Top 10 Boutique Hotels
Central Coast (CA)
An outstanding choice on Cambria's beachfront drive.
In a row of almost look-alike small hotels on Cambria's oceanfront Moonstone Beach Drive, the FogCatcher Inn is a stand-out. It almost captures the atmosphere of an English country village with its thatched-roof buildings and brick pathways lined by flowers. All of the romantically designed rooms have been recently renovated and are outfitted with luxurious beds with down comforters, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, upscale bath amenities and deep bathtubs in the spacious bathrooms. Note that gas fireplaces are the only source of in-room heating, which can be troubling to those who need total darkness to fall asleep. The quality of the ocean view varies, just as it does at most properties along this drive. There's also a glass-enclosed heated outdoor pool and a heated whirlpool spa, and a hot buffet breakfast is included in the rates. Owned by the Pacific Hotel Company, which assures a quality standard that is more consistent than at independent mom-and-pop properties along the coast, the FogCatcher is one of the most popular places to stay in Cambria, so make reservations far in advance. The front desk staff are fantastic, even photocopying hand-annotated maps to help you find your way around.
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