The FogCatcher is one of over a dozen motels spread along Moonstone Beach. Like everything else from Cambria to SLO, they give one sticker shock. (I pay less for a decent room in NYC.) However, the FogCatcher has a cheery, helpful staff and one of the best "free" breakfasts I've had in a long time. The maid must have thought we were a honeymoon couple since she made a very cute heart out of bath towels and flowers to stand on our bed. With some overstatement, management describes the property as an "English village", but it is bright and cheerful with walkways through well-tended garden areas. Given my track record of visiting Hearst Castle every 50 years, it seems unlikely the occasion to stay again will arise, but I would certainly consider the FogCatcher again.
But not room 802. Described as an ocean-view suite, it is one of the few rooms to have a room above it. Construction standards could be better -- the two-year-old who decided 11:30 p.m. was time for Romper Room shook the place. More importantly, the room is below-grade (i.e. partially underground), so the "ocean-view" is of people's feet and hubcaps on the road separating you from the beach (which is also 25 feet below). Finally, the free wi-fi doesn't reach 802, so we visited other people's rooms or the breakfast room to connect.
Although I didn't see inside it, I would also avoid the 2 bedroom, kitchenette "family room." It's directly across (10 feet) from the breakfast room, so expect a lot of early morning activity and strangers sitting at the tables and chairs outside your door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal for romantic getaways, families and groups, FogCatcher Inn is located within easy reach of the Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, an assortment of wineries and beautiful Moonstone Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fogcatcher Hotel Cambria
- Fog Catcher Inn Cambria