The Morgan at San Simeon
What We Love
- A Highway One home base near Hearst Castle, with breakfast includedTouring astonishing Hearst Castle, like something from a fairy tale
- Being equidistant from San Francisco and L.A., on famous Highway One
- Wining your way through nearby Paso Robles
- Enjoying the boutique hotel’s ocean views and complimentary breakfast
What To Know
- Located right off Highway 1, so road noise can be heard from street-facing rooms
- There's a small courtyard pool for sunny California days
- Not the most accessible: There's no elevator to the second floor
Comfort, convenience and classic style are always complimentary at this ocean-view San Simeon hotel. With simple, elegant interiors, The Morgan at San Simeon is a boutique base if you’re heading from Los Angeles to San Francisco or stopping at dazzling Hearst Castle, which is just minutes away. With generous luxury bed linens and towels, your accommodation will be a comforting escape, and complimentary breakfast helps you start your day off right.
Then, between your restful overnights, you can tour the incredible mansion – a state historical monument. From the Neptune Pool to the grand rooms, this property is like something out of a fairy tale, which is exactly why it’s called “La Cuesta Encantada,” or the Enchanted Hill. Alternatively, head to Hearst Beach to see the seals, depending on the season, or take a day trip to one of the big cities. Finally, visit one of the 180-plus Paso Robles wineries, and raise a glass to your Highway One road trip.
Your guest room is one of 56, with thoughtful little touches to make your stay a pleasant one. These include bath amenities from the Gilchrist & Soames Bee Kind line, a mini-fridge and a 32-in. flat-panel TV. Deluxe rooms are found on the hotel’s first or second floor, while the Premium accommodations are on the second floor only and offer partial Pacific views. Both of these abodes offer a cozy gas fireplace and your choice of one king or two queen beds.
The hotel is located on San Simeon’s Highway One, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. You’re just a few minutes from Hearst Castle, the California State Park that began as newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s dazzling personal residence. Also in town, depending on the time of year, are elephant seals and perhaps their pups, and Paso Robles wine country, with more than 180 wineries, is within driving distance.
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The Morgan is a clean well presented hotel with old school charm, friendly staff and great service. Complementary breakky and clean and well maintained building and rooms and unbeatable value for money! We stayed in a king bed room with lots of space very clean and cosy for $112 a night and absolutely loved the room! I would have been prepared to pay a lot more money for the room and happily so. Can't recommend high enough! If you're on your way through this way and need to decide between the large number of hotels in this town you will not be disappointed with this one! All around tops!
This stay was supposed to be for a romantic get-away, but turned out less than expected from the photos. I accept some responsibility for not grasping the location of the property from viewing the map, but I also feel the hotel’s marketing of the room as a “partial ocean” view was pretty creative on their part.
Upon arrival, I was first a little surprised at the absence of the usual front desk you are accustomed to seeing in a lobby. Instead, there was an employee at a small desk quite a few steps from the door, with a long line of people waiting to register. One person on duty at check-in time. Hmmm.
Getting through that and on to the room, I found that the reservation I made for 2 adults, the Jr. Suite with king bed and fireplace, also came with a huge twin bed, basically blocking the view of the fireplace from anywhere in the room. Sitting on the bed to view the fireplace was not an option (there was only one chair). Has the management ever considered offering a roll-away upon request for those in need of one? I’ve never heard of anything like this in all my travels.
I asked the front desk about removing the bed and was told they couldn’t. I then asked why it wasn’t disclosed during my conversation when booking the Jr. Suite room (the reason I like to book by phone, instead of online). I was told they have two sections to the hotel and that I should have asked. Hmmm #2. That’s a new one. The manager made an effort to find a different room, but it didn’t have the appeal of the one we had, even with the nuisance of a spare bed with 4ft. high footboard, so we stayed put.
As for the view? The hotel is about a block from the shoreline, so the “partial ocean view” appeared as a sliver of shiny gray outside the window. A bit of a stretch on the room description I’d say. The hotel isn’t pricey, but we paid their top price for what I thought would be a special room. So we had nothing to look at…no ocean view and no fireplace unless you sit on the floor in front of it. Not at all what I thought it would be. Hmmm #3.
Other than feeling we overpaid for what we got, the hotel was nice, clean and the staff was friendly. I would rate this hotel as a good stop-over to see Hearst Castle, but that’s about it.
The main draw of this hotel is the ocean and the cool stuff your super close to. Service was awesome and the young lady at the front desk was most helpful. The room was average but views were outstanding. All amenities are right at your fingertips. If you order a room with a view prepare for the dreaded luggage hike as there is no elevator. The best thing was the huge deeeeeep soaker tub.