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
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.
We paid $30 extra for a corner junior suite ocean view. It was a typical size room with a king size bed and a twin bed side by side. NOT A SUITE. The ocean view was a sliver you needed binoculars to see, directly behind us through the large window was the parking lot and neighbors houses with piles of junk. Due to the massive footboard on the bed the fireplace was invisible from the bed and the headboard halfway obscured the window with the “view”. There was an armchair squeezed in beside the twin bed, but you couldn’t look at the window or move the chair.
The bathroom was beautiful but not functional. A note taped to the wall indicated they were in a drought so the jets and steam shower were turned off. The hot water literally took 10 minutes to get warm, so much for a drought. There were no shelves to put bath products or soap on, so they had to be put on the floor. As elderly people with back issues bending over to pick up each one independently was very difficult.
The bedding was not warm enough to keep the chill off even with the fireplace on all night.
This was supposed to be a romantic valentines get away, it was anything but. Not much of a step up from Motel Six.
Breakfast was such a joke we didn’t even stay. Front desk response was, “fill out a comment card”
Stopped here before visiting Hearst Castle. Friendly staff checked us in. We were in a separate building. The rooms are bit old, but no complaints. Has a nice ocean view and even a fireplace. However there is little to recommend for the continental breakfast - I think it came from the antarctic continent, cold, hard bread, even the coffee tasted awful.
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.