
  • Bathrooms have Compagnie de Provence toiletries
  • The lobby is only staffed from 7:30 am to 10 pm, for after hours check-ins, you'll have to make arrangements
  • Small dogs (under 40 lbs) are allowed for a $35 pet fee
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Overview

A charming beach lodge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the heart of California's world-famous coastline

The Lowdown

Have a golden stay in the Golden State. The brand-new Cambria Beach Lodge captures that sense of nostalgia, wonder and endless possibility that you associate with a California road trip, with a minimalist, yet evocative, style that recalls a roadside retreat in the 1960s or ‘70s. Rooms have a beachy theme, featuring touches of wicker, wool and sun-bleached wood, plus “adventure kits” that include binoculars and hand lanterns. Simple but thoughtfully curated breakfasts of whole fruit and hard-boiled eggs are served each morning, and you can head up to a panoramic sky deck to sip on a glass of wine or read a book.
The property is also in the kind of place you’d most likely pass through on a given California road trip. Cambria is just off of the Pacific Coast Highway, smack-dab in the middle of the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco and just minutes from Hearst Castle – a certain William Randolph’s straight-out-of-a-fairytale mansion from 1919. It’s also a worthy destination in and of itself, with oceanfront trails and one of the last undiscovered shores in California. In fact, we wouldn’t blame you for making your road trip a bike trip instead, and spending your days cruising town – if that sounds more your speed, there are two-wheelers right inside the hotel.

Rooms

Accommodations are inspired by the neighboring beach, with sun-bleached woods and pops of turquoise. Artwork is by Iron & Resin, and goodies come in the form of an “adventure kit,” complete with a hand lantern and binoculars, plus the Apolis market bags, Halter Ranch wine other treats in your carefully curated minibar. Choose between a Deluxe King room, with a plush king-sized bed, or a Double Queen Fireplace room, with two queen beds and a fireplace.
Amenities?- 37-in. flat-screen TV- Compagnie de Provence

Location

Cambria is a charming coastal town, home to Moonstone Beach, where you can surf or swim, as well as a plethora of antiques shops, casual eateries and oceanfront biking trails (you can borrow a bike from the hotel directly). Nearby is Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark, and a couple hours up or down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway will get you to Monterey or Santa Barbara, perfect for day trips. You can even keep going to reach San Francisco or Los Angeles within a few hours.

How to Get There

Cambria Beach Lodge
6180 Moonstone Beach Dr
Cambria, CA 93428-1802 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 272 Reviews
Wonderful place to stay- can’t recommend enough.
Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely loved our Big Sur road trip stop here. What a delightful place- well appointed, cosy, great location and amenities with exceptional service. Staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Free bikes are a really nice touch. You won’t regret booking here.

Small & basic but the location is great.
Reviewed 1 week ago

PROS- The Hotel is located right across the street from the ocean. There is a boardwalk (walkway) along the ocean right across the street as well. The staff are very nice. ( especially Kevin) The rooms are very clean & in good condition. Bicycles are included. The place is dog friendly. I liked the teal bathroom floor, wall color accent and teal colored chairs outside the room. ( facing the parking lot) The weather was miserably windy so I enjoyed the ocean view by the fire in the lobby.

CONS-

I was excited about the bicycles there but they can’t be ridden on the nice wooden walkway across the street. Only on the street. Dogs can’t go on the beach across the street. The lobby opens at 7:30am so there’s no where for early bird coffee drinkers to go. No coffee maker in the room. We had the presence of mind to fill our coffee thermos at the Shell station the night before.

We got a deluxe king room and it was very very small. (No refrigerator but there is one in the lobby to use.)There was one chair & we took turns using it. The other used the bed.We were trying not to be disappointed about the size of the place or that it was so very basic. Seems more like an updated/ converted Motel 6 type of room. It was very decent & functional but just not so grand for the cost & for our 32cd wedding anniversary. ( I realize now that we paid for location)

The light breakfast had loaves from a bakery , Croissants, jam, cream cheese, boiled eggs, fruit, orange juice, coffee with milk, almond milk, and cream. There was coffee in the lobby all day until they close.

We Loved it!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great renovation of an old classic roadside motel with all the details perfectly nailed - really good coffee, sweet little am breakfast, an ocean viewing deck upstairs, comfy beds in really fun rooms. The location right on Moonstone Beach with some great restaurants alongside you, all sharing the amazing sunset location, made us wish we'd booked our stay for a few more days. Really impressive value along with the style and comfort. The staff was also great. Sincere and friendly. Jessica checked us out on our departure. We were running late for check out, had lost a pair of glasses - the typical travel routines, and she was helpful and lovely. We plan to return in a few days on our way back up north and see why our family that's stayed here in the past recommended it so highly to us on this trip. We really loved it. It's creative and it stands out. Great job.

Stylish, comfortable and outstanding Value
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for one night on the way south having done Big Sur.

The lodge is in a really nice location overlooking the sea. The refurbishment is incredibly stylish. The reception doubles up as a lounge where you can enjoy your morning coffee.

We took a couple of the complementary beach cruisers (bikes) out for a ride up the coast. The sun deck is a great place to chill out and whale watch.

The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Highly recommend this place to stay.

Heavenly Oasis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I checked in to the Cambria Beach Lodge on Friday to celebrate a substantial anniversary. We were surprised and delighted upon checking to learn that we had been upgraded to the Beach House cottage...akin to the penthouse of the place! We had a perfect experience..from the spacious and stylish accommodations, to the continental breakfast and complimentary bikes. We loved having our own private view of the gorgeous beachfront sunset each night. Staff was generous and accommodating. Thank you Cambria Beach Hotel, we’ll definitely be back!!