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A quiet mid-range property amid woods and beautiful gardens
The hotel’s beautiful grounds are probably the most striking feature. Paths lined with plants, flowers and trees wind between the wooden buildings housing the rooms, and offer sweeping views of the valley and Cambria. Nooks with wooden benches, flower and herb gardens, and stone statues add to the overall quiet, romantic vibe of the property. The small, relaxing Sojourn Spa is located in a separate building and features a quaint indoor sitting area with a fireplace, a patio, and treatment rooms, including one for couples. The romantic touches may appeal to couples, but the hotel is also popular with families due to its large rooms and suites, as well as its heated pool.
On a hill overlooking Cambria, within a 15-minute drive of Hearst Castle
The property is located amid woods, in a residential area a short drive from quiet downtown Cambria. Those looking to hike can find several trails nearby, and Main Street Cambria -- lined with art galleries and shops -- can be reached via a long downhill path. While the beach is not within walking distance, there are a couple of sandy stretches popular with surfers (and seals!) within a two-mile radius. The famous Hearst Castle is just a 13-minute drive away, and culture-rich San Luis Obispo can be reached in just over 30 minutes.
Spacious rooms with homey decor and free Wi-Fi
The 152 rooms at Cambria Pines Lodge are housed in several wooden buildings surrounded by pine trees and lovely gardens. Most room categories are large and cozy, with homey decor (though some are more stylish than others), decks or private patios, white plantation shutters, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Most overlook the surrounding woods, and some offer sweeping views of the valley. Suites have up to two rooms, including a living area with a couch and a dining table, and a bedroom with either two queens or a king bed. Most Standard Rooms have older technologies, somewhat generic decor, and no outdoor space or fireplace. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, biodegradable toiletries, flat-screen or tube TVs, alarm clocks, and coffeemakers.There are 13 pet-friendly rooms available for those traveling with dogs (guests must request these in advance to ensure availability).
Dreamy gardens, a small spa, a heated outdoor pool, and a solid restaurant
The hotel offers an array of on-site activities, including hiking trails, a beach volleyball court, a heated outdoor pool complete with a whirlpool, and a day spa offering body treatments and massages for couples. There is a small business center with a computer and a printer; a quiet patio with seating; a solid restaurant serving food made with organic produce grown in its own garden; and a casual lounge offering live music and drinks. The beautiful gardens -- with quiet nooks and tons of details such as fountains, statues, wooden benches, and a well -- are great for a romantic walk. The hotel offers free self-parking on-site, and a dog park for those traveling with their pets.
Cambria Pines Lodge is a quiet, mid-range hotel in quaint Cambria, off scenic Highway 1. It offers 152 homey rooms housed in several cottage-style wooden buildings amid lovely, relaxing grounds and hiking trails. Standard Rooms are a little basic and have outdated technologies such as tube TVs, but upper-level rooms and suites have gas fireplaces, mini-fridges, microwaves, and decks or private patios. The hotel offers a small day spa, complete with an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool; a solid restaurant with outdoor seating, and a lounge with daily live music. Freebies such as Wi-Fi, self-parking and daily breakfast are all perks. Those willing to walk to downtown Cambria should note that there is a long trail with 250-plus steps.