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
The Morgan Hotel is located in San Simeon, CA just 4 miles south of Hearst Castle. We found the hotel to be comfortable and very convenient to places in the area. The hotel stay was nice. A bit better than the normal chains and not nearly as expensive as many of the other hotels in the area.
The room was clean, well laid out and the bed was very comfortable. The hotel offers a continental breakfast which was nice. The check-in was quick and convenient and the staff was friendly.
Pros: Friendly staff, heated pool, breakfast, convenient location, nice Mexican themed restaurant next door.
Cons: No fitness center is about the only downside. If you like to run it is no issue as the road nearby is great for running and has a fantastic view.
I would recommend this hotel.
Where do I even start, can hear people in other rooms through the walls, car noise from the road out front is horrible, not enough outlets in the room, can tell the bathroom of my room was not cleaned well if at all, bed wasn't made correctly, shower had nowhere to put soap, wifi barely worked and was really slow, didn't get a good view on the front side of the hotel (no control over room location) no desk to do work on, snacks placed in the room to try and trick you into eating one only to be charged for it later, and the ceiling fan didn't even work. I cannot say I enjoyed my stay here.
Let me be clear about one thing up front: everyone who works there is lovely. Very very nice people.
And you absolutely could do worse. And not that $125-150 a room is expensive, but when it's no better than the $60-70 hotels across the street...
So: two stars, not one.
This is an older, clearly last renovated 15 or 20 years ago, motor lodge. But they bill it as "The only boutique hotel in San Simeon"? Gah! The only reason I'm going to tell you the rest is because marketing this joint as that is such transparent bulls*%t that I'm offended by having been taken.
I could go into the various reasons - the musty smell, the peeling paint, the 10-year-old TV, the tub that never drained (after an hour!), the nasty stain that may or may not have been blood on the bathroom floor, the "ice machine" that isn't a machine, it's just a completely unsanitary cooler of ice with a scoop...
But the "breakfast buffet," which is exactly the terrible one you're thinking of (cheap yogurt, industrial bagels, eggs hard-boiled at some factory) didn't have any fruit. You know, even when it's terrible, there's always bananas or the Red Delicious apple from your second grade cafeteria, right?
So I asked if there was any more fruit.
"No, sorry. We ran out last week."
Today is Tuesday.
We stayed for two nights in early March, the hotel is convenient if, like us, you want to walk and along the beach at the State Park, just walk out the door and up less then a block. The hotel was clean, the staff was friendly, but there were some cosmetic things that show that the hotel is aging. No big deal, but they kept it from being a five star, that and the limited breakfast. As others have said, not much for the price and the location. (not many choices available nearby) I would have expected a hot breakfast. At least a waffle maker.
For such a beautiful location this hotel is extremely inferior and was a huge let down. We live locally and have several options, but I had stayed at The Morgan in New York City and thought it would be on the same level.
We opted for the “Junior suite with ocean view” and paid an additional $30 for the night. This was not a suite and the ocean view was almost indiscernible, perhaps they should have suggested we bring binoculars! The room size was average for a king bed, but had a twin bed with a giant foot and headboard right next to the king bed. Then a sitting chair was squeezed in next to that. No room to rearrange chair so you could even look out window and headboard covered half the window. Footboard completely blocked fireplace.
Linens were not heavy enough to keep chill off, even with fireplace on. The bathroom was a total disaster. A sign taped to the wall indicated due to a drought jets and steam shower were shut off,yet it took at least a full 10 minutes for the water to get barely warm, wasting lots of water. Bath products had to be placed on the floor, no shelf, soap dish at all. Very difficult for elderly people who have trouble bending over.
Main window view was a parking lot and views of the neighbors roofs.