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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This is a budget hotel trying to be more. Rooms are worn and need both TLC and cleaning. The hotel has a general feeling of being run down. Breakfast was continental. Overall, rate was high for what was delivered.
This hotel sits near the ocean at Hwy 1 in the heart of San Simeon.
Our room was in another building not attached to the hotel. We enjoyed a suite with a fireplace that actually produced some heat. All the rooms have new windows and it was nice to open the windows to enjoy the nice weather.
The room included a ceiling fan and a plug in fan, which is good for those of us who like to sleep with the sound of a fan on.
We also had a large wet bar. Very nice stay here at the Morgan.
Initially it made a good impression, it has been modernised apparently - but as they said " they are still working on it "......
Reception an arrival was quite RUDE and very impolite, after a long drive to get there, it's NOT what we expected. The room itself was ok, general decor too...BUT...the Pool is NEVER heated ( $ ?) The restaurant ( Mexican ) next door understand little English and offer very poor quality food; waste of $40.....they close at 8pm!!!! Better if they stayed closed...
Breakfast was nothing short of a "rip off", cold eggs out of the fridge, cheap ' bread' products, to be honest, disgusting - would be better to offer none ! ( cheese, ham, salami ???)
The view of the pool in the breakfast room is nice, but decent products are more important, you can't eat the decor !!
No license for hot food is NOT an answer - cannot ascertain if this is correct, check out was friendly - pity she didn't work 24/7...!!
This hotel is quite overpriced and the rooms are old-ish (regarding lighting there is just one chandelier-combined with a fan - it is a bit dark), but the location is unbeatable if you want to visit Big Sur the next day. I was happy with the check-in and the checkout staff, however their system was down in the morning, as a result of I could not pay and did not get a bill (my card was charged thereafter). The weakest area is the insulation between rooms. It is practically non-existent. You can hear people walking up and down the stairs, talking next door or watching TV. I was personally quite annoyed that I had to listen to our neighbours watching TV until midnight. Breakfast is average, there are no hot items, even the boiled eggs are cold, cookies and muffins are out of the box – not fresh at all! All in all it was clean and we enjoyed the ocean view.
First, the room was clean and comfortable. The fireplace is a really nice touch. It definitely has a boutique vibe. You can see the ocean, but it's not as visible as I expected. You have to look over trees and houses. Plus the windows were dirty, which impacted the view. There was no luggage cart nor elevator for getting our bags to the second floor, so we had to make two trips, schlepping our bags to the second floor. The staff was polite, courteous and helpful. It's a nice property, but not as nice as the website leads you to believe. If I were to stay in San Simeon again, I would probably stay here again, but that's only because there are no hotels that are any better, so far as I can tell. If there were a Hilton or Marriott property, I would stay there.