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Oceanfront Escape: 4 BR, 3 BA Condominium in San Simeon, Sleeps 10
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0.2 mi from city center
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San Simeon Beach House

"Rating Details: The property manager was adequately helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This beach house in San Simeon is a perfect ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Oceanfront Escape: 4 BR, 3 BA Condominium in San Simeon, Sleeps 10
Delightful Beachfront
San Simeon, CA
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0.15 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Beautiful ocean views!

"Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Great location"…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Delightful Beachfront
A Charming Seaside Escape
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0.19 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Great house in quiet area just off beach

"Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We had a peaceful stay here with friends and really ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

A Charming Seaside Escape
Cozy Condo By The Sea
San Simeon, CA
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0.1 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
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"Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We greatly enjoyed our stay. This rental ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Cozy Condo By The Sea
Days Inn by Wyndham San Simeon
2 out of 5
9280 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA
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The price is $55 per night
0.03 mi from city center
3.6/5Good! (1,793 reviews)

"Due to COVID spa is not available or the breakfast. But the restaurant Big Sur is on the property had great food and service which was open for dine in. The room we stayed had a nice balcony."…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham San Simeon
Ragged Point Inn and Resort
3 out of 5
19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point, San Simeon, CA
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The price is $304 per night
15.55 mi from city center
4.4/5Excellent! (427 reviews)

"One of the most beautiful grounds at any hotel! It was a lovely room and very clean!"…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Sands by The Sea
2 out of 5
9355 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA
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The price is $89 per night
0.04 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (967 reviews)

"Beautiful place have been comin here for years and never dissatisfied!!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2020

Sands by The Sea
Motel 6 San Simeon - Hearst Castle Area
2 out of 5
9070 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, CA
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The price is $51 per night
0.2 mi from city center
3.4/5Good! (1,408 reviews)

"Fast check-in. Clean facility and room. Pet-friendly A+++."…"

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Motel 6 San Simeon - Hearst Castle Area
Sea Breeze Inn
2 out of 5
9065 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA
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The price is $49 per night
0.2 mi from city center
3.7/5Good! (1,144 reviews)

"Great view of the coast and easy access to it. Just few minute walk. The bed was super comfortable and the room was at a great price!!"…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Sea Breeze Inn
Quality Inn near Hearst Castle
2.5 out of 5
9260 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, CA
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The price is $93 per night
0.05 mi from city center
3.7/5Good! (1,232 reviews)

"The location was excellent for visiting Hearst Castle with a peek-boo view of the ocean. The staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant on the grounds was rather upscale and just what we needed on a cold night."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

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Visiting San Simeon

History buffs will enjoy exploring San Simeon, and visitors give high marks for the beaches, local tours, and top-notch restaurants. This walkable city also attracts tourists with its shopping. Top sights in the city include San Simeon State Park, Hearst Castle, and Elephant Seal Rookery.

  • There are 118 hotels and other accommodations in San Simeon
  • The closest major airport is in San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional), 38.3 mi (61.7 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in King City, CA (KIC-Mesa Del Rey), 42.5 mi (68.4 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in San Simeon

Cultural venues in the city include Cambria Center for the Arts, Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay, and Cambria’s Historical Museum. The city is notable for its historic sites and landmarks like Hearst Castle, San Simeon Pier, and Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. The beaches and sunsets highlight the city's natural beauty with places to visit including San Simeon State Park, Elephant Seal Rookery, and Moonstone Beach Park.

In San Simeon, you'll be able to select from 118 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have plenty of choices for your holiday getaway. Here you'll find top ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • J Patrick House Bed and Breakfast Inn - This 3.5-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its breakfast and clean, comfortable rooms.
  • Sand Pebbles Inn - Our customers like the proximity to shopping and comfortable rooms at this hotel. With a stay at this 2.5-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and free parking, along with an in-room fireplace.
  • Blue Dolphin Inn - This 3-star hotel features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Expedia customers like its convenient parking and quiet location.

Outside the city, popular places to visit include Morro Rock, located 22.9 mi (36.9 km) from the heart of the city, and Morro Bay State Park, which is 25.7 mi/41.4 km away.

Dressing for San Simeon

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 59°F and the nighttime average to be 42°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 65°F during the day and 43°F at night
  • July through September averages 68°F during the day and 50°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 68°F during the day and 41°F at night
  • About 1.69 inches of rain falls on San Simeon each year
  • Hottest months are usually September and October with an average temperature of 67°F, while the coldest months are December and January with an average of 42°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in San Simeon?
Sand Pebbles Inn is a favorite with Expedia customers. This hotel is a short 7-minute walk from Moonstone Beach Park, and it offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Other top choices based on reviews include Squibb Houses and Blue Dolphin Inn.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in San Simeon, will I receive a refund?
Yes, you’ll find most hotel reservations are fully refundable if cancelled before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which in most cases is within 24 or 48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If you have a non-refundable reservation, you may still be able to cancel and get a refund within 24 hours of booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then you can filter by “free cancellation” to review the best options available in San Simeon.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to San Simeon?
For additional details about rescheduling or cancelling your trip to San Simeon, head over to our customer service page.
What's the best budget-friendly hotel in San Simeon?
Based on reviews, Silver Surf Motel is a popular 2-star property for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other options to stay on the cheap include Cambria Pines Lodge and Castle Inn.
What's the best hotel when traveling with kids to San Simeon?
Pelican Inn & Suites is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and free parking. Other good choices for your stay with the kids include Sands by The Sea and The Rigdon House.
What's the best place to stay for a couple visiting San Simeon?
Moonstone Landing is a favorite hotel for couples, and features in-room fireplaces and a spa tub. Other good choices for your romantic getaway include Pelican Inn & Suites and Blue Dolphin Inn.
What's the best pet-friendly hotel in San Simeon?
The Morgan Hotel San Simeon is a top dog-friendly hotel, and offers free WiFi for its human guests. Other good choices for you and your pet include Sands by The Sea and San Simeon Lodge.
What's the best place to stay near Hearst Castle?
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3.5-star hotel offers 2 outdoor pools and a restaurant. You’ll find it 5.2 mi (8.3 km) from Hearst Castle. Other good options in the area include San Simeon Lodge and Silver Surf Motel.
What about the best place to stay near Moonstone Beach Park?
One of the top choices for your stay is Little Sur Inn, located next to Moonstone Beach Park, and this hotel offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Moonstone Landing and El Colibri Hotel & Spa are two other good choices in the immediate area.
What's the best place to stay for a beach vacation in San Simeon?
Sand Pebbles Inn is a top beach property with an outdoor pool and free breakfast. Other good choices for your beach trip include Cambria Landing Inn & Suites and El Colibri Hotel & Spa. Spend some quality time by the water at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.
What's the best boutique hotel in San Simeon?
El Colibri Hotel & Spa is a favorite 3.5-star hotel with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish accommodation, featuring a bar and a full-service spa. FogCatcher Inn and Cambria Beach Lodge are two other options for a boutique stay.
What's the best hotel in San Simeon to be near historical sites?
Based on our travel expertise, San Simeon Lodge is a top property for history seekers booking on Expedia, and it features a restaurant and an outdoor pool. Other choices close to historic sites include The Rigdon House and Courtesy Inn San Simeon. Also notable landmarks to visit include Hearst Castle, San Simeon Pier, and Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.

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