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Quality Inn San Simeon
Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Convenient location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

Nothing special about this motel but the location, near Hearst Castle, is very convenient. We chose it as having the best facilities and being the cheapest of the bunch at the same location. The bonus was the on site restaurant which was excellent!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

We originally discovered the Quality Inn at San Simeon when they were the El Rey Garden Inn, advertised in Sunset magazine. We first went there for our fifth wedding anniversary (31 years ago). We stay there often because we like a jacuzzi bathtub for my Fibromyalgia symptoms. We've always stayed in their king deluxe room with an in-room jacuzzi bathtub and separate room with double fireplace. A couple of years ago they gutted this room when they started renovations on the hotel and we stayed in the room next door which has a larger than normal jacuzzi bathtub in the bathroom and is big enough for the two of us. This year for our 36th anniversary we elected to stay in the newly renovated king deluxe room. We like the suite because I go to bed much earlier than my husband and he could stay up and watch TV in the other room (although this TV remote was missing).

The decor isn't that special even though it is now pretty, dark wood and has newer dressers, nice tile floors and new shower and toilet (loud noisy flush) components. The bed was very firm so I was glad I brought my mattress topper. The bed linens were clean and adequate but not top end like some hotels we've stayed at. There is no fan in the room but all rooms have a sliding door that opens to the outside cool air. There is a fountain at the end of the center courtyard which is very nice to listen to and sit beside. The TVs are not newer but at least large enough and there are no DVD players or IPOD hookups anywhere. The in-room jacuzzi is huge, could fit about four people comfortably so we float around a lot. The overflow cover fell off into the tub and was gross inside and we couldn't put it back on. However, the water was hot and plentiful, there are lots of towels (nicely displayed) and complimentary soaps and conditioners.

The continental breakfast is similar to many hotels, cold cereal, oatmeal packets, waffle maker, toast, bagels and sweet rolls. The only fruit were green hard apples (no bananas or fruit salad mix). No protein of any form except the cream cheese (they have in years past had hard-boiled eggs at least). Coffee, tea, orange and apple juice, milk to drink.

They have a very small inside room which was not large enough to hold all the guests trying to eat, when it's nice weather they can host it outside by the outside jacuzzi and pool, but there are trays and you can take your food outside or to your room, which we elected to do. There are microwaves and refrigerators in the rooms and a coffee maker (even though our room for the price had no sugar packets or stirring utensils).

There is a vending machine in the hallway with a few snacks, but there is also a store within walking distance for other snacks and drinks. It's also only five miles away from Cambria where there are plenty of stores and great restaurants. There is a restaurant next door (we declined as my husband does not like seafood) and there are many more just across the street (actually the highway so drive instead of walking). Many restaurants take reservations in Cambria so call and check first or you might not get into choice as it is a busy small town.

This was October and the local businesses had scarecrows out everywhere, but not your typical scarecrows. These were tailored to their business (dentists, cheerleaders, teacher, nuns and priest, along with the usual scarecrow type figures, and all have a blackbird theme). Fun to drive up and down the streets and check them all out. It was fun and festive.

Would we stay here again? Yes. Would we prefer a bit more for the money? Yes, we have stayed at other places for the same price and had better commodities. They are very pleasant, and I always recommend you call the hotel directly to get the best prices.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

This is a good basic hotel. The rooms were clean and tidy, the shower had plenty of hot water - although the toilet had a hair trigger flush mechanism which was a bit scary at first.
We ate dinner in the restaurant attached. Good food, reasonable prices and nice wine. Friendly staff.

HOWEVER: As we were getting ready to check out a housekeeper knocked briefly on the door and walked straight in before I had a chance to respond. I notified reception when we checked out and was told they are supposed to knock and wait, but this didn't happen. This is completely unacceptable! Receptionist did not really seem to care but got annoyed when I said I would put it on tripadvisor.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2011

Upon arrival we were greeted with a smile and warm welcome. We asked if we could upgrade to a room with a balcony and a view and we were taken to the one room available and received a nice discount if we took the room. The room was clean and comfortable. We had trouble connecting wireless to the Internet but the staff did all they could, even at a very late hour, to make sure we got connection. Breakfast in the morning was nice. We enjoyed the friendly service we received by Ms. Patel. This hotel is one that I will recommend to friends traveling the San Simeon area.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Palmdale, California
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

This hotel offers a 2 night package that is not to be missed. In addition to two nights in a very nice room that included fridge, microwave, coffee and inroom safe, we had dinner for 2 at the Manta Rey restaurant (see separate review) and got 2 tickets to the tour of our choice at Hearst's Castle. The package price was almost too good to be true when you factor in the menu prices and the cost of the tour tickets. Patricia was our hostess and she was most personable, friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Quality Inn San Simeon
Address: 9260 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748 (Formerly El Rey Garden Inn)
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Quality Inn San Simeon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
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