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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
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A boutique Central Coast stay along Highway One, between L.A. and San Francisco, with breakfast

The Lowdown

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 at San Simeon
9135 Hearst Drive
San Simeon, CA 93452 United States


3.5 Average 981 Reviews
Clean is the only positive
Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes they are “on the water” but you better be 10 foot tall to see it. Service was very “who cares”. Fireplace did not work. Heater is from the 30s. Ceiling fan is not over the bed or anything else useful. Odd and overpriced hotel.

Had a very nice stay
Reviewed 7 days ago

Stayed here beginning of July 2019 for one night as we made our way up the coast. I recommend getting a room in the main building. There is another building with hotel rooms but the main building is where the breakfast and pool are located. The hotel is clean and provides 24 hour coffee service, a continental breakfast is included and there is a small pool (but it was quite cold/windy when we were there). This is a dog friendly hotel too! Our room was on the main floor, facing the back parking lot with 2 queen beds. It was very spacious, clean and comfortable, also included a ceiling fan and complimentary wifi.
We ate at the Mexican restaurant next door and our dinner was good. The hotel is close to the Hearst Castle Visitors Centre. If you are lucky you may see a wild zebra in the fields with the cattle along the highway.

Some History here for sure.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's definite history at this Inn. It's clean and good for a night. Beds are average. It's somewhat dated. Staff is friendly. Breakfast was fine with a variety of choices. It's close to Hearst Castle which is great.

Very pleasant stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot to stop traveling up Hwy 1. Very clean and updated. Staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast basic but appreciated. Used it to visit Hearst Castle and Cambria. Very close to beach. Booked it based on reviews and was not disappointed!

Nice place in a very good location.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location is very easy walking distance to the beach; a beautiful location. The room was newly renovated and quite clean, The set-up has two buildings separated by about 100 yards, with a very nice Mexican restaurant in between, It's odd, but worked out fine for us. Continental breakfast is pretty typical, in a nice setting with a good amount of space. Great location for a visit to Hearst Castle and drive along the coast. We'd be happy to stay again.