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.
How to Get There
On approaching the hotel we were initially confused as to what building was the hotel.
It is built in two separate blocks with a Mexican restaurant sandwiched in the middle although only a short walk between the two.
The registration desk, pool and breakfast area are all located in the LH building. Yes you guessed it we were allocated a room in the isolated RH block. Room was large with a large bed and separate seating area.
Registration was quick and simple and the lady was very friendly.
Unfortunately the room was facing the road so we did suffer from traffic noise despite Hwy 1 being closed just a bit further North. Guess once it re opens then a sea facing room would be a must. Although we were told when we checked in “ you have been allocated a nice quiet room in the corner away from the noise”? I guess what she meant was the room which was 400 had no one above or below. We assumed however the guests in the adjacent room were outdoor types who thought it was a novelty to have a room with a door so they kept slamming it all night.
There was a nice size bathroom with really soft white towels.
As per norm for the area there was no AC but there was a desk top fan and a ceiling fan provided.
The TV would not turn on so we called front desk and almost immediately there was a knock at the door. Great response could not fault. Apparently the connections to the cable box are very sensitive and just need re attaching sometimes after the cleaners have been in.
Unfortunately lost signal twice again that evening but figured it out myself and just needed to turn off at mains and re-boot TV.
Rooms and circulation spaces are looking a bit dated but are well kept and clean.
Went along for breakfast just after 7.30am and found the area which is quite small quiet with few other guests luckily. A selection of the usual continental breakfast items with good coffee were available.
When we went back into reception at 8.15 to check out the breakfast area was heaving so suggest you go down early.
The hotel was OK for what we wanted and is ideal for visiting Hearst Castle as its only 5 mins away. Just came as a bit of a shock when we checked in and found that we were not staying within the hotel itself but in an accommodation block nearby which was not made clear upon booking.
To all who read this review,
I hope you find this review to be uplifting and inviting. God has given me a grateful heart and this is a more of a letter of gratitude which also contains a review.
On July 4th, my wife and I left San Diego to return to San Francisco. We booked a hotel room at "The Morgan" for July 4th to the 5th. The trip from San Diego was long and we arrived at 10:30 at night. When we arrived I spoke with a pleasant woman at the front desk who greeted us with warmth and efficiency. We checked in and went straight to our room. I was so tired and I walked into a beautifully spacious room with a fireplace. The room overlooked the swimming pool and had a soft king sized bed. I turned on the gas fireplace with a what looked like a light switch and I left it on all night. There was a warm amber soft glow throughout the room all night.
The next morning I woke up and said my prayers. I then asked Angie, the lady at the front desk, if there was a place that I could quietly stretch outside near the ocean. Angie gave me directions to a serene location within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. I stretched on a yoga mat facing the ocean and a 1/4 full moon. It was magnificent. I stretched for 30-40 minutes and I saw a total of no more than 12 people!
When I returned from my stretch, I changed into my swim trunks. I waded into a small sized pool that was carved in half by the sun and shade. There was a father on a reclining chair with his two sons in the pool and at the far end of the pool were two women in their mid-twenties sun bathing under a brilliant blue sky. The father was playing prince on his smart phone. No one was talking. There was only the distant sound of Prince singing "All seven and watch them fall, stand in the way of love and . . ." Below the water was silence and a cool fresh feeling. Above the water was the crips air, the smell of sun tan lotion, and the smooth melody of a genius poet. After the pool, I ate a healthy breakfast of bananas, yogurt, a few packets of peanut butter, and a cup of coffee.
When my wife and I checked out of the hotel, we asked Angie for a healthy restaurant that the locals frequent. Angie suggested a restaurant within a 5 minute drive from the hotel. When went to the restaurant and had a rock-fish cilantro / lime soft taco sandwich and BBQ grilled chicken breast salad. The food was excellent!
After leaving the restaurant, I returned to Angie again for suggestions on which wineries to visit in Paso Robles (for my wife, I do not drink) Angie suggested 6 wineries and then gave us her top 4. My wife and I only had time to visit two of the top four and they were outstanding!
It was a wonderful stay with wonderful suggestions. I even had a great conversation with a member of the staff about the world cup.
My hope is for you the reader to have a similar experience. Please say hello to Angie for me and ask her to show you (1) the quiet location on the beach (2) the nearby restaurant and (3) the 6 wineries she recommended in Paso Robles.
Very Clean and Very well done at "The Morgan"
Angie has a servants heart and truly desires to help others. Well done on hiring her.
The hotel is divided into two buildings separated by a restaurant. It’s in a good location, less than 10 minutes from the elephant seals and Hearst Castle. The staff was nice and helpful. The breakfast was great. I was lucky enough to get a room with an ocean view. They also did a good job with the garden outside of the window. The room itself was nice. The living area was pretty cool and had a lot of space. The only downside was the bathroom. When I was standing at the sink the toilet was digging into my legs. There was an old jacuzzi tub in the bathroom that looked like it had seen better days. I’m not sure if the jacuzzi part worked. Not much selection on the TV. Most channels were blacked out but I guess most people don’t come here to watch the tube. BTW, is “boutique” french for no A/C??
We stayed here at the end of June 2018. We were here to visit Hearst Castle. The front desk attendant was very nice, checked us in no problem. Room was clean, very large. View just looked out to the parking lot, but it was still very, very quiet! No car noise, no noise from other rooms. The bed was very comfortable, a little on the firm side, but good. Pillows were actually ok, not flat and not filled with just air. Breakfast was just the basics, but fine. Overall we would stay again. We just needed a clean quiet place to sleep
My friend and I had a comfy stay at The Morgan. Our room did not have air conditioning, but there was at least a ceiling fan and the window to the beach opened up as well. The check in was easy and the man who checked us in was kind. Breakfast was simple, but there was a good enough variety for whomever ate there. We stayed here because we were going on a night tour at Hearst and wanted to be able to easily get to it.