Families with small children will love our budget-friendly Castle Inn, with a pool and large lawn for enjoying the sunset or playing some bean bag toss. For travelers searching for a more romantic getaway, Blue Dolphin Inn is our upscale boutique Inn with beautiful coastal decor for a relaxing escape. If you want something really unique and totally private, you will want to check out Moonstone Cottages, 3 freestanding cottages with amazing views and each is individually decorated with a beach-related theme. Sand Pebbles Inn is our midscale boutique property, perfect for a weekend getaway with friends or family, with some of the best views along Moonstone Beach.
All of our oceanfront Cambria hotels are situated along Moonstone Beach Drive, offering easy access to Moonstone Beach and the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, which runs a mile along the coast. The Cambria Inns Collection is a family-owned and operated business with four oceanfront Cambria hotels to accommodate all kinds of travelers. Moonstone Beach is home to many Cambria hotels, and the Cambria Inns Collection hotels are among the top-rated on TripAdvisor.
Blue Dolphin Inn
Blue Dolphin Inn is one of the top-rated Cambria hotels for many reasons. The quiet sophistication of of our upscale boutique hotel and the soothing colors of the sea make Blue Dolphin Inn one of the favorite of all Cambria hotels on Moonstone Beach Drive and in all of Cambria. Guests enjoy luxuriating in the comforts of our well-appointed rooms and our amazing proximity to Moonstone Beach. We took extra care in selecting the furnishings and bedding to ensure a great night’s sleep. From the incredibly comfortable mattresses to our super soft sheets and pillows, we tried to think of every detail to create a true VIP experience. We deliver a complimentary breakfast packed up picnic style to enjoy a morning meal at the beach or nearby park…or for our guests who would like a to-go meal for their drive home. We try to think of everything that will make your stay in Cambria a very special one. Click here to book.
Sand Pebbles Inn
Sand Pebbles Inn is our midscale boutique property and is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway with friends or loved ones. The casual comfort and beachy style create an ambiance that brings the serenity of the beach inside. The soft sandy color palette and oceanic treasures are dotted throughout, and Moonstone Beach is across the road, filled with new treasures to discover. A continental breakfast is included but our continental breakfast is a step above what you might be used to…we have waffles! We never thought it would be so popular but many of our regular guests say they dream about those waffles long after they go home. All of the rooms at Sand Pebbles Inn have comfortable mattresses, quality linens and bedding, and our custom amenities. We also have a huge collection of games and movie titles to select from. Click here to book.
There is something so completely unique and special about staying in your own private cottage at the beach and Moonstone Cottages is one-of-a-kind when it comes to Cambria hotels. The 3 freestanding cottages have all been given their own personalities and individual decor. The privacy and the views make Moonstone Cottages a favorite for special occasions, honeymoons, anniversaries or anytime you just want to have some privacy. The cottages are nestled into a cypress grove and each has been designed to maximize the views. Some of the guests who stay at Moonstone Cottages choose the same cottage each time and think of it as their personal beach house! You might want to try each one to decide your favorite. Click here to book.
Families traveling to Cambria need look no further, Castle Inn is the perfect Cambria hotel for families with small children. The swimming pool and hot tub have great views of the ocean and the large green lawn is perfect for a game of bean bag toss. You can always grab one of the red chairs on the lawn and just settle back to watch the kids play while you enjoy the views. We have games to play and a selection of movie titles to keep your children happy and entertained. Castle Inn was one of the original motels on Moonstone Beach and is a favorite with families for the proximity to the beach, Llefingwell Park, and the tide pools, teeming with sea life for the kids to watch. Click here to book.
Looking for Things to Do in Cambria?
Cambria is a coastal community located approximately 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo and 6 miles south of Hearst Castle and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The weather is generally mild and there is no smog…the air is refreshed by the ocean breezes and the pine and eucalyptus trees. It smells great! There is occasionally some seasonal fog along the coast but if you are craving some warmer temps, a short drive on a country road is the perfect mini-day trip to temps that can be 40 degrees warmer at times. It is best to bring light layers to be ready if the coastal fog rolls in or the night is chilled by the ocean breezes. With year-round temps ranging from 50s to 70s make Cambria a perfect destination any time you need a relaxing escape to the Central Coast.
The village of Cambria is close and there are so many great places to shop and enjoy original arts and crafts, along with plenty of dining options but for the Cambria hotels on Moonstone Beach, we have two great places to eat within walking distance and both have spectacular ocean views. The Sea Chest Oyster Bar & Restaurant is a popular favorite with travelers and locals and if seafood is what you are craving, this is a seafood only restaurant. If you would like to dine outside on the patio, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill is the perfect setting for a Sunday brunch or any day for lunch and sunsets are stunning.
There is a weekly open-air Farmer’s Market on Fridays and Cambria has many fine elegant restaurants as well as family restaurants. The cultural scene is alive and well with crafts and artists galleries, community theater groups, and visitors love our local weekly newspaper which gives a glimpse into the bucolic life in the small town of Cambria. For the physically active, there are endless opportunities for exploring the ocean whether by kayak, standup paddling, or surfing or walk among the pines with views of the ocean at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve with over 400 acres of hiking, biking, and walking trails to discover. If you are looking for a milder outdoors experience, the beach is right across the road and the boardwalk is a mile-long wooden boardwalk where you will meet some very friendly squirrels. You can visit our local garden shops and nurseries for some great garden collectibles and drought tolerant plants or stroll the length of Main Street and just pop in to wherever catches your fancy…there is a lot of fun to be had in Cambria for those ready to explore.
Cambria started out as a fishing and quicksilver mining town, and later, for its dairy and lumber exports, but it wasn’t until 1958, when Hearst Castle was opened to the public, that Cambria came into its own as a popular tourist destination. Today, the pine covered hills and rugged shoreline attracts tourists and Californians looking for a new discovery. The town is home to many artists and musicians and the creative spirits resonates throughout the tiny village of Cambria. Don’t be confused by the locals calling it the East and West Village, to a visitor it is all the Cambria’s Main Street! But not too long ago, there were no businesses or sidewalks that connected the two sides of town so visitors often missed half of the village. The West Village is closest to the Cambria hotels on Moonstone Beach Drive and includes some of our favorite dining spots like Madeline’s and wine tasting like Black Hand Cellars as well as the fun collectibles at Granny Had One and the always fun Home Arts for more contemporary home decor.
The East Village has a number of interesting buildings remaining from Cambria’s early days, including the Old Santa Rosa Church, the Squibb-Darke house, the Guthrie-Bianchini House, now the Cambria Historical Museum. The little museum run by the Cambria Historical Society is now housed in a fully restored historic home, the Guthrie-Bianchini House at 2251 Center Street, and is well worth a visit. Here, discover moving displays of The Building of Highway One, The Great Fire of 1889 that destroyed most of the town, and The Sinking of the S.S. Montebello in 1941 off Cambrian shores – a little-reported event that happened just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Stop in and check out the old photos and see how little Cambria has changed in all these years. You’ll hear the history of how we became known as Cambria from our former incarnations as Santa Rosa, Rosaville, San Simeon, and Slabtown! There are many stories of how it got the name but the one we hear the most is that a committee member thought it reminded them of the woodsy mining area they came from in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, named after a Welsh town. The only thing more controversial among the locals is the proper pronunciation of Cambria. Most locals prefer Cam-Bree-Uh but some old-timers say that was a name for the new development and the real way to say it is Came-Bree-Uh.
Stroll the streets of Cambria, a charming village, quiet and quaint, with a full time populations around 6,500. but teeming with culture and unique shops where you’ll find crafts and wares you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Drawn by the stunning beauty, serenity, relative isolation, and its mild ocean climate, artists of all disciplines – from crafters to fine arts, both writers and actors, from woodworkers to glassblowers, to musicians, singers, and songwriters – many have found their way to Cambria and settled into this creative community. This eclectic concentration of talent brings galleries, workshops, antique and specialty shops that pack the quaint village streets. Of course we have a great assortment of antiques and collectible shops and many visitors do all of their holiday shopping here because they find unique gifts that support independent business owners. Your friends and families get amazing unique gifts and you don’t have to fight the crowds in packed shopping centers. Why not make it a relaxing experience as well as great shopping – And the free and easy parking with everything close by and walkable makes it all so much fun.